Jan. 24, 2013
WSU LOOKS FOR PAC-12 ROAD WIN AT OREGON STATE: Washington State University men's basketball (10-9, 1-5) looks for its first Pac-12 road win of the season as it heads to Corvallis, Ore., to take on Oregon State, Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at Gill Coliseum.
The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks, as JB Long and Lamar Hurd have the call.
Bud Nameck, in this 20th year with Cougar Basketball, will have all the action on the Cougar IMG Radio Network.
Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men's basketball.
COUGARS VS. BEAVERS:
Saturday marks the 287th all-time meetings between the Cougars and the Beavers, as the Cougars trail the series, 123-163.
WSU leads the series 76-60 in Pullman, but trails the series 99-41 in Corvallis...Oregon State leads the series 6-3 in neutral site matchups.
Head coach Ken Bone is 6-3 all-time against the Beavers and 6-2 as the head coach at Washington State...he lost to Oregon State once prior to becoming the coach at WSU.
The Cougars swept the regular season series last year, before falling to the Beavers in the first round the Pac-12 Tournament in Los Angeles and then bouncing back with a victory in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Semifinals, March 21.
WSU has won 11 of the last 14 matchups with OSU and five of the last six.
The last six regular season matchups in Corvallis have been decided by an average of 6.8 points.
Despite playing just two minutes in the final meeting of last season before injuring his ankle, Brock Motum averaged 18.0 points per game in the four matchups.
Marcus Capers each chipped in 10.0 points per game in the series.
In the first matchup of the season, WSU secured its first Pac-12 victory with an 81-76 defeat of the Beavers in Spokane.
Brock Motum led WSU with 26 points and eight rebounds.
Reggie Moore had a then-season high nine assists.
DaVonté Lacy finished with 18 points...he had his two highest scoring games this season in back-to-back games (19 against Oregon in the previous game).
In the second meeting, WSU controlled the first 30 minutes en route to an 83-73 victory in Corvallis.
Moore finished with a season-high 11 assists...he had nine of his assists in the first half.
D.J. Shelton scored a career-high 14 points...he added a then-career-high nine rebounds...Shelton's previous high for points was nine the first time against Oregon State that season (Dec. 31).
In the third matchup of the season, the Cougars fell to Oregon State, 69-64, in Los Angeles in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
Reggie Moore had his third career double-double and second of the season with 10 points and 10 assists.
Marcus Capers tied his season high with 14 points, two shy of his career high of 16 done two years prior in the Pac-10 Tournament...he added a team-best eight rebounds.
In the fourth and final meeting, Abe Lodwick stepped up after the team's leading scorer, Brock Motum went out with an ankle injury, as WSU defeated OSU, 72-55 in the CBI Semifinals, March 21 at Corvallis.
Lodwick scored a career-high 23 points and was 8-for-12 from the field and 5-for-8 from beyond the 3-point arc...he scored double-digits in three-straight games, the longest streak of his career.
Lodwick added a career-high 12 rebounds, notching his first career double-double.
Reggie Moore finished with a season-high 22 points and three assists...he scored in double figures in three of the four games against the Beavers this season.
The Cougars outrebounded the Beavers, 41-34...held OSU to its lowest scoring output in the tournament.
Brock Motum scored four points in two minutes before leaving the game with a right ankle injury...he did not return.
Washington State and Oregon State are meeting for the 105th-consecutive men's basketball season.
It is the ninth longest continuous rivalry nationally behind Columbia/Yale (112th season), Princeton/Yale (112th season), Pennsylvania/Princeton (111th season), Columbia/Pennsylvania (110th season), Cornell/Pennsylvania (110th season), Washington State/Idaho (108th season), Kansas/Missouri (107th - not scheduled to play this season) and Baylor/Texas (105th).
The Cougars also hold the sixth oldest continuous rivalry, as they faced Idaho earlier this season.
Ken Bone GETS 400TH CAREER WIN:
With WSU's win over Buffalo, Dec. 21, fourth-year head coach Ken Bone got his 400th career win as a head coach.
He has 67 wins at WSU, had 77 in four years at Portland State, 253 victories in 12 seasons as head coach at Division II Seattle Pacific and 5 wins at Division III Cal State Stanislaus...he's in his 21st season as a head coach.
Bone has 144 career wins in his seventh season as a Division I head coach.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars are 10-9 overall and 1-5 in conference play, looking for their first conference road win.
WSU is 8-3 at home, 0-4 on the road and 2-2 in neutral-site games.
Five of the Cougars' 9 losses have come by 7 points or less, including a 2-point loss to then-No. 10 Gonzaga (Dec. 5) and a 5-point loss to Washington in the Pac-12 season opener (Jan. 5).
WSU has lost two-straight games...prior to Jan. 16, WSU had lost three-straight games, tying its longest losing streak of the season...in the first losing streak, all games occurred on the road or at a neutral sites, Nov. 16-20 (loss at Pepperdine and vs. Kansas and Texas A&M in Kansas City, Mo.).
The Cougars' longest winning streak is four games, Dec. 9-29, with wins over Fresno State and Jackson State at Pullman and Buffalo at Seattle and Idaho State at Kennewick, Wash.
Brock Motum leads the team with 18.8 points per game and 6.4 rebounds...he's scored at least 13 points in all 19 games this season...he's averaging 16.8 points in WSU's six conference games.
Motum is ranked third in the conference and 25th in the nation (as of Jan. 21) in scoring and has reached double figures in every game this season.
Motum ranks 17th in the league in rebounding and seventh in minutes played.
Mike Ladd has reached double figures each of the last seven games and is second on the team with 11.2 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team second-best 6.0 rebounds a game.
Ladd is averaging 16.2 points (seventh in the Pac-12) and 7.0 rebounds (tied for 13th in the Pac-12) in Pac-12 only action.
After missing four games due to a knee injury suffered in the first five minutes against Kansas, Nov. 19, DaVonté Lacy is now averaging 9.4 points in 15 games.
Dexter Kernich-Drew 6.9 ppg, and D.J. Shelton 5.1 points and a team third-best 5.6 rebounds a game.
Will DiIorio played against Buffalo (Dec. 21) after missing two games due to a sprained ankle suffered against Gonzaga (Dec. 5)...he scored a career-high 9 points against Washington (Jan. 5)...he got his first start of the season at Stanford (Jan. 9).
After leading by 10 after halftime, WSU fell to No. 16 Oregon, 68-61, Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Matthew Knight Arena at Eugene, Ore.
Mike Ladd led WSU with 19 points...has reached double-figures in seven-straight games.
He added 8 rebounds and 5 assists...his 5 assists are a personal Pac-12 best and one shy of his career high.
Brock Motum finished with 14 points and has scored in double figures in all 19 of WSU's games this season.
Motum passed both Carlos Daniel and Derrick Low to move into 11th on the WSU career scoring list...he now has 1,290 career points.
D.J. Shelton scored all 5 of his points in the first half...finished with 7 rebounds...his most since grabbing 8 boards against Washington, Jan. 5.
Keaton Hayenga saw the first Pac-12 action of his career, played a minute.
Bryce Leavitt and James Hunter both saw action in the first half.
WSU led by 10 at halftime, leading at half for just the second time in Pac-12 play.
The Cougars fall to 47-224 all-time against ranked opponents and have lost five-straight against opponents ranked in the AP Top 25.
MOTUM SCORES 1,000TH POINT:
Brock Motum became the 33rd Washington State men's basketball student-athlete to score 1,000 career points with 14 points against Kansas, Monday, Nov. 19.
He is the third Cougar in the last four seasons to reach 1,000 career-points...Klay Thompson scored his 1,000th point during the 2009-10 season and Reggie Moore reached 1,000 points in the Cougs second-to-last game of the 2011-12 season.
With 1,290 points, Motum is 12th on WSU's career scoring list...he is 43 points away from Chris Crosby (1997-00) in 11th with 1,333.
MOTUM NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
For the second time in his career, Brock Motum was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 3-9.
Motum led the Cougars with 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game as WSU fell to No. 10 Gonzaga, 71-69, Dec. 5, and defeated Fresno State, 59-50, Dec. 9.
He shot .552 (16-for-29) from the field, including a .700 clip (7-for-10) from 3-point range.
Against Gonzaga, Motum had 23 points and made a career-high 5 3-pointers, going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc...he tied his career high with 3 blocked shots. He also scored 23 points against Fresno State, adding a team-high 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
Motum's honor is the 26th Player of the Week nod in WSU history as he became the sixth Cougar to earn the award multiple times in his career (also earned it Dec. 12, 2011).
MOTUM A CANDIDATE FOR THE WOODEN AWARD: Senior Klay Thompson was named to the preseason top-50 prior to the 2010-11 season. Thompson went on to make the midseason top-30 cut in 2010-11, as did Low in 2007-08. Three other Pac-12 student-athletes were named to the list: André Roberson (Colorado), Allen Crabbe (California), and Solomon Hill (Arizona).
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER: With its win over Idaho, Nov. 28, WSU improved to 46-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court. The Cougars have won 46-straight November games in Pullman and are 47-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
COUGARS GO `DOWN UNDER': The Cougars spent two weeks in Australia, Aug. 3-16, 2012, as part of an NCAA approved international tour. WSU went 2-3 in five games, three of them against teams of the NBL (National Basketball League). Brock Motum averaged 27.2 points in the five games, including a 41-point output against the Cairns Taipans in the final game of the tour. The Cougar roster contains three Aussies.