Jan. 10, 2013
COUGARS IN SEARCH OF FIRST PAC-12 WIN AT CALIFORNIA SATURDAY: Washington State University men's basketball (9-6, 0-2) looks for its first Pac-12 win of the season at is takes on California (9-6, 1-2), Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. at Haas Pavilion at Berkeley, Calif.
The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks, as Roxy Bernstein and Dan Belluomini 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. BEARS:
Saturday marks the 121st meeting between Washington State and California, with Cal leading the all-time series, 72-48.
The Bears lead 45-17 at home, while WSU leads 29-28 as the home team.
The Cougars have won the last two meetings with the Bears, both at home.
WSU has not won a game at Cal since a 70-49 victory, Feb. 28, 2008.
Last season WSU defeated its second-consecutive conference leader with a 77-75 win over California at Beasley Coliseum, Jan. 21, 2012.
Then-freshman DaVonté Lacy hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 17 seconds to go in the game...he finished with 14 points.
Faisal Aden led WSU with 24 points and was eventually named Pac-12 Player of the Week.
Abe Lodwick made a then-career-high four 3-pointers (4-for-7)...he finished with a then-season-high 12 points, one shy of his then-career high of 13 done against Portland State, Dec. 19, 2009.
Motum had his second double-double of the season and his career adding a game-high 10 rebounds to his 15 points.
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 66 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 143 career wins in his seventh season as a Division I head coach.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars dropped their first two conference games of the season and are 9-6 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-12.
WSU is 7-2 at home, 0-2 on the road and 2-2 in neutral-site games.
Four of the Cougars' 6 losses have come by 5 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...its longest losing streak of the season is three games, all 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 20.0 points per game and 6.5 rebounds...he's scored at least 14 points in all 15 games this season...he's averaging 22.0 points in WSU's two conference games.
Motum ranks second in the conference and 29th in the nation (as of Jan. 6) in scoring and has reached double figures in every game this season. Motum ranks 15th in the league in rebounding and ninth in minutes played.
After missing four games due to a knee injury suffered in the first five minutes against Kansas, Nov. 19, DaVonté Lacy is now averaging 10.8 points in 11 games.
After leading WSU with 16 points against UW, Mike Ladd is third on the team with 9.8 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team third-best 5.5 rebounds a game...Ladd is averaging 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in Pac-12 action.
Dexter Kernich-Drew is adding 7.2 points per game, Royce Woolridge 6.9 points, and D.J. Shelton 5.3 points and a team second-best 5.9 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).
In a game of runs, the Cougars fell to Stanford, 78-67, Wednesday, Jan. 9 in WSU's first Pac-12 road game of the season at Stanford.
Brock Motum led WSU while tying his season high with 29 points...he was 4-for-7 from 3-point range, marking a personal Pac-12 high for 3-pointers made.
Mike Ladd added 15 points...he has scored in double figures in the last three games and seven games this season.
Ladd and Motum combined for 44 of WSU's 67 points.
Motum passed Ron Bennink to move into 16th in the WSU career scoring record books as he now has 1,233 points...Bennink had 1,222...Eddie Hill is 15th on the list with 1,242.
Motum's 29 points marked his seventh 20-plus game of the season and his first since scoring 27 against Jackson State, Dec. 13.
D.J. Shelton was 2-for-2 from 3-point and finished with 6 points...he is now 7-for-13 from 3-point this season...the 3-pointers were his first since going 2-for-2 against Idaho Nov. 28...his first career 3s in Pac-12 play.
Will DiIorio got his second career start and first of the season...only other start came Nov. 17, 2011 against Sacramento State.
DiIorio led the team in rebounding (5) for the first time this season.
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 1,233 points, Motum holds the 16th best career scoring mark in WSU history...he is 9 points away from Eddie Hill (1991-94) in 15th with 1,242 points...Larry Beck (1955-57) is 14th with 1,263 points.
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 MAKE 12TH POSTSEASON APPEARANCE: Washington State competed in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in 2011-12, marking the first CBI and 12th overall postseason appearance in school history.
MOTUM JOINS ELITE COMPANY: Brock Motum grabbed his 200th rebound of the 2011-12 season March 7 in the Pac-12 Tournament and had 613 points and 216 rebounds last season. He joined two other Cougars, Steve Puidokas and Larry Beck as the only WSU players to reach 500 points and 200 boards in a season.
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.