Nov. 22, 2012
COUGARS RETURN TO PULLMAN FOR SIX-GAME HOMESTAND: The Washington State University men's basketball team (2-3) returns home after three-straight games away from Pullman, to host Arkansas-Pine Bluff, (1-3) Saturday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the second game of a men's-women's doubleheader.
The game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks, as Paul Sunderland and Chris Spatola 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.
ABOUT THE MATCHUP:
The Cougars and the Golden Lions have met just once in the two teams' histories.
Washington State won the only matchup, 91-75, Dec. 1, 2001.
In the only meeting, Marcus Moore established career highs with 26 points and 10 assists for his second career double-double.
Fellow senior J Locklier added 19 points, tying his career high and was one rebound shy of a double-double with 9 rebounds.
Justin Lyman (14 points), Jerry McNair (11 points) and Milton Riley (11 points) also scored in double-figures for WSU.
Kory McKee led Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 23 points.
In that meeting in 2001, the Cougars followed that game, taking on Idaho three days later.
This season, WSU will host Idaho in its next game, four days later.
WASHINGTON STATE VS. THE SWAC:
WSU is 15-0 all-time against current members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
In five of the 15 games Washington State has scored 100 points or more.
Alabama A&M is the only SWAC school that the Cougars have never faced.
Ten of the 15 times WSU has played a SWAC school it has been at home.
WSU will also host SWAC-member Jackson State this season, Dec. 13.
Below is a look at the Cougars' record against current members of the SWAC:
Alabama A&M 0-0
Alabama State 1-0
Alcorn State 1-0
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1-0
Jackson State 1-0
Mississippi Valley State 3-0
Prairie View 2-0
Texas Southern 1-0
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars are currently 2-3 on the season and have lost their last three games, all away from home.
WSU is 2-0 at home (Eastern Washington - Nov. 10 and Utah Valley - Nov. 14), 0-1 on the road (at Pepperdine - Nov. 16) and 0-2 at neutral-sites (vs. Kansas - Nov. 19 and vs. Texas A&M - Nov. 20, both at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Kan.).
Two of WSU's three losses have come by 2 points or less, one of them in overtime and the other on a buzzer beater.
Brock Motum leads the team with 16.4 points per game and 6.4 rebounds.
Mike Ladd is adding 9.2 points, while Dexter Kernich-Drew is chipping in 8.8 points on .548 shooting from the field.
DaVonté Lacy, who scored in double-figures in WSU's first two games, injured his left knee in the first 5 minutes of the Cougars' fourth game against Kansas, Nov. 19.
Lacy missed WSU's game against Texas A&M and is out for Saturday's game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
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.
COUGARS RETURN TWO STARTERS:
The team boasts two returning starters, including 2011-12 Pac-12 leading scorer, Brock Motum.
Joining Motum and sophomore DaVonté Lacy are six more returning letterwinners and two returning squad members.
Among the returning letterwinners are senior guard Mike Ladd, junior forward Will DiIorio, redshirt sophomore guard Dexter Kernich-Drew and redshirt junior forward D.J. Shelton, along with squad members sophomore Royce Woolridge and freshman Dominic Ballard, both whom redshirted last season.
Joining this year's squad are four transfers and three true freshmen.
Two of the transfers, Jordan Railey (Iowa State) and Brett Kingma (Oregon) will sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but Keaton Hayenga and James Hunter, and Brett Boese, Bryce Leavitt and Junior Longrus will be eligible immediately.
WSU lost three starters from last season's team; Marcus Capers and Abe Lodwick, who graduated following their senior seasons and Reggie Moore, who was dismissed from the team this fall.
Seniors Faisal Aden and Charlie Enquist and sophomore Patrick Simon are also gone from last year's team after playing notable minutes for the Cougs.
The Cougars fell to Texas A&M, 55-54, Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic consolation game.
The Aggies' Elston Turner (a transfer from the University of Washington), hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 2 seconds left for the win.
Dexter Kernich-Drew got his first start of the season and just the second of his career...he finished with a career-high 16 points, his third double-figure scoring game of his career and the second of this season...his previous career high is 14 set against Utah Valley this season.
Kernich-Drew made a career-high 4 3-pointers and was 6-for-10 from the field.
Kernich-Drew became the first Cougar not named Brock Motum to lead the team in scoring this season.
Brock Motum finished with 15 points and has scored in double-figures in all five of the Cougars' games this season...he scored his 1,000th points against Kansas one game prior and now has 1,015 points.
D.J. Shelton made the third 3-pointer of his career and has made a 3-pointer in each of the last three games.
Will DiIorio played a season-high 23 minutes and scored 5 points...he scored 13 points in the two CBE Championship Round games.
Freshman walk-on Bryce Leavitt saw his first action of the season, playing 3 minutes where he grabbed one rebound and dished out an assist.
The Cougars held the Aggies to just. .365 (19-for-52) shooting from the field and .313 (5-for-16) from 3-point range.
Texas A&M's 16 first-half points are the fewest by a WSU opponent since USC scored 14 in the first half last season, March 3, 2012.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win over Utah Valley Nov. 14, WSU improved to 44-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 44-straight November games in Pullman and are 46-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
WSU's only loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1962, by a score of 77-47.
COUGARS GO `DOWN UNDER':
The Cougars spent two weeks in Australia, Aug. 3-16, 2012, as part of an NCAA approved international tour.
The team made stops in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane/Gold Coast and Cairns, playing five games in all.
WSU went 2-3 in those games, three of them against teams of the NBL (National Basketball League), Australia's highest professional 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.
Reggie Moore averaged 13.0, Dexter Kernich-Drew 8.4 and Mike Ladd 6.4 points per game.
The Cougar roster contains three Aussies; Motum (Brisbane), Kernich-Drew (Melbourne) and James Hunter(Sydney).
MOTUM A CANDIDATE FOR THE WOODEN AWARD:
Senior Brock Motum is one of 50 preseason candidates for the 2012-13 John R. Wooden Award.
Motum is the second Cougar in three seasons to make the list, as Klay Thompson was named to the preseason top-50 prior to the 2010-11 season.
Before that, Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were both named to the preseason top-50 for the 2007-08 season.
Thompson went on to make the midseason top-30 cut in 2010-11, as did Low in 2007-08.
This season's preseason list contains student-athletes from 16 different conferences, including four from the Pac-12 Conference.
Motum is joined by André Roberson (Colorado), Allen Crabbe (California), and Solomon Hill (Arizona).
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.
WSU advanced to the championship series, marking the second-straight season the Cougars have reached at least the semifinals of their postseason tournament...last year WSU advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in New York, falling to eventual-champion Wichita State in the semifinals.
The Cougars are 17-13 all-time in postseason play.
WSU also compiled its most single-season postseason wins with a 4-2 record in the CBI...last season the Cougars went 3-1 in the NIT.
In the last two seasons WSU has gone 7-3 in postseason play.
WSU has made it to six NCAA Tournaments (6-6) and five NITs (7-5).
Washington State became the third Pac-12 school to advance to the championship round of the CBI as Oregon State won in 2008 and Oregon won the tournament in 2011.
MOTUM'S BREAKOUT JUNIOR SEASON:
Washington State junior Brock Motum had a breakout season in 2011-12 as he led the Cougars and the Pac-12 in scoring in both the overall games and conference only games.
Motum averaged 18.0 points per game in all games, edging out Oregon State's Jared Cunningham with 17.9 points per game.
In league games the Australian averaged 20.7 points per game, over a point per game ahead of Cunningham with 19.2 points per game.
He also ranked sixth in field goal percentage (.554) and seventh in rebounds per game (6.4 rpg), making him the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-13 in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding.
Motum finished the season ranked 38th in the country in points per game and 26th in field goal percentage.
In contrast to his junior season, Motum played 799 minutes in 54 games his first two seasons combined at Washington State...this season he clocked 1,072 minutes of action.
In his first two seasons he averaged 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds a game, but still did it at a high shooting clip, .591.
Last season alone Motum had 293 more points than he did in his first two seasons combined (613 compared to 320), and averaged 18.0 points per game, 12.1 more points than his first two seasons.
Motum also had 216 rebounds last season, more than his 72 his first two years combined, for a 6.4 rebounding average, over four rebounds more a game.
He continued to shoot at a high clip at .554 last season for a .567 career field goal percentage.
MOTUM JOINS ELITE COMPANY:
Junior 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.
Beck had 506 points and 214 rebounds in 1955-56, while Puidokas recorded 559 points and 259 rebounds in 1974-75.
COUGARS IN THE COMMUNITY:
The Cougars have been very active in the community over the last two years.
Below is a breakdown of some of the work they've done in the community.
Cougar Elite Camp (WSU Campus) - June 18-19, 2011
Cougar Day Camp (WSU Campus) - June 21-24, 2011
Cougar Team Camp (WSU Campus) - June 28-July 1, 2011
Palouse Habitat for Humanity (Uniontown) - July 9, 2011
Learning Center Sports' Week (Pullman) - July 27, 2011
National Lentil Festival Street Fair (Downtown Pullman) - August 19, 2011
National Lentil Festival Parade (Downtown Pullman) - August 20, 2011
WSU Family Weekend (WSU Campus) - Sept. 10, 2011
Pullman Senior Center (Downtown Pullman) - Sept. 16, 2011 and Feb. 24, 2012
Free Kids' Clinic (WSU Campus) - Oct. 1, 2011
YMCA Keys to Success (Pullman) - Oct. 8, 2011
Jefferson Elementary School (Pullman) - Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, 2011
Sacred Hearth Children's Hospital Visit (Spokane) - Dec. 28, 2011
Free Kids' Clinic (Spokane) - Dec. 30, 2011
Sunnyside Elementary School Pizza Party (Pullman) - Jan. 17, 2012
Cougar Elite Camp (WSU Campus) - June 16-17, 2012
Cougar Day Camp (WSU Campus) - June 18-21, 2012
Cougar Team Camp (WSU Campus) - June 26-29, 2012
Hoopfest (Spokane) - June 29-30, 2012
Palouse Habitat for Humanity (Uniontown) - July 21, 2012
National Lentil Festival Street Fair (Downtown Pullman) - August 17, 2011
National Lentil Festival Parade (Downtown Pullman) - August 18, 2011
Pullman Senior Center (Downtown Pullman) - Oct. 8, 2012
Free Basketball Clinic for Youth (Lapwai, Idaho) - Oct. 20, 2012
Free Kids' Clinic (WSU Campus) - Oct. 28, 2012
Pullman Senior Center (Downtown Pullman) - Oct. 29, 2012
Campus Trash Pickup (WSU Campus) - Nov. 11, 2012