Jan. 30, 2013
COUGARS HOST SUN DEVILS THURSDAY IN 8 P.M. GAME: Washington State University men's basketball (11-9, 2-5) hopes to keep the momentum going following Saturday's win as it hosts Arizona State (16-5, 5-2) in a late game at 8 p.m. PT, Thursday, Jan. 31 at Beasley Coliseum.
The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks, as Kevin Calabro and Brevin Knight 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. SUN DEVILS:
Thursday marks the 72nd all-time meeting between the Cougars and Sun Devils, as WSU has the opportunity to tie the series, currently trailing 36-35.
WSU leads the series, 22-12 at home, while Arizona State leads at Tempe, 23-13 and 1-0 at neutral sites.
The Cougars have won eight of the last nine matchups with the Sun Devils at Pullman, including the last two.
Over the last two seasons, WSU and ASU have split the season series with the home team coming out victorious.
Head coach Ken Bone is 3-4 all-time against the Sun Devils as a head coach and 2-4 as head coach of the Cougars.
Bone led Portland State to a 71-67 victory over ASU during the 2006-07 season.
Last season WSU fell to Arizona State, 71-67, Jan. 28 at Tempe, then defeated ASU, 72-50, Feb. 18 at Pullman.
In the first meeting, Brock Motum scored a career-high 34 points in the loss, reaching the 30-point plateau for the first time.
Motum's 34 points were the most by a Cougar not named Klay Thompson since Derrick Low scored 37 against Oregon, Jan. 27, 2007.
Motum finished with 34 points, Lacy with 13, Moore with nine...no other Cougar scored more than five points.
Motum had a team-high eight rebounds, leading the team in scoring and rebounding for the eighth time that season.
WSU forced ASU into two five-second violations.
In the victory at Beasley Coliseum, DaVonté Lacy led the team with 17 points...he led the team in scoring for just the second time of both the season and his career.
Motum finished with 16 points.
Marcus Capers had a career-high 7 assists...his previous high was six done three times, last vs. Sacramento State, Nov. 30, 2010.
Capers added a team-high 10 rebounds and five points...he made a season-high 7 free throws, one shy of his career high...his 10 rebounds are a season high and tie his Pac-12 high done against Oregon State at home last season.
Dexter Kernich-Drew had his second four-point play of the season, the third by a Cougar last season.
Two Cougars had as many first-half points as the Sun Devils, Motum tied them with eight, Lacy had six more than the team with 14.
Arizona State's eight first half points were the fewest by a WSU opponent in a half in the post shot clock era...previous low was 12 by North Carolina A&T during the 2007-08 season.
Mike Ladd did not play after suffering a concussion against Arizona Thursday...he missed the first game against ASU with a thumb injury.
COUGARS VS. WILDCATS:
Saturday marks the 72nd all-time meeting between Washington State and Arizona, with the Wildcats leading the series, 54-17.
Arizona has won the last four games and leads 26-8 at Washington State and 27-8 at Tucson, along with a 2-0 mark in neutral-site meetings.
WSU head coach Ken Bone is 2-4 against the Wildcats, all while head coach at WSU.
Bone and the Cougars swept the season series his first year during the 2009-10 series and have lost the last four.
Last season Arizona won the first meeting, 85-61, Jan. 26 at Tucson, and followed it up with a 76-72 victory at Pullman, Feb. 16.
In the first meeting, Brock Motum led the team with 18 points...he has scored in double figures in 18 of 20 games this season -- he added nine rebounds.
Motum made a career-high 10 free throws...was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line.
Faisal Aden had his WSU career end early as he tore his ACL during the game.
Arizona's .577 (15-for-26) 3-point percentage was the highest by a WSU opponent this season...previous high was .563 (9-for-16) done by Oregon, Dec. 29.
Arizona's 15 3-pointers made was a season-high by a Cougar opponent...previous high was 13 done by Gonzaga in the season opener.
In WSU's 4-point loss at Beasley Coliseum, Brock Motum scored 28 points on the night as he broke the 20-point plateau for the fifth time in six games.
Reggie Moore finished with a season-high 21 points.
Moore also knocked down eight shots breaking his previous season-high of seven at Idaho, Dec. 7.
Brock Motum attempted a career-high 18 free throws...his previous high was 11 set against Santa Clara Dec. 11.
Marcus Capers led the team with seven rebounds...it was only the second time that season that Capers led the Cougars in rebounding.
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 145 career wins in his seventh season as a Division I head coach.
COUGARS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS:
Arizona is currently ranked eighth in the Associated Press Poll, becoming WSU's fourth ranked opponent of the season.
The Cougars fell to No. 12 Kansas Nov. 19, No. 10 Gonzaga Dec. 5 and No. 16 Oregon Jan. 23.
Although Gonzaga was the only team ranked in the top-10 at the time of its game with WSU, all four of the ranked opponents WSU has played (and will play this week) are currently ranked in the top-10 (Kansas-2, Gonzaga-7, Arizona-8, Oregon-10).
The Cougars are 47-214 all-time against ranked opponents and 34-90 against ranked opponents at home.
WSU has lost its last five games against ranked opponents, its last win over No. 18 Washington, Jan. 30, 2011 at home.
The Cougars are 7-122 all-time against teams ranked in the AP Top-10 and 1-7 against the No. 8 team in the country.
WSU is 3-36 against ranked Arizona teams and 0-2 against Arizona as the No. 8 team in the country...Washington State is 1-22 against UA teams ranked in the top-10, the only win against No. 7 Arizona, Jan. 6, 2007 at Pullman.
The Cougars have lost 11-straight games to top-10 opponents, their last win, the Jan. 6, 2007 victory over No. 7 Arizona, 77-73, in overtime.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars are 11-9 overall and 2-5 in conference play, sitting in 10th place in the league standings heading into the week of play...WSU is right behind USC at 3-5 in conference action.
WSU is 8-3 at home, 1-4 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 picked up its first road win of the season with a 71-68 victory at Oregon State Saturday.
Brock Motum leads the team with 18.9 points per game and 6.6 rebounds...he's scored at least 13 points in all 20 games this season...he's averaging 17.3 points in WSU's seven conference games.
Motum is ranked third in the conference and 30th in the nation (as of Jan. 27) in scoring and has reached double figures in every game this season.
Motum ranks 16th in the league in rebounding and eighth in minutes played.
With 20 and 10 at Oregon State Jan. 26, Motum is one of just four Pac-12 players to record at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a conference game this season, joined by Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski and Carrick Felix and UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad.
Mike Ladd has reached double figures each of the last eight games and is second on the team with 11.8 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team second-best 6.0 rebounds a game.
Ladd is averaging 17.1 points (fifth in the Pac-12) and 6.9 rebounds (12th 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 9.0 points in 16 games.
Royce Woolridge is adding 7.7 points per game, Dexter Kernich-Drew 7.0 ppg, and D.J. Shelton 5.1 points and a team third-best 5.0 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).
WSU picked up its first road win of the season and second conference victory, defeating Oregon State, 71-68, Saturday at Corvallis.
Mike Ladd led WSU with a career-high 23 points...he was 10-for-11 from the field including 1-for-1 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
Ladd scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half...he's averaging 10.7 points in the first half in each of WSU's 7 Pac-12 games.
Ladd scored the first 11 points for WSU and 17 of its first 21.
Brock Motum had his second double-double of the season and fifth of his career with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Motum fouled out for the first time this season.
D.J. Shelton also had 10 rebounds for the Cougs, two shy of his career high...it marks the third career time he's recorded double-digit rebounds.
Shelton led WSU with a career-high 6 assists.
All 9 of Royce Woolridge's points came in the second half.
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 1,310 points, Motum is 12th on WSU's career scoring list...he is 23 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).