Nov. 18, 2011
WSU HITS ROAD TO TAKE ON PORTLAND: After notching its first win of the season Thursday, the Washington State University men's basketball team will hit the road for four-straight games beginning at Portland, Sunday, Nov. 20. Tip-off at Chiles Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. A live webcast is available via Portland's website.
COUGS AGAINST THE PILOTS:
This season marks the 13th all-time meeting between Washington State and Portland, as the Cougars hold a 10-2 mark.
The Cougars have won the last four meetings which took place during the 2010-11, 2006-07, 2005-06 and 2004-05 seasons.
The Pilots' last win came with a 70-66 victory Dec. 5, 2000 at Portland.
The Cougars have lost two of the three meetings at Portland (not including a neutral-site meeting in teh Far West Classic in Portland).
WSU is 7-0 at home in the series and 1-0 in neutral-site games against UP.
Ken Bone is 4-1 against Portland as a head coach.
Last season WSU defeated Portland 84-68 Nov. 23 in Seattle for the Cougar Hardwood Classic at KeyArena.
Klay Thompson led the team with 35 points, while Faisal Aden chipped in 21 points.
The Cougars shot .633 (19-for-30) in the first half...their best first-half clip since shooting .654 at California in 2009-10.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Washington State is 1-1 this season with a loss in its season opener at No. 22/23 Gonzaga Monday and a victory over Sacramento State in its home opener Thursday.
Brock Motum leads the team with 20.0 points per game after putting up 17 at Gonzaga Monday and a career-high 23 against Sacramento State Thursday...he also leads the team with 8.0 rebounds per game, having grabbed eight boards in each game.
Motum has led the Cougars in both scoring and rebounding in both games this season.
WSU has trailed at the half in both games this season...came back to win when trailing at the half for the seventh time under head coach Ken Bone (7-21) in Thursday's victory.
Senior Faisal Aden is second on the team with 15.0 points per game.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has scored in double figures in both games this season, averaging 13.0 points per game, he's also dishing out 3.5 assists per game.
WSU AGAINST THE WCC:
Washington State is 123-60 against current members of the West Coast Conference.
The Cougars have played Gonzaga in 145 of the 182 games against those WCC members.
WSU's first two road games this season are at West Coast Conference schools...there's a possibility that three of its first four games will be against WCC foes.
This season WSU will play against four members of the West Coast Conference in at least four games...at Gonzaga (Nov. 14), at Portland (Nov. 20), at home against Santa Clara (Dec. 11) and against Pepperdine in Seattle (Dec. 22)...the Cougars could face Santa Clara again in Anaheim, Calif. as part of the 76 classic during the Thanksgiving holiday.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win over Sacramento State Nov. 17, WSU improved to 410-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 41-straight November games in Pullman and are 43-1 (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.
The Cougars will have just one more opportunity to play at home in November when they host Grambling State Nov. 30 at Beasley Coliseum.
COUGARS IN BEASLEY COLISEUM OPENERS:
After Thursday's win, the Cougars have won 22-consecutive Beasley Coliseum openers with their last loss coming to BYU by a score of 60-53, Dec. 3, 1987.
WSU came back from a halftime deficit to defeat Sacramento State 79-68, Thursday at Beasley Coliseum in its home opener.
Brock Motum scored a career-high 23 points and tied his career high with eight rebounds (which he set at Gonzaga Monday)...just two boards shy of his first career double-double.
In his two games against Sacramento State, Motum has gone 14-for-17 from the field (.823)...he's shooting .667 from the field this season (16-for-24)...last year he was 5-for-5 against the Hornets.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has scored in double figures in both his games as a Cougar, adding 15 tonight...he was perfect from the free throw line, making the first three free throws of his career.
Faisal Aden added 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field...he was 2-for-4 from beyond the 3-point arc...he had a career-high five steals.
Reggie Moore has had nine assists in his first two games this season.
Sophomore walk-on Will DiIorio got the first start of his career, played a career-high 25 minutes.
Redshirt freshman Dexter Kernich-Drew scored his first points as a Cougar, a 3-pointer on 1-for-2 shooting...he played five minutes, all in the first half.
Abe Lodwick didn't play due to a foot injury.
Ken Bone IN HIS THIRD SEASON:
WSU head coach Ken Bone holds a 40-28 record in his third season in 2011-12, and already has more wins than eight previous Cougar men's basketball coaches, six of which coached at least two seasons.
Last season Bone led WSU to an NIT postseason appearance, making him the third-fastest Cougar coach to reach a postseason tournament.
He also has more wins than two of the last three head coaches, three more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and eight more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
WSU IN THE FIELD OF THE 2011 76 CLASSIC:
The Cougars will compete at the 2011 76 Classic at Anaheim, Calif., Nov. 24-27.
WSU will play Oklahoma in the opening game, televised on ESPN2, and will face either New Mexico or Santa Clara depending on the outcome of the game against Oklahoma.
WSU is 78-73 in in-season tournaments and has appeared in the championship game of its last six tournaments, winning the John Thompson Foundation Challenge (2006-07), the Cougar Hispanic College Fund Challenge (2007-08) and the Great Alaska Shootout (2009-10).
Last year WSU fell to national runner-up Butler in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.
MOORE ON PACE TO REACH 1,000 POINTS:
Junior Reggie Moore has 666 career points, just 334 shy of the 1,000-point plateau.
He's averaged 10.9 points per game in 61 games over the last two seasons, and given he plays all of the 2011-12 season and the Cougars play an extra Pac-12 Tournament game, or in the postseason, he is on pace to reach 1,000 points in the Cougars' 33rd game of the season (either the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament or a postseason game).
He would become the 32nd Cougar to score 1,000 points in his WSU career.
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
Senior Marcus Capers has played 100 games in his WSU career, while the school record is 127 games played set by George Hamilton in 1945 and 47-49.
Given Capers plays in all the team's games this season, he will play in his 127th game March 1 at UCLA and his record-setting 128th game in WSU's regular season finale, March 3 at USC.
WASHINGTON STATE APPROACHING 1,500 WINS:
In Washington State's 109 years of basketball, it has compiled 1,496 wins, needing just four wins in the 2011-12 season to reach the 1,500-win plateau.
The Cougars are 1,496-1,370 all-time for a .518 win percentage.
COUGARS PICKED TIED FOR 10TH IN PRESEASON PAC-12 POLL:
Washington State was picked to tie with Colorado for 10th place (119 points) in the inaugural Pac-12 preseason media poll released by the league at the conference's media day in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 28.
The poll had UCLA finishing first with 14 of the 38 first-place votes and 421 points.
California was chosen second with 13 first-place votes and 405 points, followed closely by Arizona with 11 first-place votes and 404 overall points. Washington (fourth, 355), Oregon (fifth, 282), Stanford (sixth, 255), USC (seventh, 194), Oregon State (eighth, 188), Arizona State (ninth, 148), Colorado (t-10th, 119 points) and Utah (12th, 74) rounded out the poll.
BASKETBALL GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY:
The Cougars spent the majority of the summer and fall of 2011 giving back to the community, participating in various community service activities.
In June the team held three camps, including a day camp for kids ages 8-14.
In July members of the Cougar basketball team participated in Palouse Habitat for Humanity and Pullman Learning Center's sports week and in August the team made appearances at the Lentil Festival's street fair and parade.
The entire team spent time before the Cougars' Sept. 10 football game, signing autographs as part of `family day.'
Members of the team visited the senior center Sept. 16., the team held a free Kids' Clinic Oct. 1, members of the team helped with the YMCA's Keys to Success event and several Cougars have visited Jefferson Elementary, helping out in a second-grade classroom.
THOMPSON AND CASTO LEAVE EARLY TO PURSUE PROFESSIONAL CAREERS:
DeAngelo Casto and Klay Thompson both opted out of their senior seasons at Washington State to play basketball at the professional level following the 2010-11 season.
Thompson was drafted as the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft to the Golden State Warriors (the highest NBA Draft pick in WSU history), while Casto signed a one-year contract to play with Antalya BSB in the Turkish Basketball League.
Casto ranked eighth in the Pac-10 with 6.8 rebounds per game during 2010-11.
Thompson led the Cougars and the Pac-10 and ranked 11th in the country with 21.6 points per game while setting the school record with 733 points during his junior season.
COUGARS RETURN THREE STARTERS; FIVE OF TOP SEVEN SCORERS:
WSU welcomes back three starters and seven letterwinners from the Cougars' 2010-11 team.
Marcus Capers, Abe Lodwick, and Reggie Moore appeared in the starting lineup during the majority of last season, en route to a 22-13 finish and a semifinal appearance in the NIT.
Senior Faisal Aden, who started nine games as a junior, is the team's returning scorer after averaging 12.7 points per game in his first year with the squad.
Moore was fourth on the team with 9.1 points per game, including 10.1 in conference play.
WSU REACHES NIT SEMIFINALS IN NEW YORK:
For the 11th time in school history, the Cougars made a postseason appearance as they claimed a second-seed berth in the 2011 National Invitation Tournament.
The NIT appearance marked the fifth in school history and the second in the past three seasons.
WSU defeated Long Beach State, Oklahoma State, and Northwestern to advance to the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but fell to Wichita State, 75-44, in the semifinals.
The Cougars set a school record with three postseason victories (3-1), while going the furthest in the NIT in school history.
WSU also became just the sixth Pac-10 team to advance to the semifinals and the first since Oregon went to New York in 2004.
WASHINGTON STATE ATHLETICS' REBRANDING:
Updates to the basketball practice facility were completed this summer as part of WSU Athletics' branding master plan.
The gym, located in the P.E. Building between Bohler Gym and Smith Gym, is now easily recognizable with the WSU logo painted on one set of doors and Cougars on the other.
Paint, including the WSU fight song, and photos were also added, along with changes to reflect the newly formed Pac-12.
BEASLEY COLISEUM GETS NEW SCOREBOARD:
The addition of the center-hung scoreboard in Beasley Coliseum, home of WSU men's and women's basketball teams, has been completed and is ready for use in the 2011-12 season.
Washington State completed the project in conjunction with Daktronics, Inc. of Brookings, S.D.
The new center-hung display features four LED video displays, each measuring 11 feet high by 15 feet wide.
With 10 millimeter line spacing, these displays will incorporate clarity and contrast of video images with the capability to present live and recorded video.
The displays are also capable of showing custom animations, vivid graphics, up-to-the minute statistics, player highlights and in-game advertising from sponsors.