COUGARS OPEN SEASON HOSTING ROADRUNNERS: Washington State University men’s basketball opens up the 2013-14 season hosting CSU Bakersfield, Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
• The game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks, as Lamar Hurd and Rich Waltz have the call.
• Bud Nameck, in this 21st 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 WASHINGTON STATE
• WSU returns 10 letterwinners from the 2012-13 squad, including three starters in DaVonté Lacy, D.J. Shelton and Royce Woolridge.
• Junior guard DaVonté Lacy is on pace to become the 34th Cougar to reach 1,000 career points, and could do it in his junior season...Lacy needs 423 points to reach 1,000 in his career, meaning if he stays healthy and plays 32 games, he’ll need to average 13.5 ppg.
• Lacy is also climbing up the record books for 3-pointers made, currently 18th with 105 career 3-pointers...he is on pace to finish in the top-6 by the end of his career at WSU, averaging 1.7 made 3-pointers a game.
• Redshirt senior forward D.J. Shelton is the only returning Cougar to have started all 32 games last season...he was second on the team with 6.0 rebounds per game and led the team and ranked 17th in the Pac-12 with 6.1 rpg in conference games only.
• Redshirt junior guard Royce Woolridge is the Cougars’ returning leading scorer after averaging 11.0 ppg in all 32 games.
• Woolridge came on strong toward the end of the season, averaging 13.8 ppg game in conference-only games, 16.5 ppg in the final 12 games and 18.8 ppg in the final 7.
• Sophomore forward Junior Longrus played all 32 games as a freshman and was second on the team with 20 blocked shots.
• This year’s captains include Lacy, Woolridge and senior Will DiIorio…DiIorio was a walk-one before earning a scholarship…he’s currently the only Cougar on the roster who has played in a WSU uniform the last three seasons.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson, who sat out the 2012-23 season due to NCAA rules, will be eligible for the 2013-14 season.
• True freshmen Ike Iroegbu and Josh Hawkinson join Washington State…Iroegbu is expected to see minutes as a backup point guard, while Hawkinson will come off the bench as a forward.
COUGARS DEFEAT WILDCATS IN EXHIBITION:
• WSU defeated Central Washington, 93-56, Friday, Nov. 1 in exhibition action at Beasley Coliseum.
• Senior forward D.J. Shelton led all scorers with 17 points, while all five Cougar starters scored in double figures.
• Junior guard Dexter Kernich-Drew added 16 points, junior guard DaVonté Lacy 12 points and junior guard Royce Woolridge and sophomore forward Junior Longrus each had 10.
• Longrus had a double-double, adding 10 rebounds, while Woolridge led the team with 6 assists.
• Freshman guard Ike Iroegbu scored 6 points in 17 minutes, freshman forward Josh Hawkinson had 6 points and 8 boards in 10 minutes and redshirt freshman Que Johnson scored 7 points in 10 minutes.
• For a complete boxscore, please see page 20 in today’s notes.
COUGARS IN SEASON OPENERS:
• The Cougars are 90-21 all-time in season openers and have won eight of their last nine, having fallen at Gonzaga, 89-81, to open the 2011-12 season.
• They have won 23-consecutive Beasley Coliseum openers with their last loss coming to BYU by a score of 60-53, Dec. 3, 1987.
• This season marks the earliest the Cougars have opened their season in school history...WSU opened the 2007-08 season against Eastern Washington, Nov. 9, 2007, which previously held the title of earliest opener.
WSU VS. CSU BAKERSFIELD:
• The Cougars are 2-0 all-time against CSU Bakersfield, both games played at Pullman.
• The two teams met Dec. 13, 1976 at Pullman with WSU winning, 85-62 and Dec. 16, 1980, with WSU coming out on top, 61-5.
• In the last meeting, Ken McFadden led the Cougars in scoring with 15 points, as he was 6-for-11 from the field….Angelo Hill added 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Steve Harriel chipped in 11 points.
• In the first meeting, Don Collins and Harold Rhodes each scored 12 points, while Ken Jones and Brian Grun added 10 points apiece, Jones also chipped in 5 assists…James Donaldson and Steve Puidokas each grabbed 8 rebounds.
• CSU Bakersfield is currently a member of the WAC, along with Chicago State, Grand Canyon University, Idaho, UMKC, New Mexico State, Seattle, Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley.
• The Cougars are 174-115 all-time against current members of the WAC with 268 of the 289 games coming against Idaho…WSU has also played Seattle (7-7), Texas-Pan American (3-1) and Utah Valley (1-0).
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
• With its win over Idaho last season, Nov. 28, 2012, 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).
• WSU’s only loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1962, by a score of 77-47.
KEN BONE GETS 400TH CAREER WIN:
• With WSU’s win over Buffalo, Dec. 21, fifth-year head coach Ken Bone got his 400th career win as a head coach and finished the season with 405 career wins.
• He has 70 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 been a head coach for 21 seasons.
• Bone has 147 career wins in his ninth season as a Division I head coach.
MORE ON BONE AS COUGAR HEAD COACH:
• Bone holds a 70-65 (.519) record with Washington State and already has more wins than 11 previous Cougar men’s basketball coaches.
• He also has more wins than the last four head coaches, one more than Tony Bennett (2006-09, 69-33), 34 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 39 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
• Bone’s .519 winning percentage (70-64) marks the second-best by a WSU head coach in his first four seasons...only Jack Friel (.624, 63-38) had a better record in his first four seasons.
• Bone’s 70 wins are the most by a Cougar head coach in his first four seasons.
• With 70 wins, Bone is the sixth-winningest head coach in Washington State history…he passed Tony Bennett (2006-09) and Kevin Eastman (1995-99) whom each had 69 victories at the helm for WSU.
• The Cougars finished the season 13-19 overall, 4-14 in conference play, 10-7 at home, 1-9 on the road and 2-3 at neutral sites.
• Eleven of WSU’s 19 losses came by 7 points or less, while 6 of them came by 2 points or less, including 2 overtime games.
• The Cougars played 12 games without a starter or significant contributor because of injury...10 of those games were without at least one starter.
COUGS HAVE PAC-12 SCORING LEADER FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT YEAR:
• Brock Motum led the Pac-12 in scoring for the second-straight year, averaging 18.7 points per game in 2012-13.
• Ini 2011-12, Motum led the league in scoring with 18.0 points per game.
• Motum became just the fifth conference student-athlete to lead the (now-Pac-12) conference in scoring in consecutive years since the 1955-56 season...he joins John Rudometkin of USC (1961 and 1962), Lew Alcindor of UCLA (1967, 1968 and 1969), Stan Love of Oregon (1970 and 1971) and Ike Diogu of Arizona State (2004 and 2005).
• Washington State became just the second school since 1955-56 to have the league’s leading scorer in three consecutive-years, as Klay Thompson led the Pac-10 in scoring with 21.6 points per game in 2010-11.
• USC also had the league’s leading scorer three-consecutive years with John Rudometkin leading the way in 1961 and 1962 and Gordon Martin leading the league in scoring in 1963.
MOTUM JOINS 1,000/500 CLUB:
• With 3 rebounds against Oregon Feb. 16, Brock Motum became the 12th Washington State men’s basketball student-athlete to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds during his career.
• The last Cougar to accomplish the feat was Aron Baynes (2006-09) who finished with 1,064 points and 653 rebounds.
• Motum finished his WSU career with 1,530 points and 539 rebounds.
MOTUM ENDS CAREER FIFTH AT WSU IN SCORING:
• 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 1,530 points, Motum ended his career ranked fifth on WSU’s career scoring list, behind Isaac Fontaine (2,003), Steve Puidokas (1,894), Klay Thompson (1,756) and Don Collins (1,563).
COUGARS’ WINNING SEASON STREAK COMES TO AN END:
• WSU had its streak of six-straight winning seasons come to and end with a 13-19 clip in 2012-13.
• The Cougars had compiled six-straight winning seasons, including in each of Ken Bone’s first three season.
• The streak marked the most consecutive winning seasons since 1991-1996 when Kelvin Sampson and Kevin Eastman also combined for six-straight winning season.