Feb. 14, 2013
DUCKS COME TO TOWN SATURDAY FOR LATE AFTERNOON TIP-OFF: Washington State University men's basketball (11-14, 2-10) looks to snap its five-game losing streak as it hosts No. 23 Oregon (20-5, 9-3), Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m., at Beasley Coliseum.
The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks, as JB Long and Ernie Kent 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. DUCKS:
Saturday marks the 285th all-time meeting between Oregon and Washington State, with the Ducks holding a 161-123 advantage.
Oregon has won the last four meetings and seven of the last eight.
WSU's last win in the series came Jan. 8, 2011 at Pullman.
Fourth-year Cougar head coach Ken Bone is 1-7 against Oregon with the Cougars and 2-8 in his career, as his Portland State squad defeated Oregon, 54-52, during the 2005-06 season at Eugene.
Last season Oregon swept the series with wins at Spokane Arena (Dec. 29) and Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene (Feb. 11).
In the first meeting this season, the Cougars led the No. 16 Ducks by 10 at halftime, but couldn't hold of a second-half surge as it they fell, 68-61, Jan. 23 at Eugene.
Mike Ladd led WSU with 19 points.
He added 8 rebounds and 5 assists...his 5 assists are a personal Pac-12 best and one shy of his career high.
Brock Motum finished with 14 points.
D.J. Shelton scored all 5 of his points in the first half...finished with 7 rebounds...his most since grabbing 8 boards against Washington, Jan. 5.
Keaton Hayenga saw the first Pac-12 action of his career, played a minute.
COUGARS VS. RANKED OPPONENTS:
This week, Oregon is ranked 23rd in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll...WSU is 47-215 all-time against ranked opponents.
The Cougars are 0-4 against ranked opponents this season (losses to No. 12 Kansas, No. 10 Gonzaga, No. 16 Oregon and No. 8 Arizona) and have lost six-straight against ranked foes.
WSU's last win over a ranked opponent came against No. 18 Washington, Jan. 30, 2011, by the score of 87-80.
Washington State is 5-11 against ranked Duck teams and 0-2 against Oregon when its ranked No. 23.
The Cougars are 2-2 against the No. 23 team in the nation with their two losses coming to the Ducks...they last defeated the No. 23 team, March 3, 2007, USC, by the score of 88-86 in overtime.
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.
MORE ON BONE AS COUGAR HEAD COACH:
Bone holds a 68-60 (.531) record with Washington State and already has more wins than nine previous Cougar men's basketball coaches.
He also has more wins than two of the last three head coaches, 32 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 37 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
Bone's .531 winning percentage (68-60) 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 68 wins are the most by a Cougar head coach in his first four seasons.
With 68 wins, Bone is just one victory away from moving into a three-way tie as the sixth-winningest head coach in Washington State history...Tony Bennett (2006-09) and Kevin Eastman (1995-99) each had 69 victories at the helm for WSU.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars are 11-14 overall and 2-10 in conference play.
The Cougars have lost five-straight games, their longest losing streak of the season.
WSU is 8-6 at home, 1-6 on the road and 2-2 in neutral-site games...in league play, WSU is 1-5 at home and 1-4 on the road.
Eight of the Cougars' 14 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).
Brock Motum leads the team with 18.0 points per game and 6.4 rebounds...he's scored at least 11 points in all 25 games this season for a streak of 25-straight games with double-figure scoring...he's averaging 16.3 points in WSU's 12 conference games.
Motum is ranked third in the conference and 46th in the nation (as of Feb. 10) in scoring and ranks 19th in the league in rebounding and tied for eighth in minutes played.
With 20 and 10 at Oregon State Jan. 26, Motum is one of just five 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, Stanford's Dwight Powell and UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad.
Mike Ladd missed the Feb. 13 game against Oregon State, but has reached double figures 10 of his last 12 games and is second on the team with 11.4 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team third-best 5.9 rebounds a game.
Ladd is averaging 14.3 points (11th in the Pac-12) and 6.4 rebounds (17th in the Pac-12) in Pac-12 only action.
After a career-high 27 points against Oregon State, Feb., 13, DaVonté Lacy is now averaging 10.6 points per game, having reached double figures in each of the last four games and 20-plus in two of the last three.
Dexter Kernich-Drew 6.5 ppg, and D.J. Shelton 5.4 points and a team second-best 6.2 rebounds a game.
Shelton's 6.2 rebounds per game rank 20th in the league, while his 6.5 rebounds per game in conference games only are 15th best in the league.
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).
MOTUM EYEING 1,000/500 CLUB:
Brock Motum is just 3 rebounds away from becoming 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 has already reached the 1,000-point plateau with 1,336.
WSU's comeback after trailing by as many as 15 points fell short as it dropped its game to Oregon State, 67-66, Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Beasley Coliseum.
DaVonté Lacy led WSU with a career-high 27 points (his previous high was 22 points)...he has scored in double-figures in four-straight games and reached the 20-point plateau in two of the last three games.
Lacy was 7-for-9 from 3-point range marking a career high for 3-pointers made.
Brock Motum finished with 16 points and has reached double figures in all 25 games this season...has reached double-figure points in 25-straight games.
Bryce Leavitt played a career high 25 minutes...he had career high assists (5), rebounds (3), blocks (1) and steals (tied with 1)...the walk-on had previously played 13 combined minutes in Pac-12 action.
Royce Woolridge scored 10 points and has reached double figures in each of the last five games.
Walk-on Dominic Ballard saw his first career Pac-12 action...he played 5 minutes and had 1 assist.
Washington State set a school conference game record with 14 (14-for-28) 3-pointers made...the previous high was 13 set against Stanford, Feb. 27, 1993.
WSU's 14 3-pointers are its most 3-pointers made since going 15-for-29 from beyond the arc against Sacramento State, Nov. 21, 2008.
The Cougars were perfect from the free throw line (8-for-8) for the third time this season.
WSU's .468 (22-for-47) field goal percentage is its best since shooting .500 (24-for-48) against Utah, Jan. 16...the second highest of the Pac-12 season. The team's second-leading scorer, Mike Ladd, did not play due to a left knee injury.
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 1,384 points, Motum is 10th on WSU's career scoring list...he is 24 points away from Brian Quinnett (1985-89) in ninth with 1,408.
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).