Feb. 8, 2013
COUGARS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK AT UCLA SATURDAY: Washington State University men's basketball (11-12, 2-8) looks to snap its three-game losing streak as it heads to Los Angeles's newly renovated Pauley Pavilion to take on UCLA (17-6, 7-3), Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks, as Ted Robinson and Don MacLean 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. BRUINS:
Saturday marks the 116th all-time meeting between UCLA and WSU, as the Bruins hold the 101-14 advantage in the series.
UCLA leads 53-2 at L.A. and 46-11 on the road, including a 2-0 mark in Spokane, along with a 2-1 neutral-site lead.
WSU has lost seven-straight games to UCLA and won just two of the last 18, its last win , Feb. 21, 2009 at Pauley Pavilion.
Head Coach Ken Bone is winless against UCLA at 0-6 as WSU's head coach.
UCLA swept the series last year, a 63-60 win at Pullman, Feb. 4, 2012 and a 78-46 victory at L.A., March 1, 2012.
In the first meeting, Brock Motum led WSU with 25 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
Mike Ladd scored a season second-best 10 points.
Abe Lodwick finished with 11 points, was 3-for-5 from 3-point.
Reggie Moore was also in double figures for WSU with 12 points as four Cougars scored in double figures.
WSU suffered its first loss at Beasley Coliseum of the season and had its 11-game Pullman win streak snapped...WSU's previous loss also came against UCLA (58-54 in OT), March 5, 2011.
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.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars are 11-12 overall and 2-8 in conference play, in a three-way tie witih Oregon State and Utah for 10th place in the league standings heading into Saturday's games.
WSU is 8-5 at home, 1-5 on the road and 2-2 in neutral-site games...in league play, WSU is 1-4 at home and 1-4 on the road.
Seven of the Cougars' 12 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 18.2 points per game and 6.6 rebounds...he's scored at least 11 points in all 23 games this season for a streak of 232-straight games with double-figure scoring...he's averaging 16.2 points in WSU's 10 conference games.
Motum is ranked third in the conference and 44th in the nation (as of Feb. 8) in scoring and ranks 17th in the league in rebounding and seventh 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 10 of the last 11 games and is second on the team with 11.7 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team third-best 5.8 rebounds a game.
Ladd is averaging 15.2 points (tied for ninth in the Pac-12) and 6.1 rebounds (18th 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 9.7 points in 19 games.
Dexter Kernich-Drew 6.6 ppg, and D.J. Shelton 5.3 points and a team second-best 6.1 rebounds a game.
Shelton's 6.1 rebounds per game rank 20th in the league, while his 6.5 rebounds per game in conference games only are tied for 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).
CLOSE CALLS IN CONFERENCE GAMES:
Washington State is 2-8 in Pac-12 games this season, but all eight of the losses have come by fewer than 15 points and an average of 8.4 points per game.
WSU's closest losses were 4-point defeats by Arizona State (63-59), Jan. 31 and USC (72-68), Feb. 7...while its biggest loss of 14 points came at the hands of Arizona (79-65).
Five of the eight losses have come by single-digits and three of them by 5 points or less.
MOTUM EYEING 1,000/500 CLUB:
Brock Motum is just 11 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 led by 3 at halftime, but couldn't hold on as it fell at USC, 72-68, Thursday, Feb. 9.
DaVonté Lacy was one point shy of his career high with 21...it's his most points since scoring 22 against Gonzaga, Dec. 5...just his second time reaching the 20-point plateau.
Lacy reached double figures for the second-straight game.
D.J. Shelton tied his career high with 12 rebounds...he had 8 of those rebounds in the first half and has grabbed double-figure rebounds in each of the last two games...he added 5 assists, one shy of his career high.
Mike Ladd finished with 16 points, reaching double figures for the 10th time in 11 games.
Brock Motum finished with 15 points, and has scored in double figures in all 23 games this season...extended his streak to 23-straight games in double-figures.
The Cougars led at the half for the fourth time in eight games.
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 1,351 points, Motum is 11th on WSU's career scoring list...he is 16 points away from Joe Wallace (1984-87) in 10th with 1,367.
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).
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER: With its win over Idaho, Nov. 28, 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).
COUGARS GO `DOWN UNDER': The Cougars spent two weeks in Australia, Aug. 3-16, 2012, as part of an NCAA approved international tour. WSU went 2-3 in five games, three of them against teams of the NBL (National Basketball 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. The Cougar roster contains three Aussies.