March 5, 2013
COUGARS HOST NO. 23 BRUINS WEDNESDAY AS PART OF FINAL HOMESTAND OF THE SEASON: Washington State University men's basketball (11-18, 2-14) returns home for its final homestand of the season as it hosts No. 23 UCLA, Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
The game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks as Ted Robinson 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. BRUINS:
Wednesday marks the 117th all-time meeting between UCLA and WSU, as the Bruins hold the 102-14 advantage in the series.
The Cougars trail the series 46-11 as the home team, including an 0-2 mark in Spokane...the Bruins lead 54-2 at Los Angeles and 2-1 in neutral-site games.
WSU has lost eight-straight games to UCLA and has won just two of the last 18, its last win , Feb. 21, 2009 at Pauley Pavilion.
The Cougars have lost 19-straight home games to the Bruins, as their last home victory came Feb. 6, 1993 at Beasley Coliseum.
Three Cougars (Brett Boese, DaVonté Lacy, Bryce Leavitt and Junior Longrus) weren't born yet the last time WSU defeated UCLA at home.
The last two games between WSU and UCLA at Pullman, and three of the last four, have been decided by 4 points or less, including a 3-point Cougar loss (63-60) last season and a 58-54 overtime WSU loss during the 2010-11 season....the Cougs fell by 2, 61-59, at home during the 2008-09 season.
Head Coach Ken Bone is winless against UCLA at 0-7 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.
Earlier this season UCLA started strong and held off a WSU comeback for the 76-62 victory at Los Angeles's Pauley Pavilion, Feb. 9.
Brock Motum finished with a team-high 17 points.
Royce Woolridge finished with 16 points, tying his then-Pac-12 high.
D.J. Shelton tied his career high with 6 assists...he added 7 rebounds and 5 points.
Mike Ladd led the team with 9 rebounds.
UCLA shot .620 (31-50) from the field...it's the highest shooting percentage by a WSU opponent since Oregon shot .694 (34-49), Dec. 29, 2011 against WSU at Spokane.
COUGARS VS. RANKED OPPONENTS:
This week UCLA is ranked 23rd in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll...WSU is 47-217 all-time against ranked opponents.
The Cougars are 0-6 against ranked opponents this season (losses to No. 12 Kansas, No. 10 Gonzaga, No. 16 Oregon, No. 8 Arizona, No. 23 Oregon and No. 12 Arizona) and have lost eight-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 4-66 all-time against ranked UCLA teams, as its last win over the ranked Bruins came Feb. 21, 2009 at Pauley Pavilion by the score of 82-81 as UCLA was ranked 20th...that was also the last Cougar win over the Bruins.
Seventeen of WSU's games against ranked UCLA teams came when the Bruins were ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll.
The Cougars are 2-3 against the No. 23 team in the nation with all three losses coming to the Oregon, most recently Feb. 16 of this season.
They last defeated a No. 23 team, March 3, 2007, USC, by the score of 88-86 in overtime.
WSU has not gone winless against ranked foes when facing at least two in a season since the 2003-04 season when it went 0-6.
That season came during a 48-game losing streak to ranked opponents which started Feb. 27, 1997 and was snapped Jan. 29, 2005.
COUGARS VS. TROJANS:
Saturday marks the 115th all-time meeting between Washington State and USC, with the Trojans leading the series 69-45.
The Cougars lead the series 30-23 at home, including a 1-1 tie in Spokane, while they trail the Trojans 43-14 at Los Angeles.
WSU has won three of the last four games in the series and five of the last seven.
The Cougars have won the last three games against the Trojans at home and eight of the last nine.
Fourth-year Cougar head coach Ken Bone is 5-2 against USC, all six games with the Cougars.
Last season, WSU swept the series with a 60-53 victory in the first game at Pullman, Feb. 2, and held USC to its fewest points in the series in a 43-38 win, March 3 at Los Angeles.
In the first meeting between WSU and USC this season the Cougars led by 3 at halftime, but lost their lead in the final 7 minutes, falling 72-68, Feb. 7 at the Galen Center.
DaVonté Lacy was one point shy of his then-career high with 21.
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.
The Cougars led at the half for the fourth time in eight games.
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 68 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 68-64 (.515) 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 .515 winning percentage (68-64) 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 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 11-18 overall and 2-14 in conference play.
They have lost nine-straight games, their longest losing streak of the season and longest since the 2002-03 season when they lost 14-straight games.
WSU is 8-7 at home, 1-9 on the road and 2-2 in neutral-site games...in league play, WSU is 1-6 at home and 1-8 on the road.
Ten of the Cougars' 18 losses have come by 7 points or less, including a 2-point loss to then-No. 10 Gonzaga (Dec. 5) and a 2-point overtime loss to then-No. 23 Oregon (Feb. 16).
Five of the losses have come by 2 points or less, including two overtime losses.
Brock Motum leads the team with 17.9 points per game and 6.2 rebounds...he's scored at least 11 points in all 29 games this season for a streak of 29-straight games with double-figure scoring...he's averaging 16.4 points in WSU's 16 conference games.
Motum is ranked third in the conference and 51st in the nation in scoring and ranks 18th in the league in rebounding and sixth in minutes played.
Mike Ladd has missed the last five games against Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State, Arizona and Washington, but reached double figures in 10 of his last 12 games, while he 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 and 6.4 rebounds in Pac-12 only action.
After a career-high 27 points against Oregon State, Feb., 13, DaVonté Lacy is now averaging 10.5 points per game, having reached double figures in seven of the last eight games.
Royce Woolridge is coming off a 36-point performance against Oregon (Feb. 16) and is adding 10.2 points per game (12.8 ppg in Pac-12 play, ranked 19th in the league), Dexter Kernich-Drew 6.3 ppg, and D.J. Shelton 5.7 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 6.3 rebounds per game in conference games is 16th-best in the league.
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 now has 1,451 points and 517 rebounds.
WSU couldn't hold on for the victory, as it fell at Washington, 72-68, Sunday afternoon at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Brock Motum led WSU with 18 points...he has scored double figures in all 29 games this season...scored double-figures in 29-straight games.
Royce Woolridge also finished with 18 points...he has scored double figures in eight of the last nine games.
DaVonté Lacy finished with 10 points...he has scored double figures in each of the last three games and seven of the last eight games. Lacy's 4 assists are his most since dishing out 4 at UCLA Feb. 9.
D.J. Shelton scored 11 points...his most since scoring 13 against Arizona, Feb. 2.
WSU shot .512 from the field (22-for-43), its highest field goal percentage since shooting .518 (29-for-56) against Utah Valley, Nov. 14.
The team's second-leading scorer, Mike Ladd, did not play due to a left knee injury for the fifth-straight game.
MORE ON WOOLRIDGE AGAINST OREGON:
Royce Woolridge finished with 36 points against Oregon, Feb. 16...he's the first Cougar to reach the 30-point plateau this season, while his 36 is the most by a WSU men's basketball student-athlete since Klay Thompson scored 43 points against Washington, March 10, 2011 in the conference tournament.
The 36 points are the most by a Pac-12 student-athlete in conference action since Klay Thompson also had 36 points at California, Jan. 13, 2011.
WSU has had the individual with the highest single-game point total in conference action each of the last three seasons, as Brock Motum had 34 against Arizona State, Jan. 28 of last season.
Woolridge and Thompson each have the most points in conference action since Jerome Randle had 39 points at Washington State, Jan. 14, 2010.
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 1,451 points, Motum is seventh on WSU's career scoring list...he is 7 points away from Marcus Moore (2001-04) in sixth with 1,458 points.
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).