Dec. 9, 2011
COUGARS HOST BRONCOS SUNDAY IN WSU DOUBLEHEADER:
Washington State University men's basketball (5-4) remains on the Palouse for its fourth-straight game as it hosts Santa Clara (5-2), Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. at Pullman's Beasley Coliseum. The game is the first of a men's-women's doubleheader with the women tipping off at approximately 3:30 p.m. The game is available on the Cougar Radio Network with Bud Nameck's call.
WSU AGAINST SANTA CLARA:
The Cougars are 3-0 against the Broncos.
Both teams participated in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif. over the Thanksgiving Holiday...the Broncos' only loss in the tournament came against Oklahoma, which also defeated WSU in the opening round.
The two teams last met last season, in an overtime thriller in Santa Clara, Calif...WSU came out the victor in that game, 85-79.
Last season, Klay Thompson led the Cougars with 23 points, seven of them in the overtime period after tying the game at 71 to force overtime with a 3-pointer.
Reggie Moore scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer toward the end of regulation.
WSU played its first overtime game of the season.
DeAngelo Casto recorded his first double-double of the season (15 points, 10 rebounds) and the eighth of his career.
Reggie Moore scored a season-high 15 points...was 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
Santa Clara became the first WSU opponent to make 30 or more free throws (33-for-36) in a game since Colorado State, Dec. 14, 2002 (32-for-47).
Brock Motum tied his career high with three assists.
For the fourth-straight game, no Cougar scored in double figures in the first half.
WSU trailed at the half (35-29), has trailed at halftime in both road games this season.
Santa Clara became the first WSU opponent this season to shoot perfectly from the free throw line in the first half (12-for-12)...shot nine more first-half free throws than WSU.
COUGARS AGAINST THE WCC:
Washington State is 124-60 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 were at West Coast Conference schools...a loss at Gonzaga (Dec. 14) and a win at Portland (Nov. 20).
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).
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Washington State is 5-4 on the season, 2-1 on the road, 3-0 at home and 0-3 in neutral-site games.
Although he missed the last two games with a concussion, senior Faisal Aden leads the team and is fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring with 16.3 points per game.
Junior Brock Motum is second on the team and 10th in the league with 14.3 points an outing...he's leading the team and is 10th in the Pac-12 with 6.8 rebounds a game.
Motum is the only Cougar to score double figures in all nine games for the Cougars this season.
Motum also ranks eighth in the league and 51st in the nation with a .549 (50-for-91) field goal percentage.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has reached double figures in four of the Cougars' nine games and is averaging 9.0 points per game...just two Pac-12 freshman are averaging more than 10.8 points per game (Tony Wroten-Washington, 13.0 and Chasson Randle-Stanford, 11.2).
Junior Reggie Moore leads the league and is 39th in the country with 5.7 assists per game...he's adding 9.0 points per game.
Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick has not played this season...as of Nov. 18 he was scheduled to miss 3-5 weeks due to a fracture in his left foot.
Redshirt junior Mike Ladd missed WSU's games against UC Riverside, Grambling State, Eastern Washington and Idaho with a sprained thumb.
Faisal Aden missed the Cougars' games against Eastern Washington and Idaho with a concussion.
WASHINGTON STATE GETS 1,500TH WIN:
With the win at Idaho Dec. 7, Washington State notched its 1,500th win in its 109 years of existence.
The Cougars are 1,500-1,371 all-time for a .522 win percentage.
WSU needed a buzzer-beating jumper from Reggie Moore with 0.9 seconds left to defeat Idaho, 66-64, Wednesday at Moscow's Cowan Spectrum.
Moore led the team in scoring for the first time this season with 15 points, adding seven assists.
Moore led the Cougars with 15 points, making him the fourth different Cougar to lead WSU in scoring this season (Motum, Aden, Enquist).
Brock Motum finished with 12 points...he has scored in double figures in all nine games for WSU this season.
Charlie Enquist led WSU with eight rebounds...he's had 21 rebounds in the last two games...led WSU in rebounding for second-straight game.
Marcus Capers had a season-high seven rebounds and season-best eight points.
DaVonté Lacy got first field goal since Nov. 30 against Grambling State...came in the second half of Wednesday's game (3-pointer)...he finished 1-for-5 from the field.
Dexter Kernich-Drew has scored 19 points in the last two games after just three in the previous seven games...he's played 39 combined minutes after just 35 in the first seven games total.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win over Grambling State Nov. 30, WSU improved to 42-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 42-straight November games in Pullman and are 44-1 (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 IN HIS THIRD SEASON:
WSU head coach Ken Bone holds a 43-32 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, seven more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 12 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
Senior Marcus Capers has played 107 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.
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.
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.
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.