Feb. 28, 2013
WSU CONCLUDES PAC-12 ROAD SLATE AT WASHINGTON SUNDAY: Washington State University men's basketball (11-17, 2-13) closes out its Pac-12 road schedule as it travels across the state to Seattle to take on Washington (15-13, 7-8), Sunday, March 3 at 12:30 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
The game can be seen on FSN (ROOT Sports Northwest), as Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson 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. HUSKIES:
Sunday marks the 176th all-time meeting between Washington State and Washington, with the Huskies leading the series, 175-100.
Washington has won the last four games and eight of the last 10.
WSU trails the series, 100-35 at Washington and 73-62 when hosting UW, while the series is tied at 2-2 in neutral-site games.
The Cougars last defeated the Huskies, Feb. 27, 2011 at Seattle, an 80-69 win.
WSU head coach Ken Bone is 2-9 against the Huskies as a head coach and 2-6 against UW as WSU's head coach.
The Huskies swept the season series last year with a 75-65 victory at Seattle, Jan. 15, and a 59-55 win at Pullman.
WSU's comeback against the Huskies fell short in the first meeting this season, Jan. 5 at Beasley Coliseum, falling 68-63.
Mike Ladd had a then-WSU-high 16 points.
Will DiIorio made a career-high 3 3-pointers...he previously had made just one career 3-pointer in his 2 and a half year-WSU career...was 1-for-2 from 3-point in his career coming into the game, was 3-for-4 in Saturday's game.
DiIorio finished with a career-high 9 points...his previous high of 7 points came against Sacramento State, Nov. 30, 2010.
Brock Motum finished with 15 points, 11 of them in the second half.
WSU lost its conference opener for the fourth-straight season and seventh time in eight seasons...the Cougars dropped to 16-29 in conference openers since the formation of the Pacific-8 Conference prior to the 1968-69 season.
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 68-63 (.519) 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 .519 winning percentage (68-63) 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 11-17 overall and 2-13 in conference play.
They have lost eight-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, 1-8 on the road and 2-2 in neutral-site games...in league play, WSU is 1-6 at home and 1-7 on the road.
Nine of the Cougars' 17 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 28 games this season for a streak of 28-straight games with double-figure scoring...he's averaging 16.3 points in WSU's 14 conference games.
Motum is tied for third in the conference (as of Feb. 27) and 47th in the nation (as of Feb. 27) in scoring and ranks 29th in the league in rebounding and eighth in minutes played.
Mike Ladd has missed the last four games against Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State and Arizona, 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 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 six of the last seven games.
Royce Woolridge is coming off a 36-point performance against Oregon (Feb. 16) and is adding 9.9 points per game (12.4 ppg in Pac-12 play), Dexter Kernich-Drew 6.3 ppg, and D.J. Shelton 5.5 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 1,433 points and 511 rebounds.
WSU's comeback fell short as it dropped a road game at No. 12 Arizona, 73-56, Saturday, Feb. 23 at the McKale Center.
Brock Motum led the Cougars with 20 points, reaching the 20-point plateau for the first time since putting up 20 at Oregon State, Jan. 26.
Motum moved into seventh place on WSU's all-time career scoring list, passing Bennie Seltzer (1990-93)...he now has (1,433) career points...he's 25 points away from Marcus Moore in sixth.
DaVonté Lacy was the only other Coug in double figures with 10 points...he's scored in double figures in six of the last seven games and two-straight.
Freshman Brett Boese finished with 3 points in eight minutes...he scored his first points since Dec. 29 against Idaho State, the first Pac-12 points of his career.
A total of four freshmen saw action for the Cougars: Boese and Junior Longrus and walk-ons Bryce Leavitt and Dominic Ballard.
WSU its season low with 19 first-half points...also scored 19 points in the first half against Colorado, Jan. 19.
The team's second-leading scorer, Mike Ladd, did not play due to a left knee injury for the fourth-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 1,433 points, Motum is seventh on WSU's career scoring list...he is 25 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).