Dec. 30, 2011
WSU LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST OSU IN SPOKANE: Washington State University men's basketball (8-5, 0-1) looks to bounce back after dropping its Pac-12 openers as it hosts Oregon State (10-3, 0-1) at Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. The game can be seen on ROOT NW, or you can listen on the Cougar Radio Network with Bud Nameck's call. Please see the list of affiliates on page one of today's notes for more information.
WSU AGAINST OREGON STATE:
Washington State trails the all-time series against Oregon State, 162-120, but WSU has won the last two meetings.
The Cougars lead the series at home, 76-60, including a 1-0 mark in Spokane.
The two teams met at Spokane Arena Jan. 11, 1997, an 80-64 WSU victory.
Last season WSU got one of its two regular season Pac-10 sweeps against the Beavers, winning at Pullman and Corvallis. For more on the series, see page four of today's notes.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Washington State is 8-5 on the season, 1-3 in neutral-site games, 5-1 at home (including a game at Spokane Arena) and 2-1 in away games...WSU lost its first three neutral-site games, wearing white in all three, all at the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
In their last outing, the Cougars fell to Oregon, 92-75, in the two teams' Pac-12 openers at Spokane Arena.
WSU had its six-game winning streak snapped and is now 2-11 in its last 13 conference openers.
Despite missing three games this season with a concussion, senior Faisal Aden leads the team and ranks ninth in the Pac-12 with 14.2 points per game...he's scored in double figures in eight of the 10 games he's played in.
Junior Brock Motum is 11th in the league with 14.0 points per game and a league 11th-best 6.3 rebounds an outing...he is 11th in the conference with a .545 (67-for-123) field goal percentage.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has started seven games for the Cougars and is third on the team wit 10.1 points per game.
Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick played his first game this season Dec. 18 after missing the first 10 with a foot injury.
Redshirt junior Mike Ladd missed WSU's games against UC Riverside, Grambling State, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Santa Clara with a sprained thumb.
Faisal Aden missed the Cougars' games against Eastern Washington, Idaho and Santa Clara with a concussion.
THE DIFFERENCE FOUR YEARS MAKE FOR ENQUIST:
In his first four seasons with the Cougars (he redshirted in 2007-08), Charlie Enquist scored a combined 50 points, grabbed 63 rebounds, and played a total of 331 minutes.
This season as a redshirt senior, Enquist already has 89 points, 69 rebounds and 244 minutes played in just 13 games this season.
Enquist is shooting .810 (34-for-42) from the field and .840 (21-for-25) from the free throw line...he has made 14 of his last 16 shots and his last 12 free throws.
MOORE OF THE SAME:
Reggie Moore has finished in the top-nine in the league in assists per game over in his first two seasons (ninth last season, fifth as a freshman in 2009-10).
This season Moore leads the league with 5.4 assists per game...he's adding a team fourth-best 9.2 points per game.
Moore started the season ranked 18th in the WSU record books for career assists with 226...he currently has moved up to ninth with 296 careers assists, 28 away from Blake Pengelly in eighth with 324.
The Cougar season record for assists average is 6.9 apg accomplished by Donminic Elllison during the 1994-95 season...he also holds the second spot with 5.6 per game during the 1995-96 season.
If Moore continues his 5.4 assists per game average this season, he will hold the third-best single season average in WSU history.
Washington State and Oregon State are meeting for the 104th-consecutive men's basketball season.
It is the ninth longest continuous rivalry nationally behind Columbia/Yale (111th season), Princeton/Yale (111th season), Pennsylvania/Princeton (110th season), Columbia/Pennsylvania (109th season), Cornell/Pennsylvania (109th season), Washington State/Idaho (107th season), Kansas/Missouri and Baylor/Texas.
The Cougars also hold the sixth oldest continuous rivalry, as they faced Idaho earlier this season.
BRINGING IN THE NEW YEAR:
The Cougars host the Beavers of Oregon State Dec. 31, New Year's Eve.
Washington State is 10-4 all-time in games played on New Year's Eve (Dec. 31).
This marks the third-straight season the Cougars will play on New Year's Eve...they played at USC last season and hosted Oregon in 2009-10.
WSU has played on Dec. 31 four of the last seven games, adding wins over Stanford in 2004-05 and Arizona State in 2005-06.
Three of the last four New Year's Eve games have been played at home, with the 2004-05 game taking place in Spokane as well.
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 now 1,503-1,371 all-time for a .523 win percentage.
The Cougars fell to Oregon, 92-75, in their Pac-12 opener Thursday, Dec. 29 in a home game at Spokane Arena.
DaVonté Lacy scored a career-high 19 points...he made a career-best five 3-pointers and was 7-for-9 from the field.
Brock Motum scored 12 points and has scored in double figures in 12 of the Cougars' 13 games this season.
Oregon shot .694 from the field...the highest field goal percentage by a WSU opponent since Gonzaga shot .708 (34-for-48) Dec. 28, 2003.
WSU snapped its six-game winning streak, its longest since winning the first six games of the 2009-10 season.
The Cougars dropped to 14-30 all-time in Pac-8/10/12 openers...0-2 against Oregon in openers.
Oregon got 44 of its 92 points in the paint and 42 points from the bench.
MOTUM NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Brock Motum was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 5-12.
Motum led the Cougars to two victories that week, a 66-64 win at Idaho Wednesday (Dec. 7) and a 93-55 win over Santa Clara Sunday (Dec. 11).
This is the first honor for Motum, who becomes the first Cougar not named Klay Thompson to earn conference player of the week since Taylor Rochestie picked up the honor, Feb. 23, 2009.
Motum is the first forward to pick up the accolades since Daven Harmeling, Feb. 4, 2007.
It marks Washington State's 24th all-time Player of the Week.
Ken Bone IN HIS THIRD SEASON:
WSU head coach Ken Bone holds a 46-33 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, 10 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 15 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
Senior Marcus Capers has played 111 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.