Nov. 8, 2012
COUGARS OPEN SEASON HOSTING EAGLES: The Washington State University men's basketball team will officially open the 2012-13 season hosting Eastern Washington, Saturday, Nov. 10 at 4:30 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks as Rich Burk and Lenny Wilkens have the call, marking the basketball team's first appearance on the networks. Bud Nameck, in his 20th year with Cougar Basketball, will have the call on the Cougar IMG Radio Network. Please see the front page of today's notes for a complete listing of affiliates. Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men's basketball.
WSU AGAINST EASTERN WASHINGTON:
Saturday's matchup is the 66th all-time between the Cougars and the Eagles, with WSU holding a 54-11 lead in the series.
Fourth-year WSU head coach Ken Bone is 6-5 all-time against EWU, after going 4-5 as head coach at Portland State.
The teams met last season, Dec. 3, at Beasley Coliseum with WSU coming out on top, 75-49.
Redshirt senior Charlie Enquist had the first double-double of his career with career-highs, 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Brock Motum added 15 points and 6 rebounds.
Prior to that, the teams met Nov. 16, 2009, resulting in a 67-61 WSU victory...Klay Thompson led all scorers with 24 points.
After scoring 20 in the season opener against Portland, EWU's Benny Valentine was held to five points (two of them from the free throw line...was 1-for-7 from the field) in 2009.
Nov. 9, 2007 the Cougars faced the Eagles for the first time since 1998...the 2007 matchup saw the Cougars win 68-41 in Pullman.
During the 1997-96 season, Eastern snapped a 17-game losing streak to Washington State with an 83-82 victory in Kennewick, Wash., Dec. 22, 1997.
The Cougar loss snapped their winning streak which stretched back to 1952.
The teams first met Jan. 14, 1907 in Pullman, as the Cougars won, 16-10.
WSU AGAINST THE BIG SKY:
WSU holds a 181-39 record against current members of the Big Sky Conference.
Northern Colorado and North Dakota are the only current Big Sky members that WSU has never faced.
The Cougars have a winning record against every Big Sky team they've faced and are undefeated against Northern Arizona (3-0), Portland State (7-0) and Weber State (1-0).
Of the 220 games against members of the Big Sky Conference, 107 of them have come against Montana.
WSU's Ken Bone, former head coach at Big Sky member Portland State, holds a 6-5 record against the Eagles.
This is the first of two Big Sky schools the Cougars will play this season as they host Idaho State in Kennewick, Wash., Dec. 29, to close out the nonconference season.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win over Grambling State Nov. 30 of last season, WSU finished the month 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.
COUGARS IN SEASON OPENERS:
The Cougars are 89-21 all-time in season openers and have won seven of their last eight after falling at Gonzaga, 89-81, last year to open the 2011-12 season.
They have won 22-consecutive Beasley Coliseum openers with their last loss coming to BYU by a score of 60-53, Dec. 3, 1987.
WSU is 9-1 in season openers against Eastern Washington, most recently defeating the Eagles, 68-41, Nov. 9, 2007.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE:
The team boasts two returning starters, including 2011-12 Pac-12 leading scorer, Brock Motum.
Joining Motum and sophomore DaVonte Lacy are six more returning letterwinners and two returning squad members.
Among the returning letterwinners are senior guard Mike Ladd, junior forward Will DiIorio, redshirt sophomore guard Dexter Kernich-Drew and redshirt junior forward D.J. Shelton, along with squad members sophomore Royce Woolridge and freshman Dominic Ballard, both whom redshirted last season.
Joining this year's squad are four transfers and two true freshmen.
Two of the transfers, Jordan Railey (Iowa State) and Brett Kingma (Oregon) will sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but Keaton Hayenga and James Hunter, and Brett Boese and Bryce Leavitt will be eligible immediately.
WSU lost three starters from last season's team; Marcus Capers and Abe Lodwick, who graduated following their senior seasons and Reggie Moore, who was dismissed from the team this fall.
Seniors Faisal Aden and Charlie Enquist and sophomore Patrick Simon are also gone from last year's team after playing notable minutes for the Cougs.
MOTUM EYES 1,000 POINTS:
With 933 points, senior Brock Motum is just 67 points away from becoming the 33rd Cougar to reach 1,000 career points and the third in the last four season.
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.
COUGARS GO `DOWN UNDER':
The Cougars spent two weeks in Australia, Aug. 3-16, 2012, as part of an NCAA approved international tour.
The team made stops in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane/Gold Coast and Cairns, playing five games in all.
WSU went 2-3 in those games, three of them against teams of the NBL (National Basketball League), Australia's highest professional 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.
Reggie Moore averaged 13.0, Dexter Kernich-Drew 8.4 and Mike Ladd 6.4 points per game.
The Cougar roster contains three Aussies; Motum (Brisbane), Kernich-Drew (Melbourne) and James Hunter (Sydney).
COUGARS MAKE 12TH POSTSEASON APPEARANCE:
Washington State competed in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in 2011-12, marking the first CBI and 12th overall postseason appearance in school history.
WSU advanced to the championship series, marking the second-straight season the Cougars have reached at least the semifinals of their postseason tournament...last year WSU advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in New York, falling to eventual-champion Wichita State in the semifinals.
The Cougars are 17-13 all-time in postseason play.
WSU also compiled its most single-season postseason wins with a 4-2 record in the CBI...last season the Cougars went 3-1 in the NIT.
In the last two seasons WSU has gone 7-3 in postseason play.
WSU has made it to six NCAA Tournaments (6-6) and five NITs (7-5).
Washington State became the third Pac-12 school to advance to the championship round of the CBI as Oregon State won in 2008 and Oregon won the tournament in 2011.
MOTUM'S BREAKOUT JUNIOR SEASON:
Washington State junior Brock Motum had a breakout season in 2011-12 as he led the Cougars and the Pac-12 in scoring in both the overall games and conference only games.
Motum averaged 18.0 points per game in all games, edging out Oregon State's Jared Cunningham with 17.9 points per game.
In league games the Australian averaged 20.7 points per game, over a point per game ahead of Cunningham with 19.2 points per game.
He also ranked sixth in field goal percentage (.554) and seventh in rebounds per game (6.4 rpg), making him the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-13 in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding.
Motum finished the season ranked 38th in the country in points per game and 26th in field goal percentage.
In contrast to his junior season, Motum played 799 minutes in 54 games his first two seasons combined at Washington State...this season he clocked 1,072 minutes of action.
In his first two seasons he averaged 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds a game, but still did it at a high shooting clip, .591.
Last season alone Motum had 293 more points than he did in his first two seasons combined (613 compared to 320), and averaged 18.0 points per game, 12.1 more points than his first two seasons.
Motum also had 216 rebounds last season, more than his 72 his first two years combined, for a 6.4 rebounding average, over four rebounds more a game.
He continued to shoot at a high clip at .554 last season for a .567 career field goal percentage.
MOTUM JOINS ELITE COMPANY:
Junior Brock Motum grabbed his 200th rebound of the 2011-12 season March 7 in the Pac-12 Tournament and had 613 points and 216 rebounds last season.
He joined two other Cougars, Steve Puidokas and Larry Beck as the only WSU players to reach 500 points and 200 boards in a season.
Beck had 506 points and 214 rebounds in 1955-56, while Puidokas recorded 559 points and 259 rebounds in 1974-75.
WSU DEFEATS SAINT MARTIN'S IN EXHIBITION ACTION:
WSU defeated Saint Martin's, 62-60, Tuesday, Nov. 6 in exhibition action at Beasley Coliseum.
Brock Motum led all scorers with 21 points, while Mike Ladd added 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Royce Woolridge finished with 10 points and a game-high 3 steals, while D.J. Shelton led the team with 9 rebounds.
COUGARS IN THE COMMUNITY:
The Cougars have been very active in the community over the last two years.
Below is a breakdown of some of the work they've done in the community.
Cougar Elite Camp (WSU Campus) - June 18-19, 2011
Cougar Day Camp (WSU Campus) - June 21-24, 2011
Cougar Team Camp (WSU Campus) - June 28-July 1, 2011
Palouse Habitat for Humanity (Uniontown) - July 9, 2011
Learning Center Sports' Week (Pullman) - July 27, 2011
National Lentil Festival Street Fair (Downtown Pullman) - August 19, 2011
National Lentil Festival Parade (Downtown Pullman) - August 20, 2011
WSU Family Weekend (WSU Campus) - Sept. 10, 2011
Pullman Senior Center (Downtown Pullman) - Sept. 16, 2011 and Feb. 24, 2012
Free Kids' Clinic (WSU Campus) - Oct. 1, 2011
YMCA Keys to Success (Pullman) - Oct. 8, 2011
Jefferson Elementary School (Pullman) - Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, 2011
Sacred Hearth Children's Hospital Visit (Spokane) - Dec. 28, 2011
Free Kids' Clinic (Spokane) - Dec. 30, 2011
Sunnyside Elementary School Pizza Party (Pullman) - Jan. 17, 2012
Cougar Elite Camp (WSU Campus) - June 16-17, 2012
Cougar Day Camp (WSU Campus) - June 18-21, 2012
Cougar Team Camp (WSU Campus) - June 26-29, 2012
Hoopfest (Spokane) - June 29-30, 2012
Palouse Habitat for Humanity (Uniontown) - July 21, 2012
National Lentil Festival Street Fair (Downtown Pullman) - August 17, 2011
National Lentil Festival Parade (Downtown Pullman) - August 18, 2011
Pullman Senior Center (Downtown Pullman) - Oct. 8, 2012
Free Basketball Clinic for Youth (Lapwai, Idaho) - Oct. 20, 2012
Free Kids' Clinic (WSU Campus) - Oct. 28, 2012 Pullman
Senior Center (Downtown Pullman) - Oct. 29, 2012