Jan. 27, 2012
COUGARS END ROAD TRIP AGAINST SUN DEVILS: The Washington State University men's basketball team (11-9, 3-5) will try and bounce back after its first loss in three games as it travels to Tempe, Ariz. to take on Arizona State, Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT. The game can be seen on ROOT Northwest and Fox Sports Arizona. In addition, the game can be heard 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 ARIZONA STATE:
• The Cougars hold a 34-35 record in the all-time series against Arizona State.
• WSU leads the series at Pullman, 21-12, but trails at Tempe, Ariz. 13-22...the Sun Devils lead the series 1-0 in neutral site matchups.
• The Cougars and Sun Devils split their two-game series last season, as both teams won at home.
• In the first meeting between the two schools, Arizona State traveled to Pullman Jan. 20 to face the Cougars...led by junior DeAngelo Casto, who scored a career high 25 points, WSU handed the Sun Devils a 78-61 defeat.
• In the second matchup of the season, the Cougars fell to Arizona State in a thriller, 71-69 in Tempe Feb. 19...junior Abe Lodwick missed a last-second 3-pointer that would have given the Cougars the victory.
• Head coach Ken Boneis 2-3 all-time against the Sun Devils and 1-3 as the Cougars' head coach...he played and defeated Arizona State once prior to coming to arriving at WSU.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• After two big wins over conference leaders Stanford (Jan. 19) and California (Jan. 21), WSU fell in the opening game of the two-game road trip at Arizona, 85-61, Thursday at Tucson's McKale Center.
• WSU is 11-9 on the season and 3-5 in Pac-12 play, having played seven of its last nine games away from Pullman, including `home' games in Seattle (Pepperdine, Dec. 22) and Spokane (Oregon, Dec. 29 and Oregon State, Dec. 31).
• The Cougars fell to Oregon in Spokane, at Utah, at Colorado, at Washington and at Arizona in Pac-12 play, picking up their conference wins over Oregon State in Spokane, and defeating Stanford and California at home this past weekend.
• WSU is 2-5 in road games, 8-1 in home games (including a 1-1 mark in games at Spokane) and 1-3 in neutral-site games.
• Junior Brock Motum leads the team and ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with 15.5 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 18 of the team's 20 games.
• Motum also ranks seventh in the league and 31st in the nation in field goal percentage (.552/111-for-201) and seventh in rebounding in the league with 6.3 rebounds a game.
• The junior is the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-eight in both scoring and field goal percentage.
• Motum ranks third in the conference in league games only with 17.5 points per game and is tied for ninth with 6.5 rebounds per Pac-12 outing...he's also ninth in league field goal percentage with a .547 (47-for-86) clip.
• Despite missing three games this season with a concussion, senior Faisal Aden is second on the team and ranks eighth in the conference with 14.5 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 13 of the 17 games he's played in.
• Aden also leads the team and is ninth in the conference with 1. steals per game.
• After going 19-for-20 from the charity stripe last weekend, Aden is third in the league with a .894 free throw percentage (42-for-47).
• Freshman DaVonté Lacy has started 14 games for the Cougars and is third on the team with 9.8 points per game.
• He ranks 14th in the league with a .763 free throw percentage (45-for-59)...he's also 11th in conference with 1.7 3-pointers made per game.
• Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick played his first game this season Dec. 18 after missing the first 10 with a foot injury.
• He got his first start Jan. 26 at Arizona.
• Redshirt junior Mike Ladd missed WSU's games against UC Riverside, Grambling State, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Santa Clara with a sprained thumb...he then missed the games at Washington and home against Stanford and Cal and at Arizona after aggravating his thumb injury.
• Faisal Adenmissed the Cougars' games against Eastern Washington, Idaho and Santa Clara with a concussion...he left the Arizona game in the first half with a left knee injury...he will not play against Arizona State.
HOME SWEET HOME:
• The Cougars returned to Beasley Coliseum Jan. 19 for the first time since defeating Western Oregon, 66-42, on their home court, Sunday, Dec. 18.
• During that stretch WSU played six games, three of them `home' games...it hosted Pepperdine in Seattle in the Cougar Hardwood Classic Dec. 22 and Oregon and Oregon State at Spokane Arena Dec. 29 and 31, respectively.
• The Cougars went 2-4 in those games, winning two of their first three.
• Ironically WSU donned its crimson uniforms just once during the six games and month away from Pullman...at Colorado Jan. 7.
• The Cougars wore white at Utah Jan. 5, as the Utes were having a `Blackout' and their new gray uniforms at Washington Jan. 15.
• WSU is 10-5 in its white uniforms this season.
• WSU is a perfect 7-0 at Beasley Coliseum this season.
THE DIFFERENCE FOUR YEARS MAKES 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 98 points, 87 rebounds and 344 minutes played in 20 games this season.
• Enquist is shooting .649 (37-for-57) from the field and .774 (24-for-31) from the free throw line...he has made 16 of his last 19 free throws.
MOORE OF THE SAME:
• Reggie Moore has finished in the top-nine in the league in assists per game over his first two seasons (ninth last season, fifth as a freshman in 2009-10).
• This season Moore leads the league with 5.5 assists per game (39th in the country)...he's adding a team fourth-best 9.0 points per game.
• He is also fifth in the league with a 2.1 assist/turnover ratio which ranks 76th nationally.
• Moore started the season ranked 18th in the WSU record books for career assists with 226...he currently has moved into eighth with 335 assists, surpassing Blake Pengelly (324 assists)...Marty Giovacchini is next on the list with 371 career assists.
• 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 5.5 assists per game average this season, he will finish third for single season average in WSU history.
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 1,506-1,375 all-time for a .523 win percentage.
• Washington State had its momentum snapped as it fell at Arizona Thursday.
• Brock Motum led the team with 18 points...he has scored in double figures in 18 of 20 games this season...he added nine rebounds.
• Motum made a career-high 10 free throws...was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line.
• Charlie Enquist made his first field goal since Jan. 5 at Utah...was 0-for-7 from the field before that.
• WSU has now dropped four of its last five games at Arizona.
• Faisal Aden left the game in the first half with a left knee injury and did not return.
• Arizona's .577 (15-for-26) 3-point percentage is the highest by a WSU opponent this season...previous high was .563 (9-for-16) done by Oregon, Dec. 29.
• Arizona's 15 3-pointers made are a season-high by a Cougar opponent...previous high was 13 done by Gonzaga in the season opener.
MOTUM & ADEN EARN PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS:
• Faisal Aden was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 16-22.
• Aden led the Cougars to two victories that week, an 81-69 win against conference-leading Stanford (Jan. 19) and a 77-75 thriller over California (Jan. 21).
• Aden averaged 28.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game over the two-game span and added two assists and two steals. He shot .655 (19-for-29) from the field and .950 (19-for-20) from the free throw line.
• In addition to being names Pac-12 Player of the Week, Aden was also honored as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week.
• This marks the first time a Washington State student-athlete has been honored as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week as Aden is the only Pac-12 player to earn the award this season.
• 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 both Aden and Motum...Motum became 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.
• The two honors mark Washington State's 24th and 25th all-time Player of the Week accolades.
Ken Bone IN HIS THIRD SEASON:
• WSU head coach Ken Bone holds a 49-37 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, 13 more than Dick Bennett(2003-06, 36-49) and 18 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
• Senior Marcus Capers has played 118 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.
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.