Nov. 16, 2011
WSU HOSTS SACRAMENTO STATE IN HOME OPENER:
Fresh off its season-opener at Gonzaga Monday, Washington State University men's basketball hosts Sacramento State in its home opener, Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:05 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
COUGS AGAINST THE HORNETS:
This season marks the ninth all-time meeting between Washington State and Sacramento State, as the Cougars hold a 7-1 advantage.
The Cougars have won the last seven meetings after the Hornets took the series opener, 45-44, Dec. 17, 1953.
All seven of WSU's victories have come by double-figures.
WSU has not lost to Sacramento State at home, holding a 7-0 record at home.
In the last meeting, the Cougars defeated the Hornets, 84-36, Nov. 30, 2010, last season.
The Cougars opened the game with a 27-0 run.
WSU held Sacramento State to .319 (15-for-47) shooting from the field and .067 (1-for-15) from beyond the 3-point arc.
Klay Thompson led the team with 16 points, while Marcus Capers and Patrick Simon tied the team high with six rebounds apiece.
WSU's 48-point margin of victory tied for third most since 1945...the largest was 54 points against Delaware in 1989.
Sacramento State's 15 first-half points are tied for 15th fewest points in a half (first or second half) since the 1968-69 season (when WSU joined the Pac-8).
All 10 players that saw action in the first half scored....11 of the 12 players that got in the game scored.
Brock Motum went perfect from the field (5-for-5).
WSU AGAINST THE BIG SKY:
WSU holds a 177-38 record against current members of the Big Sky Conference.
Northern Colorado is the only current Big Sky member 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 225 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 6-3 record against the Hornets.
The Cougars will play one other Big Sky school this season, hosting Eastern Washington, Saturday, Dec. 3.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win over Sacramento State Nov. 30 of last season, WSU finished the month 40-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court. The Cougars have won 40-straight November games in Pullman and are 42-1 (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 BEASLEY COLISEUM OPENERS:
The Cougars have won 21-consecutive Beasley Coliseum openers with their last loss coming to BYU by a score of 60-53, Dec. 3, 1987.
Ken Bone IN HIS THIRD SEASON:
WSU head coach Ken Bone holds a 39-28 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, two more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and seven more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
THOMPSON AND CASTO LEAVE EARLY TO PURSUE PROFESSIONAL CAREERS:
DeAngelo Casto and Klay Thompson both opted out of their senior seasons at Washington State to play basketball at the professional level following the 2010-11 season.
Thompson was drafted as the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft to the Golden State Warriors (the highest NBA Draft pick in WSU history), while Casto signed a one-year contract to play with Antalya BSB in the Turkish Basketball League.
Casto ranked eighth in the Pac-10 with 6.8 rebounds per game during 2010-11.
Thompson led the Cougars and the Pac-10 and ranked 11th in the country with 21.6 points per game while setting the school record with 733 points during his junior season.
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.
WSU IN THE FIELD OF THE 2011 76 CLASSIC:
The Cougars will compete at the 2011 76 Classic at Anaheim, Calif., Nov. 24-27.
WSU will play Oklahoma in the opening
game, televised on ESPN2, and will face either New Mexico or Santa Clara depending on the outcome of the game against Oklahoma.
WSU is 78-73 in in-season tournaments and has appeared in the championship game of its last six tournaments, winning the John Thompson Foundation Challenge (2006-07), the Cougar Hispanic College Fund Challenge (2007-08) and the Great Alaska Shootout (2009-10).
Last year WSU fell to national runner-up Butler in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.
MOORE ON PACE TO REACH 1,000 POINTS:
Junior Reggie Moore has 663 career points, just 337 shy of the 1,000-point plateau.
He's averaged 11.1 points per game in 60 games over the last two seasons, and given he plays all of the 2011-12 season and the Cougars play an extra Pac-12 Tournament game, or in the postseason, he is on pace to reach 1,000 points in the Cougars' 32nd game of the season (either the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament or a postseason game).
He would become the 32nd Cougar to score 1,000 points in his WSU career.
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
Senior Marcus Capers has played 99 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.
WASHINGTON STATE APPROACHING 1,500 WINS:
In Washington State's 109 years of basketball, it has compiled 1,495 wins, needing just five wins in the 2011-12 season to reach the 1,500-win plateau.
Entering the season the Cougars are 1,495-1,369 all-time for a .522 win percentage.
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' COMEBACK FALLS SHORT AT GONZAGA:
WSU fell at No. 22/23 Gonzaga in its season opener, Monday, Nov. 14 at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.
The game was the first of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-off Marathon and was shown on ESPN.
Brock Motum led WSU in scoring and was two points shy of his career high with 17...scored 19 against California last season...he had a career-high four assists in a career-high 37 minutes.
Five Cougars scored in double figures including Mike Ladd and DaVonté Lacy making their Cougar debuts with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
WSU's first three substitutions were newcomers (Ladd, Lacy and Shelton).
All 11 of Lacy's points came in the second half...nine of them (all three of his 3-pointers) in the final 5:30.
Charlie Enquist got the second start of his career and his first since the 2009-10 season...his 20 minutes played were the most since the 2009-10 season.
The Cougars fell to 6-21 under Ken Bone when trailing at the half.
WSU suffered its first season opening loss since falling to Colorado State 79-75, Nov. 20, 2001...had won nine-straight.
WSU shot better from the field and the 3-point arc percentage wise than Gonzaga at .475 (29-for-61) from the field and .450 (9-for-20) from beyond the 3-point arc.
Abe Lodwick didn't play due to a foot injury.
WSU REACHES NIT SEMIFINALS IN NEW YORK:
For the 11th time in school history, the Cougars made a postseason appearance as they claimed a second-seed berth in the 2011 National Invitation Tournament.
The NIT appearance marked the fifth in school history and the second in the past three seasons.
WSU defeated Long Beach State, Oklahoma State, and Northwestern to advance to the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but fell to Wichita State, 75-44, in the semifinals.
The Cougars set a school record with three postseason victories (3-1), while going the furthest in the NIT in school history.
WSU also became just the sixth Pac-10 team to advance to the semifinals and the first since Oregon went to New York in 2004.
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.
A digital ring display is also part of the center-hung structure and will be able to show a variety of graphics, animations and statistical information.