Dec. 6, 2011
COUGARS CROSS BORDER TO TAKE ON VANDALS:
One of the nation's longest continuous rivalries continues as Washington State University men's basketball (4-4) will take the short trip across the border to take on Idaho (4-3), Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7:05 p.m. at Cowan Spectrum. The game is available on the Cougar Radio Network with Bud Nameck's call.
Washington State and Idaho are meeting for the 107th-consecutive men's basketball season.
The two schools have the oldest continuous rivalry West of the Mississippi River.
It is the sixth longest continuous rivalry nationally behind Columbia/Yale (111th season), Princeton/Yale (111th season),
Pennsylvania/Princeton (110th season), Columbia/Pennsylvania (109th season) and Cornell/Pennsylvania (109th season).
The Cougars also hold the ninth oldest continuous rivalry, as they will face Oregon State for the 104th-straight basketball season this year.
Last season the Cougs defeated the Vandals, 88-71 at Pullman.
Faisal Aden led the Cougars with 26 points, while Klay Thompson added 23 points and a career-high nine assists.
The Cougars shot .576 from the field, their best shooting performance since a .635 (33-for-52) field goal mark against Portland State, Dec. 19, 2009...highest shooting percentage at Beasley Coliseum since shooting .568 (21-for-37) against Oregon, Feb. 12, 2009.
In just his second game of his career, freshman Patrick Simon scored in double figures for the first time with 12 points, going 5-for-7 from the field.
WSU holds a 159-107 advantage in the all-time series.
This is the first meeting at Idaho between the two teams since Dec. 21, 2008, which WSU won 55-41...Idaho leads the series 66-60 at Moscow.
Third-year head coach Ken Bone is 4-0 against Idaho and 2-0 with the Cougars...his only meeting with Idaho in Moscow came as head coach at Portland State, a 61-59 victory, Dec. 10, 2005.
The Vikings and Vandals met twice that season, as PSU won both, including an 81-48 victory Dec. 30 in Portland.
WSU AGAINST THE WAC:
WSU holds a 184-121 (.603) all-time record against current members of the Western Athletic Conference.
New Mexico State is the only current WAC member that WSU has never faced.
The Cougars have a winning record against every WAC team they've faced except Utah State, holding just a 1-7 mark against the Aggies.
Of the 305 games WSU has played against members of the WAC, 266 have come against Idaho.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Washington State is 4-4 on the season, 1-1 on the road, 3-0 at home and 0-3 in neutral-site games.
Although he is currently out with a concussion, senior Faisal Aden leads the team and is tied for third in the Pac-12 in scoring with 16.3 points per game.
Junior Brock Motum is second on the team and 10th in the league with 14.6 points an outing...he's leading the team and is eighth in the Pac-12 with 7.3 rebounds a game.
Motum is the only Cougar to score double figures in all eight games for the Cougars this season.
Motum also ranks sixth in the league and 51st in the nation with a .554 (46-for-83) field goal percentage.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has reached double figures in four of the Cougars' eight games and is averaging 9.8 points per game...just three Pac-12 freshman are averaging more than 10.5 points per game (Tony Wroten-Washington, 13.0, Chasson Randle-Stanford, 11.2 and Nick Johnson-Arizona, 10.8).
Junior Reggie Moore leads the league and is 39th in the country with 5.5 assists per game...he's adding 8.3 points per game.
Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick has not played this season...as of Nov. 18 he was scheduled to miss 3-5 weeks due to a fracture in his left foot.
Redshirt junior Mike Ladd missed WSU's games against UC Riverside, Grambling State and Eastern Washington with a sprained thumb.
Faisal Aden missed the Cougars' game against Eastern Washington with a concussion.
WSU defeated Eastern Washington in convincing fashion, 75-49, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Beasley Coliseum.
Charlie Enquist had his first career double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds...both are career highs. His 31 minutes played is a career high.
Reggie Moore scored a season high 15 points.
Dexter Kernich-Drew scored a career high 10 points.
Kernich-Drew made WSU's first four point play of the season.
Enquist became the third player to lead the team in scoring, joining Motum (4 times) and Faisal Aden (3 times)...he led the team in scoring for the first time in his career.
DaVonté Lacy scored all eight of his points on free throws...he now has made 12 consecutive free throws.
WSU posted back-to-back 20+ point wins for the first time since the 2010-11 season when the Cougars beat Gonzaga 81-59 and UTPA 74-52.
Eastern Washington shot a WSU opponent season low .254 from the field...the second consecutive game the Cougars have held their opponent to under .260.
WSU shot above .500 for just the third time this season.
The Cougars posted a season high +16 rebound margin (45-29).
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win over Grambling State Nov. 30, WSU improved to 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.
Ken Bone IN HIS THIRD SEASON:
WSU head coach Ken Bone holds a 42-32 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, six more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 11 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
Senior Marcus Capers has played 106 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 1,499 wins, needing just one more wins in the 2011-12 season to reach the 1,500-win plateau.
The Cougars are 1,499-1,371 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 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.
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.