Dec. 27, 2012
COUGARS CLOSE OUT NONCONFERENCE PLAY HOSTING IDAHO STATE IN KENNEWICK: Washington State University men's basketball (8-4) closes out nonconference action as it hosts Idaho State (1-9), Saturday, Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash.
The game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks, as Mark Rogondino and Lenny Wilkens have the call.
Bud Nameck, in this 20th year with Cougar Basketball, will have all the action on the Cougar IMG Radio Network.
Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men's basketball.
COUGARS VS. BENGALS:
Saturday marks the seventh all-time meeting between Washington State and Idaho State as the Cougars lead the series 5-1.
The two teams first met Dec. 6, 1957, a 68-56 victory for WSU.
They last met Dec. 2, 2008, a 60-41 win for the Cougars.
Washington State's only loss in the series came at Pocatello, Dec. 17, 1983, a 91-67 loss...WSU leads 3-0 at home and 2-1 on the road.
In the last meeting, then-freshman Klay Thompson led the team with 14 points, scoring all of them in the first half.
Then-senior Taylor Rochestie chipped in 9 points and 5 assists.
Then-freshman DeAngelo Casto had a career high eight rebounds.
WSU held the Bengals without a field goal for 12:04 in the second half, from the 18:50 mark until 6:46 left...ISU connected on 4-of-6 free throws during the stretch as WSU went on a 23-4 run and reached its biggest lead of the game at 32.
WSU AGAINST THE BIG SKY:
WSU holds a 182-39 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 221 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 an 8-2 record against the Bengals.
This is the second of two Big Sky schools the Cougars will play this season as they opened the season hosting Eastern Washington, Nov. 10, resulting in an 88-69 WSU victory.
WSU's last two games played in Kennewick, Wash., also came against Big Sky opponents, a 93-69 victory over Portland State, Dec. 19, 2009 and an 83-82 loss to Eastern Washington, Dec. 22, 1997.
Ken Bone GETS 400TH CAREER WIN:
With WSU's win over Buffalo, Dec. 21, fourth-year head coach Ken Bone got his 400th career win as a head coach.
He has 65 wins at WSU, had 77 in four years at Portland State, 253 victories in 12 seasons as head coach at Division II Seattle Pacific and 5 wins at Division III Cal State Stanislaus.
Bone has 142 career wins as a Division I head coach.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars won six of their last seven games, including their last three and are currently 8-4 on the season.
WSU is 7-1 at home (wins: Eastern Washington - Nov. 10, Utah Valley - Nov. 14, Arkansas-Pine Bluff - Nov. 24, Idaho - Nov. 28, Portland - Dec. 5, Fresno State - Dec. 9 and Jackson State - Dec. 13, and loss: No. 10 Gonzaga - Dec. 5), 0-1 on the road (at Pepperdine - Nov. 16) and 1-2 at neutral-sites (losses vs. No. 12 Kansas - Nov. 19 and vs. Texas A&M - Nov. 20, both at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Kan. and a victory over Buffalo in the Cougar Hardwood Classic at Seattle's KeyArena).
Three of WSU's four losses have come by 2 points or less and a total of five points...those include a 2-point loss to No. 10 Gonzaga.
Brock Motum leads the team with 19.9 points per game and 7.0 rebounds...he's scored at least 14 points in all 12 games this season.
Motum ranks second in the conference and 20th in the nation in scoring and has scored 23 or more points in five of the last six games...he's reached double figures in every game this season.
After missing four games due to a knee injury suffered in the first five minutes against Kansas, Nov. 19, DaVonté Lacy is now averaging 11.3 points in eight games.
After a WSU career-high 19 points against his former team, Fresno State (Dec. 9), Mike Ladd is third on the team with 8.3 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team third-best 5.3 rebounds a game.
Dexter Kernich-Drew is adding 7.8 points per game, Royce Woolridge 7.6 points, and D.J. Shelton 5.6 points and a team second-best 6.1 rebounds a game.
Will DiIorio played against Buffalo (Dec. 21) after missing two games due to a sprained ankle suffered against Gonzaga (Dec. 5).
WSU improved to 8-0 all-time in the Cougar Hardwood Classic as it defeated Buffalo, 65-54, Friday, Dec. 21 at Seattle's KeyArena.
DaVonté Lacy led WSU with 19 points...he was 5-for-7 from 3-point...he tied his career high with 5 made 3-pointers.
It marked just the second time a Cougar not named Brock Motum led the team in scoring.
Brock Motum finished with 15 points...he has scored in double figures in all 12 games this season.
D.J. Shelton finished with 11 rebounds, just shy of his career high of 12 rebounds done this season against Eastern Washington (Nov. 10).
Dexter Kernich-Drew broke his streak of 2-straight games without scoring...he finished with 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field.
Royce Woolridge had a career-high 7 assists.
Will DiIorio saw his first action since spraining his left ankle against Gonzaga, Dec. 5...he played 19 minutes and had 6 points.
MOTUM NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
For the second time in his career, Brock Motum was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 3-9.
Motum led the Cougars with 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game as WSU fell to No. 10 Gonzaga, 71-69, Dec. 5, and defeated Fresno State, 59-50, Dec. 9.
He shot .552 (16-for-29) from the field, including a .700 clip (7-for-10) from 3-point range.
Against Gonzaga, Motum had 23 points and made a career-high 5 3-pointers, going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc...he tied his career high with 3 blocked shots.
He also scored 23 points against Fresno State, adding a team-high 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
Motum's honor is the 26th Player of the Week nod in WSU history as he became the sixth Cougar to earn the award multiple times in his career (also earned it Dec. 12, 2011).
MOTUM SCORES 1,000TH POINT:
Brock Motum became the 33rd Washington State men's basketball student-athlete to score 1,000 career points with 14 points against Kansas, Monday, Nov. 19.
He is the third Cougar in the last four seasons to reach 1,000 career-points...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.
With 1,172 points, Motum holds the 17th best career scoring mark in WSU history...he is 50 points away from Ron Bennink in 16th with 1,222 points.
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.
Mike Ladd 6.4 points per game.
The Cougar roster contains three Aussies; Motum (Brisbane), Kernich-Drew (Melbourne) and James Hunter (Sydney).