Dec. 7, 2012
WSU WELCOMES FRESNO STATE TO PULLMAN: Washington State University men's basketball (5-4) looks to bounce back from its two-point loss to No. 10 Gonzaga, as it hosts Fresno State (5-3), Sunday, Dec. 9 at noon at Beasley Coliseum.
The game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks, as Lamar Hurd and JB Long 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. BULLDOGS:
Sunday is the 12th all-time meeting between Washington State and Fresno State, with the Cougars holding an 8-3 advantage in the series.
WSU won the last meeting, Nov. 26, 2010, but it has won just two of the last four meetings between the two teams.
The last meeting occurred at Fresno State, as WSU left with the 66-55 victory.
The first meeting between the two teams occurred Dec. 19, 1935, resulting in a 46-37 WSU win.
The next meeting after that occurred exactly 26 years later, Dec. 19, 1961, as the Cougars defeated the Bulldogs, 69-64.
Mike Ladd played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Fresno State during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, respectively.
Ladd averaged 9.5 points as a freshman with the Bulldogs and 10.3 as a sophomore, for 653 total points and a 9.9 average.
WSU assistant coach, Ray Lopes, served as head coach at Fresno State from 2002-05.
Cougar head coach Ken Bone is 1-0 all-time against Fresno State, his only game against FS came with WSU in 2010.
After trailing at halftime, WSU outscored its opponent, 35-23 in the second half to defeat Fresno State, 66-55, Nov. 26, 2010 at Fresno.
Faisal Aden scored a then-career high 28 points...made a career-high six three-pointers (6-for-12 from 3-point).
Klay Thompson was 2-for-6 from beyond the 3-point arc, finishing with 22 points.
The Cougars trailed at halftime for the first time that season.
Brock Motum played a then-career-high 30 minutes previous high was 24 minutes this season against Southern (Nov. 13).
Walk-on Will DiIorio saw action in his second career game...played career-high two minutes.
DeAngelo Casto did not play due to a foot sprain...he is day-to-day.
Reggie Moore did not play after aggravating a wrist injury (left)...he is out indefinitely.
COUGARS AGAINST THE MOUNTAIN WEST:
Washington State is 25-18 all-time against current members of the Mountain West Conference and went 1-1 against the MWC last season.
Last season WSU played New Mexico in the 76 Classic at Anaheim and played Wyoming at home in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).
WSU is undefeated against Air Force (2-0), San Diego State (5-0) and Wyoming (1-0).
The Cougars have played Fresno State the most of any team from the MWC, having played 11 times.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars have won three of four games after returning home and are currently 5-4 on the season.
WSU is 5-1 at home (wins: Eastern Washington - Nov. 10, Utah Valley - Nov. 14, Arkansas-Pine Bluff - Nov. 24, Idaho - Nov. 28 and Portland - Dec. 5 and loss: No. 10 Gonzaga - Dec. 5), 0-1 on the road (at Pepperdine - Nov. 16) and 0-2 at neutral-sites (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.).
Three of WSU's four losses have come by 2 points or less and a total of five points.
Brock Motum leads the team with 19.3 points per game and 6.7 rebounds...he's averaged 26.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in the last three games.
After missing four games due to a knee injury suffered in the first five minutes against Kansas, Nov. 19, DaVonté Lacy is now averaging 11.2 points in five games and is averaging nearly 2 3-pointers made a game.
Dexter Kernich-Drew is chipping in 8.9 points per game, Royce Woolridge is adding 8.2 points per game, while Mike Ladd is adding 7.8 points and 5.2 rebounds an outing.
DaVonté Lacy returned with a bang, but the Cougars fell short against No. 10 Gonzaga, falling, 71-69, Wednesday at Beasley Coliseum.
After missing four-straight games after injuring his knee Nov. 19, Lacy scored a career-high 22 points, adding 2 assists and 3 rebounds in 28 minutes...it marked the first time he reached the 20-point plateau in his career.
His previous career high was 19 points against Oregon in Spokane, Dec. 29, 2011.
Lacy went 4-for-9 from beyond the 3-point line for his most 3-pointers made this season.
Brock Motum scored 23, marking his third-straight game of 20-plus points.
Motum's 5 3-pointers made are a career high as he was 5-for-7 from 3-point range.
Mike Ladd finished with 9 rebounds, his most since tying his career-high of 13 at Pepperdine, Nov. 16...he added 7 points.
The Cougars made 10 3-pointers, their most since making 10 against Washington in the conference tournament, March 10, 2011.
WSU out-rebounded Gonzaga, 32-31 with 12 offensive boards.
The Cougars have lost four-straight games to ranked opponents with their last victory over No. 18 Washington, Jan. 30, 2011...WSU's last win over a top-10 opponent came Jan. 6, 2007, a 77-73 victory.
Will DiIorio left the game in the second half with a left ankle injury...he did not return.
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 1,107 points, Motum holds the 21st best career scoring mark in WSU history...he is 40 points away from Steve Harriel in 20th with 1,147 points.
COUGARS RETURN TWO STARTERS:
The team boasts two returning starters, including 2011-12 Pac-12 leading scorer, Brock Motum.
Joining Motum and sophomore DaVonté 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 three 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, Bryce Leavitt and Junior Longrus 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.
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).
MOTUM A CANDIDATE FOR THE WOODEN AWARD:
Senior Brock Motum is one of 50 preseason candidates for the 2012-13 John R. Wooden Award.
Motum is the second Cougar in three seasons to make the list, as Klay Thompson was named to the preseason top-50 prior to the 2010-11 season.
Before that, Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were both named to the preseason top-50 for the 2007-08 season.
Thompson went on to make the midseason top-30 cut in 2010-11, as did Low in 2007-08.
This season's preseason list contains student-athletes from 16 different conferences, including four from the Pac-12 Conference.
Motum is joined by André Roberson (Colorado), Allen Crabbe (California), and Solomon Hill (Arizona).
COUGARS DEFEAT PILOTS: WSU defeated Portland, 72-60, Saturday, Dec. 5. Brock Motum led the scoring with 27 points along with 7 rebounds, while Royce Woolridge reached career highs with 20 points and 7 rebounds.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER: With its win over Idaho, Nov. 28, WSU improved to 46-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court. The Cougars have won 46-straight November games in Pullman and are 47-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
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.
MOTUM JOINS ELITE COMPANY: 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.