Jan. 24, 2012
COUGARS HIT THE ROAD TO TAKE ON ARIZONA IN A TELEVISED EVENT: The Washington State University men's basketball team (11-8, 3-4) hits the road to face the Arizona Wildcats (13-7, 4-3) Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. PT. (8:30 p.m. MT) at the McKale Center. The game will be nationally televised on FSN/ROOT. Saturday the Cougars travel to Tempe, Ariz. to take on Arizona State (6-13, 2-5) at 2 p.m. PT (3 p.m. MT) at Wells Fargo Arena. Saturday's game can be seen on ROOT. In addition, the games 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:
WSU holds a 16-53* record in the all-time series against the Wildcats (*record is 51-16 to reflect Arizona wins vacated in 2007-08).
Arizona leads the series 25-8 in Pullman, while holding a 26-8 lead in Tucson.
In neutral site matchups the Cougars are 0-2 against Arizona.
Last season the Cougars fell to the Wildcats twice, both at home and on the road.
During the first matchup against the Wildcats at Pullman Jan. 22, the Wildcats snapped a three-game losing streak against the Cougars as WSU fell to Arizona, 65-63, after a last second attempt by junior Klay Thompson fell short.
In the second matchup of the season, WSU traveled to Tucson, Ariz. Feb. 17 to take on the No.12 Wildcats...Klay Thompson scored a game high 30 points to move into third on the Cougars all-time scoring list; however, the Cougars fell to the Wildcats, 79-70.
Head coach Ken Bone is 2-2 all-time against Arizona and had never faced the Wildcats prior to coaching at WSU.
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...lead 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 Bone is 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:
Washington State travels to Arizona on a two-game winning streak after defeating the Pac-12 leader in consecutive games at home...the Cougars upset Stanford, 81-69, Thursday, Jan. 19 at Beasley Coliseum and then posted a 77-75 victory over California Saturday Jan. 21.
WSU is 11-8 on the season and 3-4 in Pac-12 play, having played six of its last eight 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 and at Washington 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 2-4 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 sixth in the Pac-12 with 15.4 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 17 of the team's 19 games.
Motum also ranks fifth in the league and 27th in the nation in field goal percentage (.569/107-for-188) and 11th 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 second in the conference in league games only with 17.4 points per game and is tied for 10th with 6.1 rebounds per Pac-12 outing...he's also fifth in league field goal percentage with a .589 (43-for-73) 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 15.1 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 13 of the 16 games he's played in.
Aden also leads the team and is eighth in the conference with 1.4 steals per game.
After going 19-for-20 from the charity stripe this past weekend, Aden is third in the league and ranks 21st in the country with a .894 free throw percentage (42-for-47).
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has started 13 games for the Cougars and is third on the team with 9.9 points per game.
He ranks 13th in the league with a .768 free throw percentage (43-for-56)...he's also 10th in conference with 1.8 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.
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 after aggravating his thumb injury.
Faisal Aden missed the Cougars' games against Eastern Washington, Idaho and Santa Clara with a concussion.
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 96 points, 86 rebounds and 336 minutes played in 19 games this season.
Enquist is shooting .643 (36-for-56) 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 (34th in the country)...he's adding a team fourth-best 8.9 points per game. He is also fifth in the league with a 2.1 assist/turnover ratio which ranks 72nd nationally.
Moore started the season ranked 18th in the WSU record books for career assists with 226...he currently has moved into eighth with 331 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 1,506-1,374 all-time for a .523 win percentage.
Washington State pulled off the upset over conference leader California, 77-75, Saturday, Jan. 21 at Pullman's Beasley Coliseum.
DaVonté Lacy hit a game-winning three pointer for the Cougars with 17 seconds left to give the Cougars the victory.
Faisal Aden scored a game high 24 points...this marks his fourth 20-point game of the season and the 10th of his career...Aden has scored 57 points in his previous two games.
Brock Motum recorded the second double-double of his career with 15 points and a game high 10 rebounds.
WSU defeated the first-place Golden Bears (now 16-45, 6-2 in Pac-12)...snapping a four-game winning streak by the Golden Bears.
The Cougars defeated California by two points, tying the smallest margin of victory posted by WSU this season...in addition, it is the smallest margin for the Cougars in conference play this season.
WSU came back after trailing by as many as 11 points in the game (6:48 left in the first).
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 49-36 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 117 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. game, including 10.1 in conference play.