March 8, 2013
COUGARS HOST TROJANS IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE SATURDAY: Washington State University men's basketball (12-18, 3-14) looks to ride the momentum from its upset of No. 23 UCLA Wednesday, as it hosts USC (14-16, 9-8) in both teams' regular-season finale, Saturday, March 9 at 3:30 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
Saturday is `Senior Day' in which seniors Mike Ladd and Brock Motum will be honored prior to the start of the game.
The game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks as JB Long and Lamar Hurd 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. TROJANS:
Saturday marks the 115th all-time meeting between Washington State and USC, with the Trojans leading the series 69-45.
The Cougars lead the series 30-23 at home, including a 1-1 tie in Spokane, while they trail the Trojans 43-14 at Los Angeles.
WSU has won three of the last four games in the series and five of the last seven.
The Cougars have won the last three games against the Trojans at home and eight of the last nine.
Fourth-year Cougar head coach Ken Bone is 5-2 against USC, all six games with the Cougars.
Last season, WSU swept the series with a 60-53 victory in the first game at Pullman, Feb. 2, and held USC to its fewest points in the series in a 43-38 win, March 3 at Los Angeles.
In the first meeting between WSU and USC this season the Cougars led by 3 at halftime, but lost their lead in the final 7 minutes, falling 72-68, Feb. 7 at the Galen Center.
DaVonté Lacy was one point shy of his then-career high with 21.
D.J. Shelton tied his career high with 12 rebounds...he had 8 of those rebounds in the first half and has grabbed double-figure rebounds in each of the last two games...he added 5 assists, one shy of his career high.
Mike Ladd finished with 16 points, reaching double figures for the 10th time in 11 games.
Brock Motum finished with 15 points.
The Cougars led at the half for the fourth time in eight games.
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 69 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...he's in his 21st season as a head coach.
Bone has 146 career wins in his seventh season as a Division I head coach.
MORE ON BONE AS COUGAR HEAD COACH:
Bone holds a 69-64 (.519) record with Washington State and already has more wins than nine previous Cougar men's basketball coaches.
He also has more wins than two of the last three head coaches, 33 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 38 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
Bone's .519 winning percentage (69-64) marks the second-best by a WSU head coach in his first four seasons...only Jack Friel (.624, 63-38) had a better record in his first four seasons. Bone's 69 wins are the most by a Cougar head coach in his first four seasons.
With 69 wins, Bone is in a three-way tie as the sixth-winningest head coach in Washington State history...Tony Bennett (2006-09) and Kevin Eastman (1995-99) each had 69 victories at the helm for WSU.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars are 12-18 overall and 3-14 in conference play, tied with Oregon State for 11th in the Pac-12.
They snapped their nine-game losing streak with a decisive, 73-61 victory over Pac-12 leading UCLA March 6.
WSU is 9-7 at home, 1-9 on the road and 2-2 in neutral-site games...in league play, WSU is 2-6 at home and 1-8 on the road.
Ten of the Cougars' 18 losses have come by 7 points or less, including a 2-point loss to then-No. 10 Gonzaga (Dec. 5) and a 2-point overtime loss to then-No. 23 Oregon (Feb. 16).
Five of the losses have come by 2 points or less, including two overtime losses.
Brock Motum leads the team with 17.9 points per game and 6.3 rebounds...he's scored at least 11 points in all 30 games this season for a streak of 30-straight games with double-figure scoring...he's averaging 16.6 points in WSU's 17 conference games...he has 4 double-doubles on the season.
Motum is ranked third in the conference and 46th in the nation in scoring and ranks 16th in the league in rebounding and fifth in minutes played.
Mike Ladd has missed the last six games against Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington and UCLA, but reached double figures in 10 of his last 12 games, while he is second on the team with 11.4 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team third-best 5.9 rebounds a game.
Ladd is averaging 14.3 points and 6.4 rebounds in Pac-12 only action.
Royce Woolridge scored 36 points against Oregon (Feb. 16) and is adding 10.5 points per game (13.1 ppg in Pac-12 play, tied for 15th in the league).
Dexter Kernich-Drew is chipping in 6.4 ppg, and D.J. Shelton 6.0 points along with a team second-best 6.1 rebounds a game.
Shelton's 6.1 rebounds per game rank tied for 19th in the league, while his 6.2 rebounds per game in conference games is 16th-best in the league.
DaVonté Lacy tore his meniscus in his right knee March 3 at Washington and is done for the season...prior to the injury he averaged 10.5 points per game and reached double figures in seven of his eight final games.
MOTUM JOINS 1,000/500 CLUB:
With 3 rebounds against Oregon Feb. 16, Brock Motum became the 12th Washington State men's basketball student-athlete to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds during his career.
The last Cougar to accomplish the feat was Aron Baynes (2006-09) who finished with 1,064 points and 653 rebounds.
Motum now has 1,471 points and 528 rebounds.
WSU got off to a 25-4 start over No. 23 UCLA Wednesday, March 6, and held on for the 73-61 victory at Beasley Coliseum.
Brock Motum led WSU with 20 points...he scored 12 of his points in the first half.
Motum added 11 rebounds, marking his fourth double-double of the season and seventh of his career.
Royce Woolridge added 19 points...he's scored in double figures in two-straight games and nine of the last 10 games.
D.J. Shelton was one point shy of his career high with 13 points...he tied his career high with 3 blocked shots.
Dexter Kernich-Drew had a career-high 11 rebounds (bettering his career high by 3)...he had his first career double-double, adding 11 points.
WSU got its first home win over UCLA since Feb. 6, 1993, snapping a streak of 19-straight home losses.
The Cougars snapped their eight-game losing streak over ranked opponents, getting their first win over a ranked opponent since Jan. 30, 2011 when they defeated No. 18 Washington.
WSU snapped its nine-game losing streak, its longest since the 2002-03 season when it lost 14-straight.
The 11-point win is WSU's fourth double-figure win over UCLA since 1938 and sixth all-time.
UCLA's 24 points are the fewest in a first half by a WSU opponent this season since Idaho State scored 14 points in the first half Dec. 29.
MORE ON WOOLRIDGE AGAINST OREGON:
Klay Thompson scored 43 points against Washington, March 10, 2011 in the conference tournament.
The 36 points are the most by a Pac-12 student-athlete in conference action since Klay Thompson also had 36 points at California, Jan. 13, 2011.
WSU has had the individual with the highest single-game point total in conference action each of the last three seasons, as Brock Motum had 34 against Arizona State, Jan. 28 of last season.
Woolridge and Thompson each have the most points in conference action since Jerome Randle had 39 points at Washington State, Jan. 14, 2010.
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 1,471 points, Motum is sixth on WSU's career scoring list...he is 25 points away from Mark Hendrickson (1993-96) in fifth with 1,496 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).