Feb. 7, 2012
COUGARS HIT THE ROAD TO FACE OREGON SCHOOLS: Looking to bounce back after a close loss to UCLA at home, the Washington State University men's basketball team (12-11, 4-7) travels to Oregon to face the Oregon State Beavers (15-8, 5-6) at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Following the game Thursday, the Cougars will travel to Eugene to play the Oregon Ducks (16-7, 7-4) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena. Both 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 OREGON STATE:
The Cougars trail the all-time series with the Beavers 121-162.
WSU leads the series 76-60 in Pullman, but trails the series 99-39 in Corvallis...Oregon State leads the series 5-3 in neutral site matchups.
Head coach Ken Bone is 4-2 all-time against the Beavers and 4-1 as the head coach at Washington State...he lost to Oregon State once prior to becoming the coach at WSU.
The Cougars have won nine of the last 11 matchups with the Beavers and have won four of the last five in Corvallis.
The last five matchups in Corvallis have been decided by an average of 6.2 points while the last three games being decided by a combined 14 points.
The Cougars have won three-straight games against the Beavers, defeating Oregon State in both matchups last season and posting a victory in Spokane Dec. 31, 2011.
Last season in Corvallis, the Cougars recorded their first series sweep of the season with a 61-55 victory over Oregon State...then-sophomore Reggie Moore led the way for the Cougars with 14 points.
In the matchup earlier this season, WSU secured its Pac-12 victory with an 81-76 defeat over the Beavers...senior Brock Motum led WSU with 26 points and eight rebounds.
In addition, the Cougars shot .538 from the field and made a season-high 17 field goals in the first half.
WSU AGAINST OREGON:
The Cougars hold a 123-159 record in the all-time series against the Ducks.
WSU trails the series 92-43 in Eugene, but holds a 74-59 lead in Pullman...Oregon leads the series 10-6 in neutral site matchups.
Counting this season, the two teams have met 13 times in the last five seasons, twice this year, twice last year and three in each of the previous three seasons.
The Cougars had won six-straight over the Ducks until the 2009-10 Pac-10 opener Dec. 31 at Pullman.
Last season the two teams split the series, each winning at home.
In WSU's first game in the new Matthew Knight Arena last season, the Cougars fell 69-43 Feb. 3, 2011.
Klay Thompson led the team with 12 points while DeAngelo Casto had a team-best seven rebounds.
The Cougars shot a season-low .259 (14-for-54) from the field and a season-low .160 (4-for-25) from 3-point.
The Cougars scored a season-low 43 points...fewest points since also scoring 43 against then-No. 4 Pittsburgh, Nov. 29, 2008.
In the first meeting this season the Cougars couldn't stop the Ducks' hot shooting, falling 92-75, in their Pac-12 opener Dec. 29 in a home game at Spokane Arena.
DaVonté Lacy scored a career-high 19 points...he made a career-best five 3-pointers and was 7-for-9 from the field.
Oregon shot .694 from the field...the highest field goal percentage by a WSU opponent since Gonzaga shot .708 (34-for-48) Dec. 28, 2003.
The Cougars dropped to 14-30 all-time in Pac-8/10/12 openers...0-2 against Oregon in openers.
Oregon got 44 of its 92 points in the paint and 42 points from the bench.
Washington State and Oregon State are meeting for the 104th-consecutive men's basketball season.
It is the ninth longest continuous rivalry nationally behind Columbia/Yale (111th season), Princeton/Yale (111th season), Pennsylvania/Princeton (110th season), Columbia/Pennsylvania (109th season), Cornell/Pennsylvania (109th season), Washington State/Idaho (107th season), Kansas/Missouri and Baylor/Texas.
The Cougars also hold the sixth oldest continuous rivalry, as they faced Idaho earlier this season.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Washington State got just its second Pac-12 weekend split of the season as it defeated USC, 60-53 Thursday and fell to UCLA, 63-60 Saturday, both games at Beasley Coliseum.
WSU is 12-11 on the season and 4-7 in Pac-12 play, holding ninth place in the league, just one game away from Oregon State in eighth.
The Cougars have played eight of their last 12 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, at Washington, at the Arizona schools and at home to UCLA in Pac-12 play, picking up their conference wins over Oregon State in Spokane, and defeating Stanford, California at home Jan. 19 and 21, respectively, while securing a victory over USC this past Thursday.
WSU is 2-6 in road games, 9-2 in home games (including a 1-1 mark in games at Spokane and a 8-1 mark at Beasley Coliseum) and 1-3 in neutral-site games.
The Cougars are still looking for their first Pac-12 road win, holding a 0-5 league mark on the road.
Junior Brock Motum leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-12 with 17.2 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 21 of the team's 23 games.
Motum also ranks fourth in the league and 24th in the nation in field goal percentage (.570/142-for-249) and tied for fifth in rebounding in the league with 6.8 rebounds a game.
The junior is the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-nine in both scoring and field goal percentage.
Motum is top in the conference in league games only with 20.5 points per game and is also tied for third with 7.2 rebounds per Pac-12 outing...he is also ranked sixth in league field goal percentage with a .582 (78-for-134) clip.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has started 17 games for the Cougars and is third on the team with 9.4 points per game.
He ranks 11th in the league with a .778 free throw percentage (49-for-63)...he's also 10th in conference with 1.7 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...he's made at least two 3-pointers in four of the last five games.
He got his first start Jan. 26 at Arizona and has started every game since.
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 and at Arizona and Arizona State after aggravating his thumb injury.
Faisal Aden missed the Cougars' games against Eastern Washington, Idaho and Santa Clara with a concussion...he left the Arizona game in the first half with a left knee injury and did not play against Arizona State...he will miss the remainder of the season with after suffereing a left ACL tear.
COUGS SHINE OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT:
Neither of Washington State's games this weekend will be televised, which according to the statistics, is a good sign for the Cougars.
The Cougars are 2-9 in televised games this season after going 10-11 each of the previous two seasons.
WSU is 10-2 when not televised.
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 11-6 in its white uniforms this season.
WSU is 8-1 at Beasley Coliseum this season and had won its last 11 games there dating back to last season prior to falling to UCLA Feb. 4.
COUGARS RAISE MONEY FOR RYPIEN FOUNDATION:
The Washington State men's basketball team showed its support in the fight against cancer at its home basketball game Saturday, Feb. 4 against UCLA as the WSU staff wore sneakers with their suits to support Coaches vs. Cancer.
In addition to their work with the American Cancer Society, the Cougars worked closely with the Rypien Foundation to raise money and awareness.
The Rypien Foundation was established by Cougar football great Mark Rypien who was the quarterback at Washington State from 1981-1985 and ranks sixth in both total offensive yards (5,101) and pass yards (4,573) in the WSU record book.
As of Monday, WSU Athletics had raised $1,650.83 for the Rypien Foundation by `Passing the Shoe.'
Each year the NABC has a nationwide campaign, Suits and Sneakers, which this season took place the week of January 22-29.
The Cougar coaching staff wore sneakers with its suits at the WSU game Saturday, Jan. 28 at Arizona State to support the campaign.
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 (40th in the country)...he's adding a team fourth-best 9.1 points per game. He is also fourth in the league with a 2.1 assist/turnover ratio which ranks 63rd nationally.
Moore started the season ranked 18th in the WSU record books for career assists with 226...he currently has moved into eighth with 352 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.
ADEN OUT FOR THE SEASON:
Senior Faisal Aden suffered a left Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear in the first half of the team's game at Arizona, Thursday, Jan. 28 in Tucson, Ariz.
He will miss the remainder of the season.
Aden was averaging a team second-best 14.5 points a game (ninth in the Pac-12), while shooting a league-best .894 (42-for-47) from the free throw line.
Fresh off being named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 16-22, he tallied six points and grabbed two rebounds in 11 minutes of action in the game against the Wildcats.
He missed three games earlier this season with a concussion.
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
Senior Marcus Capers has played 121 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 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 1,507-1,377 all-time for a .523 win percentage.
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 50-39 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, 14 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 19 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
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.