Jan. 6, 2012
WSU LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AT COLORADO SATURDAY: Washington State University men's basketball (9-6, 1-2) looks for its first Pac-12 road win as it takes on Colorado (10-4, 2-0) Saturday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. MT (1 p.m. PT) at Coors Event Center in Boulder, Colo. The game will air nationally on FSN/ROOT as Barry Tompkins and Reggie Theus have the call. It 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 COLORADO:
The Cougars and Buffaloes have met just twice in the two schools' histories, as the series is tied at 1-1.
The first meeting occurred Dec. 15, 1952, a Colorado 76-46 victory in Boulder.
Over 42 years have passed since the last time the two teams met, Dec. 19, 1969...that game resulted in a WSU victory, 84-74, in the New Mexico Invitational at Albuquerque, N.M.
Both Washington State and Colorado advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) semifinal in New York last season, but both lost in that round, failing to make the finals and missing an opportunity to meet in their final game before becoming members of the Pac-12.
The Cougars are 4-5 all-time in the state of Colorado...the last time they played there came in the 2008 NCAA Tournament when they defeated Winthrop in the first round and Notre Dame in the second round.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Washington State is 9-6 on the season, having played just four true road games, holding a 2-2 mark in those games...two of the four Cougar road games have been played within 80 miles of campus, at Idaho and at Gonzaga...the other game was a win at Portland.
The Cougars are 1-2 in Pac-12 play, a win over Oregon State in Spokane, a loss to Oregon in Spokane and a loss at Utah Jan. 7.
WSU is 6-1 in home games (including a 1-1 mark in games at Spokane) and 1-3 in neutral-site games.
In the first Pac-12 series of the season WSU split with the Oregon schools, falling to Oregon, 92-75, Dec. 29 and defeating Oregon State, 81-76, Dec. 31...both games were played at Spokane Arena in Spokane due to the WSU students being away on winter break.
Coming off a 27-point effort at Utah, Brock Motum leads the team and ranks fourth in the league with 15.7 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 14 of the team's 15 games this season and reached 20 points in the last two games.
Motum also ranks sixth in the league and 25th in the nation in field goal percentage (.580/87-for-150) and ninth in rebounding with 6.5 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 leads the conference in league games only with 21.7 points per game and is tied for fifth with 7.0 rebounds per Pac-12 outing...he's also ranked fifth in league field goal percentage with a .657 (23-for-35) clip.
Despite missing three games this season with a concussion, senior Faisal Aden is second on the team and tied for 15th in the conference with 12.8 points per game...he's scored in double figures in nine of the 12 games he's played in.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has started eight games for the Cougars and is third on the team with 10.6 points per game.
Lacy is ranked 18th in league play in scoring with 13.7 points per conference game...just two Pac-12 freshman are averaging more points than Lacy in conference action, UW's Tony Wroten (2nd-21.3 ppg) and Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie (t-8th-16.0 ppg).
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.
Faisal Aden missed the Cougars' games against Eastern Washington, Idaho and Santa Clara with a concussion.
The Cougars are wearing their crimson uniforms in Saturday's game, marking the first time in a month the Cougs have donned crimson...WSU last wore the uniforms Dec. 7 at Idaho.
In the time between Dec. 7 and Jan. 7, WSU played just two of its six games in Pullman...it had a `home' game in Seattle and two in Spokane.
The Cougars wore white again at Utah Jan. 5, as the Utes were having a `Blackout'.
WSU is 2-1 in its crimson uniforms, it's only loss coming in the season opener at Gonzaga.
THE DIFFERENCE FOUR YEARS MAKE 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 93 points, 78 rebounds and 284 minutes played in just 15 games this season.
Enquist is shooting .735 (36-for-49) from the field and .778 (21-for-27) from the free throw line...he has made 16 of his last 23 shots and 12 of his last 14 free throws.
MOORE OF THE SAME:
Reggie Moore has finished in the top-nine in the league in assists per game over in 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 (37th in the country)...he's adding a team fourth-best 9.1 points per game.
Moore started the season ranked 18th in the WSU record books for career assists with 226...he currently has moved up to ninth with 308 career assists, 16 away from Blake Pengelly in eighth with 324.
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 1,504-1,372 all-time for a .523 win percentage.
The Cougars fell at Utah, 62-60, in overtime Thursday at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Brock Motum led WSU with 27 points, tying his career high...he's scored 20-plus in the last two games (26 against Oregon State)...he also scored 27 against Santa Clara Dec. 11.
WSU played its first overtime game of the season...it is now 2-5 under Bone in overtime games.
The Cougars are now 2-14 all-time against Utah and 1-11 at Utah.
WSU's 23 first-half points is a season low...previous was 26 against Pepperdine (Dec. 22)...its nine field goals made ties the season low. The Cougars also shot a season first-half low .400 from the free throw line (2-for-5).
WSU's .455 free throw percentage is its worst since shooting .429 at Arizona State Jan. 27, 2005 (9-for-21).
MOTUM NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
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 Motum, who becomes 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.
It marks Washington State's 24th all-time Player of the Week.
Ken Bone IN HIS THIRD SEASON:
WSU head coach Ken Bone holds a 47-34 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, 11 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 16 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
Senior Marcus Capers has played 113 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.
COUGARS PICKED TIED FOR 10TH IN PRESEASON PAC-12 POLL:
Washington State was picked to tie with Colorado for 10th place (119 points) in the inaugural Pac-12 preseason media poll released by the league at the conference's media day in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 28.
The poll had UCLA finishing first with 14 of the 38 first-place votes and 421 points.
California was chosen second with 13 first-place votes and 405 points, followed closely by Arizona with 11 first-place votes and 404 overall points. Washington (fourth, 355), Oregon (fifth, 282), Stanford (sixth, 255), USC (seventh, 194), Oregon State (eighth, 188), Arizona State (ninth, 148), Colorado (t-10th, 119 points) and Utah (12th, 74) rounded out the poll.
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.
COUGARS RETURN THREE STARTERS; FIVE OF TOP SEVEN SCORERS:
WSU welcomes back three starters and seven letterwinners from the Cougars' 2010-11 team.
Marcus Capers, Abe Lodwick, and Reggie Moore appeared in the starting lineup during the majority of last season, en route to a 22-13 finish and a semifinal appearance in the NIT.
Senior Faisal Aden, who started nine games as a junior, is the team's returning scorer after averaging 12.7 points per game in his first year with the squad.
Moore was fourth on the team with 9.1 points per game, including 10.1 in conference play.
WASHINGTON STATE ATHLETICS' REBRANDING:
Updates to the basketball practice facility were completed this summer as part of WSU Athletics' branding master plan.
The gym, located in the P.E. Building between Bohler Gym and Smith Gym, is now easily recognizable with the WSU logo painted on one set of doors and Cougars on the other.
Paint, including the WSU fight song, and photos were also added, along with changes to reflect the newly formed Pac-12.