Nov. 15, 2012
COUGARS HIT THE ROAD TO FACE WAVES: Washington State University men's basketball (2-0) hits the road for the first time this season as it travels to Malibu, Calif. to take on Pepperdine University (0-2), Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Firestone Fieldhouse. Bud Nameck, in his 20th year with Cougar Basketball, will have the call on the Cougar IMG Radio Network. Please see the front page of today's notes for a complete listing of affiliates. Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men's basketball.
WSU AGAINST PEPPERDINE:
WSU leads the series between the Cougars and Waves, 3-2.
Last season, WSU defeated Pepperdine, 67-56, at Seattle's KeyArena in the Cougar Hardwood Classic.
Senior Faisal Aden led the Cougars with 17 points in the win, while classmate Charlie Enquist had a team-high 7 rebounds.
Prior to last season, the two teams hadn't met since Dec. 13, 1989, as WSU came up with an 82-77 victory...the Cougars have won the last two meetings.
The series is tied at 1-1 at Pepperdine and 1-1 at WSU, with Pepperdine's road victory coming at Spokane Arena...WSU leads 1-0 at neutral sites.
COUGARS AGAINST THE WCC:
Washington State is 127-60 against current members of the West Coast Conference all-time and was 4-1 last season.
The Cougars have played Gonzaga in 145 of the 184 games against those WCC members.
This season WSU will play against three members of the West Coast Conference, hosting Portland and Gonzaga in back-to-back games, Dec. 1 and 5, respectively.
Last year in the regular season WSU traveled to Gonzaga (Nov. 14) and Portland (Nov. 20), hosted Santa Clara (Dec. 11), and took on Pepperdine in the Cougar Hardwood Classic (Dec. 22)...in the first found of the CBI during the postseason, the Cougars traveled to San Francisco to take on the Dons.
WSU's only loss against the WCC last season came in its season-opener against Gonzaga, 89-81.
The Cougars are 2-0 after defeating Utah Valley in the two teams' first all-time meeting, 72-49, Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Beasley Coliseum.
Brock Motum once again led the Cougars in scoring with 15 points...he was 6-for-11 from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line.
DaVonté Lacy dished out a career-high 6 assists...he added 11 points.
Mike Ladd also scored in double figures with 13 points and 2 assists...Motum, Lacy and Ladd have scored in double-figures in both games this season.
Dexter Kernich-Drew reached double-figures for just the second time in his career, finishing with a career-high 14 points...his previous career-high of 10 came against Eastern Washington last season.
D.J. Shelton finished with a team-high 6 rebounds and has led WSU on the boards in both games this season.
Forty of WSU's 70 points came in the paint...the Cougars shot .656 from 2-point range and a total of .518 from the field.
WSU turned the ball over just 5 times, its fewest since committing just 4 turnovers against Stanford Feb. 2, 2008.
Twelve different Cougars saw action, including walk-on guard Dominic Ballard who more than quadrupled his total WSU minutes played with 13 against the Wolverines.
The Cougars scored 17 points off of UVU's 13 turnovers.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE:
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.
MOTUM EYES 1,000 POINTS:
With 971 points, senior Brock Motum is just 29 points away from becoming the 33rd Cougar to reach 1,000 career points and the third in the last four seasons.
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.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win over Utah Valley Nov. 14, WSU improved to 44-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 44-straight November games in Pullman and are 46-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
WSU's only loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1962, by a score of 77-47.
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).
WSU DEFEATS SAINT MARTIN'S IN EXHIBITION ACTION:
WSU defeated Saint Martin's, 62-60, Tuesday, Nov. 6 in exhibition action at Beasley Coliseum.
Brock Motum led all scorers with 21 points, while Mike Ladd added 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Royce Woolridge finished with 10 points and a game-high 3 steals, while D.J. Shelton led the team with 9 rebounds.
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.
WSU advanced to the championship series, marking the second-straight season the Cougars have reached at least the semifinals of their postseason tournament...last year WSU advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in New York, falling to eventual-champion Wichita State in the semifinals.
The Cougars are 17-13 all-time in postseason play.
WSU also compiled its most single-season postseason wins with a 4-2 record in the CBI...last season the Cougars went 3-1 in the NIT.
In the last two seasons WSU has gone 7-3 in postseason play.
WSU has made it to six NCAA Tournaments (6-6) and five NITs (7-5).
Washington State became the third Pac-12 school to advance to the championship round of the CBI as Oregon State won in 2008 and Oregon won the tournament in 2011.
MOTUM'S BREAKOUT JUNIOR SEASON:
Washington State junior Brock Motum had a breakout season in 2011-12 as he led the Cougars and the Pac-12 in scoring in both the overall games and conference only games.
Motum averaged 18.0 points per game in all games, edging out Oregon State's Jared Cunningham with 17.9 points per game.
In league games the Australian averaged 20.7 points per game, over a point per game ahead of Cunningham with 19.2 points per game.
He also ranked sixth in field goal percentage (.554) and seventh in rebounds per game (6.4 rpg), making him the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-13 in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding.
Motum finished the season ranked 38th in the country in points per game and 26th in field goal percentage.
In contrast to his junior season, Motum played 799 minutes in 54 games his first two seasons combined at Washington State...this season he clocked 1,072 minutes of action.
In his first two seasons he averaged 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds a game, but still did it at a high shooting clip, .591.
Last season alone Motum had 293 more points than he did in his first two seasons combined (613 compared to 320), and averaged 18.0 points per game, 12.1 more points than his first two seasons.
Motum also had 216 rebounds last season, more than his 72 his first two years combined, for a 6.4 rebounding average, over four rebounds more a game.
He continued to shoot at a high clip at .554 last season for a .567 career field goal percentage.
MOTUM JOINS ELITE COMPANY:
Junior 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.
Beck had 506 points and 214 rebounds in 1955-56, while Puidokas recorded 559 points and 259 rebounds in 1974-75.
COUGARS IN THE COMMUNITY:
The Cougars have been very active in the community over the last two years.
Below is a breakdown of some of the work they've done in the community.
Cougar Elite Camp (WSU Campus) - June 18-19, 2011
Cougar Day Camp (WSU Campus) - June 21-24, 2011
Cougar Team Camp (WSU Campus) - June 28-July 1, 2011
Palouse Habitat for Humanity (Uniontown) - July 9, 2011
Learning Center Sports' Week (Pullman) - July 27, 2011 National Lentil Festival Street Fair (Downtown Pullman) - August 19, 2011
National Lentil Festival Parade (Downtown Pullman) - August 20, 2011
WSU Family Weekend (WSU Campus) - Sept. 10, 2011
Pullman Senior Center (Downtown Pullman) - Sept. 16, 2011 and Feb. 24, 2012
Free Kids' Clinic (WSU Campus) - Oct. 1, 2011
YMCA Keys to Success (Pullman) - Oct. 8, 2011
Jefferson Elementary School (Pullman) - Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, 2011
Sacred Hearth Children's Hospital Visit (Spokane) - Dec. 28, 2011
Free Kids' Clinic (Spokane) - Dec. 30, 2011