WSU HEADS ACROSS THE STATE TO TAKE ON WASHINGTON: Washington State University men's basketball (9-7, 1-3) hits the road for its third-consecutive road game and sixth-straight game away from Pullman as it takes on cross-state rival Washington (10-6, 3-1), Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena. The game can be seen live on FSN as Steve Physioc and Ernie Kent have the call with Rebecca Haarlow on the sidelines. It can be heard on the Cougar Radio Network with Bud Nameck's call.
WSU AGAINST WASHINGTON:
The Cougars trail the all-time series 100-172 to Washington, but have won two of the last three meetings.
WSU trails the series 99-35 at UW, but is 4-2 in Seattle in the last six meetings...the Cougars trail the series 71-62 at home, while it's tied 2-2 in neutral-site matchups.
Last season the Cougars faced the Huskies three times, twice in the regular season and then again in the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament at Staples Center...WSU went 2-1 against UW last season.
In the first meeting last year WSU held UW off, going on to win 87-80 at Beasley Coliseum Jan. 30...in the second matchup, the Cougars traveled to Seattle to take on the Huskies, using a big second-half for the 80-69 victory at American Airlines Arena.
Washington got revenge in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament, coming up with an 89-87 victory in the thriller...Klay Thompson set several records in the loss, including, the tournament record for single-game points with 43 and single-game 3-pointers made with eight.
WSU averaged 85.3 points per game in the three games last season after averaging just 56.0 points per game in the four previous games in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
Head coach Ken Bone is 2-6 all-time against Washington and 2-3 as the Cougars' head coach against the Huskies.
Bone served as an assistant coach on UW head coach Lorenzo Romar's staff from 2002-05...assistant Cougar coach Curtis Allen played at Washington from 2000-04.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Washington State is 9-7 on the season, having played its first two Pac-12 road games of the season at new-conference members Utah and Colorado Jan. 7 and 9, respectively.
The Cougars are 1-3 in Pac-12 play, after defeating Oregon State and losing to Oregon at Spokane, Wash., followed by back-to-back losses at Utah and Colorado on the road.
WSU is 2-3 in away games, 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 road game of the season for the Cougars, WSU lost by two in overtime at Utah, 60-62, before falling to Colorado, 60-71, Jan. 9.
Coming off a 27-point effort at Utah, Brock Motum leads the team and ranks sixth in the league with 15.3 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 14 of the team's 16 games this season and reached 20 points in two of the last three games.
Motum also ranks seventh in the league and 36th in the nation in field goal percentage (.556/89-for-160) and 11th in rebounding in the league with 6.4 rebounds a game.
The junior is the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-10 in both scoring and field goal percentage.
Motum is tied for third in the conference in league games only with 18.5 points per game and ranks 11th with 6.3 rebounds per Pac-12 outing...he's also ranked 14th in league field goal percentage with a .556 (25-for-45) clip.
Despite missing three games this season with a concussion, senior Faisal Aden is second on the team and ranks 17th in the conference with 12.8 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 10 of the 13 games he's played in.
Aden also leads the team and is tied for seventh in the conference with 1.5 steals per game...he also ranks 14th in the conference in 3-point field goals made with 19 in 13 games.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has started 10 games for the Cougars and is third on the team with 9.8 points 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.
Faisal Aden missed the Cougars' games against Eastern Washington, Idaho and Santa Clara with a concussion.
The Cougars wore their crimson uniforms in Saturday's game at Colorado, 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. 9, WSU played just two of its eight 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 2-2 in its crimson uniforms, with victories over Idaho and Portland, while losing to Gonzaga and Colorado while donning crimson.
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 95 points, 82 rebounds and 301 minutes played in just 16 games this season.
Enquist is shooting .720 (36-for-50) from the field and .793 (23-for-29) from the free throw line...he has made 16 of his last 24 shots and 14 of his last 16 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 5.4 assists per game (43rd in the country)...he's adding a team fourth-best 9.4 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 312 career assists, 12 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 5.4 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 1,504-1,373 all-time for a .523 win percentage.
The Cougars fell at Colorado, 71-60, Saturday at the Coors Event Center in Boulder, Colo.
Reggie Moore led WSU with 14 points, while also dishing out four assists without any turnovers.
The Cougars are now 1-2 all-time against Colorado and 0-2 at Colorado.
WSU's shot a season low .365 (19-52) from the field...the last time the Cougars shot less than .399 was Feb. 27, 2011 at Washington when they shot .396 (21-53).
The Cougars also made a season first-half low eight field goals, while allowing a season second-half high six three-point field goals.
Redshirt freshman Dexter Kernich-Drew recorded his first career start for the Cougars in their Jan. 9 game at Colorado...Kernich-Drew posted a personal conference best six points.
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 47-35 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 114 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.