COUGARS RETURN TO BEASLEY TO HOST L.A. SCHOOLS: The Washington State University men's basketball team (11-10, 3-6) returns to Pullman, this weekend to face USC (6-16, 1-8) Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7:05 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum. The game will be available via webcast online at www.wsucougars.com. The Cougars will then host UCLA (12-9, 5-4) in a televised event Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. on ROOT Sports NW. Both games can be heard on the Cougar Radio Network with Bud Nameck's call.
WSU AGAINST USC:
The Cougars hold a 44-67 record in the all-time series against the Trojans.
USC leads the series 43-13 at Los Angeles, but WSU holds a 29-23 lead the series at Pullman...the Trojans lead the series 2-1 in neutral site matchups.
Last season the Cougars and Trojans split their two-game series, as both teams won at home.
During the first meeting between the two schools, WSU traveled to Los Angeles Dec. 31 to face USC at the tail end of a six-game, 14-day road trip.
Led by junior DeAngelo Casto, who scored 18 points, WSU made a late run in the game to come within two points of the Trojans, but the rally would fall short as the Cougars fell 60-56.
In the second matchup of the season, the Cougars welcomed the Trojans to Pullman March 3.
DeAngelo Casto led the way for WSU with 24 points and Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden added 22 and 20, respectively, as the Cougars put the Trojans away, 85-77.
Head coach Ken Bone is 3-1 all-time against the Trojans and never faced USC prior to arriving at WSU.
WSU has won 12 of the last 17 meetings with USC and seven of the last eight at home.
WSU AGAINST UCLA:
The Cougars trail the all-time series with UCLA 14-99.
WSU holds a 11-45 mark against the Bruins at Pullman and a 2-52 mark at Los Angeles...UCLA leads the series 2-1 in neutral site matchups.
Last season the Cougars fell to the Bruins twice, at home and in Los Angeles.
In the first meeting between the Bruins and Cougars, WSU traveled to Los Angeles Dec. 29 for their Pac-10 opener.
The Cougars entered the locker room at the half with an eight-point advantage, but were unable to maintain it in the second half as they fell to the Bruins, 80-71.
Klay Thompson posted a game-high 26 points for WSU.
In the second matchup of the season, UCLA traveled to Pullman to face the Cougars March 5 at Beasley Coliseum.
In a thriller, the Cougars nearly broke a 17-game home losing streak to the Bruins before falling to UCLA in overtime, 58-54.
Junior Brock Motum led the Cougars with 15 points.
Head coach Ken Bone is 0-4 all-time against the Bruins and 0-3 at WSU...he lost UCLA once prior to becoming the head coach at WSU.
WSU has lost the last five meetings with UCLA and 36 of the last 38.
The Cougars' last home win over the Bruins came Feb. 6, 1993...two members of this season's squad weren't born yet.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
After two big wins over conference leaders Stanford (Jan. 19) and California (Jan. 21), WSU suffered back-to-back losses at Arizona and Arizona State this past weekend...the Cougars lost at Arizona, 85-61, last Thursday and fell to Arizona State, 71-67 Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.
WSU is 11-10 on the season and 3-6 in Pac-12 play, having played eight of its last 10 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, and at the Arizona schools in Pac-12 play, picking up their conference wins over Oregon State in Spokane, and defeating Stanford and California at home Jan. 19 and 21, respectively.
WSU is 2-6 in road games, 8-1 in home games (including a 1-1 mark in games at Spokane and a 7-0 mark at Beasley) and 1-3 in neutral-site games.
Junior Brock Motum leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-12 with 16.4 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 19 of the team's 20 games.
Motum also ranks sixth in the league and 27th in the nation in field goal percentage (.564/124-for-220) and seventh in rebounding in the league with 6.5 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 ranks second in the conference in league games only with 19.3 points per game and also ranks seventh with 6.7 rebounds per Pac-12 outing...he's also tied for seventh in league field goal percentage with a .571 (60-for-105) clip.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has started 15 games for the Cougars and is third on the team with 9.9 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 1.8 3-pointers made per game.
Lacy is tied for 29th in conference games only with 10.7 points per Pac-12 game...he is third among freshmen in scoring in those games.
Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick played his first game this season Dec. 18 after missing the first 10 with a foot injury.
He got his first start Jan. 26 at Arizona and started against at Arizona State Jan. 28.
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 suffering a left ACL tear.
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 10-5 in its white uniforms this season.
WSU is a perfect 7-0 at Beasley Coliseum this season and has won its last 10 games there dating back to last season.
COUGARS CELEBRATE COACHES VS. CANCER:
The Washington State men's basketball team will show its support in the fight against cancer at its home basketball game Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. against UCLA as the WSU staff will don sneakers with their suits to support Coaches vs. Cancer.
In addition to their work with the American Cancer Society, the Cougars will also work closely with the Mark Rypien Foundation to raise money and awareness.
The Mark 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.
Rypien will be in attendance at the game and will tell his story and provide more information about the Rypien Foundation at halftime of the game.
Donations to the Rypien Foundation can be made before, during and after the game, on the main concourse of Beasley Coliseum...in addition, donations will be taken from the crowd during the game.
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.
WSU is extending the week to Feb. 4 in order to raise further recognition and support the fight against cancer.
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 5.6 assists per game (32nd in the country)...he's adding a team fourth-best 9.0 points per game.
He is also fourth in the league with a 2.1 assist/turnover ratio which ranks 62nd nationally.
Moore started the season ranked 18th in the WSU record books for career assists with 226...he currently has moved into eighth with 343 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 5.6 assists per game average this season, he will finish tied for second 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.
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 1,506-1,376 all-time for a .523 win percentage.
Washington State dropped its second consecutive game as it fell at Arizona State, 71-67, Saturday in Tempe.
Brock Motum scored a career-high 34 points...he has reached the 20-point plateau five times this season and the 30-point plateau for the first time in his career...scored in double-figures in 19 of the team's 21 games.
Motum made a career-high 13 field goals after attempting a career-high 19...he also went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Motum's 34 points are the most by a Cougar not named Klay Thompson since Derrick Low scored 37 against Oregon, Jan. 27, 2007.
Motum had a team-high eight rebounds...he has now led WSU in both scoring and rebounding eight times this season.
Reggie Moore added nine points and eight assists falling one assist shy of tying his career high of nine.
Motum finished with 34 points, Lacy with 13, Moore with nine...no other Cougar scored more than five points.
WSU forced ASU into two five-second violations.
Washington State falls to 0-5 on the road in Pac-12 play this season.
WSU has now lost three-straight games at Arizona State.
Faisal Aden did not play after injuring his left knee Thursday at Arizona.
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 49-38 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, 13 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 18 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
Senior Marcus Capers has played 119 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.
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.