COUGARS HIT THE ROAD ONCE AGAIN AS THEY TRAVEL TO ARIZONA: Washington State University men's basketball (11-15, 2-11) looks to snap its six-game losing streak as it travels to Tempe to take on Arizona State, Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT at Wells Fargo Arena.
The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks, as Ted Robinson and Don MacLean have the call.
Bud Nameck, in this 20th year with Cougar Basketball, will have all the action on the Cougar IMG Radio Network.
Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men's basketball.
THE LAST MEETING
January 31, 2013
Cougars Fall To ASU, 63-59
Royce Woolridge scored 16 points to lead the Cougars (11-10, 2-6). Mike Ladd had 14 points, and Brock Motum matched Felix with 11 points and 11 boards.
COUGARS VS. SUN DEVILS:
Wednesday marks the 73rd all-time meeting between the Cougars and Sun Devils, as WSU has trails the series, 37-35.
WSU leads the series, 22-13 at home, while Arizona State leads at Tempe, 23-13, and 1-0 at neutral sites.
The Cougars have lost the last three games against the Sun Devils at Tempe with their last win coming Jan. 29, 2009.
In the last two seasons, WSU and ASU split the season series with the home team coming out victorious.
Head coach Ken Bone is 3-5 all-time against the Sun Devils as a head coach and 2-5 as head coach of the Cougars.
Bone led Portland State to a 71-67 victory over ASU during the 2006-07 season...he's looking for his first win as the Cougars' head coach at ASU.
Last season WSU fell to Arizona State, 71-67, Jan. 28 at Tempe, then defeated ASU, 72-50, Feb. 18 at Pullman.
The Cougars' current six-game losing streak started with a 63-59 loss to the Sun Devils at Pullman's Beasley Coliseum, Jan. 31.
Royce Woolridge led WSU with 16 points and 4 assists.
Mike Ladd finished with 14 points and added 7 rebounds.
Dexter Kernich-Drew finished with 10 points, marking his first double-figure scoring performance in Pac-12 play (a Pac-12 personal best) and his first since scoring 10 against Jackson State (Dec. 13).
Brock Motum had a season-low 11 points.
Motum finished with a game-high 11 rebounds, marking his second-straight double-double and his third of the season.
The Cougars' 2 first-half fouls tied a season-low, while they combined with the Sun Devils for 6 total first half fouls, the lowest combined in a game this season in the first 20 minutes.
WSU's 7 first-half 3-pointers tied for its most in a first half this season...was 7-for-14 in the first half from 3-point range.
The Cougars assisted on 10 of their 19 made field goals, while the Sun Devils assisted on 13 of 24.
COUGARS VS. WILDCATS:
Saturday marks the 72nd all-time meeting between Washington State and Arizona, with the Wildcats leading the series, 56-16 (54-16 to reflect Arizona wins vacated during the 2007-08 season).
Arizona has won the last five games and leads 27-8 at Washington State and 27-8 at Tucson, along with a 2-0 mark in neutral-site meetings.
WSU head coach Ken Bone is 2-5 against the Wildcats, all while head coach at WSU.
Bone and the Cougars swept the season series his first year during the 2009-10 series and have lost the last five.
Last season Arizona won the first meeting, 85-61, Jan. 26 at Tucson, and followed it up with a 76-72 victory at Pullman, Feb. 16.
The Cougars dropped the first meeting this season against the Wildcats, 79-65, Feb. 2 at Beasley Coliseum.
Brock Motum tied the team high with 15 points...he added 6 rebounds.
DaVonté Lacy scored 15 points, his most points since putting up 16 against Idaho State, Dec. 29.
Lacy tied his career high with 8 free throws made...he was 8-for-10 from the charity stripe.
D.J. Shelton got his first career double-double, with 13 points and 10 rebounds...he was one point shy of his career high for points.
Royce Woolridge scored in double figures for the second-straight game, finishing with 14 points.
Mike Ladd did not score in double figures for the first time in the previous 10 games...first time in Pac-12 play.
Ladd's 2 points were a season low...he played a season-low 18 minutes after picking up his third foul in the first half.
The Cougars' .864 free throw percentage is their highest this season when attempting more than 12 free throws (19-for-22).
COUGARS VS. RANKED OPPONENTS:
This week, Arizona is ranked 12th in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll...WSU is 47-216 all-time against ranked opponents.
The Cougars are 0-5 against ranked opponents this season (losses to No. 12 Kansas, No. 10 Gonzaga, No. 16 Oregon, No. 8 Arizona and No. 23 Oregon) and have lost seven-straight against ranked foes.
WSU's last win over a ranked opponent came against No. 18 Washington, Jan. 30, 2011, by the score of 87-80.
Washington State is 3-37 against ranked Arizona teams and 0-5 against Arizona when its ranked 12th.
The Cougars last defeated a ranked Wildcat team Feb. 1, 2007, winning 72-66 over No. 20 Arizona (WSU was ranked 18th at the time).
The Cougars are 0-11 against the No. 12 team in the country, as this is their second 12th-ranked foe of the season...WSU fell to No. 12 Kansas, 78-41, Nov. 19, 2012.
Ken Bone GETS 400TH CAREER WIN:
With WSU's win over Buffalo, Dec. 21, fourth-year head coach Ken Bone got his 400th career win as a head coach.
He has 67 wins at WSU, had 77 in four years at Portland State, 253 victories in 12 seasons as head coach at Division II Seattle Pacific and 5 wins at Division III Cal State Stanislaus...he's in his 21st season as a head coach.
Bone has 145 career wins in his seventh season as a Division I head coach.
MORE ON BONE AS COUGAR HEAD COACH:
Bone holds a 68-61 (.527) record with Washington State and already has more wins than nine previous Cougar men's basketball coaches.
He also has more wins than two of the last three head coaches, 32 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 37 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
Bone's .527 winning percentage (68-61) marks the second-best by a WSU head coach in his first four seasons...only Jack Friel (.624, 63-38) had a better record in his first four seasons.
Bone's 68 wins are the most by a Cougar head coach in his first four seasons.
With 68 wins, Bone is just one victory away from moving into a three-way tie as the sixth-winningest head coach in Washington State history...Tony Bennett (2006-09) and Kevin Eastman (1995-99) each had 69 victories at the helm for WSU.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars are 11-15 overall and 2-11 in conference play.
They have lost six-straight games, their longest losing streak of the season and longest since the 2005-06 season.
WSU is 8-7 at home, 1-6 on the road and 2-2 in neutral-site games...in league play, WSU is 1-6 at home and 1-5 on the road.
Nine of the Cougars' 15 losses have come by 7 points or less, including a 2-point loss to then-No. 10 Gonzaga (Dec. 5) and a 2-point overtime loss to then-No. 23 Oregon (Feb. 16).
Brock Motum leads the team with 17.8 points per game and 6.2 rebounds...he's scored at least 11 points in all 26 games this season for a streak of 26-straight games with double-figure scoring...he's averaging 15.9 points in WSU's 13 conference games.
Motum is ranked third in the conference and 52nd in the nation (as of Feb. 17) in scoring and ranks 20th in the league in rebounding and eighth in minutes played.
With 20 and 10 at Oregon State Jan. 26, Motum is one of just six Pac-12 players to record at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a conference game this season, joined by Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski and Carrick Felix, Stanford's Dwight Powell, California's Allen Crabbe and UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad.
Mike Ladd missed the last two games against Oregon State and Oregon, but has reached double figures 10 of his last 12 games and is second on the team with 11.4 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team third-best 5.9 rebounds a game.
Ladd is averaging 14.3 points (11th in the Pac-12) and 6.4 rebounds (17th in the Pac-12) in Pac-12 only action.
After a career-high 27 points against Oregon State, Feb., 13, DaVonté Lacy is now averaging 10.4 points per game, having reached double figures in four of the last five games and 20-plus in two of the last four.
Royce Woolridge is coming off a 36-point performance against Oregon and is adding 9.8 points per game (12.6 ppg in Pac-12 play), Dexter Kernich-Drew 6.6 ppg, and D.J. Shelton 5.5 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds a game.
Shelton's 6.3 rebounds per game rank 19th in the league, while his 6.8 rebounds per game in conference games only are tied for 11th-best in the league.
MOTUM EYEING 1,000/500 CLUB:
With 3 rebounds against Oregon Feb. 16, Brock Motum became the 12th Washington State men's basketball student-athlete to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds during his career.
The last Cougar to accomplish the feat was Aron Baynes (2006-09) who finished with 1,064 points and 653 rebounds.
WSU dropped a heartbreaker in overtime, 79-77, to No. 23 Oregon, Saturday, Feb. 16 at Beasley Coliseum.
Royce Woolridge scored a career 36 points.
Woolridge scored 22 of his points in the first half, the most since Klay Thompson scored 23 in the first half at California, Feb. 13, 2010...the first Cougar to reach 20 points in a first half since then.
D.J. Shelton was 1 point shy of his second career double-double with 10 rebounds and 9 points.
Brock Motum finished with 12 points...he has reached double figures in all 26 games this season...26-straight games in double figures.
Motum added 3 rebounds...he got his 500th career rebound, becoming the 12th Cougar men's basketball student-athlete to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in his career (1,396 points and 500 rebounds).
Walk-on freshman Bryce Leavitt had a career high 5 points...his previous high was 4 points...he played 19 minutes...played 44 minutes total in the last two games.
WSU played its second overtime game of the season, move to 0-2 on the season and 2-7 under head coach Ken Bone in overtime games.
The Cougars have lost eight-straight overtime games to Oregon, their last win in an overtime game with the Ducks came in March of 1967.
MORE ON WOOLRIDGE AGAINST OREGON:
Royce Woolridge finished with 36 points against Oregon, Feb. 16...he's the first Cougar to reach the 30-point plateau this season, while his 36 is the most by a WSU men's basketball student-athlete since Klay Thompson scored 43 points against Washington, March 10, 2011 in the conference tournament.
The 36 points are the most by a Pac-12 student-athlete in conference action since Klay Thompson also had 36 points at California, Jan. 13, 2011.
WSU has had the individual with the highest single-game point total in conference action each of the last three seasons, as Brock Motum had 34 against Arizona State, Jan. 28 of last season.
Woolridge and Thompson each have the most points in conference action since Jerome Randle had 39 points at Washington State, Jan. 14, 2010.
MOTUM SCORES 1,000TH POINT:
Brock Motum became the 33rd Washington State men's basketball student-athlete to score 1,000 career points with 14 points against Kansas, Monday, Nov. 19.
He is the third Cougar in the last four seasons to reach 1,000 career-points...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.
With 1,396 points, Motum is 10th on WSU's career scoring list...he is 12 points away from Brian Quinnett (1985-89) in ninth with 1,408.
MOTUM NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
For the second time in his career, Brock Motum was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 3-9.
Motum led the Cougars with 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game as WSU fell to No. 10 Gonzaga, 71-69, Dec. 5, and defeated Fresno State, 59-50, Dec. 9.
He shot .552 (16-for-29) from the field, including a .700 clip (7-for-10) from 3-point range.
Against Gonzaga, Motum had 23 points and made a career-high 5 3-pointers, going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc...he tied his career high with 3 blocked shots.
He also scored 23 points against Fresno State, adding a team-high 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
Motum's honor is the 26th Player of the Week nod in WSU history as he became the sixth Cougar to earn the award multiple times in his career (also earned it Dec. 12, 2011).