Cougars Can't Complete Comeback, Fall 89-81 to Gonzaga
Washington State clawed back from a big deficit to cut Gonzaga's lead to 77-73 with 3 minutes left but freshman Kevin Pangos tied a school record with nine 3-pointers and finished with 33 points to lead No. 22 Gonzaga to an 89-81 victory over the Cougars on Monday night..
COUGARS HOST 10TH-RANKED BULLDOGS: Washington State University men's basketball (5-3) will face its second top-15 team of the season as it hosts No. 10 Gonzaga (8-0), Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
The game can be seen live on ESPNU, as Miles Simon and Roxy Bernstein 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.
COUGARS VS. BULLDOGS:
Wednesday is the 146th all-time meeting between Washington State and Gonzaga with the Cougars holding a 98-48 advantage.
Although Gonzaga has won 10 of the last 13 meetings, WSU has won two of the last three played in Pullman, including the last game in Beasley Coliseum, an 81-59 victory, Dec. 8, 2010.
At Pullman, Washington State leads the series, 45-18, with the first of those games coming Jan. 15, 1916, a 43-18 victory for WSU.
The first seven games of the series were played at Gonzaga, WSU went 4-3 in those games from 1907-14.
Cougar head coach Ken Bone is 2-4 all-time against Gonzaga and 1-2 as both WSU's and Portland State's head coach.
Four of the six games Bone has coached against Gonzaga came against ranked Bulldog teams, including all three while at PSU. Ken Bone vs. Gonzaga:
Nov. 30, 2005 - PSU at (6) Gonzaga - L, 89-80
Nov. 30, 2006 - PSU at (22) Gonzaga - L, 69-51
Dec. 23, 2008 - PSU at (7) Gonzaga - W, 77-70
Dec. 2, 2009 - WSU at Gonzaga - L, 74-69
Dec. 8, 2010 - WSU vs. Gonzaga - W, 81-59
Nov. 14, 2011 - WSU at (22) Gonzaga - L, 89-81
WSU's second-half comeback fell short as it fell to No. 22 Gonzaga, 89-81, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 in the first game of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-off Marathon.
Five Cougars scored in double figures including Mike Ladd and DaVonté Lacy making their Cougar debuts with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Brock Motum led the team with 17 points.
WSU's first three substitutions were newcomers (Ladd, Lacy and Shelton).
All 11 of Lacy's points came in the second half...nine of them (all three of his 3-pointers) in the final 5:30.
Charlie Enquist got the second start of his career and his first since the 2009-10 season...his 20 minutes played were the most since the 2009-10 season.
Kevin Pangos tied Gonzaga's school record with 9 3-pointers on his way to 33 points.
Robert Sacre (15/10) and Elias Harris (14/11) each added double-doubles, while Gary Bell, Jr. chipped in 14 points for the Bulldogs.
COUGARS AGAINST THE WCC:
Washington State is 128-61 against current members of the West Coast Conference all-time, 1-1 this season and was 4-1 last season.
The Cougars have played Gonzaga in 145 of the 189 games against those WCC members.
This season WSU will play against three members of the West Coast Conference, as it fell at Pepperdine (Nov. 16), defeated Portland at home and will host 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 round 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.
WSU AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS:
Washington State is 47-223 all-time against opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top-25.
This week Gonzaga is ranked 10th...WSU is 7-121 all-time against the top-10 and 2-6 against the No. 10 team in the country.
WSU's last win over a top-10 team came against No. 7 Arizona, a 77-73 overtime victory, Jan. 6, 2007 at home.
Gonzaga is WSU's second ranked opponent of the season, as the Cougars took on the No. 12 Kansas Jayhawks Nov. 19 at Kansas City as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
The Cougars' last win over a ranked opponent came over No. 18 Washington, Jan. 30, 211 as WSU has lost three-straight games against ranked opponents.
WSU is 2-7 all-time against ranked Bulldog teams and 1-0 when WSU is ranked.
The Cougars' last win over a ranked Bulldog team came Dec. 5, 2007, a 51-47 victory when WSU was ranked eighth and Gonzaga ranked 17th.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars have won three-straight games after returning home and are currently 5-3 on the season.
WSU is 5-0 at home (Eastern Washington - Nov. 10, Utah Valley - Nov. 14, Arkansas-Pine Bluff - Nov. 24, Idaho - Nov. 28 and Portland - Dec. 5), 0-1 on the road (at Pepperdine - Nov. 16) and 0-2 at neutral-sites (vs. Kansas - Nov. 19 and vs. Texas A&M - Nov. 20, both at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Kan.).
Two of WSU's three losses have come by 2 points or less, one of them in overtime and the other on a buzzer beater.
Brock Motum leads the team with 18.9 points per game and 7.0 rebounds...he's averaged 27.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in the last two games.
Dexter Kernich-Drew is chipping in 9.5 points on .475 shooting from the field, Royce Woolridge is adding 8.5 points per game, while Mike Ladd is adding 7.9 points and 4.8 rebounds an outing.
DaVonté Lacy, who scored in double-figures in WSU's first two games, injured his left knee in the first 5 minutes of the Cougars' fourth game against Kansas, Nov. 19.
Lacy missed WSU's games against Texas A&M, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Idaho and Portland and is out 1-2 weeks as of Sunday, Nov. 25.
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 1,084 points, Motum holds the 21st best career scoring mark in WSU history...he is 63 points away from Steve Harriel in 20th with 1,147 points.
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).
COUGARS DEFEAT PILOTS: WSU defeated Portland, 72-60, Saturday, Dec. 5. Brock Motum led the scoring with 27 points along with 7 rebounds, while Royce Woolridge reached career highs with 20 points and 7 rebounds.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER: With its win over Idaho, Nov. 28, WSU improved to 46-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court. The Cougars have won 46-straight November games in Pullman and are 47-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
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.
MOTUM JOINS ELITE COMPANY: 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.