WSU TAKES ON WESTERN OREGON SUNDAY: Washington State University men's basketball (6-4) will host Western Oregon (8-1) in its final nonconference at Beasley Coliseum of the season, Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4:35 p.m. Western Oregon will head to Belmont, Calif. to take on Notre Dame de Namur Saturday, Dec. 17, the night before taking on WSU in Pullman. The game is available on the Cougar Radio Network with Bud Nameck's call. Please see the list of affiliates on page one of today's notes for more information.
WSU AGAINST WESTERN OREGON, GNAC:
The Cougars are 2-0 all-time against the Wolves.
Both meetings came in 1935-36 (Dec. 6 and Dec. 7), as WSU came out victorious in both (51-29 and 40-33, respectively).
Western Oregon was formerly known as Oregon Normal School (ONS).
WOU is a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) of NCAA Division II.
WSU is 46-5 all-time against current members of the GNAC.
Its most games have come against Central Washington in which the Cougars hold a 23-3 advantage.
WSU's other two loses came against Alaska-Fairbanks and St. Martin's...it has not faced Montana State-Billings or Northwest Nazerene.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Washington State is 6-4 on the season, 2-1 on the road, 4-0 at home and 0-3 in neutral-site games...currently riding a four-game winning streak.
Although he missed the last three games with a concussion, senior Faisal Aden leads the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game.
Junior Brock Motum is second on the team and sixth in the Pac-12 with 15.8 points an outing...he's leading the team and is ninth in the Pac-12 with 6.8 rebounds a game.
Motum is the only Cougar to score double figures in all 10 games for the Cougars this season.
Motum also ranks seventh in the league and 42nd in the nation with a .567 (59-for-104) field goal percentage.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has reached double figures in four of the Cougars' 10 games and is averaging 8.9 points per game...just three Pac-12 freshman are averaging more than 10.5 points per game (Tony Wroten-Washington, 13.0, Chasson Randle-Stanford, 11.2 and Nick Johnson-Arizona, 10.5).
Junior Reggie Moore leads the league and is 42nd in the country with 5.6 assists per game...he's adding 9.7 points per game...Moore is averaging 15.3 points per game in WSU's last three games.
Redshirt senior Charlie Enquist has been hot for the Cougars lately, averaging 13.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game in the last three games...he has two double-doubles (the first two of his career) and reached double figures (20) for the first time in his career against Eastern Washington (Dec. 3).
Enquist is shooting .824 (28-for-34) from the field this season.
Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick has not played this season...as of Nov. 18 he was scheduled to miss 3-5 weeks due to a fracture in his left foot.
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.
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 1,501-1,371 all-time for a .523 win percentage.
Led by a career-night from Brock Motum, WSU defeated Santa Clara, 93-55, Dec. 11, in its last outing.
Motum scored a career high 27 points...his eight made free throws are a career high.
Charlie Enquist recorded his second career double-double (18 points and 10 rebounds)...he scored a career first-half high 14 points in the first half.
Enquist went 7-7 from the field which is a career best...the Cougar field goal percentage record is 10-for-10, which Aron Baynes accomplished against USC, March 3, 2007.
Motum and Enquist shot a combined 16-20 (.800).
Reggie Moore scored a season high 16 points...his .750 shooting percentage is a season high.
Marcus Capers had a career high five assists...Brock Motum tied his career high of four assists.
Walk-on Dave Wink appeared in his first career game as a Cougar.
WSU shot season highs of .674 from the field and .781 from the free throw line.
The Cougars outscored Santa Clara 44-22 in the paint.
Washington State's 48 first half points are a season high.
The Cougars had three double-digit scorers in the first half for the first time this season.
Washington State's 93 points scored is a season high...WSU's most points since also scoring 93 against Portland State two seasons ago, Dec. 19, 2009.
WSU's 38 point margin of victory is the largest of the season...it is also tied for the 19th largest margin of victory since 1945.
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.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win over Grambling State Nov. 30, WSU improved to 42-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 42-straight November games in Pullman and are 44-1 (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.
Ken Bone IN HIS THIRD SEASON:
WSU head coach Ken Bone holds a 44-32 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, eight more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 13 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
Senior Marcus Capers has played 108 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.
BEASLEY COLISEUM GETS NEW SCOREBOARD:
The addition of the center-hung scoreboard in Beasley Coliseum, home of WSU men's and women's basketball teams, has been completed and is ready for use in the 2011-12 season.
Washington State completed the project in conjunction with Daktronics, Inc. of Brookings, S.D.
The new center-hung display features four LED video displays, each measuring 11 feet high by 15 feet wide.
With 10 millimeter line spacing, these displays will incorporate clarity and contrast of video images with the capability to present live and recorded video.
The displays are also capable of showing custom animations, vivid graphics, up-to-the minute statistics, player highlights and in-game advertising from sponsors.