WSU TAKES ON PEPPERDINE IN THE COUGAR HARDWOOD CLASSIC: Washington State University men’s basketball (7-4) will take its five-game win streak to Seattle as it hosts Pepperdine (6-4) in the seventh annual Cougar Hardwood Classic at KeyArena. Tip is set for 7 p.m. 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.
ABOUT THE COUGAR HARDWOOD CLASSIC:
• This year marks the seventh annual Cougar Hardwood Classic held at Seattle’s KeyArena…it’s held in with Idol Sports & Entertainment.
• Six of the seven CHCs have occurred in December, last year was the only exception when it was held Nov. 23.
• The Cougars are 6-0 all-time in the Cougar Hardwood Classic having defeated Utah (2005), San Diego State (2006), The Citadel (2007), Montana State (2008), LSU (2009) and Portland (2010).
• Last season the defeated Portland, 84-68, in the Cougar Hardwood Classic at Seattle’s KeyArena.
• Klay Thompson led the team with 35 points, while Faisal Aden chipped in 21 points.
• Thompson scored a Cougar Hardwood Classic record 35 points (previous was his 26 points in 2009).
WSU AGAINST PEPPERDINE:
• The series between the Cougars and Waves is tied at 2-2.
• The two teams haven’t met since Dec. 13, 1989, as WSU came up with an 82-77 victory.
• The series is tied at 1-1 at Pepperdine and 1-1 at WSU, with Pepperdine’s road victory coming at Spokane Arena.
COUGARS AGAINST THE WCC:
• Washington State is 125-60 against current members of the West Coast Conference all-time and 2-1 this season.
• The Cougars have played Gonzaga in 145 of the 182 games against those WCC members.
• WSU’s first two road games this season were at West Coast Conference schools…a loss at Gonzaga (Dec. 14) and a win at Portland (Nov. 20).
• This season WSU will play against four members of the West Coast Conference in at least four games…at Gonzaga (Nov. 14), at Portland (Nov. 20), at home against Santa Clara (Dec. 11) and against Pepperdine in Seattle (Dec. 22).
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• Washington State is 7-4 on the season, 2-1 on the road, 5-0 at home and 0-3 in neutral-site games…currently riding a four-game winning streak.
• Although he missed three games with a concussion, senior Faisal Aden leads the team in scoring with 15.1 points per game.
• Junior Brock Motum is second on the team and eighth in the Pac-12 with 14.5 points an outing…he’s leading the team and is 11th in the Pac-12 with 6.5 rebounds a game.
• Motum scored double figures in the first 10 games and has in 10 of WSU’s 11 games this season.
• Motum also ranks eighth in the league with a .561 (60-for-107) field goal percentage.
• Junior Reggie Moore leads the league with 5.5 assists per game…he’s adding 9.4 points per game.
• Redshirt senior Charlie Enquist has been hot for the Cougars lately, averaging 12.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in the last four 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 .838 (31-for-37) from the field this season.
• He has made his last 11 field goals…he also has made 10 straight free throws.
• 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.
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 1,502-1,371 all-time for a .523 win percentage.
• The Cougars defeated Western Oregon, 66-42, Dec. 18 at Beasley Coliseum.
• Marcus Capers scored a season high nine points…he led the team in scoring for the first time in his career.
• Charlie Enquist now has two games this season where he has shot 1.000 from the field.
• DaVonté Lacy snapped his 12 made free throws streak.
• WSU’s nine three-pointers tie a season high.
• The Cougars shot above .500 from the field for the fifth time this season.
• WSU has won four of its last five games by more than 20 points.
• The Cougars allowed only 12 made field goals by Western Oregon, which is a season low.
• Washington State did not have a double digit scorer for the first time since March 29th, 2011 when the Cougars lost to Wichita State 75-44.
• Western Oregon shot a WSU opponent season low .174 from the field in the second half.
• Abe Lodwick made his first appearance this season.
• Mike Ladd (Last game: New Mexico) and Faisal Aden (Grambling State) made their first appearances since coming back from injuries.
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 45-32 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, nine more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 14 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
• Senior Marcus Capers has played 109 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.