Wyoming Visits Washington State for CBI Quarterfinals
March 16, 2012
After claiming its first postseason win since 2003, the University of Wyoming men's basketball team looks to continue that momentum when the Cowboys visit Washington State for the quarterfinals of the CBI presented by Zebra Pen on Monday. The Pokes (21-11) downed feisty North Dakota State, 78-75, at home in the first round last Wednesday, while the Cougars (16-16) earned a dominant 89-75 road win at San Francisco last Tuesday. Monday's tip is set for 8 p.m. MT in Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash.
Fans can follow live stats, live audio and live video of Wyoming's game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on WyomingAthletics.com. The contest will be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network, but will not be televised.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach Ken Bone and Washington State earned an 89-75 win at San Francisco in the CBI first round to sit at 16-16 on the season. WSU led by just one at halftime, but quickly opened the advantage to 10 points in the second half and hit free throws down the stretch for the win. Four Cougars scored in double figures, as WSU shot 89.3 percent (25-of-28) for its second-best performance of the season. Washington State finished the Pac-12 regular season at 7-11 for eighth in the league standings, before dropping a 69-64 contest to ninth-seeded Oregon State in the conference tournament first round. The Cougars own one of the better offenses in the Pac-12, as they rank third in the conference and 41st in the nation at 46.7 percent from the field. WSU is second in the Pac 12 in free throw percentage at 71.0, fifth in three-point makes per game at 6.2 and fourth in assists at 14.0. The Cougars average 68.8 points per game for seventh in the league. Defensively, Washington State allows 66.6 points for eighth in the conference. They also allow 31.3 rebounds for third in the Pac-12.
Each Team's Leaders
Junior forward Brock Motum is Washington State's offense, as the Pac-12's Most Improved Player and a First-Team selection. He leads the league and ranks 37th in the NCAA at 18.3 points, while also earning 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He also ranks fifth in the conference and 28th nationally in field goal percentage at 55.3. Motum is complimented by junior guard Reggie Moore, who leads the Pac-12 and is 32nd in the nation at 5.5 assists. His 2.1 assist-turnover ratio is fourth in the league, as he scores 9.4 points. Freshman guard DaVonte Lacy contributes 8.6 points, while senior guard Marcus Capers adds 6.0 points and 5.1 rebounds. Senior forward Abe Lodwick rounds out WSU's probable starters at 5.5 points and 3.7 rebounds. Motum scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds against USF.
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