WSU improves to 17-16 on the season, while Wyoming ends its season at 21-12. The Cougars will travel to Corvallis, Ore., to take on Oregon State (21-14) for the fourth time this season in the CBI semifinal round at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21. The game will be televised on HDNet. (See CBI tournament bracket below.)
In Monday’s game against Wyoming, Motum led all scorers with 25 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 from the free throw line, while adding seven rebounds. Lodwick added seven rebounds as well to his career-high 16 points. The redshirt senior tied his career high with four made 3-pointers and was 6-for-9 from the field. He also tied his season high with four assists.
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Leonard Washington led the Cowboys with 14 points, while Adam Waddell also contributed 13 points. Larry Nance, Jr. was ejected after picking up two technical fouls back-to-back in the second half. He finished with just two points and four rebounds.
The defensive battle got off to a slow start, with the first points coming Abe Lodwick at the 17:55 mark in the first half. The Cougars led by as many as 10 points with 1:30 to go in the first half, 26-16, but the Cowboys used a 5-0 run to end the half and cut WSU’s lead to five after the first 20 minutes of action.
The slow pace continued in the beginning of the second half, as WSU extended its lead to 34-23 at the 16-minute mark, opening the half with an 8-2 run. With WSU’s lead at nine, Mike Ladd hit 3-of-4 free throws and Motum added two to extend the lead to 39-25 with 10:26 to go in the game.
Wyoming put together a run of its own to cut the lead to 10, 47-37, with 5:58 to go in the game, capped by a 3-pointer by Francisco Cruz. Just as it appeared the Cowboys had the momentum, Nance, Jr. was called for a foul on Motum when the two went for a rebound, and followed it up with back-to-back technical fouls after reacting to the call. WSU’s Reggie Moore made three of his four free throw attempts and Motum made his two to give WSU a 15-point lead, 52-37.
The Cougars continued to build to their lead, reaching their largest point differential of 20 points at the 20 second mark on a layup by Dexter Kernich-Drew. WSU held on to that lead, winning 61-41.
So far this season, WSU holds the 2-1 advantage over OSU, winning both regular season games, while the Beavers knocked the Cougars out of the Pac-12 Tournament with a first-round victory. The game will be televised on HDNet.
WSU Head Coach Ken Bone
Thoughts on the game… “Feels good to be moving on. I was really impressed with our kids concentration level and focus. I thought our kids played a really good game again…these games are not like Pac-12 games. We appreciated the crowd that was here tonight but it wasn’t really a Pac-12 crowd. I was impressed with the focus on defensive and overall execution on offense.”
Game plan for Wyoming… “Cruz and Martinez were a focus of ours because they shoot the three so well. Our kids were able to get their hands up and make it challenging for them. We guarded really well and we knew where our strengths were. Offensively, Wyoming did a really nice job and our kids did a great job of holding them to 41 points.”
On DaVonté Lacy’s defense… “We thought he played an outstanding game. He played 29 minutes and did not make a field goal and being a freshman he probably feels like he didn’t play well but we felt, as a staff that this was one of his best games. This was his best defensive game all year.”
WSU junior forward Brock Motum
On gearing up to play Oregon State for a fourth time this season… “We have played them before, so the scouting shouldn’t be that difficult. It will be about execution, thank God this will be the last time and hopefully we will get them this time. It will be an advantage and disadvantage for both teams.”
On overall physicality with Leonard Washington… “It was just two guys playing hard, he (Leonard Washington) is a great player.”
WSU redshirt senior forward Abe Lodwick
On his career-high 16 points… “I feel pretty good about that. My teammates did a great job getting me open and I was able to knock them down. It was a fun game. We knew they were a really good defensive team and a lot of times that might mean they aren’t as good offensively…that’s not true across the board but it can be a factor. Our defensive effort was one of our best all season.”
Senior Guard Marcus Capers
On overall game… “Coach Bone does a great job of preparing us for them. I felt like walking into the game, we had a chip on our shoulders. People have been dissing the Pac-12 this year and you just need to show up and win those games.”
Wyoming Head Coach Larry Shyatt
On the overall game… “I’d like to compliment Washington State, I thought they played great. They played pretty well at home all season and continued to do so. We wish them the best of luck. As for our team, I will never forget this group. They allowed a new staff to coach them, guide them and trusted us which in this day and age is very unique. I’m disappointed we played so poorly but I would never let that affect the body of work these guys have done. They have set records nobody had dreamed.”
On Washington State… “I thought they were physical, in a nice way and thought that affected our offensive play. We made 2 for 16 and you are not going to win many games shooting like that. We probably had a few too many turnovers. I think we should just compliment Washington State because it’s the right thing to do and my wife would kill me if I said what was on my mind now anyways.”
Wyoming senior center Adam Waddell
On Brock Motum… “He is very efficient with what he does but I don’t think he is particularly quicker than me or Leonard. He is efficient with his drives and efficient with his moves. We have not really played against a go to guy like him all year, he is left handed and we had some struggles with him tonight. We were not able to contain him.”
Wyoming senior guard JayDee Luster