HOT COUGAR ACTION: Marcus Capers Shines In CBI Opener

Marcus Capers' performance against San Francisco may have been the best of his WSU career.

As Jeff noted in his recap last night, WSU's performance against San Francisco was one of its most efficient offensive games of the season.. The team and individual stats are impressive, with a few players having very good games. Among them was Marcus Capers who finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

If you believe in the Floor Impact Counter as an accurate stat to measure performance (more on FIC here), Capers game against USF was the best of his four-year WSU career. He finished with a 19.0 FIC against San Francisco, topping his previous best of 17.8 from 2010. Capers came up just shy of a triple-double, a feat only accomplished once in WSU history.

His performance shouldn't come as a huge surprise as Capers has been playing especially well as of late. Three of the top five FIC ratings of his career have come in the last six games of this season. Over that stretch, Capers is averaging 9.2 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, 4.0 assists per game and 1.2 blocks per game. All while shooting 20-of-28 from the floor. In that span, Capers also set new career-highs in rebounds and assists. Not a bad way to close out his Cougar career.

The Cougar baseball team also had a good Tuesday night as they picked up a huge 9-8 road victory against No. 8 Cal State Fullerton. A very important win for WSU as they prepare to start Pac-12 play this weekend.

Men's Basketball

Cougars Advance in the CBI with Victory Over Dons - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Brock Motum scored 24 points and was one of four Cougars in double figures as Washington State University men's basketball defeated the University of San Francisco, 89-75, Tuesday at War Memorial Gym in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).

Postgame Notes: Washington St. vs. San Francisco - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State Notes: Brock Motum finished with 24 points...he has scored in double figures in 30 of WSU's 32 games this season and every game since Jan. 15...he has reached the 20-point plateau 11 times now this season.

The game that was, CBI edition: WSU 89, San Francisco 75 - SportsLink - - March 13, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — We're back at the apartment after spending the last two-plus hours at Applebee's, where we watched the Cougars beat San Francisco, 89-75, in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. And just because we're not on the road with the team doesn't mean we can't pass along our postgame review. Read on.

Capers leads Cougars to CBI first-round win - - March 13, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO – Marcus Capers led Washington State to a win in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational on Tuesday night, but he was still expecting a critical phone call from his father, Jerome.

Pac-12 men's basketball tournament to move to Las Vegas |
The Pacific-12 Conference announced today that it will move its men's basketball tournament to Las Vegas in 2012. Cougs roll to win through selfless offense
HE LONG HAS discussed how well his players get along. And it showed on the hardwood Tuesday night as Washington State players routinely broke down San Francisco’s defense by finding open teammates to earn a 89-75 win in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational

Cougar Football | Hot Cougars beat San Francisco in CBI opener, 89-75 | Seattle Times Newspaper
SAN FRANCISCO — Brock Motum scored 24 points and Washington State shot 60 percent from the field in an 89-75 victory over San Francisco Tuesday night in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational.

Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament to Move to Las Vegas - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
LAS VEGAS - The Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament has secured a new home beginning in 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena under the bright lights of Las Vegas, it was announced today.


Cougars Outlast Eighth-Ranked Cal State Fullerton - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
FULLERTON, Calif. - Patrick Claussen's RBI-double in the top of the 11th inning lifted Washington State past No. 8 Cal State Fullerton 9-8, Tuesday night in nonconference baseball at Goodwin Field.


WSU's Mastro one of maestros at pistol - - March 13, 2012
PULLMAN – Jim Mastro calls it a blessing in disguise. It was 2009, and Mike Leach had an opening on his staff at Texas Tech. The job was going to be either a running backs coach – the position Mastro held at Nevada at the time – or a special teams coach. If Leach chose to hire a running backs coach, Mastro, whose roots to Leach date to the duo’s graduate assistant days at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, would have been a strong candidate. Huge get for Cougs: Wade Jacobson back in '12
WASHINGTON STATE offensive lineman Wade Jacobson has been granted a medical hardship waiver and will return to the field in 2012 -- though he won't be a full participant in spring practices that begin later this month, a source close to the situation confirmed with CF.C today. Nevertheless, his return marks a major boost for the Cougar offensive line.

Video: Washington State's spring priority - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Washington State's spring priority will be new coach Mike Leach's spring priority: Figuring out which of his quarterbacks -- Jeff Tuel or Connor Halliday -- is more accurate.

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