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Positive feeling

PULLMAN – Asked to reflect on Washington State’s 2011-12 men’s basketball season, coach Ken Bone couldn’t help but start with the injuries. There was Abe Lodwick’s stress fracture in his foot. Faisal Aden’s concussion. Mike Ladd’s ligament damage in his right thumb. Aden’s torn ACL in his left knee. Ladd’s re-injury of his thumb. And, toward the end, Brock Motum’s sprained ankle.

Bone, Cougars had much to appreciate

Washington State men's basketball coach Ken Bone finds several positive signs in the Cougars' recently concluded season. For starters, WSU finished 19-18 for its sixth consecutive winning season.

Cougars don’t expect Motum for CBI title game

It appears as if Washington State will have to find a way win without Brock Motum once more. The Cougars’ leading scorer is again unlikely to play when his team faces Pittsburgh at 4 p.m. today in the deciding game of the College Basketball Invitational championship series.

D.J.’s Pitt stop

PULLMAN – The suit emphasized the difficulty of this task. Brock Motum looked sharp on Monday night. But it was because he was dressed in a jacket, slacks and dress shoes, limping around on the sidelines on a sprained right ankle that prevented Washington State’s leading scorer from playing against Pittsburgh in the opening game of the College Basketball Invitational’s best-of-3 championship series.

Motum has ‘slim’ chance to play Monday

PULLMAN – There’s been plenty of ice. Lots of attention from the trainers, too. And when he sleeps, Washington State forward Brock Motum even puts a drawer beneath his mattress to help elevate his sprained right ankle in an attempt to reduce the swelling. But will all that treatment be enough for Motum to play a basketball game Monday?

Cougs, OSU will meet for fourth time

PULLMAN – Maybe they should just play twice in Corvallis this week and call it a best-of-5. When Washington State faces Oregon State at 7 tonight in a College Basketball Invitational semifinal at Gill Coliseum, it will be the fourth time the Cougars and Beavers have faced each other this season.

Cougs show Pac-12 can win in postseason

Wyoming, travels to Pullman to play WSU in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational Monday night at 7. And just as the Cougars wanted to prove in a first-round win over San Francisco of the WCC that the Pac-12 is still king on this coast, they’ll try to further silence those who waved the MWC flag for much of this season. “More teams are in (the NCAAs) in those conferences this year,” said WSU senior guard Marcus Capers. “If you look at those leagues, people would say they’ve got better teams. I wouldn’t feel that way. The Pac-12 – or the Pac-10, as it was last year – is filled with a bunch of pros, so I just feel we’re competing."

Cougars happy to be playing; trip no big deal

PULLMAN – This town is so empty during Washington State’s spring break that Cougars guard Marcus Capers’ mind gets to wandering. “I was thinking about driving on the wrong side of the road, something like that,” the senior joked Tuesday. “Just to say I did it.”

Cougars have had success against Oregon State

LOS ANGELES – For Washington State this season, beating Oregon State has been as easy as 1-3-1. As in, beating the Beavers’ 1-3-1 zone, a staple of their defense under coach Craig Robinson.

Motum’s 27 points lead Cougars past USC

LOS ANGELES – In front of a library crowd against a bad basketball team with approximately nothing on the line, Washington State achieved what was needed. Or, perhaps more accurately, what was wanted.