"We need him on the court as much as possible," Bone said.
He said the same applies to junior point guard Reggie Moore because "he's our best ball handler." Moore played 35 minutes against the Bruins.
Senior forward Abe Lodwick (32) and junior guard Mike Ladd (31) also played more than 30 minutes versus UCLA.
Ladd, who has missed 10 games this season because of a right-thumb injury, scored 10 points against the Bruins, but shot just 2 of 8 from the field.
"I doubt he's as confident (shooting) as he was back in November and early December," Bone said. "He's proven over the years that he can shoot the 3. He hasn't proven it with a bad thumb yet."
NO ONE SEEMED to shoot well during the second half versus UCLA. Many attributed that to the Bruins slowing Motum, who scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the first half, with a zone. Bone said it could have been a variety of factors that stymied Motum during the second half, including the zone or fatigue.
He said the Beavers (15-8, 5-6) and Oregon, whom the Cougars play at 3 p.m. Saturday, (TV: CSNNW only) both use different zones than the Bruins. In particular, he said the Ducks (16-7, 7-4) like to extend pressure with their zone.
WSU split its previous series against the Oregon schools in December in Spokane. After suffering a 17-point loss against Oregon, the Cougars responded with a 81-76 win versus OSU. Despite that, Bone said their performance against the Beavers was not special.
"We were really sloppy against Oregon State," he said, adding that he felt the 77-75 win Jan. 21 against California was his team's best performance of the season.