Can anyone relieve scoring pressure on Motum?

PULLMAN — When Washington State senior guard Faisal Aden went down for the season with injury, post man Brock Motum stepped up his already considerable offensive output for the Cougars. But he can't carry the load alone, and fellow junior Reggie Moore tells CF.C he's ready for a coming out party at the offensive end of the court this week as the Cougs swing through the Willamette Valley.

Moore has been relatively quiet on offense this season. The starting point guard from Seattle is averaging 9.1 points per game in a little more than 32 minutes of playing time per outing.

Since rattling of three-straight games in double figures in early December against Eastern Washington (15), Idaho (15) and Santa Clara (16), his production has been more notable in the assist column (he leads the Pac-12 with an average of 5.48 per game) than the scoring column.

"You're going to see a lot more of me trying to score and help my team win," Moore said this week. "I'm still going to try and get everyone the ball at the same time but still look to score."

That could mean more of Moore attacking the rim. He's known for penetrating the lane and trying to draw contact.

He also likes to work farther from the hoop. One of his favorite moves is getting near the top of the free throw line, pump faking, and drawing his body into the defender and getting to the charity stripe.

"I love getting to the line and getting to the lane and just being aggressive," Moore said. "I know I can get by my first defender so I just like to do what I can, especially when I can get to the line."

When it comes to scoring, though, Motum has turned into a true force.

Over his last five games the 6-10 Aussie is averaging 23.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Overall, he's No. 2 in scoring in the Pac-12, at 17.2 points per game and No. 5 in rebounding at 6.8. OSU's Jared Cunningham, averaging 18 points a game, is the only Pac-12 player with more offensive output this season.

"I appreciate everything Brock does," Moore said. "I've been saying since we were freshmen that Brock was a pro and a really good player. Now he's actually getting time to show it, he's a beast."

Motum tells CF.C that when Aden went down with an ACL injury, he knew he would have to step up his game on offense. One would think Motum might have a newfound sense of swagger with his recent success, but he doesn't.

"It's (confidence) at a good level," Motum said. "I'm pretty confident with my ability to score the ball and hopefully our guards can get some shots off so it will spread the defense out which will make us hard to guard."

The Cougs (12-11 overall and 4-7 in the Pac-12) face Oregon State (15-8, 5-6) tonight in Corvallis (7 p.m. tip, no TV) and Oregon (16-7, 7-4) on Saturday in Eugene (3 p.m., no TV). WSU defeated Oregon State 81-76 in their first matchup, but suffered an embarrassing 92-75 defeat to the Ducks in the Pac-12 opener on Dec.29. In that game, Oregon senior Ashaolu scored 23 points and dominated in the paint.

"He went to work down low and we just didn't have an answer," Motum said. "I think we've made some adjustments throughout the season to change that so we'll be looking to stop him this next game."

Moore added that he's confident the Cougs can bounce back and even up the season series Saturday.

"We have to stop their transition play and be a little bit better on defense," Moore said. "Our offense was fine that game but we just came out on defense a little lackadaisical. We know what to do now and we should be fine."

Cougfan Top Stories