Emotional night coming for outgoing seniors

PULLMAN — For the Cougar basketball seniors, a group that includes Marcus Capers, Abe Lodwick, Charlie Enquist and the injured Faisal Aden, this is it, their last regular season home game in front of the Cougar Nation on Saturday. CF.C caught up with a pair of the soon-to-be graduates, and both agreed there would be no better way to go out than with a W over the cross-state rival Huskies.

"Oh that's as sweet as it can get," Charlie Enquist said. "It's going to be a good game. They're a good team so it's going to be a tough battle but I'm hoping we can come out on top."

Abe Lodwick was zoned in prior to Wednesday's practice, knocking down jumper after jumper. He said that he might be emotional prior to tip-off but it will be something he has to put away quickly.

"I want to do everything we can do as a team this week to prepare for a victory," Lodwick said. "They're obviously not going to care that it's my senior night. They're going to play their tails off like they always do so we have come in ready to go. It's a rivalry game so it's going to be a battle out there."

Lodwick and Enquist are the last remaining remnants from the recent glory days -- they were both redshirting freshmen during the Cougars' run to the Sweet 16 in 2007-08.

The two teams will square off this Saturday night at Beasley Coliseum at 5 p.m. (TV: Root Sports) where the Cougars (14-13, 6-9 Pac-12) will try to avenge a 75-65 loss at Washington (19-8, 12-3 Pac-12) on Jan.15. But for Enquist, Lodwick, Marcus Capers and the injured Faisal Aden, barring a postseason tournament game in Pullman, it will be the last time they will play in front of the hometown fans -- something Enquist said is really starting to sink in.

"It's going to be an emotional night," Enquist said. "I've spent five years here practicing on this court and playing in front of these people and it's going to be weird knowing I won't be coming back."

Lodwick, who missed the first 10 games to a foot injury, is averaging a career-high 5.5 ppg this season and has come on of late. The lefty 3-point specialist is averaging just under eight ppg in his last five appearances and is shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc over the last six games.

"It's been some of the best five years of my life and I wouldn't want to do it anywhere else besides Washington State," Lodwick added. "I love it here, I love Pullman, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience."

As for Enquist, he's also had a memorable senior season which included a monstrous 20-point, 13 rebound performance in the 75-49 victory over Eastern Washington on Dec. 3. Eight days later, Enquist added another double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the 93-55 stomping of Santa Clara. Enquist has been a fan favorite all-season long, but really earned the love and attention of the ZZU CRU before conference play.

"It's meant a lot," Enquist said on his early success. "I wish I could have done a little bit more the second half of the season but we've been playing some good ball down the stretch so that's important. Those earlier games were good because it felt like all that hard work wasn't going to waste."

Junior Brock Motum, who leads the team with 17.8 points, said the regular season finale has taken on extra importance.

"Obviously any game we want to win but especially for these guys who have done a lot for the program," Motum said. "They've been here for five years and have done a tremendous amount for this program. We want to send them off with a home win."

  • Senior guard Marcus Capers was unavailable for comment at press time.

  • The four seniors -- Lodwick, Enquist, Capers and Aden, will be honored in a ceremony prior to tip-off.

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