The Cougars got an outstanding week from its most outstanding player, Brock Motum. Brock averaged 23 points, (scoring 23 in each game) against the Bulldog duo of Gonzaga and Fresno State. Unfortunately the Cougs only managed a split with the pair but nonetheless, Motum was certainly the standout player in each game and ultimately, in the conference.
The Aussie swing-big man captivated his Cougar audience with a 5-7 display from 3 point land vs Gonzaga, including 3 for 3 in the final three minutes as the Cougs closed an 11 point deficit to a tie ballgame before Kevin Pangos ended the upset dream practically at the buzzer. Then Motum led the Cougars to a somewhat ugly victory over Fresno State on Sunday.
Motum has been coming on recently, after a sluggish start to the season. He’s scored at least 23 in each of the last four contests, including a season high 29 against Portland and 26 against Idaho. He is the returning Pac-12 player of the year and is really starting to play at that level as we close in on Pac-12 play.
The Cougars received a boost when DaVonte Lacy laced them up against GU last week and scored 22. Lacy only scored 4 against Fresno State but the attention the Bulldogs had to pay him opened up Motum in a way that wasn’t seen in some previous games when DaVonte had a knee injury.
At any rate it’s nice to see Motum putting up big numbers and producing without taking too many shots. It’s also nice to see his 3 point stroke has returned after another 2 for 3 performance against FS. He will be very tough to guard as we head into conference, as he always is.