Cougs beat Santa Clara in offensive onslaught
Published 12/12/2011Comments (0)
What in the world has gotten into Charlie Enquist? The redshirt senior has been on an absolute tear over the past week and was a force Sunday in the Cougars 93-55 win over Santa Clara. Enquist recorded his second career double-double, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Enquist was a dominant force in the low post, and the Broncos had no answer for him inside the paint.
"I have to give the credit to my teammates again," Enquist said. "As soon as Reggie (Moore) drives I know that if I just cut to the hoop he's going to find me. That's what happened today and I'm thankful."
Enquist was a perfect 7-7 from the floor, and he wasn't the only one who was knocking down shots for the Cougars. WSU was led by Brock Motum, who scored a game-high 27 off 9-13 shooting. The 27 points were a career high for Motum, and he added seven rebounds. Motum entered the game averaging 14.3 points per game, and similar to Enquist, gave much of the credit to his teammates for his big game.
"The guards were getting us the ball," Motum said. "They'd penetrate past the defense and Charlie (Enquist) and I had our hands ready to finish."
The Cougars finished the game shooting an impressive 67.4 percent and Head Coach Ken Bone said he was very pleased with the way the team came out and performed from the opening tip.
"I thought it was a very complete game, that's a great way to say it," Bone said. "In a nutshell our defense was good, our offense was good and we took care of the ball. I really liked how we shared the ball and that makes us hard to defend."
WSU shot an impressive 64 percent from the floor in the first half, and Enquist (12), Motum (14), and junior guard Reggie Moore (12) were all in double figures. Moore finished with 16 points. Meanwhile Santa Clara had difficulty getting into any type of rhythm and shot 40.7 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes.
With quality shot selection, and the shots falling for the home-team, WSU entered the half with a 48-27 advantage and continued pouring it on in the second half.
The Cougars offense didn't slow down in the slightest coming out of the locker room and the team was putting on a show for the fans in the stands. Marcus Capers and Davonte Lacy both had thunderous slams to electrify the crowd. Capers had the play of the game in the first half, when he received a beautiful dish from Moore, and threw down a two-handed slam and was fouled on the play.
After the game, Head Coach Ken Bone's praise for the Cougars effort was high, and said that the team's confidence is riding high during their current four game win streak and the team's focus is high.
"We've talked as a team, it doesn't matter who's in the gym," Bone said. "We're playing for WSU, we're playing for team pride and I'm really proud of the fact that we were able to execute for 40 minutes the way we wanted to."