COUGARS CROSS THE BORDER TO TAKE ON VANDALS: Washington State University men’s basketball (3-4) will make the short trek across the state border to take on Idaho (4-4) in the nation’s six-oldest continuous rivalry, Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at Cowan Spectrum.
• Saturday’s game can be seen on SWX, as Mike Peterson and Sam Adams have the call.
• Bud Nameck, in his 21st year with Cougar Basketball, will have the call on the Cougar IMG Radio Network...please see the list of affiliates on page 1 of today’s notes.
• Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men’s basketball.
• Washington State and Idaho are meeting for the 108th-consecutive men’s basketball season.
• The two schools have the oldest continuous rivalry West of the Mississippi River
• It is the sixth longest continuous rivalry nationally behind Columbia/Yale (114th season), Princeton/Yale (114th season), Pennsylvania/Princeton (113th season), Columbia/Pennsylvania (112th season) and Cornell/Pennsylvania (112th season).
• The Cougars also hold the eighth oldest continuous rivalry, as they will face Oregon State for the 105th-straight basketball season this year.
MORE ON THE SERIES:
• The Cougars hold a 161-107 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last 10 games.
• In the last meeting at Moscow two seasons ago, WSU needed a buzzer-beating jumper from Reggie Moore with 0.9 seconds left to defeat Idaho, 66-64, Dec. 7 at Moscow’s Cowan Spectrum.
• Moore led the team with 15 points, while Brock Motum added 12.
• Last season the Cougars defeated the Vandals, 64-55, Nov. 28 at Beasley Coliseum.
• Brock Motum led the way with 26 points, while Dexter Kernich-Drew was one point shy of his career high with 15.
• Fifth year head coach Ken Bone is 5-0 against Idaho and 3-0 with the Cougars.
• While Bone was head coach at Portland State, the Vikings and Vandals met twice during the 2005-06 season, as PSU won both, including an 81-48 victory Dec. 30 in Portland.
WSU AGAINST THE WAC:
• Idaho is currently a member of the WAC, along with CSU Bakersfield, Chicago State, Grand Canyon University, Idaho, UMKC, New Mexico State, Seattle, Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley.
• The Cougars are 175-115 all-time against current members of the WAC with 268 of the 289 games coming against Idaho…WSU has also played CSU Bakersfield (3-0) Seattle (7-7), Texas-Pan American (3-1) and Utah Valley (1-0).
• This is the second meeting with a WAC school this season for WSU as it defeated CSU Bakersfield, 62-56, in the season opener.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• WSU is 3-4 on the season, 0-1 on the road, and looking for its first win in crimson this weekend.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy leads the team with 21.1 points per game.
• He ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring with 21.1 points per game, leads the league and ranks seventh in the nation with 3.9 3-pointers made per game, is tied for fourth in the conference and 151st in the nation with 1.71 steals per game, is ninth in the league with an .825 free throw percentage and 15th in the Pac-12 with a .415 3-point field goal percentage.
• Fellow-junior Royce Woolridge is contributing 9.6 points per game.
• D.J. Shelton leads the team with 6.1 rebounds per game.
• The Cougars fell to Saint Joseph’s, 72-67, in the fifth-place game of the 2013 Old Spice Classic, Sunday, Dec. 1 at HP Field House at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
• WSU fell to Butler, 76-69 in the first game of the tournament and defeated Purdue, 69-54 in the second game.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy continued his streak of 10-straight games with double-figure points and all seven this season, leading the team with 25 points against SJU.
• Lacy was 5-for-9 from beyond the 3-point arc, tying his season high for 3-pointers made.
• Lacy tied his season high with 6 rebounds and had a team-high 4 assists.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson scored in double figures for the second time in his career with 10 points, one shy of his career high of 11.
• The Cougars shot a season-low 10 free throws, converting 7 of them…the previous low was 16 free throws against Purdue, Nov. 29.
LACY ON PACE FOR RECORD BOOKS:
• Junior guard DaVonté Lacy is on pace to become the 34th Cougar to reach 1,000 career points, and could do it in his junior season.
• With 725 points, Lacy needs 275 more points to reach 1,000 in his career, meaning if he stays healthy and plays 32 games, he’ll need to average 13.5 ppg over the season.
• Right now Lacy is averaging 21.1 points per game…if he keeps up the average, he could accomplish the feat in WSU’s 20th game this season.
• Lacy is also climbing up the record books for 3-pointers made, currently tied for 11th with 119 career 3-pointers.
• He is on pace to finish in the top-6 by the end of his career at WSU, averaging 1.9 made 3-pointers a game over his career.
• If he continues his season pace of 3.9 3-pointers made per game, he will add 93 to his 132, which would put him in fifth place by the end of the season.
• He is currently tied with Taylor Rochestie (2007-09) for 11th on the list and 5 is away from Terrence Lewis (1991-92) in 10th place.
• Lacy is ranked 15th in the WSU career record books with a .370 3-point field goal percentage.
LACY SPICES HIS GAME UP IN FLORIDA:
• Junior DaVonté Lacy proved his early start to the season wasn’t a fluke over Thanksgiving Weekend at the Old Spice Classic near Orlando, Fla.
• The 6-4 guard scored at least 25 points in 2 of the 3 games and averaged 22.3 points per game in the tournament.
• Lacy led the Cougars in scoring in all three games, putting up 26 points in their loss to Butler (Nov. 28), 16 in the win over Purdue (Nov. 29) and 25 in the loss to Saint Joseph’s (Dec. 1).
• He also led the Cougars in assists in two of those games, rebounding in one and steals in one, averaging 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg and 1.0 spg.
NEW GUYS STEPPING UP:
• The Cougars have four newcomers on this season’s team; true freshmen Ike Iroegbu and Josh Hawkinson, redshirt freshman Que Johnson and redshirt junior and Iowa State-transfer, Jordan Railey.
• So far each of the newcomers has appeared in every game and the four have combined for 6 starts.
• The four newcomers are contributing 19.4 points per game this season and have reached double figures five times.
• Iroegbu is the only Cougar not named DaVonté Lacy to lead the team in scoring this season when he had 20 points at nationally ranked Gonzaga, Nov. 21.
IROEGBU SCORES A FRESH 20:
• Ike Iroegbu scored 20 points at Gonzaga, Dec. 21.
• He became the first Cougar freshman to reach the 20-point plateau since Reggie Moore scored 24 points as a freshman, Jan. 23, 2010.
• Iroegbu is also the first freshman to reach 20 points in a nonconference game since Marcus Moore scored 25 against Montana, Dec. 12, 2000.
KEN BONE GETS 400TH CAREER WIN:
• With WSU’s win over Buffalo, Dec. 21, 2013, WSU head coach Ken Bone got his 400th career win as a head coach and now has 408 wins.
• He has 73 wins at WSU, had 77 in four years at Portland State, 253 victories in 12 seasons as head coach at Division II Seattle Pacific and 5 wins at Division III Cal State Stanislaus...he’s been a head coach for 21 seasons.
• Bone has 150 career wins in his ninth season as a Division I head coach.
COUGARS SIGN TWO:
• Head coach Ken Bone signed two student-athletes to NLIs during the early signing period, guard Tramaine Isabell and forward Jermaine Morgan.
• Tramaine Isabell (6-1, 170, G, Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) spent his freshman through junior years at Lakeside High School and currently attends Garfield High School where he’ll play under head coach Ed Haskins.
• Jermaine Morgan (6-8, 215, F, Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young HS/ Moberly Area CC) currently attends Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, Mo., after transferring from Odessa College in Texas following his freshman year.