WSU HOSTS UTEP FOR FIRST TIME IN SCHOOLS’ HISTORIES: Washington State University men’s basketball (6-4) will play its third game in seven days as it returns to Beasley Coliseum to host UTEP (6-5), Saturday, Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m.
• Saturday’s game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks as Lamar Hurd and Aaron Goldsmith have the call.
• Derek Deis will have the call on the Cougar IMG Radio Network, filling in for Bud Nameck who is in his 21st year with Cougar Basketball and will be broadcasting the football’s bowl game against Colorado State earlier in the day...please see the list of affiliates on page one of today’s notes.
• Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men’s basketball.
• The game is the second of a WSU women’s-men’s basketball day-night doubleheader as the women host nationally-ranked Gonzaga at 11:30 a.m. that day at Beasley Coliseum.
COUGARS VS. MINERS:
• The Cougars and Miners have met three times in the two schools’ histories, with WSU holding a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series.
• The two teams first met Dec. 19, 1964, resulting in a 67-63 WSU victory at the Sun Devil Classic at Tempe, Ariz....at that time UTEP was known as Texas Western.
• The second and third meetings came at the Sun Bowl Classic hosted by UTEP at El Paso, Texas, in conjunction with the football bowl game.
• WSU defeated UTEP, 70-54, Dec. 27, 1994.
• Almost exactly four years later the Cougars fell to the Miners, 76-66, Dec. 28, 1998.
COUGARS AGAINST CONFERENCE USA:
• UTEP is currently a member of Conference USA, along with UAB, Charlotte, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Mississippi, Texas-San Antonio, Tulsa and Tulane.
• WSU is 5-5 all-time against current members of the conference, having played Louisiana Tech (1-0), Rice (0-1), Southern Mississippi (0-1), UAB (1-1), UTEP (2-1), Texas-San Antonio (1-0) and Tulane (0-1).
• Most recently the Cougars took on Texas San Antonio, Nov. 17, 2006 in Pullman, winning 67-44...earlier that season (Nov. 10), the Cougs defeated UAB at the John Thompson Foundation Challenge at Milwaukee, Wis.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• WSU has won three-straight games and is 6-4 on the season, 4-1 in home games and 3-1 at Beasley Coliseum...the Cougars’ most recently defeated San Francisco State, 80-50, Dec. 18 in a neutral-site ‘home’ game at the Toyota Center at Kennewick, Wash.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy leads the team with 20.2 points per game.
• He ranks fourth in the Pac-12 and 36th in the nation in scoring with 20.2 points per game, leads the league and ranks ninth in the nation with 3.7 3-pointers made per game, is tied for fifth in the conference with 1.6 steals per game, and is 12th in the Pac-12 and 61st in the nation with a .420 3-point field goal percentage.
• Fellow-junior Royce Woolridge is contributing 11.0 points per game, as the only other Cougar scoring in double figures.
• Senior D.J. Shelton leads the team and ranks tied for 12th in the Pac-12 and 198th in the nation with 7.4 rebounds per game.
• The Cougars had their largest margin of victory in almost a year as they defeated San Francisco State, 80-50, Wednesday, Dec. 18 in a netural-site ‘home’ game at the Toyota Center at Kennewick, Wash.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy scored in double figures for the ninth time this season and 11 of the last 12 games, leading all scorers with 22 points.
• He went 4-for-9 from 3-point range, moving into ninth place on WSU’s all-time 3-point field goals made list, passing Jan-Michael Thomas (1999-2000)…he now has 142 career 3-pointers and is 10 away from Marcus Moore (2001-04) in eighth with 152 career 3-pointers.
• Junior Royce Woolridge was in double figures for the third-straight game and fourth time in five games…he finished with 10 points.
• D.J. Shelton was one point away from a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds and 9 points.
• Freshman Josh Hawkinson had career highs with 6 rebounds and 5 points.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson had a career-high 4 assists.
• WSU’s win is its largest margin of victory since winning by 35 last season in its game in Kennewick over Idaho State, 74-39.
• Thirteen Cougars saw action on the night, including Dominic Ballard making his first appearance.
• WSU’s 51 rebounds are the seventh-most in a single game since the 1986-87 season and the most since the team grabbed 53 boards against Mississippi Valley State, Nov. 15, 2008.
• The Cougars’ 12 3-pointers made are just one shy of the season high.
• WSU’s 26-rebound margin (51-23) is the most since having 27 more rebounds than Idaho State last season, also at Kennewick’s Toyota Center.
• The Cougars had 34 points in the paint, 15 points off turnovers, 16 second chance points and 26 bench points.
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 779 points, Lacy needs 221 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 20.2 points per game…if he keeps up the average, he could accomplish the feat in WSU’s 22nd game this season.
• Lacy is also climbing up the record books for 3-pointers made, currently in sole possession of ninth with 142 career 3-pointers.
• He is on pace to finish in the top-6 by the end of his career at WSU, averaging 2.0 made 3-pointers a game over his career.
• If he continues his season pace of 3.7 3-pointers made per game, he will add at least 81 to his 142, which would put him in fifth place in the WSU record books by the end of the season.
• He is currently 10 away from Marcus Moore (2001-2004) in eighth place with 152.
• Lacy is ranked 15th in the WSU career record books with a .374 3-point field goal percentage.
• Lacy is on pace to crush the single-season 3-point record set by Klay Thompson in 2011 with 98 3-point field goals made, currently on pace to finish with 118 3-pointers made.
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 9 starts.
• The four newcomers are contributing a combined 20.4 points per game this season and have reached double figures seven times.
• Iroegbu is one of two Cougars 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 411 wins.
• He has 76 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 153 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.
COUGARS TO HOLD FREE KIDS’ CLINIC AFTER DEC. 28 GAME:
• The Cougars will hold a free kids’ clinic to children grades kindergarten through sixth, that attend their game against Mississippi Valley State, Saturday, Dec. 28.
• The game starts at 5 p.m. with the clinic beginning approximately 30 minutes after the final buzzer.
• Pre-registration is required at wsucougars.com.
• More information can be found at wsucougars.com.