COUGARS HOST FIRST PAC-12 GAME AT BEASLEY COLISEUM THIS SEASON: Washington State University men’s basketball (7-8, 0-3) is on the hunt for its first Pac-12 victory of the season as it hosts Utah (12-3, 1-2) in its first true home Pac-12 game of the season at Beasley Coliseum, Sunday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m.
• Sunday’s game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks as Jarron Collins and Rich Waltz 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 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.
AGAINST THE RUNNIN’ UTES:
• Sunday marks the 18th all-time game between Washington State and Utah and third as Pac-12 foes, as the Utes hold a 14-3 advantage.
• WSU is 1-2 at home against Utah, with its first win coming last season...the other meetings at Pullman occurred Dec. 17, 1938, a 45-44 loss and Dec. 11, 1999, a 78-66 loss.
• The Cougars are 1-11 at Utah and 1-1 in neutral-site meetings.
• This season marks the first time WSU and Utah will meet twice in the same season as conference foes...they previously met twice in 1952-52 and 1957-58.
• Last season WSU scored a school-best in the series 75-points on its way to a 75-65 victory, Jan. 16, 2013 at Beasley Coliseum.
• All five starters scored in double-figures last season, led by then-senior Mike Ladd with a career-high 22 points.
• The Utes held last season’s leading scorer, senior Brock Motum, to zero points in the first half and a then season-low 14 points in the game.
• WSU scored 28 of its points off of 17 Utah turnovers.
• WSU shot .550 (11-for-20) from 3-point range, then best 3-point percentage of last season.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• WSU scored its most points of the 2013-14 Pac-12 season, but fell short to No. 15/17 Colorado, 71-70, in overtime in the Cougars’ home opener at Spokane Arena, Wednesday, Jan. 8.
• The Cougars are 7-7 overall and 0-3 in the Pac-12 and have lost their last three games and four of their last five games.
• WSU is 5-3 in home games this season, 1-2 in neutral-site games, 1-2 on the road, 4-2 in home games played at Beasley Coliseum and 1-1 in home games played at neutral venues (at Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash., Dec. 18 and Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash., Jan. 8).
• Junior DaVonté Lacy leads the team with 17.7 points per game, ranking seventh in the Pac-12 and 97th in the nation.
• Lacy missed the Cougars’ games Dec. 28 against Mississippi State and Jan. 2 at No. 1 Arizona with appendicitis, but returned for WSU’s game at Arizona State, Jan. 5, only to leave with a rib injury in the first half...he missed Wednesday’s game against Colorado and will not play Sunday against Utah.
• Fellow-junior, Royce Woolridge, is just 0.1 points shy of being the only other Cougar in double figures with 9.9 points per game...he leads the team with 3.1 assists per game after having his first career double-double with 11 assists Jan. 8 against Colorado...he ranks tied for 14th in the league with 3.1 assists per game.
• Senior D.J. Shelton leads the team and is seventh in the conference with 8.0 rebounds per game.
• He ranks 94th in the country in rebounding and has grabbed 11 or more rebounds in four of the last six games...he has three double-doubles on the season and is 3 total points away from having six double-doubles.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson has picked up some of the scoring with at least 18 points in three of the last five games...he had a career-high 21 points against UTEP, Dec. 21...he’s averaging 9.1 points per game.
• After scoring a career-high 24 points against Colorado, Jan. 8, junior Dexter Kernich-Drew is leading the team in scoring in Pac-12 games with 14.5 ppg in 2 games (he missed WSU’s game at Arizona, Jan. 2 with a concussion).
• Kernich-Drew is averaging 7.4 points per game on the season.
• The Cougars led at halftime, but couldn’t hold on for the upset as they fell to No. 15/17 Colorado, 71-70 in overtime in a ‘home’ game at Spokane Arena, Wednesday, Jan. 8.
• Dexter Kernich-Drew had a career-high 24 points…his previous high was 16 against Texas A&M, Nov. 20, 2012.
• Kernich-Drew was 6-for-8 from 3-point range, 8-for-12 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
• Royce Woolridge had his first career double-double with a career-high 11 assists, adding 10 points…he had 6 of those assists in the first half…his previous high was 7 assists done against Buffalo, Dec. 21, 2012...the Cougar record for assists is 15 done by Donminic Ellison, Jan. 25, 1995.
• D.J. Shelton had his third double-double of the season and the fifth of his career, finishing with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
• Que Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime…he finished with 10 points.
• The Cougars shot a season-best .565 (13-for-23) from beyond the 3-point arc.
• Washington State tied its season high with 17 assists…also had 17 assists against Mississippi Valley State, Dec. 28…against Colorado, WSU assisted on 17 of 27 made shots.
• WSU shot a season first-half best .636 (7-for-11) from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes.
• The Cougars had a season first-half high with 10 assists…Woolridge had 6 of those assists…WSU’s previous high was 8 against twice, most recently against Pepperdine, Dec. 15.
• WSU played an overtime game for the first time this season and the first time since falling to No. 23 Oregon, 79-77, Feb. 16 at Beasley Coliseum…fall to 2-8 in OT under Bone…last overtime win came during the 2010-11 season.
• WSU leading scorer Junior DaVonté Lacy did not play due to injury.
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 789 points, Lacy needs 211 more points to reach 1,000 in his career, meaning if he plays at least 29 games, he’ll need to average 14.6 ppg over the season.
• Right now Lacy is averaging 17.7 points per game…if he keeps up the average, he could accomplish the feat in WSU’s 28th game this season, depending on his return to the court.
• 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 1.9 made 3-pointers a game over his career.
• He is currently 10 away from Marcus Moore (2001-2004) in eighth place with 152.
• Lacy is ranked 16th in the WSU career record books with a .369 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 18 starts.
• The four newcomers are contributing a combined 20.6 points per game this season and have reached double figures nine times.
• Iroegbu and Johnson have led the Cougars in scoring four times combined, Iroegbu once and Johnson three times.
• Johnson is the only Cougar aside from DaVonté Lacy to lead the team in scoring multiple times this season, having led the Cougars three times.
KEN BONE GETS 400TH CAREER WIN:
• With WSU’s win over Buffalo, Dec. 21, 2012, WSU head coach Ken Bone got his 400th career win as a head coach and now has 412 wins.
• He has 77 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 154 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.