COUGARS HOST LAMAR IN LATE-NIGHT GAME SATURDAY: Washington State University men’s basketball (1-0) welcomes Lamar (0-2) to town as the two teams meet in a late-night matchup, Saturday, Nov. 16 at 9:30 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
• The game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks, as Ernie Kent and Rich Waltz have the call.
• Derek Deis will have all the action on the Cougar IMG Radio Network, stepping in for Bud Nameck, who is in this 21st year with Cougar Basketball...Nameck will be calling the Cougars’ football game that day.
• Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men’s basketball.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE
• 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 605 points, Lacy needs 395 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.
• Lacy is also climbing up the record books for 3-pointers made, currently 18th with 107 career 3-pointers...he is on pace to finish in the top-6 by the end of his career at WSU, averaging 1.7 made 3-pointers a game.
• Redshirt senior forward D.J. Shelton is the only returning Cougar to have started all 32 games last season...he was second on the team with 6.0 rebounds per game and led the team and ranked 17th in the Pac-12 with 6.1 rpg in conference games only.
• Redshirt junior guard Royce Woolridge is the Cougars’ returning leading scorer after averaging 11.0 ppg in all 32 games.
• Woolridge came on strong toward the end of the season, averaging 13.8 ppg game in conference-only games, 16.5 ppg in the final 12 games and 18.8 ppg in the final 7.
• Sophomore forward Junior Longrus played all 32 games as a freshman and was second on the team with 20 blocked shots.
• This year’s captains include Lacy, Woolridge and senior Will DiIorio…DiIorio was a walk-one before earning a scholarship…he’s currently the only Cougar on the roster who has played in a WSU uniform the last three seasons.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson, who sat out the 2012-23 season due to NCAA rules, will be eligible for the 2013-14 season.
• True freshmen Ike Iroegbu and Josh Hawkinson join Washington State…Iroegbu is expected to see minutes as a backup point guard, while Hawkinson will come off the bench as a forward.
WSU TAKES DOWN CSUB IN SEASON OPENER:
• WSU defeated CSU Bakersfield, 62-56, Friday, Nov. 8 in both teams’ season opener at Beasley Coliseum.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy scored a career-high 28 points…his previous high was 27 points done last season against Oregon State, Feb. 13.
• Lacy went 14-for-17 from the free throw line, both marking career highs.
• Lacy was the only Cougar in double figure scoring.
• Senior D.J. Shelton was 3 points shy of a double-double after grabbing 10 rebounds, 5 offensive and 5 defensive.
• Ike Iroegbu became the first Cougar freshman to start a season opener since Reggie Moore started as a freshman, Nov. 13, 2009.
• Fellow freshmen Josh Hawkinson and Que Johnson (redshirt) saw action in the first half as well.
• Sophomores Brett Boese and Junior Longrus got their first career starts…Longrus played a career high 23 minutes and tied his career high with 4 points.
• WSU improved to 91-21 all-time in season openers and have nine of their last 10…have won 24-consecutive Beasley Coliseum openers.
• A total of 55 fouls were called in the game, 32 on CSU Bakersfield and 23 on WSU.
COUGARS DEFEAT WILDCATS IN EXHIBITION:
• WSU defeated Central Washington, 93-56, Friday, Nov. 1 in exhibition action at Beasley Coliseum.
• Senior forward D.J. Shelton led all scorers with 17 points, while all five Cougar starters scored in double figures.
• Junior guard Dexter Kernich-Drew added 16 points, junior guard DaVonté Lacy 12 points and junior guard Royce Woolridge and sophomore forward Junior Longrus each had 10.
• Longrus had a double-double, adding 10 rebounds, while Woolridge led the team with 6 assists.
• Freshman guard Ike Iroegbu scored 6 points in 17 minutes, freshman forward Josh Hawkinson had 6 points and 8 boards in 10 minutes and redshirt freshman Que Johnson scored 7 points in 10 minutes.
WSU VS. LAMAR, :
• Washington State and Lamar have never met on the hardwood.
• The Cardinals are one of 14 members of the Southland Conference (Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, University of the Incarnate Word - UIW, McNeese State, New Orleans, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Oral Roberts, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin and A&M-Corpus Christi.
• WSU is 3-1 all-time against current members of the Southland Conference with a 1-0 record against Nicholls State, 2-0 against Oral Roberts and 0-1 against Stephen F. Austin.
• The Cougars last met a current member of the Southland Conference, Nicholls State, in head coach Ken Bone’s first season, Nov. 27, 2009.
• WSU defeated the Colonels, 78-69 at the Great Alaska Shootout at Anchorage, Alaska.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
• With its win over CSU Bakersfield, Nov. 8, WSU improved to 47-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
• The Cougars have won 47-straight November games in Pullman and are 47-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
• WSU’s only loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1962, by a score of 77-47.
KEN BONE GETS 400TH CAREER WIN:
• With WSU’s win over Buffalo, Dec. 21, fifth-year head coach Ken Bone got his 400th career win as a head coach and now has 406 wins.
• He has 71 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 148 career wins in his ninth season as a Division I head coach.
MORE ON BONE AS COUGAR HEAD COACH:
• Bone holds a 71-65 (.522) record with Washington State and already has more wins than 11 previous Cougar men’s basketball coaches.
• He also has more wins than the last four head coaches, two more than Tony Bennett (2006-09, 69-33), 35 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 40 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
• Bone’s .519 winning percentage (70-64) prior to this season marks the second-best by a WSU head coach in his first four seasons...only Jack Friel (.624, 63-38) had a better record in his first four seasons.
• Bone’s 70 wins are the most by a Cougar head coach in his first four seasons.
• With 71 wins, Bone is the sixth-winningest head coach in Washington State history…he passed Tony Bennett (2006-09) and Kevin Eastman (1995-99) whom each had 69 victories at the helm for WSU.
• The Cougars finished the season 13-19 overall, 4-14 in conference play, 10-7 at home, 1-9 on the road and 2-3 at neutral sites.
• Eleven of WSU’s 19 losses came by 7 points or less, while 6 of them came by 2 points or less, including 2 overtime games.
• The Cougars played 12 games without a starter or significant contributor because of injury...10 of those games were without at least one starter.
COUGS HAVE PAC-12 SCORING LEADER FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT YEAR:
• Brock Motum led the Pac-12 in scoring for the second-straight year, averaging 18.7 points per game in 2012-13.
• Ini 2011-12, Motum led the league in scoring with 18.0 points per game.
• Motum became just the fifth conference student-athlete to lead the (now-Pac-12) conference in scoring in consecutive years since the 1955-56 season...he joins John Rudometkin of USC (1961 and 1962), Lew Alcindor of UCLA (1967, 1968 and 1969), Stan Love of Oregon (1970 and 1971) and Ike Diogu of Arizona State (2004 and 2005).
• Washington State became just the second school since 1955-56 to have the league’s leading scorer in three consecutive-years, as Klay Thompson led the Pac-10 in scoring with 21.6 points per game in 2010-11.
• USC also had the league’s leading scorer three-consecutive years with John Rudometkin leading the way in 1961 and 1962 and Gordon Martin leading the league in scoring in 1963.
COUGARS’ WINNING SEASON STREAK COMES TO AN END:
• WSU had its streak of six-straight winning seasons come to and end with a 13-19 clip in 2012-13.
• The Cougars had compiled six-straight winning seasons, including in each of Ken Bone’s first three season.
• The streak marked the most consecutive winning seasons since 1991-1996 when Kelvin Sampson and Kevin Eastman also combined for six-straight winning season.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
• The Pac-12 went 9-3 in 2013-14 season openers between Nov. 8-10, with Colorado falling to No. 25 Baylor, USC to Utah State and Oregon State to Coppin State.
• Three members of the Pac-12 are currently ranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today Top-25 polls, while five others are receiving votes.
• Arizona is No. 6 in the AP Poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Pool, while Oregon is 18th in both and UCLA 24th in both...Colorado and Arizona State are receiving votes in both and Washington and Stanford receiving votes in the AP and California in the USA Today Poll.