COUGARS HEAD NORTH TO TAKE ON BULLDOGS: Washington State University men’s basketball (2-0) takes its first road trip of the season as it heads just north to Spokane to take on No. 13/12 Gonzaga (3-0), Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000).
• The game can be seen on KHQ and ROOT Sports, as Dan Dickau, Richard Fox and Greg Heister 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 hosting WSU football coach, Mike Leach’s Coaches Show 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
• The Cougars are 2-0 this season with wins over CSU Bakersfield (Nov. 8) and Lamar (Nov. 16), both at home.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-12 with 24.5 points per game.
• Lacy is also tied for third in the league with 3.0 made 3-pointers a game and tied for fourth with 3.0 steals per game.
• Freshman Ike Iroegbu is second on the team with 10.5 points per game and ranks tied for 10th overall and second amongst freshman in the Pac-12 with a .636 field goal percentage (7-for-11).
• Redshirt junior Royce Woolridge is adding 8.5 points per game and leads the team with 2.5 assists per outing.
• Lacy, sophomore forward Junior Longrus and senior forward Will DiIorio are the only three Cougars to start both games this season.
• Longrus is tied for ninth in the Pac-12 with 1.5 blocks per game.
• Returning starter and senior D.J. Shelton is leading the team and ranks 18th in the league with 6.5 rebounds per outing.
• Aside from Iroegbu, three other newcomers have seen action in both games this season, redshirt junior Jordan Railey, who transferred from Iowa State, redshirt freshman Que Johnson, who missed last season due to NCAA rules and fellow true freshman Josh Hawkinson.
COUGARS VS. BULLDOGS:
• Thursday is the 148th all-time meeting between Washington State and Gonzaga with the Cougars holding a 98-49 advantage.
• Gonzaga has won 11 of the last 14 meetings, WSU has won 3 of the last 7 meetings.
• At Gonzaga, Washington State leads the series, 46-27 (11-3 at Spokane Coliseum and 0-1 at Spokane Arena), with the first of those meetings coming Dec. 16, 1907, a 21-18 victory for WSU.
• The first seven games of the series were played at Gonzaga, WSU went 4-3 in those games from 1907-14.
• Cougar head coach Ken Bone is 2-5 all-time against Gonzaga and 1-3 as WSU’s head coach and 1-2 Portland State’s head coach.
• Five of the seven games Bone has coached against Gonzaga came against ranked Bulldog teams, including all three while at PSU.
Ken Bone vs. Gonzaga:
Nov. 30, 2005 PSU at (6) Gonzaga L, 89-80
Nov. 30, 2006 PSU at (22) Gonzaga L, 69-51
Dec. 23, 2008 PSU at (7) Gonzaga W, 77-70
Dec. 2, 2009 WSU at Gonzaga L, 74-69
Dec. 8, 2010 Gonzaga at WSU W, 81-59
Nov. 14, 2011 WSU at (22) Gonzaga L, 89-81
Dec. 5, 2012 (10) Gonzaga at WSU L, 71-69
MORE ON THE MATCHUP; LAST SEASON:
• In two games against Gonzaga, DaVonté Lacy is averaging 16.5 points per game on 7-15 from beyond the 3-point arc.
• Last season, after missing four-straight games after injuring his knee Nov. 19, Lacy scored a then-career-high 22 points, adding 2 assists and 3 rebounds in 28 minutes...it marked the first time he reached the 20-point plateau in his career.
• His previous career high was 19 points against Oregon in Spokane, Dec. 29, 2011.
• Brock Motum scored 23, marking his third-straight game of 20-plus points.
• Motum’s 5 3-pointers made were a career high as he was 5-for-7 from 3-point range.
• The Cougars made 10 3-pointers, their most since making 10 against Washington in the conference tournament, March 10, 2011.
• Will DiIorio left the game in the second half with a left ankle injury...he did not return.
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 626 points, Lacy needs 374 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.
• Right now Lacy is averaging 24.5 points per game…if he keeps up the average, he could accomplish the feat in WSU’s 18th game this season.
• Lacy is also climbing up the record books for 3-pointers made, currently tied for 17th with 111 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.
• He is currently two 3-pointers out of 16th, as Shamon Antrum holds the spot with 113 made from 1995-96.
• Lacy is ranked is tied for 19th in the WSU career record books with a .356 3-point field goal percentage.
COUGARS AGAINST THE WCC:
• Washington State is 128-62 against current members of the West Coast Conference all-time, and will face at least one more WCC team this season (Pepperdine, 12/15) and went 1-2 last season against the league.
• The Cougars have played Gonzaga in 146 of the 190 games against those WCC members.
• This season WSU will host Pepperdine, Dec. 15 at Beasley Coliseum.
• Last year in the regular season, WSU traveled to Pepperdine where it fell, 58-56 in overtime (Nov. 16), and hosted Portland and Gonzaga, Dec. 1 and 5, respectively, defeating Portland, 72-60, while falling to the 10th-ranked Bulldogs, 71-69.
WSU AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS:
• This week Gonzaga is ranked 13th in the Associated Press Poll and 12th in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
• Washington State is 48-217 all-time against opponents ranked in the AP top-25, but won its last game against a ranked opponent, a 73-61 victory over No. 23 UCLA March 6, 2013 at Pullman.
• The Cougars’ last win over a ranked opponent on the road came at No. 20 UCLA, Feb. 21, 2009.
• The Cougars’ last win over a top-15 team came Dec. 23, 2010 over No. 15 Baylor at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.
• WSU is 2-7 all-time against ranked Gonzaga teams...its last win over a ranked Gonzaga team came Dec. 5, 2007 when GU was ranked 17th and WSU was No. 8...that game took place at Gonzaga.
• The Cougars are 0-5 all-time against the No. 13 team in the country with four losses to UCLA and one to Washington.
• WSU defeated Lamar, 84-64, Saturday, Nov. 16 at Beasley Coliseum.
• DaVonté Lacy finished with a game-high 21 points, reaching the 20-point plateau in both games this season…he added 2 steals and 2 assists.
• Lacy had a career-high 28 points in the season opener.
• After going scoreless in WSU’s season opener, Dexter Kernich-Drew finished with 15 points….he was 6-for-13 from the field.
• Kernich-Drew was one point shy of his career high of 16 points done last season against Texas A&M, Nov. 20.
• Kernich-Drew tied his career-high with 4 assists.
• In just his second game with WSU, freshman Ike Iroegbu scored 13 points, adding 2 assists and 2 steals, all career highs.
• In just his second game with the Cougs, redshirt junior Jordan Railey had a career-high 6 rebounds in just 11 minutes.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson had his first points as a Cougar, finishing with 8 points, 1 steal and 1 assist in 19 minutes.
• Sophomore Brett Boese has made at least 1 3-pointer in both games this season…he had 2 tonight and has 3 this season after having 5 made 3-pointers all of last season.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
• With its win over Lamar, Nov. 16, WSU improved to 48-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
• The Cougars have won 48-straight November games in Pullman and are 48-1 (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.
• The Cougars play just one more home game in November when TCU comes to town, Sunday, Nov. 24.
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 407 wins.
• He has 72 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 149 career wins in his ninth season as a Division I head coach.
MORE ON BONE AS COUGAR HEAD COACH:
• Bone holds a 72-65 (.526) 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, three more than Tony Bennett (2006-09, 69-33), 36 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 41 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 72 wins, Bone is the sixth-winningest head coach in Washington State history.
• 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.