COUGARS RETURN HOME TO HOST WAVES: After 21 days since its last home basketball game, Washington State University men’s basketball (4-4) returns to Beasley Coliseum to host Pepperdine (6-4), Sunday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m.
• Sunday’s game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks as Ernie Kent 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 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.
COUGARS VS. WAVES:
• The all-time series between WSU and Pepperdine is tied at three wins a piece.
• Last season the Waves snapped the Cougars’ two-game winning streak in the series with a 58-56 overtime victory in Malibu, Nov. 16, 2012.
• The season before that, WSU defeated Pepperdine, 67-56 at Cougar Hardwood Classic at Seattle’s KeyArena, Dec. 22, 2011.
• This season marks the first that the Cougars and the Waves will meet in three-consecutive school years...the previous six meetings all took place in consecutive years with at least 8 years in between.
• This marks just the second meeting in Pullman as WSU’s previous ‘home’ games took place in Spokane (Dec. 20, 1976) and Seattle (Dec. 22, 2011).
COUGARS AGAINST THE WCC:
• Pepperdine is currently a member of the West Coast Conference (WCC), along with BYU, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Portland, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara.
• Washington State is 128-63 against current members of the West Coast Conference all-time, after already falling to Gonzaga earlier this season.
• WSU went 1-2 last season against the league and are 0-1 this season after falling to No. 13/12 Gonzaga, Nov. 21.
• The Cougars have played Gonzaga in 146 of the 190 games against those WCC members.
• 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.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• WSU is 4-4 on the season and 2-1 at home this season...the Cougars’ last win at Beasley Coliseum came almost a month ago, Nov. 16, against Lamar.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy leads the team with 21.4 points per game.
• He ranks fifth in the Pac-12 and 22nd in the nation in scoring with 21.4 points per game, leads the league and ranks fourth in the nation with 4.0 3-pointers made per game, is tied for 10th in the conference with 1.5 steals per game, is ninth in the league with an .841 free throw percentage and 11th in the Pac-12 and 59th in the nation with a .427 3-point field goal percentage.
• Fellow-junior Royce Woolridge is contributing 10.0 points per game, as the only other Cougar scoring in double figures.
• Senior D.J. Shelton leads the team and ranks 14th in the Pac-12 and 198th in the nation with 7.1 rebounds per game.
• The Cougars used a late comeback and clutch free throws from D.J. Shelton with 7 seconds left, to defeat Idaho, 67-66, Saturday, Dec. 7, at Cowan Spectrum at Moscow, Idaho.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy continued his streak of 10-straight games with double-figure points and all eight this season, leading the team with 23 points.
• Lacy moved into a tie for 10th place on WSU’s all-time 3-point field goals made list, passing Taylor Rochestie (2007-09) and tying Terrence Lewis (1991-92) with 137 career 3-pointers made.
• Lacy was 5-for-10 from beyond the 3-point arc, tying his season high for 3-pointers made.
• D.J. Shelton had a career high 14 rebounds and added 10 points for his first double-double of the season and second of his career.
• Royce Woolridge was one point shy of his season high with 13 points.
• The Cougars have won 11-straight games over the Vandals and lead the all-time series, 162-107.
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 748 points, Lacy needs 252 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 21.4 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 10th with 137 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 4.0 3-pointers made per game, he will add at least 96 to his 137, which would put him tied for second in the WSU record books by the end of the season.
• He is currently tied with Terrence Lewis (1991-92) for 10th on the list and is 3 away from Jan-Michael Thomas (1999-2000) in ninth place with 140.
• Lacy is ranked 15th in the WSU career record books with a .373 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 7 starts.
• The four newcomers are contributing a combined 18.8 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 409 wins.
• He has 74 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.