COUGARS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK AT ARIZONA STATE: Washington State University men’s basketball (7-6, 0-1) looks to bounce back after its loss at No. 1 Arizona Thursday as it travels to Tempe to take on Arizona State (11-3, 0-1), Sunday, Jan. 5 at 4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. PT at Wells Fargo Arena.
• Sunday’s game can be seen on ESPNU as Corey Williams and Roxy Bernstein 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 SUN DEVILS:
• Sunday marks the 74th all-time meeting between the Cougars and Sun Devils, as WSU trails the series, 38-35.
• WSU leads the series, 22-13 at home, while Arizona State leads at Tempe, 24-13, and 1-0 at neutral sites.
• The Cougars have lost the last four games against the Sun Devils at Tempe with their last win coming Jan. 29, 2009 when ASU was ranked 14th.
• Head coach Ken Bone is 3-6 all-time against the Sun Devils as a head coach and 2-6 as head coach of the Cougars.
• Bone led Portland State to a 71-67 victory over ASU during the 2006-07 season...he’s looking for his first win in Tempe as the Cougars’ head coach at ASU.
• Last season WSU fell to Arizona State, 63-59 in the first meeting at Pullman, Jan. 31, followed by a 69-57 defeat Feb. 20 at Tempe.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• WSU fell in its Pac-12 opener, 60-25 to No. 1 Arizona, Thursday, Jan. 2 at McKale Center.
• The Cougars are 1-2 in road games this season, 1-2 at neutral sites and 5-2 in home games...prior to Thursday, their furthest road trip was 75 miles to Spokane to take on Gonzaga, Nov. 21.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy leads the team with 18.9 points per game, but has missed WSU’s last two games due to appendicitis.
• Lacy ranks fifth in the Pac-12 and 62nd in the nation with 18.9 points per game, leads the league and ranks 14th in the nation with 3.4 3-pointers made per game, is seventh with 1.5 steals per game and is 12th in the Pac-12 and 59th in the nation with a .407 3-point field goal percentage.
• Fellow-junior Royce Woolridge is contributing 10.4 points per game, as the only other Cougar scoring in double figures.
• Senior D.J. Shelton leads the team and is 10th in the Pac-12 and 87th in the nation with 7.8 rebounds per game.
• Shelton has grabbed 11 or more rebounds in three of the last four games...he has two double-doubles on the season and is 3 total points away from having five double-doubles.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson has picked up some of the scoring with at least 19 points in two of the last three games...he had a career-high 21 points against UTEP, Dec. 21.
• The Cougars had their lowest scoring output in over 70 years as they fell to No. 1 Arizona, 60-25, Thursday, Jan. 2 at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz.
• Junior Longrus led the team in scoring for the first time in his career, finishing with 6 points…he attempted his first 3-pointer of his career.
• Longrus was the only Cougar with multiple field goals made…he played a career-high 26 minutes, his previous high was 24 minutes, played twice, most recently against UTEP, Dec. 21.
• Longrus also notched his first career start.
• WSU held Arizona to a season-low 60 points…its previous low was 63 points against UNLV, Dec. 7.
• Arizona’s 20 field goals made tied its season low done against Drexel (Nov. 27).
• No Cougar scored in double figures for the first time this season, first in Bone era.
• WSU’s 7 first-half points are its fewest since at least the 2000-01 season…Cougars had 9 points in the first half at Fresno State, Dec. 22, 2003.
• WSU’s leading scorer, junior DaVonté Lacy did not play due to appendicitis he suffered last Saturday.
• Fellow starter Dexter Kernich-Drew did not play due to a concussion.
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 785 points, Lacy needs 215 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 18.9 points per game…if he keeps up the average, he could accomplish the feat in WSU’s 26th 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.
• If he continues his season pace of 3.4 3-pointers made per game, he will add at least 57 to his 142, which would put him in the top 10 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 .371 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 14 starts.
• The four newcomers are contributing a combined 20.3 points per game this season and have reached double figures eight times.
• Iroegbu and Johnson are two of four Cougars not named DaVonté Lacy to lead the team in scoring this season when Iroegbu had 20 points at nationally ranked Gonzaga, Nov. 21 and Johnson had 21 against UTEP, Dec. 21. and 19 against MVSU, Dec. 28.
• Johnson is the only other Cougar aside from Lacy to lead the team in scoring twice this season.
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.