COUGARS RETURN TO THE ROAD TO FACE STANFORD WEDNESDAY: Washington State University men’s basketball (8-8, 1-3) will play its fourth of five Pac-12 games away from Pullman as it travels to the Bay Area to take on Stanford (10-5, 1-2), Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.
• Sunday’s game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks as Ernie Kent and Ted Robinson 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 CARDINAL:
• Wednesday marks the 130th all-time meeting between Washington State and Stanford as the Cardinal hold a 70-59 advantage.
• WSU trails the series 22-40 on the road, and 1-4 at neutral sites, but leads 36-26 at home.
• The home team has won seven of the last nine meetings and WSU has won just two of the last 16 meetings at Stanford (March 3, 2005 and Jan. 15, 2011).
• Wednesday marks the first time since the Pac-10 expanded to the Pac-12 that the WSU will take on Stanford twice in the same season, as the two teams meet again Feb. 15 at Pullman.
• Last season WSU fell, 78-67, at Maples Pavilion to Stanford.
• Then-senior Brock Motum tied his then-career high with 29 points on 4-for-7 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc.
• The-senior Mike Ladd add 15 points as he and Motum combined for 44 of WSU’s 67 points.
• Royce Woolridge is the only current Cougar to reach double-digits against the Cardinal in his career as he had 10 points in last season’s loss.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• WSU picked up its first Pac-12 win of the season in its first true home conference game of the year with a 49-46 victory over Utah, Jan. 12 at Beasley Coliseum.
• The Cougars are 8-8 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-12 and are 0-2 in conference games on the road and 0-3 in conference games away form Pullman (vs. Colorado in Spokane, Jan. 8).
• WSU is 6-3 in home games this season, 1-2 in neutral-site games, 1-3 on the road, 5-2 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 107th in the nation.
• Lacy missed the Cougars’ games Dec. 28 against Mississippi Valley 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 the team’s games against Colorado Jan. 8 and Utah Jan. 12.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson has moved into a tie for second amongst WSU’s leading scorers this season as he and junior Royce Woolridge are averaging 9.4 points per game apiece.
• Johnson has picked up some of the scoring with at least 14 points in four of the last six games...he had a career-high 21 points against UTEP, Dec. 21...he’s second on the team in scoring in Pac-12 play with 11.3 ppg game in league contests.
• Woolridge 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 15th in the league with 3.1 assists per game.
• Woolridge is fourth in the league with 5.0 assists per game in conference play only.
• Senior D.J. Shelton leads the team and is seventh in the conference with 8.1 rebounds per game.
• He ranks tied for eighth in Pac-12 only play with 7.8 rebounds per game in conference action.
• He ranks 97th 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.
• 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 13.3 ppg in 2 games (he missed WSU’s game at Arizona, Jan. 2 with a concussion).
• Kernich-Drew is averaging 7.9 points per game on the season.
• The Cougars notched their first Pac-12 win in a defense-oriented victory, 49-46, over Utah, Jan. 12 in their first true home conference game of the season.
• Que Johnson led the Cougars in scoring for the fourth time this season with 14 points…he made a career high 10 free throws in a career high 13 attempts.
• D.J. Shelton was one rebound and two points shy of his second-straight double-double with 9 rebounds and 8 points.
• Shelton tied his career highs with 6 free throws made and 8 attempted.
• Dexter Kernich-Drew scored in double-figures for the second-straight game with 11 points…he was 5-for-6 from the field.
• It’s the first time this season Kernich-Drew has reached double-figures in two-straight games.
• Junior Longrus tied his personal Pac-12 high with 6 points and was one rebound shy of his Pac-12 high with 6…he had 2 blocked shots.
• WSU held the nation’s field goal percentage-leader, Utah (.524 coming in) to just .295 (13-44) shooting.
• The Cougars have now held two opponents this season to under .300 shooting from the field.
• WSU’s 49 points are its fewest in a win since defeating USC, 43-38, March 3, 2012.
• WSU leading scorer Junior DaVonté Lacy did not play due to injury for the second-straight game.
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 20 starts.
• The four newcomers are contributing a combined 20.6 points per game this season and have reached double figures 10 times.
• Iroegbu and Johnson have led the Cougars in scoring five times combined, Iroegbu once and Johnson four times.
• Johnson is the only Cougar aside from DaVonté Lacy to lead the team in scoring multiple times this season, having led the Cougars four 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 413 wins.
• He has 78 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 155 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.