COUGARS HOST DUCKS IN 'GRAY OUT': Washington State University men’s basketball (8-11, 1-6) plays its second game in Pullman in a row for the first time in Pac-12 play this season as it hosts Oregon (13-5, 1-5), Sunday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum in a ‘Gray Out.’
• Sunday’s game is a ‘Gray Out’ as 3,500 fans will receive a free gray t-shirt...fans are encouraged to wear their gray to the game.
• Sunday is also Coaches vs. Cancer’s Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, meaning the coaching staffs will be wearing sneakers with their game attire on the sideline.
• Sunday’s game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks as Lamar Hurd 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 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 DUCKS:
• Saturday marks the 286th all-time meeting between Oregon and Washington State, with the Ducks holding a 162-123 advantage.
• The Cougars lead 74-60 in home games in the season and 73-59 in games played in Pullman.
• WSU has lost its last two home games against Oregon, but the game during the 2011-12 season was played at Spokane Arena rather than Pullman.
• Oregon has won the last five meetings and eight of the last nine.
• WSU’s last win in the series came Jan. 8, 2011 at Pullman.
• Fourth-year Cougar head coach Ken Bone is 1-8 against Oregon with the Cougars and 2-9 in his career, as his Portland State squad defeated Oregon, 54-52, during the 2005-06 season at Eugene.
• In the first meeting last season, the upset-minded Cougars held a 10-point, 39-29, halftime lead over the No. 16 Ducks, but ended up falling 68-61, at Matthew Knight Arena at Eugene.
• Then-senior Mike Ladd led WSU with 19 points, reaching double-figures for the seventh-straight game.
• Brock Motum finished with 14 points.
• D.J. Shelton scored all 5 of his points in the first half and finished with 7 rebounds.
• Keaton Hayenga saw the first Pac-12 action of his career, played a minute.
• Bryce Leavitt and James Hunter both saw action in the first half.
• In the second meeting, the Cougars took the 23rd-ranked Ducks to overtime, falling 79-77 in a thriller, Feb. 16 at Pullman.
• Royce Woolridge scored a career-high 36 points as his 36 was the most by a WSU men’s basketball student-athlete since Klay Thompson scored 43 points against Washington, March 10, 2011 in the conference tournament.
• Woolridge scored 22 of his points in the first half, the most since Klay Thompson scored 23 in the first half at California, Feb. 13, 2010…the first Cougar to reach 20 points in a first half since then.
• D.J. Shelton was 1 point shy of his second career double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds.
• Walk-on freshman Bryce Leavitt had a career high 5 points…his previous high was 4 points…he played 19 minutes…played 44 minutes total in the last two games.
• The Cougars lost their eighth-straight overtime game to Oregon, their last win in an overtime game with the Ducks came in March of 1967.
• The team’s second-leading scorer, Mike Ladd, did not play due to a left knee injury for the second-straight game.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• WSU returned home for just its second Pac-12 game at Pullman this season, falling to Oregon State, 66-55, Sunday.
• The Cougars are 8-11 overall and 1-6 in the Pac-12 and are 0-4 in conference games on the road and 0-5 in conference games away form Pullman (vs. Colorado in Spokane, Jan. 8).
• WSU is 6-4 in home games this season, 1-1 in Pac-12 games at Beasley Coliseum, 1-2 in neutral-site games, 1-4 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.
• 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 , Utah Jan. 12, Stanford Jan. 15, California Jan. 18 and Oregon State Jan. 22 and will not play this weekend against Oregon.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson has moved into second amongst WSU’s leading scorers this season with 10.8 points per game, after tying his career high with 21 points at Stanford, Jan. 15.
• Johnson has picked up some of the scoring with at least 14 points in seven of the last nine games...he had a career-high 21 points against UTEP, Dec. 21 as well as Jan. 15 against Stanford...he leads the team in scoring in Pac-12 play with 14.1 ppg game in league contests, ranking 15th in Pac-12-only games.
• Senior D.J. Shelton leads the team and is fifth in the conference with 8.4 rebounds per game., while he’s third on the team in scoring with 8.8 points per game after putting up a career-high 24 points against Oregon State, Jan. 22.
• He ranks fourth in Pac-12 only play with 8.7 rebounds per game in conference action.
• He ranks 76th in the country in rebounding and has grabbed 9 or more rebounds in eight of the last 10 games...he has five double-doubles on the season and is 3 total points away from having seven double-doubles.
• Junior Royce Woolridge is fourth on the team with 8.8 points per game and leads the team with 3.2 assists per game after having his first career double-double with 11 assists Jan. 8 against Colorado...he ranks 15th in the league with 3.2 assists per game.
• Woolridge is fourth in the league with 4.3 assists per game in conference play only.
• After scoring a career-high 24 points against Colorado, Jan. 8, junior Dexter Kernich-Drew is third on the team in scoring in Pac-12 games with 8.7 ppg in 6 games (he missed WSU’s game at Arizona, Jan. 2 with a concussion).
• Kernich-Drew is averaging 7.1 points per game on the season.
• WSU returned home for just the second time in league play this season, falling to Oregon State, 66-55, Jan. 22 at Beasley Coliseum.
• Senior D.J. Shelton led WSU with a career-high 24 points…he added 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season, sixth of his career and second-straight.
• It marked the first time in his career that Shelton has reached the 20-point plateau, previous high was 19 points against Washington last season in the Pac-12 Tournament.
• Shelton had a career-high 10 field goals made on a career-high 15 attempts…he was 4-for-4 from 3-point range, marking a career-high for 3-pointers made.
• Shelton led the Cougars in rebounding for the 13th time this season.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson added 15 points and has scored at least 14 points in seven of WSU’s last nine games.
• Sophomore Junior Longrus tied his personal Pac-12 high with 6 points on two dunks while also tying his career high with 3 field goals made.
• Royce Woolridge was 30 second away from going scoreless for the first time this season and since Dec. 29, 2012 against Idaho State last season.
• The Cougars shot a season-best first-half .591 (13-for-22) from the field…the previous high was .545 (18-for-33) against Pepperdine, Dec. 15.
• WSU leading scorer Junior DaVonté Lacy did not play due to injury for the fifth-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.
• 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 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.
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 26 starts.
• The four newcomers are contributing a combined 21.2 points per game this season and have reached double figures 13 times.
• Iroegbu and Johnson have led the Cougars in scoring seven times combined, Iroegbu once and Johnson six times.
• Johnson is the only Cougar aside from DaVonté Lacy to lead the team in scoring multiple times this season, having led the Cougars six 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.