WSU WELCOMES BAY AREA SCHOOLS TO TOWN:
For the first time since the 2011-12 season, the Bay Area schools will come to Pullman, as Washington State men’s basketball (9-14, 2-9) hosts California (15-8, 6-4), Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
• Wednesday’s game can be seen on ESPNU as Beth Mowins and John Crispin make 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.
• WSU then hosts Stanford, Saturday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum...that game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks as Jim Watson and Lamar Hurd have the call.
• Following Saturday’s game, WSU will host a free kids’ clinic...please go to wsucougars.com for more information and registration.
AGAINST THE GOLDEN BEARS:
• Wednesday marks the 123rd all-time meeting between Washington State and California as the Golden Bears hold a 74-48 advantage in the series and have won the last two meetings.
• WSU leads the series 29-28 at WSU, with Cal holding a 1-0 mark in Cougar home games in Spokane, while WSU leads 1-0 at neutral sites.
• WSU has won the last two meetings with Cal at Pullman, with the wins coming by a total of 6 points.
• Last season the two teams met in Berkeley only, but the Cougars defeated the Golden Bears, 77-75, at Beasley Coliseum, Jan. 21, 2012, after they won 75-71, Feb. 12, 2011, also at Beasley.
• California leads the series at Berkeley, 47-17, and has won the last four games against WSU on its home court.
• WSU’s last win at Haas Pavilion came Feb. 28, 2008, a commanding 70-49 victory.
• This season marks the first time since the Pac-10 expanded to the Pac-12 that WSU will take on California twice in the same season, as the two teams met Jan. 18 at Berkeley.
• Last season’s only meeting came in Berkeley, as Cal came away with the 67-54 victory.
• Brock Motum led WSU with 16 points and Mike Ladd added 12 points.
• Ladd recorded his second double-double of the season as he added a personal Pac-12 high 12 rebounds, one shy of his career high of 13.
• Nine of Ladd’s 12 rebounds came on the offensive end.
• Royce Woolridge finished with 12 points and made his first Pac-12 3-pointer.
• The Cougars held on tight in the first half in the first meeting between the two teams this season, Jan. 18 at Haas Pavilion, but the Bears pulled away in the second half for a 76-55 win.
• Que Johnson had 18 points and led the Cougars in scoring for the sixth time this season and the third-straight game…he had 9 points in the first half.
• D.J. Shelton led WSU with 11 rebounds…he had 8 boards in the first half…he added 17 points, then-Pac-12 and season-highs.
• Shelton had his fourth double-double of the season and fifth of his career.
• Shelton led the Cougars in rebounding for the 10th time this season.
• Jordan Railey made the first Pac-12 field goal of his career and finished with a personal-Pac-12-best 4 points…his 5 rebounds were also a Pac-12 high.
• WSU leading scorer Junior DaVonté Lacy did not play due to injury for the fourth-straight game.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• WSU dropped its second-straight game at Utah, Feb. 8.
• The Cougars are 9-14 overall and 2-9 in the Pac-12 and are 0-6 in conference games on the road and 0-7 in conference games away from Pullman (vs. Colorado in Spokane, Jan. 8).
• WSU is 7-5 in home games this season, 2-2 in Pac-12 games at Beasley Coliseum, 2-3 in home conference games, 1-2 in neutral-site games, 1-7 on the road, 7-4 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).
• After a career-high, 34-point performance at Colorado, Feb. 5, junior DaVonté Lacy leads the team with 18.5 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, Oregon State Jan. 22, and Oregon Jan. 26...Lacy returned from injury to help the Cougars defeat Washington, 72-67, Feb. 1 and has now played the last three games.
• Lacy had 10 points in his first game back and 34 at Colorado, playing 37 minutes and going 8-for-13 from 3-point range...he played 37 minutes and scored 22 points in WSU’s latest outing at Utah.
• Lacy now leads the team in scoring in Pac-12 only games with 17.5 points per game.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson has scored at least 14 points in seven of the last 12 games...he is second on the team with 12.3 points per game in conference-only games, ranking 22nd in the Pac-12.
• Johnson ranks fourth amongst Pac-12 freshmen in scoring in all games with 10.5 ppg...he’s one of just four freshmen in the conference averaging double-figure scoring.
• Senior D.J. Shelton leads the team and is third in the conference with 8.8 rebounds per game, while he’s third on the team in scoring with 9.4 points.
• He ranks third in Pac-12 only play with 9.5 rebounds per game in conference action.
• He ranks 45th in the country in rebounds per game and 56th in the country in total rebounds (202)...he has grabbed 9 or more rebounds in eight of the last nine games...he has seven double-doubles on the season and is 3 total points away from having 10 double-doubles.
• Shelton is second in the league with 5 double-doubles in Pac-12 play, while his 7 total double-doubles this season tie for fourth in the conference...he ranks 61st in the country with seven double-doubles.
• Junior Royce Woolridge is fourth on the team with 7.7 points per game and leads the team with 2.9 assists per game after having his first career double-double with 11 assists Jan. 8 against Colorado.
• Woolridge ranks 12th in the league with 3.3 assists per game in conference play only.
• Utah used a big late first-half run as the Cougars fell to the Utes, 81-63, Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Huntsman Center at Salt Lake City.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy led WSU with 22 points…he has scored in double-figures in each of the three games since his return from a rib injury.
• Lacy finished 3-for-8 from 3-point range and has moved into sole possession of eighth on WSU’s career 3-point list with 155 3-pointers, passing Marcus Moore (2001-04).
• Lacy reached the 20-point plateau for the eighth time this season and 11th time in his career.
• D.J. Shelton led WSU with 10 rebounds…he’s had at least 9 rebounds in eight of WSU’s last nine games.
• Shelton added 19 points for his seventh double-double of the season and eighth of his career…his fifth in Pac-12 play this season.
• Junior Longrus was one point shy of his career-high with 7 points, marking a personal Pac-12 best…he was one minute shy of his career high, playing 30 minutes.
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 855 points, Lacy needs 145 more points to reach 1,000 in his career, meaning he’ll need to play the final at least eight games for the Cougars and average 18.2 ppg in those contests to reach the mark in his junior season.
• Lacy is also climbing up the record books for career 3-pointers made, currently in sole possession of eighth place with 155 made 3-pointers after passing Marcus Moore (2001-04) in WSU’s last outing.
• He is currently 47 away from Chris Crosby (1997-2000) in seventh place with 202.
• Lacy is ranked 16th in the WSU career record books with a .376 3-point field goal percentage.
MORE ON SHELTON’S REBOUNDING:
• Senior D.J. Shelton had a career-high 18 rebounds in WSU’s win over Washington, Feb. 1.
• His 18 rebounds are the most by a Cougar in a single-game since Mark Hendrickson grabbed 18 boards against Azusa Pacific, Dec. 18, 1992...Shelton was 20 months old the last time a Cougar grabbed at least 18 boards.
• Shelton’s 18 rebounds are the most by a Pac-12 player this season.
• Shelton is currently 73 rebounds away from reaching WSU’s single-season top-10 list for rebounding, currently with 202 rebounds this season.
• Shelton would need to average 9.2 rebounds per game in WSU’s at least 8 games remaining to catch Jim McKean who grabbed 275 boards during the 1965-66 season.
• If he were to get his final 73 rebounds, Shelton would be the first Cougar to make it onto the top-10 list since Carlos Daniel had 282 rebounds in 1997-98.
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 all but one game and the four have combined for 32 starts.
• The four newcomers are contributing a combined 21.1 points per game this season and have reached double figures 16 times.
• Iroegbu and Johnson have led the Cougars in scoring eight times combined, Iroegbu once and Johnson seven times.
• Johnson is one of three Cougars to lead the team in scoring multiple times this season, having led the Cougars seven 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 414 wins.
• He has 79 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 156 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.