WSU LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST STANFORD SATURDAY: For the first time since the 2011-12 season, the Bay Area schools come to Pullman, as Washington State men’s basketball (9-14, 2-9) hosts Stanford (15-8, 6-5), Saturday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
• Wednesday’s game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks as Jim Watson and Lamar Hurd 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.
• Following Saturday’s game, WSU will host a free kids’ clinic...please go to wsucougars.com for more information and registration.
• Saturday is ‘Sweetheart Day’ as fans can buy one ticket and get one for their sweetheart at no charge...500 boxes of Sweetheart candies will be handed out as well.
AGAINST THE CARDINAL:
• Saturday marks the 131st all-time meeting between Washington State and Stanford as the Cardinal hold a 71-59 advantage.
• WSU trails the series 22-41 on the road, and 1-4 at neutral sites, but leads 36-26 at home.
• The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings.
• This season 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 met again Jan. 15 at Stanford.
• This marks the first time since the 2011-12 season that the two teams will meet in Pullman.
• In the first meeting this season, Stanford used a big late-first half run for an 80-48 victory over the Cougars, Jan. 15 at Stanford.
• Que Johnson led the Cougars in scoring for the fifth time this season while tying his career high with 21 points…he had 15 of his points in the first half.
• Royce Woolridge finished with 13 points…he had 11 of his points in the first half.
• D.J. Shelton led WSU with 9 rebounds…he had 6 boards in the first half.
• Dexter Kernich-Drew was the only Cougar besides Johnson and Woolridge to score in the first half as Johnson and Woolridge combined for 26 of the team’s 29 first-half points.
• WSU’s 32-point loss marked its worst to Stanford since falling by 37, 89-52, Feb. 24, 2000.
• WSU leading scorer Junior DaVonté Lacy did not play due to injury for the third-straight game.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• WSU forced overtime, but fell to California, Wednesday at Pullman in its last outing.
• The Cougars are 9-15 overall and 2-10 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 7-6 in home games this season, 2-3 in Pac-12 games at Beasley Coliseum, 2-4 in home conference games, 1-2 in neutral-site games, 1-7 on the road, 7-5 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, 39-point performance against California, Feb. 12, junior DaVonté Lacy leads the team with 19.8 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 four games.
• Lacy now leads the team in scoring in Pac-12 only games with 21.8 points per game in 5 league contests.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson is second on the team with 11.7 points per game in conference-only games, ranking 24th in the Pac-12.
• Johnson ranks fourth amongst Pac-12 freshmen in scoring in all games with 10.3 ppg...he’s one of just four freshmen in the conference averaging double-figure scoring.
• Senior D.J. Shelton leads the team and is second in the conference with 9.2 rebounds per game, while he’s third on the team in scoring with 9.8 points per game.
• He’s averaging a double-double in conference-only action with 11.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, ranking second in rebounding and 28th in scoring in league play.
• He ranks 32nd in the country in rebounds per game and 34th in the country in total rebounds (221)...he has grabbed 9 or more rebounds in nine of the last 10 games...he has eight double-doubles on the season and is 3 total points away from having 11 double-doubles.
• Shelton is second in the league with 6 double-doubles in Pac-12 play, while his 8 total double-doubles this season rank fourth in the conference...he ranks 47th in the country with 8 double-doubles.
• Shelton is third in conference and eighth in the nation with 7.2 defensive rebounds per game and leads the league in conference-only games with 8.3 defensive rebounds per game.
LACY GOES FOR 30-PLUS...TWICE:
• In the last three games, junior DaVonté Lacy has reached the 30-point plateau twice, scoring 34 points at Colorado, Feb. 5 and 39 points against California, Feb. 12.
• Lacy’s 39 points are the most by a Cougar men’s basketball student-athlete since Klay Thompson scored 43 points against Washington, March 10, 2011 in the conference tournament.
• Lacy’s 39 points are the second-most points by a WSU individual in a single Pac-12 game, second only to Brian Quinnett who had 44 points against USC, Jan. 29, 1989 at Pullman.
• Lacy’s 39 points are also the most by a Pac-12 student-athlete in conference play this season and the most in conference play since Jerome Randle of California scored 39 at Washington State, Jan. 14, 2010.
• Lacy’s 39 points are the ninth-most points scored by a Cougar in a single game in school history.
MORE ON SHELTON’S REBOUNDING:
• Senior D.J. Shelton had a career-high 19 rebounds in WSU’s game against California, Feb. 12.
• His 19 rebounds marked the most by a Cougar in a single-game since Dwayne Scholten had 21 rebounds against Delaware at Iowa City, Iowa, Dec. 6, 1986.
• The 19 rebounds are the most by a Cougar in a conference game since James Donaldson had 19 boards against Washington, March 4, 1978.
• Three games prior, Shelton had a then-career-high 18 rebounds in WSU’s win over Washington, Feb. 1.
• His 18 rebounds were 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 at the time of Hendrickson’s 18-rebound game.
• Shelton’s 19 rebounds are the most by a Pac-12 player this season and the most by a conference player in a Pac-12 game since Colorado’s Andre Roberson grabbed 20 boards against Stanford, Jan. 24, 2013.
• With 221 rebounds, Shelton is currently 54 rebounds away from reaching WSU’s single-season top-10 list for rebounding.
• Shelton would need to average 7.7 rebounds per game in WSU’s at least 7 games remaining to catch Jim McKean who grabbed 275 boards during the 1965-66 season...in the last four games, Shelton is averaging 14.5 rpg.
• If he were to get his final 54 rebounds, Shelton would be the first Cougar to make it onto the top-10 list since Carlos Daniel had 282 rebounds in 1997-98.
• The Cougars took California to overtime, before falling, 80-76, in one extra period, Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Beasley Coliseum.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy led WSU with a career-high 39 points, marking his second career 30-point game and second in three games.
• He tied his career high with 8 3-pointers, one shy of the school record and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line.
• For the second time in three games, Lacy scored at least 50 percent of WSU’s points…he scored 51.3 percent against California and 53.9 percent at Colorado, Feb. 5.
• D.J. Shelton had a career-high 19 rebounds and added 18 points…he had his eighth double-double of the season and his sixth in Pac-12 play.
• Shelton had 10 of his rebounds in the first half.
• Lacy and Shelton combined for 57 of the team’s 76 points for 75 percent of the scoring output.
• WSU tied its season-high with 13 3-pointers made in the game…previously had 13 made 3-pointers against Colorado (Jan. 8) and TCU (Nov. 24).
• WSU played an overtime game for the second time this season and fall to 2-9 in OT in its last 11 tries…WSU has lost last six overtime games…last overtime win came during 2010-11 season.
• WSU had its best free throw percentage at .840 this season when shooting more than three free throws…the Cougars were 21-for-25.
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 894 points, Lacy needs 106 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 15.2 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 163 made 3-pointers after passing Marcus Moore (2001-04) two games ago.
• He is currently 39 away from Chris Crosby (1997-2000) in seventh place with 202.
• Lacy is ranked 15th in the WSU career record books with a .382 3-point field goal percentage.
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.