COUGARS HIT THE ROAD ONCE AGAIN: Washington State University men’s basketball (9-16, 2-11) returns to the road once again as it heads to Corvallis to take on Oregon State (13-11, 5-7), Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at Gill Coliseum.
• Thursday’s game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks as Rich Waltz 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.
• The Cougars will then head to Eugene to take on Oregon, Sunday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena...that game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks as JB Long and Ernie Kent have the call.
AGAINST THE BEAVERS:
• Wednesday marks the 290th all-time meeting between WSU and Oregon State, as the Beavers hold the 165-124 advantage in the series.
• WSU trails the series, 99-42 in games played at Corvallis, but has won the last four games on the road at Oregon State...OSU’s last home win came March 4, 2010.
• Last season WSU and OSU split the season series with each team winning on the road.
• Head coach Ken Bone is 7-5 all-time against the Beavers and 7-4 as the head coach at Washington State...he lost to Oregon State once prior to becoming the coach at WSU.
• In the meeting at Corvallis last season, Jan. 26, 2013, the Cougars defeated the Beavers, 71-68, at Gill Coliseum.
• Mike Ladd led WSU with a career-high 23 points…he was 10-for-11 from the field including 1-for-1 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
• Brock Motum had his second double-double of the season and fifth of his career with 20 points and 10 rebounds…he has scored at least 13 points in all 20 games this season.
• D.J. Shelton also had 10 rebounds for the Cougs, two shy of his career high...he led WSU with a career-high 6 assists.
• WSU outrebounded OSU, 39-27…11 of the boards came on the offensive end.
• The Cougars assisted on 15 of their 25 made field goals.
• In the first meeting this season, Jan. 22, WSU fell to OSU, 66-55, 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• The Cougars are 9-16 overall and 2-11 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 7-7 in home games this season, 2-4 in Pac-12 games at Beasley Coliseum, 2-5 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 19.4 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 five games.
• Lacy now leads the team in scoring in Pac-12 only games with 20.3 points per game in six league contests.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson is second on the team with 11.8 points per game in conference-only games, ranking 25th in the Pac-12.
• Johnson ranks fourth amongst Pac-12 freshmen in scoring in all games with 10.4 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 9.0 rebounds per game, while he’s third on the team in scoring with 9.8 points per game.
• He’s nearly averaging a double-double in conference-only action with 11.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, ranking second in rebounding and 28th in scoring in league play.
• He ranks 38th in the country in rebounds per game and 38th in the country in total rebounds (225)...he has grabbed 9 or more rebounds in nine of the last 11 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 51st in the country with 8 double-doubles.
• Shelton is third in conference and 10th in the nation with 7.0 defensive rebounds per game and is third in the league in conference-only games with 7.8 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.
WITH OR WITHOUT LACY:
• The difference in Washington State’s performance in games with junior DaVonté Lacy this season in Pac-12 play, compared to games without the guard, can’t necessarily be measured by wins but is obvious in WSU’s statistics.
• Lacy missed WSU’s game at Arizona, Jan. 2, due to appendicitis, then left the game at Arizona State, Jan. 5 after injuring his ribs after just 11 minutes of action. He then missed the team’s games against Colorado, Utah, Oregon State and Oregon at home and at Stanford and California.
• He returned to action Feb. 1 against Washington and has played five full games in the Pac-12 season.
• In Pac-12 games that Lacy did not play the entirety, WSU averaged just 49.1 points per game, while the Cougars are averaging 16.9 more points per game with Lacy at 66.0.
• The opponent’s margin of victory was 17.9 points per game without Lacy and is now just 7 points per game as the Cougars have lost just one game with Lacy by more than 15 points.
• Lacy being back is also benefiting his teammates, most notably senior D.J. Shelton and freshman Ike Iroegbu.
• Shelton averaged 9.5 points per game in the eight games without Lacy and is averaging 14.6 ppg in the five with Lacy...he’s also averaging over 4 more rebounds per game at 12.4 rpg game compared to the 8.1 he averaged without Lacy.
• Iroegbu is averaging 6.2 points per game instead of the 4.8 ppg without Lacy and has 10 assists in the five games with Lacy, opposed to the 6 total in eight games without Lacy.
• The Cougars’ late comeback fell short as they fell to Stanford, 69-56, Saturday, Feb. 15.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson had a career-high 8 rebounds…his previous high was five done twice, most recently against Oregon, Jan. 26.
• Johnson led WSU with 14 points, leading the team in scoring for the seventh time.
• Senior D.J. Shelton had his streak of four-straight games with double-digit rebounds ended as he finished with 4 rebounds.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy continued his streak of double figure points in every game since his return from a rib injury, extending it to five games with 13 points.
• Redshirt junior Jordan Railey had a personal Pac-12 best 5 points…his previous high was 4 points against Washington, Feb. 1.
• Railey had all of his points in the second half.
• Freshman Josh Hawkinson tied his career-high with 13 minutes played…played 13 minutes twice, last against Oregon, Jan. 26.
• Hawkinson had a personal Pac-12 best 5 rebounds…his previous high was 3 done three times…he was one rebound shy of his career high done against San Francisco state, Dec. 18.
• Junior Royce Woolridge led WSU with 4 assists, his most since dishing out 4 assists against Oregon State, Jan. 22.
LACY ON PACE FOR RECORD BOOKS:
• Junior guard DaVonté Lacy is on pace to become the 34th Cougar to reach 1,000 career points, could do it in his junior season and could become the ninth fastest Cougar to reach the milestone.
• With 907 points, Lacy needs 93 more points to reach 1,000 in his career, meaning he’ll need to play the final at least six games for the Cougars and average 15.5 ppg in those contests to reach the mark in his junior season.
• If Lacy reaches 1,000 points in the team’s final regular season game against UCLA, March 8, he will have accomplished the feat in 84 games, reaching it in the ninth-fewest games in school history.
• Lacy is also climbing up the record books for career 3-pointers made, currently in sole possession of eighth place with 166 made 3-pointers after passing Marcus Moore (2001-04) three games ago.
• He is currently 36 away from Chris Crosby (1997-2000) in seventh place with 202.
• Lacy is ranked 15th in the WSU career record books with a .380 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.