COUGARS TAKE ON HAWKS FOR FIFTH PLACE: Washington State University men’s basketball (3-3) concludes the Old Spice Classic as it takes on Saint Joseph’s (3-2) in the battle for fifth place, Sunday, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. PT (noon ET) at HP Field House.
• Sunday’s game can be seen on ESPNU, as Kara Lawson and Bob Picozzi have the call.
• Derek Deis will have the call on the Cougar IMG Radio Network, filling in for Bud Nameck, in his 21st year with Cougar Basketball, who will called the football team’s Apple Cup Friday...please see the list of affiliates on page 1 of today’s notes.
• Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men’s basketball.
COUGARS VS. HAWKS:
• Sunday marks just the second meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Washington State as SJU holds the 1-0 advantage in the series.
• The only other meeting occurred Dec. 26, 1973 in Honolulu, Hawaii as part of the Rainbow Classic.
• The Hawks defeated the Cougars, 72-65.
WSU AGAINST THE ATLANTIC 10:
• Saint Joseph’s is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference along with Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis and VCU.
• The Cougars have faced just 4 current members of the Atlantic 10, holding a 1-1 record against Dayton, a 1-1 mark against Rhode Island and 0-1 marks against Saint Joseph’s and Saint Louis.
• WSU hasn’t played a current member of the Atlantic 10 conference since Dec. 8, 1979 when it defeated Rhode Island, 84-63, at Pullman.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy continued his streak of nine-straight games with double-figure points and all six this season, leading the team with 16 points.
• Lacy moved into 14th place on WSU’s all-time 3-point field goals made list, passing Daven Harmeling with 127 3-pointers…he’s just one out of 12th place.
• Lacy recorded his first block of the season.
• D.J. Shelton scored in double figures for the second time this season and had a season-high with 12 points…he had 10 second-half points.
• Royce Woolridge scored a season high 14 points, making a season-high 8 free throws (8-for-11).
• Woolridge recorded his first block of the season and fifth of his career.
• Jordan Railey scored a career-high 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field and 1-for-1 from the free throw line…his previous high was 5 points at Gonzaga, Nov. 21.
• Railey also had a career-high 2 blocked shots and tied his career highs with 2 assists and 1 steal.
• The Cougars’ 17 first-half points are their fewest in a first half since scoring 15 at Oregon State, March 4, 2010.
• WSU’s 52 second-half points are its most this season in a half.
• WSU’s .222 field goal percentage (6-for-27) in the first half marked its lowest in a half this season, while its .655 (19-for-29) in the second half marked its highest in a half this season.
• WSU tied its season high with 15 assists and was one steal shy of its season high with 9 steals.
WSU MAKES SECOND TRIP TO FLORIDA:
• The Old Spice Classic marks just the second time in school history that a men’s basketball team has competed in the state of Florida.
• The only other time was an 82-77 victory at Jacksonville, Dec. 6, 1975.