WSU LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AT CAL SATURDAY: Washington State University men’s basketball (8-9, 1-4) concludes its road trip as it takes on league-leading California (13-4, 4-0), Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. at Haas Pavilion
• Saturday’s game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks as Don MacLean and Ted Robinson 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 GOLDEN BEARS:
• Saturday marks the 122nd all-time meeting between Washington State and California as the Golden Bears hold a 73-48 advantage.
• California leads the series at Berkeley, 46-17, 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.
• Saturday 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 meet again Feb. 12 at Pullman.
• 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.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• WSU played its fourth of five Pac-12 games on the road as it fell at Stanford, 80-48, Wednesday, Jan. 15.
• The Cougars are 8-9 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-12 and are 0-3 in conference games on the road and 0-4 in conference games away form Pullman (vs. Colorado in Spokane, Jan. 8).
• WSU is 6-3 in home games this season, 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, ranking seventh in the Pac-12 and 107th in the nation.
• 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 and Stanford Jan. 15 and will not play against California.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson has moved into second amongst WSU’s leading scorers this season with 10.1 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 five of the last seven 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 13.2 ppg game in league contests, ranking 24th in Pac-12-only games.
• Woolridge is third on the team with 9.6 points per game leads the team with 3.1 assists per game after having his first career double-double with 11 assists Jan. 8 against Colorado...he ranks tied for 15th in the league with 3.1 assists per game.
• Woolridge is fifth in the league with 4.6 assists per game in conference play only.
• Senior D.J. Shelton leads the team and is sixth in the conference with 8.1 rebounds per game.
• He ranks eighth in Pac-12 only play with 8.0 rebounds per game in conference action.
• He ranks 97th in the country in rebounding and has grabbed 9 or more rebounds in six of the last eight games...he has three double-doubles on the season and is 3 total points away from having six double-doubles.
• After scoring a career-high 24 points against Colorado, Jan. 8, junior Dexter Kernich-Drew is second on the team in scoring in Pac-12 games with 11.3 ppg in 4 games (he missed WSU’s game at Arizona, Jan. 2 with a concussion).
• Kernich-Drew is averaging 7.5 points per game on the season.
• Despite a tied ball game with 4:14 to go in the first, the Cardinal had a strong second half as WSU fell at Stanford, 80-48, Wednesday in Pac-12 play.
• 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.
• Johnson has scored at least 14 points in five of WSU’s last 7 games.
• 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.
• The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings in the series.
• WSU’s 32-point loss marks 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.
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.
• Right now Lacy is averaging 17.7 points per game…if he keeps up the average, he could accomplish the feat in WSU’s 28th game this season, depending on his return to the court.
• 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 on pace to finish in the top-6 by the end of his career at WSU, averaging 1.9 made 3-pointers a game over his career.
• 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.
LACY SPICES HIS GAME UP IN FLORIDA:
• Junior DaVonté Lacy proved his early start to the season wasn’t a fluke over Thanksgiving Weekend at the Old Spice Classic near Orlando, Fla.
• The 6-4 guard scored at least 25 points in 2 of the 3 games and averaged 22.3 points per game in the tournament.
• Lacy led the Cougars in scoring in all three games, putting up 26 points in their loss to Butler (Nov. 28), 16 in the win over Purdue (Nov. 29) and 25 in the loss to Saint Joseph’s (Dec. 1).
• He also led the Cougars in assists in two of those games, rebounding in one and steals in one, averaging 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg and 1.0 spg.
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 22 starts.
• The four newcomers are contributing a combined 20.9 points per game this season and have reached double figures 11 times.
• Iroegbu and Johnson have led the Cougars in scoring six times combined, Iroegbu once and Johnson five times.
• Johnson is the only Cougar aside from DaVonté Lacy to lead the team in scoring multiple times this season, having led the Cougars five 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.