COUGARS TRAVEL TO COLORADO: Washington State University men’s basketball (9-12, 2-7) heads to Boulder to face Colorado (16-6, 5-4) for the second time this season, Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. MT.
• Wednesday’s game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks as JB Long and Lamar Hurd 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.
• Next up, WSU travels to Salt Lake City to take on Utah, Saturday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. PT/6 p.m. MT...the game can be seen on the Pac-12 Network as JB Long and Matt Muehlebach have the call.
AGAINST THE BUFFALOES:
• Wednesday marks just the sixth all-time meeting between WSU and Colorado with the Buffs holding a 4-1 advantage in the series.
• WSU is 0-2 at Boulder, 0-2 at home against Colorado and 1-0 at neutral sites, as its only win in the series came at Albuquerque, N.M., Dec. 19, 1960.
• With just five meetings between the two schools, WSU has played Colorado the fewest of all Pac-12 schools.
• Since Colorado joined the Pac-12 prior to the 2011-12 season, Washington State has not defeated the Buffaloes.
• This season is the first season WSU will face Colorado twice, as the two teams met just once each of the seasons since the Buffs joined the Pac-12.
• Last year, in the only meeting between the two schools, at Pullman, the Cougars had a season league-low 49 points, falling to the Buffs, 58-49, Jan. 19 at Beasley Coliseum.
• In the teams’ first meeting this season, the Cougars fell to the Buffaloes in overtime, 71-70, Jan. 8 at the Spokane Arena at Spokane, Wash.
• Dexter Kernich-Drew had a career-high 24 points…his previous high was 16 against Texas A&M, Nov. 20, 2012.
• Kernich-Drew was 6-for-8 from 3-point range, 8-for-12 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
• Royce Woolridge had his first career double-double with a career-high 11 assists, adding 10 points…he had 6 of those assists in the first half…the Cougar record for assists is 15 done by Donminic Ellison, Jan. 25, 1995.
• D.J. Shelton had his third double-double of the season and the fifth of his career, finishing with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
• Que Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime…he finished with 10 points.
• The Cougars shot a season-best .565 (13-for-23) from beyond the 3-point arc.
• Washington State tied its season high with 17 assists…also had 17 assists against Mississippi Valley State, Dec. 28…against Colorado, WSU assisted on 17 of 27 made shots.
• WSU shot a season first-half best .636 (7-for-11) from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes.
• WSU played an overtime game for the first time this season and the first time since falling to No. 23 Oregon, 79-77, Feb. 16 at Beasley Coliseum…fell to 2-8 in OT under Bone…last overtime win came during the 2010-11 season.
• WSU leading scorer Junior DaVonté Lacy did not play due to a rib injury suffered in the previous game.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• WSU played in its fourth Pac-12 game at Pullman this season, defeating Washington, 72-67, Saturday.
• The Cougars are 9-12 overall and 2-7 in the Pac-12 and are 0-4 in conference games on the road and 0-5 in conference games away from Pullman (vs. Colorado in Spokane, Jan. 8).
• WSU is 7-5 in home games this season, 2-3 in Pac-12 games at Beasley Coliseum, 1-2 in neutral-site games, 1-4 on the road, 6-3 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 17.1 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.
• Lacy had 10 points in the game in 33 minutes, as all 10 of his points came in the second half.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson has scored at least 14 points in seven of the last 10 games...he leads the team in scoring in Pac-12 play with 13.7 ppg game in league contests, ranking 17th in Pac-12 only games.
• Johnson ranks fourth amongst Pac-12 freshmen in scoring in all games with 10.9 ppg...he’s one of just four freshmen in the conference to average double-figure scoring.
• Senior D.J. Shelton leads the team and is fifth in the conference with 8.6 rebounds per game, while he’s third on the team in scoring with 9.2 points.
• He ranks second in Pac-12 only play with 9.2 rebounds per game in conference action.
• He ranks 58th in the country in rebounds per game and 65th in the country in total rebounds...he has grabbed 9 or more rebounds in nine of the last 12 games...he has six double-doubles on the season and is 3 total points away from having nine double-doubles.
• Shelton is tied for second in the league with 4 double-doubles in Pac-12 play, while his 6 total double-doubles this season tie for fourth in the conference... he ranks 71st in the country with sixth double-doubles.
• Junior Royce Woolridge is fourth on the team with 8.4 points per game and 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 14th in the league with 3.1 assists per game.
• Woolridge is tied for fifth in the league with 3.9 assists per game in conference play only.
• The Cougars broke a six-game losing streak to the Huskies as they defeated Washington, 72-67, Saturday, Feb. 1 at Beasley Coliseum.
• D.J. Shelton led WSU with 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds…he was 4 points shy of his career high.
• He had his sixth double-double of the season and the seventh of his career…his fourth double-double in Pac-12 play this season.
• Shelton had a career-high 4 steals…his previous high was 3 steals…his 3 assists tied his season-high, as did his 1 blocked shot.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy returned to the Cougar lineup for his first full Pac-12 game this season and first appearance since Jan. 5 after suffering a rib injury…he scored 10 points in 33 minutes…he scored all 10 of his points in the second half.
• Que Johnson finished with 15 points, reaching double figures for the 11th time…he scored 12 of his points in the second half.
• All nine Cougars to see action scored.
• Johnson scored 12 of his points in the second half.
• Freshman Josh Hawkinson did not play for the first time as a Cougar.
• The Cougars snapped a six-game losing streak to the Huskies and got their first home win against UW since Jan. 30, 2011.
• WSU ended its four-game losing streak that went back to Jan. 15 against Stanford.
• WSU had a season-low 5 turnovers.
• The Cougars had 39 rebounds, their most rebounds in Pac-12 play this season…WSU outrebounded its opponent for the third time in Pac-12 play this season.
• WSU got 14 of its 39 rebounds on the offensive end.
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 799 points, Lacy needs 201 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.
• Lacy is also climbing up the record books for 3-pointers made, currently in sole possession of ninth with 144 career 3-pointers.
• He is currently 8 away from Marcus Moore (2001-2004) in eighth place with 152.
• Lacy is ranked 16th in the WSU career record books with a .368 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.
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 30 starts.
• The four newcomers are contributing a combined 21.5 points per game this season and have reached double figures 15 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.