COUGARS LOOK FOR PAC-12 ROAD WIN AT UTAH: Washington State University men’s basketball (9-13, 2-8) is in search for its first Pac-12 road win of the season as it travels to Salt Lake City to take on Utah (15-7, 4-6), Saturday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. PT/6 p.m. MT.
• Saturday’s game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks as JB Long and Matt Muehlebach 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.
AGAINST THE RUNNIN’ UTES:
• Sunday marks the 19th all-time game between Washington State and Utah and fourth as Pac-12 foes, as the Utes hold a 14-4 advantage.
• The Cougars are 1-11 at Utah and 1-1 in neutral-site meetings with the Runnin’ Utes...WSU’s only win at Utah came Dec. 14, 1946 as it has lost 11-straight at Salt Lake City.
• WSU is 2-2 at home against Utah, having won the last two meetings with Utah at Pullman.
• This season marks the first time WSU and Utah will meet twice in the same season as conference foes...they previously met twice in 1952-53 and 1957-58.
• Last season WSU scored a school-best in the series 75 points on its way to a 75-65 victory, Jan. 16, 2013 at Beasley Coliseum.
• All five starters scored in double-figures last season, led by then-senior Mike Ladd with a career-high 22 points.
• The Utes held last season’s leading scorer, senior Brock Motum, to zero points in the first half and a then season-low 14 points in the game.
• WSU scored 28 of its points off of 17 Utah turnovers.
• WSU shot .550 (11-for-20) from 3-point range, then best 3-point percentage of last season.
• Earlier this season WSU picked up its first Pac-12 win of the season with a low-scoring, 49-46 over Utah, Jan. 12, 2014.
• Que Johnson led the Cougars in scoring for the fourth time this season with 14 points…he made a career high 10 free throws in a career high 13 attempts.
• D.J. Shelton was one rebound and two points shy of his second-straight double-double with 9 rebounds and 8 points.
• Shelton tied his career highs with 6 free throws made and 8 attempted.
• Dexter Kernich-Drew scored in double-figures for the second-straight game with 11 points…he was 5-for-6 from the field.
• It’s the only time this season Kernich-Drew has reached double-figures in two-straight games.
• Junior Longrus tied his then-personal Pac-12 high with 6 points and was one rebound shy of his Pac-12 high with 6…he had 2 blocked shots.
• WSU held the nation’s field goal percentage-leader, Utah (.524 coming in) to just .295 (13-44) shooting.
• WSU’s 49 points were its fewest in a win since defeating USC, 43-38, March 3, 2012.
• WSU leading scorer Junior DaVonté Lacy did not play due to injury for the second-straight game.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• WSU’s late second-half comeback fell short as it dropped a Pac-12 road game to Colorado, 68-63, Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Coors Events Center.
• The Cougars are 9-13 overall and 2-8 in the Pac-12 and are 0-5 in conference games on the road and 0-6 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, 1-5 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).
• After a career-high, 34-point performance, junior DaVonté Lacy leads the team with 18.3 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 two games.
• Lacy had 10 points in his first game back and 34 at Colorado, playing 37 minutes and going 8-for-13 from 3-point range.
• Lacy now leads the team in scoring in Pac-12 only games with 16.0 points per game.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson has scored at least 14 points in seven of the last 11 games...he is second on the team with 13.1 points per game in conference-only games, ranking 19th in the Pac-12.
• Johnson ranks fourth amongst Pac-12 freshmen in scoring in all games with 10.8 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 fourth in the conference with 8.7 rebounds per game, while he’s third on the team in scoring with 9.0 points.
• He ranks third in Pac-12 only play with 9.4 rebounds per game in conference action.
• He ranks 49th in the country in rebounds per game and 56th in the country in total rebounds...he has grabbed 9 or more rebounds in 10 of the last 13 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 75th in the country with sixth double-doubles.
• Junior Royce Woolridge is fourth on the team with 8.1 points per game and leads the team with 3.0 assists per game after having his first career double-double with 11 assists Jan. 8 against Colorado...he ranks 13th in the league with 3.1 assists per game.
• Woolridge is tied for 10th in the league with 3.6 assists per game in conference play only.
• The Cougars put on a strong comeback late in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as they fell at Colorado, 68-63, Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Coors Events Center.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy led WSU with a career-high 34 points…the most by a Cougar since Royce Woolridge scored 36 last season against Oregon.
• Lacy finished 8-for-13 from 3-point range and has tied Marcus Moore (2001-04) for eighth on WSU’s career 3-point list with 152 career 3-pointers made.
• Lacy made a career-high 8 3-pointers…he was one 3-pointer shy of the WSU school record.
• Lacy reached the 20-point plateau for the seventh time this season and 10th in his career…the 30-point plateau for the first time in his career.
• D.J. Shelton led WSU with 11 rebounds…he’s had at least 9 rebounds in seven of WSU’s last eight games.
• Shelton had a season-high 4 assists…his previous high was 3…he led the team with 3 steals.
• Freshman Ike Iroegbu had a personal Pac-12 high 10 points…he had a career-high 6 assists.
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 833 points, Lacy needs 167 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 career 3-pointers made, currently tied with Marcus Moore (2001-04) for eighth place with 152 made 3-pointers.
• He is currently 50 away from Chris Crosby (1997-2000) in seventh place with 202.
• Lacy is ranked 15th in the WSU career record books with a .376 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 all but one game and the four have combined for 31 starts.
• The four newcomers are contributing a combined 21.5 points per game this season and have reached double figures 16 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.