COUGARS SQUARE OFF AGAINST DUCKS: Washington State University men’s basketball (9-17, 2-12) remains on the road as it is set to face Oregon (17-8, 5-8), Sunday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena at Eugene, Ore.
• Sunday’s game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks as JB Long and Ernie Kent 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.
• The Cougars will then travel to Seattle to face Washington in their final road game of the regular season.
AGAINST THE DUCKS:
• Sunday marks the 287th all-time meeting between Oregon and Washington State, with the Ducks holding a 163-123 advantage.
• The Ducks lead the series, 94-43 in Eugene and have won the last four games with WSU as the visitor.
• The Cougars haven’t won a game at Matthew Knight Arena, and last won at Oregon, Jan. 17, 2009.
• Oregon has won the last six meetings and nine of the last 10.
• WSU’s last win in the series came Jan. 8, 2011 at Pullman.
• Fourth-year Cougar head coach Ken Bone is 1-9 against Oregon with the Cougars and 2-10 in his career, as his Portland State squad defeated Oregon, 54-52, during the 2005-06 season at Eugene.
• In the meeting at Eugene last season, the upset-minded Cougars held a 10-point, 39-29, halftime lead over the No. 16 Ducks, but ended up falling 68-61, at Matthew Knight Arena at Eugene.
• Then-senior Mike Ladd led WSU with 19 points, reaching double-figures for the seventh-straight game.
• Brock Motum finished with 14 points.
• D.J. Shelton scored all 5 of his points in the first half and finished with 7 rebounds.
• Keaton Hayenga saw the first Pac-12 action of his career, played a minute.
• Bryce Leavitt and James Hunter both saw action in the first half.
• In the first meeting this season, the Cougars could not stop the Ducks as they fell, 71-44, Jan. 26, at Beasley Coliseum.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson led WSU in scoring for the sixth time with 9 points…he tied his career high and led WSU in rebounding for the first time with 5 boards.
• Freshman Josh Hawkinson had a career-high 6 points…his previous high was 5 points done against San Francisco state, Dec. 18…his previous Pac-12 high was 2 points, done 3 times.
• Hawkinson made a career-high 4 free throws on 6 attempts.
• Sophomore Brett Boese tied his career high with 6 points…he had a Pac-12 high for points and tied his career high with 2 3-pointers made, playing just 5 minutes.
• WSU did not have a player in double figures for the second time this season…the other time was at Arizona, Jan. 2.
• The Cougars had a season-low 9 first-half rebounds and finished with 24 boards, their second-lowest total of the season.
• WSU leading scorer Junior DaVonté Lacy did not play due to injury for the fifth-straight game.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• The Cougars are 9-17 overall and 2-12 in the Pac-12 and are 0-7 in conference games on the road and 0-8 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 19.3 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 six games.
• Lacy now leads the team in scoring in Pac-12 only games with 20.0 points per game in six league contests.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson is second on the team with 11.1 points per game in conference-only games, ranking 27th in the Pac-12.
• Johnson ranks fourth amongst Pac-12 freshmen in scoring in all games with 10.1 ppg...he’s one of just four freshmen in the conference averaging double-figure scoring.
• Senior D.J. Shelton leads the team and is second in the conference with 9.1 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 11.4 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, ranking second in rebounding and 25th in scoring in league play.
• He ranks 34th in the country in rebounds per game and 37th in the country in total rebounds (236)...he has grabbed 9 or more rebounds in 10 of the last 12 games...he has nine double-doubles on the season and is 3 total points away from having 12 double-doubles.
• Shelton is second in the league with 7 double-doubles in Pac-12 play, while his 9 total double-doubles this season rank fourth in the conference...he ranks 40th in the country with 8 double-doubles.
• Shelton is third in conference and 11th in the nation with 7.0 defensive rebounds per game and is second in the league in conference-only games with 7.9 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 236 rebounds, Shelton is currently 39 rebounds away from reaching WSU’s single-season top-10 list for rebounding.
• Shelton would need to average 7.8 rebounds per game in WSU’s at least five games remaining to catch Jim McKean who grabbed 275 boards during the 1965-66 season.
• If he were to get his final 39 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 six 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 15.4 more points per game with Lacy at 64.5.
• The opponent’s margin of victory was 17.9 points per game without Lacy and is now just 7.7 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.
• Shelton averaged 9.5 points per game in the eight games without Lacy and is averaging 13.8 ppg in the six with Lacy...he’s also averaging over 4 more rebounds per game at 12.2 rpg game compared to the 8.1 he averaged without Lacy.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy led WSU with 18 points…he’s scored in double figures in all six games since his return from injury.
• Senior D.J. Shelton led WSU with 11 rebounds, marking his 12th double-figure rebounding game of the season and his sixth in the last seven games.
• Shelton added 10 points, marking his ninth double-double of the season and the 10th of his career…he has seven double-doubles in Pac-12 play this season.
• Sophomore Junior Longrus came two points shy of his career-high with 6 points…he was 3-for-4 from the field.
• Junior Dexter Kernich-Drew finished with 8 points, marking his most since scoring 11 against Utah, Jan. 12.
• Sophomore Brett Boese had 3 points, his first points since Jan. 26 against Oregon in which he scored 6 points…Boese played 5 minutes.
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 925 points, Lacy needs 75 more points to reach 1,000 in his career, meaning he’ll need to play the final at least five games for the Cougars and average 15.0 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 (he will need to average 18.75 points per game in the final four regular season games.
• 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.