COUGARS FACE HUSKIES IN SEATTLE: Washington State University men’s basketball (9-18, 2-13) will face Washington (15-13, 7-8) in their second meeting of the season, Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena at Seattle. This is the final road game for the Cougars during the regular season.
• Friday’s game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks as Kevin Calabro 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.
• The Cougars return to Pullman for their two final games of the regular season against USC, March 6, and UCLA, March 8.
AGAINST THE HUSKIES:
• Saturday marks the 279th all-time meeting between Washington State and Washington, with the Huskies leading the series, 177-101.
• WSU trails the series, 101-35 at Washington, 73-63 when hosting UW and 3-2 in neutral site games.
• Washington State defeated the Huskies in their last meeting, 72-67, Feb. 1, 2014 at Pullman.
• WSU head coach Ken Bone is 3-11 against the Huskies as a head coach and 3-8 against UW as WSU’s head coach.
• The Huskies swept the season series in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 as the Cougars went 0-3 against their foe last year with a loss in the Pac-12 Tournament at Las Vegas.
• WSU snapped a six-game losing streak to UW earlier this season and is looking for its first win at Washington since Feb. 27, 2011...the Cougars are 1-4 in their last five road games with the Huskies.
• In the last meeting between the two teams in Seattle, WSU couldn’t hold on for the victory, as it fell at Washington, 72-68, March 3, 2013 at Alaska Airlines Arena.
• Brock Motum and Royce Woolridge led WSU with 18 points each.
• DaVonté Lacy finished with 10 points while his 4 assists were his most since dishing out 4 at UCLA Feb. 9, 2013.
• D.J. Shelton scored 11 points…his most since scoring 13 against Arizona, Feb. 2, 2013.
• WSU shot .512 from the field (22-for-43), its highest field goal percentage since shooting .518 (29-for-56) against Utah Valley, Nov. 14, 2012.
• In the teams’ meeting on Feb. 1, 2014 at Pullman, the Cougars defeated the Huskies 72-67 for their second Pac-12 win of the season.
• 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.
• Johnson scored 12 of his points in the second half.
• Freshman Josh Hawkinson did not play for the only time as a Cougar.
• WSU tied its season-low with 3 first-half 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.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• The Cougars are 9-18 overall and 2-13 in the Pac-12 and are 0-8 in conference games on the road and 0-9 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, 1-9 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 seven games.
• Lacy now leads the team in scoring in all games with 19.3 points per game this season and in Pac-12 only games he with 19.9 points per game in seven league contests.
• Lacy has scored in double figures in all but two games this season.
• Senior D.J. Shelton is second on the team with 10.0 points per game...he leads the team and is second in the conference with 9.1 rebounds per game.
• He’s 0.1 rebound shy of averaging a double-double in conference-only action with 11.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, ranking first in rebounding and 24th in scoring in league play.
• He ranks 34th in the country in rebounds per game and is tied for 35th in the country in total rebounds (246)...he has grabbed 9 or more rebounds in eight of the last 10 games...he has 10 double-doubles on the season and is 3 total points away from having 13 double-doubles.
• Shelton is tied for first in the league with 8 double-doubles in Pac-12 play, while his 10 total double-doubles this season rank fourth in the conference...he is tied for 32nd in the country with 10 double-doubles.
• Shelton is third in conference and ninth in the nation with 7.1 defensive rebounds per game and is first in the league in conference-only games with 7.9 defensive rebounds per game.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson ranks fourth amongst Pac-12 freshmen in scoring in all games with 9.8 ppg.
LACY GOES FOR 30-PLUS...TWICE:
• 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 the second-most points scored by a Pac-12 student athlete this season...Arizona State’s Jahii Carson scored 40 at UNLV, Nov. 19, 2013.
• 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 246 rebounds, Shelton is currently 29 rebounds away from reaching WSU’s single-season top-10 list for rebounding.
• Shelton would need to average 7.3 rebounds per game in WSU’s at least four games remaining to catch Jim McKean who grabbed 275 boards during the 1965-66 season.
• If he were to get his final 29 rebounds, Shelton would be the first Cougar to make it onto the top-10 list since Carlos Daniel had 282 rebounds in 1997-98.
• Shelton is the first Cougar men’s basketball student-athlete to grab double-doubles in consecutive games at least three times in one season since Carlos Daniel accomplished the feat during the 1997-98 season...Shelton had back-to-back double-doubles Feb. 20-22 (2), Feb. 8-12 (2), and Jan 18-22 (2).
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 49.1 points per game, while the Cougars are averaging 13.8 more points per game with Lacy at 62.9.
• The opponent’s margin of victory was 20.9 points per game without Lacy and is now just 8.6 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 13.9 ppg in the seven with Lacy...he’s also averaging over 3 more rebounds per game at 11.9 rpg game compared to the 8.1 he averaged without Lacy.
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 944 points, Lacy needs 56 more points to reach 1,000 in his career, meaning he’ll need to play the final at least four games for the Cougars and average 14.0 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 18.7 points per game in the final three regular season games).
• Lacy is also climbing up the record books for career 3-pointers made, currently in sole possession of eighth place with 169 made 3-pointers after passing Marcus Moore (2001-04) four games ago.
• He is currently 33 away from Chris Crosby (1997-2000) in seventh place with 202.
• Lacy is ranked 14th in the WSU career record books with a .378 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.