COUGARS LOOK TO SNAP SKID AGAINST USC: Washington State University men’s basketball (9-19, 2-14) returns to Pullman for its final homestand of the season and faces USC (10-19, 1-15) Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
• Thursday’s game can be seen on ESPNU as Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams 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 play their final regular-season game against UCLA, Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
AGAINST THE TROJANS:
• Thursday marks the 116th all-time meeting between Washington State and USC, with the Trojans leading the series 69-46.
• The Cougars lead the series 31-23 at home, including a 1-1 tie in Spokane, while they trail the Trojans 43-14 at Los Angeles.
• WSU has won four of the last five games in the series and six of the last eight.
• The Cougars have won the last four games against the Trojans at home and nine of the last 10.
• Fifth-year Cougar head coach Ken Bone is 6-2 against USC, all eight games with the Cougars.
• The Cougars face USC, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State just once each this season.
• Last season, WSU split the two-game series with USC, losing the first game 72-68 at Los Angeles, Feb. 7, and winning the second game 76-51 at Pullman, March 9.
• In the first meeting between WSU and USC last season the Cougars led by 3 at halftime, but lost their lead in the final 7 minutes, falling 72-68, Feb. 7 at the Galen Center.
• DaVonté Lacy was one point shy of his then-career high with 21.
• D.J. Shelton tied his then-career high with 12 rebounds…he had 8 of those rebounds in the first half...Shelton added 5 assists, one shy of his career high.
• In the second meeting last season, WSU held a commanding 19-point lead at the end of the first half and defeated USC 76-51 at Pullman, March 9.
• Royce Woolridge scored 25 points, 18 of which were in the second half...he also grabbed 7 rebounds marking a personal Pac-12 high.
• DaVonté Lacy did not play due to a torn meniscus in his right knee.
• The Cougar’s outrebounded USC by double-digits...WSU had 45 compared to USC’s 34.
• WSU commited just 5 turnovers.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• The Cougars are 9-19 overall and 2-14 in the Pac-12 and are 0-9 in conference games on the road and 0-10 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, 1-10 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 19.6 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 eight games.
• Lacy now leads the team in scoring in all games with 19.6 points per game this season and in Pac-12 only games he with 20.4 points per game in eight league contests.
• Lacy has scored in double figures in all but two games this season and in all eight since his return.
• Senior D.J. Shelton is second on the team with 9.9 points per game...he leads the team and is second in the conference with 9.3 rebounds per game.
• He’s averaging a double-double in conference-only action with 11.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, ranking first in rebounding and 27th in scoring in league play.
• He ranks 29th in the country in rebounds per game and 34th in the country in total rebounds (261)...he has grabbed 9 or more rebounds in nine of the last 11 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 ranked 38th in the country with 10 double-doubles.
• Shelton is first in conference and fifth in the nation with 7.3 defensive rebounds per game and is first in the league in conference-only games with 8.3 defensive rebounds per game.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson ranks third amongst Pac-12 freshmen in scoring in conference games only with 10.2 points per game.
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.
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 969 points, Lacy needs 31 more points to reach 1,000 in his career, meaning he’ll need to play the final at least three games for the Cougars and average 11.0 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 15.5 points per game in the final two regular season games).
• Lacy is also climbing up the record books for career 3-pointers made, currently in sole possession of eighth place with 173 made 3-pointers after passing Marcus Moore (2001-04) four games ago.
• He is currently 29 away from Chris Crosby (1997-2000) in seventh place with 202.
• Lacy is ranked 14th in the WSU career record books with a .380 3-point field goal percentage.
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 were at the time 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 261 rebounds, Shelton is currently 14 rebounds away from reaching WSU’s single-season top-10 list for rebounding.
• Shelton would need to average 4.7 rebounds per game in WSU’s at least three games remaining to catch Jim McKean who grabbed 275 boards during the 1965-66 season.
• If he were to get his final 14 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 eight 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 12 more points per game with Lacy at 61.1.
• The opponent’s margin of victory was 20.9 points per game without Lacy and is now just 10.4 points per game as the Cougars have lost just two games 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 13.0 ppg in the eight with Lacy...he’s also averaging over 4 more rebounds per game at 12.3 rpg game compared to the 8.1 he averaged without Lacy.
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.