WSU Opens Pac-12 Tournament Against Stanford
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
• Wednesday’s game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks as Ted Robinson and Don MacLean 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 winner of Wednesday’s game will face No. 3 Arizona State, Thursday, March 13 at 8:40 p.m.
AGAINST THE CARDINAL:
• Wednesday marks the 132nd all-time meeting between Washington State and Stanford as the Cardinal hold a 72-59 advantage.
• WSU trails the series 22-41 on the road, and 1-4 at neutral sites, but leads 36-27 at home.
• This season marked the first time since the Pac-10 expanded to the Pac-12 that the WSU took on Stanford twice in the same season, as Stanford swept the season series winning both the meetings.
• In the first meeting this season, Jan 15 at Stanford, Stanford used a big late-first half run for an 80-48 victory.
• Que Johnson led the Cougars in scoring for the fifth time this season while tying his career high with 21 points…he had 15 of his points in the first half.
• Royce Woolridge finished with 13 points…he had 11 of his points in the first half.
• D.J. Shelton led WSU with 9 rebounds…he had 6 boards in the first half.
• Dexter Kernich-Drew was the only Cougar besides Johnson and Woolridge to score in the first half as Johnson and Woolridge combined for 26 of the team’s 29 first-half points.
• WSU’s 32-point loss marked its worst to Stanford since falling by 37, 89-52, Feb. 24, 2000.
• WSU leading scorer Junior DaVonté Lacy did not play due to injury for the third-straight game.
• In the second meeting, Feb. 15 at Pullman, Stanford used a big first half for the 69-56 victory.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson had a career-high 8 rebounds.
• Johnson led WSU with 14 points, leading the team in scoring for the seventh time.
• Senior D.J. Shelton had his streak of four-straight games with double-digit rebounds ended as he finished with 4 rebounds.
• Freshman Josh Hawkinson tied his career-high with 13 minutes played…played 13 minutes twice, last against Oregon, Jan. 26.
• Hawkinson had a personal Pac-12 best 5 rebounds…his previous high was 3 done three times…he was one rebound shy of his career high done against San Francisco state, Dec. 18.
• Junior Royce Woolridge led WSU with 4 assists, his most since dishing out 4 assists against Oregon State, Jan. 22.
WSU AT THE PAC-12 TOURNAMENT
• The Cougars are 5-14 all-time at the conference tournament and 0-3 against Stanford in the tournament.
• WSU has played eight of the 11 other Pac-12 teams, with the exceptions being California and the newest members, Colorado and Utah.
• With a win, the Cougars would face No. 3 seeded Arizona State, Thursday, March 13 at 8:40 p.m.
• The last time WSU faced Stanford in the conference tournament came in the semifinals of the 2008 Pac-10 Tournament as the Cougars were the No. 3 seed and the Cardinal the No. 2.
• Ranked 21st in the country, WSU fell to No. 11 Stanford, 75-68, as both teams received bids to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the ‘Sweet 16’.
• The Cougars also fell to the Cardinal, 60-58, in the 2005 tournament and 68-47 in the 2004 Tournament.
• This season marks WSU’s second as the No. 11 seed, and the second-consecutive season with the seed.
• Last year the Cougars were knocked out of the tournament by sixth-seeded Washington, 64-62, in the opening round in the league’s inaugural Las Vegas-located tournament.
• See page five in today’s notes for more.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• The Cougars finished the regular season 10-20 overall and 3-15 in the Pac-12 play for 11th place....they were 0-9 in conference games on the road and 0-10 in conference games away from Pullman (vs. Colorado in Spokane, Jan. 8).
• WSU was 8-8 in home games this season, 3-5 in Pac-12 games at Beasley Coliseum, 3-6 in home conference games, 1-2 in neutral-site games, 1-10 on the road, 8-7 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 19.1 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, Feb. 1 and has now played the last 10 games.
• Lacy now leads the team in scoring in Pac-12 only games with 19.4 points per game in 11 league contests...he has played in just 73.3% of WSU’s games this season and is ineligible for conference rankings, which require 75% of the team’s games be played.
• 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 9.5 rebounds per game.
• He’s averaging a double-double in conference play with 11.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, ranking first in rebounding and 28th in scoring in league play.
• He ranks 22nd in the country in rebounds per game and 24th in the country in total rebounds (286)...he has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 11 of the last 13 games..he has 12 double-doubles on the season and is 3 total points away from having 15.
• Shelton leads the league with 10 double-doubles in Pac-12 play, while his 12 total double-doubles this season rank tied for third in the conference...he is tied for 29th in the country with 12 double-doubles.
• Shelton is first in the conference and fifth in the nation with 7.4 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 fourth among Pac-12 freshmen in scoring with 9.9 points per game.
LACY GOES FOR 30-PLUS...TWICE:
• This season, 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.
• With 286 rebounds, Shelton is tied Charlie Sells for fifth on WSU’s single-season rebounding list...Sells grabbed his 286 boards in 1962.
• Shelton is the first Cougar to make it onto the top-10 list since Carlos Daniel had 282 rebounds in 1997-98...his 286 rebounds are the most by a Cougar in a single season since James Donaldson had 305 rebounds in 1977-78.
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 10 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 13.9 more points per game with Lacy at 63.0.
• The opponent’s margin of victory was 17.9 points per game without Lacy and is now just 7.6 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 12.5 ppg in the 10 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.
LACY ON PACE FOR RECORD BOOKS:
• Junior guard DaVonté Lacy is just 2 points shy of becoming the 34th Cougar to reach 1,000 career points and could become the ninth-fastest Cougar to reach the milestone.
• If Lacy reaches 1,000 points in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament, he will have accomplished the feat in 85 games, reaching it in the ninth-fewest games in school history.
• Lacy is also climbing up the record books for career 3-pointers made, currently in sole possession of eighth place with 177 made 3-pointers after passing Marcus Moore (2001-04).
• He is currently 25 away from Chris Crosby (1997-2000) in seventh place with 202.
• Lacy is ranked 16th in the WSU career record books with a .371 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 415 wins.
• He has 80 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.