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WSU To Host Lamar On Saturday: Notes On The Upcoming Game

by Washington State Athletics

COUGARS HOST LAMAR IN LATE-NIGHT GAME SATURDAY: Washington State University men’s basketball (1-0) welcomes Lamar (0-2) to town as the two teams meet in a late-night matchup, Saturday, Nov. 16 at 9:30 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
• The game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks, as Ernie Kent and Rich Waltz have the call.
• Derek Deis will have all the action on the Cougar IMG Radio Network, stepping in for Bud Nameck,  who is in this 21st year with Cougar Basketball...Nameck will be calling the Cougars’ football game that day.
• Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men’s basketball.

ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE
• 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 605 points, Lacy needs 395 more points to reach 1,000 in his career, meaning if he stays healthy and plays 32 games, he’ll need to average 13.5 ppg. 
• Lacy is also climbing up the record books for 3-pointers made, currently 18th with 107 career 3-pointers...he is on pace to finish in the top-6 by the end of his career at WSU, averaging 1.7 made 3-pointers a game.
• Redshirt senior  forward D.J. Shelton is the only returning Cougar to have started all 32 games last season...he was second on the team with 6.0 rebounds per game and led the team and ranked 17th in the Pac-12 with 6.1 rpg in conference games only. 
• Redshirt junior guard Royce Woolridge is the Cougars’ returning leading scorer after averaging 11.0 ppg in all 32 games.
• Woolridge came on strong toward the end of the season, averaging 13.8 ppg game in conference-only games, 16.5 ppg in the final 12 games and 18.8 ppg in the final 7. 
• Sophomore forward Junior Longrus played all 32 games as a freshman and was second on the team with 20 blocked shots. 
• This year’s captains include Lacy, Woolridge and senior Will DiIorio…DiIorio was a walk-one before earning a scholarship…he’s currently the only Cougar on the roster who has played in a WSU uniform the last three seasons. 
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson, who sat out the 2012-23 season due to NCAA rules, will be eligible for the 2013-14 season. 
• True freshmen Ike Iroegbu and Josh Hawkinson join Washington State…Iroegbu is expected to see minutes as a backup point guard, while Hawkinson will come off the bench as a forward.

WSU TAKES DOWN CSUB IN SEASON OPENER: 
• WSU defeated CSU Bakersfield, 62-56, Friday, Nov. 8 in both teams’ season opener at Beasley Coliseum. 
• Junior DaVonté Lacy scored a career-high 28 points…his previous high was 27 points done last season against Oregon State, Feb. 13. 
• Lacy went 14-for-17 from the free throw line, both marking career highs.
• Lacy was the only Cougar in double figure scoring. 
• Senior D.J. Shelton was 3 points shy of a double-double after grabbing 10 rebounds, 5 offensive and 5 defensive. 
• Ike Iroegbu became the first Cougar freshman to start a season opener since Reggie Moore started as a freshman, Nov. 13, 2009.
• Fellow freshmen Josh Hawkinson and Que Johnson (redshirt) saw action in the first half as well.
• Sophomores Brett Boese and Junior Longrus got their first career starts…Longrus played a career high 23 minutes and tied his career high with 4 points. 
• WSU improved to 91-21 all-time in season openers and have nine of their last 10…have won 24-consecutive Beasley Coliseum openers.
• A total of 55 fouls were called in the game, 32 on CSU Bakersfield and 23 on WSU.

WSU VS. LAMAR, :
•  Washington State and Lamar have never met on the hardwood.
• The Cardinals are one of 14 members of the Southland Conference (Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, University of the Incarnate Word - UIW, McNeese State, New Orleans, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Oral Roberts, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin and A&M-Corpus Christi. 
• WSU is 3-1 all-time against current members of the Southland Conference with a 1-0 record against Nicholls State, 2-0 against Oral Roberts and 0-1 against Stephen F. Austin.
• The Cougars last met a current member of the Southland Conference, Nicholls State, in head coach Ken Bone’s first season, Nov. 27, 2009. 
• WSU defeated the Colonels, 78-69 at the Great Alaska Shootout at Anchorage, Alaska.

PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
• With its win over CSU Bakersfield, Nov. 8, WSU improved to 47-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
• The Cougars have won 47-straight November games in Pullman and are 47-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
• WSU’s only loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1962, by a score of 77-47.

AROUND THE PAC-12:
• The Pac-12 went 9-3 in 2013-14 season openers between Nov. 8-10, with Colorado falling to No. 25 Baylor, USC to Utah State and Oregon State to Coppin State. 
• Three members of the Pac-12 are currently ranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today Top-25 polls, while five others are receiving votes.
• Arizona is No. 6 in the AP Poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Pool, while Oregon is 18th in both and UCLA 24th in both...Colorado and Arizona State are receiving votes in both and Washington and Stanford receiving votes in the AP and California in the USA Today Poll.

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