Washington State improved to 2-0 on the young season with an 84-64 men’s basketball victory over Lamar on Saturday night at Beasley Coliseum.
The Cougars turned away Lamar’s second-half rally to post the non-conference win. Junior guard DaVonte Lacy connected on four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points. Junior wing Dexter Kernich-Drew had 15 points and seven rebounds and freshman guard Ike Iroegbu added 13 points.
WSU outrebounded the shorter Cardinals 38-29.
Lamar, which finished 3-28 last year in head coach Pat Knight’s second season, dropped to 0-3. The Cardinals’ Nimrod Hilliard and Donovan Ross, who came in averaging a combined 35.5 points, were limited to 24 points. Amos Wilson led Lamar with 16 points.
Lamar trailed by as many as 18 early in the second half, but a 13-0 run cut WSU’s lead to 55-51 with 9:05 remaining. The Cougars responded by scoring 12 of the next 14 points. Freshman guard Que Johnson had four points, Iroegbu and Lacy each had three and Kernich-Drew had a steal and dunk in the run.
Lacy’s 3-pointer extended WSU’s lead to 20 with 4:30 remaining.
The Cougars made just 38.9 percent of their shots, but they had only three turnovers to Lamar’s eight.