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Stanford puts hurt on Cougars

PALO ALTO, Calif. – For more than 10 minutes Wednesday, the Washington State men’s basketball team showed it is ready to play and compete with a good basketball team on the road. For the rest of the game, Stanford proved just how far the Cougars have to go in an 80-48 shellacking.

Four corners: Washington State Cougars

COMING UP: Saturday at Cal, 1 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks) OUTLOOK: The news that Washington State’s leading scorer, DaVonte Lacy, will be out for another month with a rib injury means that what you see is what you get with this WSU team. The Cougars showed that they can still hang with Pac-12 teams, beating Utah and nearly knocking off a ranked Colorado team. But playing well at home won’t be enough. The Cougars have played five of their first six Pac-12 games away from Pullman and will have their home games later in the season. If WSU can come away with a road win over the Golden Bears, it will be well-positioned to make a move up the conference standings.

Cougars’ Lacy won’t return any time soon

On January 5, at Arizona State, DaVonte Lacy returned to the court for the first time since undergoing an appendectomy just eight days previously. It was a remarkably quick recovery, but it lasted just over ten minutes before once again Lacy was rushed to the hospital with what the team is calling a “rib injury.” The team got some bad news on Monday when they found out that the injury could keep Lacy – who leads the team in scoring with 17.7 points per game – out of the lineup most of the Pac-12 season.

Cougs win in Pullman before hitting road again

PULLMAN – With only one real home game in its first six Pac-12 contests, the Washington State men’s basketball team was in a must-win situation on Sunday evening against Utah. It came down to the final shot but the Cougars pulled off the victory, beating the Utes, 49-46, for their first Pac-12 win. “When you only have one game in Beasley, your home court, out of your first six, you better win it because it doesn’t get any easier,” coach Ken Bone said.

Cougars seeking to build on loss

PULLMAN – The Washington State men’s basketball team may not have gotten the win in Wednesday’s 71-70 overtime loss to No. 15 Colorado, but the Cougars (7-8, 0-3 Pac-12) didn’t come away entirely empty- handed. The game, possibly the Cougars’ most impressive of the year considering the opponent and the circumstances, gave them a big dose of confidence. Playing without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who remains sidelined with an apparent rib injury, WSU nearly picked up its first Pac-12 win of the season.

WSU Cougars: Week at a glance

COMING UP: Sunday vs. Utah, 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks) OUTLOOK: The Cougars will likely be without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy once again when WSU takes on Utah on Sunday. That’s bad news for the team no matter what, but with Utah proving to be one of the tougher outs in the Pac-12 it could be fatal. Larry Krystkowiak’s squad was projected to finish ninth in the conference by the media, but the Utes took Oregon to overtime and beat Oregon State in Salt Lake City. Entering Wednesday the Utes were third in the conference in scoring at 85.5 points per game, while sitting second in scoring defense. Not only will the Cougars need to defend well to beat the Utes, they’ll need to find someone who can replace Lacy’s scoring, and quickly.

Shots finally fall, but so do Cougars

Three-point shooting has been an anchor weighing down the Washington State men’s basketball team throughout the first half of the 2013-14 season. But on Wednesday night it nearly buoyed the Cougars to an upset of No. 15 Colorado. But though WSU’s atypical marksmanship allowed the Cougars to compete with Colorado (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12), it wasn’t enough to carry them to victory as they fell to the Buffaloes in overtime, 71-70, in front of 3,122 fans at the Spokane Arena.

Shots finally fall, but so do Cougars

Three-point shooting has been an anchor weighing down the Washington State men’s basketball team throughout the first half of the 2013-14 season. But on Wednesday night it nearly buoyed the Cougars to an upset of No. 15 Colorado.