Cougar men stay cold offensively
Though the offense thawed somewhat, the Washington State shooters were still mostly cold in the desert heat as the Cougars fell to Arizona State 66-47 in front of 5,072 fans on Sunday.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Though the offense thawed somewhat, the Washington State shooters were still mostly cold in the desert heat as the Cougars fell to Arizona State 66-47 in front of 5,072 fans Sunday.
The team struggled to score all weekend, putting up just 72 points in two games.
Leading scorer DaVonte Lacy returned to the starting lineup after missing the past two games while recovering from an appendectomy. Without the junior guard, who averages 18.9 points per game, the Cougars scored just 25 points in Thursday’s loss to No. 1 Arizona, the lowest total by a Pac-12 team in 15 years.
But Lacy’s return was short-lived. He scored four points and pulled down four rebounds in 11 minutes, but rushed to the locker room while clutching his side in the middle of the first half. Lacy did not return and was sent to the hospital.
“It definitely jerked us around a little bit,” said Junior Longrus, who led the team with seven rebounds. “We were happy to have him back and to have him leave threw a wrench in a couple things that we planned on doing. We can’t run DaVonte all the time but it’s definitely a little different not having him on the court.”
Coach Ken Bone said it’s possible the medical issue was unrelated to Lacy’s previous injury. Bone said Lacy told him the pain was in the area of his ribs.
WSU’s defense played well enough to keep the Cougars close. Spurred by eight first-half steals, the team went on a 9-2 run to end the first half and was down just 27-23 at the break. Dexter Kernich-Drew, also playing his first game after returning from a concussion-induced absence, led the way with five points.
But the Cougars couldn’t find enough replacement scorers in the second half, and Arizona State got hot from the outside. The Sun Devils made 9 of 20 three-point attempts.
Que Johnson led the Cougars (7-7, 0-2 Pac-12) and scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half.
Jermaine Marshall scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half for Arizona State (12-3, 1-1). Jahii Carson added 14 points.