With Davonte out with injury other Cougar players are stepping up

PULLMAN, WA - When your star player is out, that can really hurt a team, and we may be seeing that in Cougar hoops.

Though many players have been trying to step up their games, the Washington State University men's basketball team has lost three of their last four games without junior Davonte Lacy, who is leading the team with a scoring average of 17.7.

Lacy missed two games after having surgery for appendicitis, but returned for WSU's game at Arizona State on January fifth, only to leave with a rib injury in the first half. He then missed the team's games against Colorado and Utah on Colorado eighth and twelfth respectively.

Despite the major loss, Head coach Ken Bone likes how his players are trying to respond.

"With Davone being out, it's nice to see Dexter step up and score a little bit better, shoot the ball well, and also for Que Johnson to be a little more aggressive and look for scoring opportunities," said Bone. So I think a number of our guys are trying to step up and take that role, none of them are Davonte, because Davonte brings a different element, but different kids are stepping up to bring a different element.

Though we don't know when Lacy will be suiting up again, we do know the Cougs will be traveling west to take on Stanford Wednesday night at 7p.m.