PULLMAN — Davonte Lacy had a career-high 28 points and led all scorers as Washington State overcame a poor shooting night to beat Bakersfield, 62-56, Friday night in the season opener.
Freshmen Ike Iroegbu, Royce Woolridge and D.J. Shelton added eight each as Washington State held off a late surge by Bakersfield. Lacy had a steal and a dunk that sparked a second-half 12-0 run to give the Cougars a 45-27 lead with 13 minutes remaining.
Lacy was 6 of 17 from the field, including 2 of 12 from three-point range, but made 14 of 17 free throws.
Abdul Ahmed added 12 points and six rebounds and hit three three-pointers for Bakersfield, which came back from an 18-point deficit in the second half.
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With 1:33 remaining, Ahmed hit a crucial three-pointer to bring the Roadrunners to 58-56, but they fouled down the stretch.
Shelton and Woolridge hit free throws as WSU held on for the win.
The Cougars shot a dismal 31 percent for the game and went 4 for 23 from behind the arc.
Cal State Bakersfield is coached by Rod Barnes, who in 2001 was named the SEC coach of the year after guiding Mississippi to a 27-8 record and the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament.