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Lacy leads with 28 points as WSU overcomes poor shooting in a 62-56 win vs. Bakersfield

Cal State Bakersfield forward Stephon Johnson (0) strips the ball from Washington State guard Ike Iroegbu, center, as guard Issiah Grayson, left, watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Dean Hare)

Cal State Bakersfield forward Stephon Johnson (0) strips the ball from Washington State guard Ike Iroegbu, center, as guard Issiah Grayson, left, watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Dean Hare)  (The Associated Press)

Davonte Lacy had a career high 28 points and led all scores 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 game surge by Bakersfield. Lacy had a steal and a dunk which sparked a second half 12-0 run to give the Cougars a 45-27 lead with 13 minutes remaining.

Abdul Ahmed added 12 points and six rebounds and hit three 3-pointers for Bakersfield, who came back from an 18 point second half deficit.

With 1:33 remaining, Ahmed hit a crucial 3-pointer to bring the Roadrunners to 58-56, but they fouled down the stretch.

Shelton and Woolridge hit free throws to hold on for the win.

The Cougars shot a dismal 31 percent for the game and went 4-23 from behind the arch.