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The senior guard played his final game in Crimson and Gray.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

DaVonte Lacy's WSU career didn't end on some story book run through the Pac-12 Tournament and into the big dance. It instead ended with a thud as WSU was blown out by California in the first round. None of that really matters, however, as when people look back on his career, the loss on Thursday will be long forgotten.

Lacy finishes his Cougar career as the No. 5 scorer in WSU history. He came to WSU with massive shoes to fill as he stepped into playing time vacated by Klay Thompson and he did one hell of a job. The team success wasn't what he or most Cougar fans probably hoped, but it wasn't for a lack of effort on his part. Lacy always played hard, hit some huge shots during his career and had a ton of fun while doing it. He turned in a great four years in Pullman and WSU fans and others took to Twitter after the game to thank him for it.

Here is a sampling of the reaction:

Miss you already, DaVonte.

*****

Basketball:

WSU locker room interviews | The Spokesman-Review
Locker rooms interviews. DaVonte Lacy: Question: What was the difference in today's game? DaVonté Lacy: I think they had more energy and effort and at certain times they wanted it more than us. They chased down loose balls, dived hard and I think at the end of the day the team that wanted it more won.

WSU falls to Cal in the Pac-12 Tournament's first round | The Spokesman-Review
Washington State seemed a little sluggish in the Pac-12 tournament's noon game, while California couldn't have looked more refreshed. The result was another early Pac-12 tournament exit for the Cougars, who have now lost their tournament-opening game six consecutive times. Below is the unedited version of my game story, which takes a look at what went wrong today and what the future holds for WSU and its senior players.

Take 2: WSU’s DaVonte Lacy leads with more than just his example | The Seattle Times
While a high school student in Tacoma, DaVonté Lacy spent early mornings before class in the gym, putting up shot after shot, developing his game. It was then that Garry Ward, a prominent AAU coach in western Washington, knew Lacy was going to be special – on the court and off.

Pac-12 Tournament: DaVonté Lacy emotional after Washington State falls in first round | Pac-12
DaVonté Lacy pulled his jersey up his over his eyes. Fists clenched, the Washington State senior guard couldn’t hold back his emotions in the waning moments of the Cougars’ 84-59 loss to California Wednesday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in the opening round of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

WSU men bounced from Pac-12 tournament by California, 84-59 | The Seattle Times
Sitting next to Ike Iroegbu and Josh Hawkinson on the postgame podium, Ernie Kent pointed toward the budding sophomore stars on his left as proof that the Washington State men’s basketball team has improved during a transitional season under the first-year coach.

LAS VEGAS: WSU bounced out of Pac-12 tournament with 84-59 loss to Cal | WSU Cougars | The Bellingham Herald
California got the ball to David Kravish in the post early and though his first few shots did not go in, it opened things up for the Bears the rest of the game.

Cougars Fall To Hot-Shooting Cal - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
David Kravish had 25 points and eight rebounds, lifting California to a dominating 84-59 win over Washington State in the opening game of the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday.

Football:

WSU holds its pro day on Thursday. Best of luck to Vince Mayle, Xavier Cooper and everyone participating.

Spring position breakdown: Pac-12 North WRs - ESPN
Washington State: The Cougars are going to have to replace the No. 1 and No. 7 receiver out of the Pac-12 this past year.

Baseball:

Cougars Open Pac-12 Play at No. 6 USC - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State Baseball (11-5) begins Pac-12 Conference play when it travels to Los Angeles to face No. 6 USC (Mar. 13-15), in the conference-series-opener for both teams. Game times are set for 6 p.m., Friday, and Saturday, and 3 p.m., Sunday