Cougars Return Home To Play Arizona Schools
Feb. 4, 2003
THIS WEEK: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003 -- WSU vs. Arizona State-7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003 -- WSU vs. Arizona-7 p.m. (FOX Sports Net Northwest/Arizona)
NEXT WEEK: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 -- WSU at California-7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 -- WSU at Stanford-2 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
All Washington State men's basketball games will be broadcast over the Cougar Basketball Radio Network...Bud Nameck is in his 10th season calling all the action...games can be heard on
KCLK 1430 AM (Clarkston), KCLX 1450 AM (Colfax), KCVL 1240 AM (Colville), KRKO 1380 AM (Everett), KBAM 1270 AM (Longview), KZFN 106.1 FM (Moscow, Idaho), KBSN 1470 AM (Moses Lake), KZXR 1310 AM (Prosser), KYCZ 1090 AM (Seattle), KXLY 920 AM (Spokane), KHHO 850 AM (Tacoma), KALE 960 AM (Tri-Cities), KGDC 1320 AM (Walla Walla) and KUSA 980 AM (Yakima).
Cougar men's basketball games can also be accessed via the Washington State athletic department web site at www.wsucougars.com or at broadcast.yahoo.com.
COUGARS ON TELEVISION:
Washington State will make 11 appearances on television during its 27-game regular season, including four national and seven regional broadcasts...FOX Sports Net televised the games vs. UCLA (Jan. 4) and at Arizona (Jan. 9) and will televise games at Stanford (Feb. 15) and at USC (March 8)...FOX Sports Net Northwest televised games vs. California (Jan. 18) and at Washington (Jan. 31) and will televise games vs. Oregon State (Feb. 22) and vs. Washington (March 1)...FOX Sports Net Arizona and FOX Sports Net Northwest televised the game at Arizona State (Jan. 11) and will televise the game vs. Arizona (Feb. 8)...the Oregon Sports Network televised the game at Oregon (Jan. 25).
ARIZONA STATE PREVIEW:
The Sun Devils are 13-7, 5-4 in the Pac-10...Arizona State is tied for fourth with Oregon, three game behind Conference leader Arizona...the Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 with 47.6 percent shooting from the field...Ike Diogu is the Pac-10's fourth leading scorer with 18.1 points per game and sixth leading rebounder with 7.1 per game.
SERIES WITH THE SUN DEVILS:
The Sun Devils lead 29-23 and have won five of seven meetings during Paul Graham's tenure as WSU's head coach...Arizona State swept games last season by scores of 81-71 (Jan. 12-Pullman) and 96-45 (Feb. 7-Tempe)...the 51-point loss is the second worst in Cougars' history topped only by a 93-41 loss at No. 2 UCLA, Feb. 5, 1965...the Sun Devils handed WSU a 96-55 defeat, Jan. 11 in Tempe...that loss is tied for eighth worst in Cougar history.
The Wildcats are 16-2, 8-1 Pac-10 (pending game at Washington (Feb. 6) and ranked No. 2 in both major polls...Arizona holds a one-game lead over both California and Stanford at the halfway point of the Pac-10 race...the Wildcats are leading the Pac-10 in scoring with 85 points per game...WSU is last in scoring defense, giving up 79 points per game...Jason Gardner is 10th in the Pac-10 with 15 points per game and is second in assists (5.17 per game)...Channing Frye is the fifth-best rebounder in the Conference, pulling down 7.2 boards per outing.
SERIES WITH THE WILDCATS:
Arizona leads 42-10...the Wildcats have won 35 straight, including an 82-69 victory, Jan. 9 in Tucson...the streak is the longest current by one Pacific-10 school over another...WSU's last win in the series was 65-63 in overtime, Jan. 30, 1986 in Pullman (See 'A Look Back')
A LOOK BACK:
It is just over 17 years since the WSU defeated Arizona on the hardwood...Jan. 30, 1986, the Cougars knocked off a Sean Elliott led Arizona team 65-63 in overtime...Brian Wright scored all 16 of his points in the second half to help WSU overcome a 31-23 halftime deficit...the Cougars led 56-54 when Elliott scored two of his game-high 23 at the buzzer to force the extra stanza...in overtime, Arizona's Anthony Cook hit 1-of-2 free throws to tie the game 63-63 with 41 seconds left...WSU Keith Morrison became the game's hero by scoring the game-winning bucket with one tick on the clock...the win improved the Cougars to 10-10, 3-5 Pac-10...WSU finished the campaign 15-16, 8-10, its best season in the four-year tenure of Len Stevens.
COUGARS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS:
WSU has lost 36 straight games to ranked opponents, including losses at No. 2 Arizona and No. 23 Oregon this season...the last win over a ranked opponent is 89-87 against No. 25 California, Feb. 22, 1997...the Cougars are 0-31 all-time against Arizona when the Wildcats are ranked...WSU is 1-62 vs. top five teams and has lost 24 straight...the lone win is 69-51 over No. 4 Oregon State, Feb. 16, 1980...the Cougars are 0-13 against the nation's No. 2 team, including a pair of losses to Arizona...eight of the 13 setbacks came against UCLA from 1964-77...WSU is 9-68 in February against ranked opponents and has lost 14 straight.
Junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) had surgery (Jan. 24) to remove bone chips in his right ankle and is out for the season...the point guard, who was the No. 2 scorer in the Pac-10 at 19.3 points per game...senior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) suffered a fractured back in the USC loss (Jan. 2)...he missed three games before returning against Stanford, Jan. 16...he aggravated the injury against the Cardinal and has missed three games before returning at Washington (Jan. 31)...sophomore Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) missed six games with a stress reaction in lower left leg before returning at Washington (Jan. 31)...junior Ezenwa Ukeagu (Coral Springs, Fla.) suffered acute appendicitis Tuesday (Jan. 14) and missed four games before returning at Washington (Jan. 31)...senior Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas) sprained ligament in the bottom of his left foot and missed four games before returning at Washington (Jan. 31)...the four players who returned at Washington combined for 23 points and 15 rebounds in 51 total minutes, all off the bench...the Cougars have missed a total of 30 games due to injury.
GETTING A FRESH START:
Largely due to injuries, Washington State has started 11 different players and seven different lineups...sophomore Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) is the only Cougars who started opening night that is currently healthy...the only other WSU player to appear in all 18 games this season is junior Justin Kordsmeier (Springdale, Ark.)
HUGHEY SHINES IN LOSS TO HUSKIES:
Senior Cedrick Hughey (Waldo, Ark.) tied his career-high with a game-high 15 points and added a game-high eight rebounds in the 81-67 loss at Washington (Jan. 31)...in the first eight games this season, all off the bench, Hughey has averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds...in the last eight games, all starts, Hughey has averaged 9.8 points and 6.9 rebounds.
Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) is ranked in the Pac-10 in several categories...he is the Pac-10 leader with 47.5 percent three-point shooting...he is second in three-pointers per game (2.61), 10th with a 1.38 assist/turnover ratio and 10th in assists (3.44 per game)...Blake Pengelly (1996-97) holds the Cougars' single season record for three-point shooting at 48.6 percent (36-for-74).
Senior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) recorded just 54 assists in his first 59 career games over the last three seasons (0.92 per game)...in the last two games (at Oregon/at Washington), the guard has tallied nine assists (4.5 per game).
TAKING CARE OF THE BASKETBALL:
In the loss to Oregon State, the Cougars tied their season-best with just seven turnovers...WSU also turned it over just seven times at Idaho (Dec. 4)...in WSU's five wins this season, the Cougars have averaged 18 turnovers...in the 13 losses, WSU has averaged 14.4 turnovers.
Washington State is 0-2 in overtime games this season...the Cougars lost 110-104 to Gonzaga, Dec. 7, despite a career-high 42 points from junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.)...Moore scored 27 of his points in the final 8:17 (3:17 regulation/5:00 overtime)...WSU dropped a 73-68 decision to Stanford, Jan. 16...sophomore Chris Schlatter (Lafayette, Calif.) converted 1-of-2 free throws with 3.1 seconds left to force the extra session...WSU has lost its last three overtime games and 10 of its last 12.
For the third time since the Pac-10 began play in 1978-79, Washington State is 0-9 in conference play...the two previous occasions are 1999-2000 (0-14 finished 1-17) and 2001-02 (0-10 finished 1-17).
MOORE GOES OVER 1,000:
Junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) became the 24th player in Washington State men's basketball history to score 1,000 points in his career with a 35-point effort at No. 2 Arizona, Jan. 9...currently Moore has 1,027 points...in addition, he is two assists and three steals shy of becoming just the third player in WSU history to record 1,000 points, 300 assists and 125 steals...Keith Morrison (1983-86) and Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) are the other two...Moore currently ranks sixth in assists and is tied for sixth in steals on the WSU career lists.