Cougars Travel To Bay Area To Close Out Regular Season

March 1, 2005

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Thursday, March 3 - WSU at Stanford -- 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 5 - WSU at California -- 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 10-12 - Pacific-10 Tournament - TBD

WASHINGTON STATE (11-14, 6-10 Pac-10)

WSU HEAD COACH Dick Bennett: Washington State Head Coach Dick Bennett is currently in his second season on the Palouse...he is 11-14 this season and 24-30 in his WSU career...coached at Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1976-85), Wisconsin-Green Bay (1985-95) and Wisconsin (1995-2000)...owns a .625 career winning percentage (478-287) highlights include a 1984 NAIA national runner-up finish at Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a 2000 Final Four appearance at Wisconsin.

KELATI BREAKS THOUSAND POINT BARRIER: Senior guard Thomas Kelati became the 25th player in school history to break 1, 000 points...passed the 1,000 point mark after scoring 16 points against No. 9 Arizona, Feb. 24...scored 15 points against Arizona State, Feb. 26 to give him 1,018 career points...first player to reach milestone since Marcus Moore in 2003...Moore finished his career with 1,458 points to rank fifth on Cougar all-time scoring list...Isaac Fontaine holds the school record with 2,003 career points (1994-97).

KELATI LEAVES HIS MARK: Thomas Kelati sits on the all-time list in many categories in the Washington State record book...has made 66 shots from beyond the arc this season tying him for eighth with Isaac Fontaine (1996) on WSU single-season list...ranks third in career 3-point field goal percentage (.419)...currently knotted in a tie for eighth with Issac Fontaine (1994-97) with 269 career assists...averages 1.21 steals throughout his career and currently ranks seventh on the all-time list with 131...ranks third at Washington State with 217 career 3-point field goals...sits 13 behind Bennie Seltzer (1990-93)...Eddie Hill (1991-94) holds the school record with 233 career 3-point field goals.

RPI SHOWS LOVE FOR THE PAC-10: The Pacific-10 Conference is currently the second best conference in the nation in the Ratings Power Index...Pac-10's RPI of 66.2 falls behind only the Atlantic Coast Conference's 61.5...ACC is considered the best conference in the country by both RPI and Sagarin ratings...Washington has the best RPI in the Pac-10 at five, followed by Arizona at nine...UCLA (30), Stanford (36) and Arizona State (57) round out top half of the conference in the RPI.FROM: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY MEDIA INFORMATION 2-2-2March 1, 2005 Men's Basketball Contacts: Craig Lawson, Becca Faulds

PACIFIC LIFE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT SITUATION: With one week left in the Pacific-10 season, six teams have punched their respective ticket to Staples Center in Los Angeles for the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, March 10-12...Arizona, Washington, Stanford, UCLA, Oregon State and Arizona State have all clinched bids...Washington State, California, Oregon and USC are all mathematically still alive...WSU and Washington travel to the Bay Area, the Oregon schools are in Los Angeles and Arizona plays at Arizona is a look at the possible seeds that can be earned by each team.

School Pac-10 Possible Seed
Arizona* 14-3 1 or 2
Washington* 13-3 1 or 2
Stanford* 10-6 3 or 4
UCLA* 9-7 3 thru 5
Oregon State* 8-8 3 thru 7
Arizona State* 7-10 5 thru 8
Washington State 6-10 5 thru 8 or OUT
California 5-11 6 thru 8 or OUT
Oregon 5-11 7 or 8 or OUT
USC 4-12 8 or OUT

*Clinched spot in Pac-10 Tournament.

COUGAR SCENARIOS: If Washington State wins games at Stanford and at California this week, the Cougars will be the fifth or sixth seed at the Pac-10 Tournament...loss at Stanford and a win at California guarantee a sixth through eighth against Cardinal and loss to Golden Bears means WSU could be seeded sixth, seventh or eighth or could miss the tournament if Oregon wins at USC and at UCLA and California defeats Washington...if WSU loses both games this week, two scenarios could get the Cougars in the is if Oregon loses both of its games while the other is if USC sweeps Oregon and Oregon State, UCLA loses to Oregon and California loses to Washington...should WSU qualify, possible first round opponents would be Arizona, Washington, Stanford or UCLA.

PACIFIC-10 TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE: Cougar fans wishing to purchase tickets to the Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament can do so through the WSU Athletic Ticket Office...tournament will be at Staples Center in Los Angeles, March 1-800-GOCOUGS and select option 3...order forms are also available at the WSU Athletic Ticket Office and at all home games...cost is $195 plus a $6 handling fee per all-session ticket.

STANFORD PREVIEW: The Cardinal are 16-10, 10-6 in the Pac-10...currently in third place in the Pac-10 standings...last week, Cardinal split its road trip losing 84-83 at Oregon State, Feb. 24, and winning 58-56 at Oregon, Feb. 26...leading scorer (17.9 points per game) Dan Grunfeld suffered a season-ending knee injury, Feb. 12...Grunfeld's scoring average was second in the Pac-10 at the time of the injury...junior point guard Chris Hernandez is averaging15.5 points per game and is ranked seventh in Pac-10...junior Matt Haryasz is second in the Pac-10 averaging 8.9 rebounds per game.

SERIES AGAINST THE CARDINAL: Stanford leads 59-53...Cougars won 60-51 in first meeting of the season, Dec. 31, at Spokane...Cougars broke a 17-game-losing streak against the Cardinal...senior forward Jeff Varem led the Cougars and notched his second career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds...Kelati added 17 points, including five treys...Dan Grunfeld led the Cardinal with 18 points and six boards...last season sweep of Stanford came in 1992-93 campaign.FROM: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY MEDIA INFORMATION 3-3-3March 1, 2005 Men's Basketball Contact: Craig Lawson

COUGARS BREAK LOSING STREAK AGAINST CARDINAL: Jeff Varem notched his second career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Washington State past Stanford 60-51, Dec. broke a 17-game losing streak against the Cardinal dating back to Feb. 22, 1996...WSU won its Pac-10 opener for the first time since 1998-99.

CALIFORNIA PREVIEW: The Golden Bears are 12-14, 5-11 in the Pac-10...tied for eighth in Pac-10 standings...Golden Bears are on a five-game losing streak...last week, lost at Oregon (63-58) and Oregon State, (82-63)...last time Bears won was 84-82 against Arizona State, Feb.5...led by juniors Rod Benson and Richard Midgley, who are each averaging 13.5 points per game...Benson leads the Bears in rebounding averaging with 6.2 per game.

SERIES AGAINST THE GOLDEN BEARS: California leads the series 63-43...Golden Bears have won eight of the last 10 meetings...California won first meeting this season 59-47 in Spokane, Jan. 2... California's Richard Midgley led all scorers with 22 points and four rebounds...Jeff Varem led the Cougars with 15 points and eight rebounds, including 7-for-9 at the line...last season, Cougars clinched a spot in the Pac-10 Tournament with a 70-58 home win over Golden Bears in the regular season finale...Thomas Kelati had 16 points and was one of four Cougars in double figures.

WSU PLAYING CLOSE GAMES: Prior to the season, Washington State Head Coach Dick Bennett said the Cougars would have to win a lot of close games to be successful...Cougars are 11-14, including 4-7 in games decided by three points or less...Fresno State (10), UNC-Wilmington (10), Florida State (nine) and Hawai'i (nine) are the only other schools that have played as many as nine games decided by three points or less.

  • Jeff Varem's dunk with two seconds left gave Cougars 37-36 win at Idaho.
  • Josh Akognon's 3-pointer at the buzzer fell short in 54-52 loss to No. 25 Gonzaga.
  • Cougars made 5-of-6 free throw attempts in final 39 seconds of 49-46 win over BYU.
  • Robbie Cowgill scored WSU's last four points in final 1:20 of 55-54 win at Portland.
  • WSU lost 49-47 at Wyoming despite outscoring Cowboys 12-4 in final 3:53.
  • Cougars lost 80-77 in double overtime at UCLA.
  • Oregon tallied last five points of the game in final 41 seconds to defeat WSU 55-52 at Friel Court.
  • WSU was 9-for-21 at the foul line in 68-62 loss at Arizona State.
  • Thomas Kelati scored five points during 7-0 Cougar run in final 1:13 of 70-63 win at No. 11 Arizona.
  • UCLA Dijon Thompson nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation and hit game-winning shot with 41 seconds left in overtime as Bruins defeated Cougars 58-56 in Pullman.
  • Oregon scored last four points in final 1:01 of 69-66 win over WSU in Eugene.
  • Cougars lost 57-56 in overtime against Arizona.
  • Chris Schlatter scored a 3-pointer with nine seconds left in 57-55 win over Arizona State, Feb. 26.

    COUGARS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: Thomas Kelati ranks in minutes played (second-36.00 per game), 3-point field goals made (second-2.64 per game), steals (tied for fourth-1.64 per game), scoring (11th-13.5 points per game)...Jeff Varem is fourth in rebounding (7.8 per game) and eighth in steals (1.52 per game)...Robbie Cowgill ranks seventh in blocked shots (0.88 per game).

    KELATI'S EFFORT IN ARIZONA EARNS PAC-10 HONOR: Senior guard Thomas Kelati was named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for January 24-30...Kelati tied his career high with 27 points in 70-63 win at No. 11 Arizona, Jan. 29...for the week, Kelati averaged 22 points, eight rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 53.3 percent (16-for-30) from the field and 47.1 percent (8-for-17) from beyond the arc against Arizona State and Arizona...also named Star of the Week by WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY MEDIA INFORMATION 4-4-4March 1, 2005 Men's Basketball Contact: Craig Lawson

    COUGARS START FRESHMEN: Prior to this season, Washington State had never started three true freshmen in a game...Cougars have done it seven times this season...Robbie Cowgill (Austin, Texas), Derrick Low (Honolulu) and Chris Henry (Santa Ana, Calif.) started in WSU's 49-46 win over BYU, Dec. 11...Cowgill, Low and Kyle Weaver (Beloit, Wis.) started in the Cougars' 49-47 loss at Wyoming, Dec. 22 and in each of the four games from Jan. 8-23...Low, Weaver, and Daven Harmeling (Grand Junction, Colo.) started in the Cougars' 69-66 loss at Oregon, Feb. 12...first time in school history that five WSU true freshmen have made at least one start in a season...true freshmen have combined for 47 starts this season.

    FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTION: Washington State's roster features eight freshmen, including a pair of walk-ons...combined, Cougar freshmen account for 42.1 percent of WSU's scoring this season...Robbie Cowgill leads the newcomers in points with 150...Cowgill leads WSU with 22 blocks, fourth most all-time by a Cougar freshman in a season...Austin, Texas native became fourth freshman in WSU history to have a perfect day from the field (minimum five attempts) when he was 5-for-5 vs. USC, Feb. 5...Derrick Low leads Cougar freshmen in scoring average with 7.0 points per game and assists with 56...his four steals at Arizona State, Jan. 27 and eight assists vs. USC, Feb. 5 were the most in a game by a WSU freshman since the 2000-01 season.

    TEAMS DO NOT EXCEED FIFTY-FIVE: Dick Bennett has been the Washington State men's basketball coach for 54 26 of those, the Cougar opponent has scored 55 points or less...from 1993-94 through 2002-03, WSU held a total of 26 opponents to 55 points or less.

    WASHINGTON STATE DEFENSE: Washington State held Montana State to 42 points in the season opener, the fewest given up by the Cougars in an opener since a 66-34 win over Whitworth in 1948-49...WSU followed up by yielding just 42 points in its next game against Georgia Southern...the 84 points over a two-game span were the least given up by the Cougars since Dec. 27/29, 1972...WSU yielded 140 points (Nov. 24-30), its best three-game span since Dec. 12-17, 1981...the 182 points the Cougars gave up in their first four games this season mark their best four-game stretch since Dec. 11-15, 1951...WSU currently ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense at 56.9 points per game.

    STATISTICAL TRENDS: Washington State is 14-2 under Dick Bennett when holding the opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field, including 7-2 this season...exceptions are California's 59-47 win at the Spokane Arena, Jan. 2 when the Golden Bears shot 37.5 percent and Washington's 66-48 victory in Seattle, Jan. 23 when the Huskies shot 35.9 percent...Bennett's Cougars are 15-0, including 6-0 this season, when outrebounding their opponent.

    WSU EXTENDS 3-POINT STREAK: The Cougars made three 3-pointers last Thursday against No. 9 Arizona, and eight last Saturday against Arizona State to extend their consecutive game streak with at least one trey to 278...dozen 3-pointers at Arizona most since 12 at UCLA, March 6, 2003...last time Cougars did not make a shot from beyond the arc was Feb. 18, 1995 at Oregon...since 3-point line was adopted in 1986-87, WSU has failed to make a 3-pointer three times...other two occasions were Jan. 5, 1987 at Idaho and Dec. 9, 1988 at home against Portland.

    COUGAR TRIO OUT FOR THE SEASON: Senior forwards Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) and Isaiah Simmons (Tacoma) and freshman center Chris Henry (Santa Ana, Calif.) are out for the season...Gill's injured back ended his season after nine appearances, including seven starts...averaged 2.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game...Gill is a 73.4 percent career free throw shooter, best among current Cougars who have averaged one free throw made per game played in their WSU careers...Simmons suffered a fractured skull in practice, Feb. 18 when he collided with Daven Harmeling...Simmons appeared in 12 games, including two starts...averaged 1.3 points and 2.2 rebounds...Henry had surgery to remove his appendix, Feb. 24...Henry appeared in 14 games, including one start...averaged 1.5 points per game.

    ATTENDANCE NUMBERS UP: The 8,151 fans who attended the WSU-Gonzaga game, Dec. 7 marked the largest crowd at Friel Court for a nonconference game since 9,925 watched the Cougars defeat Idaho 66-54, Dec. 16, 1995...WSU drew 8,633 for Washington game, Feb. 19, most since Oregon State game at Friel Court in 1996...Cougars are averaged 4,907 per game in Pullman this season...most by WSU since 1996-97 season.

    SCHLATTER SHOT SINKS SUN DEVILS: Chris Schlatter (Lafayette, Calif.) nailed a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining to give Washington State a 57-55 win over Arizona State at Friel Court, Feb. 26...senior forward finished with nine points...Cougars are 5-0 this season when Schlatter scores nine or more points.

    HISTORIC WIN IN THE DESERT: The Cougars ended several losing streaks with a 70-63 upset win over No. 11 Arizona in Tucson, Saturday, Jan. 29...Washington State broke a 20-game losing streak at Arizona and a 38-game skid overall against the Wildcats...first win in 35 tries against a ranked Arizona team...Cougars halted a 26-game road losing streak against ranked opponents and a 48-game losing streak overall to top 25 opponents...WSU knocked off its highest ranked opponent since defeating No. 8 USC, March 8, 1992...highest ranked opponent defeated on the road in school history...senior Thomas Kelati tied his career high with 27 points, including seven 3-pointers...he scored five straight points to break a 63-63 tie in the final 1:13.

    COUGARS STREAKING AGAINST USC: Washington State's season sweep of USC marks the first time since the 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons that the Cougars have swept the Trojans in two consecutive seasons...four-game winning streak against USC ties longest against Trojans in school history.

    WSU-IDAHO GAME LOW SCORING AFFAIR: Washington State defeated Idaho, 37-36, Nov. 30, marking the fewest points in a Cougar victory since a 36-28 triumph at Idaho, Jan. 11, 1947...fewest point in a win by a Pacific-10 team since the shot clock was instituted for the 1985-86 season...tied for third fewest in NCAA history in shot clock era...fewest points given up by WSU in a game since a 41-34 win at Montana State, Dec. 15, 1958...lowest scoring game in Cougar history since 37-36 loss at Washington, Jan. 24, 1970...lowest scoring WSU-Idaho game since 39-34 Cougar win at Idaho, March 3, 1950.

    PROTECTING THE HOUSE: With home wins over Montana State and Georgia Southern and a loss to Gonzaga this season, the Cougars are 65-3 since 1990-91 in nonconference games played in Pullman...the mark includes a 5-0 record in Bohler Gym during the 1990-91 campaign...two of the three losses are to Gonzaga (2002, 2004).

    RADIO: All Washington State men's basketball games will be broadcast over the Cougar Basketball Radio Network...Bud Nameck is in his 12th season calling all the 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), KRPL 1400 AM (Moscow, Idaho), KBSN 1470 AM (Moses Lake), KZXR 1310 AM (Prosser), KPTK 1090 AM (Seattle), KXLY 920 AM (Spokane), KHHO 850 AM (Tacoma), KJOX 960 AM (Tri-Cities), KGDC 1320 AM (Walla Walla) and KJOX 980 AM (Yakima).


    #1 Josh Akognon (Petaluma, Calif.)

  • Has appeared in 24 games off the bench.
  • Registered eight points in seven minutes at Kansas State, Nov. 27.
  • Scored 12 points vs. No. 25 Gonzaga, Dec. 7.
  • Played season/career-high 34 minutes at UCLA, Jan. scoring game this season with 15 points on 6-for-14 shooting, including 3-for-9 from beyond the arc.
  • Grabbed season/career-high six rebounds at Oregon State, Jan. 13.
  • Scored nine points in 12 minutes at Oregon, Feb. 15.
  • His 26 3-pointers tie for ninth on WSU all-time single season list for freshmen.

    #2 Derrick Low (Honolulu, Hawaii)

  • Missed first five games of the season due to a fractured foot.
  • Made season debut against No. 25 Gonzaga playing 10 minutes off the bench.
  • Has started last 18 games.
  • Had 10 points four times, most recently vs. Oregon, Jan. 15.
  • Had four steals, most by a WSU freshman in four seasons, at Arizona State, Jan. 27.
  • Was 4-for-4 from 3-point range and scored 13 points in 70-63 upset win at No. 11 Arizona, Jan. 29.
  • His season/career-high eight assists at USC, Jan. 5 were the most by a Cougar freshmen since 2001.
  • Poured in season/career-high 19 points at Oregon, Feb. 12 on strength of 7-for-12 from the floor.
  • His 60 assists rank sixth on WSU's freshman single season list.

    #5 Chris Schlatter (Lafayette, Calif.)

  • Appeared in all 25 games, including 17 starts.
  • Scored 10 points three times, vs. Georgia Southern, Nov. 24, vs. Stanford, Dec. 31 and vs. USC, Feb. 5.
  • Season-high six rebounds at Kansas State, Nov. 27.
  • Career-high four steals vs. Arizona, Feb. 24.
  • Nailed game-winning 3-pointer with under 10 seconds to play in 57-55 win over Arizona State, Feb. 26.

    #11 Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla)

  • Started all 25 games.
  • Currently has 217 3-point field goals, third all-time at WSU...
  • Seventh at WSU with 131 career steals...had career-high five at Portland, Dec. 18 and added 17 points.
  • His 269 career assists ties for eighth all-time at WSU.
  • Has 12 games this season with 15 or more points, including career-high tying 27 in 70-63 upset of No. 11 Arizona in Tucson...has scored in double figures 21 times, including last 12 games...became 25th player in WSU history with 1,000 in his career with 16 vs. Arizona, Feb. 24.
  • Season-high nine rebounds at Arizona State, Jan. 27.

    #12 Randy Green (Renton)

  • Started three games.
  • Scored team and season-high 12 points against Gonzaga, Dec.7.

    #14 Chris Henry (Santa Ana, Calif.)

  • Missed first six games of the season due to an ankle injury.
  • Tallied season/career-high six points against USC, Feb. 5.

    #23 Alex Kirk (Prosser)

  • Has appeared in four games.
  • Notched an assist vs. Oregon State, Jan. 13.

    #24 Kyle Weaver (Beloit, Wis.)

  • Started 10 games.
  • First true freshman to start at point guard for WSU in a season opener since Blake Pengelly in 1996-97.
  • Scored eight points in 10 minutes off the bench vs. California, Jan. 2.
  • Tallied 10 points and had seven rebounds at UCLA, Jan.6, and at USC, Jan. 8.
  • Produced season/career-high 15 points and eight rebounds vs. No. 15 Washington, Feb. 19.

    #25 Isaiah Simmons (Tacoma)

  • Started first two games of the season.
  • Notched career-high eight rebounds and four assists against Montana State, Nov. 19.
  • Missed seven games (Jan. 13-Feb. 5) due to academic ineligibility.
  • Suffered skull fracture in practice, Feb. 18 and will miss the remainder of the season.

    #32 Daven Harmeling (Grand Junction, Colo.)

  • Scored 10 points off the bench in just 13 minutes against Montana State, Nov. 19...most points by a true freshman in a Cougar opener since Mike Bush had 14 in 1998-99.
  • Matched season/career-high 10 points and had season/career-high six rebounds at Oregon State, Feb. 10.
  • Made first career start at Oregon, Feb. 12.

    #34 Robbie Cowgill (Austin, Texas)

  • Started 16 games.
  • Made WSU's last four points in final 1:20 of 55-54 win at Portland, Dec. 18.
  • Recorded season/career-high seven rebounds at No. 10 Washington, Jan. 23.
  • Tallied season/career-high 12 points and added four boards at No. 11 Arizona, Jan. 29.
  • Scored 11 points against USC, Feb. 5.
  • Has 22 blocked shots, tied for third most by a WSU freshman in a single season.
  • His 84 rebounds rank ninth on Cougar freshman single-season list.

    #44 Arlen Plaister (Orcas Island)

  • Played in four games.
  • Had rebound against Georgia Southern, Nov. 24.

    #45 Jeff Varem (Benue, Nigeria)

  • Started 24 games.
  • Tallied 11 points, three assists, and 14 rebounds against Georgia Southern, Nov. 24.
  • Second career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds vs. Stanford, Dec. 31.
  • Added 17 points and career-high 15 rebounds at UCLA, Jan. 6...most rebounds since Rodrigo de la Fuente tallied 16 against then No. 5 Stanford, Jan. 22, 1998.
  • Recorded season-high 21 points at USC, Jan. 8.
  • Tallied 14 points, 13 rebounds and four steals vs. Oregon State, Jan. 13, marking his fourth career double-double.
  • Registered career-high 24 points at Arizona State, Jan. 27.
  • Had career-high five steals against USC, Feb. 5.
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