Washington State Hosts BYU At Spokane Arena

Nov. 21, 2005

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COUGARS MATCH UP IN SPOKANE: The Spokane Arenawill be the site for a battle of Cougars when Washington State hostsBYU, Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.

ABOUT THE HEAD COACHES: Dick Bennett is 26-32 atWashington State and in his third season on the Palouse...owns a480-289 career record (.624) in 27 collegiate seasons...guidedWisconsin to 2000 Final Four...Dave Rose is 0-1 at BYU in his firstseason as a collegiate head coach.

SERIES WITH BYU: Washington State has won five of theprevious nine meetings...last year, WSU won 49-46 at the DeltaCenter in Salt Lake City behind 15 points from Thomas Kelati andJeff Varem's eight points and 11 rebounds.

WSU AGAINST THE MOUNTAIN WEST: Washington State'sgame against BYU marks the first of four against Mountain WestConference competition this season for WSU...also on the 2005-06slate are Wyoming (Nov. 30), at San Diego State (Dec. 10) and vs.Utah in Seattle's KeyArena (Dec. 22).

COUGARS AT THE SPOKANE ARENA: Washington State is10-10 all-time at the Spokane Arena...Cougars split a pair of gameslast season defeating Stanford 60-51 (Dec. 31) and losing 59-47 toCalifornia (Jan. 2)...WSU is 5-4 against nonconferenceopponents...last meeting was a 78-71 win over High Point, Dec. 21,2002...BYU is 0-1 at the Spokane Arena...lost 58-53 to Connecticutas a No. 12 seed in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Men'sBasketball Championship.

AKOGNON SHINES IN FIRST START: WSU guard JoshAkognon made his first collegiate start when the Cougars openedtheir 2005-06 season against UC Riverside...Petaluma, Calif., nativeestablished career highs with 22 points and eight rebounds.

LOW TALLIES DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Cougar sophomore Derrick Low dished out a career-high 11 assistsand added 15 points for his first career double-double in WSU's 86-55 win over UC Riverside, Nov. 19.

BAYNES PRODUCES IN WSU DEBUT: Freshman center Aron Baynes scored 19 points off the bench inhis first game as a Cougar to help WSU defeat UC Riverside 86-55, Nov. 19...Cairns, Australia native was 7-for-8 from the field and 5-for-7 at the foul line in 19 minutes of action.

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY: Washington State began its 1991-92 season with a 104-62 win overCentral Connecticut State, Nov. 22 at the Los Angeles Classic...Cougars tied the then-school record with 16 steals...Neil Derrick led five Cougars in double-figure scoring with a game-high 18 points...WSU finished the season 22-11 and advanced to the second round of the NIT.

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