WSU Hosts Bengals at Friel, Broncos in Spokane

Nov. 20, 2006


COUGAR HEAD COACH TONY BENNETT: Washington State Head Coach Tony Bennett is in his first season at the helm of the Cougar program...fourth year with WSU...assistant coach in 2003-04...associate head coach in 2004-05 and 2005-06...assistant coach at Wisconsin from 2000-03...owns 4-0 record.

STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT: Tony Bennett is the first WSU head coach to go 4-0 in his first season at the helm since Marv Harshman's debut season in 1958-59...only other first-year coach to start the season 4-0 is J. Fred Bohler in 1908-09 (5-0)...Cougars are 4-0 for the first time since 1996-97.

FIRST YEAR FOES: The Idaho State match-up will be first year head coach Tony Bennett's third time facing off against other first year head coaches...UAB's Mike Davis, Texas-San Antonio's Brooks Thompson and Idaho State's Joe O'Brien are all in their debut seasons at their respective schools.

SERIES AGAINST THE BENGALS: The Cougars have won two of the three previous meetings, including a 100-83 victory in Pullman, Jan. 3, 1983...other meetings came in 1957-58 (WSU win) and 1983-84 (ISU win), both in Pocatello

ABOUT IDAHO STATE: Idaho State is 1-2 and playing its third road game of the season...other outing was a neutral site win over Maine...also opened its season in Milwaukee, Wisc...lost at Marquette and at BYU in overtime...Joe O'Brien is in his first year as the Bengals' head coach...led Southeast (Iowa) Community College to three national championships in 2000, 2003, and 2004...three players average double-figure scoring with Akbar Abdul-Ahad's 17.7 points per game leading the team...David Schroeder (13.7 points per game) and John Ofoegbu (11.0) also average double-figure scoring...Idaho State shoots 46 percent from the field, including 39 percent from 3-point range.

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Nov. 21): Washington State defeated Lewiston State Normal (now Lewis-Clark State) 58-15 on the road to open its 1939-40 campaign...Ray Sundquist scored 18 points, the most by a Cougar in any game that season...WSU finished the season 23-10 and earned a third place finish in the Pacific Coast North.

COUGARS AGAINST THE BIG SKY: The Cougars are 166-48 all-time against current members of the Big Sky Conference, including 101-13 in Pullman.

WSU NEAR PERFECT IN NOVEMBER: Washington State is 26-0 all-time in November at Friel Court...Cougars have won 26 straight November games in Pullman and are 28-1 all-time...only loss was 77-47 to Colorado State, Nov. 30, 1963.

SERIES AGAINST THE BRONCOS: The series between the Broncos and the Cougars is tied, 2-2...teams have split a pair of games in Pullman and a pair in Boise...last match-up resulted in a Boise State win 79-72, Dec. 13, 1997 in Boise.

ABOUT BOISE STATE: The Broncos are 1-1 (plays at Colorado State, Nov. 20)...lost season opener at Wyoming 94-74 and defeated Southern Utah at home 77-68...head coach Greg Graham is in his fourth season with the Broncos (66-59)...return five starters from the 2005-06 season...have three players averaging double-figure scoring...senior guard Eric Lane (17.0 points per game), junior forward Matt Nelson (16.0), and senior guard Coby Karl (11.5)...currently shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 32.7 percentfrom 3-point range.

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Nov. 25): Washington State defeated Southern Utah 72-66, Nov. 25, 2002 in Pullman...Thunderbirds gave the Cougars a tough first half rallying from an 11-point deficit to take the lead 25-24 with under six minutes remaining in the half...junior Marcus Moore scored the last five points of the half for the Cougars as they went into intermission 33-29...second half played out similarly to the first with five lead changes and three ties...back-to-back 3-pointers by Moore gave WSU the lead for good at 62-60 with 1:59 remaining...Thomas Kelati followed Moore's baskets with a 3-pointer of his own to complete an 11-0 Washington State run to put WSU up 65-60...a 12-0 Southern Utah run that pushed the Thunderbirds ahead 60-54 with 4:24 left.

COUGARS AGAGINST THE WAC: The Cougars are 180-123 all-time against current members of the Western Athletic Conference.

QUALITY SHOOTING: Washington State shot over 50 percent in three of their four games this season...Cougars second half field goal percentage has been above 60 percent in three of their four games this season...John Thompson Foundation Challenge (Nov. 10-12) marked the first time since the 1995-96 season that the Cougars have shot 50 percent or better in three consecutive games...Cougars fired a 50.0 field goal percentage over UAB...60.4 field goal percentage over UW-Milwaukee...60.0 field goal percentage over Radford...WSU leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (54.7) and 3-point field goal percentage (48.3).

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL: Washington State is currently leading the Pacific-10 with a 1.40 assist to turnover ratio.

SAME OLD STORY: Cougar Head Coach Tony Bennett has said the defense his father Dick is famous for is still a staple of the WSU program...Cougars are yielding 56.2 points per game, best in the Pac-10.

COUGARS BUILD LEADS: Washington State led by at least 24 points in each of its four wins this season...Cougars led by double figures at halftime in all four games...first time WSU has posted four consecutive double-digit victories since Nov. 26-Dec. 7, 1996...WSU led for all but 13:26 in the four games...was never tied or behind in the second half...never trailed by more than six points.

SECOND HALF STARTS: The Cougars are outscoring opponents 30-10 in the first four minutes of the second half this season.

PROTECTING THE HOUSE: In the last 16 seasons, the Cougars are 70-3 in Pullman against nonconference opponents...mark includes a 5-0 record in Bohler Gym during the 1990-91 campaign.

WSU AT THE SPOKANE ARENA: The Cougars are 10-12 all-time at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena...have lost three straight.

COUGARS ACROSS THE COUNTRY: The Washington State Men's basketball team currently holds the most diverse roster in the Pacific-10 Conference with seven states, the District of Columbia, and three foreign countries represented...ties Arizona to lead the conference with 11 different representations...Pacific-10 conference is the most internationally diverse conference in NCAA Division I...has a total of 24 student-athletes represented by 16 different countries.

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