Cougars Set To Host Wildcats, Sun Devils In Men's Hoops

Jan. 8, 2002

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Thursday, January 10 -- WSU vs. Arizona-7 p.m.
(KWBA-Tucson, KUSK-Prescott)

Saturday, January 12 -- WSU vs. Arizona State-3 p.m.


Thursday, January 17 -- WSU at Stanford-7 p.m.

Saturday, January 19 -- WSU at California-5 p.m.
(FOX Sports Net)

-- Upcoming Games --
ARIZONA -- The Wildcats lead the series 39-10.
ASU -- The Sun Devils lead the series 26-23.

  • WSU OVERALL: 4-8
  • WSU IN PAC-10: 0-4
  • WSU AT HOME: 4-2
  • WSU ON THE ROAD: 0-5
  • WSU STREAK: -6

RADIO: All Washington State men's basketball games will be broadcast over the Cougar Radio Network...Bud Nameck is in his ninth season calling all the can be hear on KCLK 1430 AM (Clarkston), KCLX 1450 AM (Colfax), KCVL 1240 AM (Colville), KVAC 1490 AM and KLLM 103.9 FM (Forks), KZFN 106.1 FM (Moscow, Idaho), KBSN 1470 AM (Moses Lake), KZXR 1310 AM (Prosser/Sunnyside), KLFE 1590 AM and KRKO 1380 AM (Seattle), KXLY 920 AM (Spokane), KHHO 850 AM (Tacoma), KFLD 870 AM (Tri-Cities), KVAN 1550 AM (Vancouver), KUJ 1420 AM (Walla Walla) and KJOX 980 AM (Yakima).

INTERNET: Cougar men's basketball games can also be accessed via the Washington State athletic department web site at or at

COUGAR SPORTS THIS WEEK: You can listen to the 'Cougar Sports This Week' hosted by Bud Nameck...WSU head coach Paul Graham will be on live from The Bookie on the Washington State campus from 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday through March 19...the show can be heard over the Cougar Radio Network...Cougar seniors Mike Bush and J Locklier will join Bud Nameck this week.

COUGARS ON TELEVISION: Washington State is currently scheduled to make 12 appearances on television this season during its 27-game regular season, including five national, four regional and three local broadcasts...FOX Sports Net televised the games vs. UCLA (Dec. 22), vs. USC (Dec. 29) and at UCLA (Jan. 6)...the Cougars will be on FOX Sports Net at California (Jan. 19) and at Oregon State (Feb. 23)...FOX Sports Net Southwest carried the game at Texas (Dec. 10) and FOX Sports Net Northwest televised the game at Gonzaga (Dec. 15) and will televise the games vs. Oregon (Jan. 26) and at Washington (Feb. 27)...KUSK (Prescott, Ariz.) and KWBA (Tucson) will televise the Jan. 10 game vs. Arizona, KUSK will televise the Jan. 12 contest vs. Arizona State and KRON (San Francisco) will carry the Feb. 14 game vs. California).

ARIZONA PREVIEW: The Wildcats come into this week No. 20 in the Associated Press poll...after splitting a pair of games last week, Arizona is 9-4, 2-2 in the Pacific-10...junior Jason Gardner leads Arizona with 22.1 points per game...junior Luke Walton leads the Wildcats with 7.6 rebounds per game despite missing the last three outings due to injury.

SERIES WITH THE WILDCATS: Arizona leads 39-10...the Wildcats have won 32 straight against the Cougars...the last Washington State win in the series was 65-63 in overtime at Friel Court, Jan. 30, 1986.

ARIZONA STATE PREVIEW: After sweeping the Oregon schools at home last week, the Sun Devils enter Thursday at Washington with a 9-4 mark, 2-2 in the Pacific-10...Chad Prewitt leads ASU with 16.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game...the senior averaged 26 points and 10 rebounds in wins over Oregon State and Oregon to earn Pacific-10 Player of the Week honors.

SERIES WITH THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State leads 26-23, but the Cougars swept the Sun Devils last season...WSU won 58-57 at Arizona State, Feb. 8, 2001 after trailing by 17 points...the win marked the biggest comeback by Washington State since Jan. 30, 1993 when the Cougars trailed by 20 at California and rallied for an 83-75 victory...that victory also snapped a Pac-10 record 30-game road losing streak in conference games.

MORE STREAKS ON THE LINE THURSDAY: When the Cougars take the court Thursday, a few streaks will be on the line against the Wildcats...WSU has lost 32 straight to Arizona and the Cougars are 0-29 against the Wildcats when Arizona is ranked...overall, WSU has lost 28 straight to ranked opponents.

COUGARS IN THE PACIFIC-10 RANKINGS: Sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) leads the Pacific-10 with 6.42 assists per game and 2.50 steals per game...Moore is also third in assist/turnover ratio (2.14) and 14th in scoring (13.9 points per game)...junior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) is fourth in three-point field goals made (2.42 per game) and 16th in scoring (13.2 points per game)...senior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) is eighth in free throw percentage (.844), ninth in steals (1.60 per game)...junior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) is ninth in blocks (1.11 per game) 17th in rebounding (5.8 per game)...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) is 10th in field goal percentage (.545), 11th in rebounding (6.3 per game), 17th in scoring (12.9 points per game).

FASHIONABLE COUGARS: The Washington State coaching staff may be the best dressed in the country...Paul Graham in ninth among head coaches and Gary Stewart is eighth among assistant coaches in the Jan. 7 Fashion Power Index according to Graham and Stewart are the only coaches on the West Coast in their respective rankings...for more information, check out

INJURY UPDATE: Junior guard Nick Graham (Stillwater, Okla.) has surgery on his right ankle Nov. 23 and has not played this season...senior forward Justin Murray (Tacoma, Wash.) is out at least two weeks with avulsed teeth.

UCLA OUTLASTS WSU: Billy Knight scored a career-high 32 points to lead the Bruins to an 81-69 victory over the Cougars, Jan. 6...the win improved UCLA's mark against Washington State to 45-0 all-time in Los Angeles...senior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) led the Cougars with 18 points despite battling the flu.

USC SHOOTS DOWN COUGARS: The Trojans shot 56 percent from the floor in an 85-64 win at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Jan. 4...sophomore Marcus Moore returned to his hometown and led WSU with 15 points, five assists and three steals...junior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) added 14 points and six rebounds off the bench for WSU.

MOORE IS NOT ENOUGH IN LOSS TO TROJANS: Sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) recorded his second double-double of the season and the third of his career with 12 points and a career-high 11 assists, but WSU came out on the short end of a 78-63 loss to USC in Pullman, Dec. 29...USC freshman Errick Craven poured in a game-high 29 points while senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) led the Cougars with 17 points...junior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) pulled down a career-high eight rebounds for WSU.

UCLA RALLIES PAST WSU: The No. 19 Bruins shot 68 percent in the second half and overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to pull out a 79-74 win in Pullman, Dec. 22...three Cougars scored in double figures, led by 17 from sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.)...Moore just missed a double-double as he dished out eight assists...WSU tied a school record by going 13-for-13 (1.000) from the foul line.

COUGARS FALL AT GONZAGA: Despite the first double-double in junior Milton Riley's (Gardena, Calif.) career (10 points, career-high 11 rebounds), Washington State lost 67-44 at No. 25 Gonzaga, Dec. 15...the 44 points were the fewest by the Cougars in a nonconference game since a 50-40 loss at Idaho, Nov. 29, 1988...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) just missed a double-double with a nine rebounds and a team-high 13 points.

TEXAS DEFEATS WASHINGTON STATE: Led by Chris Owens' 19 points, the Longhorns dropped the Cougars to 4-3 with a 79-52 win in Austin, Dec. 10...the loss was the worst nonconference defeat for the Cougars since No. 4 Michigan State, led by Magic Johnson, beat WSU 98-52, Dec. 27, 1978...junior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) led WSU with 14 points and freshman Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) recorded his first double figure rebounding game with a game-high 10.

McNAIR HELPS WSU RALLY PAST TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN: Junior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) scored 20 of his team-high 26 points in the second half as the Cougars rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat Texas-Pan American, 70-67, Dec. 7...McNair hit three consecutive three-pointers late in the second half to give WSU the lead for good at 63-59...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) added 17 points and a game-high seven rebounds for the Cougars.

MOORE LEADS COUGS PAST VANDALS: Sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) scored a career-high 31 points and added eight rebounds, five assists and five steals to lead Washington State to an 81-55 over Idaho, Dec. 4.

COUGARS KNOCK OFF ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF: Sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) recorded the second double-double of his career with 26 points and 10 assists, to lead WSU to a 91-75 win over the Golden Lions, Dec. 1 in Pullman...the 10 assists are a career high...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) scored 19 points for the second consecutive game to equal his career high.

WSU FALLS SHORT AT MONTANA: Senior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) came off the bench to score a game-high 24 points at Montana, Nov. 28, but the Cougars lost to the Grizzlies 75-71...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) tallied a career-high 19 points and tied Bush with a game-high seven rebounds.

COUGARS ROUT PRAIRIE VIEW A&M: Junior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) scored a game-high 22 points to lead WSU to a 103-55 blowout of the Panthers, Nov. 24 in Pullman...the Cougars tied a team school record with 17 steals led by sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.), who registered seven thefts, one shy of the school record.

WSU DROPS OPENER TO COLORADO STATE: Despite 17 points from junior Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas), WSU lost its season opener 79-75 to the Rams, Nov. 20 at the Spokane Arena...senior MikeBush (Riverside, Calif.) scored 12 points off the bench for WSU just three days after playing wide receiver in the Apple Cup for the Cougar football team.

--go cougs--

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