Cougars Prepare For Contest With Montana

Dec. 9, 2002

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RADIO: 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 can be heard onKCLK 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).

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

COUGARS ON TELEVISION: Washington State will make11 appearances on television during its 27-game regular season, including four national and seven regional broadcasts...FOX Sports Net will televise the games vs. UCLA (Jan. 4), at Arizona (Jan. 9), at Stanford (Feb. 15) and at USC (March 8)...FOX Sports Net Northwest will televise games vs. California (Jan. 18), at Washington (Jan. 31), vs. Arizona (Feb. 8), vs. Oregon State (Feb. 22) and vs. Washington (March 1)...FOX Sports Net Arizona will televise the game at Arizona State (Jan. 11)...the Oregon Sports Network will televise the game at Oregon (Jan. 25).

MONTANA PREVIEW: The Grizzlies are 2-5 this season...Montana snapped a four-game losing streak with a 66-52 win over Montana Tech last Saturday...the Grizzlies have played one common opponent this season...last Thursday, Montana lost 75-67 to Gonzaga in Missoula while the Cougars dropped a 110-104 overtime decision to the Bulldogs two days later...three players average double-figure scoring for Montana, led by David Bell's 15.6 points per game...Marcus Rosser is the team's leading rebounder with 7.7 per contest.

SERIES WITH THE GRIZZLIES: WSU and Montana have met 104 times with the Cougars holding a 76-28 advantage in the series...Montana won last season contest, 75-71, Nov. 28 in Missoula...WSU has won the last three games in Pullman dating back to the 1986-87 season...Montana's last win in Pullman was 47-45, Dec. 6, 1983...the first contest between the two schools resulted in a 71-11 Cougar victory at Montana, Feb. 4, 1914...WSU recorded a 43-22 win over the Grizzlies the next night, also in Missoula.

CLOSE GAMES: Each of the Cougars' first five games have been decided by eight points or less, with WSU winning two...last season, the Cougars were 2-6 in games decided by eight points or less.

RARE HOME LOSS: Saturday's loss to Gonzaga was only the second in 55 games the Cougars have played in Beasley Coliseum against non-conference opponents over the last 13 seasons...the only other WSU setback since the 1990-91 season was 78-66 to Utah Dec. 11, 1999...Cougar Head Coach Paul Graham is 17-2 against non-conference opponents in Pullman during his four-year tenure.

MOORE CHASING HISTORY: Junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) needs just 134 points for 1,000, 47 assists for 300 and 19 steals for 125 in his career...if he reaches all three milestones, he will become the third player in WSU history to accomplish the feat...Keith Morrison (1983-86) and Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) are the other two.

GONZAGA HAD MOORE THAN IT COULD HANDLE: In loss against the Bulldogs, Moore poured in 42 points, including 17 in the final three and a half minutes of regulation and 10 more in overtime...the 42 points tied Moore with Steve Puidokas (Jan. 2, 1975 vs. Gonzaga) for fourth on the WSU single-game list...his nine treys tied a Cougar single-game record held by Bennie Seltzer (Feb. 27, 1993 vs. Stanford) and Chris Crosby (Dec. 21, 1998 vs. Idaho).

MOORE NOTES: In the win over San Jose State, the junior point guard tied his career-high with 35 points and recorded the fourth 30-plus point game of his the victory over Southern Utah, he tied his career-high with 10 rebounds and tallied the fourth double-double of his career...he again equaled the career-high 10 rebounds at Idaho (Dec. 4)...through five games, Moore is averaging 25.6 points per game to lead the Pacific-10 and rank third nationally.

RILEY'S PRESENCE: Senior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) added three blocks in the loss at Idaho and leads the team with 12 this season...he ranks eighth on the WSU career list with 69 and recorded a career-high five in the season opener against San Jose State...his 3.0 blocks per contest lead the Pac-10 and are tied for 10th nationally...Riley tallied his second double-double of his career with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds at TCU.

DIALING LONG DISTANCE: The Cougars tied single-game team records for three-pointers (18) and three-point attempts (37) in the loss to Gonzaga...both marks were set Dec. 29, 1990 during a 121-82 win over Seattle in Bohler Gym.

GOING DOWNTOWN: Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) is shooting 50.0 percent (15-for-30) from beyond the his current pace, Kelati would establish a WSU single-season record for three-point percentage...the record is held by Blake Pengelly (1996-97) at 48.6 percent (36-74).

KELATI CONTRIBUTIONS: The sophomore guard scored a career-high 19 points in the loss to Gonzaga on the strength of 5-for-8 shooting from three-point range...he tallied five assists at Idaho (Dec. 4) to tie his career high and his assist-to-turnover ratio is nearly 2-to-1 (17-9)..

LYMAN AT THE LINE: Senior Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas) has knocked down 16-of-17 foul shots this season (.941) to tied for 36th nationally in free throw percentage.

GLASS CLEANERS: Five Cougars veterans have set or tied their career high in rebounds this season...junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) tied his career high with 10 rebounds against Southern Utah and equaled it at Idaho...senior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) and sophomore Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) tallied their career high at TCU with 12 and 10, Idaho, seniors Cedrick Hughey (Waldo, Ark.) and Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas) pulled down seven and six boards, respectively.

LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: The combined 214 points scored in the Gonzaga game were the most by two teams at Friel Court since No. 12 Arizona won a 114-111 overtime thriller against the Cougars March 2, 1995.

OVERTIME GAMES: Last Saturday was the first overtime game for Washington State since a 75-71 loss to California Jan. 25, 2001...the Cougars are 2-4 under Paul Graham in overtime games with all six games played in Pullman...the last time WSU played an overtime game on the road was Jan. 31, 1998 (75-69 loss at USC).

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