Cougars Host High Point And Fresno State

Dec. 17, 2002

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Sat, Dec. 21, 2002 -- WSU vs. High Point-7 p.m. (Spokane Arena)
Mon, Dec. 23, 2002 -- WSU vs. Fresno State-7 p.m. (Friel Court)

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).

HIGH POINT PREVIEW: The Panthers, from High Point, N.C., just outside of Greensboro, are 2-4 pending their game at Campbell (Dec. 17)...High Point came within one game of the NCAA Tournament last season, losing 78-48 to Winthrop in the Big South Tournament title game...the Panthers are making their first trip to the West Coast since 1999-200 when they went lost games at San Diego State, Fresno State and UC-Irvine.

SERIES WITH THE PANTHERS: Saturday's game will be the first meeting between Washington State and High Point.

WSU AT THE SPOKANE ARENA: The Cougars are 7-8 all-time at the Spokane Arena and have lost five straight in the building...last season, the Cougars dropped a 79-75 decision to Colorado State in the season opener at the Arean...the last win for WSU at the Arena was a 72-71 triumph over Washington, Jan. 3, 1999...the Cougars played their first game at the Arena Nov. 24, 1995 and defeated Gonzaga 72-67 in overtime...that game was the first collegiate game played in the building.

FRESNO STATE PREVIEW: The Bulldogs are 5-1 this season, pending their game vs. Centenary (Dec. 20)...the Bulldogs are 1-1 on the road with a 74-71 win at the University of San Francisco (Dec. 7) and a 71-61 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 15)...Fresno State opened the season with five wins before falling to the Cowboys.

SERIES WITH THE BULLDOGS: Washington State leads the series 6-2...the Bulldogs won the last meeting, defeating an NCAA bound Cougar team 87-79, Dec. 29, 1993...WSU has won two of three meetings in Pullman...the Cougars won the first meeting 46-37 in Pullman, Dec. 19, 1935...all eight games in the series have been decided by 10 points or less...the Cougars' 47-37 win Nov. 29, 1978 in Fresno is the only 'blowout' in the series.

CLOSE GAMES: The 90-79 loss at Colorado State, Dec. 14 was the second straight game the Cougars played decided by double figures...the first five were decided by eight points or less...WSU has three wins by a combined 22 points and four losses by a total of 24 points.

MOORE CHASING HISTORY: Junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) needs just 105 points for 1,000, 43 assists for 300 and 15 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...his two steals against Montana moved him into eighth place on the WSU all-time list...he is currently 10th in assists with 254 and needs just one to tie Anthony Kidd (1986-89) for ninth on the Cougar career list.

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 seven games, Moore is averaging 22.4 points per game to lead the Pacific-10 and rank 12th nationally...his 3.71 assists per game are ninth and his 2.14 steals per game are fourth in the Pac-10...he is tied for second in the Conference with teammate Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas) at 2.86 three-pointers made per game.

RILEY'S PRESENCE: Senior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) tied his career-high (set in the 2002-03 opener vs. San Jose State) with five blocks against Montana...he ranks eighth on the WSU career list with 74...his 2.83 blocks per contest lead the Pac-10 and are tied for 20th nationally...he is on pace to register 73 blocks this season, the most since past NBA player James Donaldson rejected 76 shots during the 1978-79 his current rate, Riley would finish his career with 130 blocks...only Donaldson (1976-79) with 176 and Carlos Daniel (1995-98) with 136 tallied more in their WSU careers...Riley tallied his second double-double of his career with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds at TCU...he is also tied for 10th in the Pac-10 with 54.5 percent shooting from the field.

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...WSU leads the Pacific-10 with 10.14 three-pointers made per that pace, the Cougars would finish with 273...the 1993-94 squad holds the single-season record with 221...WSU is also on track to shoot 763 three-pointers this season which would shatter the record of 598 set in 1993-94.

GOING DOWNTOWN: Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) is shooting 54.1 percent (20-for-37) from beyond the arc and ranks fifth in 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)...his 2.29 three-pointers made per game are 10th in the Pac-10...his 20 treys this season have already eclipsed his 18 during his freshman campaign.

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...his 1.79 assist-to-turnover ratio (seventh) and 3.57 assists (10th) are both among Pac-10 leaders.

LYMAN AT THE LINE: Senior Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas) has knocked down 19-of-21 foul shots this season (.905) to rank second in the Pacific-10...his misses came in the opener vs. San Jose State and at Colorado State (Dec. 14).

BENCH SCORING: During the first two games this season, the Cougar bench scored just 18 points to account for 12.2 percent of WSU's the last five games, the bench has averaged 22 points per contest, producing 27.7 percent of the Cougars' offense.

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...Moore's 5.9 rebounds per game (13th) and Gill's 5.6 board per contest (20th) are both among the Conference leaders.

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.

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