Cougars Host Bruins And Trojans In Spokane

Jan. 7, 2004

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THIS WEEK: Thursday, January 8, 2004 vs. UCLA (6-3, 2-0 Pac-10)-7 p.m.
Saturday, January 10, 2004 vs. USC (6-5, 1-1 Pac-10)-1 p.m. (FOX Sports Net Regional)
(Games played at Spokane Arena presented by FOX Sports Net)

WSU HEAD COACH Dick Bennett: Washington State Head Coach Dick Bennett is in his first season at WSU...coached at Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1976-85), Wisconsin-Green Bay (1985-95) and Wisconsin (1995-2000)...owns a .638 career winning percentage (461-262) highlights include a 1984 NAIA national runner-up finish at Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a 2000 Final Four appearance at Wisconsin...he is 7-5 this season...with 62-55 win vs. Idaho, Dec. 20, Bennett moved into 77th place on the NCAA career wins list.

BENNETT RECORDS QUICK START: WSU won six of its first eight games, marking its best starts since 1996-97 when the Cougars opened 7-1...with two wins to open the 2003-04 season, WSU Head Coach Dick Bennett became the first mentor to begin his Cougar career 2-0 since Len Stevens in 1983-84.

UCLA PREVIEW: The Bruins swept Oregon State (77-66) and Oregon (81-74) at home to open Pac-10 play...Dijon Thompson leads UCLA in scoring with 14.2 points per game and ranks 12th in the Pac-10...Trevor Ariza is sixth in the conference with 7.7 rebounds per game to lead the Bruins.

SERIES WITH THE BRUINS: UCLA leads 84-12 and has won 21 straight against WSU...swept last season 98-83 in Pullman and 86-71 in Los Angeles...last Cougar victory was 67-56, Feb. 6, 1993 in Pullman.

USC PREVIEW: The Trojans are 6-5, 1-1 in Pac-10...lost to Oregon (92-74) and beat Oregon State (91-82) at home to begin Pac-10 play...Jeff McMillan leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.667) and is third with 9.5 rebounds per outing...Errick Craven tops the conference with 2.18 steals per game...Desmon Farmer is third in the Pac-10 with 17.7 points per game.

SERIES WITH THE TROJANS: USC leads 62-32...Trojans have won nine straight...last WSU win was 95-86 in Pullman, Jan. 30, 1999.

COUGARS AT SPOKANE ARENA: Washington State is 8-8 all-time at the Spokane Arena, including a 3-4 mark in Pac-10 games...Cougars lost 78-73 to No. 20 UCLA, Jan. 4, 1996 and 83-61 to USC, Jan. 6, 2000...WSU won 78-71 last season against High Point in only Spokane Arena appearance...last Pac-10 appearance at the Spokane Arena was 84-51 loss to No. 21 Arizona, Jan. 11, 2001.

RARE PAC-10 ROAD WIN: With the 55-50 win at California, Jan. 4, WSU broke a 22-game conference losing streak on the road...last win prior to victory over Golden Bears was 58-57, Feb. 8, 2001 at Arizona State...only second Pac-10 road win in last 54 outings dating back to 1997-98.

WSU ROAD SUCCESS: The Cougars have three road wins in a season for the first time since 1997-98...last time WSU won four road games in a season was 1995-96 (7-7)...with the 57-51 win at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22, WSU broke a 27-game road losing streak...previous win was 58-57 at Arizona State, Feb. 8, 2001...Cougars won second road game 64-50 at Montana, Dec. 13...first win in Missoula since Dec. 11, 1984 after losing last two trips...WSU 3-46 combined last four years on the road prior to this season...

WSU EQUALS LAST SEASON'S WIN TOTAL: After a split in the Bay Area to open conference play, the Cougars are 7-5 overall this season...WSU was 7-20 last season...WSU is 1-1 in Pac-10 after posting a 1-17 mark in the conference each of the last two seasons.

WSU WIN STREAK: The Cougars had a four-game winning streak snapped with their 46-29 loss at Fresno State, Dec. was WSU's first four-game winning streak since Dec. 2-20, 1998.

DOUBLE FIGURE WINS: WSU won three straight games by double figures Dec. 1-13...last time Cougars accomplished the feat was Dec. 5-20, 1998.

WINNING IN DECEMBER: Washington State won its first four December games for the first time since 1998-99.

PROTECTING THE HOUSE: WSU's 62-55 win over Idaho, Dec. 20, the Cougars closed our their 2003-04 nonconference home schedule at 3-0...WSU is 63-2 since 1990-91 in nonconference games played in Pullman...the mark includes a 5-0 record in Bohler Gym during the 1990-91 campaign...losses are 78-66 to Utah, Dec. 11, 1999 and 110-104 to Gonzaga in overtime, Dec. 7, 2002.

FORTY PERCENT EQUALS PASSING GRADE: WSU is 7-1 this season when shooting 40 percent or better from the field...exception is 73-51 loss at No. 5 Stanford, Jan. 2 when WSU shot 44 percent...Cougars shot season-high 51 percent in 73-52 victory over TCU, Dec. 6...Cougars 5-0 when holding opponent under 40 percent from the floor.

SCORING LIMIT IS FIFTY-FIVE: The Cougars have held nine of 12 opponents this season to 55 points or less...WSU held eight opponents to 55 points or less over the last four seasons combined prior to 2003-04...last time Cougars limited nine opponents in a season to 55 points or less was 1981-82 (12 opponents)...WSU held six straight opponents to 55 points or less (Nov. 28-Dec. 22) for the first time since Dec. 21-Jan. 5 (seven games) during the 1950-51 season.

FIFTY POINT BARRIER: The Cougars have held three opponents to under 50 points this season...prior to this season, the last time WSU held a team under 50 points was an 80-46 win at Eastern Washington, Dec. 7, 1996...Cougars had not held multiple opponents under 50 points since 1989-90 season...last time WSU held three opponents under 50 points was 1987-88 season when the Cougars accomplished the feat five times in Kelvin Sampson's first season on the Palouse...WSU also limited Montana and California to 50 points each while posting road wins.

NO SECOND CHANCES: The Cougars have allowed just 29 points on second chance opportunities during their seven wins this season...five of those came in the first half of the season opener against VMI...conversely, the Cougars have given up 61 second chance points in their five losses...on the offensive end, WSU is averaging 8.5 second chance points per game (102 in 12 games).

EIGHT BALLS FROM BEYOND THE ARC: WSU is 4-0 this season when it makes eight or more three-pointers...Cougars made season-high nine treys in 66-46 win over IPFW, Dec. 1...sophomore Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla), who led the Pacific-10 last season in three-point percentage (.456), leads the Cougars with 27 treys in 2003-04...junior Randy Green (Renton) is shooting a team-best .436 (17-for-39) from beyond the arc.

#1 Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) - Ranks on WSU all-time list in assists (fifth-365), steals (fourth-151) and scoring (13th-1,235 points) of three players in WSU history with 1,000 points, 300 assists and 125 steals...Keith Morrison (1983-86) and Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) are the others...named to the BP Top of the World Classic all-tournament team after averaging 16.7 points and 3.7 assists in three games...Pac-10 rankings entering the week: Second in steals (2.17 per game), ninth in assists (4.17 per game), and 13th in scoring (14.1 points per game)...scored 20 points at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22 and 22 points vs. Idaho, Dec. 20.
#2 Terry Ayers (Pearl City, Hawaii) - Walk-on has appeared in three games...played three minutes off the bench in first half at Montana, Dec. 13.
#3 Lance Den Boer (Sunnyside) - Scored season-high 11 points off the bench at Montana, Dec. 13 while celebrating his 19th birthday.
#5 Chris Schlatter (Lafayette, Calif.) - Has started 11 games...three times this season has tied his career-high with seven rebounds...equaled season high with nine points at No. 15 Gonzaga and added six boards...tallied eight points at No. 5 Stanford, Jan. 2.
#11 Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) - Has scored in double figures six times this season...season-high 18 points vs. IPFW, Dec. 1...tallied team-high 15 points at No. 15 Gonzaga, Dec. 28...Pac-10 rankings entering the week: Eighth in three-pointers per game (2.25), tied for ninth in steals (1.50 per game)...led Pac-10 with .456 three-point shooting in 2002-03.
#12 Randy Green (Renton) - Averaged 16.7 points per game during three-game stretch Dec. 6-20...Pac-10 ranking entering the week: Eighth in three-point percentage (.436).
#21 Anthony Grant (Seattle) - Has appeared 10 games, including two start...struggled from the floor this season (2-for-24).
#22 Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) - Leads WSU with 5.6 rebounds per game...grabbed 10 boards at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22 and at Southern Utah, Nov. 28...named all-tournament at BP Top of the World Classic...played career-high 36 minutes at California, scored season-high 10 points and dished out career-high three assists against the Golden Bears, Jan. 4...Pac-10 ranking entering the week: Tied for 14th in rebounding.
#23 T.J. Paterick (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) - Invited walk-on has made three starts this season...missed last four games with deep right thigh bruise before returning at No. 5 Stanford, Jan. 2.
#25 Isaiah Simmons (Tacoma) - Walk-on has made two appearances...scored two points, grabbed one rebounds and registered one assist at No. 15 Gonzaga, Dec. 28.
#32 Ezenwa Ukeagu (Coral Springs, Fla.) - Made only start at Fresno State, Dec. 22...tied career-high with 15 points vs. Idaho, Dec. 20...added eight rebounds against the Vandals...averaged 8.3 points and 5.0 rebounds during three games at BP Top of the World Classic.
#44 Justin Garcia (Mira Loma, Calif.) - Has played in three games...scored lone bucket vs. IPFW, Dec. 1...recorded a pair of rebounds against the Mastadons and at Fresno State, Dec. 22.
#45 Jeff Varem (Benue, Nigeria) - Made first appearance at Fresno State, Dec. 22...tallied team-high five rebounds...added four points and two assists...recorded season/career-high 15 points at California, Jan. 4...added five boards against Golden Bears...sat out WSU's first eight games due to impermissible benefits received prior to attending WSU.
#55 Justin Bellegarde (Ukiah, Calif.) - Scored season-high six points vs. IPFW, Dec. 1...pulled down season-high five rebounds in opener vs. VMI, Nov. 20...started vs. Rice, Nov. 23 and at No. 5 Stanford, Jan. 2.

GETTING A FRESH START: WSU has used five different starting lineups this season, with 10 players making at least one start...a breakdown of the lineups.

STARTERS GAME(S) W-LGill, Grant, Kelati, Moore, Schlatter (1, 12) 2-0Gill, Green, Kelati, Moore, Schlatter (2, 7-8, 10) 3-1Gill, Kelati, Moore, Paterick, Schlatter (3, 5-6) 2-1Bellegarde, Gill, Kelati, Moore, Schlatter (4, 11) 0-2Gill, Kelati, Moore, Ukeagu, Varem (9) 0-1

COUGARS PICKED NINTH IN PRESEASON PAC-10 POLL: Arizona is the preseason selection to win the 2003-04 Pacific-10 men's basketball title according to poll of 35 media members who cover the conference...Wildcats garnered 26 first place votes...Arizona is followed by Stanford (seven first place votes), California (one first place vote), Oregon, USC (one first place vote), UCLA, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State and Oregon State.FROM: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY MEDIA INFORMATION 4-4-4January 6, 2004 Men's Basketball Contact: Craig LawsonSLAMMING THE DOOR SHUT: The Cougars are 5-0 this season when leading at halftime and 1-0 when tied at intermission...last season, WSU was 6-6 after outscoring its opponent in the first stanza.

DEFENSIVE STAT OF THE WEEK: WSU's 55-50 win at California, Jan. 4 marked the fewest points given up by the Cougars in a Pac-10 game since a 61-42 win over Oregon State, Feb. 8, 1996...last time Cougars gave up fewer points in a conference road game was a 67-46 win at Washington, Jan. 29, 1994.

WSU A TRAVELING TEAM: The Cougars have played nine of their 12 games away from Pullman...WSU has played its last four games on the road and will play its next four away from Pullman, including 'home' games in Spokane, Jan. 8 and 10...WSU traveled over 10,000 miles by plane and nearly 1,500 miles by bus entering this week.

COUGARS AWAY FROM HOME: After defeating Idaho at Friel Court, Dec. 20, the Cougars played four straight road games...with WSU's first two 'home' Pac-10 games scheduled at the Spokane Arena this week, the Cougars will have five weeks between games in Pullman before hosting Washington, Jan. 24.

GET TO KNOW THE WSU ASSISTANT COACHES: Tony Bennett is the son of WSU Head Coach Dick Bennett...played for his father at Wisconsin-Green Bay...finished collegiate career as Mid-Continent Conference's all-time leader in points (2,285) and assists (601)...ranks as NCAA's all-time leader in three-point percentage (.497)...three seasons with NBA's Charlotte Hornets...selected 35th by Hornets in 1995 NBA Draft...Mike Burns helped Eastern Washington earn NIT bid last season...coordinated Eagles' defense that ranked top three in Big Sky Conference scoring defense during each of his three seasons at EWU...Mike Heideman served as an assistant to Dick Bennett at Wisconsin-Green Bay for all 10 seasons the latter was the mentor of the Phoenix...succeeded Bennett as head coach at UWGB...led Phoenix to 110-95 mark during seven seasons...named 1996 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year.

RADIO: All Washington State men's basketball games will be broadcast over the Cougar Basketball Radio Network...Bud Nameck is in his 11th season calling all the can be heard on KCLK 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), KYCW 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

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