WSU Men's Hoops Takes Season's First Road Trip

Dec. 6, 2005

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WASHINGTON STATE (4-1, 0-0 Pac-10)
COUGARS TRAVEL TO BULLDOGS AND AZTECS: The Washington State men's basketball team makes its first road trip of the season this week...plays at No. 9/11 (AP/USA Today) Gonzaga (4-2), Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. (FSN Northwest/KHQ) and at San Diego State (4-2, plays at California, Dec. 6), Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. (Chanel 4-San Diego) in San Diego part of San Diego SLAM...Fresno State and San Diego play at 5:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE HEAD COACHES: Dick Bennett is 29-33 at Washington State and in his third season on the Palouse...owns a 483-290 career record (.625) in 27 collegiate seasons...guided Wisconsin to 2000 Final Four...Gonzaga's Mark Few is 163-39 in his career, including 4-2 this season, and in his seventh season, all with the Bulldogs...San Diego State Head Coach Steve Fisher is 85-99 and in his seventh season with the Aztecs...overall record is 269-181 and he is in his 15th season...Bennett is 0-2 against Mark Few, both at WSU...won two of three games against Fisher when the former was at Wisconsin and the latter at Michigan...Bennett's Badgers knocked off Fisher's 21st-ranked Wolverines in 1995-96 and 13th-ranked squad in 1996-97.

SERIES WITH THE BULLDOGS: WSU leads 95-44...Gonzaga has won six straight...Cougars are 45-24 in road games, including 34-20 on the Bulldogs' campus...last WSU win was 85-70, Dec. 4, 1997 in Pullman...Cougars have lost three straight on the road with last win coming 64-61, Dec. 2, 1985 at Spokane Coliseum...last victory on Gonzaga campus was 58-52, Dec. 13, 1977...Bulldogs have won last two on home campus.

SERIES WITH THE AZTECS: Washington State has won all three meetings...last meeting was 73-51 Cougar win at the Texaco Star Classic in San Diego, Dec. 19, 1992...Bennie Seltzer led WSU with 18 points while Mark Hendrickson had 14 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (DEC. 8): This will mark the fourth match-up to take place Dec. 8 between Washington State and Gonzaga...Cougars are 2-1 against the Bulldogs, including 1-1 at Spokane...WSU is 16-6 overall when playing Dec. 8.

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (DEC. 10): Washington State defeated Idaho 63-52 at Friel Court, Dec. 10, 1997...Blake Pengelly hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 12-0 second half run to lead the Cougars to a come-from-behind victory...a basket by Rodrigo de la Fuente started a 9-2 WSU run to end the game...Carlos Daniel tallied a season-high 17 rebounds, and added 12 points.

COUGARS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: Washington State is 32-189 all-time against nationally-ranked opponents...Cougars are 5-106 against the top 10...WSU is 5-100 on the road against the top 25 and has won three of 37 December games overall...WSU is 0-3 against ranked Gonzaga team and 0-7 against the No. 9 team.

WASHINGTON STATE AGAINST THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE: The Cougars are 110-50 all-time against current members of the West Coast Conference, including a 95-44 mark against Gonzaga...WSU will host Portland, Dec. 17...Cougars are 1-2 under Dick Bennett against the WCC...lost to Gonzaga each of the last two seasons...defeated Portland on the road last season.

WASHINGTON STATE AGAINST THE MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE: The Cougars are 13-33 all-time against current members of the Mountain West Conference, including 3-0 against San Diego State...WSU is 1-1 this season...lost 76-68 to BYU in Spokane, Nov. 22 and defeated Wyoming 63-47 in Pullman, Nov. 30...Cougars are 2-2 under Dick Bennett against the MWC...defeated BYU in Salt Lake City and lost at Wyoming last season.

COUGARS OFF TO FAST START: Washington State is 4-1, its best start to the season since the Cougars won five straight and seven of eight to open the 1996-97 campaign.

WASHINGTON STATE NEWCOMERS CONTRIBUTING: The Cougars have eight new faces this season, including a pair of walk-ons...WSU newcomers have accounted for 37 percent of the minutes played and are contributing 40 percent of the scoring...junior transfer forward Ivory Clark leads the team with nine blocks and is second among Cougars with 10.8 points per game...newcomers have recorded 38 percent of the rebounds grabbed by individuals...first-year Cougars are shooting 55 percent from the field led by true freshman center Aron Baynes at 68 percent.

COUGAR SCORING UP: Washington State is averaging 67.6 points per game this season...Cougars averaged 56.9 points per game during Dick Bennett's first two seasons...WSU has scored 338 points through five games, second best five-game stretch under Bennett (341, Feb. 19-March 6, 2004).

BENCH SCORING: Washington State is averaging 22.2 points per game this season off the bench...Aron Baynes scored 19 points off the bench in the Cougars' 81-55 season-opening victory over UC Riverside, Nov. 19...against Idaho, Nov. 26, Cougar bench players tallied 31 points in 63-37 victory.

BALANCED SCORING: The Cougars are averaging 67.6 points per game, led by sophomore Derrick Low's 12.8 per outing...six different WSU players have scored in double figures in a game this season, led by Low's four such Cougars' 63-37 win over Idaho, Nov. 26, 11 different WSU players scored, most since 11 had points in a 98-76 win over Washington, March 1, 2003.

WSU NOTCHES WIN IN CLOSE GAME: The Cougars defeated Kansas State 58-57 in Pullman, Dec. 3...first game decided by less than eight points this 2004-05, WSU was 4-8 in games decided by three points or less...dozen games decided by three points or less tied Fresno State for most nationally.

PROTECTING THE HOUSE: In the last 16 seasons, the Cougars are 69-3 in Pullman against nonconference opponents...mark includes a 5-0 record in Bohler Gym during the 1990-91 campaign.

TEAMS DO NOT EXCEED FIFTY-FIVE: Dick Bennett has been the Washington State men's basketball coach for 62 30 of those, the Cougar opponent has scored 55 points or less...from 1992-93 through 2002-03, WSU held a total of 31 opponents to 55 points or less.

WSU EXTENDS 3-POINT STREAK: The Cougars have made at least one 3-pointer in 286 consecutive games...last time Cougars did not make a shot from beyond the arc was Feb. 18, 1995 at Oregon...since 3-point line was adopted in 1986-87, WSU has failed to make a 3-pointer three times...other two occasions were Jan. 5, 1987 at Idaho and Dec. 9, 1988 at home against Portland.

STATISTICAL TRENDS: WSU is 19-2 under Dick Bennett when holding the opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field, including 4-0 in 2004-05...Bennett's Cougars are 18-1, including 2-1 in 2005-06, when outrebounding their opponent...WSU is

STREAKS BROKEN IN BENNETT ERA: In two seasons under Dick Bennett, the Cougars have accomplished several firsts and broken many losing is a look at the achievements.

  • Won 57-51 at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22, 2003 to break 27-game road losing streak.
  • Won 55-50 at California, Jan. 4, 2004 to break 31-game losing streak in California, 22-game Pac-10 road losing streak, six-game skid to Golden Bears and eight-game slide at California.
  • Won 76-61 over USC in Spokane, Jan. 10, 2004 to halt nine-game losing streak to USC.
  • Won 55-48 at UCLA, Feb. 5, 2004 for first win at UCLA in 47 games, including 39 at Pauley Pavilion...broke 22-game losing streak to UCLA.
  • Won 60-51 at USC, Feb. 7, 2004 to snap seven-game losing streak at USC...first season sweep of USC since 1985-86...completed first road sweep of Los Angeles schools in WSU history.
  • Won 60-51 vs. Stanford in Spokane, Dec, 31, 2004 to break 17-game losing streak against Cardinal.
  • Won 70-63 at No. 11 Arizona, Jan. 29, 2005 to break 38-game losing streak against Arizona...stopped 20-game losing streak at Arizona...first win in 35 tries against a ranked Arizona team...halted a 26-game road losing streak against ranked opponents and a 48-game skid overall against top 25 teams...highest ranked opponent defeated on the road in school history.
  • Won 59-48 at Stanford, March 3, 2005 to break eight-game losing streak at Stanford...first home-and-home sweep of Stanford since 1992-93.


    #1 Josh Akognon (Petaluma, Calif.)

  • Appeared in all five games, including two starts.
  • Made first career start against UC Riverside, Nov. 19...recorded a career-high 22 points, and eight rebounds against the Highlanders.

    #2 Derrick Low (Honolulu, Hawaii)

  • Started all five games.
  • Tallied a career-high 11 assists and added 15 points against UC Riverside, Nov. 19...first career double-double...most assists in a game by a Cougar since Marcus Moore had 11 vs. USC, Dec. 29, 2001.
  • Leads team with 26 assists, averaging 5.2 per game...leads Pac-10.
  • Leads the Cougars shooting 50.0 percent from 3-point range...fifth in Pac-10.
  • Tied his season-high 15 points and notched a season/career-high five boards against Wyoming, Nov. 30.
  • Leads team in scoring, averaging 12.8 points per game...ranked 19th in Pacific-10.
  • Notched 14 points, five boards, and was 2-for-2 from the line vs. Kansas State, Dec. 3...ranked third in Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.923).
  • Leads the Pac-10 in assist/turnover ratio at 2.36.

    #3 Steve Campbell (Kenmore)

  • Has appeared off the bench in three games.
  • Scored his first collegiate points with dunk in the waning moments of the season opener against UC Riverside, Nov. 19.

    #5 Chris Matthews (Washington, D.C.)

  • Appeared off the bench in four games.
  • Tallied three points and one rebound in four minutes off the bench against Idaho, Nov. 26.

    #11 Aron Baynes (Cairns, Australia)

  • Appeared in five games, including one start.
  • Tallied 19 points off the bench against UC Riverside, Nov. 19...most points in a season opener by a true freshman in school history.
  • Made first career start against Idaho, Nov. 26.
  • Recorded season/career-high four rebounds, and added seven points against Kansas State, Dec. 3.
  • Currently ranked fourth in the Pac-10 for field goal percentage at .680.

    #12 Randy Green (Renton)

  • Appeared in five games, including one start.
  • Missed a free throw attempt against Idaho, Nov. 26, ending his 17 consecutive free throws made streak dating back to Jan. 10, 2004.
  • Tallied eight points, two boards, and tied his career-high four steals against Wyoming, Nov. 30.
  • Recorded seven points and three boards off the bench against Kansas State, Dec. 3.

    #21 John Rasmussen (Yakima)

  • Has appeared off the bench in two games.

    #23 Antonio Chavers (Fort Worth, Texas)

  • Appeared in all five games, including three starts.
  • Made his first start in a Cougar uniform against Idaho, Nov. 26...tallied a season/career-high 10 points and added two boards.

    #25 Kyle Weaver (Beloit, Wis.)

  • Appeared in all five games, including four starts.
  • Tallied 10 points, eight boards, matched his career-high two blocks, and set a career-high with seven assists in the season opener against UC Riverside, Nov. 19.
  • Tied career-high 15 points, notched season/career-high nine boards and five steals, and led the team with six assists against Wyoming, Nov. 30...was 2-for-2 from 3-point range...was 2-for-23 in his career from beyond the arc entering the game, including 0-for-1 this season.
  • Notched 12 points in the first half against Kansas State, Dec. 3...blocked a 3-point attempt by the Wildcats' Lance Harris as time expired to preserve the 58-57 win.
  • Leads team in steals (10) and rebounds (24)
  • Pac-10 rankings include steals (sixth, 2.0), assist/turnover ratio (ninth, 1.35) and rebounds (19th, 4.8).

    #32 Daven Harmeling (Grand Junction, Colo.)

  • Appeared in season opener against UC Riverside, Nov. 19...dislocated left shoulder against the Highlanders...out for the season.

    #33 Ivory Clark (New Orleans, La.)

  • Started in all five games.
  • Tallied season/career-high 23 points and five rebounds against BYU, Nov. 22.
  • Currently 18-for-22 at the line...went 6-for-6 against Idaho, Nov. 26.
  • Leads the team with nine blocks, averaging 1.8 a game...currently tied for fifth in Pac-10.
  • Ranked fourth in the Pac-10 for field goal percentage at .667.

    #34 Robbie Cowgill (Austin, Texas)

  • Missed first three games of the season due to a cracked right clavicle.
  • Started in first game against Wyoming, Nov. 30...recorded six points, three boards, and one assist against the Cowboys.
  • Notched a season/career-high nine boards and added nine points against Kansas State, Dec. 3.

    #42 Chris Henry (Santa Ana, Calif.)

  • Appeared in five games, including two starts.
  • Tallied career-high eight points and five rebounds against Idaho, Nov. 26.

    #44 Rodney Edgerson (Peoria, Ill.)

  • Appeared in three games...missed first two games due to back injury.
  • Scored six points off the bench during his Cougar debut against Idaho, Nov. 26.

    #52 Caleb Forrest (Pagosa Springs, Colo.)

  • Appeared in three games off the bench.
  • Recorded season/career-high four points and four rebounds against Idaho, Nov. 26.
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