Cougars Return Home To Face Pilots

Dec. 14, 2005

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WASHINGTON STATE (5-2, 0-0 Pac-10)

COUGARS HOST PILOTS: The Washington State men's basketball team returns to Friel Court, Saturday, Dec. 17 to host Portland at 2 p.m...Cougars are 5-2 after splitting a two-game road trip last week...Pilots are 4-5 and have won three straight.

ABOUT THE HEAD COACHES: Dick Bennett is 30-34 at Washington State and in his third season on the Palouse...owns a 484-291 career record (.625) in 27 collegiate seasons...guided Wisconsin to 2000 Final Four...Portland's Michael Holton is 47-78 and in his fifth season with the Pilots...overall record is the same...two coaches have met once when WSU claimed a 55-54 win at Portland last season.

SERIES WITH THE PILOTS: Washington State leads 7-2...Cougars have won all five meetings in Pullman...last season, Robbie Cowgill scored the Cougars' last four points in the final 1:20 of the game to lift Washington State to a 55-54 victory.

ABOUT THE PILOTS: Portland is 4-5 this season and has won three straight...three players average double-figure scoring led by Pooh Jeter at 16.7 points per game...Pilots shoot 38 percent from 3-point range and have forced 16.4 turnovers per game.

COMMON OPPONENTS: Washington State and Portland each have recorded home victories over UC Riverside...Cougars defeated Highlanders 81-55, Nov. 19 and Pilots knocked off UCR 92-74, Nov. 20...Portland is coming off a 76-62 win over Pacific-10 member Oregon State last Saturday.

WSU AGAINST THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE: The Cougars are 110-51 all-time against current members of the West Coast Conference, including a 7-2 mark against Portland...Cougars are 1-3 under Dick Bennett against the WCC...lost to Gonzaga each of the last three seasons...defeated Portland on the road last season.

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY: Washington State defeated Montana 78-58, Dec. 17, 1966...Jim McKean, the Cougars' career leader in rebounding average (11.0 per game) had a double-double with 11 points and a dozen boards...Randy Stoll led WSU with 22 points on 11-for-19 shooting...McKean went on to finish second in the Athletic Association of Western Universities with 149 rebounds and was named first team all-conference that season and was named a LOOK Magazine Region 8 All-American...also a member of that All-America team was UCLA's Lew Alcindor.

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...WSU is 19-2 all-time in Pullman against nonconference opponents from the state of Oregon...record includes 5-0 vs. Portland, 3-0 vs. Portland State, 2-0 vs. Pacific, 2-0 vs. Western Oregon and 7-2 vs. Willamette.

COUGARS IN PACIFIC-10 RANKINGS: WSU leads the Pacific-10 in scoring defense (55.4 points per game), field goal percentage defense (35.1) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (25.9)...sophomore Derrick Low is second in assist/turnover ratio (2.36), third in assists (4.71 per game) and free throw percentage (88.2), seventh in minutes played (34.14 per game) and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (41.9)...freshman Aron Baynes is fourth in field goal percentage (57.9 percent) and tied for ninth in blocked shots (1.14 per game)...junior transfer Ivory Clark is sixth in blocked shots (1.71 per game)...sophomore Kyle Weaver is seventh in steals (2.00 per game) and 19th in rebounding (4.9 per game).

WSU IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougars are fourth in field goal percentage defense (35.1)...nation's top three are North Carolina (33.9), Illinois State (34.6) and Xavier (34.7)...WSU is ninth in scoring defense (55.4 points per game)...Richmond leads the country at 50.5 points per game.

WASHINGTON STATE NEWCOMERS CONTRIBUTING: The Cougars have eight new faces this season, including a pair of walk-ons...WSU newcomers have accounted for 33 percent of the minutes played and are contributing 35 percent of the scoring...junior transfer forward Ivory Clark leads the team with 12 blocks and ranks sixth in the Pac-10...newcomers have recorded 34 percent of the rebounds grabbed by individuals...first-year Cougars are shooting 52 percent from the field led by Clark's team-leading at 58.1 percent...New Orleans native does not meet Pac-10 minimum to be ranked in conference...among those that qualify, true freshman center Aron Baynes at 57.9 percent.

COUGAR SCORING UP: Washington State is averaging 64.4 points per game this season...Cougars averaged 56.9 points per game during Dick Bennett's first two seasons.

BENCH SCORING: Washington State is averaging 21.9 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...bench players scored 28 of the team's 60 points in win at San Diego State, Dec. 10.

BALANCED SCORING: The Cougars are averaging 64.4 points per game, led by sophomore Derrick Low's 11.1 per different WSU players have scored in double figures in a game this season, led by Low's five 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.

COUGARS POST COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORY: Washington State overcame a 27-21 halftime deficit to win at San Diego State, Dec. 10...just the seventh time in 32 games under Dick Bennett the Cougars have trailed at intermission and emerged victorious.

TEAMS DO NOT EXCEED FIFTY-FIVE: Dick Bennett has been the Washington State men's basketball coach for 64 31 of those, including four this season, 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 288 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.

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