Cougars Host Arch Rival Huskies on Hardwood
Feb. 2, 2006
WASHINGTON STATE (9-9, 2-7 Pac-10)
COUGARS HOST HUSKIES: The Washington State men's basketball team will face off against cross-state rival No. 16 (AP)/15 (ESPN/USA Today) Washington at Friel Court, Saturday, Feb. 4...tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
THE HEAD COACHES: Dick Bennett is 34-41 at Washington State and in his third season on the Palouse...owns a 488-298 career record (.621) in 27 collegiate seasons...guided Wisconsin to 2000 Final Four...Washington's Lorenzo Romar is in his fourth season at Washington and owns a 74-39 record with the Huskies...has a 167-127 mark overall in his 10th season...Bennett is 2-5 vs. Romar, including 1-4 in WSU-UW games...Bennett's Wisconsin team lost at Romar's Pepperdine squad in 1997-98 and defeated the Waves in Madison during the 1998-99 campaign.
ABOUT WASHINGTON: The Huskies are 16-4 overall, 5-4 in the Pac-10...leads the conference in field goal percentage (48.0), rebounding offense (39.7), and assists (18.0 averaging per game)...Brandon Roy ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 18.8 points per game and ninth in blocks (0.95 per game)...Jon Brockman leads the conference in field goal percentage (54.0) and is fourth in rebounding (7.6 per game)...Justin Dentmon is the third best foul shooter in the Pac-10 at 84.1 percent and fourth with 4.45 steals per outing.
SERIES WITH THE HUSKIES: Washington State and Washington have met 259 times with the Huskies holding a 167-92 advantage...the 2005-06 season is the 80th straight in which the schools have played at least once, tied for 13th longest continuous rivalry nationally...Washington leads 69-58 in games played at WSU, including 68-58 in Pullman
OFFENSE VERSUS DEFENSE: Washington owns the nation's top scoring offense (84.9 points per game)...WSU is the Pac-10's top scoring defense team at 57.5 points per game (ninth nationally).
COUGARS WIN THE FIGHT WITH DAWGS: In their last meeting, the Cougars defeated the 10th-ranked Huskies 78-71 in Seattle, Jan. 4...Cougar victory broke a 34-game losing streak overall to top 10 teams and snapped an 11-game skid at Washington...first road win in school history against a top 10 opponent...sophomore Josh Akognon set a career-high with 27 points, shooting 6-for-10 beyond the arc...guard Kyle Weaver was 8-for-10 from the field, scored a career-high 19 points, and added six assists...Cougars held the Huskies to 40.2 percent shooting from the floor...WSU seeks its first home-and-home sweep of Washington since the 1993-94 season.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Feb. 4): Kelvin Sampson's Washington State Cougars defeated Southern California under head 73-51, Feb. 4, 1993...Bennie Seltzer led all scorers with 17 points and notched eight assists to give the Cougars their fifth consecutive conference win of the season.
COUGARS SET HIGHS AGAINST HUSKIES: In WSU's 78-71 win at No. 10 Washington, Jan. 7, several Cougar players established career highs...sophomore Josh Akognon scored 27 points...sophomore Kyle Weaver tallied 19 points...sophomore Robbie Cowgill recorded five blocks...freshman Caleb Forrest grabbed five rebounds.
WEAVER REIGNS OVER WASHINGTON: In three games against Washington during his WSU career, sophomore Kyle Weaver has found success against the Huskies...Beloit, Wis., native has averaged 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds against the Huskies...scored career-high 19 points at Washington, Jan. 7, 2006...pulled down career-high eight rebounds against Washington in Pullman, Feb. 15, 2005.
COUGARS CONTINUE TO BREAK STREAKS: Washington State has accomplished several firsts and has broken many losing streaks under the tutelage of Dick Bennett.
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.
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.
Won 78-71 at No. 10 Washington, Jan. 7, 2006...first win at Washington since 1994...first win in 57 games against a top 10 team on the road...broke 34-game losing streak to top 10 teams.
COUGARS IN PACIFIC-10 RANKINGS: WSU leads the Pacific-10 in scoring defense (57.5 points per game), field goal percentage defense (38.8), 3-point field goal percentage (38.8), and blocked shots (4.67 blocks per game)...sophomore Josh Akognon is second in 3-pointers made (2.56 per game) and third in 3-point percentage (44.2)...sophomore Kyle Weaver is third in assists (4.50 per game), fifth in steals (1.61 per game), eighth in assist/turnover ration (1.40), and 20th in rebounding (4.8 per game)...junior transfer Ivory Clark is sixth in blocked shots (1.28 per game)...sophomore Robbie Cowgill is seventh in blocked shots (1.13 per game).
WSU IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougars are ranked nationally in scoring defense (ninth, 57.5 points per game), field goal percentage defense (15th, 38.8), 3-point field goal percentage (33rd, 38.8) and 46th in blocked shots (4.7 per game)...sophomore Josh Akognon is 26th individually in 3-point field goal percentage (44.2).
BENCH SCORING: Washington State is averaging 20.7 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...in 61-46 win over Portland, Dec. 17, Cougar bench players tallied 46 points led by Ivory Clark's team-high 12...Josh Akognon recorded a career-high 27 points in a 78-71 upset win at No. 10 Washington, Jan. 7...bench played combined for 45 points in the win over the Huskies.