No. 10 Cougars Head to Seattle to Face Huskies on the Hardwood

Feb. 12, 2007

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Washington State Head Coach Tony Bennett is in his first season at the helm of the Cougar program...fourth year with WSU...assistant coach in 2003-04...associate head coach in 2004-05 and 2005-06...assistant coach at Wisconsin from 2000-03...became the first head coach at a current Pacific-10 institution to start 7-0 in his inaugural campaign at the school since Stanford's Robert W. Burnett was 9-0 in 1951-52...Bennett's accomplishment is tied for the third best start in a debut season at Pacific-10 school in the post-World War II era.

The Huskies are 16-8 overall, 6-7 in the Pacific-10...have won last five home games and five of six overall...coming off sweep of Bay Arena schools (79-71 over California and 64-52 over then-No. 25 Stanford....Spencer Hawes leads four players in double-figure scoring at 14.8 points per game...Jon Brockman leads Pac-10 in rebounding at 9.5 per game.

Washington leads 167-94...Washington State has won three straight...Cougars won the season's first meeting, 75-47, recording the largest margin of victory over the Huskies in school history...Derrick Low led all scorers with 20 points, including five treys...Kyle Weaver (17 points) and Ivory Clark (10) also scored in double-figures...Huskies were held to 23 points in the first half, their lowest total in a half since 2003...largest Cougar victory over a Pacific-10 opponent since a 101-64 win against Oregon State in Pullman, Feb. 17, Wednesday will be at 7 p.m. on FSN Northwest...Comcast in Seattle area.

Washington State owns a 14-15 record when competing Feb. 14 which includes a 5-9 record while competing on the 2-1 when taking on the Huskies in Seattle, Feb. 1970, Marv Harshman coached the Cougars to a 66-63 upset of the No. 18 USC...WSU outshot the Trojans from the field, posting .591 to their .468...three players scored in double figures for the Cougars: Dennis Hogg (19), Jim Meredith (12), and Dan Steward (12)...Hogg and Gary Elliot each had seven rebounds in the game...down by three at the half, WSU used a strong second half to pull the upset...Cougars went on to finish the season in second place in the Pacific-8 Conference with a 9-5 record, 19-7 overall.

Washington State's defensive effort played a key role in the Cougars 58-45 victory over No. 25 Stanford, Feb. 8....held the Cardinal to just 28.3 percent from the field, season low for the Bay Area school...third time this season Washington State has held an opponent to under 30 percent shooting...registered school record 12 blocks...allowed only eight points over a 19 minute stretch over the first and second halves...added seven steals...over a one minute span in the first half, WSU recorded three consecutive blocks, totaling eight in the first half...first victory over Stanford in Pullman since 1995 season.

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