Cougars Challenge Commodores in NCAA Second Round
March 15, 2007
NCAA SECOND ROUND: The Washington State Cougars, (No.13 Associated Press /ESPN/USA Today) will face Vanderbilt in thesecond round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament in Sacramento, Calif.,March 17...game time is 2:40 p.m. and will air on CBS...Cougarsare the No. 3 seed in East Region...Commodores are the No. 6 seed.
COUGARS DEFEAT GOLDEN EAGLES: Washington State's70-54 victory over Oral Roberts in the first round of the NCAATournament was the first for the Cougars in postseason play since a92-73 win over Gonzaga, March 14, 1996 in the first round of theNIT...first win in the NCAA Tournament for WSU since a 62-52win over Weber State, March 17, 1983 in Boise...Ivory Clarkscored a team-high 19 points and added six rebounds and a careerhightying five blocks...Taylor Rochestie added 15 points, fiverebounds and four assists...Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver chippedin 12 and 10 points, respectively...Weaver pulled down a team-higheight rebounds.
Tony Bennett ACCOLADES: Washington State Head CoachTony Bennett has led the Cougars 25 wins this season, tied forsecond most in school history...named Pacific-10 Conference,United States Basketball Writers Association District 9, NationalAssociation of Basketball Coaches District 14, Collegeinsider.comPacific-10 and Basketball Times national Coach of the Year.
MORE BENNETT: Tony Bennett is in his first season at the helmof the Cougar program...fourth year with WSU...assistant coach in2003-04...associate head coach in 2004-05 and 2005-06...assistantcoach at Wisconsin from 2000-03...became the first head coach at acurrent Pacific-10 institution to start 7-0 in his inaugural campaignat 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 adebut season at Pacific-10 school in the post-World War II era.
LOW AND WEAVER GARNER HONORS: Junior guardsDerrick Low and Kyle Weaver were named All-Pacific-10Conference and National Association of Basketball Coaches District14 First Team...Low named first team for District 9 by the UnitedStates Basketball Writers Association...Weaver named MVP of thePac-10 by Collegeinsider.com...first time since 1995-96Washington State has placed a pair of student-athletes on the allconferenceteam.
ABOUT VANDERBILT: The sixth-seeded Commodores improved to 21-11 with a 77-44 victory over 11thseededGeorge Washington, Thursday...Shan Foster led Vanderbilt with a game-high 18 points...Derrick Byarsleads Vanderbilt with 16.7 points per game...Commodores are among the others receiving votes in both majorpolls...Saturday's game will be the first meeting on the hardwood between Washington State and Vanderbilt.
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