Nov. 14, 2006
WASHINGTON STATE (3-0)
COUGAR HEAD COACH Tony Bennett: 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...owns 3-0 record.
RACING AGAINST THE ROADRUNNERS: The Cougars and the Roadrunners have never met on the court...Roadrunners are currently 2-4 all time against the Pacific-10 conference.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Nov. 17): Washington State has never played a game, Nov. 17.
COUGARS AGAINST THE SOUTHLAND: Washington State is 0-1 all-time against current members of the Southland Conference with the only match up coming in 1988...Stephen F. Austin defeated the Cougars 70-67 Dec. 2 at the Akron (Ohio) Tournament.
FIELD GOAL FRENZY: The John Thompson Foundation Challenge (Nov. 10-12) marked the first time since the 1995-96 season that the Cougars have shot 50 percent or better in three consecutive games...Cougars fired a 50.0 field goal percentage over UAB...60.4 field goal percentage over UW-Milwaukee...60.0 field goal percentage over Radford...all en route to double digit victories.
COUGARS BUILD LEADS: Washington State led by at least 24 points in each of its three wins at the John Thompson Foundation Challenge in Milwaukee, Nov. 10-12...Cougars led by double figures at halftime in all three games...first time WSU has had leads of 10 or more points at intermission in three straight outings since Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 1996...WSU led for all but 13:26 in the three games...was never tied or behind in the second half...never trailed by more than six points.
SEVENTY ON THE SCOREBOARD: Washington State reached the 70 point barrier in three straight games (Nov. 10-12) for the first time since a four-game stretch, Feb. 20-March 6, 2003.
SECOND HALF STARTS: The Cougars are outscoring opponents 26-10 in the first four minutes of the second half this season.
TAKING ON TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO: The Roadrunners, led by first year head coach Brooks Thompson, come into the Nov. 17 match-up with a 1-1 record on the 2006-07 season...Texas-San Antonio opened its season with a 50-46 victory over Texas A&M International...sophomore Jon Flansburg led the Roadrunners with his first career double-double of 11 rebounds and 10 points...Roadrunners dropped their second game 54-64 to Texas-Pan American, Nov. 12...Texas- San Antonio is led by juniors Isaiah Allen and Melvin Smith...both average 10 points per game.
STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT: Tony Bennett is the first WSU head coach to go 3-0 in his first season at the helm since Marv Harshman's debut season in 1958-59...only other first-year coaches to start the season 3-0 include Karl Schlademan in 1926-27 and J. Fred Bohler in 1908-09...Cougars are 3-0 for the first time since 1996-97.
COUGARS NEAR PERFECT IN NOVEMBER: Washington State is 25-0 all-time in November at Friel Court...Cougars have won 25 straight November games in Pullman and are 27-1 all-time...only loss was 77-47 to Colorado State, Nov. 30, 1963.
PROTECTING THE HOUSE: In the last 16 seasons, the Cougars are 70-3 in Pullman against nonconference opponents...mark includes a 5-0 record in Bohler Gym during the 1990-91 campaign.
HOME OPENERS: Washington State has won 18 consecutive Friel Court openers...last loss was 60-54 to BYU, Dec. 3, 1987.
COUGARS ACROSS THE COUNTRY: The Washington State Men's basketball team currently holds the most diverse roster in the Pacific-10 Conference with seven states, the District of Columbia, and three foreign countries represented...ties Arizona to lead the conference with 11 different representations...Pacific-10 conference is the most internationally diverse conference in NCAA Division I...has a total of 24 student-athletes represented by 16 different countries.
JOHN THOMPSON FOUNDATION CHALLENGE RECAP
WINS AWAY FROM FRIEL: Washington State's three wins in Milwaukee, Nov. 10-12, equaled the Cougars' 2005-06 win total away from Friel Court...WSU won twice on the road and defeated Utah at KeyArena last season.
RARE ROAD WIN IN THE MIDWEST: Washington State's 74-54 win at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Nov. 11 broke a six-game losing streak in the Central time zone...first victory since 83-80 at Illinois State, March 20, 1995 in second round of NIT.
MOVING UP ON ALL-TIME LISTS: Sophomore guard Derrick Low nailed 10 treys and moved into a tie for 19th on the Cougars' all-time 3-point field goal list with 63...senior forward Ivory Clark registered five blocks to give him 36 in his career and tie for 17th in WSU history.
COUGARS REACH CAREER MARKS: Several Washington State players set career highs in Milwaukee...junior guard Derrick Low tallied 28 points vs. UAB, Nov. 10...redshirt-sophomore forward Daven Harmeling added 11 points against the Blazers...senior forward Ivory Clark pulled down nine rebounds against Radford, Nov. 12...sophomore guard Chris Matthews recorded six boards at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Nov. 11.
CLARK AND LOW EARN TOURNAMENT HONORS: Senior forward Ivory Clark was named the tournament MVP and junior guard Derrick Low earned all-tournament recognition...Clark averaged 16.3 points on 63.9 percent shooting in three games...Low tallied a career-high 28 points in a 71-60 win over UAB in the Cougars' season opener and finished the tournament 10-for-15 from 3-point range.
PASSING THE ROCK: Sophomore point guard Mac Hopson made a stellar debut for the Cougars as he handed out 20 assists in WSU's three games.
DUNK MASTER: Senior forward Ivory Clark had seven dunks, including three against UAB and two against both Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Radford.