Feb. 8, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - The second half of the Pac-10 season gets underway Thursday night when the Cougars host Arizona State at Friel Court. Tip is slated for 7:00 p.m. Then on Saturday, No. 7 Arizona visits Pullman for a 5:00 p.m. game that will be televised by Fox Sports Net Northwest.
EVANS THROWS BLOCK PARTY: When WSU's JR F Tyrone Evans and Arizona's Loren Woods get together on Saturday, they might just throw one serious block party...Evans had six blocks last Saturday against Washington (erroneously reported earlier as a Friel Court record)...prior to that, Evans had five blocks Nov. 22 against Grambling State...Woods set Arizona and Pac-10 records and tied the NCAA mark with 14 blocks last Thursday versus Oregon...Woods had 10 blocks when WSU and Arizona met Jan. 13 in Tucson...Evans missed that game due to a knee injury...the Friel Court individual blocks record is eight by James Donaldson, set Feb. 25, 1978, versus Stanford...the court's team blocks record is 11, set twice by WSU during the 1978 season -- versus Eastern Montana and Stanford...the WSU player record for blocks in a game is 10 by James Donaldson, set Dec. 6, 1977, at Seattle U.
BUSH LEADS COUGS IN PAC-10 PLAY: SO G Mike Bush regained the team scoring lead for Pac-10 play by tying his career high (19) Saturday against Washington...Bush is averaging a club-best 14.7 points per game in league play...the Riverside, Calif., native had strong showings against this week's opponents the first go round...he had 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists versus Arizona State and 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists against Arizona...for his well-rounded play, Bush could receive consideration for all-Pac-10 honors...he leads the team in steals and assists and ranks second in rebounding...he also ranks among the league leaders in rebounding and steals.
THIS WEEK Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum (12,058)
Radio: The Crimson & Gray Sports Network will broadcast all WSU regular season games on its 13-station network with Bud Nameck (7th season) calling the play-by-play. Broadcasts are also available via the Internet, www.wsucougars.com.
Arizona State vs. WSU Thursday, February 10, 2000 7:00 p.m. PST
Records: Washington State is 5-13 (0-9 Pac-10) after dropping a 74-68 overtime game to Washington on Saturday. Arizona State is 12-9 overall (4-5 Pac-10) after splitting a pair of games at home last weekend. The Sun Devils defeated Oregon State 75-64 and lost to No. 23 Oregon 86-73.
No. 7 Arizona vs. WSU Saturday, February 12, 2000 5:00 p.m. PST
Television: Fox Sports Net Northwest will televise the Arizona-Washington State game live to the Pacific Northwest. Tod Pickett and Dave Harshman are the announcers.
Records: Arizona is 19-4 on the year (8-1 Pac-10), having swept the Oregon schools last week. The 'Cats have actually lost their last two road games (80-27 at USC and 86-60 at Louisiana State). The Wildcats play at Washington Thursday night before hitting the Palouse.
On Deck: Washington State hits the road for a Feb. 17 date at Oregon and a Feb. 19 date at Oregon State.
WSU COACH PAUL GRAHAM: Paul Graham is in his first season as a head coach...he has a 5-13 record overall and at Washington State...Graham was an assistant coach for seven seasons under Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State prior to accepting the head position at WSU...he is the 13th former Sutton assistant to land a Division I head coaching job...Graham is the 14th head coach in the 99-year history of Cougar basketball...against Grambling State, Graham became the 11th WSU head coach to win his home debut. Though Graham lost his first game (Nevada) as WSU's head coach, it's not a bad sign...the last Cougar head coach to lose his first game on the Cougar sideline was George Raveling in 1972, who would later become the only man in WSU history to lead the Cougars to two NCAA Tournament appearances (1980, 1983).
OH WHAT A FRIELING: Washington State's 74-71 victory December 2, 1998, against Portland State was the Cougars' 200th all-time win at Beasley Coliseum's Friel Court...beginning with an 80-78 WSU victory against Louisiana State on December 1, 1973, the Cougars have won nearly two-thirds of the games they have played there (.640)...WSU has a 208-117 all-time record in Beasley...milestone wins at Friel:
No. 1 WSU 80, LSU 78, 12/1/73
No. 3 WSU 71, USC 56, 1/5/74 (first league win)
No. 25 WSU 77, Cal 63, 1/8/77
No. 50 WSU 77, USC 57, 1/24/80
No. 100 WSU 75, Oregon 71, 2/14/86
No. 150 WSU 95, Oregon 79, 1/21/93
No. 200 WSU 74, Portland State 71, 12/2/98
HOME NON-LEAGUE STREAK ENDS AT 45: The second-longest non-conference home winning streak in the nation ended at 45 games after No. 25 Utah stopped WSU 78-66 Dec. 11 at Friel Court...it was nearly a decade since WSU's last non-conference home loss...WSU was 45-1 versus non-conference teams at Friel during the 1990s!...the Cougars had not lost at home to a non-conference foe since December 14, 1989, when Idaho escaped Friel Court with a 56-52 win. The streak began with a 112-81 win over BYU-Hawaii in the first game of the 1990-91 season...WSU's 45 wins include 40 at Friel and five at Bohler Gym (all during the 1990-91 season)...the streak also included NIT victories in 1992 (Minnesota), 1995 (Texas Tech) and 1996 (Gonzaga).
PACK YOUR BAGS: Of WSU's 13 losses, 11 have come to teams making postseason plans...near-locks for the NCAA Tournament include Stanford (19-1), Arizona (19-4), Oregon (16-4), USC (13-8), Utah (17-4) and Gonzaga (18-5)...bubble/NIT teams include UCLA (12-8), Arizona State (12-9), California (13-8), Oregon State (10-10) and Colorado State (13-8)...that's a combined record of 162-69 and a winning percentage of .701!
SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE: ASU is led by sharp-shooting Eddie House...the 6-1 senior guard leads the league in scoring at 22.4 points per game...after House, the scoring dips to SO F Awvee Storey's 11.0 ppg and FR F Shawn Redhage's 10.3 ppg...the Sun Devils feature an entirely revamped frontcourt this season in Storey, Redhage, and SO C Chad Prewitt...Storey is a transfer from Illinois...the Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in scoring at 79.3 points per game...ASU also surrenders the most points per game in the league at 75.0 ppg.
WSU-ARIZONA STATE SERIES: Sun Devils lead 25-21. Since 1990: Sun Devils lead 11-10. Dating back to a 94-70 ASU win in 1960, neither team has been able to win more than five in a row...the Sun Devils bring a five-game streak into Thursday's game...prior to ASU's current streak, WSU won five in a row...ASU won 81-64 Jan. 15 in Tempe...last year, the Sun Devils won 91-63 in Tempe and 67-64 in Pullman...ASU's 28-point win last year was its largest margin of victory in the series.
ARIZONA STATE RECAP: - Eddie House scored 25 points to lead Arizona State to an 81-64 victory over Washington State Jan. 15 in Tempe...House, who tied a conference record with 61 points Jan. 8 at California, scored 12 points in the first five minutes before Washington State switched to a triangle-and-two defense, meaning House was hounded constantly by two Cougars...he scored just 13 points the rest of the way. Washington State trailed 43-25 at halftime...the Cougars cut the deficit to 51-41 seven minutes into the second half, but Arizona State countered with a nine-point run to pull away...Awvee Storey and Shawn Redhage each finished with 16 points for the Sun Devils...Chris Crosby scored 18 and Mike Bush 15 to pace Washington State...Eddie Miller continued his strong play...the Reseda, Calif., native scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds, missing his third double-double in four games by one rebound...senior guard Jan-Michael Thomas had a career-high five assists.
SCOUTING ARIZONA: The young Wildcats have been led by the inspired play of JR C Loren Woods...Woods tied an NCAA record last week with 14 blocks against Oregon...he averages 15.2 points and 4.0 blocks per game...SO F Michael Wright is a solid compliment up front at 14.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game...the 'Cats are still without SO F Richard Jefferson (12.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg), who will be out until March...freshmen guards Gilbert Arenas (13.4 ppg) and Jason Gardner (12.7 ppg) are two of the best freshmen in the Pac-10...Arizona has rarely been going more than seven deep since the loss of Jefferson...FR F Luke Walton has been the fifth starter, while JR F Justin Wessel and SO F Rick Anderson come off the bench.
WSU-ARIZONA SERIES: Wildcats lead 35-10. Since 1990: Arizona leads 21-0. Arizona owns a remarkable 29-game winning streak versus the Cougars that dates back to the 1985-86 season...WSU's last win over the Wildcats was a 65-63 overtime decision, January 30, 1986, in Pullman...Arizona's domination during the streak has been impressive...21 of the 29 wins have come by 10 or more points and 14 have come by 15 or more...the series dates back to 1960 in a game WSU won 64-58...prior to the 1983-84 season, the Cougars led this series 8-4...the 'Cats won an 80-75 thriller Jan. 13 in Tucson...last year, UA won 98-87 in Tucson (the most points WSU has ever scored in McKale) and 81-79 in Pullman...Jan-Michael Thomas set McKale Center and Arizona opponent records with eight three pointers and scored a career-high 34 points last season in Tucson...the Cougs also forced 30 UA turnovers, which was the most-ever by a Lute Olsen-coached team.
THE STREAK: The inherent thing about a streak is that inevitably, it will end -- ask Joe DiMaggio...so, while it lasts, here's a bit of nostalgia from the last time the Cougars defeated Arizona, 65-63 (overtime), Jan. 30, 1986, in Pullman. WSU's youngest player, freshman David Adams (born Nov. 5, 1980), was just five years old the last time the Cougs defeated Arizona, the oldest, senior Jan-Michael Thomas (born Oct. 16, 1977), was eight. Do you remember 1986? The Chicago Bears defeated the New England Patriots 39-20 to win their first and only Super Bowl...Bill Buckner's ill-fated Game Six error cost the Boston Red Sox the World Series as the New York Mets won 4 games to 3...and Jack Nicklaus won his last Master's. 1986 was also an amazing year at the box office, with at least a dozen classics in the theaters...in addition to the Oscar-winning Platoon, there was Top Gun, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Hoosiers, Stand By Me, Aliens, Blue Velvet, Lucas, Crocodile Dundee and Star Trek IV.
ARIZONA RECAP: WSU gave No. 2 Arizona all it could handle before falling 80-75 Jan. 13 in Tucson...Mike Bush led WSU with 18 points, while Eddie Miller had 16 and Chris Crosby and Jan-Michael Thomas each added 14...Miller tied a career-high with 14 rebounds...it was the closest WSU has played Arizona in Tuscon in 14 years...the last time the Cougars lost by five points or less at McKale was 1985-86 (62-61 Arizona). WSU held Arizona without a field goal for the final 8:53 of the game...the Wildcats made 14-of-16 free throws to account for their final 14 points of the game...for the game, WSU made just nine-of-12 from the free throw line, while the Wildcats hit a staggering 31-of-37. ..the foul differential: WSU 26, Arizona 13. Miller had his second double-double of the season and led by Miller, the Cougars out-rebounded Arizona 36-25.
WASHINGTON RECAP: Deon Luton scored 26 points, including a slam dunk with 49 seconds left in overtime, as Washington overcame Washington State's second-half comeback to win 74-68 Saturday afternoon...the Cougars, playing on their new parquet floor at Friel Court for the first time, lost their 10th straight game, the school's longest losing streak since it dropped 18 in a row in 1990. Washington State jumped out to a 3-point lead early in overtime before the Huskies came back to tie the game 65-65...Thalo Green set a screen to set up Luton's dunk, which put the Huskies ahead for good, 67-65. Luton finished 8-for-16 from the field and 4-for-5 from 3-point range to lead Washington, which also got 12 points from Greg Clark....Thalo Green added nine points. The Cougars got a career-high 23 points and eight rebounds from Eddie Miller and 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds from Mike Bush, who fouled out with 1:41 left in overtime...it was Bush' second career double-double...the Cougars also got a spark off the bench from Tyrone Evans who came up with six blocked shots, in addition to scoring seven points and grabbing seven rebounds....Chris Crosby, who entered the game as Washington State's leading scorer (16.2 points), saw just 18 minutes of playing time after spraining an ankle in practice Friday....he was held to one point. Washington led 36-24 at halftime and held Washington State to 27 perecnt field-goal shooting in the opening half...the Cougars went on an 18-5 run midway through the second half and took their first lead, 54-52, with 7:41 to go. Washington led 62-59 with 20 seconds left in regulation, but Thomas, who finished with 10 points, sent the game into overtime on a 3-point shot with six seconds left...last year, Thomas beat the Huskies in Spokane on a three-pointer with 3.3 seconds remaining.
CROSBY ENTERS TOP 15: Senior forward Chris Crosby comes into the Arizona State game with 1,168 career points...the Littleton, Colo...native needs just two points to eclipse No. 13 Terry Ball (1,169/1960-62)...Crosby is the 22nd member of WSU's 1,000-career point club and should climb into WSU's all-time top 10 by season's end...he is 94 points away from the top 10...he ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring and fifth in FT Pct.
BUSH ON VERGE OF CAREER, SINGLE-SEASON TOP TENS: The best defender on the Cougar team and one of the most underrated players in the Pac-10 players, SO G Mike Bush is on the verge of entering the WSU career top 10 in steals -- AS JUST A SOPHOMORE! He's three steals shy of the ten spot held by Craig Ehlo (91/1982-83).
Bush is also close to cracking the single-season top ten, with more than a third of the season yet to play...he has 41 on the season, nine back of No. 10 Terrence Lewis (50/1992)...the WSU single-season steals mark is 76 set by Don Collins in 1980.
THOMAS SHOOTING FOR WSU CAREER FT MARK: SR G Jan-Michael Thomas is on pace to establish the WSU career record for free throw percentage...his career average through one-plus seasons is 82.9 percent (116-140)...the school record is currently 82.5 percent (255-309) by Byron Vadset (1962-64)...teammate Chris Crosby is currently in eighth (79.3 percent).
In the single season chase, Crosby's and Thomas' roles are reversed...Crosby is hitting 86.5 percent at the charity stripe this season (improving on last season's .843 clip), while Thomas is at 81.2 percent...Crosby is just off David Sanders' 1988 record of 88.5 percent (54-61)...he tied a 35-year-old school record by hitting 11-of-11 attempts Dec. 4 versus Southern...Crosby had a streak of 25 consecutive free throws made snapped with a miss late in the Portland game.
COUGS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: A glance at this week's Pac-10 stats (2/7) finds several Cougars ranked in the conference in assorted categories...Chris Crosby ranks fifth in the conference in free throw shooting (86.5 pct.), 10th in scoring (15.3 ppg) and 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.410)...Mike Bush is fourth in steals (2.28 spg) and 13th in rebounding (6.3 rpg)...Jan-Michael Thomas is 16th in scoring (13.7 ppg) and eighth in free throw shooting (81.3 pct)...David Adams is ninth on three-point field goal percentage (41.3)...Tyrone Evans is 10th in blocked shots (1.07 bpg) As a team, WSU is first in three-point field goal percentage (.387), fourth in rebounding defense (rebounds allowed) at 33.3 rpg and third in three-pointers made per game (6.50).
BUSH, COUGARS TIE STEALS MARKS: Mike Bush reasserted himself as one of the best defenders in the Pac-10 Dec. 20 versus Portland State by tying Don Collins' 20-year-old single-game steals record of eight...led by his efforts, the Cougs also tied the team single-game steals record with 17...Bush is averaging 2.3 steals per game to rank fourth in the Pac-10. Bush continues to show much improvement during his sophomore season...he is one of WSU's top rebounders (6.3 rpg)...Bush broke his career mark with 10 boards in WSU's win over Idaho and has been WSU's leading rebounder six times this season...he also had 15 points versus the Vandals which gave the 6-6 Bush his first career double-double...against Washington, Bush notched his second career double-double with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. The Riverside, Calif., native has also shown more scoring punch this season, having set his career high in points, 19, versus UCLA...he followed that with 18 at Arizona and 18 versus Oregon State...for the season, Bush is averaging 12.1 points per game, up from his 6.6 ppg mark of his rookie campaign.
INJURY UPDATE: WSU's athletic trainers have been earning their keep this semester...SR F Chris Crosby sprained his right ankle last Friday during practice and was very limited during Saturday's game with Washington...he is expected to play Thursday versus Arizona State...the most serious of WSU's injuries could be FR G Nick Graham, who suffered a severe right ankle sprain during practice on Jan. 17...Graham might be lost for the remainder of the season...WSU's back up point guard had played in all 13 games prior to his injury, averaging 1.7 points per game...JR F Tyrone Evans has suffered a myriad of injuries this season...he has sprained his left knee twice (the first time, Dec. 30 at Colorado State, caused him to miss three games)... Evans also cut his right hand on the backboard Jan. 17 during practice, and required 10 stitches...Evans saw limited action in the Jan. 20 Oregon State game, playing five minutes before the tissue surrounding the stitches became too tender for Evans to continue...Evans has played the last four games with a special glove covering his stitches, designed by team athletic trainer Mike Coco...FR F Bryan Whitehead sustained a right knee injury during practice before the Jan. 6 USC game and missed six games...he returned to play three minutes and scored two points Jan. 27...so far, four Cougars have missed games due to injury this season: Whitehead (6 games), Graham (5 games), Evans (3 games) and Milton Riley (1 game).
MORE ON CROSBY: Pop quiz -- how do you transform a 6-8 shooting guard into a pretty well-rounded inside player? Answer -- Paul Graham...for the first three years of his career, Chris Crosby was a shooting guard inside a forward's body...nearly half of his career field goal attempts (365 of 739) came from beyond the arc...but this season, Crosby has attempted 194 field goals with only 43 percent (83) coming from downtown. And to those who thought he was just a gunner, check out the box from the Grambling State game, his 29 points were the second-highest of his career, but only one of his 12 FGs was a three...he also had six boards and a pair of steals...Crosby is shooting a career-best 46 percent from the field through 18 games (89-194)...and make no mistake, his three-point shooting is just as good as ever, if not better, he's 34-83 (41 percent) from three-point land this season and the inside-out dual threat makes his threes all the more devastating. Crosby is also grabbing 3.8 rebounds per game and setting screens in the offensive set that eventually lead to a lot of open looks at the basket...he has even cut his turnovers of late down to less than two per game, a number that needs to continue to decline...but if Crosby makes it to the next level, he can thank one man with a reputation for developing big men -- Paul Graham.
MILLER SEEING DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Since returning to WSU's lineup 10 games ago, junior forward Eddie Miller has been impressive...he's averaging 9.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and has notched career-highs in rebounds twice (14 vs. USC and Arizona) and points once (23 vs. Washington)...during that stretch, Miller had a pair of doubles (13 pts, 14 reb vs. USC, 16 pts, 14 reb vs. Arizona) and just missed another at Arizona State (11 pts, 9 reb) and versus Oregon (12 pts, 9 reb)...the Reseda, Calif., native has been the Cougs' leading rebounder in seven of the last nine games...Miller, who was sidelined during the fall semester due to academic problems, would be among the Pac-10 leaders in rebounding if he had played in enough games -- he will not qualify for the Pac-10 stats until Feb. 28 -- following the Cal game on Feb. 26...Miller, a 1999 Pac-10 all-newcomer honorable mention, averaged 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season.
STARTING LINE-UPS: Here's a breakdown of WSU's starting five in 1999-2000:
G1-2 Evans, Crosby, Pengelly, Thomas, Bush (1-1)
G3-4 Riley, Crosby, Pengelly, Thomas, Bush (1-1)
G5 Bush, Crosby, Pengelly, Thomas, Adams (1-0)
G6-9 Riley, Crosby, Thomas, Bush, Adams (2-2)
G10 Riley Crosby, Miller, Thomas, Adams (0-1)
G11-17 Crosby, Miller, Thomas, Bush, Adams (0-8)
THE SKINNY ON THE L's: There have been several inquiries as to the historical relevance of WSU's current losing streaks...in the interest of accuracy, here are the brief facts about the current streaks the Cougars are trying to snap out of:
10-game losing streak
, is WSU's longest since 18-game streak in 1990
, is tied for the fourth-longest in WSU history
18 games, 12-30-89 to 3-8-90
13 games, 1-11-28 to 2-21-28
11 games, 1-7-53 to 2-12-53
10 games, 12-10-52 to 12-26-52
10 games, 1-10-58 to 2-24-58
Last win: 12-20-99 (Portland State, 68-62)
13-game Pac-10 losing streak
, is WSU's longest since 17-game streak in 1990
, is the fourth-longest in WSU history
18 games, 2-22-74 to 3-1-75 (Pac-8)
17 games, 12-2-89 to 3-8-90
15 games, 2-5-27 to 2-21-28 (Pacific Coast North)
Last win: 2-18-99 (California, 79-73)
20-game Pac-10 road losing streak
, is WSU's longest since 34-game streak 1954-58
, is the second-longest in WSU history
, is the second-longest in Pac-10 since expansion
Longer WSU streaks:
34 games, 2-5-54 to 2-8-58 (Pacific Coast Conference)
Longer Pac-10 streaks:
Oregon, 27 games, 1991-94
Last win: 1-15-98 (Oregon State, 69-53)
0-9 to begin Pac-10 play
, is WSU's poorest start since 1975
, is tied for third-worst in school history
Worse starts to conference play:
0-13, 1974, finished 1-13 (Pac-8)
0-10, 1911, finished 0-10 (Northwest Conference)
0-9, 1928, finished 1-9 (Pacific Coast North)
THREE-POINT PLAYERS: Seniors Chris Crosby and Jan-Michael Thomas both rank in WSU's top 10 in career three-point baskets...by season's end, Thomas should join Crosby in the top five. Crosby leads the pair with 175 threes (fourth) and looks to close in on the 200 barrier by season's end...Thomas, in just his second season wearing the Crimson and Gray, is now sixth with 133...Thomas needs just four more threes to enter the top five.
FROSH ADAMS HITS FOR 20: When guard David Adams scored a career-high 20 points Jan. 20 versus Oregon State, he became the first WSU freshman to notch 20 points in a game since Isaac Fontaine went for 21 against Arizona State, Feb. 5, 1994...Fontaine also had a 33-point game earlier that season against Michigan State...Adams leads WSU in three-point field goal percentage (.462) and ranks fourth in the Pac-10...the Tacoma, Wash., native is averaging 8.2 points per game and has four double-figure scoring games this season: Grambling State (12), Portland (12), Colorado State (17) and Oregon State.
ANOTHER SERVICE RANKS WSU RECRUITS NO. 2 IN THE PAC-10: First Bob Gibbons did it...now Clark Francis of Hoop Scoop has ranked WSU's 2000 recruiting class as the second-best in the Pac-10...in the January edition of Basketball Times, Francis ranked WSU's four fall signees as the 37th-best in the nation and second in the Pac-10 to Oregon (26th overall)...other Pac-10 schools among the top 100 included No. 65 Arizona State, No. 85 California and No. 90 Washington.
CLARK TOPS CAREER TOTAL AT STANFORD: Redshirt junior forward Cedric Clark scored a career-high seven points Jan. 29 at Stanford...the walk-on from Birmingham, Ala., also notched career highs in steals (two) and minutes (20)...Clark came into the Stanford game with six career points. Clark, the only true point guard on the WSU roster with the injury to Nick Graham and the departure of Blake Pengelly, has seen action in each of WSU's last 11 games...when Clark made one of two free throws Jan. 15 at ASU, it was his first point since netting a free throw against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez on Nov. 30, 1997 -- more than two years ago...overall, Clark has played in 142 minutes this year, six times the total of his last two years combined -- 23 minutes. Clark's first half field goal last Thursday versus Cal was the first he had made since the very first game of his WSU career -- Nov. 14, 1997, versus Central Washington.
GIBBONS RANKS WSU NO. 2 IN PAC-10: College basketball recruiting expert Bob Gibbons has ranked Washington State's 2000 recruiting class as the 28th-best in the nation in his December newsletter...the four WSU signees are also listed as the No. 2 class in the Pac-10, trailing only Oregon...the Cougars signed four guards during the early signing period in November...slated to take the hardwood for WSU next season are high schoolers Tommy Johnson from Los Angeles' Crenshaw High School and Marcus Moore from Dominguez Hills High School in Compton, Calif., and junior college transfers Jerry McNair (Fullerton College) and Kendall Minor (Southern Idaho)...Moore enrolled at WSU in January and has been practicing with the team...both McNair and Minor will come in with three years of eligibility remaining...Oregon was ranked 25th, just three spots higher than WSU...other Pac-10 schools in the top 75 include No. 57 Stanford, No. 61 Washington and No. 72 Arizona State...WSU has one more newcomer who will join the four fall signees next year -- 6-10 center J Locklier who transferred from Miami, Ohio...Locklier must redshirt this season under NCAA transfer rules and will be a junior in 2000-01.
GAMES OF THE 1900s: The Colorado State game on Dec. 30, 1999, was the 2,510th and final game of the 1900s for Washington State...WSU's first season of basketball was 1901-02...the Cougars posted a 1,326-1,184 all-time record from 1901-99.
YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS: WSU opened the season with five freshmen on its roster (David Adams, Nick Graham, Mike Malloy, Milton Riley and Bryan Whitehead) for the first time in 14 years...the last time WSU had at least five rookies on its opening day roster was the 1985-86 season...that year, the Cougs actually had six -- Neil Evans, David Hairston, John Hodges, Anthony Kidd, David Sanders and Brian Wright...five of those six names should be very familiar to the Cougar faithful, Evans (who redshirted the 1985-86 season), Hodges, Kidd, Sanders and Wright all went on to become four-year letter winners for WSU...the 1985-86 Cougars went 15-16 overall and 8-10 in the conference for Coach Len Stevens...this year's crop of freshmen would certainly like to have at least one thing in common with the 1985-86 rookies -- they were the last WSU team to defeat Arizona.
HENDRICKSON RE-SIGNED BY CAVS: Former WSU standout Mark Hendrickson (1993-96) signed a second 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 18...it is the 21st straight season that WSU has had at least one player in the NBA, dating back to James Donaldson in 1979-80 and continuing with Craig Ehlo, Brian Quinnett and Hendrickson...this is Hendrickson's fourth year in the NBA, he was drafted by Philadelphia and has also played for Sacramento and New Jersey...Hendrickson is No. 4 on WSU's all-time scoring list (1,496 points) and second in rebounding (926) and field goal percentage (.567)...he also ranks sixth in free throws (400), first in fouls (335) and third in minutes played (3,570)...he was a two-time all-Pac-10 pick in 1995-96 and made the league's freshman team in 1993...Hendrickson was a three-time NABC District 14 All-America selection, team MVP in 1995 and 1996 and captained the 1996 Cougar squad.
STARTERS: Coming into the 1999-2000 season, only five of WSU's 13 players had ever started a college game...of the active players, Chris Crosby has the most starts with 55, followed by Jan-Michael Thomas (42).
RECENT ADDITIONS: WSU has added three players to its roster since the beginning of the season...the latest two additions are freshman guard Marcus Moore and junior forward Claude "CD" Doucet. Moore is a 6-5 guard who signed with WSU in the fall and passed his SAT in December to become eligible...Moore finished his brilliant career at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif., last spring, leading the school to the 1999 state championship...he was the 1999 John Wooden Award winner for the state of California for coach Russell Otis and was ranked as the state's top point guard after averaging 13 points, eight assists and six boards a game. Doucet comes to WSU via Lamar...the Anchorage, Alaska, native signed with Lamar after playing two seasons at South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas, where he averaged seven points and four rebounds per game...Doucet, who transferred to WSU to be closer to home, will practice with the Cougars this semester, but will not be eligible until next year. Football player Paul Mencke was already a slash -- quarterback/tight end/receiver...now you can add two more words to that title -- guard/forward...Mencke, a two-time Greater Spokane League MVP, joined the Washington State basketball team on Dec. 13. During his junior year, the Spokane native was named MVP of the GSL and led Lewis and Clark High School to its first state tournament appearance in 32 years...the 6-5, 229-lbs., Mencke averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior and repeated his GSL MVP honors...playing for coach Glenn Williams, he led the GSL in scoring in back-to-back seasons. Mencke wears number 24 (he wanted to wear his football number 12, but the jersey was too small)...like he was in football, Mencke is a redshirt junior and has this season and next season of eligibility remaining...following basketball, Mecke will re-join the football team for spring drills and then stay with football through the fall...if all goes well this season, Mencke will play basketball again next winter following the conclusion of the 2000 football season.
SLASH MENCKE BECOMES TRUE TWO-SPORTER: To the delight of his hometown Spokane Arena crowd, Paul Mencke became the first two-sport football-basketball player at WSU since Kitrick Taylor in the mid 1980s when he played in his first basketball game Jan. 6 versus USC...Mencke played four minutes and grabbed two rebounds against the Trojans...it was the first time in four years that Mencke played in the Lilac City...Mencke scored his first point as a basketball player on a free throw Jan. 13 at Arizona and grabbed a career-high five rebounds Jan. 22 versus Oregon. Taylor is a former NFL player who lettered in football in 1982-83 and 1985-86 and in basketball in 1985 and 1987.
I WANT MY COUGTV: Washington State will be on the Fox network nine times this season...three games will be shown nationally (Fox Sports Northwest locally) -- Dec. 11 Utah, Jan. 22 Oregon and Feb. 5 Washington...Fox Sports Northwest will broadcast an additional four games -- Nov. 29 Gonzaga, Jan. 13 Arizona, Feb. 12 Arizona and Feb. 26 California -- to a regional audience...two other road games will be shown in their local market -- Jan. 29 Stanford (Fox Sports Bay Area) and March 11 USC (Fox West 2).
WOW - WHAT A SCHEDULE: For the first time since 1994-95, odds are that WSU will play home games against five different ranked teams...the first three came Nov. 29 versus No. 25 Gonzaga (Spokane), Dec. 11 versus No. 25 Utah and Jan. 8 vs. No. 20 UCLA...two more opponents are currently ranked in the national polls: No. 2 Stanford and No. 7 Arizona...in 1994-95, all five teams were from the Pac-10: No. 17 California, No. 23 Stanford, No. 17 Oregon, No. 12 Arizona and No. 15 Arizona State (WSU was 4-1 versus those schools at home).
WSU VS. RANKED TEAMS: WSU currently has eight games scheduled against top 25 teams...the next comes Saturday versus No. 7 Arizona...the last time WSU defeated a ranked opponent was February 22, 1997, when the Cougs beat No. 25 Cal 89-87...the last time WSU defeated a team ranked seventh or higher was March 7, 1983, when WSU stopped No. 6 UCLA 70-68 on Bryan Pollard's tip-in at the buzzer -- still remembered as one of the greatest games in Cougar history...WSU also played eight games versus ranked opponents during the 1996-97 season.
PENGELLY LEAVES TEAM: Senior guard Blake Pengelly left the Washington State men's basketball team for personal reasons, announced prior to WSU's Dec. 7 game versus Portland. Pengelly, a native of Eugene, Ore., was averaging 4.0 points and 6.8 assists per game through five contests this season...he played in 93 career games with 56 starts...he ranks fifth in WSU career assists with 324 and is eighth in career three-point field goals with 119.
NEW OPPONENTS: WSU faces two opponents for the first time ever this season -- Southern and Texas-Pan American...Utah visited Pullman for the first time since 1939, it was also the first game between the two schools overall since 1972...the Cougars also renewed dormant rivalries with Nevada (last meeting 1972), Colorado State (1978) and Portland (1990).
OLD OPPONENTS: WSU's oldest rivalry, Oregon State, will reach game No. 260 this season...Washington State and Idaho met for the 255th time this season...the second Oregon game will be No. 254 in the series...WSU and Washington inch toward the 250 mark with games 247 and 248 this season...it was just the second meeting with Grambling State.