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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.
STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
Tony Bennett is the first head coach at a current Pacific-10 institution to start 6-0 in his inaugural campaign at the school since Washington's Marv Harshman began 6-0 in 1971-72...Bennett's accomplishment is tied for the third best start in a debut season at Pac-10 school in the post-World War II era...others to start 6-0 or better since World War II include Tippy Dye (10-0, Washington, 1950-51), Robert W. Burnett (9-0, Stanford, 1951-52), Sam Barry (6-0, USC, 1945-46), John Wooden (6-0, UCLA, 1948-49), and Forrest Twogood (6-0, USC, 1950-51).
FIRST YEAR FOES
The Portland match-up will be first year head coach Tony Bennett's fourth time facing off against another first year head coach...UAB's Mike Davis, Texas-San Antonio's Brooks Thompson, Idaho State's Joe O'Brien and Portland's Eric Reveno are all in their debut seasons at their respective schools.
PLAYING THE PILOTS
Washington State is currently 8-2 all-time versus Portland...Cougars own a 6-0 record in Pullman...have won three of the last four meetings...last season's game resulted in a 61-46 Cougar victory in Pullman...Ivory Clark scored 12 points off the bench, in what turned out to be a game of the reserves...WSU's subs outscored the Portland bench 46-10.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Nov. 29)
Kevin Eastman's Cougars outlasted Eastern Washington 87-59, Nov. 29, 1994 at Friel Court in the season opener...WSU used an 8-0 run to take a 22-16 advantage with six minutes remaining in the first half...WSU led 29-22 at intermission and 30-28 early in the second half when Isaac Fontaine scored 13 points to key a 30-9 Cougar run...Fontaine, the current all-time points leader for the Cougars, finished the game with his first career double-double...Washington State went on to finish the season 18-12 making its way to the NIT Quarterfinals...the 1994-95 squad established itself as one of the best offensive units in school history leading the nation in field goal percentage.
Portland is currently 2-5...opened its season 0-3 before defeating Montana State, 59-53, and UC-Davis, 76-72, at home...lost on the road to BYU, 79-50 and Portland State, 69-53...led by sophomore Jamie Jones who tops the team with 11.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game...senior Ben Sullivan is right behind Jones putting up 9.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per outing...Eric Reveno is in his first year as the Pilots' head coach...was an assistant at Stanford for nine seasons.
WSU AND THE WCC
The Cougars are 114-50 all-time against current members of the West Coast Conference.
SERIES AGAINST THE UTES
The Utes own a 12-2 record against the Cougars...Washington State's last victory came during the 2005-06 campaign when the teams met at the Cougar Hardwood Classic at KeyArena in Seattle...Cougars cruised to a 69-42 victory snapping an 11-game losing streak against Utah...game will be the first meeting in Pullman since 1999.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Dec. 2)
The Cougars are currently 17-5 when competing Dec. 2...Washington State defeated Gonzaga 64-61 at Gonzaga, Dec. 2, 1985...Cougars went up early in the first half 17-12 before the Bulldogs went on a 10-2 run to take the lead 22-19...Gonzaga finished the half on top 26-24...Washington State battled back behind senior Otis Jennings and sophomore Brian Quinnett who tallied 17 and 15 points, respectively.
The Utes are currently 1-3 (play Weber State at home, Nov. 28)...started the season 0-3...lost season opener at home vs. Southern Utah, 76-73...dropped match-up at Santa Clara, 83-72...returned home against Colorado and suffered last second 60-59 loss...bounced back to defeat Rice 80-64 at home...head coach Ray Giacoletti is in his third season with the Utes (43-21)...spent four years at Eastern Washington leading the Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament berth (2004)...return four starters...three players averaging in double-figure scoring...junior Johnnie Bryant leads the team with 18.3 points per game...sophomores Luke Nevill and Shaun Green are averaging 17.5 and 12.5 points per game, respectively.
COUGARS AGAGINST THE MOUNTAIN WEST
The Cougars are 15-33 all-time against current members of the Mountain West Conference...won three of four meetings against MWC schools last season.
WSU NEAR PERFECT IN NOVEMBER
Washington State is 27-0 all-time in November at Friel Court...Cougars have won 26 straight November games in Pullman and are 29-1 all-time...only loss was 77-47 to Colorado State, Nov. 30, 1963.
Washington State is shooting 49.7 percent in 2006-07...John Thompson Foundation Challenge (Nov. 10-12) in Milwaukee marked the first time since the 1995-96 season that the Cougars 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.
WSU WINS IN DIFFERENT WAYS
The Cougars led by at least 24 points in each of their first four games this season... Cougars led by double figures at halftime in all four games...first time WSU has posted four consecutive double-digit victories since Nov. 26-Dec. 7, 1996...WSU led for all but 13:26 in the four games...was never tied or behind in the second half...never trailed by more than six points...each of the last two WSU wins have come by six points or less...Cougars had lost 16 of their last 18 games decided by six points or less prior to the 2006-7.
SAME OLD STORY
Cougar Head Coach Tony Bennett has said the defense his father Dick is famous for is still a staple of the WSU program...Cougars are yielding 58.0 points per game, best in the Pac-10.
COUGARS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS
Washington State is in the top three of the Pac-10 rankings in scoring defense (first, 58.0 points per game), field goal percentage defense (second, 39.1), 3-point field goal shooting (second, 41.1 percent), and assist to turnover ratio (third, 1.26).
PROTECTING THE HOUSE
In the last 16 seasons, the Cougars are 71-3 in Pullman against nonconference opponents...mark includes a 5-0 record in Bohler Gym during the 1990-91 campaign.
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.
COUGAR PLAYER NOTES
#1 Mac Hopson (Portland, Ore.)
- Started all six games.
- Made a stellar debut for the Cougars as he handed out 23 assists in WSU's first four games...including nine in his first career start vs. UAB, Nov. 10...leads team in assists averaging 4.33 per game.
- Scored a season/career-high 13 points against Texas-San Antonio, Nov. 17.
- Currently 14-for-17 (82.4 percent) from the line.
- Leads the team in 3-point percentage (54.5).
- Pac-10 Rankings: Assists (sixth, 4.33 per game), Free Throw Percentage (tied-seventh, 82.4), Assist/Turnover Ratio (ninth, 1.73).
#2 Derrick Low (Honolulu, Hawaii)
- Started all six games.
- Tallied a career- high 28 points in season opener vs. UAB, Nov. 10...10-for-16 from the field including 6-for-9 from three-point land.
- Has recorded 15 treys this season moving him into sole possession of 18th on WSU's all time 3-point field goal list with 68.
- Shooting 52.9 percent from the field...has scored in the double-figures in each outing this season.
- Pac-10 Rankings: Steals (tied-fifth, 2.00 per game), 3-Point Field Goal Percentage (tied-fifth, 50.0), 3-Point Field Goals Made (tied-sixth, 2.50 per game) Free Throw Percentage (tied-seventh, 82.4), Scoring (ninth, 16.8 points per game).
#5 Chris Matthews (Washington, D.C.)
- Appeared off the bench in five games.
- Grabbed career-high six rebounds in season debut vs. UW-Milwaukee, Nov. 11.
- Recorded a season-high 10 points vs. Texas-San Antonio, Nov. 17.
- Currently 7-for-16 (43.8 percent) from 3-point range.
#10 Taylor Rochestie (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
- Appeared off the bench in all six games.
- Tallied a season-high nine points versus Radford, Nov. 12.
- Has recorded 13 assists on the season.
#21 Jeremy Cross (Northridge, Calif.)
- Appeared off the bench in three games.
- Scored first Division I points (two) vs. Texas-San Antonio, Nov. 17.
#25 Kyle Weaver (Beloit, Wis.)
- Started all six games.
- Recorded 12 points in three games, vs. Radford (Nov. 12), Texas-San Antonio (Nov. 17) and vs. Boise State (Nov. 25)...averaging 10.3 points per game.
- Second on the team in assists (21).
- Tallied season-high eight rebounds and eight assists in victory over Idaho State, Nov. 21...added career-high five blocks against the Bengals.
- His 37 blocks ranked 18th on the WSU career list.
- Pac-10 Ranking: Blocks (fifth, 1.50 per game).
#32 Daven Harmeling (Grand Junction, Colo.)
- Appeared in five games off the bench.
- Recorded career-high 11 points three times this season...currently averaging 8.0 points per game and shooting 59.1 percent from the field
- Was 4-for-5 from the field against Boise State, Nov. 25, including a four point play which gave the Cougars the lead with 59.6 seconds left.
- Pac-10 Ranking: 3-Point Field Goal Percentage (tied-fifth, 50.0).
#33 Ivory Clark (New Orleans, La.)
- Started in all six games.
- Tallied season -high 20 points and five rebounds against UW-Milwaukee, Nov. 11...career-high 10-for-14 from the field.
- Leads the team in rebounds with 38, averaging 6.3 boards per game...recorded career-high nine boards vs. Radford, Nov. 12.
- His 39 career blocks places him in a tie for 16th in WSU history...second on the team in scoring averaging 11.5 points per game.
- Tallied a career-high three steals against Boise State, Nov. 25.
- Has eight dunks on the season, including three against UAB, two against both Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Radford and one against Texas-San Antonio.
- Named John Thompson Challenge MVP...averaged 16.3 points on 63.9 percent shooting in three games, Nov. 10-12.
- Pac-10 Ranking: Blocks (sixth, 1.33 per game), Rebounds (18th, 6.3 per game).
#34 Robbie Cowgill (Austin, Texas)
- Started in all six games.
- Second on the team in rebounds with 32, averaging 5.3 per game.
- Has recorded five blocks to raise his career total to 65.
- Scored season-high nine points vs. Radford, Nov. 12.
- Averages 6.2 points per game.
- Pac-10 Ranking: Rebounds (20th, 5.3 per game).
#42 Chris Henry (Santa Ana, Calif.)
- Appeared in four games off the bench.
- Was 2-for-2 in nine minutes vs. Texas-San Antonio scoring season-high four points.
#52 Caleb Forrest (Pagosa Springs, Colo.)
- Appeared in six games off the bench.
- Recorded season-high seven points against UW-Milwaukee, Nov. 11 behind 2-for-3 shooting from the field and 3-for-5 from the line.