Feb. 14, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State closes the season with six of its final eight games on the road. That stretch begins Thursday night in Eugene against Oregon. Saturday, the Cougars head north up Highway 99 to face Oregon State in Corvallis.
BUSH LEADS COUGS IN PAC-10 PLAY: SO G Mike Bush has been impressive in Pac-10 play...he leads the team in scoring (14.6 ppg) and set a career high with 20 points versus Arizona State last Thursday...he also had 10 rebounds, giving Bush back-to-back double-doubles (19 pts, 12 reb. Feb. 5 vs. UW)...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.
CROSBY EYES TOP 10: Senior forward Chris Crosby comes into the Oregon game with 1,202 career points...the Littleton, Colo., native crossed the 1,200-point barrier versus Arizona...he needs 21 points to pass No. 12 Ron Bennink (1,222/1953-55)...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 60 points away from the top 10...he ranks 11th in the Pac-10 in scoring and fifth in FT Pct.
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.
WSU at Oregon Thursday, February 17, 2000 7:05 p.m. McArthur Court (9,087)
Records: WSU is 5-15 on the year (0-11 Pac-10) after dropping a pair of games to the Arizona schools this weekend. Oregon is making a run for the NCAA Tournament with a 17-5 overall record (8-3 Pac-10). The Ducks are coming off a brutal four game road swing that saw them defeat Arizona State and California and lose to Arizona and Stanford.
WSU at Oregon State Saturday, February 19, 2000 7:00 p.m. Gill Coliseum (10,400)
Records: Oregon State, 10-12 overall (2-9 Pac-10), is looking to snap a six-game losing streak. OSU has not won a game since sweeping the Washington schools in January. The Beavers host Washington Thursday night.
On Deck: Washington State returns home for the final time in 1999-2000 to host No. 2 Stanford Thursday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. Two days later, it's Senior Night when the Cougars host California at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net Northwest.
WSU COACH PAUL GRAHAM: Paul Graham is in his first season as a head coach...he has a 5-15 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 (.638)...WSU has a 208-118 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 15 losses, 12 have come to teams making postseason plans...near-locks for the NCAA Tournament include Stanford (21-1), Arizona (21-4), Oregon (17-5), Utah (19-4) and Gonzaga (19-6)...bubble/NIT teams include California (14-9), UCLA (13-9), USC (13-9), Arizona State (13-9), and Colorado State (14-9)...that's a combined record of 164-65 and a winning percentage of .716!
SCOUTING OREGON: With 17 wins, Oregon looks to be just about a lock for the NCAA Tournament...the Ducks, who have been in and out of the top 25 polls most of the year, lead the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.480) and free throw percentage (.746)...the only area where the Cougars hold a significant advantage is three-point shooting...WSU leads the league (.384), while the Ducks are last (.300)...the senior combo of A.D. Smith (15.7 ppg), Alex Scales (14.7 ppg) and Darius Wright (10.4 ppg) pace the Oregon offense.
WSU-OREGON SERIES: Oregon leads 138-115. Since 1990: Oregon, 12-9. 15 of the last 20 games have been decided by 10 points or less...the Cougars and Ducks have met 253 times, WSU has played only Oregon State (260 games) and Idaho (255 games) more often...the Ducks should tie Idaho during the 2000-01 season...Oregon has won five in a row versus the Cougars...the Cougars' last victory was an 81-76 decision in Spokane in 1997-98...WSU's last win in Eugene was a 76-59 game in 1994-95...the series dates back to a 15-12 WSU win in 1907-08.
OREGON RECAP: A.D. Smith sank a game-winning jumper from inside the key with 36 seconds left in overtime to lead Oregon to an 80-81 victory over Washington State Jan. 22...Smith's basket marked the 22nd lead change in a game that ended with Washington State's Jan-Michael Thomas' driving jumper bouncing off the rim with four seconds left...both teams were still scrambling for the rebound when time expired...it was the second overtime victory in three days for the Ducks...it was also the second straight year the two teams played extra minutes in Pullman, last season, Oregon won an 87-83 triple-overtime marathon. Washington State led most of the second half and finished 10-for-17 from 3-point range only to lose its seventh game in a row...the Cougars trailed 32-29 after the first half, which featured eight lead changes...Washington State came out strong in the second half and held a 68-60 lead with 2:54 left in regulation play. But Oregon whittled the lead down before the Ducks' Alex Scales hit back-to-back 3-point shots in the final minute of regulation...his second 3-pointer came with 34 seconds left and closed out scoring in regulation at 72-72...the Ducks were 1-of-15 from three-point range until Scales hit his back-to-back three pointers. Scales led all scorers with 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting, while Smith finished with 20. Chris Crosby led Washington State with 26 points, including 12 from 3-point range...Jan-Michael Thomas added 20 points and Mike Bush had 15 points and seven rebounds...Eddie Miller just missed yet another double-double for the Cougars, collecting 12 points and nine rebounds...Miller also had a career-high three blocks and three steals...Paul Mencke, a walk-on from the football team, grabbed a career-high five rebounds.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE: The Beavers are trying to snap a six-game losing streak...OSU has not won since sweeping the Washington schools in January...junior guard Deaundra Tanner is ranked among the Pac-10 leaders in scoring (14.9 ppg), steals (2.14 spg), assists (4.9 apg) and three-point field goal percentage (.439)...the Beavers are second in the league in three pointers per game (7.14), while WSU is third (6.55)...ten different OSU players have drawn at least one starting assignment this season.
WSU-OREGON STATE SERIES: Oregon State leads 150-109. Since 1990: Cougars, 14-7. This is the 260th renewal of a Washington State-Oregon State series that used to be dominated by the Beavers...WSU has had the upper hand lately...in fact, the Cougs have taken 10 of the last 13 overall from the Beavers...WSU's last win in Corvallis, a 69-53 decision in 1997-98, is also the Cougars' last Pac-10 road win...the series' first game was a 30-14 Beaver win in 1906-07.
OREGON STATE RECAP: Brian Jackson scored 19 points, including six in the final four minutes, as Oregon State edged Washington State 77-73 Jan. 20...Oregon State posted its first victory in Pullman since 1990. Washington State closed to within one, at 70-69, on a Mike Bush 3-pointer with 2:33 left in the game...Jackson then scored a pair of baskets for the Beavers...Bush, who finished with 18 points, followed with a layup and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but David Adams collected the rebound and layed the ball back in to cut OSU's lead to 74-73 with 1:07 left. Adams led the Cougars with a career-high 20 points, hitting all four of his three pointers...Jan-Michael Thomas had 18 points for the Cougars. Both teams put on a display of long-range shooting...the Beavers made nine-of-19 3-point attempts in the game...Washington State sank 10-of-19 from long range...WSU shot better from the field than the Beavers, 51 percent to 50 percent, but struggled at the free throw line, hitting 52 percent (9-of-17)...the Beavers also out-rebounded WSU by eight, 36-28.
ARIZONA STATE RECAP: Kyle Dodd's 3-pointer with 9 seconds left in overtime lifted Arizona State to an 81-79 victory over Washington State on Thursday night, sending the Cougars to their 11th consecutive loss...Washington State was double-teaming ASU's Eddie House in the final seconds. House, who led all scorers with 27 points, found the wide-open Dodd, whose basket gave ASU an 80-79 lead. The Cougars turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and had to foul House...his free throw produced the final score...Cedric Clark missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Washington State...the score was tied at 71 at the end of regulation Arizona State got two free throws from Chad Prewitt, who finished with 16 points, and a basket by Donnell Knight to open the overtime for a 75-71 lead...Washington State scored the next five points, on a basket and free throw by Chris Crosby and two free throws by Tyrone Evans...Prewitt's basket gave ASU a 77-76 lead with 56 seconds left. Crosby, who finished with 20 points, hit a jumper to lift WSU back into a 78-77 lead...Mike Bush's free throw gave WSU a 79-77 lead with 28 seconds left, setting the stage for Dodd's winner. Arizona State jumped to a 40-31 lead at halftime, holding the Cougars to 31 percent shooting...Eddie Miller of Washington State was ejected in the first half for a flagrant foul, when he swung his elbow at ASU's Awvee Storey...the two were jostling with each other under the WSU basket and the pushing continued as the two went down the court...Storey then pushed Miller in the stomach and Miller retaliated with an elbow check that just missed Storey. Miller's foul was called a "flagrant technical" by referee Steve Wilson...the resulting penalty was an immediate ejection for WSU's leading rebounder, but neither player was cited for fighting and Miller will not miss Saturday's game with Arizona. The Cougars sank 17 of 24 free throws in the second half to tie the game...Jan-Michael Thomas led the Cougars with 21 points, while Bush finished with a career-high 20 and 10 rebounds...it was the second straight double-double for the WSU sophomore. It was also the third consecutive overtime loss at home for the Cougars, a first for the University...Washington defeated WSU 74-68 in overtime Saturday and Oregon edged the Cougars 81-80 on Jan. 22. Crosby came back to score 20 after being held to just one point Saturday versus Washington...the senior was hindered by a sprained ankle suffered the day prior to the UW game...Clark had a career high with five assists.
ARIZONA RECAP: Freshman Gilbert Arenas matched his season high with 24 points as No. 7 Arizona routed Washington State 73-50 on Saturday, sending the Cougars to their 12th straight loss...Arizona has won 30 consecutive games over Washington State, the longest winning streak in the nation among conference rivals...the Cougars have not defeated Arizona since 1986. Washington State has not won since beating Portland State on Dec. 20....this was the Cougars' worst home loss since Feb. 1, 1990, when Arizona beat them 86-62...that loss came during WSU's worst ever Pac-10 season when Kelvin Sampson's team posted a 1-17 record. Michael Wright scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Arizona...Chris Crosby led Washington State with 14 points...the senior from Littleton, Colo., became just the 14th Cougar to reach the 1,200-career point platteau. Crosby now has 1,202 career points...David Adams had 10 for the Cougars, who shot just 34 percent in the game, compared to 60 percent for the Wildcats. Arenas scored 11 points in the first half, including consecutive baskets that lifted Arizona to a 22-11 lead with 9:15 left...a 15-3 Arizona run over the final seven minutes have them a 39-19 halftime lead...Washington State made just eight-of-33 field goals in the first half for 24 percent, while the Wildcats were shooting 58 percent...Washington State did not shoot a free throw in the first half, and Tyrone Evans sank their first one with 10:56 left in the game. The Cougars have lost 15 straight Pac-10 games over two seasons and the 0-11 league mark this season is the second-worst opening in their history...senior Jan-Michael Thomas was held scoreless for the first time in his two-year WSU career. Washington State did see a season-high attendance as 5,208 showed up despite wintery conditions on Palouse highways.
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.
COUGS MAY PLAY PART IN NCAA RECORD: Isn't this ironic...though much has been made of WSU's losses this season, it may actually be a Cougar win that finds its way into the NCAA record book...remember back to Nov. 22 -- WSU's second game of the year -- when the Cougars defeated Grambling State 83-55?...at the time it didn't seem significant, but the Tigers are now 1-25 with four games to play...if Grambling loses its final four games, it will break Prairie View A&M's NCAA record of 28 losses in a season, set in 1992...and wouldn't you know it, the last game Grambling scheduled last summer was none other than that Nov. 22 date at Washington State (a pay out game en route to the Tigers' appearance in the Great Alaska Shootout)...GSU's best shot at a win comes Saturday night when the Tigers host 4-17 Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
EXTRA FACTS ON OVERTIME: WSU has played three overtime games so far this season...it's the first time the Cougars have played three overtime games in one season since 1987-88...it is also the first time in school history that WSU played three consecutive home overtime games...the season record for overtime games is four in 1982-83 and 1985-86.
WSU-OREGON/WSU-OREGON STATE SERIES AMONG LONGEST IN NCAA HISTORY: Washington State and Oregon State will meet for the 260th time on Saturday...that's the fourth-most meetings among rivals in NCAA history...the only schools with more meetings are OSU-Oregon (312 games), OSU-Washington (265 games) and Oregon-Washington (264 games)...the WSU-Oregon series, which reaches game 254 Thursday, ranks fifth.
COUGS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: A glance at this week's Pac-10 stats (2/14) finds several Cougars ranked in the conference in assorted categories...Chris Crosby ranks fifth in the conference in free throw shooting (85.2 pct.), 11th in scoring (15.5 ppg) and 10th in three-point field goal percentage (40.6)...Mike Bush is fifth in steals (2.15 spg) and 10th in rebounding (6.7 rpg)...Jan-Michael Thomas is 18th in scoring (13.4 ppg) and eighth in free throw shooting (81.5 pct)...David Adams is seventh in three-point field goal percentage (42.3)...Tyrone Evans is 10th in blocked shots (1.06 bpg) As a team, WSU is first in three-point field goal percentage (.384), fourth in rebounding defense (rebounds allowed) at 33.6 rpg, fifth in free throw percentage (.701) and third in three-pointers made per game (6.55).
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 just one steal shy of the ten spot held by Craig Ehlo (91/1982-83).
Bush is also close to cracking the single-season top ten, with eight games yet to play...he has 43 on the season, seven back of No. 10 Terrence Lewis (50/1992)...the WSU single-season steals mark is 76 set by Don Collins in 1980.
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 2.2 steals per game to rank fifth in the Pac-10. Bush continues to show much improvement during his sophomore season...he is one of WSU's top rebounders (6.7 rpg)...Bush had 10 boards in WSU's win over Idaho and has been WSU's leading rebounder nine 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...versus Arizona State Thursday night, Bush scored a career-high 20 points to go with 10 rebounds -- his second straight double-double. The Riverside, Calif., native has also shown more scoring punch with 11 double-figure scoring games this year...for the season, Bush is averaging 12.4 points per game, up from his 6.6 ppg mark of his rookie campaign.
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 (121-146)...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 85.2 percent at the charity stripe this season (improving on last season's .843 clip), while Thomas is at 81.5 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.
MILLER SEEING DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Since returning to WSU's lineup 12 games ago, junior forward Eddie Miller has been impressive...he's averaging 9.1 points and 7.2 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 11 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.
INJURY UPDATE: WSU's athletic trainers have been earning their keep this semester...SR F Chris Crosby sprained his right ankle during practice the day before the Washington game and was very limited versus the Huskies...Crosby returned to form last Thursday with 20 points 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 is likely out 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...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 against Cal...so far, four Cougars have missed games due to injury this season: Graham (7 games), Whitehead (6 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 218 field goals with only 44 percent (96) 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 45 percent from the field through 20 games (98-218)...and make no mistake, his three-point shooting is just as good as ever, if not better, he's 39-96 (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 3.9 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.
THREE-POINT PLAYERS: Seniors Chris Crosby and Jan-Michael Thomas now both rank in WSU's top five in career three-point baskets. Crosby leads the pair with 180 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 tied for fifth with 137...Thomas needs just one more to move past Terrence Lewis and claim fifth (where he will likely finish his WSU career) for himself.
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 (.426) and ranks eighth in the Pac-10...the Tacoma, Wash., native is averaging 7.5 points per game and has five double-figure scoring games this season: Grambling State (12), Portland (12), Colorado State (17), Arizona (10) and Oregon State.
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.
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:
12-game losing streak
, is WSU's longest since 18-game streak in 1990
, is the third-longest in WSU history
18 games, 12-30-89 to 3-8-90
13 games, 1-11-28 to 2-21-28
Last win: 12-20-99 (Portland State, 68-62)
15-game Pac-10 losing streak
, is WSU's longest since 17-game streak in 1990
, is tied for the third-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)
8-game Pac-10 home losing streak
, is WSU's longest since 8-game streak in 1990
, is tied for the third-longest in WSU history
10 games, 3-2-74 to 2-22-75 (Pac-8)
9 games, 1-24-27 to 2-21-28 (Pacific Coast North)
8 games, 12-2-89 to 2-24-90
Last win: 2-18-99 (California, 79-73)
0-11 to begin Pac-10 play
, is WSU's poorest start since 1975
, is the second-worst in school history
Worse starts to conference play:
0-13, 1974, finished 1-13 (Pac-8)
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 a career high in steals with two...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 12 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 192 minutes this year, eight times the total of his last two years combined -- 23 minutes. Clark's first half field goal Jan. 27 versus Cal was the first he had made since the very first game of his WSU career -- Nov. 14, 1997, versus Central Washington.
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.
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.
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 57, followed by Jan-Michael Thomas (44).
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)
G11-20 Crosby, Miller, Thomas, Bush, Adams (0-10)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Jan. 8 vs. No. 20 UCLA and Feb. 12 vs. No. 7 Arizona...one more opponent is currently ranked in the national polls: No. 2 Stanford...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 Feb. 24 versus No. 2 Stanford...the last time WSU defeated a ranked opponent was February 22, 1997, when the Cougs beat No. 25 Cal 89-87...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.