Feb. 26, 2001
WASHINGTON STATE: (11-14 / 4-11)
THIS WEEK: Saturday, March 3, vs. Washington, 1 p.m.
RADIO: All Washington State men's basketball games will be broadcast over the Cougar Sports Radio Network...Bud Nameck is in his eighth season calling all the action...The following is a list of stations carrying Cougar games...Clarkston (KCLK 1430 AM) ...Colfax (KCLX 1450 AM)...Colville (KCVL 1240 AM)...Moses Lake (KBSN 1470 AM)...Prosser/Sunnyside (KZXR 1310 AM) ...Seattle (KJR 950 AM)...Seattle/Everett (KRKO 1380 AM)...Seattle/Tacoma (KHHO 850 AM) ...Spokane (KXLY 920 AM)...Tri-Cities (KFLD 870 AM) ...Vancouver (KVAN 1550 AM)...Walla Walla (KUJ 1420 AM) ...Yakima (KJOX 980 AM)...Moscow, Idaho (KZFN 106.1 FM).
INTERNET: Cougar men's basketball games can also be accessed via the Washington State athletic department web site at www.wscougars.com or at broadcast.yahoo.com.
COUGAR SPORTS THIS WEEK: Listen to "Cougar Sports This Week" hosted by Bud Nameck...WSU head coach Paul Graham will be on live from Zeppoz in Pullman from 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday through March 13......the show can be heard over the Cougar Sports Radio Network...if you would like to call the show, dial toll free at 1-866-COUGTALK (1-866-268-4825).
COUGARS ON TELEVISION: Washington State made 13 appearances on television this season...the Cougars game at Utah (Dec. 16) was carried in Salt Lake City by KJZZ...games at USC (Jan. 4) at UCLA (Jan. 6), versus Stanford (Jan. 27), at Washington (Feb. 3) and versus Oregon State (Feb. 17) were on FOX Sports Net...the Arizona game (Jan. 11) in Spokane was televised by KWBA in Tucson and KUSK in Phoenix...the Arizona State game in Pullman (Jan. 13) and the game at Arizona (Feb. 10) were on FOX Sports Net Arizona and FOX Sports Net Northwest...the game at Oregon (Jan. 20) was on FOX Sports Net Northwest...the home game versus the Ducks (Feb. 15) was on the Oregon Sports Network...versus Oregon State (Feb. 17) on FOX Sports Net...games at Stanford (Feb. 22) and at California (Feb. 24) were televised by FOX Sports Net Bay Area.
100TH SEASON: The Cougars 2000-01 campaign is the 100th in WSU men's basketball history...the Cougars played their first game December 7, 1901 against the Spokane YMCA in Spokane...the game resulted in a 31-0 loss...the only other game during that first season was also against the Spokane YMCA, a 24-16 setback February 17, 1902 in Pullman...The following season, WSU earned its first win in school history with an 18-13 triumph over the Spokane YMCA in the season opener, December 13, 1902 in Pullman.
ODDS AND ENDS: With a win in its final three games, WSU would double its six-win total of a year ago...the game with Washington Saturday will be the 250th meeting with the Huskies...junior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) is questionable for Saturday with an injury to his right Achilles...the Cougars play their final three games at home, where they are 9-2 this season...WSU lost to Stanford after leading 33-25 at the half, the first loss this season for the Cougars after leading at intermission...WSU shot a season-best 57 percent at Stanford, including a season-high 62 percent from three-point range.
McNAIR AND RILEY HAVE CAREER GAMES: Despite losses at Stanford and California last week, sophomores Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) and Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) enjoyed the best performances of their careers...against the Cardinal, McNair connected on 11-of-15 shots and recorded a career-high 29 points, best by a Cougar this season...Riley tied his career-high with seven rebounds against Stanford, equaled that two nights later at California and set a career-high with 21 points against the Golden Bears.
COUGARS SWEEP OREGON SCHOOLS: Washington State won a pair of games last week, defeating Oregon 63-62, Thursday and Oregon State 57-53, Saturday...the back-to-back wins were the first in Pacific-10 Conference games since the Cougars defeated the Ducks and Beavers January 9/11, 1997 at the Spokane Arena...the last time WSU won three straight Pac-10 games was February 8-22, 1996 when it won four straight.
FRIEL THE HEAT: With two wins in Pullman last week, the Cougars are now 9-2 at Friel Court this season...it is the first time since the 1995-96 team went 9-3 that WSU has won nine games at Friel...the Cougars are already assured their best winning percentage at Friel Court since 1995-96.
MOVIN' ON UP: The Cougars enter this week 11-14, the most wins since the 1996-97 season when WSU went 13-17...this is the first time the Cougars have won 10 or more games after winning less than 10 the previous year since the 1990-91 squad won 16 games following a seven-win campaign by the 1989-90 Cougars...the five-win improvement over last season (WSU was 6-22) is the best for the Cougars since the 1993-94 team won 20 games following a 15-win season by the 1992-93 team.
OUT OF THE CELLAR: For the last three seasons, Washington State has finished tied for or alone in the last place in the Pacific-10 Conference standings...currently, the Cougars are tied for sixth with Oregon and Oregon State...if WSU maintains its position in the standings, it would be the firs time since 1994-95 the Cougars finished that high...that year, WSU tied Stanford for fifth and advanced to the National Invitational Tournament.
COUGS END STREAK AT ASU: Washington State snapped a Pacific-8/Pacific-10 Conference record 30-game road losing streak in conference play with a 58-57 come-from-behind win at Arizona State, February 8...the Cougars trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half...WSU still trailed 57-48 before closing the game with a 10-0 run over the final 5:45 to pull out the victory...sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) connected on a pair of free throws with 2:15 remaining to provide WSU its only lead of the game...junior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) registered a game-high 20 points...the comeback win was the biggest on the road in Pacific-10 Conference game this season.
THE LAST TIME: Prior to the win at Arizona State, February 8, the last time the Cougars won after trailing by double figures was December 30, 1997 versus Texas A&M in the Spokane Arena...WSU trailed 28-15 in the first half and won 75-66...the last time WSU trailed by double figures on the road and won was March 11, 1995 when California led 74-58 in the second half in Berkeley before WSU rallied for a 92-89 win...the last time the Cougars trailed by more than 17 points and won was January 30, 1993 when a Jason Kidd led California team led 44-24 in the first half in Berkeley in a game won by the Cougars 83-75.
FANS TURN OUT AS COUGARS LOSE CLOSE BATTLE TO STANFORD: Top-ranked Stanford knocked off WSU 72-61, January 27 at Friel Court...prior to the game, only Duke and Arizona had come closer to beating the Cardinal...junior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) led WSU with 23 points...freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) dished out six assists...6,493 were in attendance, the largest crowd at Friel Court since 7,926 showed up for WSU and ninth-ranked UCLA, March 8, 1997.
COUGARS HAVE RECORD GAMES AGAINST ASU: For the first time since the 1996-97 season, Washington State recorded a sweep of Arizona State...the Cougars defeated the Sun Devils 81-60 January 13 in Pullman and 58-57 February 8 in Tempe...in Pullman, WSU set a record for free throws made in a conference game with 37...at Arizona State, the Cougars tied the school record for steals in a conference game with 16...the 21-point win in Pullman was the largest margin of victory for WSU in a Pac-10 game since a 103-78 triumph over the Sun Devils March 6, 1996.
DUCKS DOWN SHOTHANDED COUGARS: Frederick Jones came off the bench to score 19 points and added eight rebounds and eight assists to lead Oregon to an 81-66 victory January 20...the Cougars (7-8, 1-5) were led by 19 points from sophomore David Adams (Tacoma). Junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) and freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) each added 14 points for WSU while junior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) chipped in 13...the Cougars played with only seven players after Eddie Miller, junior Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.), sophomores Nick Graham (Stillwater, Okla.), Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) and Kendall Minor (Selam, Ala.) and freshman E.J. Harris (Los Angeles, Calif.) were all sent back to Pullman earlier in the day...Oregon outrebounded WSU 46-29 and had 19 second chance points to the Cougars five. Largely due to the lack of bench players available for WSU, the Ducks bench outscored the Cougars 61-0.
MOORE IS BETTER: Freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) scored a season-high 25 points to lead Washington State to a 67-54 win over Montana, December 12...the 25 points were the most by a Cougar freshman since Isaac Fontaine poured in 33 against Michigan State, November 27, 1993...the six steals set a WSU freshman record...sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) added 10 points...the Cougars trailed 36-35 at the half before opening the second half on a 12-0 run to take a lead they would never relinquish...Moore keyed the run with six points...the Grizzlies responded with a 12-2 run to close to within 49-48 at the 10:35 mark...Moore increased the WSU lead to 52-48 on a trey with 10:08 to play...WSU outscored the Grizzlies 15-4 over the final 9:44.
McNAIR SHOOTS DOWN VANDALS: Sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) knocked down eight three-pointers to account for a game-high 24 points as Washington State defeated Idaho 74-57 November 29...McNair's eight treys were one short of the school record by Bennie Seltzer in 1993 and equaled by Chris Crosby in 1998...Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.) scored the game's first points with jumper a little less than a minute after tip-off and the Cougars never trailed on the night...the Cougars led 20-15 with 11:31 before going on a 13-0 run over a span of 4:59 to open up an 18-point lead at 33-15.
HOME SWEET HOME: The win over Portland State was the 13th straight for the Cougars in a home opener...The last time WSU lost its home opener was during the 1987-88 season when the Cougars were defeated by BYU 60-54...WSU is now 16-0 all-time at Friel Court in the month of November...in addition, the Cougars are 19-1 at home in games played in Pullman in November...the only blemish is a 77-47 loss to Colorado State November 30, 1962 in the season-opener.
MILLER DISMISSED: Washington State University senior forward Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) was dismissed from the Cougar men's basketball team, head coach Paul Graham announced January 22...Miller appeared in 14 of the Cougars' 15 games this season, including 11 as a starter. He averaged 10.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game...during his three seasons with the Cougars Miller averaged 10.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in 61 games, 47 as a starter.