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Release: 11/25/2003
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Nov. 25, 2003

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WASHINGTON STATE (2-1, 0-0)

RADIO: All Washington State men's basketball games will be broadcast over the Cougar Basketball Radio Network...Bud Nameck is in his 11th season calling all the action...games can be heard on KCLK 1430 AM (Clarkston), KCLX 1450 AM (Colfax), KCVL 1240 AM (Colville), KRKO 1380 AM (Everett), KBAM 1270 AM (Longview), KZFN 106.1 FM (Moscow, Idaho), KBSN 1470 AM (Moses Lake), KZXR 1310 AM (Prosser), KYCW 1090 AM (Seattle), KXLY 920 AM (Spokane), KHHO 850 AM (Tacoma), KALE 960 AM (Tri-Cities), KGDC 1320 AM (Walla Walla) and KUSA 980 AM (Yakima).

INTERNET: Cougar men's basketball games can also be accessed via the Washington State athletic department web site at wsucougars.com or at broadcast.yahoo.com.

WSU HEAD COACH Dick Bennett: Washington State Head Coach Dick Bennett is in his first season at WSU...coached at Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1976-85), Wisconsin-Green Bay (1985- 95) and Wisconsin (1995-2000)...his 456 career wins rank 79th in NCAA history and he owns a .639 career winning percentage (456- 258)...career highlights include a 1984 NAIA national runner-up finish at Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a 2000 Final Four appearance at Wisconsin...he is 2-1 this season.

BENNETT RECORDS QUICK START: With two wins to open the 2003-04 season, WSU Head Coach Dick Bennett became the first mentor to begin his Cougar career 2-0 since Len Stevens in 1983-84.

COUGARS RECORD RUNNER-UP FINISH IN ALASKA: Washington State lost 64-49 to Rice in the BP Top of the World Classic championship game and finished as the tournament runner-up...Cougars defeated VMI 66-46 and host Alaska Fairbanks 57-51 to reach the tournament final.

MOORE AND GILL NAMED ALL-TOURANMENT: Senior guard Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) and junior forward Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) were named to the BP Top of the World Classic All-Tournament Team...Moore averaged 16.7 points, including a game-high 20 in 57-51 win over Alaska Fairbanks...20th career game with 20 or more points...notched 11 assists and six steals in tournament...Gill averaged 6.3 points and eight rebounds during TOWC...pulled down 10 boards against Alaska Fairbanks.

WSU SNAPS ROAD LOSING STREAK: With the 57-51 over host Alaska Fairbanks, WSU broke a 27- game road losing streak...previous win was 58-57 at Arizona State, Feb. 8, 2001.

DEFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS FROM ALASKA: WSU held VMI to 36 percent shooting from the floor in second half of opener...gave up 46 points, lowest total by Cougar opponent since 61-42 win over Oregon State, Feb. 8, 1996...held Alaska Fairbanks to 26 percent shooting in second half and just three field goals in final 10:59...gave up 97 combined points in first two games marking best two-game stretch since 89, Dec. 3-9, 1988.

COUGARS REGISTER EARLY SEASON VICTORIES: WSU has won 13 of its last 15 season openers including a 10-game win streak from 1989-90 through 1998-99.

STARTING LINEUPS: The Cougars used three different starting lineups at the BP Top of the World Classic...senior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.), juniors Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla), Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) and Chris Schlatter (Lafayette, Calif.) each started all three games...sophomores Anthony Grant (Seattle), Randy Green (Renton) and invited walk-on freshman T.J. Paterick (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) each started one game.

MOORE POINTS: Senior guard Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) moved into 17th place on the Cougar career scoring list after scoring 14 in season opening 66-46 win over VMI...has 1,116 in his career...four assist against Rice moved him into fifth place on Cougar all-time list with 326.

WSU RETURNS TRIP TO SOUTHERN UTAH: Friday's game at Southern Utah is a return of a home-and-home series with Southern Utah...Cougars defeated Thunderbirds 72-66 in Pullman, Nov. 25, 2002...Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) 28 points and 10 rebounds in win...Justin Lyman scored 15 points and Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) added 11 points...David Palmer led Southern Utah with 18 points and eight boards...WSU trailed 33-29 at intermission.

SERIES WITH THUNDERBIRDS: WSU leads 2-0...defeated Thunderbirds 95-73 in Pullman, Dec. 10, 1988...Brian Quinnett and Brian Wright led WSU with 23 and 22 points, respectively.

COUGARS IN BEEHIVE STATE: WSU is 5-16 all-time in game played in Utah...first game was 50-49 win at BYU, Dec. 11, 1946...played four straight games in Utah during 1946-47 and 1952-53 seasons...most recent game was 87-63 loss at Utah, Dec. 16, 2001...WSU is 3-3 at BYU, 1-9 at Utah, 0-3 at Utah State, 0-1 vs. Utah State in Salt Lake City and 1-0 vs. Oklahoma City in Salt Lake City.

A LOOK AT SOUTHERN UTAH: The Thunderbirds were 11-17 last season...lost 88-54 at BYU in season opener, Nov. 21...David Palmer scored 18 in the loss...host Lewis & Clark College tonight prior to WSU game...coach Bill Evans is 160-157 at Southern Utah after taking over with eight games remaining in 1991-92 season...best season in Cedar City, Utah was 25-6 during 2000-01 campaign...lost to Boston College 68-65 in first round of NCAA Tournament.

WSU A TRAVELING TEAM: The Cougars traveled nearly 4,000 miles round trip, including bus and air, to play three games in Fairbanks, Alaska at the BP Top of the World Classic, Nov. 20-23...after less than 48 hours in Pullman, WSU will embark on a 2,500 plus mile road trip for its game at Southern Utah, Friday.

COUGARS PICKED NINTH IN PRESEASON PAC-10 POLL: Arizona is the preseason selection to win the 2003-04 Pacific-10 men's basketball title according to poll of 35 media members who cover the conference...Wildcats garnered 26 first place votes...Arizona is followed by Stanford (seven first place votes), California (one first place vote), Oregon, USC (one first place vote), UCLA, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State and Oregon State.

GET TO KNOW THE WSU ASSISTANT COACHES: Tony Bennett is the son of WSU Head Coach Dick Bennett...played for his father at Wisconsin-Green Bay...finished collegiate career as Mid-Continent Conference's all-time leader in points (2,285) and assists (601)...ranks as NCAA's all-time leader in three-point percentage (.497)...three seasons with NBA's Charlotte Hornets...selected 35th by Hornets in 1995 NBA Draft...Mike Burns helped Eastern Washington earn NIT bid last season...coordinated Eagles' defense that ranked top three in Big Sky Conference scoring defense during each of his three seasons at EWU...Mike Heideman served as an assistant to Dick Bennett at Wisconsin-Green Bay for all 10 seasons the latter was the mentor of the Phoenix...succeeded Bennett as head coach at UWGB...led Phoenix to 110-95 mark during seven seasons...named 1996 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year.

KELATI LEADER OF THE PAC: Junior guard Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) led the Pacific-10 Conference in three-point percentage (.456) during the 2002-03 season...he averaged 2.30 treys per game.

MOORE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Cougar senior point guard Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) became 24th player in WSU history to record 1,000 career points at Arizona, Jan. 9, 2003...one of three players in WSU history with 1,000 points, 300 assists and 125 steals...joined Keith Morrison (1983-86) and Bennie Seltzer (1990-93).

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: WSU football and men's basketball coaches' wives food drive, Dec. 1 vs. IPFW...bring a non-perishable food item to the game and receive $1 admission...free schedule magnet to first 2,500 fans...it is Snow Night with fans having a chance to win ski lift tickets courtesy of the Inland Northwest Ski Association...postgame autograph session after Dec. 6 game vs. TCU...freshmen Lance Den Boer (Sunnyside) and T.J. Paterick (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) will take part.

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