Jan. 18, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State seeks its first Pac-10 win of the season when Oregon State and Oregon visit Pullman. The Cougars and their oldest rival, Oregon State, will play game number 259 in the series Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Friel Court. WSU hosts Oregon Saturday at 5:00 in a Fox Sport Net national broadcast.
MILLER SEEING DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Since returning to WSU's lineup five games ago, junior forward Eddie Miller has been impressive...he's averaging a double-double at 10.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game and has notched career-highs in rebounds twice (14 vs. USC and Arizona)...during that stretch, Miller has a pair of doubles (13 pts, 14 reb vs. USC, 16 pts, 14 reb vs. Arizona) and just missed a third at Arizona State (11 pts, 9 reb)...the Reseda, Calif., native has been the Cougs' leading rebounder in all five games...Miller, who was sidelined during the fall semester due to academic problems, would be leading the Pac-10 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. It's also worthwhile to note that Miller's best games have come versus Thursday's opponent -- Oregon State...his top two scoring games have come against the Beavers (20 points last year in Pullman, a career-high 22 last season in Corvallis) and he's hitting 70 percent (14-20) from the floor against OSU.
QUICK STAT: Chris Crosby has reached double figure scoring in nine consecutive games and 11 of 13 overall this season...Crosby played in his 100th career game Saturday versus Arizona State.
QUICK STAT II: Mike Bush is WSU's leading scorer through the Cougars' first four conference games...the sophomore is averaging 16.8 points per game in Pac-10 play.
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.
Oregon State vs. WSU Thursday, January 20, 2000 7:00 p.m. PST
Records: WSU is 5-8 overall, (0-4 Pac-10) and looking to snap a five-game losing streak. The Beavers (8-6 overall, 0-3 Pac-10) are also looking for their first Pac-10 win of the season.
Oregon vs. WSU Saturday, January 22, 2000 5:00 p.m. PST
Television: The Washington State-Oregon game will be shown live nationally on Fox Sports Net. Barry Tompkins and George Raveling are the announcers.
Records: Oregon looks to stay in the top half of the Pac-10 after posting a 2-1 record the first two weeks of the season. The Ducks are 11-3 overall and 5-1 on the road. Their only road loss came at Hawaii, 66-63, in the championship game of the Rainbow Classic. The Ducks play at Washington Thursday night before venturing to the Palouse.
On Deck: The Cougars trek to the Bay Area for their first game at Cal's Haas Pavilion on Thursday, Jan. 27, and then cross the Bay Bridge for a meeting with No. 3 Stanford on Saturday, Jan. 29.
WSU COACH PAUL GRAHAM: Paul Graham is in his first season as a head coach...he has a 5-8 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 (.646)...WSU has a 208-114 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).
EVANS RETURNS, CUTS HAND: JR F Tyrone Evans returned to action Saturday versus Arizona State after missing three games...he had two points and three rebounds in 15 minutes...Evans sprained his left knee during the Colorado State game (in which, he had a career-high 13 points)...the San Antonio native is averaging 5.6 points and 4.2 rebounds a game this season...however, just as Evans' knee is healing, his right hand is hurting...he cut it on the backboard during Monday's practice and required 10 stitches.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE: The Beavers are searching for their first Pac-10 win of the season...junior guard Deaundra Tanner is second in the Pac-10 from beyond the three-point line (47.5 Pct.) and leads OSU in scoring (15.5 ppg)...the Beavers are second in the league in steals (9.64 spg)...Thursday's game will feature two of the top three-point teams in the league...WSU is third in three-pointers made per game (6.31), while OSU is second (6.71)...the Beavers may be without center Jason Heide, who suffered a sprained ankle during last Thursday's game with Stanford...Heide, who is averaging 10.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, did not play Saturday.
WSU-OREGON STATE SERIES: Oregon State leads 149-109. In the 1990s: Cougars, 14-6. This is the 259th renewal of a Washington State-Oregon State series that used to be dominated by the Beavers...WSU has had the upper hand lately having won three of the last four...in fact, the Cougs have taken 10 of the last 12 overall from the Beavers...the two teams split last season, with each team winning on its home court...the Cougars have won the last nine games played in the Inland Empire (8 at Friel, 1 at the Spokane Arena)...OSU's last win in Pullman came Feb. 18, 1990 (83-63)...the series' first game was a 30-14 Beaver win in 1906-07.
SCOUTING OREGON: Oregon looks to be one of the Pac-10's serious NCAA contenders despite last Saturday's 85-71 loss to Stanford...Oregon is 11-3 on the season (2-1 Pac-10) with impressive non-conference wins against Wake Forest, Minnesota and Gonzaga...the Ducks, who are receiving votes in the top 25 polls, are third in the Pac-10 in scoring (78.3 ppg) and assists (17.14 apg) and rank first in field goal percentage (.496)...the combo of A.D. Smith (15.8 ppg) and Alex Scales (14.2 ppg) lead the Duck offense.
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.
WSU-OREGON SERIES: Oregon leads 137-115. In the 1990s: Oregon, 11-9. 14 of the last 19 games have been decided by 10 points or less...the Cougars and Ducks have met 252 times, WSU has played only Oregon State (259 games) and Idaho (255 games) more often...the Ducks should tie Idaho during the 2000-01 season...Oregon has won four in a row versus the Cougars...the Cougars' last victory was an 81-76 decision in Spokane in 1997-98...the series dates back to a 15-12 WSU win in 1907-08.
REMEMBER OREGON LAST YEAR?: In one of the wildest games in Friel Court history, Oregon prevailed 87-83 in triple-overtime Jan. 14, 1999...guard Jan-Michael Thomas led the Cougars with 28 points (four three-pointers) in a career-high 52 minutes, while forward Kojo Mensah-Bonsu added 17, forward Eddie Miller had 13 and forward Steve Slotemaker had 11 in a career-high 34 minutes. It was just the fourth triple-overtime game in Cougar history and the third ever at Friel Court...Oregon set a Friel Court record with 65 rebounds (breaking WSU's mark of 55 set December 11, 1974 versus DePaul)...the two teams combined to break the building's two-team total fouls record with 62 (30 by Oregon, 32 by WSU)...WSU and Stanford held the previous mark of 61 set in 1996.
ARIZONA STATE RECAP: - Eddie House scored 25 points to lead Arizona State to an 81-64 victory over Washington State on Saturday...House, who tied a conference record with 61 points Jan. 8 at California, entered the game averaging 36 points a game in his last seven outings...he 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 since returning to the lineup five games ago...the Reseda, Calif., native scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds, missing his third double-double in four games by one rebound...Cedric Clark, a walk-on junior guard from Birmingham, Ala., made one of two free throws against ASU...it was his first point since netting a free throw against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez on Nov. 30, 1997 -- more than two years ago...senior guard Jan-Michael Thomas had a career-high five assists.
ARIZONA RECAP: WSU gave No. 2 Arizona all it could handle Thursday night before falling 80-75...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...this is 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 his second double-double in his last three games...led by Miller, the Cougars out-rebounded Arizona 36-25.
CROSBY NEARS TOP 15: Senior forward Chris Crosby moved into 16th WSU career scoring during the Arizona game...he passsed No. 16 Keith Morrison (1,077/1983-86) and comes into the Oregon State game with 1,107 career points...the Littleton, Colo., native needs 40 points to reach the top 15...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 now 155 points away from the top 10...Saturday's game versus ASU was Crosby's 100th as a Cougar...he ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring and FT Pct.
WHITEHEAD QUESTIONABLE, GRAHAM OUT FOR WEEKEND: FR F Bryan Whitehead sustained a right knee injury during practice before the USC game and has missed WSU's last four games...Whitehead, who is averaging 2.2 ppg and 2.0 rpg, is close to being able to return and could see action this weekend...FR G Nick Graham joined the injured reserve after spraining his right ankle during Monday's practice...the sprain is severe enough to keep Graham out of action this weekend...WSU's back up point guard has played in all 13 games, averaging 1.7 points per game...he will become the fourth Cougar to miss a game due to injury this season, joining Tyrone Evans (3 games), Milton Riley (1 game) and Whitehead (4 games).
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 144 field goals with only 41 percent (59) 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 48 percent from the field through 13 games (69-144)...and make no mistake, his three-point shooting is just as good as ever, if not better, he's 25-59 (42 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 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.
CROSBY FOURTH IN PAC-10 AT CHARITY STRIPE: Proving last season's .843 clip (fourth best ever at WSU) from the free throw line was no fluke, senior forward Chris Crosby is tearing it up at the charity stripe this season with an 86.7 average...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...the school single-season free throw percentage record is 88.5 percent by David Sanders in 1988...Crosby has some competition for team honors, however...senior Jan-Michael Thomas is hitting 86.1 percent at the line this season.
COUGS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: A glance at this week's Pac-10 stats (1/17) finds several Cougars ranked in the conference in assorted categories...Chris Crosby ranks fourth in the conference in free throw shooting (86.7 pct.), fourth in scoring (16.5 ppg) and seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.424)...Mike Bush is second in steals (2.62 spg) and ninth in rebounding (6.6 rpg)...Jan-Michael Thomas is 12th in scoring (14.4 ppg) and sixth in free throw shooting (86.1 pct). As a team, WSU is second in rebounding defense (rebounds allowed) at 31.6 rpg, third in three-pointers made per game (6.31)., fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.366), fifth in free throw percentage (.715) and fifth in offensive rebounds (12.85 pg).
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 2.62 steals per game to rank second in the Pac-10. Bush continues to show much improvement during his sophomore season...he is one of WSU's top rebounders (6.6 rpg) and ranks ninth in the Pac-10...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 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 is WSU's leading scorer in Pac-10 games at 16.8 ppg...for the season, Bush is averaging 11.8 points per game, up from his 6.6 ppg mark of his rookie campaign. Bush could make a serious run at the WSU single-season steals mark of 76 set by Don Collins in 1980. Nearly halfway through the season (28 games total), Bush has 34 steals -- nearly halfway to Collins' mark...Bush is also 11 steals shy of entering the WSU career top 10, tying Craig Ehlo (91/1982-83).
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.
RECENT ADDITIONS: WSU had 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 Hills 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 at Arizona. Taylor is a former NFL player who lettered in football in 1982-83 and 1985-86 and in basketball in 1985 and 1987.
CLARK SEES PLAYING TIME: Walk-on point guard Cedric Clark has seen action in each of WSU's last six games, including a career-high 14 minutes of playing time in the ASU game...the junior from Birmingham, Ala., made one of two free throws against 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 56 minutes this year, more than double the total of his last two years combined -- 23 minutes.
HENDRICKSON RE-SIGNED BY CAVS: Former WSU standout Mark Hendrickson (1993-96) signed a second 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 8...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.
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)
G6-8 Riley, Crosby, Thomas, Bush, Adams (2-1)
G9 Riley Crosby, Miller, Thomas, Adams (0-1)
G10-13 Crosby, Miller, Thomas, Bush, Adams (0-4)
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.
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 166 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 seventh with 123, five behind No. 6 Donminic Ellison (128/1994-96.
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. 3 Stanford and No. 2 Arizona...Oregon, Arizona State and USC are among those teams listed as also receiving votes...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)...if one more Pac-10 team finds its way into the top 25, WSU will have home games against six ranked teams for the first time ever.
UNLUCKY 7?: Of WSU's eight losses, seven have come to teams making serious pushes for the NCAA tournament. Arizona is 15-2, Arizona State is 11-4, UCLA is 10-4, USC is 10-5, Utah is 13-3, Gonzaga is 11-5 and Colorado State is 10-5. WSU VS. RANKED TEAMS: WSU currently has eight games scheduled against top 25 teams...the next comes Saturday, Jan. 29 at No. 3 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.
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, with the possibility of a tenth game (UCLA - March 9) if that contest has a bearing on the conference title race...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).
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 seventh in career three-point field goals with 119.
COUGS LOOK TO SNAP STREAK: The Cougars are searching for their first Pac-10 road win since defeating Oregon State 69-53 on Jan. 15, 1998...since that game, WSU has lost 18 consecutive Pac-10 road games, which is the second-longest such streak in WSU history...the WSU (and conference) record for consecutive league road losses is 34 (Pacific Coast Conference), sustained by the legendary coach Jack Friel's teams between 1954 and 1958...Kelvin Sampson's 1988-89 and 1989-90 squads combined to drop 16 consecutive conference road games.
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 50, followed by Jan-Michael Thomas (37).