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Jan. 4, 2006

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WASHINGTON STATE (8-3, 1-1 Pac-10)
COUGARS IN SEATTLE TO PLAY HUSKIES: The Washington State men's basketball team travels to Seattle for a Pac-10 game against arch rival Washington, Saturday, Jan. 7...game time is 7 p.m. and FSN Northwest will televise the action.

ABOUT THE HEAD COACHES: Dick Bennett is 33-35 at Washington State and in his third season on the Palouse...owns a 487-292 career record (.625) in 27 collegiate seasons...guided Wisconsin to 2000 Final Four...Washington's Lorenzo Romar is in his fourth season at Washington and owns a 70-36 record with the Huskies...has a 163-124 mark overall in his 10th season...Bennett is 1-5 vs. Romar, including 0-4 in WSU-UW games...Bennett's Wisconsin team lost at Romar's Pepperdine squad in 1997-98 and defeated the Waves in Madison during the 1998-99 campaign.

HUSKIES RANKED: Washington is 12-1, 1-1 Pac-10...Huskies are No. 10 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls...Washington is averaging 91.5 points per game, best in the nation...Huskies lead the Pac-10 in scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, rebounding margin, blocked shots, assists, and assist/turnover ratio.

SERIES WITH THE HUSKIES: Washington State and Washington have met 258 times with the Huskies holding a 161-97 advantage...the 2005-06 season is the 80th straight in which the schools have played at least once, tied for 13th longest continuous rivalry nationally...Washington leads 97-31 in games played in Seattle and has won 11 straight...Huskies have won four straight overall, including 66-48 in Seattle and 68-55 in Pullman last season.

OFFENSE VERSUS DEFENSE: Washington is the nation's top scoring offense team averaging 91.5 points per game...Washington State is the No. 4 scoring defense team ast 54.1 points per game.

COUGAR SCORING UP: Washington State is averaging 63.4 points per game this season...Cougars averaged 56.9 points per game during Dick Bennett's first two seasons.

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY: Washington State defeated No. 23 Stanford 77-63 in Pullman, Jan. 7, 1995...win marked first time in school history the Cougars defeated ranked opponents in back-to-back games (WSU knocked off No. 17 California, 83-71, Jan. 5, 1995)...loss was first of the season for Stanford...WSU's Shamon Antrum scored a game-high 19 points and Donminic Ellison contributed all 12 of his points in the second half and added nine assists in the game...WSU led 42-35 at the half and opened the second stanza with a 20-8 run to take a commanding 62-43 lead...Cougars outrebounded the Cardinal 35-26 and shot 59.6 percent from the field compared to Stanford's 39.7 percent...WSU finished the season 18-12, 10-8 Pac-10 (tied-fifth) and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NIT.

COUGARS LOOK TO BREAK STREAKS IN SEATTLE: In the first two seasons under Dick Bennett, the Cougars have accomplished several firsts and broken many losing streaks...WSU will look to snap three more streaks at Washington, Saturday...Cougars have lost 11 straight at Washington and 34 straight to top 10 opponents...WSU is 0-52 all-time on the road against top 10 teams...here is a look at the achievements in the Bennett era.

  • Won 57-51 at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22, 2003 to break 27-game road losing streak.
  • Won 55-50 at California, Jan. 4, 2004 to break 31-game losing streak in California, 22-game Pac-10 road losing streak, six-game skid to Golden Bears and eight-game slide at California.
  • Won 76-61 over USC in Spokane, Jan. 10, 2004 to halt nine-game losing streak to USC.
  • Won 55-48 at UCLA, Feb. 5, 2004 for first win at UCLA in 47 games, including 39 at Pauley Pavilion...broke 22-game losing streak to UCLA.
  • Won 60-51 at USC, Feb. 7, 2004 to snap seven-game losing streak at USC...first season sweep of USC since 1985-86...completed first road sweep of Los Angeles schools in WSU history.
  • Won 60-51 vs. Stanford in Spokane, Dec, 31, 2004 to break 17-game losing streak against Cardinal.
  • Won 70-63 at No. 11 Arizona, Jan. 29, 2005 to break 38-game losing streak against Arizona...stopped 20-game losing streak at Arizona...first win in 35 tries against a ranked Arizona team...halted a 26-game road losing streak against ranked opponents and a 48-game skid overall against top 25 teams...highest ranked opponent defeated on the road in school history.
  • Won 59-48 at Stanford, March 3, 2005 to break eight-game losing streak at Stanford...first home-and-home sweep of Stanford since 1992-93.

    COUGARS IN PACIFIC-10 RANKINGS: WSU leads the Pacific-10 in scoring defense (54.1 points per game), field goal percentage defense (36.5), 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.5) and 3-point field goal percentage (40.0)...sophomore Derrick Low is third in 3-point field goal percentage (47.7), seventh in 3-pointers made (1.91 per game), eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.56) and minutes played (33.18 per game), and ninth in assists (3.82 per game)...junior transfer Ivory Clark is tied for fifth in blocked shots (1.45 per game)...sophomore Kyle Weaver is tied for seventh in assists (3.91 per game) and is 19th in rebounding (4.6 per game)... ...sophomore Josh Akognon is tied for ninth in 3-pointers made at 1.82 per game.

    WSU IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougars are fourth nationally in scoring defense (54.1 points per game)...Air Force (52.3), Richmond (52.5) and Samford (53.7) rank ahead of WSU...Cougars are eighth in field goal percentage defense (36.5)...WSU is tied for 20th in 3-point field goal percentage (40.0) and 39th nationally in free throw percentage (73.4).

    COUGARS POST BLOWOUT VICTORIES: Washington State defeated Utah 69-42, Dec. 22 at Seattle's KeyArena for its third 25-plus point victory this season...widest margin of victory in Dick Bennett era prior to this season was 21 (73-52 over TCU in Pullman, Dec. 6, 2003)...WSU has five wins of 15 or more points this season after posting eight such victories combined in Bennett's first two seasons on the Palouse...Cougars had three wins of 25 or more points over the last five seasons...last time WSU had three or more 25-plus point victories in the same season was 1997-98 (two over non-Division I schools)...had three over Division I schools in 1996-97...last time WSU had four such wins was 1994-95 when it finished 18-12 and advanced to the NIT quarterfinal round.

    WASHINGTON STATE NEWCOMERS CONTRIBUTING: The Cougars have eight new faces this season, including a pair of walk-ons...WSU newcomers have accounted for 31.1 percent of the minutes played and are contributing 31.0 percent of the scoring...junior transfer forward Ivory Clark leads the team with 16 blocks and is tied for fifth in the Pac-10 with 1.45 per game...newcomers have recorded 34.5 percent of the rebounds grabbed by individuals...first-year Cougars are shooting 47.9 percent from the field led by freshman Aron Baynes's 56.1 percent.

    BENCH SCORING: Washington State is averaging 23.9 points per game this season off the bench...Aron Baynes scored 19 points off the bench in the Cougars' 81-55 season-opening victory over UC Riverside, Nov. 19...against Idaho, Nov. 26, Cougar bench players tallied 31 points in 63-37 victory...bench players scored 28 of the team's 60 points in win at San Diego State, Dec. 10...in 61-46 win over Portland, Dec. 17, Cougar bench players tallied 46 points led by Ivory Clark's team-high 12.

    BALANCED SCORING: The Cougars are averaging 63.4 points per game, led by sophomore Derrick Low's 10.5 per outing...Low is the only WSU player averaging double-figure scoring...five others average at least six points per game...seven different WSU players have scored in double figures in a game this season, led by Low's eight such games...in Cougars' 63-37 win over Idaho, Nov. 26, 11 different WSU players scored, most since 11 had points in a 98-76 win over Washington, March 1, 2003...Cougars also had 11 different players score in 61-46 victory over Portland, Dec. 17.

    WSU NOTCHES WIN IN CLOSE GAME: The Cougars defeated Kansas State 58-57 in Pullman, Dec. 3...first game decided by less than eight points this season...in 2004-05, WSU was 4-8 in games decided by three points or less...dozen games decided by three points or less tied Fresno State for most nationally.

    COUGARS POST COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORY: Washington State overcame a 27-21 halftime deficit to win at San Diego State, Dec. 10...just the seventh time in 32 games under Dick Bennett the Cougars have trailed at intermission and emerged victorious.

    TEAMS DO NOT EXCEED FIFTY-FIVE: Dick Bennett has been the Washington State men's basketball coach for 68 games...in 34 of those, including six this season, the Cougar opponent has scored 55 points or less...from 1991-92 through 2002-03, WSU held a total of 34 opponents to 55 points or less.

    WSU EXTENDS 3-POINT STREAK: The Cougars have made at least one 3-pointer in 292 consecutive games...last time Cougars did not make a shot from beyond the arc was Feb. 18, 1995 at Oregon...since 3-point line was adopted in 1986-87, WSU has failed to make a 3-pointer three times...other two occasions were Jan. 5, 1987 at Idaho and Dec. 9, 1988 at home against Portland.

    WSU COMPLETES MOUNTAIN WEST SCHEDULE: The Cougars' 69-42 win over Utah, Dec. 22 was the fourth game WSU played against a Mountain West Conference opponent this season...Cougars won three of four meetings...lost to BYU 76-68, Nov. 22 at Spokane Arena...defeated Wyoming 63-47, Nov. 30 in Pullman...won 60-49 at San Diego State, Dec. 10.

    STATISTICAL TRENDS: WSU is 23-2 under Dick Bennett when holding the opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field, including 8-0 in 2005-06...Bennett's Cougars are 21-1, including 5-1 in 2005-06, when outrebounding their opponent.

    WHO IS STARTING?: Washington State has used eight different starting line-ups in its 11 games this season...sophomore Derrick Low is the only Cougars to start in every game...sophomore Robbie Cowgill has started all eight games in which he has played after missing the first three due to injury.

    LOW INJURES FOOT: Cougar sophomore Derrick Low injured his right foot in practice, Tuesday, Jan. 3...initial X-ray indicated a fracture and Low will not play Saturday at Washington...Low will undergo further tests before the WSU medical staff will determine a timetable for his return.

    COUGAR PLAYER NOTES
    #1 Josh Akognon (Petaluma, Calif.)

  • Appeared in all 11 games, including three starts.
  • Made first career start against UC Riverside, Nov. 19...recorded a career-high 22 points, and eight rebounds against the Highlanders.
  • Scored 13 points at No. 9 Gonzaga, Dec. 8.
  • Tallied 10 points in 13 minutes off the bench in 61-46 win over Portland, Dec. 17.
  • Had eight points and five rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench vs. Utah, Dec. 22.
  • Tied for ninth in the Pac-10 in 3-pointers made (1.82 per game).

    #2 Derrick Low (Honolulu, Hawaii)

  • Only Cougar to start all 11 games.
  • Tallied a career-high 11 assists and added 15 points against UC Riverside, Nov. 19...first career double-double...most assists in a game by a Cougar since Marcus Moore had 11 vs. USC, Dec. 29, 2001.
  • Tied his season-high 15 points and notched a career-high five boards against Wyoming, Nov. 30.
  • Notched 14 points, five boards, and was 2-for-2 from the line vs. Kansas State, Dec. 3.
  • Leads the Cougars shooting 47.7 percent from 3-point range and scoring at 10.5 points per game...percentage from beyond is third in the Pac-10.
  • Shooting 87.0 percent (20-for-23) from the foul line.
  • Averaging 3.82 assists per game...ninth in Pac-10.
  • Eighth in the Pac-10 with 1.56 assist/turnover ratio.
  • Eighth in the conference with 33.18 minutes played per game.
  • Suffered a fractured right foot in practice, Tuesday, Jan. 3...will undergo further diagnostic tests later this week and will not play at Washington, Saturday.

    #3 Steve Campbell (Kenmore)

  • Has appeared in five games off the bench.
  • First collegiate points came on dunk late in the season opener against UC Riverside, Nov. 19.
  • Notched a board and a block in one minute against Portland, Dec. 17.

    #5 Chris Matthews (Washington, D.C.)

  • Appeared in seven games off the bench.
  • Tallied three points and one rebound in four minutes off the bench against Idaho, Nov. 26.
  • Was 2-for-5 from 3-point range to score a season/career-high six points vs. Portland, Dec. 17.
  • Shooting 31.3 percent (5-for-16) from 3-point range.

    #11 Aron Baynes (Cairns, Australia)

  • Appeared in all 11 games, including two starts.
  • Tallied 19 points off the bench against UC Riverside, Nov. 19...most points in a season opener by a true freshman in school history.
  • Made first career start against Idaho, Nov. 26...other start was vs. Portland, Dec. 17.
  • Recorded season/career-high four rebounds, and added seven points against Kansas State, Dec. 3.
  • Tied WSU freshman record (Carlos Daniel vs. Eastern Washington, Nov. 29, 1994) for blocks in a game with five at San Diego State, Dec. 10...added eight points and tied season/career high with four rebounds.
  • Leads Washington State in field goal percentage at 56.1 (23-for-41).

    #12 Randy Green (Renton)

  • Appeared in all 11 games, including five starts.
  • Tallied eight points, two boards, and tied his career-high four steals against Wyoming, Nov. 30.
  • Recorded seven points and three boards off the bench against Kansas State, Dec. 3.
  • Scored 12 points at No. 9 Gonzaga, Dec. 8.
  • Set career high with eight rebounds at San Diego State, Dec. 10...tied career high with four steals.
  • Scored season-high 15 points vs. Utah, Dec. 22...was 6-for-8 from the field...added three assists and two steals in 69-42 win.

    #21/22 John Rasmussen (Yakima)

  • Has appeared in three games off the bench.
  • Grabbed one rebound against Idaho, Nov. 26 and another against Portland, Dec. 17.

    #23 Antonio Chavers (Fort Worth, Texas)

  • Appeared in 10 games, including three starts.
  • Made his first start in a Cougar uniform against Idaho, Nov. 26...tallied a season/career-high 10 points and added two boards.

    #25 Kyle Weaver (Beloit, Wis.)

  • Appeared in all 11 games, including nine starts.
  • Tallied 10 points, eight boards, matched his career-high two blocks, and set a career high with seven assists in the season opener against UC Riverside, Nov. 19.
  • Tied career-high 15 points, notched career-high nine boards and five steals, and led the team with six assists against Wyoming, Nov. 30...was 2-for-2 from 3-point range...was 2-for-23 in his career from beyond the arc entering the game, including 0-for-1 this season.
  • Notched 12 points in the first half against Kansas State, Dec. 3...blocked a 3-point attempt by the Wildcats' Lance Harris as time expired to preserve the 58-57 win.
  • Tied career-high with 15 points in win over Arizona State, Dec. 31.
  • Shot 53.3 percent from the field (16-for-30) over first five games...shooting 38.2 percent (13-for-34) over last six games.
  • Leads team in assists (43), rebounds (51) and steals (17).
  • Pac-10 rankings include assists (tied for seventh, 3.91 per game) and rebounds (19th, 4.6 per game).

    #32 Daven Harmeling (Grand Junction, Colo.)

  • Appeared in season opener against UC Riverside, Nov. 19...dislocated left shoulder against the Highlanders...out for the season.

    #33 Ivory Clark (New Orleans, La.)

  • Appeared in all 11 games, including six starts.
  • Tallied season/career-high 23 points and five rebounds against BYU, Nov. 22.
  • Currently 22-for-27 at the line (81.5 percent, eighth in Pac-10)...went 6-for-6 against Idaho, Nov. 26.
  • Grabbed season/career-high eight board vs. Arizona, Dec. 29.
  • Leads the team with 16 blocks, averaging 1.45 per game...currently tied for fifth in Pac-10.
  • Averages 9.0 points and shoots 58.1 percent (18-for-31) as a starter...off the bench, averages 4.2 points and shoots 36.4 percent (8-for-22).

    #34 Robbie Cowgill (Austin, Texas)

  • Missed first three games of the season due to a cracked right clavicle...started all six games since.
  • Against Wyoming, Nov. 30, recorded six points, three boards, and one assist against the Cowboys.
  • Notched a career-high nine boards and added nine points against Kansas State, Dec. 3.
  • Scored 14 points at No. 9 Gonzaga, Dec. 8.
  • Tallied 12 points at San Diego State, Dec. 10...named game MVP in San Diego Slam.
  • Equaled season high with 14 points vs. Utah, Dec. 22...scored Cougars first 10 points of the game on 4-for-4 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from the foul line...set career high with four assists...tied career high with three steals.
  • Was 5-for-6 at the line and tied his career high with three blocks vs. Arizona, Dec. 29.

    #42 Chris Henry (Santa Ana, Calif.)

  • Appeared in 11 games, including seven starts.
  • Tallied career-high eight points and five rebounds against Idaho, Nov. 26.
  • Tied career high with five rebounds vs. Utah, Dec. 22.
  • Averaging 6.5 points per game in Pac-10 play.

    #44 Rodney Edgerson (Peoria, Ill.)

  • Appeared in seven games...missed first two games due to back injury.
  • Scored six points off the bench during his Cougar debut against Idaho, Nov. 26.
  • Was 3-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line to notch a season/career-high eight points against Portland, Dec.17.
  • Made first career start Dec. 31, vs. Arizona State.

    #52 Caleb Forrest (Pagosa Springs, Colo.)

  • Appeared in eight games off the bench.
  • Recorded season/career-high four rebounds against Idaho, Nov. 26.
  • Was 4-for-4 from the field and scored season/career-high 10 points at San Diego State, Dec. 10.
  • Scored five points in seven minutes off the bench against Utah, Dec. 22...connected on first career 3-point attempt.
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