Jan. 7, 2003
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003 - WSU at Arizona-8:30/7:30 p.m. (MST/PST)-FOX Sports Net
COUGARS ON TELEVISION: Washington State will make 11 appearances on television during its 27-game regular season, including four national and seven regional broadcasts...FOX Sports Net will televised the game vs. UCLA (Jan. 4) and will televise games at Arizona (Jan. 9), at Stanford (Feb. 15) and at USC (March 8)...FOX Sports Net Northwest will televise games vs. California (Jan. 18), at Washington (Jan. 31), vs. Arizona (Feb. 8), vs. Oregon State (Feb. 22) and vs. Washington (March 1)...FOX Sports Net Arizona will televise the game at Arizona State (Jan. 11)...the Oregon Sports Network will televise the game at Oregon (Jan. 25).
ARIZONA PREVIEW: The Wildcats are 9-1, 2-0 and ranked No. 2 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls...three players average double-figure scoring, led by Jason Gardner's 14.2 points per game.
SERIES WITH THE WILDCATS: Arizona leads the all-time series 41-10 and has won 34 straight...it is the longest current streak in the Pac-10 by one school of other another...WSU's last win in the series was 65-63 in overtime, Jan. 30, 1986 in Pullman...the Cougars have lost 18 straight against the Wildcats in Tucson with the last win a 51-49 decision Jan. 14, 1984.
ARIZONA STATE PREVIEW: The Sun Devils are 9-4, 1-1...three players average double-figure scoring led by Ike Diogu's 18.6 points per contest...he is averaging 20.2 points per game in his last six outings.
SERIES WITH THE SUN DEVILS: The Sun Devils lead 28-23 and have won four of six meetings during Paul Graham's tenure as WSU's head coach...Arizona State swept games last season by scores of 81-71 (Jan. 12-Pullman) and 96-45 (Feb. 7-Tempe)...the 51-point loss is the second worst in Cougars' history topped only by a 93-41 loss at No. 2 UCLA, Feb. 5, 1965.
COUGARS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: WSU has lost 34 straight games to ranked opponents...the Cougars are 0-30 all-time against Arizona when the Wildcats are ranked...WSU is 1-61 vs. top five teams has lost 23 straight...the lone win is 69-51 over No. 4 Oregon State, Feb. 16, 1980...the Cougars are 4-91 on the road against ranked opponents and have lost 17 straight...the last win was 68-59 at No. 24 Stanford, Feb. 22, 1996...WSU is 14-55 in January against ranked opponents and has lost eight straight...the last win was 81-76 over No. 17 Oregon at the Spokane Arena, Jan. 9, 1997.
MOORE CHASING HISTORY: Junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) needs just 30 points for 1,000, 15 assists for 300 and 10 steals for 125 in his career...if he reaches all three milestones, he will become the third player in WSU history to accomplish the feat...Keith Morrison (1983-86) and Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) are the other two...he currently ranks sixth in assists and eighth in steals on WSU's career lists...he would become the 24th player in Cougar history to score 1,000 points.
GONZAGA HAD MOORE THAN IT COULD HANDLE: In loss against the Bulldogs, Moore poured in 42 points, including 17 in the final three and a half minutes of regulation and 10 more in overtime...the 42 points tied Moore with Steve Puidokas (Jan. 2, 1975 vs. Gonzaga) for fourth on the WSU single-game list...his nine treys tied a Cougar single-game record held by Bennie Seltzer (Feb. 27, 1993 vs. Stanford) and Chris Crosby (Dec. 21, 1998 vs. Idaho).
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Three Cougars players, junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.), senior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) and sophomore Shami Gill (Mission, British, Columbia) have recorded double-double this season...Moore has a pair with 28 points/10 rebounds vs. Southern Utah (Nov. 25) and 22 points/career-high 11 rebounds vs. Fresno State (Dec. 23)...Moore has five career double-doubles...Riley scored 12 points and added a career-high 12 rebounds at TCU (Nov. 30) for his second career double-double...Gill scored 11 points and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds vs. High Point (Dec. 21) for his first career double-double.
COUGARS IN THE PAC-10/NATIONAL RANKINGS: Junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) leads the Pac-10 in scoring (21.1 points per game), is second in assists (4.91 per game), tied for fifth in steals (1.82 per game) and 10th in rebounding (6.4 rebounds per game)...senior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) leads the Pac-10 with 2.44 blocks per game and is eighth in field goal percentage (57.1)...sophomore Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) is second in the Pac-10 with a 2.05 assist/turnover ratio, 50.0 percent three-point shooting and 2.82 three-pointers per game...he is 10th in assists (3.73 per game)...senior Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas) is tied for fourth with 87.5 percent free throw shooting and is eighth in the Pac-10 with 2.18 three-pointers per game...sophomore Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) is 19th in the conference with 5.5 boards per outing...Moore and Riley rank 27th nationally in scoring and blocked shots, respectively.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE: The Cougars tied single-game team records for three-pointers (18) and three-point attempts (37) in the loss to Gonzaga...both marks were set Dec. 29, 1990 during a 121-82 win over Seattle in Bohler Gym...WSU leads the Pacific-10 with 9.55 three-pointers made per game...at that pace, the Cougars would finish with 258...the 1993-94 squad holds the single-season record with 221...WSU is also on track to shoot 722 three-pointers this season which would shatter the record of 598 set in 1993-94.
GOING DOWNTOWN: Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) is shooting 50.0 percent (31-for-62) from beyond the arc...at his current pace, Kelati would establish a WSU single-season record for three-point percentage...the record is held by Blake Pengelly (1996-97) at 48.6 percent (36-74)...he is on pace for 76 three-pointers this season which would rank fifth on the WSU single-season list and would be over four times more than the 18 he connected on last season.
HUGHEY MAKES THE MOST OF HIS OPPORTUNITY: Senior Cedrick Hughey (Waldo, Ark.) came off the bench to tied his career highs with 12 points and seven rebounds in the loss to USC (Jan. 2)...two days later, he made his first career start and established a career high with 15 points against UCLA.
McNAIR RETURNS: Senior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) made his first appearance of the season against UCLA (Jan. 4) after sitting out the fall semester due to academic ineligibility...he came off the bench to score seven points in 10 minutes of action.
BENCH SCORING: The Cougars' bench scored just 18 points (9.0 per game) in the first two contests this season to account for 12.2 percent of WSU's offense...in the last nine games, the bench has averaged 23.9 points per game and has recored 30.0 percent of the Cougars' scoring.
GLASS CLEANERS: Five Cougars veterans have set their career high in rebounds this season...junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) tallied his career high with 11 rebounds against Fresno State (Dec. 23)...senior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) recorded his career high at TCU (Nov. 30) with 12...sophomore Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) pulled down 13 boards against High Point (Dec. 21)...at Idaho (Dec. 4), seniors Cedrick Hughey (Waldo, Ark.) and Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas) grabbed seven and six boards, respectively...Hughey equaled the career-high with seven rebounds vs. USC (Jan. 2).
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: The combined 214 points scored in the Gonzaga game were the most by two teams at Friel Court since No. 12 Arizona won a 114-111 overtime thriller against the Cougars March 2, 1995...the 90 points by WSU in the loss to USC (Jan. 2) were the most my the Cougars in a Pac-10 game since a 95-86 win over USC, Jan. 30, 1999.
INJURY UPDATE: Senior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) suffered a fractured back in the USC loss (Jan. 2)...he missed the UCLA game (Jan. 4) and is expected to be out four weeks...sophomore Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) has a stress reaction in his lower left leg and will miss both games in Arizona.