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Jan. 22, 2002

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THIS WEEK:
Thursday, January 24 -- WSU vs. Oregon State-7 p.m.
Saturday, January 26 -- WSU vs. Oregon-3 p.m. (FOX Sports Net Northwest)

NEXT WEEK:
Thursday, January 31 -- WSU vs. Washington-7 p.m.

RADIO: All Washington State men's basketball games will be broadcast over the Cougar Radio Network...Bud Nameck is in his ninth season calling all the action...game can be hear on KCLK 1430 AM (Clarkston), KCLX 1450 AM (Colfax), KCVL 1240 AM (Colville), KVAC 1490 AM and KLLM 103.9 FM (Forks), KZFN 106.1 FM (Moscow, Idaho), KBSN 1470 AM (Moses Lake), KZXR 1310 AM (Prosser/Sunnyside), KLFE 1590 AM and KRKO 1380 AM (Seattle), KXLY 920 AM (Spokane), KHHO 850 AM (Tacoma), KFLD 870 AM (Tri-Cities), KVAN 1550 AM (Vancouver), KUJ 1420 AM (Walla Walla) and KJOX 980 AM (Yakima).

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

COUGAR SPORTS THIS WEEK: You can listen to the "Cougar Sports This Week" hosted by Bud Nameck...WSU head coach Paul Graham will be on live from The Bookie on the Washington State campus from 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday through March 19...the show can be heard over the Cougar Radio Network...Cougar seniors Mike Bush and J Locklier will join Bud Nameck this week.

COUGARS ON TELEVISION: Washington State is currently scheduled to make 13 appearances on television this season during its 27-game regular season, including five national, four regional and four local broadcasts...FOX Sports Net televised the games vs. UCLA (Dec. 22), vs. USC (Dec. 29), at UCLA (Jan. 6) and at California (Jan. 19)...the Cougars will be on FOX Sports Net at Oregon State (Feb. 23)...FOX Sports Net Southwest carried the game at Texas (Dec. 10)...FOX Sports Net Northwest televised the game at Gonzaga (Dec. 15) and will televise the games vs. Oregon (Jan. 26) and at Washington (Feb. 27)...KUSK (Prescott, Ariz.) and KWBA (Tucson) televised the Jan. 10 game vs. Arizona...KUSK televised the Jan. 12 contest vs. Arizona State...KRON (San Francisco) carried the game Jan. 17 at Stanford and will televise the Feb. 14 contest vs. California.

OREGON STATE PREVIEW: The Beavers are 8-9, 1-6 in the Pacific-10 Conference...Oregon State has lost five straight...Philip Ricci is the team's leading scorer with 16.4 points per game...Ricci also leads the Beavers in rebounding with 7.2 boards per contest.

SERIES WITH THE BEAVERS: Washington State has played Oregon State 162 times in men's basketball, more than any other opponent...the Beavers lead the series 152-110...Oregon State has won four of the last five meetings...Washington State has won nine of the last 10 in Pullman.

OREGON PREVIEW: The Ducks enter the week 14-4, 6-1 in the Pac-10...Oregon is tied for first place in the conference with USC and plays at Washington, Thursday...three players average double figure scoring for the Ducks, led by Freddie Jones' 15.9 points per game...Robert Johnson's 7.8 rebounds per game is tops on the Oregon squad.

SERIES WITH THE DUCKS: Oregon leads 141-116...the Ducks have won eight of the last nine meetings...two of the last three contests in Pullman have gone to overtime, including a triple overtime game won by Oregon 87-83, Jan. 14, 1999...the last seven meetings have been decided by five points or less, including three of the last four by a single point...

ANOTHER RANKED OPPONENT: When the Cougars host Oregon Saturday, they will play a ranked opponent for the seventh time this season...WSU is 0-6 against ranked teams this season and has lost 30 straight to schools ranked in the top 25...the Ducks are No. 19 in this week's Associated Press poll...this will be the third time this season WSU has played No. 19 UCLA (Dec. 22) and Stanford (Jan. 17)...the Cougars are 7-6 versus Oregon when the Ducks are ranked and have won the last five such contests...included in that streak is a season sweep in 1994-95 when Oregon was ranked 17th in Pullman and 19th in Eugene.

COUGARS IN THE PACIFIC-10 RANKINGS: Entering the week, sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) leads the Pacific-10 with 2.44 steals per game and is second in the conference with 5.44 assists per game...Moore is also eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.67) and 14th in scoring (13.9 points per game)...junior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) is sixth in three-point field goals made (2.12 per game)...senior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) is sixth in free throw percentage (.854)...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) is 13th in rebounding (6.2 per game) and 19th in scoring (12.8 points per game)...junior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) is 18th in rebounding (5.5 per game).

FASHIONABLE COUGAR: Washington State's Paul Graham is ninth among head coaches in the Jan. 21 Fashion Power Index according to www.collegeinsider.com...for more information, check out http://www.collegeinsider.com/columnists/lento/index.html.

LITTLE REMAINS INELIGIBLE: Washington State senior forward Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.) remains ineligible due to his failure to meet NCAA academic requirements and will not play for the Cougars this season.

INJURY UPDATE: Junior guard Nick Graham (Stillwater, Okla.) has surgery on his right ankle Nov. 23 and has not played this season...Graham has begun light jogging and shooting drills...senior forward Justin Murray (Tacoma, Wash.) has missed three weeks with avulsed teeth and is out indefinitely.

CALIFORNIA RECAP: The Golden Bears remained undefeated at home with a 90-57 win over the Cougars, Jan. 19...the loss was the 10th straight for Washington State, which was led by 13 points from sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.)...freshman Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) was one of four Cougars in double figure scoring with a season-high 12.

STANFORD ROUTS WSU: Casey Jacobsen and Curtis Borchardt each tallied 15 points to lead No. 19 Stanford past Washington State 83-50, Jan. 17 at Maples Pavilion...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) scored 12 points and pulled down six rebounds, both tops among the Cougars...junior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) added 10 points and was the only other WSU player in double-figure scoring.

SUN DEVILS TOP COUGARS: Despite a school record 16-for-16 effort from the foul line by sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.), Washington State fell to 0-6 in the Pacific-10 with an 81-71 loss to Arizona State in Pullman, Jan. 12...Moore finished the game with a team-high 23 points and tied his season-high with a team-high eight rebounds.

COUGARS COME UP SHORT AGAINST WILDCATS: Senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) recorded a career-high 27 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for his second career double-double in a 92-85 loss to Arizona, Jan. 10...senior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) posted his seventh career double-double with 17 points and a season-high 11 rebounds...the 85 points were the most by the Cougars in a conference game since a 95-86 win over USC, Jan. 30, 1999.

UCLA OUTLASTS WSU: Billy Knight scored a career-high 32 points to lead the Bruins to an 81-69 victory over the Cougars, Jan. 6...the win improved UCLA's mark against Washington State to 45-0 all-time in Los Angeles...senior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) led the Cougars with 18 points despite battling the flu.

USC SHOOTS DOWN COUGARS: The Trojans shot 56 percent from the floor in an 85-64 win at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Jan. 4...sophomore Marcus Moore returned to his hometown and led WSU with 15 points, five assists and three steals...junior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) added 14 points and six rebounds off the bench for WSU.

MOORE IS NOT ENOUGH IN LOSS TO TROJANS: Sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) recorded his second double-double of the season and the third of his career with 12 points and a career-high 11 assists, but WSU came out on the short end of a 78-63 loss to USC in Pullman, Dec. 29...USC freshman Errick Craven poured in a game-high 29 points while senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) led the Cougars with 17 points...junior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) pulled down a career-high eight rebounds for WSU.

UCLA RALLIES PAST WSU: The No. 19 Bruins shot 68 percent in the second half and overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to pull out a 79-74 win in Pullman, Dec. 22...three Cougars scored in double figures, led by 17 from sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.)...Moore just missed a double-double as he dished out eight assists...WSU tied a school record by going 13-for-13 (1.000) from the foul line.

COUGARS FALL AT GONZAGA: Despite the first double-double in junior Milton Riley's (Gardena, Calif.) career (10 points, career-high 11 rebounds), Washington State lost 67-44 at No. 25 Gonzaga, Dec. 15...the 44 points were the fewest by the Cougars in a nonconference game since a 50-40 loss at Idaho, Nov. 29, 1988...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) just missed a double-double with a nine rebounds and a team-high 13 points.

TEXAS DEFEATS WASHINGTON STATE: Led by Chris Owens' 19 points, the Longhorns dropped the Cougars to 4-3 with a 79-52 win in Austin, Dec. 10...the loss was the worst nonconference defeat for the Cougars since No. 4 Michigan State, led by Magic Johnson, beat WSU 98-52, Dec. 27, 1978...junior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) led WSU with 14 points and freshman Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) recorded his first double figure rebounding game with a game-high 10.

McNAIR HELPS WSU RALLY PAST TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN: Junior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) scored 20 of his team-high 26 points in the second half as the Cougars rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat Texas-Pan American, 70-67, Dec. 7...McNair hit three consecutive three-pointers late in the second half to give WSU the lead for good at 63-59...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) added 17 points and a game-high seven rebounds for the Cougars.

MOORE LEADS COUGS PAST VANDALS: Sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) scored a career-high 31 points and added eight rebounds, five assists and five steals to lead Washington State to an 81-55 over Idaho, Dec. 4.

COUGARS KNOCK OFF ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF: Sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) recorded the second double-double of his career with 26 points and 10 assists, to lead WSU to a 91-75 win over the Golden Lions, Dec. 1 in Pullman...the 10 assists are a career high...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) scored 19 points for the second consecutive game to equal his career high.

WSU FALLS SHORT AT MONTANA: Senior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) came off the bench to score a game-high 24 points at Montana, Nov. 28, but the Cougars lost to the Grizzlies 75-71...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) tallied a career-high 19 points and tied Bush with a game-high seven rebounds.

COUGARS ROUT PRAIRIE VIEW A&M: Junior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) scored a game-high 22 points to lead WSU to a 103-55 blowout of the Panthers, Nov. 24 in Pullman...the Cougars tied a team school record with 17 steals led by sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.), who registered seven thefts, one shy of the school record.

WSU DROPS OPENER TO COLORADO STATE: Despite 17 points from junior Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas), WSU lost its season opener 79-75 to the Rams, Nov. 20 at the Spokane Arena...senior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) scored 12 points off the bench for WSU just three days after playing wide receiver in the Apple Cup for the Cougar football team.

--go cougs--

Washington State Cougars Men's Basketball
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