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Cougs Host Bruins In Men's Basketball Pac-10 Opener
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Release: 12/18/2001
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Dec. 18, 2001

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THIS WEEK: Saturday, December 22 -- WSU vs. No. 19 UCLA-Noon (FOX Sports Net)

NEXT WEEK: Saturday, December 29 -- WSU vs. USC-4 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)

UCLA -- The Bruins lead the series 80-12.

WSU OVERALL: 4-4
WSU IN PAC-10: 0-0
WSU AT HOME: 4-0
WSU ON THE ROAD: 0-3
WSU ON NEUTRAL FLOORS: 0-1
WSU STREAK: -2

WASHINGTON STATE (4-4 / 0-0)

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.wscougars.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 week through March 19...there will be two Wednesday broadcasts (Dec. 26, and Jan. 2)...all other shows take place Tuesday...the show can be heard over the Cougar Radio Network.

COUGARS ON TELEVISION: Washington State is currently scheduled to make 11 appearances on television this season during its 27-game regular season, including five national, four regional and two local broadcasts...the Cougars will be on FOX Sports Net vs. UCLA (Dec. 22), vs. USC (Dec. 29), at UCLA (Jan. 6), at California (Jan. 19) and at Oregon State (Feb. 23)...FOX Sports Net Southwest carried the game at Texas (Dec. 10) and 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 (Phoenix) will televise the Jan. 12 contest vs. Arizona State and KRON (San Francisco) will carry the Feb. 14 game vs. California).

UCLA PREVIEW: UCLA enters the week 5-2 and plays at Washington Thursday...the Bruins squeaked by UC-Irvine 75-74 last Saturday at Pauley Pavilion...Jason Kapono leads the Bruins and ranks second in the Pac-10 with 22.0 per game...Matt Barnes is UCLA's leading rebounder with 6.7 boards per contest, which also ranks ninth in the conference.

SERIES WITH THE BRUINS: UCLA leads the all-time series 80-12 and has won 17 straight against the Cougars...WSU's last win was 67-56, Feb. 6, 1993 in Pullman...last season, the Bruins won 75-57, Jan. 6 at Pauley Pavilion and 86-76, March 8 at Friel Court.

COUGARS FACE RANKED TEAMS: Washington State's loss last Saturday at No. 25 Gonzaga marked the 26th straight game the Cougars have been defeated when playing a ranked opponent...WSU will look to break that streak Saturday against No. 19 UCLA...WSU is 37-167 all-time versus ranked opponents, including a 26-89 record at home...the Cougars are 3-29 in the month of December...WSU is 3-55 against a ranked Bruins squad...the last win over a ranked opponent was 89-87, Feb. 22, 1997 over No. 25 California...the Cougars are 1-8 against teams ranked 19th...the last time WSU faced No. 19, the Cougars posted a 76-59 win at Oregon, Feb. 18, 1995.

INJURY UPDATE: Junior guard Nick Graham (Stillwater, Okla.) has surgery on his right ankle Nov. 23 and has not played this season.

COUGS IN PACIFIC-10 RANKINGS: Washington State leads the Pac-10 in steals with 9.12 per game...sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) leads the conference with 3.12 steals per game and 6.00 assists per contest...his 2.18 assist/turnover ratio is fourth and his 14.1 points per game rank 11th...senior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) is third in steals with 2.14 per game and eighth in free throw percentage at .840...junior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) is third with 2.75 three-pointers per game and 10th in scoring with 14.3 points per outing...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) is sixth in offensive rebounds with 2.62 per game, 11th in total rebounds at 6.5 per game and 15th in scoring with 13.4 points per game...junior Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas) is tied for seventh with 2.0 three-pointers per game.

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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