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Release: 12/27/2001
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Dec. 27, 2001

WASHINGTON STATE (4-5 / 0-1)

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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 week through March 19...there will be one Wednesday broadcasts (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 12 appearances on television this season during its 27-game regular season, including five national, four regional and three local broadcasts...FOX Sports Net televised the game vs. UCLA (Dec. 22)...the Cougars will be on FOX Sports Net 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 (Prescott, Ariz.) and KWBA (Tucson) will televise the Jan. 10 game vs. Arizona, KUSK will televise the Jan. 12 contest vs. Arizona State and KRON (San Francisco) will carry the Feb. 14 game vs. California).

USC PREVIEW:
The Trojans are 8-2 and open their conference schedule tonight at Washington...four players average double figure scoring, led by Sam Clancy at 15.8 points per game...Clancy nearly averages a double-double, leading USC with 9.7 boards per contest...Brandon Granville (11.1 ppg.), Errick Craven (10.8 ppg.) and David Bluthenthal (10.3 ppg.) also average double figure scoring.

SERIES WITH THE TROJANS:
USC leads the series 58-32...WSU won the first meeting, Dec. 30, 1948, 55-52 at the Pacific Coast Conference Tournament in San Francisco...the Trojans have won the last five meetings, but Washington State has posted victories in two of the last three contests played in Pullman.

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

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.

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