March 8, 2004
Thursday, March 11, 2004 - No. 8 seed WSU vs. No. 1 seed Stanford-12:20 p.m. (2004 Pacific Life Pacific-10 Tournament-FOX Sports Net)
WASHINGTON STATE (13-15, 7-11 Pac-10)
WSU HEAD COACH Dick Bennett:
Washington State Head Coach Dick Bennett is in his first season at WSU...coached at Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1976-85), Wisconsin-Green Bay (1985-95) and Wisconsin (1995-2000)...owns a .632 career winning percentage (467-272)...career highlights include a 1984 NAIA national runner-up finish at Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a 2000 Final Four appearance at Wisconsin...he is 13-15 this season...with 70-58 win vs. California, March 6, Bennett tied Bill E. Foster for 74th place on the NCAA career wins list.
WSU has 13 wins this season, a six-win improvement from last season, under first-year mentor Dick Bennett...only other time a Cougar head coach has had a better improvement during his inaugural season was John R. Bender in 1907-08...Bender's squad finished 12-3 after Everett M. Sweeley's 1906-07 team posted a 5-4 record...WSU has tallied seven Pac-10 wins after winning just seven of its last 46 conference games entering this season.
The Cardinal is 26-1, 17-1 in the Pac-10...Stanford won its fourth Pac-10 regular season title (third outright) in the last six seasons...Cardinal was ranked No. 1 last week before losing 75-62 at Washington in the final regular season game...Josh Childress leads Stanford with 15.2 points per game (ninth in the Pac-10) and 7.4 rebounds per game (fifth in the Pac-10)...also ranks third in the Pac-10 with 1.61 blocks per outing and fifth in the conference with a .433 mark from three-point range...five Cardinal players average double figure scoring, including Justin Davis...Davis has been sidelined since Jan. 29 with a partial tear of his medial collateral ligament in his left knee...Chris Hernandez leads the Pac-10 with a .463 mark from beyond the arc and ranks sixth in the conference with 1.92 assist-to-turnover ratio...Matt Lottich is seventh in the Pac-10 with 2.00 three-point field goals per game.
SERIES WITH THE CARDINAL:
Stanford leads 58-52...Cardinal has won 16 straight...last Cougar win was 68-59 at No. 24 Stanford, Feb. 22, 1996...Stanford won the season's first meeting 73-51 at home, Jan. 2...Justin Davis led the Cardinal with 13 points while Marcus Moore posted a game-high 15 for the Cougars...Cardinal completed season sweep with a dramatic 63-61 victory in Pullman, March 4...Cougars trailed by as many as nine in the first half and led by six with 52 seconds left in the game...Matt Lottich's fall away three-pointer as time expired gave Cardinal the victory...Lottich scored game-high 15 points...Marcus Moore and Jeff Varem led WSU with 14 points each...Washington State is 2-17 against ranked Stanford teams and has lost 15 straight.
WSU IN PAC-10 TOURNAMENT:
The Cougars are participating in the Pac-10 Tournament for the first time since 1990 when all 10 schools qualified...no Pac-10 Tournament held from 1991-2001...WSU is 2-4 in Pac-10 Tournament games...first meeting with Stanford in conference tournament.
MORE STREAKS ON THE LINE:
When Washington State faces Stanford Thursday, the Cougars will be looking to break several streaks...Stanford has defeated WSU 16 straight times...Cougars have lost 15 straight to a ranked Cardinal team...WSU has lost 44 straight to ranked opponents...last win over a ranked team was 89-87 at home against No. 25 California, Feb. 22, 1997.
WSU ROAD SUCCESS:
The Cougars have six road wins in a season (6-8) for the first time since 1995-96 (7-7)...with the 57-51 win at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22, WSU broke a 27-game road losing streak...previous win was 58-57 at Arizona State, Feb. 8, 2001...WSU was 6-65 in last 71 road games prior to this season dating back to January, 1998.
PAC-10 ROAD SWEEPS:
A 60-51 victory at USC, Feb. 7 gave the Cougars their first road sweep of the Los Angeles schools in WSU history...Cougars closed the first half with a 26-9 run over the final 14:53...first season sweep of USC since 1985-86...first road sweep in conference since defeating Oregon State and No. 19 Oregon, Feb. 16/18, 1995 and 11th in school history since Pac-10 began in 1978-79.
COUGARS SWEEP PAC-10 TRIO:
Washington State swept the season series with USC, Arizona State and California...first time since 1994-95 Cougars have swept three Pac-10 opponents (Oregon State, Oregon, California).
COUGARS EARN NATIONAL RECOGNITION:
Washington State was named men's basketball national team of the week (Feb. 2-8) by ESPN.com after winning games at UCLA and USC, Feb. 5/7.
SLAMMING THE DOOR SHUT:
The Cougars are 9-1 this season when leading at halftime and 1-0 when tied at intermission...last season, WSU was 6-6 after outscoring its opponent in the first stanza.
SUCCESS AT THE LINE:
WSU is 8-2 this season when attempting more free throws than its opponent...Cougars are shooting 86 percent (130-for-156) during their seven Pac-10 wins...Cougars recorded season-high in free throws and free throw attempts with 27-for-33 outing in 70-58 win over California, March 6...WSU ranked 22nd nationally in free throw percentage (.740) as of March 2.
GETTING TO THE GLASS:
Cougars are 9-0 when grabbing more boards than opponent...WSU is 1-0 when rebounds are equal to its opponent.
TAKING CARE OF THE BASKETBALL:
WSU turns the ball over at a rate of 12.2 per game...Cougars ranked 16th nationally in fewest turnovers per outing through games of March 2.
FROM ZERO TO SEVENTY:
Washington State is 4-0 this season when scoring 70 or more points...Cougars registered a season-high 83 points at Arizona State, Feb. 26...most points by WSU in a Pac-10 road game since 98-87 loss at No. 8 Arizona, Jan. 7, 1999.
WSU is 8-1 this season when shooting 45 percent or better from the field...Cougars shot season-high 58 percent in 76-61 win over USC, Jan. 10...Cougars 7-0 when holding opponent under 40 percent from the floor...when the Cougars shoot under 40 percent, they are 2-8.
DEFENSIVE STAT OF THE WEEK:
Washington State has given up 59.4 points per game this season, a 19.4 points per game improvement over last season...since Arizona and Arizona State joined the Pacific-8 to form the Pacific-10 for the 1978-79 season, no team has recorded such a dramatic improvement from one season to the next.
Last season, WSU yielded 78.8 points per game and was last in the Pac-10 in scoring defense...this season the Cougars are best in the conference, allowing just 59.4 points per outing...the 59.4 points per game are the fewest given up by a Pac-10 team since Oregon State yielded 57.7 points per game in 1984-85, two years before the three-point shot was implemented...WSU ranked 11th nationally in scoring defense through game of March 2.
SCORING LIMIT IS FIFTY-FIVE:
The Cougars have held 13 of 28 opponents this season to 55 points or less...WSU held 12 opponents to 55 points or less over the last six seasons combined prior to 2003-04...last time Cougars limited 13 or more opponents to 55 points or less was 1951-52 when WSU accomplished the feat in 17 or 35 games...WSU held six straight opponents to 55 points or less (Nov. 28-Dec. 22) for the first time since Dec. 21-Jan. 5 (seven games) during the 1950-51 season.
FIFTY POINT BARRIER:
The Cougars have held five opponents to under 50 points this season...prior to this season, the last time WSU held a team under 50 points was an 80-46 win at Eastern Washington, Dec. 7, 1996...Cougars had not held multiple opponents under 50 points since 1989-90 season...last time WSU held five opponents under 50 points was 1987-88 season in Kelvin Sampson's first season on the Palouse...WSU also limited Montana and California to 50 points each while posting road wins.
WSU LIMITS OPPONENT SCORING IN PAC-10 GAMES:
The Cougars have held every Pac-10 opponent below its current scoring average.
COUGAR PLAYER NOTES
#1 Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.)
- Named Pacific-10 Honorable Mention...only Cougars to start all 28 games this season...ranks on WSU all-time list in assists average (second-4.2 per game)steals (third-168), assists (fourth-421) three-point field goals (tied for fifth-150) and scoring (fifth-1,441 points)...averaging 14.6 points per game and is shooting 35.1 percent from three-point range in his last 10 outings...averaging 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists, above his season average in both categories, during the last four games...has committed 2.96 turnover per game this season, the best mark of his career...scored season-high 29 points against No. 9 Arizona, Jan. 31...finished his Cougar home career with a 16 points, season-high seven rebounds and six assists as Washington State defeated California 70-58, March 6 to earn a spot in the Pacific-10 Tournament...one of three players in WSU history with 1,000 points, 300 assists and 125 steals...Keith Morrison (1983-86) and Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) are the others...leads WSU in points, assists and steals...scored in double figures 22 times...named to the BP Top of the World Classic all-tournament team after averaging 16.7 points and 3.7 assists in three games...scored 20 points at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22 and 22 points vs. Idaho, Dec. 20....Pac-10 rankings entering the week: Sixth in steals (1.54 per game), and 13th in scoring (13.4 points per game).
Senior Marcus Moore recorded the 23rd 100-assist season in WSU history and the third of his career.
Senior point guard Marcus Moore needs four rebounds to become the eighth player in Pac-10 history to have 1,400 points, 400 assists, 400 rebounds and 160 steals...currently has 1,441 points, 421 assists and 168 steals.
#2 Terry Ayers (Pearl City, Hawaii)
- Walk-on has appeared in three games...played three minutes off the bench in first half at Montana, Dec. 13.
#3 Lance Den Boer (Sunnyside)
- Has played in 13 games...scored season-high 11 points off the bench at Montana, Dec. 13 while celebrating his 19th birthday.
#5 Chris Schlatter (Lafayette, Calif.)
- Has started 20 games...tied season-high with 11 points at USC after scoring just two points in previous three games...four times this season has tied his career-high with seven rebounds...scored nine points at No. 15 Gonzaga and added six boards...tallied eight points at No. 5 Stanford, Jan. 2...played career-high 39 minutes against USC, Jan. 10.
#11 Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla)
- Named Pacific-10 Honorable Mention...has scored in double figures 16 times this season...averaging 17.5 points during last six games...ranks second on WSU all-time list with .435 mark from three-point range...tallied career-high 27 points on the strength of 11-for-13 shooting at No. 17 Arizona, Feb. 28...registered 24 points at Washington, Feb. 19...had worst shooting game of his career with 0-for-9 effort at Oregon State, Jan. 15...scored 18 points vs. IPFW, Dec. 1...tallied team-high 15 points at No. 15 Gonzaga, Dec. 28...has 150 career treys and is tied for fifth on WSU's all-time list...Pac-10 rankings entering the week: Third in three-point field goal percentage (.452), sixth in three-pointers per game (2.50) and 10th in steals (1.36 per game...led Pac-10 with .456 three-point shooting in 2002-03.
#12 Randy Green (Renton)
- Has made five starts in 2003-04...scored 12 points off the bench in 67-62 overtime loss to Oregon, Feb. 14...averaged 16.7 points per game during three-game stretch Dec. 6-20.
#21 Anthony Grant (Seattle)
- Has appeared in 26 games, including seven starts...scored season/career-high 11 points and added four rebounds at Washington, Feb. 19...shooting .417 from the field .438 from beyond the arc during the last five games.
#22 Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia)
- Has started 27 games...leads WSU with 5.3 rebounds per game...matched his career-high with 13 rebounds, including seven offensive, at Oregon, Jan. 17...grabbed 10 boards at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22 and at Southern Utah, Nov. 28...named all-tournament at BP Top of the World Classic...tied his career high with 17 points against USC, Jan. 10...Pac-10 ranking entering the week: 15th in rebounding.
#25 Isaiah Simmons (Tacoma)
- Walk-on has made 14 appearances...made first career start vs. No. 9 Arizona, Jan. 31...played season/career-high 29 minutes against the Wildcats...recorded seven points and two assists against Arizona...tallied five points, three assists, two rebounds and one block against Washington.
#32 Ezenwa Ukeagu (Coral Springs, Fla.)
- Has played in 24 games, including four starts...tied career-high with 15 points vs. Idaho, Dec. 20...added eight rebounds against the Vandals...scored 11 points in final regulars season game against California...averaged six points and three rebounds off the bench games at UCLA and USC...averaged 8.3 points and 5.0 rebounds during three games at BP Top of the World Classic.
#40 Julius McMillion (Seattle)
- Walk-on who has not appeared in a game this season.
#44 Justin Garcia (Mira Loma, Calif.)
- Has played in seven games...scored buckets vs. IPFW, Dec. 1 and at Oregon State, Jan. 15...recorded a pair of rebounds against the Mastadons and at Fresno State, Dec. 22.
#45 Jeff Varem (Benue, Nigeria)
- Has played in 19 games...made 13 starts...tied for team-high honors with 21 points in 83-70 victory at Arizona State, Feb. 26...scored team-high 15 points in loss to Oregon State, Feb. 12...Made 16-of-21 free throws during road games at UCLA and USC...recorded 15 points at California, Jan. 4...added five boards against Golden Bears...registered season/career highs with 22 points and seven rebounds against USC, Jan. 10...recorded team-high 14 points against Washington, Jan. 24...scored game-high 17 points against Arizona State, Jan. 29...sat out WSU's first eight games due to impermissible benefits received prior to attending WSU.
#55 Justin Bellegarde (Ukiah, Calif.)
- Tied his career-high with eight points against Arizona State, Jan. 29...pulled down season-high five rebounds in opener vs. VMI, Nov. 20...has made four starts.
GETTING A FRESH START:
WSU has used 12 different starting lineups this season, with 11 players making at least one start...Cougars have had a different lineup in seven of their last eight games.
WSU WIN STREAK:
The Cougars had a four-game winning streak snapped with their 46-29 loss at Fresno State, Dec. 22...it was WSU's first four-game winning streak since Dec. 2-20, 1998.
WSU A TRAVELING TEAM:
The Cougars have played 18 of their 26 games away from Pullman...WSU has traveled over 15,000 miles by plane and over 2,400 miles by bus.
PROTECTING THE HOUSE:
WSU's 62-55 win over Idaho, Dec. 20, the Cougars closed our their 2003-04 non-conference home schedule at 3-0...WSU is 63-2 since 1990-91 in non-conference games played in Pullman...the mark includes a 5-0 record in Bohler Gym during the 1990-91 campaign...losses are 78-66 to Utah, Dec. 11, 1999 and 110-104 to Gonzaga in overtime, Dec. 7, 2002.
ATTENDANCE NUMBERS UP:
The Cougars averaged 4,540 fans at Friel Court this season, the most since the 1998-99 campaign...the 8,176 vs. Stanford, March 4 was the largest attendance at Friel Court since 8,373 watched WSU-Washington, Jan. 18, 1997...WSU drew 14,139 fans for its two games against Stanford and California, March 4/6...largest weekend for WSU basketball since 18,674 came to see California and Stanford, Jan. 25/27, 1996...Cougars drew 18,262 over three games (Feb. 14-March 6), best since Feb. 22-March 8, 1997 (21,017)...the 6,409 attending the Washington game, Jan. 24 was the most for a non-ranked opponent since 8,373 attended Washington, Jan. 18, 1997.