Nov. 21, 2000
WSU vs. Colorado State (1-0)
Saturday, November 25
Spokane Arena - 7 p.m.
WSU at Idaho
Wednesday, November 29
Moscow, Idaho - 7:05 p.m.
COLORADO STATE PREVIEW
The Rams opened their season with a 101-58 victory over Southern Oregon at home, November 18...CSU shot a school record 69 percent from the field in the game and the 43-point margin of victory tied for third largest in Rams' history...Ron Grady and Garrett Patik each had 16 points to lead a quartet of CSU players in double figures...The Rams are also celebrating their 100th season of basketball.
THE SERIES WITH THE RAMS
Colorado State leads the all-time series 5-1, including a 74-61 win last December in Fort Collins...Seven players scored in double figures in that game, four for Colorado State and three for Washington State...WSU's David Adams (Tacoma, Wash.) and Chris Crosby led all scorers with 17 points each and Tyrone Evans added 13 for the Cougars...Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) chipped in eight boards in 22 minutes for WSU...Colorado State was led by current Ram Aki Palmer's 15 points...Fellow returnees Ron Grady and John Sivesind added 11 points each...The series began December 16, 1946 with a 57-30 WSU victory in Fort Collins...Colorado State posted a pair of wins in Pullman (57-54, Dec. 17, 1957 and 77-47, Nov. 30, 1962) in the next two meetings...the Rams also won 96-60, December 21, 1963 in Fort Collins and 47-46, December 29, 1977 in the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore., prior to last year's win.
All Washington State men's basketball games will be broadcast over the Crimson and Gray Sports Network...Bud Nameck is in his seventh season calling all the action...The Colorado State game will not be broadcasted by KJR 950 AM in Seattle, but will be carried by KKOL 1300 AM.
COUGAR SPORTS THIS WEEK
Beginning Tuesday November 28, you can listen to the "Cougar Sports This Week" hosted by Bud Nameck...WSU head coach Paul Graham will be on live from Zeppoz in Pullman from 6-7 p.m. every week through March 13...there will be two Wednesday broadcasts (December 6 and 13)...The show can be heard over the Crimson and Gray Sports Network.
COUGARS ON TELEVISION
Nine of Washington State's 18 Pacific-10 Conference games will be televised...road games at USC (Jan. 4), UCLA (Jan. 6) and Washington (Feb. 3) as well as home games versus Stanford (Jan. 27) and Oregon State (Feb. 17) will be on FOX Sports Net...the home game against Arizona State (Jan. 13) and the game at Arizona (Feb. 10) will be televised by FOX Sports Net Northwest and FOX Sports Net Arizona...the game at Oregon (Jan. 20) will be carried by FOX Sports Net Northwest only and the game at California (Feb. 24) will be on FOX Sports Net Bay Area.
WSU OPENS SEASON WITH IMPRESSIVE WIN
Sophomore David Adams (Tacoma, Wash.) scored a game-high 19 points, one shy of his career high to lead the Washington State men's basketball team to a 83-55 victory over Portland State, November 20...sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) added a dozen points and fellow newcomer junior Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.) added eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds..."I think for our first real game we played hard, which is a trademark I want for our basketball team, WSU head coach Paul Graham said. "We do have room for improvement. We have to stop fouling and get better in the half court offense. I am happy for our guys though. It has been a long time since I have been on the winning side of a game like this."...the Cougars were tied with the Vikings at 13-all with 12:13 left in the first half before closing the stanza with a 24-12 run to lead 37-25 at intermission...Adams and junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) each had eight points in the first half and sophomore Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) chipped in five points, four rebounds and three steals in 11 minutes off the bench...Riley was pressed into early action because starting senior forward Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) committed two fouls just 1:48 into the game..."I went through my usual routine before the game," Riley said. "I called upon to step up and fortunately I was able to do that."...the season opening win was quite a turnaround from last year's opening game loss, 80-55 at Nevada..."The is a way better feeling," Adams said. "The coaches have a better attitude and the players have a better attitude. You can already tell guys are showing up expecting to win."
The Cougars' bench scored 29 of WSU's 83 points (34.9 percent) in the season opening win over Portland State...The biggest contribution came from sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) who tallied 12 points...Sophomore Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) added seven points to go along with five rebounds and three steals.
Nearly half of WSU's 83 points (40) in the win over Portland State were scored by players in their first game as a Cougar...sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) led the rookies with 12 points followed by junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) and freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) with nine each...junior Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.) added eight points and 10 rebounds.
HOME SWEET HOME
The win over Portland State was the 13th straight for the Cougars in a home opener...The last time WSU lost its home opener was during the 1987-88 season when the Cougars were defeated by BYU 60-54.
The Cougars 2000-01 campaign is the 100th in WSU men's basketball history...the Cougars played their first game December 7, 1901 against the Spokane YMCA in Spokane...the game resulted in a 31-0 loss...the only other game during that first season was also against the Spokane YMCA, a 24-16 setback February 17, 1902 in Pullman...The following season, WSU earned its first win in school history with an 18-13 triumph over the Spokane YMCA in the season opener, December 13, 1902 in Pullman.
COMPLETE MEN'S SCHEDULE
|11/8||70-67||Lewis-Clark State (ex)|
|11/14||90-57||Slovakia Select (ex)|
|11/25||7 p.m.||COLORADO ST.|
|11/29||7:05 p.m.||at Idaho|
|12/5||7 p.m.||at Portland|
|12/9||7 p.m.||MD-EAST. SHORE|
|12/16||6 p.m.||at Utah|
|12/23||7 p.m.||SACRAMENTO ST.|
|1/4||7:30 p.m.||at USC|
|1/6||3 p.m.||at UCLA|
|1/13||3 p.m.||ARIZONA STATE|
|1/18||7:05 p.m.||at Oregon State|
|1/20||3 p.m.||at Oregon|
|1/29||7 p.m.||UT-PAN AM.|
|2/3||3 p.m.||at Washington|
|2/8||6 p.m.||at Arizona State|
|2/10||7 p.m.||at Arizona|
|2/17||7 p.m.||OREGON STATE|
|2/22||7:30 p.m.||at Stanford|
|2/24||7:30 p.m.||at California|
Ex = Exhibition game
# = Games at Spokane Arena
* = Pacific-10 Conference Game
All times are Pacific.