Jan. 9, 2001
WASHINGTON STATE (6-5 / 0-2)
THIS WEEK: vs. Arizona, Thursday January 11 at 7 p.m. (Spokane Arena-FOX Sports Net Arizona)...vs. Arizona State, Saturday January 13 at 3 p.m. (Friel Court-FOX Sports Net Arizona/Northwest).
RADIO: All Washington State men's basketball games will be broadcast over the Cougar Sports Radio Network...Bud Nameck is in his eighth season calling all the action...The following is a list of stations carrying Cougar games...Clarkston (KCLK 1430 AM) ...Colfax (KCLX 1450 AM)...Colville (KCVL 1240 AM)...Moses Lake (KBSN 1470 AM)...Prosser/Sunnyside (KZXR 1310 AM) ...Seattle (KJR 950 AM)...Seattle/Everett (KRKO 1380 AM)...Seattle/Tacoma (KHHO 850 AM) ...Spokane (KXLY 920 AM)...Tri-Cities (KFLD 870 AM) ...Vancouver (KVAN 1550 AM)...Walla Walla (KUJ 1420 AM) ...Yakima (KJOX 980 AM)...Moscow, Idaho (KZFN 106.1 FM).
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: Listen to "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 Tuesday through March 13......the show can be heard over the Cougar Sports Radio Network...if you would like to call the show, dial toll free at 1-866-COUGTALK (1-866-268-4825).
COUGARS ON TELEVISION: Washington State has played three of his 11 games on television this season and will appear eight more times over the final 17 games...the Cougars game at Utah (Dec. 16) was carried in Salt Lake City by KJZZ and the Pacific-10 openers at USC (Jan. 4) and UCLA (Jan. 6) were on FOX Sports Net...this week, the Arizona game (Jan. 11) in Spokane will be televised by KWBA in Tucson and KUSK in Phoenix while the Arizona State game in Pullman (Jan. 13) will be on FOX Sports Net Arizona and FOX Sports Net Northwest...other games on television include at Oregon (Jan. 20) on FOX Sports Net Northwest...home versus Stanford (Jan. 27) and at Washington (Feb. 3) on FOX Sports Net...at Arizona (Feb. 10) on FOX Sports Net Arizona and FOX Sports Net Northwest...home versus Oregon State (Feb. 17) on FOX Sports Net...at California (Feb. 24) on FOX Sports Net Bay Area.
100TH SEASON: 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.
ARIZONA PREVIEW: The Wildcats are 5-5 in their last 10 games after starting the season 3-0...Arizona is currently ranked 21st in the Associated Press poll and 20th in the USA Today/ESPN poll...five players average double figure scoring for Arizona, which was ranked number one earlier this season...leading the way is Michael Wright at 17.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest.
THE SERIES WITH THE WILDCATS: Arizona leads the all-time series 37-10 and has won 30 straight over the Cougars...the last WSU win was 65-63 in overtime, January 30, 1986 in Pullman...last season, the Wildcats won 80-75 in Tucson and 73-50 in Pullman.
ARIZONA STATE PREVIEW: The Sun Devils are 8-5 (pending their game at Washington Thursday), including a pair of losses at home last week to Stanford and California to begin Pac-10 play...overall, ASU has lost three of four...Awvee Storey is the team's leading scorer and rebounder with 13.8 points and 7.9 boards per contest.
THE SERIES WITH THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State leads the series 26-21 and has won six straight against the Cougars...WSU's last win was 74-70 at Tempe, March 1, 1997 to complete a season sweep that year...last season, the Sun Devils captured victories in Tempe (81-64) and Pullman (81-79 in overtime).
HOT SHOOTING LEADS BRUINS TO WIN: UCLA shot 55 percent, including a red hot 73 percent in the first half, as the Bruins defeated Washington State 75-57 at Pauley Pavilion January 6...WSU started well, leading 11-7 at the 13:53 mark of the first half behind seven points from junior Mike Bush (Reseda, Calif.)...Bush finished with 16 points...over the next 8:13, UCLA went on a 21-4 run to take control of the game at 28-17 with 5:40 to play in the first half...the Cougars tried to make a game of it in the second half, scoring the first five points after halftime...a dunk by junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) brought WSU to within 45-33 at the 15:18 mark...Locklier finished the game with eight points and a team-high eight rebounds...a three-point play by senior Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) with 9:08 left closed the deficit to 53-42...however, UCLA went on a 9-0 run over the next 1:50 to put the game out of reach...the Bruins held WSU to five field goals in the final 9:08.
SECOND HALF SURGE LIFTS TROJANS OVER COUGARS: USC used a 24-7 run over a 7:40 span in the latter stages of the second half to defeat Washington State 82-59 in the Pacific-10 opener for both schools, January 4...Desmond Farmer scored 10 of his game-high 24 points during the run that increased the 20th-ranked Trojans lead from 54-48 to 78-55 with 3:17 remaining in the game...the Cougars battled the Trojans tough in the first half and only trailed 38-33 at intermission..junior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) had 10 of his team-high 14 points in the opening stanza and sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) added nine points in the first half...WSU closed to within 44-40 on a three-pointer by senior Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) with 17:27 to play...for the ensuing 6:30, the USC lead see-sawed between four and eight points until the Trojans led 54-48 at the 10:57 mark before making their run that sealed the win...junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars while junior Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.) tied his season high with 10 rebounds to accompany his eight points.
BUSH RETURNS TO LEAD WSU OVER NEVADA: Junior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) tied a career-high with 26 points, including 11 in the last three minutes of regulation and overtime combined to lead Washington State to a 75-72 overtime win against Nevada, December 30...Bush played his first game of the season after sitting out the fall semester due to academic ineligibility...the win was the second straight for the Cougars and improved their mark to 5-0 at Friel Court this season...the six victories this season equals WSU's total from a year ago...a wild final two minutes of regulation began with a three-pointer by Bush to give WSU a 60-54 lead...after Nevada closed to 60-57 on a three-pointer by Joao Santos, Bush added a free throw and sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) knocked down a pair from the charity stripe to put the Cougars up 63-57 with 48.8 seconds left...after Adrian McCullough drained a three, Andre Hazel made a steal and a pair of free throws to bring the Wolf Pack to within one at 63-62 with 29.3 ticks on the clock...on the ensuing possession, Adams could not inbound the ball and WSU was called for a five-second violation...moments later, Adams got the ball back for the Cougars when he deflected Nevada's inbound pass off a Wolf Pack player out of bounds... junior Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.) increased the Cougars lead to 64-62 with a free throw with 19.1 seconds remaining...the Wolf Pack tied the game when James Bayless scored on a layin after an offensive rebound with just 5.4 seconds left...Nevada then got a break when WSU senior Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) throw away the inbound pass...however, both McCullough and Bayless missed shots in the waning seconds and the game went into overtime...the overtime featured a pair of ties and six lead changes...Bush was the star of the overtime period for the Cougars...his put back with 3:26 left gave WSU a 67-66 lead...with the Cougars down 68-67, Bush grabbed an offensive rebound and fed junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) in the low post, leading to a Nevada foul...Locklier converted 1-of-2 at the line to tie the game at 68-68...then, with 37.4 seconds left, Bush drilled a three-pointer as the shot clock expired to give the Cougars a 73-72 advantage ...Miller tacked on the game's final points with a pair of free throws at the 21.1 second..Nevada had a couple of chances to tie the game, but Terrance Green missed a three-point attempt with 7.7 seconds left and McCullough's trey at the buzzer was also off the mark...Bush missed a double-double, but did record a team-high eight rebounds while Adams was the only other Cougar in double figure scoring with 12.
BALANCED SCORING LIFTS WSU PAST SACRAMENTO STATE: Sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) scored a game-high 18 points to lead Washington State to a 75-63 victory over Sacramento State, December 23...senior Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) added 17 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Cougars...junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.), sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) and freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) each added 10 points for WSU...Moore dished out a season-high nine assists and Adams recorded a career-high five steals...the first half was closely contested as neither team led by more than eight points. The Cougars led 36-28 at the half...in the second half, the Hornets chipped away at the lead and closed to within 43-41 at the 14:15 mark...however, Sacramento State did not record a field goal for the next 6:15...by that time the Cougars had increased their lead to 54-42...five different players for WSU scored during the 11-1 run that put the game away.
UTES RUN PAST COUGARS: Utah used a 22-4 run over a span of 5:30 in the first half to cruise to an 87-63 win over Washington State in Salt Lake City, Utah December 16...Washington State saw its two-game winning streak snapped and was held to a season low 35 percent shooting from the field...conversely, the Cougars gave up a season high 61 percent to Utah...Washington State was led by 17 points from senior Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) and 14 from freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.)...the Cougars hurt themselves with a series of droughts...Washington State win 6:15 without a field goal in the first half, most of which occurred during the 22-4 run by the Utes...after a Miller jumper cut the Utah lead to 51-34 with 17:47 remaining in the game, WSU went another 6:17 without a field goal...following a Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) three-pointer with 10:49 to play, the Cougars went another 8:15 without a bucket from the field...both teams did earn points at the foul line in what was an extremely physical game...the teams combined for 57 fouls and 80 free throw attempts...WSU connected on 22-of-32 from the line while Utah made 39-of-48 attempts...the 24-point loss was the worst for the Cougars in a nonconference game since a 91-67 defeat at Idaho State, December 17, 1983.
MOORE IS BETTER: Freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) scored a season-high 25 points to lead Washington State to a 67-54 win over Montana, December 12...the 25 points were the most by a Cougar freshman since Isaac Fontaine poured in 33 against Michigan State, November 27, 1993...the six steals set a WSU freshman record...senior Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif) and sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) added 12 and 10 points, respectively...the Cougars trailed 36-35 at the half before opening the second half on a 12-0 run to take a lead they would never relinquish...Moore keyed the run with six points...the Grizzlies responded with a 12-2 run to close to within 49-48 at the 10:35 mark...Moore increased the WSU lead to 52-48 on a trey with 10:08 to play...after Montana cut its deficit to 52-50, WSU outscored the Grizzlies 15-4 over the final 9:44 to post the 13-point win.
TEAM EFFORT LEADS COUGS TO WIN OVER FIGHTING HAWKS: Senior Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) led five Washington State players in double figure scoring with a game-high 15 as the Cougars defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore 80-54, December 9...sophomore Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) added a career-high 13 points off the bench, including a three-point play that aided a 10-0 first half run, giving the Cougars a 14-4 lead...junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) tallied six of the Cougars (3-2) first eight points and finished with a dozen...sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) also registered 12 points and sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) added 10...the five players in double figures marked the first time WSU accomplished the feat since a 91-78 win over Central Washington to open the 1998-99 campaign...the Cougars led 16-14 with just 6:24 remaining in the first half before Adams scored five straight WSU points to ignite a 16-3 run to close the half with a 32-17 lead...WSU put the game away early in the second half with a pair of 7-0 runs to open a 51-29 lead with 13:09 remaining.
TURNOVERS COSTLY IN LOSS TO PORTLAND: Portland took advantage of 25 turnovers by Washington State to post a 70-66 victory over the Cougars, December 5...four Cougars scored in double figures, led by junior J Locklier's (Rock Hill, S.C.) season-high 18 points...Locklier tied Portland's Philip Dejworek and Carmie Olowoyo for game-high honors...Locklier's fellow newcomers, freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.), 12 points, junior Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.), 11 points, and sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.), 10 points also tallied double figures...Little and Locklier both narrowly missed double-doubles with nine and eight rebounds, respectively...the Pilots raced out to a 15-3 lead and led by as many as 15 points in the first half, before taking a 34-25 advantage into intermission...Portland forced 16 first half turnovers by the Cougars...Portland increased its lead to 40-27 with 17:21 to play before the Cougars responded with a 13-0 run to pull even at 40-all at the 14:01 mark...Locklier and Little each had four points during the spurt...after the Pilots took a 45-42 advantage, senior Cedric Clark (Birmingham, Ala.) drilled a trey with 11:42 left to tie the game 45-45...for the next six minutes, the Cougars recorded only one field goal before Locklier drew WSU to within one at 55-54 with a bucket at the 5:17 mark...however, the Pilots responded with an 8-1 run to build the lead to 63-55 with 3:30 remaining...WSU closed to 66-63 on layups by Locklier and Moore, but Portland connected on 4-of-4 free throws in the final 28 seconds to seal the win.
McNAIR SHOOTS DOWN VANDALS: Sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) knocked down eight three-pointers to account for a game-high 24 points as Washington State defeated Idaho 74-57 November 29...McNair's eight treys were one short of the school record by Bennie Seltzer in 1993 and equaled by Chris Crosby in 1998...Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.) scored the game's first points with jumper a little less than a minute after tip-off and the Cougars never trailed on the night...the Cougars led 20-15 with 11:31 before going on a 13-0 run over a span of 4:59 to open up an 18-point lead at 33-15...junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) started the spurt with a layup and a pair of free throws...Little, senior Edde Miller (Reseda, Calif) and McNair followed with three-pointers to cap the run...the Vandals managed to cut the deficit to nine on two occasions prior to intermission, but a pair of free throw by David Adams (Tacoma) with 0.7 seconds left in the of the half with 15:15 remaining...the basket put WSU on top 46-34 and Idaho never got closer than 11 the rest of the game...joining McNair in double figure scoring for the Cougars were Adams and Little with 11 and 10, respectively...Locklier just missed a double-double for WSU with nine points and nine rebounds and Miller added eight points and six rebounds.
YOUNG COUGS FALL TO EXPERIENCE RAMS: Senior Ron Grady poured in a game-high 25 points to lead Colorado State to a 78-64 victory over Washington State at the Spokane Arena, November 25...the Rams outscored the Cougars 13-5 over the final 6:40 and held Washington State without a field goal during that span...Colorado State sealed the win by connecting on 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch...for the game, the Rams were 19-of-27 from the line while the Cougars were 17-of-29...Washington State led 29-24 before Colorado State closed the first half on a 10-2 run to lead 34-31 at intermission...the Cougars opened the second half with four points to reassume the lead 35-34 with 17:42 remaining...sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) brought WSU within one on a jumper and a layup by junior Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.) gave the Cougars the one point advantage...the game remained close until the Rams reeled off six straight points to take a 54-46 lead with 11:49 left...a three pointer by Adams followed by a steal and thunder dunk from sophomore Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) narrowed the gap to 54-51 with 11:07 remaining, but the Cougars could get no closer...senior Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) led WSU with 17 points...freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) added 14 points and five assists and Adams chipped in with 11 points.
WSU OPENS SEASON WITH IMPRESSIVE WIN: Sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) scored a game-high 19 points, one shy of his career high to lead Washington State to an 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...the Cougars closed the first half 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.
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...WSU is now 16-0 all-time at Friel Court in the month of November...in addition, the Cougars are 19-1 at home in games played in Pullman in November...the only blemish is a 77-47 loss to Colorado State November 30, 1962 in the season-opener.