Dec. 12, 2002
|THIS WEEK:||Tue, Dec. 10, 2002 - vs. Montana-W, 73-61|
|Sat, Dec. 14, 2002 - at Colorado State-1 p.m.|
|NEXT WEEK:||Sat, Dec. 21, 2002 - vs. High Point-7 p.m. (Spokane Arena)|
RADIO: All Washington State men's basketball games will be broadcast over the Cougar Basketball Radio Network...Bud Nameck is in his 10th season calling all the action...games can be heard on KCLK 1430 AM (Clarkston), KCLX 1450 AM (Colfax), KCVL 1240 AM (Colville), KRKO 1380 AM (Everett), KBAM 1270 AM (Longview), KZFN 106.1 FM (Moscow, Idaho), KBSN 1470 AM (Moses Lake), KZXR 1310 AM (Prosser), KYCZ 1090 AM (Seattle), KXLY 920 AM (Spokane), KHHO 850 AM (Tacoma), KALE 960 AM (Tri-Cities), KGDC 1320 AM (Walla Walla) and KUSA 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.
COUGARS ON TELEVISION: Washington State will make 11 appearances on television during its 27-game regular season, including four national and seven regional broadcasts...FOX Sports Net will televise the games vs. UCLA (Jan. 4), at Arizona (Jan. 9), at Stanford (Feb. 15) and at USC (March 8)...FOX Sports Net Northwest will televise games vs. California (Jan. 18), at Washington (Jan. 31), vs. Arizona (Feb. 8), vs. Oregon State (Feb. 22) and vs. Washington (March 1)...FOX Sports Net Arizona will televise the game at Arizona State (Jan. 11)...the Oregon Sports Network will televise the game at Oregon (Jan. 25).
COLORADO STATE PREVIEW: The Rams are 7-2 this season, including a perfect 7-0 mark at Moby Arena...Colorado State has won three straight since an 84-75 loss at Arkansas-Little Rock, Dec. 30...four players average double-figure scoring for the Rams, led by 14.3 points per game from Andy Birley.
SERIES WITH THE RAMS: Colorado State leads the series 7-1 and has won the last seven...the Rams have won each of the last three seasons...the series began Dec. 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, Dec. 21, 1963 in Fort Collins and 47-46, Dec. 29, 1977 in the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore...in the recent meetings, the Rams have won 74-61 (Dec. 30, 1999 in Fort Collins), 78-64 (Nov. 25, 2000 in Spokane) and 79-75 (Nov. 20, 2001 in Spokane).
WHO'S HOT AND WHO'S NOT AGAINST THE RAMS: Junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) has averaged 9.5 points, 6.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds in two games against Colorado State...senior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) has managed just four points in three career contests against the Rams.
CLOSE GAMES: Wednesday's 73-61 win over Montana marked the first time a Cougar game this season was decided by more than eight points...WSU is 2-3 in games decided by eight points or less...last season, the Cougars were 2-6 in games decided by eight points or less.
MOORE CHASING HISTORY: Junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) needs just 125 points for 1,000, 46 assists for 300 and 17 steals for 125 in his career...if he reaches all three milestones, he will become the third player in WSU history to accomplish the feat...Keith Morrison (1983-86) and Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) are the other two...his two steals against Montana moved him into eighth place on the WSU all-time list...he is currently 10th in assists with 254 and needs just one to tie Anthony Kidd (1986-89) for ninth on the Cougar career list.
GONZAGA HAD MOORE THAN IT COULD HANDLE: In loss against the Bulldogs, Moore poured in 42 points, including 17 in the final three and a half minutes of regulation and 10 more in overtime...the 42 points tied Moore with Steve Puidokas (Jan. 2, 1975 vs. Gonzaga) for fourth on the WSU single-game list...his nine treys tied a Cougar single-game record held by Bennie Seltzer (Feb. 27, 1993 vs. Stanford) and Chris Crosby (Dec. 21, 1998 vs. Idaho).
MOORE NOTES: In the win over San Jose State, the junior point guard tied his career-high with 35 points and recorded the fourth 30-plus point game of his career...in the victory over Southern Utah, he tied his career-high with 10 rebounds and tallied the fourth double-double of his career...he again equaled the career-high 10 rebounds at Idaho (Dec. 4)...through six games, Moore is averaging 22.8 points per game to lead the Pacific-10 and rank 15th nationally.
RILEY'S PRESENCE: Senior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) tied his career-high (set in the 2002-03 opener vs. San Jose State) with five blocks against Montana...he ranks eighth on the WSU career list with 74...his 3.4 blocks per contest lead the Pac-10 and are ninth nationally...Riley tallied his second double-double of his career with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds at TCU.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE: The Cougars tied single-game team records for three-pointers (18) and three-point attempts (37) in the loss to Gonzaga...both marks were set Dec. 29, 1990 during a 121-82 win over Seattle in Bohler Gym.
GOING DOWNTOWN: Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) is shooting 51.5 percent (17-for-33) from beyond the arc...at his current pace, Kelati would establish a WSU single-season record for three-point percentage...the record is held by Blake Pengelly (1996-97) at 48.6 percent (36-74).
KELATI CONTRIBUTIONS: The sophomore guard scored a career-high 19 points in the loss to Gonzaga on the strength of 5-for-8 shooting from three-point range...he tallied five assists at Idaho (Dec. 4) to tie his career high and his assist-to-turnover ratio is nearly 2-to-1 (20-11).
LYMAN AT THE LINE: Senior Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas) has knocked down 16-of-17 foul shots this season (.941) to tied for 38th nationally in free throw percentage...he is converted his last 13 shots at the line.
GILL HEATING UP: Sophomore forward Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) tallied a career-high 17 points in the win over Montana...he has scored 29 points in his last two games after being held to just 24 points in the first four games combined.
BENCH SCORING: During the first two games this season, the Cougar bench scored just 18 points to account for 12.2 percent of WSU's scoring...in the last four games, the bench has averaged 20 points per contest, producing 25.2 percent of the Cougars' offense.
GLASS CLEANERS: Five Cougars veterans have set or tied their career high in rebounds this season...junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) tied his career high with 10 rebounds against Southern Utah and equaled it at Idaho...senior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) and sophomore Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) tallied their career high at TCU with 12 and 10, respectively...at Idaho, seniors Cedrick Hughey (Waldo, Ark.) and Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas) pulled down seven and six boards, respectively.
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: The combined 214 points scored in the Gonzaga game were the most by two teams at Friel Court since No. 12 Arizona won a 114-111 overtime thriller against the Cougars March 2, 1995.
OVERTIME GAMES: Last Saturday was the first overtime game for Washington State since a 75-71 loss to California Jan. 25, 2001...the Cougars are 2-4 under Paul Graham in overtime games with all six games played in Pullman...the last time WSU played an overtime game on the road was Jan. 31, 1998 (75-69 loss at USC).