March 2, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Athletics invites Cougar fans to `Gray Out' Beasley Coliseum when the men's basketball team hosts UCLA Saturday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m. The weekend is full of events for WSU Basketball including Prostate Cancer Awareness Weekend and `Senior Day' Saturday.
Everyone attending the game March 5 is encouraged to show their Cougar support by wearing gray. The first 1,500 fans and the first 1,500 students will get a free gray shirt. The Cougs hope to `gray out' Beasley Coliseum to show UCLA and the nation WSU pride, while giving the Cougars a great home atmosphere for their final home game of the season. Don't miss out on this opportunity to show how great Cougar pride can be as the game will be televised nationally on FSN.
Not only will the fans be donning gray, but the players will be sporting their gray uniforms. The alternate jerseys appeared for the first time Nov. 16, 2009 against Eastern Washington at Beasley. The gray uniforms have been a good luck charm for the Cougars as this year WSU is 6-0 while wearing them. With the gray uniforms, the Cougars have an undefeated record at home and a 10-1 overall record over the last two seasons. If fans are in need of gray gear, gray Cougar apparel will be available for purchase on the concourse at the game.
WSU is looking for its first victory over UCLA at home since February 6, 1993, two days before Klay Thompson turned three years old. In that game WSU defeated the Bruins, 67-56. The Cougars have an all-time record of 14-98 against the Pac-10 opponent.
Since it is the final home game of the regular season, Saturday marks the final Pacific-10 Conference game to be hosted at Beasley Coliseum, as next year the conference will change to the Pac-12. Saturday will also be `Senior Day' and guard Ben Loewen and manager Mike Simonson will be honored. Loewen, a walk-on from Spokane is listed as a redshirt junior, but will not remain at WSU for a fifth year.
This weekend WSU Athletics is also promoting Prostate Cancer Awareness. Each year 217,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States - one man every 2.63 minutes. The Cougars' goal is to increase the overall awareness of the disease and to promote early screening and detection.
During the basketball games Thursday and Saturday, and the baseball game Monday, student-athletes will be wearing patches to increase awareness of the second most common cancer among men. Thursday the Cougars host USC at 7 p.m. The first 5,000 fans at the game will receive a blue wristband. Monday the Cougar baseball team hosts Dallas Baptist at 5:30 p.m. and the first 500 fans will receive a blue wristband.
Tickets are still available for both basketball games and Monday's baseball game. To purchase tickets log on to: www.wsucougars.com or call 1-800-Go-Cougs.