March 6, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State concludes the 1999-2000 season in Los Angeles. Thursday, the Cougars take on UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. Saturday, the season finale finds WSU at the L.A. Sports Arena to face USC.
Radio: The Crimson & Gray Sports Network will broadcast all WSU regular season games on its 13-station network with Bud Nameck (7th season) calling the play-by-play. Broadcasts are also available via the Internet, www.wsucougars.com.
WSU at UCLA
Thursday, March 9
Pauley Pavilion (12,800)
Records: WSU is 6-20 on the year (1-15 Pac-10) after losing a tough intrastate battle to Washington 64-60 last Saturday in Seattle's Key Arena. UCLA (17-11, 8-8) revived its NCAA Tournament hopes with an 83-62 win last Thursday at Cal and a stunning 94-93 overtime upset of No.1 Stanford Saturday.
WSU at USC
Saturday, March 11
L.A. Sports Arena (15,509)
Television: The Washington State-USC game will be shown live regionally in Los Angeles on Fox Sports Net West 2. Tom Kelly and Kurt Rambis are the announcers.
Records: The Trojans are playing for a possible NIT berth after watching their NCAA hopes fall by the wayside during a recent stretch that has seen them lose eight of nine games. USC, 14-14 overall (7-9 Pac-10), needs at least a split this weekend versus WSU and Washington to be eligible for postseason consideration. The Trojans host the Huskies Thursday night.
BUSH AMONG PAC-10's BEST: SO G Mike Bush continues to impress during Pac-10 play...he leads the team in scoring (15.5 ppg) and ranks second in all games (13.4 ppg)...he is WSU's top rebounder (6.6 rpg) and also leads the Cougars in steals (2.0 spg) and assists (2.5 apg)...the Riverside, Calif., native posted his fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in WSU's 81-78 overtime victory Feb. 25 against Cal...he set a career high with 26 points at Oregon State Feb. 19...in the last nine games, Bush has reached double figures eight times and is averaging 16.6 ppg during that span...he has improved his career high in scoring five different times this season...for his well-rounded play, Bush could receive consideration for all-Pac-10 honors...in addition to his team-leading statistics, he ranks among the league leaders in scoring, rebounding and steals, in fact Bush is one of only three players to rank among the Pac-10's top 20 in scoring and rebounding and top 10 in steals...the other two are Arizona State's Eddie House and USC's Jeff Trepagnier.
CROSBY IMPRESSIVE IN HOME FINALE: SR F Chris Crosby saved his best for last...the Littleton, Colo., native scored 33 points in WSU's 81-78 overtime victory against Cal Feb. 26...it was the most points Crosby had ever scored at Friel Court and the second-best effort of his career...he also entered WSU's top 10 in career scoring during the Cal game and currently has 1,296 career points, 21 back of eighth-place Joe Wallace (1,317 points/1984-87).
Tentative Cougar Starters
|34||Chris Crosby||F||6-8||230||SR||15.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.1 3fg pg|
|44||Eddie Miller||F||6-7||214||JR||8.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg|
|5||Mike Bush||G||6-6||190||SO||13.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.0 spg|
|11||Cedric Clark||G||6-0||185||JR||1.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 2.1 apg|
|23||David Adams||G||6-2||185||FR||7.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg|
|30||Tyrone Evans||F||6-6||227||JR||4.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 bpg|
|25||Milton Riley||F||6-7||198||FR||2.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg|
|32||Bryan Whitehead||F||6-8||230||FR||1.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 59.1 FG Pct.|
|24||Paul Mencke||G/F||6-5||229||JR||1.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg|
|4||Jan-Michael Thomas||G||6-0||179||SR||12.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg -- INJ.|
|10||Nick Graham||G||6-0||176||FR||1.7 ppg, 0.5 rpg -- INJ.|
On Deck: End of season. 1999-2000 Schedule/Results
|11/12||USK Erpet Praha (ex.)||W||72-58|
|11/16||California West All-Stars|
|11/29||No. 25 Gonzaga at Spokane||L||63-73|
|12/11||No. 25 Utah (FSN)||L||66-78|
|12/20||at Portland State||W||68-62|
|12/30||at Colorado State||L||61-74|
|1/6||USC* at Spokane||L||61-83|
|1/8||No. 20 UCLA*||L||64-86|
|1/13||at No. 2 Arizona* (FSNW)||L||75-80|
|1/15||at Arizona State*||L||64-81|
|1/29||at No. 2 Stanford* (FSBA)||L||38-63|
|2/12||No. 7 Arizona* (FSNW)||L||50-73|
|2/19||at Oregon State*||L||56-64|
|2/24||No. 1 Stanford*||L||52-89|
|2/28||at Texas-Pan American||L||52-55|
|3/9||at UCLA*||7:30 p.m.|
|3/11||at USC* (FW2)||5:00 p.m.|
All times Pacific
All games in Pullman played at Beasley Coliseum
All games in Spokane played at Spokane Coliseum
* Pacific-10 Conference game
+ Doubleheader with WSU women
WSU COACH PAUL GRAHAM: Paul Graham is in his first season as a head coach...he has a 6-20 record overall and at Washington State...Graham was an assistant coach for seven seasons under Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State prior to accepting the head position at WSU...he is the 13th former Sutton assistant to land a Division I head coaching job...Graham is the 14th head coach in the 99-year history of Cougar basketball...against Grambling State, Graham became the 11th WSU head coach to win his home debut.
Though Graham lost his first game (Nevada) as WSU's head coach, it's not a bad sign...the last Cougar head coach to lose his first game on the Cougar sideline was George Raveling in 1972, who would later become the only man in WSU history to lead the Cougars to two NCAA Tournament appearances (1980, 1983).
OH WHAT A FRIELING: Washington State's 74-71 victory December 2, 1998, against Portland State was the Cougars' 200th all-time win at Beasley Coliseum's Friel Court...beginning with an 80-78 WSU victory against Louisiana State on December 1, 1973, the Cougars have won nearly two-thirds of the games they have played there (.635)...the Cougars were 5-8 at Friel this season...WSU has a 209-120 all-time record in Beasley...milestone wins at Friel:
|No. 1||WSU 80, LSU 78, 12/1/73|
|No. 3||WSU 71, USC 56, 1/5/74 (first league win)|
|No. 25||WSU 77, Cal 63, 1/8/77|
|No. 50||WSU 77, USC 57, 1/24/80|
|No. 100||WSU 75, Oregon 71, 2/14/86|
|No. 150||WSU 95, Oregon 79, 1/21/93|
|No. 200||WSU 74, Portland State 71, 12/2/98|
HOME NON-LEAGUE STREAK ENDS AT 45: The second-longest non-conference home winning streak in the nation ended at 45 games after No. 25 Utah stopped WSU 78-66 Dec. 11 at Friel Court...it was nearly a decade since WSU's last non-conference home loss...WSU was 45-1 versus non-conference teams at Friel during the 1990s!...the Cougars had not lost at home to a non-conference foe since December 14, 1989, when Idaho escaped Friel Court with a 56-52 win.
The streak began with a 112-81 win over BYU-Hawaii in the first game of the 1990-91 season...WSU's 45 wins include 40 at Friel and five at Bohler Gym (all during the 1990-91 season)...the streak also included NIT victories in 1992 (Minnesota), 1995 (Texas Tech) and 1996 (Gonzaga).
PACK YOUR BAGS: Of WSU's 20 losses, 14 have come to teams making postseason plans...locks for the NCAA Tournament include Stanford (25-2), Arizona (24-6), Oregon (21-7), Utah (21-7) and Gonzaga (23-8)...bubble/NIT teams include Arizona State (17-11), UCLA (17-11), California (16-12), USC (14-14) and Colorado State (18-10)...that's a combined record of 196-88 and a winning percentage of .690!
SCOUTING UCLA: The Bruins have reestablished themselves as an NCAA Tournament contender with four consecutive victories, including Saturday's 94-93 overtime upset of No. 1 Stanford...the Bruins also got a boost from the return of JaRon Rush (13.2 ppg) after serving a 24-game NCAA suspension...freshman Jason Kapono leads the Bruins at 16.4 points per game...Kapono is one of the best three-point shooter in the conference (47.6 percent)...Jerome Moiso (13.2 ppg) and Earl Watson (11.8 ppg) are also in double figures...the Bruins lead the league in field goal percentage (.481)...UCLA has started 10 different players this season...prior to the first WSU game, UCLA added Brandon Brooks, a walk-on from the UCLA NCAA champion water polo team, to its roster.
Tentative Bruin Starters
|24||Jason Kapono||F||6-7||FR||16.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg|
|30||Sean Farnham||F||6-6||SR||1.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg|
|00||Jerome Moiso||F||6-10||SO||13.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg|
|21||Ryan Bailey||G||6-2||JR||3.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.4 apg|
|25||Earl Watson||G||6-1||JR||11.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.4 apg|
WSU-UCLA SERIES: UCLA leads 77-12. Since 1990: Bruins, 20-1...UCLA has won 14 straight in this series, dating back to a 67-56 Cougar win at Pullman in 1993....the Bruins have also won 21 of the last 22 meetings between the two schools...UCLA picked up a win in the first meeting this year, 86-64 in Pullman Jan. 8...the series dates back to a 33-23 WSU win in 1937.
PAULEY JINX: The Cougars have never won at Pauley Pavilion, dating back to the building's opening in 1965-66, a span of 34 consecutive games...WSU has also come up winless versus UCLA in the City of Angels, a stretch of 42 consecutive games dating back to the 1950 Pacific Coast Conference best two-out-of-three championship games...the 42 consecutive home wins by UCLA represents the third-longest such streak in NCAA history...ahead of UCLA-WSU are two that are also active, Princeton's 50 consecutive home wins over Brown and North Carolina's 46 straight home wins against Clemson.
UCLA RECAP: Jason Kapono scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures as the Bruins overcame a slow start to defeat Washington State 86-64 Jan. 8 in Pullman...after trailing at the half 45-30, Washington State got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way...Washington State made four early 3-pointers to take a 14-11 lead...the Cougars scored 21 of their first 25 points from behind the arc...sophomore guard Mike Bush led the Cougars with a career-high 19 points, 16 in the second half...Chris Crosby had 17 points...Jan-Michael Thomas finished with 14 points for WSU...Washington State suited up just nine players to the Bruins' 11...Washington State reserve forwards Tyrone Evans and Bryan Whitehead were both out with knee injuries...despite the size and depth disadvantages, UCLA only managed to out-rebound the Cougars by five, 33-28...Eddie Miller led WSU with nine rebounds, while Milton Riley grabbed a career-high seven.
SCOUTING USC: The Trojans have fallen on hard times late, having dropped eight of their last nine, and are fighting for their postseason lives...Washington native Brian Scalabrine (Enumclaw), last year's Pac-10 newcomer of the year, averages 17.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game...sophomore forward Sam Clancy (16.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg) returned to the USC lineup last weekend after missing12 games to an injury...Jeff Trepagnier is the Pac-10's leading thief at 3.07 spg...five Trojans are all averaging at least 13.4 points per game and playing at least 32.6 minutes per game...senior F Jarvis Turner is still out of action with a foot injury.
Tentative Trojan Starters
|24||Brian Scalabrine||F||6-9||JR||17.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.8 apg|
|34||David Bluthenthal||F||6-7||SO||13.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg|
|15||Kostas Charissis||C||6-11||FR||1.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg|
|5||Brandon Granville||G||5-9||SO||13.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 8.3 apg|
|12||Jeff Trepagnier||G||6-4||SO||15.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.1 spg|
WSU-USC SERIES: USC leads 55-32. Since 1990: USC, 14-8. This will be the 88th meeting between WSU and USC in the Cougars' youngest Pac-10 series (outside the Arizona schools)...the series dates only to 1948-49 (a 55-52 WSU win in the Pacific Coast Tournament), while the Cougars' rivalries with the rest of the old PCC date back to at least 1937...the Trojans had the upper hand early in this series, winning 13 of the first 17 meetings before WSU evened out the series...the two teams have split the last two years and seven of the last eight seasons...the Trojans won the Pac-10 opener in January 83-61 in Spokane...last year, USC won at the L.A. Sports Arena 83-62.
USC RECAP: A shorthanded WSU squad dropped its Pac-10 opener 83-61 to USC Jan. 6 at the Spokane Arena...Jeff Trepagnier scored 18 points for Southern Cal and got 17 points from Sam Clancy...Washington State was playing with just nine players because of injury and illness...it was new coach Paul Graham's first Pac-10 game...Eddie Miller, who was playing in just his second game of the season for WSU this season, had 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for his second career double-double...Mike Bush had 15 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Cougars...Chris Crosby, WSU's leading scorer, was slowed by a mild ankle sprain suffered midway through the first half and finished with 13 points...Jan-Michael Thomas added 12 points for WSU... the Cougars were without the services of forwards Tyrone Evans and Bryan Whitehead, both of whom were out with knee injuries...in addition, Bush was limited because of the flu.
WASHINGTON RECAP: Deon Luton scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half, seven in the final 6:37, and Washington avoided setting a record for most consecutive home losses with a 64-60 Pac-10 victory over Washington State last Saturday...Thalo Green put the Huskies in the lead for good with a fast-break layup with 3:58 left at 55-54...Luton followed with consecutive layups in the next minute.
Washington snapped a seven-game home losing streak...the Huskies also lost seven in a row at home during the 1939-40 and 1953-54 seasons...the Cougars, who earned their first conference win Feb. 26 versus California, went cold down the stretch and had several turnovers in the final two minutes.
Luton's 15 points moved him into ninth place on the Huskies' all-time scoring list with 1,463 points, passing Detlef Schrempf...Walcott led the Huskies with nine rebounds as Washington outrebounded a Pac-10 opponent for only the second time this season (32-29).
Chris Crosby, one of two Cougars seniors, led Washington State with 18 points...he had seven points in the second half on 2-for-7 shooting...Mike Bush added 14 points for Washington State...Crosby's total pushed him past Carlos Daniel, who scored 1,285 points from 1995-98, into ninth place on the Cougars' all-time scoring list.
The Cougars shot 45.5 percent from the floor (25-of-55) which was their best effort since hitting 46.4 percent in a Jan. 22 overtime loss to Oregon a span of 11 games...JR F Tyrone Evans scored eight points, which was his best game since netting his career-high of 13 Dec. 30 at Colorado State...RS-JR G Cedric Clark also played well with six points in a perfect three-for-three shooting effort from the floor...it was Clark's second-best scoring effort of his career behind the seven points he had Jan. 29 at Stanford.
KNEE INJURY ENDS THOMAS' CAREER: Team doctors confirmed that WSU senior guard Jan-Michael Thomas sustained a season-ending knee injury during practice Feb. 22...Thomas, WSU's third-leading scorer this season, suffered extensive damage to the medial collateral (MCL) and anterior cruciate (ACL) ligaments in his right knee...he underwent reconstructive surgery on Feb. 28...RS-JR G Cedric Clark, a walk-on from Birmingham, Ala., assumed Thomas' starting spot.
Thomas was averaging 12.6 points per game this season and netted 51 three-point baskets...last year, Thomas set a WSU single-season record with 89 three-point field goals...he finishes his career as WSU's all-time leading free throw shooter, having made 82.9 percent of his total attempts (121-146), just edging Byron Vadset's mark of 82.5 percent...Thomas also ranks fifth in career three-point field goals (140) and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.385).
COUGS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: A glance at this week's Pac-10 stats (3/6) finds several Cougars ranked in the conference in assorted categories...Chris Crosby ranks eighth in scoring (15.5 ppg), seventh in free throw shooting (82.1 pct.) and eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.386)...Mike Bush is 16th in scoring (13.4 ppg), fifth in steals (2.00 spg) and 11th in rebounding (6.6 rpg)...Jan-Michael Thomas is eighth in free throw shooting (81.5 pct)...Tyrone Evans is eighth in blocked shots (1.13 bpg)...Eddie Miller is 13th in rebounding (6.3 rpg).
As a team, WSU is second in three-point field goal percentage (.370), fifth in rebounding defense (rebounds allowed) at 34.3 rpg, fifth in free throw percentage (.704) and fourth in three-pointers made per game (6.15).
COUGS PLAY PART IN NCAA RECORD: Isn't this ironic...though much has been made of WSU's losses this season, it's a Cougar win that found its way into the NCAA record book...remember back on Nov. 22 -- WSU's second game of the year -- when the Cougars defeated Grambling State 83-55?...at the time it didn't seem significant, but after losing to Alabama A&M 76-69 Feb. 28 in their season finale, the Tigers posted a 1-29 mark and established an NCAA record for most losses in a season...Grambling broke Prairie View A&M's season record of 28 losses, set in 1992...and wouldn't you know it, the last game Grambling scheduled last summer was none other than that Nov. 22 date at Washington State (a pay out game en route to the Tigers' appearance in the Great Alaska Shootout).
CROSBY ENTERS TOP 10: Senior forward Chris Crosby continues to inch up the WSU career scoring list...he passed Carlos Daniel (1,285/1995-98) during last Saturday's Washington game for ninth place...he comes into the UCLA game with 1,296 career points and is only 21 points behind No. 8 Joe Wallace (1,317 pts./1984-87)...in all likelihood, the Littleton, Colo., native will finish his career ranked eighth on the WSU scoring list...Crosby is the 22nd member of WSU's 1,000-career point club...he ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring this season and seventh in FT Pct.
WSU Career Scoring Leaders
|7.||Brian Quinnett||1985-87, 89||111||1393|
MORE ON CROSBY: Pop quiz -- how do you transform a 6-8 shooting guard into a pretty well-rounded inside player? Answer -- Paul Graham...for the first three years of his career, Chris Crosby was a shooting guard inside a forward's body...nearly half of his career field goal attempts (365 of 739) came from beyond the arc...but this season, Crosby has attempted 301 field goals with only 47 percent (140) coming from downtown.
And to those who thought he was just a gunner, check out the box from the Grambling State game, his 29 points were the third-highest of his career, but only one of his 12 FGs was a three...he also had six boards and a pair of steals...Crosby is shooting a career-best 43 percent from the field through 26 games (129-301)...and make no mistake, his three-point shooting is just as good as ever, if not better, he's 54-140 (38.6 percent) from three-point land this season and the inside-out dual threat makes his threes all the more devastating.
Crosby is also grabbing 4.0 rebounds per game and setting screens in the offensive set that eventually lead to a lot of open looks at the basket...he has even cut his turnovers down to less than two per game, a number that needs to continue to decline...but if Crosby makes it to the next level, he can thank one man with a reputation for developing big men -- Paul Graham.
THREE-POINT PLAYERS: Seniors Chris Crosby and Jan-Michael Thomas both rank in WSU's top five in career three-point baskets.
Crosby leads the pair with 195 threes (fourth) and needs five in the last two games to hit 200 for his career...Thomas, in just two seasons wearing the Crimson and Gray, finished his career in fifth with 140:
Three-Point Field Goals
|1.||Eddie Hill (1991-94)||233|
|2.||Bennie Seltzer (1990-93)||230|
|3.||Isaac Fontaine (1994-97)||208|
|4.||Chris Crosby (1997- )||195|
|5.||Jan-Michael Thomas (1999- )||140|
|6.||Terrence Lewis (1991-92)||137|
|7.||Donminic Ellison (1994-96)||128|
Three-Point Field Goal Attempts
|1.||Bennie Seltzer (1990-93)||585|
|2.||Eddie Hill (1991-94)||561|
|3.||Chris Crosby (1997- )||505|
|4.||Isaac Fontaine (1994-97)||455|
|5.||Jan-Michael Thomas (1999- )||364|
|6.||Terrence Lewis (1991-92)||343|
|7.||Donminic Ellison (1994-96)||322|
EXTRA FACTS ON OVERTIME: WSU has played four overtime games so far this season, tying the record set by the 1982-83 team and the 1985-86 team.
THOMAS SHOOTING FOR WSU CAREER FT MARK: It looks like SR G Jan-Michael Thomas will establish the WSU career record for free throw percentage...his career average through two seasons is 82.9 percent (121-146)...the previous school record was 82.5 percent (255-309) by Byron Vadset (1962-64)...Thomas, who suffered a knee injury in practice Feb. 22, is not expected to return...teammate Chris Crosby is currently in eighth (78.6 percent).
WSU Career FT Pct. Leaders
|1.||Jan-Michael Thomas (1999-00)||50||121-146||.829|
|2.||Byron Vadset (1962-64)||77||255-309||.825|
|3.||Bryan Rison (1979-80)||55||231-287||.8048|
|4.||Terry Kelly (1977-80)||109||177-220||.8045|
|5.||Eddie Hill (1991-94)||119||151-188||.803|
|6.||Terrence Lewis (1991-92)||61||143-179||.799|
|7.||Joe Wallace (1984-87)||110||245-308||.7955|
|8.||Chris Crosby (1997-00)||113||235-299||.786|
|9.||Jim McKean (1966-68)||77||417-535||.780|
In the single season chase, Crosby is hitting 82.1 percent at the charity stripe...he tied a 35-year-old school record by hitting 11-of-11 attempts Dec. 4 versus Southern...Crosby had a streak of 25 consecutive free throws made snapped with a miss late in the Portland game.
INJURY UPDATE: WSU's athletic trainers have been earning their keep this semester...Jan-Michael Thomas (see p. 4 note) is only the latest casualty...RS-FR F Milton Riley fractured the little finger on his right hand Feb. 15 during practice...Riley has been playing with the little finger taped to his ring finger...another of WSU's more serious injuries is FR G Nick Graham, who suffered a severe right ankle sprain during practice on Jan. 17...Graham will miss the remainder of the season...WSU's back up point guard had played in all 13 games prior to his injury, averaging 1.7 points per game...JR F Tyrone Evans has suffered a lion's share of injuries this season...he has sprained his left knee twice (the first time, Dec. 30 at Colorado State, caused him to miss three games)... Evans also cut his right hand on the backboard Jan. 17 during practice, and required 10 stitches...FR F Bryan Whitehead sustained a right knee injury during practice before the Jan. 6 USC game and missed six games...he returned to play three minutes and scored two points Jan. 27 against Cal...so far, five Cougars have missed games due to injury this season: Graham (13 games), Whitehead (6 games), Thomas (4 games), Evans (3 games) and Riley (1 game).
GAMES OF THE 1900s: The Colorado State game on Dec. 30, 1999, was the 2,510th and final game of the 1900s for Washington State...WSU's first season of basketball was 1901-02...the Cougars posted a 1,326-1,184 all-time record from 1901-99.
BUSH ENTERS STEALS CAREER TOP 10: The best defender on the Cougar team and one of the most underrated players in the Pac-10 players, SO G Mike Bush entered the WSU career top 10 in steals -- AS JUST A SOPHOMORE! He passed Neil Derrick (95/1991-92) during the Cal game.
Bush also cracked the single-season top ten in steals, and now ranks tied for ninth Isaac Fontaine (52/1995)...Bush can jump all the way to fourth with eighth more steals this season.
BUSH, COUGARS TIE STEALS MARKS: Mike Bush reasserted himself as one of the best defenders in the Pac-10 Dec. 20 versus Portland State by tying Don Collins' 20-year-old single-game steals record of eight...led by his efforts, the Cougs also tied the team single-game steals record with 17...Bush is averaging 2.08 steals per game to rank fourth in the Pac-10.
Bush continues to show much improvement during his sophomore season...he is WSU's leading rebounder (6.6 rpg)...Bush had 10 boards in WSU's win over Idaho and has been WSU's leading rebounder 13 times this season...he also had 15 points versus the Vandals which gave the 6-6 Bush his first career double-double...against Washington, Bush notched his second career double-double with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds...versus Arizona State Feb. 12, Bush scored 20 points to go with 10 rebounds -- his second straight double-double...most recently, Bush set a career-high in scoring with 26 Feb. 19 at Oregon State.
The Riverside, Calif., native has also shown more scoring punch with 17 double-figure scoring games this year...for the season, Bush is averaging 13.4 points per game, up from his 6.6 ppg mark of his rookie campaign.
COUGARS BID FAREWELL TO THOMAS AND CROSBY: Seniors Jan-Michael Thomas and Chris Crosby are coming to the end of their WSU careers...Thomas, a 6-0 guard from Inglewood, Calif., had his career come to an abrupt end Feb. 22 when he suffered a knee injury in practice (see page 4 for more details)...a transfer from San Joaquin Delta Junior College, Thomas finishes his WSU career as the Cougars' all-time leader in free throw percentage (.829)...as a junior, Thomas set a school record with 89 three-pointers...he played in 50 career games and ranks fifth in WSU career three-pointers with 140...Thomas is scheduled to graduate this summer with a degree in social science.
Crosby, a 6-8 forward, is a four-year letter winner who will finish his career in WSU's all-time top 10 in scoring...he is currently ninth with 1,296 points...the Littleton, Colo., native's name is scattered throughout the Cougar record book...in addition to his impressive point total, Crosby ranks fourth in three-point field goals (195) and eighth in free throw percentage (.786)...this weekend will mark Crosby's 114th and 115th career games...Crosby is scheduled to graduate this summer with a degree in business management.
WSU will also bid farewell to senior manager Jake Hamblin...a native of Preston, Idaho, Hamblin is a two-year Cougar manager who will graduate in May with a degree in sport management.
MILLER SEEING DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Since returning to WSU's lineup 18 games ago, junior forward Eddie Miller has been solid...he's averaging 8.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and has notched career-highs in rebounds twice (14 vs. USC and Arizona) and points once (23 vs. Washington)...during that stretch, Miller had a pair of doubles (13 pts, 14 reb vs. USC, 16 pts, 14 reb vs. Arizona) and just missed another at Arizona State (11 pts, 9 reb), versus Oregon (12 pts, 9 reb) and against Cal (19 points, 8 reb.)...the Reseda, Calif., native has been the Cougs' leading rebounder in seven of the last 17 games...Miller, who was sidelined during the fall semester due to academic problems, recently qualified for the Pac-10 stats (min. 67 percent team's total games played) and is currently No. 13 in rebounding (6.3 rpg)...Miller, a 1999 Pac-10 all-newcomer honorable mention, averaged 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season.
CLARK TOPS CAREER TOTAL AT STANFORD: Redshirt junior forward Cedric Clark scored a career-high seven points Jan. 29 at Stanford...the walk-on from Birmingham, Ala., also notched a career high in steals with two...Clark came into the Stanford game with six career points.
Clark, the only true point guard on the WSU roster with the injury to Nick Graham and the departure of Blake Pengelly, has seen action in each of WSU's last 19 games and has started the past four games in place of the injured Jan-Michael Thomas...when Clark made one of two free throws Jan. 15 at ASU, it was his first point since netting a free throw against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez on Nov. 30, 1997 -- more than two years ago...overall, Clark has played in 377 minutes this year, more than 16 times the total of his last two years combined -- 23 minutes.
ROAD WOES: WSU's win over Cal Feb. 25 broke several losing streaks for WSU, but one remains for the Cougars to try and break this weekend -- Pac-10 road losses...in fact, WSU has lost 23 consecutive Pac-10 road games since defeating Oregon State Jan. 15, 1998:
23-game Pac-10 road losing streak
Longer WSU streaks:
34 games, 2-5-54 to 2-8-58 (Pacific Coast Conference)
Longer Pac-10 streaks:
Oregon, 27 games, 1991-94
YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS: WSU opened the season with five freshmen on its roster (David Adams, Nick Graham, Mike Malloy, Milton Riley and Bryan Whitehead) for the first time in 14 years...the last time WSU had at least five rookies on its opening day roster was the 1985-86 season...that year, the Cougs actually had six -- Neil Evans, David Hairston, John Hodges, Anthony Kidd, David Sanders and Brian Wright...five of those six names should be very familiar to the Cougar faithful, Evans (who redshirted the 1985-86 season), Hodges, Kidd, Sanders and Wright all went on to become four-year letter winners for WSU...the 1985-86 Cougars went 15-16 overall and 8-10 in the conference for Coach Len Stevens.
ANOTHER SERVICE RANKS WSU RECRUITS NO. 2 IN THE PAC-10: First Bob Gibbons did it...now Clark Francis of Hoop Scoop has ranked WSU's 2000 recruiting class as the second-best in the Pac-10...in the January edition of Basketball Times, Francis ranked WSU's four fall signees as the 37th-best in the nation and second in the Pac-10 to Oregon (26th overall)...other Pac-10 schools among the top 100 included No. 65 Arizona State, No. 85 California and No. 90 Washington.
GIBBONS RANKS WSU NO. 2 IN PAC-10: College basketball recruiting expert Bob Gibbons has ranked Washington State's 2000 recruiting class as the 28th-best in the nation in his December newsletter...the four WSU signees are also listed as the No. 2 class in the Pac-10, trailing only Oregon...the Cougars signed four guards during the early signing period in November...slated to take the hardwood for WSU next season are high schoolers Tommy Johnson from Los Angeles' Crenshaw High School and Marcus Moore from Dominguez Hills High School in Compton, Calif., and junior college transfers Jerry McNair (Fullerton College) and Kendall Minor (Southern Idaho)...Moore enrolled at WSU in January and has been practicing with the team...both McNair and Minor will come in with three years of eligibility remaining...Oregon was ranked 25th, just three spots higher than WSU...other Pac-10 schools in the top 75 include No. 57 Stanford, No. 61 Washington and No. 72 Arizona State...WSU has one more newcomer who will join the four fall signees next year -- 6-10 center J Locklier who transferred from Miami, Ohio...Locklier must redshirt this season under NCAA transfer rules and will be a junior in 2000-01.
FROSH ADAMS HITS FOR 20: When guard David Adams scored a career-high 20 points Jan. 20 versus Oregon State, he became the first WSU freshman to notch 20 points in a game since Isaac Fontaine went for 21 against Arizona State, Feb. 5, 1994...Fontaine also had a 33-point game earlier that season against Michigan State...the Tacoma, Wash., native is averaging 7.3 points per game and has six double-figure scoring games this season: Grambling State (12), Portland (12), Colorado State (17), Arizona (10), Oregon (10) and Oregon State.
Adams recently had back-to-back double figure games with 10 points versus Arizona and 11 at Oregon.
ROSTER ADDITIONS: WSU has added three players to its roster since the beginning of the season...the last two additions are freshman guard Marcus Moore and junior forward Claude "CD" Doucet.
Moore is a 6-5 guard who signed with WSU in the fall and passed his SAT in December to become eligible...Moore finished his brilliant career at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif., last spring, leading the school to the 1999 state championship...he was the 1999 John Wooden Award winner for the state of California for coach Russell Otis and was ranked as the state's top point guard after averaging 13 points, eight assists and six boards a game.
Doucet comes to WSU via Lamar...the Anchorage, Alaska, native signed with Lamar after playing two seasons at South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas, where he averaged seven points and four rebounds per game...Doucet, who transferred to WSU to be closer to home, will practice with the Cougars this semester, but will not be eligible until next year.
Football player Paul Mencke was already a slash -- quarterback/tight end/receiver...now you can add two more words to that title -- guard/forward...Mencke, a two-time Greater Spokane League MVP, joined the Washington State basketball team on Dec. 13.
During his junior year, the Spokane native was named MVP of the GSL and led Lewis and Clark High School to its first state tournament appearance in 32 years...the 6-5, 229-lbs., Mencke averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior and repeated his GSL MVP honors...playing for coach Glenn Williams, he led the GSL in scoring in back-to-back seasons.
Mencke wears number 24 (he wanted to wear his football number 12, but the jersey was too small)...like he was in football, Mencke is a redshirt junior and has this season and next season of eligibility remaining...following basketball, Mecke will re-join the football team for spring drills and then stay with football through the fall...if all goes well this season, Mencke will re-join the team after the 2000 football season.
SLASH MENCKE BECOMES TRUE TWO-SPORTER: To the delight of his hometown Spokane Arena crowd, Paul Mencke became the first two-sport football-basketball player at WSU since Kitrick Taylor in the mid 1980s when he played in his first basketball game Jan. 6 versus USC...Mencke played four minutes and grabbed two rebounds against the Trojans...it was the first time in four years that Mencke played in the Lilac City...Mencke scored his first point as a basketball player on a free throw Jan. 13 at Arizona and grabbed a career-high five rebounds Jan. 22 versus Oregon...he scored four points Feb. 24 versus Stanford and set his career-high with six points Monday at UTPA.
Taylor is a former NFL player who lettered in football in 1982-83 and 1985-86 and in basketball in 1985 and 1987.
STARTERS: Coming into the 1999-2000 season, only five of WSU's 13 players had ever started a college game...of the active players, Chris Crosby has the most starts with 63, followed by Jan-Michael Thomas (46):
NEW OPPONENTS: WSU faced two opponents for the first time ever this season -- Southern and Texas-Pan American...Utah visited Pullman for the first time since 1939, it was also the first game between the two schools overall since 1972...the Cougars also renewed dormant rivalries with Nevada (last meeting 1972), Colorado State (1978) and Portland (1990).
OLD OPPONENTS: WSU's oldest rivalry, Oregon State, reached game No. 260 this season...Washington State and Idaho met for the 255th time this season...the second Oregon was No. 254 in the series...WSU and Washington inched toward the 250 mark with games 247 and 248 this season...it was just the second meeting with Grambling State.
PENGELLY LEAVES TEAM: Senior guard Blake Pengelly left the Washington State men's basketball team for personal reasons, announced prior to WSU's Dec. 7 game versus Portland.
Pengelly, a native of Eugene, Ore., was averaging 4.0 points and 6.8 assists per game through five contests this season...he played in 93 career games with 56 starts...he ranks fifth in WSU career assists with 324 and is eighth in career three-point field goals with 119.
I WANT MY COUGTV: Washington State will be on the Fox network nine times this season...three games will be shown nationally (Fox Sports Northwest locally) -- Dec. 11 Utah, Jan. 22 Oregon and Feb. 5 Washington...Fox Sports Northwest will broadcast an additional four games -- Nov. 29 Gonzaga, Jan. 13 Arizona, Feb. 12 Arizona and Feb. 26 California -- to a regional audience...two other road games will be shown in their local market -- Jan. 29 Stanford (Fox Sports Bay Area) and March 11 USC (Fox West 2).
WOW - WHAT A SCHEDULE: For the first time since 1994-95, WSU played home games against five different ranked teams...the games came Nov. 29 versus No. 25 Gonzaga (Spokane), Dec. 11 versus No. 25 Utah, Jan. 8 vs. No. 20 UCLA, Feb. 12 vs. No. 7 Arizona and Feb. 24 against No. 1 Stanford...the Cardinal were the first top-ranked team to visit Pullman since Arizona in 1989...in 1994-95, all five teams were from the Pac-10: No. 17 California, No. 23 Stanford, No. 17 Oregon, No. 12 Arizona and No. 15 Arizona State (WSU was 4-1 versus those schools at home).
WSU VS. RANKED TEAMS: WSU has played seven games against top 25 teams in 1999-2000...the last time WSU defeated a ranked opponent was February 22, 1997, when the Cougs beat No. 25 Cal 89-87...WSU played eight games versus ranked opponents during the 1996-97 season.
|11/29||No. 25 Gonzaga/L, 73-63||Spokane, Wash.|
|12/11||No. 25 Utah/L, 78-66||Pullman, Wash.|
|1/8||No. 20 UCLA/L, 86-64||Pullman, Wash.|
|1/13||No. 2 Arizona/L, 80-75||Tucson, Ariz.|
|1/29||No. 2 Stanford/L, 63-38||Stanford, Calif.|
|2/12||No. 7 Arizona/L, 73-50||Pullman, Wash.|
|2/24||No. 1 Stanford/L, 89-52||Pullman, Wash.|
HENDRICKSON SIGNED BY CAVS: Former WSU standout Mark Hendrickson (1993-96) signed a second 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 18...it is the 21st straight season that WSU has had at least one player in the NBA, dating back to James Donaldson in 1979-80 and continuing with Craig Ehlo, Brian Quinnett and Hendrickson...this is Hendrickson's fourth year in the NBA, he was drafted by Philadelphia and has also played for Sacramento and New Jersey...Hendrickson is No. 4 on WSU's all-time scoring list (1,496 points) and second in rebounding (926) and field goal percentage (.567)...he also ranks sixth in free throws (400), first in fouls (335) and third in minutes played (3,570)...he was a two-time all-Pac-10 pick in 1995-96 and made the league's freshman team in 1993...Hendrickson was a three-time NABC District 14 All-America selection, team MVP in 1995 and 1996 and captained the 1996 Cougar squad.
PAC-10 POLL: WSU was picked to finish 10th in a preseason poll of media members conducted by the Pac-10 Office. Arizona was chosen first, followed by UCLA and Stanford: