Dec. 3, 2003
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WSU HEAD COACH Dick Bennett: Washington State Head Coach Dick Bennett is in his first season at WSU...coached at Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1976-85), Wisconsin-Green Bay (1985- 95) and Wisconsin (1995-2000)...owns a .638 career winning percentage (457-259)...career highlights include a 1984 NAIA national runner-up finish at Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a 2000 Final Four appearance at Wisconsin...he is 3-2 this season.
BENNETT RECORDS QUICK START: With two wins to open the 2003-04 season, WSU Head Coach Dick Bennett became the first mentor to begin his Cougar career 2-0 since Len Stevens in 1983-84.
TCU PREVIEW: The Horned Frogs are 1-3 and have lost three straight...lost to No. 1 Kansas 85-66, Monday and 73-67 to Murray State, Wednesday...first road game of season...Corey Santee leads TCU in scoring (13.8 points per game)...shot 51 percent in season-opening 87-58 win over Texas-Arlington...held to under 40 percent in each of last three games...five players have recorded a double-figure scoring game...ESPN Regional Television will air the game back to Fort Worth, Texas.
TCU SERIES: The Cougars and Horned Frogs met for the first time, Nov. 30, 2002 in Fort Worth...TCU won 86-83...game featured nine ties and 21 lead changes...WSU's Justin Lyman knocked down four treys and helped stake the Cougars to a 48-42 advantage at intermission...game of runs to begin second half (7-0 TCU, 6- 0 WSU, 6-0 TCU, 8-0 WSU, 8-0 TCU)...Horned Frogs stretched lead to 81-75 with 1:42 remaining...pair of three-pointers by Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) cut deficit to 82-81 with 35 seconds left...pair of TCU free throws followed by Justin Bellegarde (Ukiah, Calif.) layup made the score 84-83 with eight ticks left...Junior Blount layup with one second left sealed the win for TCU...eight players, four for each team, scored in double figures...Corey Santee tallied a game-high 23 points for TCU...Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) led the Cougars with 21 points...Milton Riley registered a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds for WSU...Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) pulled down a then career-high 10 boards.
FIRST TRIP TO PULLMAN FOR CONFERENCE USA: The Cougars have not hosted a member of Conference USA since the league was formed in 1995...WSU has hosted two current members of Conference USA...beat DePaul 83-69, Dec. 11, 1974...lost to Houston 72-60, Dec. 1, 1972 in 2004 Pacific-10 Hall of Honor inductee George Raveling's first game as WSU head coach.
PROTECTING THE HOUSE: With a 66-46 win over IPFW Monday, the Cougars' record improved to 61-2 since 1990-91 in nonconference games played at Pullman...the mark includes a 5-0 record in Bohler Gym during the 1990-91 campaign...losses are 78-66 to Utah, Dec. 11, 1999 and 110-104 to Gonzaga in overtime, Dec. 7, 2002.
GILL IS A GLASS CLEANER: Junior Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) has pulled down 39 rebounds in five games (7.8 per game) this season...grabbed 10 at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22 and at Southern Utah, Nov. 28.
KELATI'S HOT SHOOTING LIFTS COUGARS PAST IPFW: Junior guard Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) nailed a career-high six three-pointers in the first half of WSU's 66-46 win over IPFW...his 18 points, all in the first half, were one shy of his career high.
WSU SHOOTING MISERABLE IN BEEHIVE STATE: The Cougars shot just 26 percent in their 55-36 loss at Southern Utah, Nov. 28...connected on 7-of-36 (19 percent) three-pointers...one shy of school-record 37 three-point attempts...lowest point total since 40-36 loss to No. 5 Oregon State, Feb. 20, 1982...senior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) held scoreless for first time in career.
COUGARS RECORD RUNNER-UP FINISH IN ALASKA: Washington State lost 64-49 to Rice in the BP Top of the World Classic championship game and finished as the tournament runner-up...Cougars defeated VMI 66-46 and host Alaska Fairbanks 57-51 to reach the tournament final.
MOORE AND GILL NAMED ALL-TOURANMENT: Senior guard Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) and junior forward Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) were named to the BP Top of the World Classic All-Tournament Team...Moore averaged 16.7 points, including a game-high 20 in 57-51 win over Alaska Fairbanks...20th career game with 20 or more points...notched 11 assists and six steals in tournament...Gill averaged 6.3 points and eight rebounds during TOWC...pulled down 10 boards against Alaska Fairbanks. WSU SNAPS ROAD LOSING STREAK: With the 57-51 at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22, WSU broke a 27- game road losing streak...previous win was 58-57 at Arizona State, Feb. 8, 2001.
DEFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS FROM ALASKA: WSU held VMI to 36 percent shooting from the floor in second half of opener...gave up 46 points, lowest total by Cougar opponent since 80-46 win at Eastern Washington, Dec. 7, 1996...held Alaska Fairbanks to 26 percent shooting in second half and just three field goals in final 10:59...gave up 97 combined points in first two games marking best two-game stretch since 89, Dec. 3-9, 1988.
COUGARS REGISTER EARLY SEASON VICTORIES: WSU has won 13 of its last 15 season openers including a 10-game win streak from 1989-90 through 1998-99...Cougars have won 16 consecutive Pullman openers.
STARTING LINEUPS: The Cougars have used four different starting lineups in their five games this season...senior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.), juniors Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla), Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) and Chris Schlatter (Lafayette, Calif.) each started all five games... invited walk-on freshman T.J. Paterick (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) has two starts...sophomores Anthony Grant (Seattle), Randy Green (Renton) and senior Justin Bellegarde (Ukiah, Calif.) each started one game.
MOORE POINTS: Senior guard Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) moved into 17th place on the Cougar career scoring list after scoring 14 in season opening 66-46 win over VMI...has 1,128 in his career...four assists against Rice moved him into fifth place on Cougar all-time list...currently has 332.
WSU A TRAVELING TEAM: The Cougars traveled nearly 4,000 miles round trip, including bus and air, to play three games in Fairbanks, Alaska at the BP Top of the World Classic, Nov. 20-23...after less than 48 hours in Pullman, WSU embarked on a 2,500 plus mile road trip for its game at Southern Utah last Friday.
COUGARS PICKED NINTH IN PRESEASON PAC-10 POLL: Arizona is the preseason selection to win the 2003-04 Pacific-10 men's basketball title according to poll of 35 media members who cover the conference...Wildcats garnered 26 first place votes...Arizona is followed by Stanford (seven first place votes), California (one first place vote), Oregon, USC (one first place vote), UCLA, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State and Oregon State.
GET TO KNOW THE WSU ASSISTANT COACHES: Tony Bennett is the son of WSU Head Coach Dick Bennett...played for his father at Wisconsin-Green Bay...finished collegiate career as Mid-Continent Conference's all-time leader in points (2,285) and assists (601)...ranks as NCAA's all-time leader in three-point percentage (.497)...three seasons with NBA's Charlotte Hornets...selected 35th by Hornets in 1995 NBA Draft...Mike Burns helped Eastern Washington earn NIT bid last season...coordinated Eagles' defense that ranked top three in Big Sky Conference scoring defense during each of his three seasons at EWU...Mike Heideman served as an assistant to Dick Bennett at Wisconsin-Green Bay for all 10 seasons the latter was the mentor of the Phoenix...succeeded Bennett as head coach at UWGB...led Phoenix to 110-95 mark during seven seasons...named 1996 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year.
KELATI LEADER OF THE PAC: Junior guard Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) led the Pacific-10 Conference in three-point percentage (.456) during the 2002-03 season...he averaged 2.30 treys per game.
MOORE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Cougar senior point guard Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) became 24th player in WSU history to record 1,000 career points at Arizona, Jan. 9, 2003...one of three players in WSU history with 1,000 points, 300 assists and 125 steals...joined Keith Morrison (1983-86) and Bennie Seltzer (1990-93).