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Men's Basketball Squad Concludes Homestand

Cougars tip-off against No. Arizona Feb. 6.

February 5, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. - WSU's four-game homestand wraps up Saturday afternoon with a 3:05 p.m. matinee on Fox Sports Net versus No. 10 Arizona.

Tentative Cougar Starters
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. 1998-99 Statistics
5 Mike Bush F 6-5 186 FR 6.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg
13 Kojo Mensah-Bonsu F 6-5 1/4 217 SR 13.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg
44 Eddie Miller C 6-6 216 SO 10.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg
4 Jan-Michael Thomas G 5-10 1/2 169 JR 16.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg
12 Kab Kazadi G 6-0 184 SR 3.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg
34 Chris Crosby F 6-7 215 JR 14.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg
41 Steve Slotemaker F 6-9 221 SR 4.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg
3 Blake Pengelly PG 5-10 163 JR 4.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.3 apg
40 Brian Stewart C 6-10 1/4 223 SO 2.4 ppg, 1.0 rpg
42 Will Hutchens G 6-3 1/2 201 SR 2.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg
54 Leif Nelson C 6-10 1/2 272 SR 2.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg
10 Cedric Clark G 5-11 1/2 175 SO 0.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg

WSU-ARIZONA SERIES: Wildcats lead 34-10. In the 1990s: Arizona leads 19-0. Arizona owns a remarkable 27-game winning streak versus the Cougars that dates back to the 1985-86 season. The series dates back to 1960 in a game WSU won 64-58. Prior to the 1983-84 season, the Cougars led this series 8-4. Last year, UA won 91-84 in Spokane and 83-61 in Tucson. This year: WSU scored more points than it ever has at Tucson, but lost 98-87. Jan-Michael Thomas set McKale Center and Arizona opponent records with eight three pointers and scored a career-high 34 points. Chris Crosby had 13 points and Kojo Mensah-Bonsu added 11. The Cougs forced 30 UA turnovers, which is the most-ever by a Lute Olsen-coached team.

THE STREAK: WSU's last win over the Wildcats was a 65-63 overtime decision, January 30, 1986, in Pullman. Arizona's domination during the streak has been impressive. Of the 21 wins, 27 have come by 10 or more points and 14 have come by 15 or more. The closest WSU has come to snapping the streak recently was the controversial 114-111 double-overtime loss at Pullman in 1995.

WSU's youngest player, freshman Milton Riley (who is redshirting 1998-99) was just six years old the last time the Cougs defeated Arizona; the oldest, redshirt senior Steve Slotemaker, was almost 10.

Do you remember 1986? The Chicago Bears defeated the New England Patriots 39-20 to win their first Super Bowl. Bill Buckner's ill-fated error cost the Boston Red Sox the World Series as the New York Mets won 4 games to 3. And Jack Nicklaus won his last Master's.

1986 was also an amazing year at the box office, with at least a dozen classics in the theaters. In addition to the Oscar-winning Platoon, there was Top Gun, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Hoosiers, Stand By Me, Aliens, Blue Velvet, Lucas, Crocodile Dundee and Star Trek IV.

This Week
at Friel Court
at Beasley Coliseum (12,058)

Radio: The Crimson & Gray Sports Network will broadcast all WSU games on its 16-station network with Bud Nameck (6th season) calling the play-by-play. Broadcasts are also available via the Internet,

No. 10 Arizona at WSU
Saturday, February 6
3:05 p.m. PST

Television: Fox Sports Net will televise the Arizona-Washington State game live nationally. Steve Physioc and George Raveling are the announcers.

Records: Arizona enters the game tied for second place in the Pac-10 (7-3) and is 15-4 overall. The Wildcats come into Saturday's game having lost three of their last four road games (79-78 at No. 16 New Mexico, 60-59 at Oregon State, 90-84 at Washington), including Thursday's contest in Seattle.

On Deck: The Cougars hit the road to visit their Northwest neighbors in Oregon with a visit to Corvallis on Thursday, February 11 and historic Mac Court Saturday, February 13.

1998-99 Schedule/Results
Date Opponent Time Score
11/19 at Alaska-Fairbanks+ L 75-88
11/21 vs. Nebraska+ L 84-95
11/22 vs. Virginia+ L 53-62
11/28 vs. Gonzaga* L 61-70
12/5 at Eastern Washington W 91-72
12/8 BRIGHAM YOUNG@ W 70-69
12/20 at Idaho W 84-69
12/28 at Texas-El Paso L 66-76
12/29 vs. Grambling State W 114-68
1/3 vs. WASHINGTON#* W 72-71
1/7 at No. 8 Arizona# L 87-98
1/9 at Arizona State# L 63-91
1/14 OREGON# L 83-87 3ot
1/16 OREGON STATE# W 84-79
1/21 at No. 3 Stanford# L 45-94
1/23 at California# L 68-75
1/28 No. 11 UCLA# L 66-69
1/30 USC# W 95-86
2/4 ARIZONA STATE# L 64-67
2/6 ARIZONA (FSN)# 3:06 p.m.
2/11 at Oregon# 7:05 p.m.
2/13 at Oregon State# 5:07 p.m.
2/18 CALIFORNIA# 7:05 p.m.
2/20 STANFORD (FSNW)# 7:06 p.m.
2/25 at UCLA# 7:30 p.m.
2/27 at USC# 5:00 p.m.
3/6 at Washington# 3:00 p.m.
All times Pacific
# Pacific-10 Conference game
+ Top of the World Classic, Fairbanks, Alaska
* Spokane Arena, Spokane, Wash.
Sun Bowl Classic, El Paso, Texas
@ Doubleheader with WSU women

EASTMAN NEARS 200 VICTORIES: Kevin Eastman is in his fifth season as head coach at WSU. He has a 68-71 (.489) five-year record. Among Cougar coaches with at least a four-year tenure, Eastman's winning percentage is fifth, behind Kelvin Sampson's .500 (103-103/1988-94). The New Brunswick, N.J., native's winning percentage also trails three WSU coaching legends: Jack Friel .568 (495-377/1929-58), Fred Bohler .561 (226-177/1909-26) and George Raveling .551 (167-136/1973-83).

Overall in 11 years as a head coach, Eastman holds a 192-146 (.530) record. Included in that are a 65-22 mark at Belmont Abbey and a 59-53 mark at UNC-Wilmington.

Eastman is 0-9 all-time against Arizona.

WSU WINS 200th AT FRIEL COURT: Washington State's 74-71 victory December 2 against Portland State was the Cougars' 200th all-time win at 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 (.649). WSU has a 203-110 all-time record in Beasley. WSU is 5-3 at Friel Court this season with wins over Central Washington (91-78), Portland State (74-71), BYU (70-69), Oregon State (84-79) and USC (95-86) and losses to Oregon (87-83/triple overtime), No. 11 UCLA (69-66) and Arizona State (67-64). 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 AT 41: By defeating Brigham Young 70-69 on December 8, WSU posted its ninth straight perfect home non-conference season. The BYU win was WSU's 41st consecutive non-conference victory in Pullman. The Cougars have 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 41 wins include 36 at Friel and five at Bohler Gym (all during the 1990-91 season). The streak also includes NIT victories in 1992 (Minnesota), 1995 (Texas Tech) and 1996 (Gonzaga).

THOMAS ON VERGE OF SINGLE-SEASON THREE-POINT MARK: With five three pointers Thursday night against Arizona State to give him 77 on the season, junior guard Jan-Michael Thomas is within striking distance of the WSU single-season record of 83 set by Eddie Hill in 1994. At his current pace of 3.85 three-point baskets per game, Thomas would record 108 treys during the regular season (28 games; he missed the Arizona State game at Tempe with the flu), and pass Hill during next Thursday's Oregon game. Thomas could conceivably challenge the Pac-10 record of 114 set by Arizona's Steve Kerr in 1988; Kerr established that mark 38 games -- 10 more that Thomas is established to play this season.

Thomas is currently tied for third with Hill's, 1993 mark and trails No. 2 Bennie Seltzer (78/1993) by one. He is also eight treys away from entering the Pac-10 single-season top 10.

WSU Single-Season Three-Point Field Goals
1. Eddie Hill (1994) 83
2. Bennie Seltzer (1993) 78
3t. Eddie Hill (1993) 77
3t. Jan-Michael Thomas (1999) 77
5. Isaac Fontaine (1997) 75
6. Terrence Lewis (1992) 74
7. Isaac Fontaine (1996) 66
8. Terrence Lewis (1991) 63
9. Bennie Seltzer (1990) 62
10t. Shamon Antrum (1995) 59
10t. Darryl Woods (1990) 59

As a team, the Cougars lead the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.400) and three-pointers made per game (7.62). WSU is also on pace to break the school record of 221 three-point goals set in 1994.

AIR FORCE: Junior guard Jan-Michael Thomas has really been impressive from beyond the arc. The Cougar gunman ranks third nationally in three-point field goals made per game at 3.85 (the national leader is Brian Merriweather of Texas-Pan American at 4.5 per game).

Jan-Michael, who was named after actor Jan-Michael Vincent, most recently tied the Oakland Arena college mark with five treys in WSU's loss to California last Saturday.

The Inglewood, Calif., native set McKale Center and Arizona opponent records when he nailed eight threes at Tucson January 7. Thomas scored a career-high 34 points versus the Wildcats.

He also set Sun Classic and Don Haskins Center records when he buried eight three pointers in WSU's first round loss to UTEP on December 28. His first record of the season came at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska, when he netted a tournament-record seven treys versus Nebraska.

AIRWOLF THOMAS STILL HITTING TARGET: Junior guard Jan-Michael Thomas has been WSU's most consistent source of offense during his last eight games and is the only Cougar to hit double figures in all seven contests. During that span, Thomas is averaging 20.4 points per game and has been WSU's top scorer seven times with a career high of 34 at Arizona.

POTW THOMAS PAC-10's No. 1 3-POINT GUN - Junior guard Jan-Michael Thomas was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on December 14 for his performance in the Cougars' 70-69 win against Brigham Young December 8 in Pullman.

Thomas scored 17 of his team-high 22 points in the second half. He converted three of his final four free throw attempts, including the game-winner with nine seconds remaining.

Thomas, a native of Inglewood, Calif., leads the Pac-10 in three-point field goal pct., having connected on 77 of 162 attempts (.475). It was the first career award for Thomas and the first Pac-10 player of the week award for WSU since Mark Hendrickson was honored on January 23, 1995. It is the Cougars' 13th all-time player of the week award.

Thomas is also the Pac-10's top free throw shooter at 87.8 percent (65-74).

ROOKIES RACK UP STATS: Washington State's three new players -- junior guard Jan-Michael Thomas, sophomore forward Eddie Miller and freshman guard Mike Bush -- have made quite an impact on the Cougar basketball squad. Combined, the trio accounts for 45 percent of WSU's total scoring (34.3 ppg), 54 percent of its three-point baskets and 41 percent of its total steals.

Thomas leads WSU in scoring (16.5 ppg), three-pointers (77), three-point FG Pct. (.475) and free throw percentage (.878). Miller leads the Cougars in field goal percentage (.567) and ranks second in rebounding (5.2 rpg) and fourth in scoring (10.9 ppg). Bush is second with 35 steals this season and is the only newcomer who has played in all 21 games. Bush is also second among Pac-10 freshmen with 1.7 steals per game.

SCOUTING ARIZONA: The Wildcats (No. 10 in the AP poll, No. 11 ESPN/USA Today) are led by the Pac-10's leading scorer, Jason Terry who averages 21.8 points per game. Terry also paces the league in assists (5.4 apg). Fellow senior A.J. Bramlett is second in rebounding (9.6 per game) and 10th in scoring (14.2 per game). As a team, UA leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 82.3 points per game, rebound margin (+9.4) and free throw percentage (.716). Turnovers have been somewhat of a problem for Arizona as the Cats post an uncharacteristic negative turnover margin (-1.74).

Tentative Wildcat Starters
No. Name Pos. Ht. Cl. 1998-99 Statistics
21 Michael Wright F 6-7 FR 13.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg
44 Richard Jefferson F 6-6 FR 12.6 ppg. 5.1 rpg, 2.4 apg
42 A.J. Bramlett C 6-10 SR 14.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.4 bpg
22 Rick Anderson G 6-8 FR 2.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
31 Jason Terry G 6-2 SR 21.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.4 apg

LAST TIME VS. ARIZONA: (January 7 at Tucson) WSU could not overcome a 54-23 Wildcat rebound edge and lost 98-87. But the effort was one of WSU's best; the 87 points was the most the Cougars have ever scored in Tucson. And the 30 Arizona turnovers was the most-ever by a Lute Olsen-coached Arizona team. Add Jan-Michael Thomas' career-high 34 points and record-setting performance and WSU took several positives, if not a win, away from McKale Center. Chris Crosby scored 13 points, while Kojo Mensah-Bonsu added 11.

ARIZONA STATE RECAP: The Sun Devil frontline of Bobby Lazor (20) and Mike Batiste (16) outscored WSU's forwards 36-15 as ASU edged out a 69-64 win Thursday night in Pullman. Eddie House added 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for the Sun Devils. Jan-Michael Thomas led the Cougar effort with 19 points on five three pointers, but Chris Crosby (11 points) was the only other WSU player in double figures.

WSU had its poorest night from the line in weeks, connecting on 62.5 percent (15-24). Thomas tied a career high with five boards.

WSU-USC RECAP: The Cougars snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating USC 94-85 last Saturday in Pullman. The 95 points was the most WSU has ever scored against the Trojans. Kojo Mensah-Bonsh and Jan-Michael Thomas both scored 21 points for the Cougs, while Chris Crosby added 16 and Eddie Miller had 13. Thomas netted five three-pointers. WSU's 84.6 free throw percentage (21-24) was its second-best of the season as was its 95 points scored.

WSU-UCLA RECAP: It was another in a long line of classic WSU-UCLA games in Pullman as the 11th-ranked Bruins prevailed 69-66 last Thursday night at Friel Court. The last four WSU-UCLA games played in Pullman have been decided by a total of 12 points. It was also the 13th time in the last 15 home meetings that have been decided by eight points or fewer. Jan-Michael Thomas led the Cougars with 16 points and grabbed a career-high five rebounds. Eddie Miller had 15 points while Kojo Mensah-Bonsu added 14 and nine boards. Blake Pengelly did not start for the first time in 47 games. He had started every game dating back to the first contest of his sophomore year. Pengelly played well off the bench with a pair of three pointers and four assists.

WSU VS. RANKED OPPONENTS: No. 11 UCLA was the third ranked opponent WSU faced in 1998-99. The last time WSU defeated a ranked opponent was February 22, 1997, when the Cougs beat No. 25 Cal 89-87.

The last time WSU defeated a top 10 team was March 8, 1992 when WSU beat No. 8 USC 82-68 in Pullman. The Cougars have never defeated Arizona when the Wildcats have been among the top 25.

Date Score Location
1/7 No. 8 Arizona 98, WSU 87 Tucson, Ariz.
1/21 No. 3 Stanford 94, WSU 45 Stanford, Calif.
1/28 No. 11 UCLA 69, WSU 66 Pullman, Wash.

SWITCHING STARTERS: WSU has used nine different starting lineups in 21 games this season. Only senior forward Kojo Mensah-Bonsu has started all 21 games. Ten of WSU's 12 players have made at least one start this year. Here's a look:

G 1-3           Mensah-Bonsu, Crosby, Nelson, Pengelly, Bush
G 4, 13, 15-18  Mensah-Bonsu, Crosby, Miller, Pengelly, Thomas
G 5             Mensah-Bonsu, Crosby, Nelson, Pengelly, Thomas
G 6             Mensah-Bonsu, Slotemaker, Pengelly, Thomas, Bush
G 7-10          Mensah-Bonsu, Crosby, Pengelly, Thomas, Bush
G 11            Mensah-Bonsu, Miller, Pengelly, Thomas, Hutchens
G 12            Mensah-Bonsu, Crosby, Slotemaker, Pengelly,Thomas
G 14            Mensah-Bonsu, Crosby, Miller, Pengelly, Bush
G 19-21         Mensah-Bonsu, Bush, Miller, Kazadi, Thomas
1998-99 Career
Player Starts Starts
Mensah-Bonsu 21 24
Pengelly 18 50
Thomas 17 17
Crosby 16 37
Bush 12 12
Miller 11 11
Nelson 4 28
Kazadi 3 21
Slotemaker 2 15
Hutchens 1 1

ANOTHER GAME, ANOTHER RECORD: From Alaska to Texas, it seems like just about everywhere the Cougars travel this season, they set a record. The most recent trip to the Bay Area was no exception. Junior guard Jan-Michael Thomas tied the Oakland Arena record with five three pointers versus the Golden Bears on January 23. It was the sixth record of the season established or tied by Thomas alone. FYI: The Friel Court record for threes is nine by Bennie Seltzer vs. Stanford in 1993; the team mark is WSU's 13 vs. Stanford in 1993. Here's a look at the marks WSU has left around the country:

Date	Record Set
11/21	Top of the World Classic (Fairbanks, Alaska)
		three-point field goals (7), individual single
		game, by Jan-Michael Thomas (vs. Nebraska)
12/20	TIE - WSU school three-point field goals (9),
		individual single-game, by Chris Crosby
		(at Idaho)
12/20	Kibbie Dome (Moscow, Idaho) three-point field
		goals (9), individual single-game, by Chris
		Crosby (vs. Idaho)
12/28	Don Haskins Center (El Paso, Texas) three-point
		field goals (8), individual single-game, by Jan-
		Michael Thomas (vs. Texas-El Paso)
12/28	Sun Bowl Classic (El Paso, Texas) three-point
		field goals (8), individual single-game, by Jan-
		Michael Thomas (vs. Texas-El Paso)
12/29	Don Haskins Center (El Paso, Texas) points
		(114), team single-game, by WSU (vs.
		Grambling State)
12/29	Sun Bowl Classic (El Paso, Texas) margin-of-
		victory (46 points;114-68), team single-game,
		by WSU (vs. Grambling State)
1/7		McKale Center (Tucson, Ariz.) three-point field
		goals (8), individual single-game, by Jan-
		Michael Thomas (vs. Arizona)
1/7		Arizona opponent three-point field goals (8),
		individual single-game, by Jan-Michael
		Thomas (at Arizona)
1/14	Friel Court (Pullman, Wash.) fouls -- two teams
		(62), by Oregon (30) and WSU (32)
1/23	TIE - Oakland Arena (Oakland, Calif.) three
		point field goals (5), individual, single-game, by
		Jan-Michael Thomas (vs. California)
INJURIES TAKE TOLL: WSU had to wait nearly two months into the season before all 12 players were available for action (December 28 versus Texas-El Paso). One day later, all 12 Cougars saw action in the rout of Grambling State.

From game one, WSU had at least one player unavailable due to injury. The first four games, back-up point guard Kab Kazadi was nursing a deep thigh bruise. Then just as Kazadi returned for the Gonzaga game, another player, sophomore forward Eddie Miller went down during the last 15 minutes of the last practice before the Gonzaga game. He was the first of WSU's six left ankle injuries.

Sophomore center Brian Stewart was ankle No. 2 just three days later, while senior forward Steve Slotemaker suffered the team's third left ankle sprain during the first half of the December 2 win against Portland State when he fell on a Viking player following a three-point shot attempt. That was a span of six days when three players sprained their left ankle. Miller and Stewart each missed two games, while Slotemaker was lost a span of three games.

In mid-December, freshman guard Mike Bush sprained his left ankle walking on an icy sidewalk, while Kazadi suffered a left ankle sprain during a finals week practice. Both returned in time for the Idaho game.

Perhaps the strangest left ankle sprain happened to senior center Leif Nelson who suffered the injury on December 13 while playing with some local youths during a Cougar appearance in the Pullman community. Nelson missed the Idaho game but returned to play versus UTEP.

The flu bug hit junior guard Jan-Michael Thomas for the January 9 Arizona State game as he missed his first contest of the year. Cougar players have sat out a combined 13 games in 1998-99 due to injury or illness.

CROSBY EARNS ALL-TOURNEY NOD: Junior Chris Crosby was named to the all-tournament team for his play at the Top of the World Classic, November 19-22, in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was the first career all-tournament selection for the Littleton, Colo., native. Crosby was among the tournament's top scorers and rebounders, averaging 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest for the three-game event. Included in that was 25 points and career-highs in rebounds (13) and free throws (12) versus Alaska-Fairbanks.

MANAGER COHN HONORED: Perhaps the surprise of the Top of the World Classic came during the awards ceremony when WSU student manager Jeff Cohn was honored with the Order of Nanook Award. The Fairbanks Princess Hotel presents the award to the top manager, "for meritorious demonstration of courtesy, cooperation and competence." Cohn, a senior from Foster City, Calif., majoring in communications, was honored with two different plaques and a giant collectable polar bear (stuffed, of course).

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE: Washington State is again playing a challenging schedule. The Cougars have eight games against teams ranked in the preseason polls (Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Arizona - twice) and 13 games versus teams that played in the 1998 postseason (NCAA: Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Arizona - twice, Nebraska - once; NIT: Arizona State - twice, Gonzaga - once; NAIA: Central Washington).

THE PENGELLY IS MIGHTIER THAN: Junior guard Blake Pengelly is climbing WSU career lists in assists and three-point shooting. He passed Isaac Fontaine (268/1994-97) for sixth in assists during the USC game. Pengelly needs five more to enter the career top five. The Eugene, Ore., native ranks third in three-point field goal percentage at .418 and ninth in both three pointers made (109) and attempted (261).

Junior forward Chris Crosby needs five more three pointers to enter the career top five. Here's a look at where Pengelly and Crosby rank:

1. Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) 473
2. Keith Morrison (1983-86) 456
3. Donminic Ellison (1994-96) 441
4. Marty Giovacchini (1974-77) 371
5. Dan Steward (1970-72) 277
6. Blake Pengelly (1997- ) 272
7. Isaac Fontaine (1994-97) 269
8. Brad Johnson (1972-74) 263
9. Anthony Kidd (1986-89) 255
Three-Point Field Goals
1. Eddie Hill (1991-94) 233
2. Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) 230
3. Isaac Fontaine (1994-97) 208
4. Terrence Lewis (1991-92) 137
5. Donminic Ellison (1994-96) 128
6. Chris Crosby (1997- ) 123
7. Shamon Antrum (1995-96) 113
8. Brian Wright (1986-89) 111
9. Blake Pengelly (1997- ) 109
10. David Sanders (1986, 88-90) 93
Three-Point Field Goal Attempts
1. Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) 585
2. Eddie Hill (1991-94) 561
3. Isaac Fontaine (1994-97) 455
4. Terrence Lewis (1991-92) 343
5. Chris Crosby (1997- ) 328
6. Donminic Ellison (1994-96) 322
7. Brian Wright (1986-89) 302
8. Shamon Antrum (1995-96) 294
9. Blake Pengelly (1997- ) 261
10. David Sanders (1986, 88-90) 251

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