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Portland at Washington State

Men's Basketball Hosts Pilots Tuesday Night

Dec. 6, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State Cougars and the Portland Pilots meet for the first time since 1990 Tuesday, Pearl Harbor Day, at 7:00 p.m. at Friel Court.

COUGS ARE No. 2! -- HOME NON-LEAGUE STREAK AT 44: The second-longest non-conference home winning streak in the nation reached No. 44 Saturday afternoon versus Southern…it has been nearly a decade since WSU's last non-conference home loss. 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 44 wins include 39 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). Streak leader Maryland's next home game comes Tuesday versus Winthrop…Penn State, just a game back of WSU, next hosts George Mason Wednesday night.

Active Non-Conference Home Court Winning Streaks Men's Basketball, Division I

   School       No.   Last home N-C loss             Current streak began
1. Maryland 67 12/12/89 (Coppin St., 70-63) 12/30/89 (Alcorn State, 110-90)
2. WSU 44 12/14/89 (Idaho, 56-52) 11/28/90 (BYU-Hawaii, 112-81)
3. Penn State 43 3/18/92 (Pitt, 67-65 NIT) 12/5/92 (Mt. St. Mary's, 60-55)

CROSBY CLOSING IN ON 1,000: Senior forward Chris Crosby should become the 22nd member of the 1,000-career point club sometime in the month of December…he had 22 Saturday versus Southern to bring his total to 975 points and needs just 25 more to reach 1,000…at this season's pace of 16.6 points per game, the Littleton, Colo., native will reach that milestone Dec. 11 versus Utah.

THIS WEEK at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum (12,058)

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,

Portland at WSU Tuesday, December 7, 1999 7:00 p.m. PST

Television: None.

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,

Records: The Cougars are 3-2 on the season after defeating Grambling (83-55), Idaho (70-65) and Southern (80-77) and losing to No. 25 Gonzaga (73-63) and Nevada (80-55). The Pilots are also 3-2 after defeating San Jose State 47-39 Saturday night.

Quick Stats: WSU is 3-0 when it out-rebounds its opponents and 0-2 when it does not.

On Deck: WSU hosts No. 20 (11/29 poll) Utah Saturday in what should be a great non-conference match up of Pac-10 and Mountain West foes. Fox Sports Net will televise the game live nationally beginning at 4:00 p.m.

WSU COACH PAUL GRAHAM: Paul Graham is in his first season as a head coach…he has a 3-2 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 may not be a bad thing…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 FREILING: Washington State’s 74-71 victory December 2, 1998, 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 (.650)…WSU has a 207-112 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

CROSBY CASHES IN AT CHARITY STRIPE: Proving last season's .843 clip (fourth best ever at WSU) from the free throw line was no fluke, senior forward Chris Crosby is tearing it up at the charity stripe this season to the tune of a 96.2 percent average (25-26) he has just one miss on the season…he tied a 35 year-old school record by hitting 11-of-11 attempts versus Southern…Crosby has not missed a free throw since the Idaho game and has made 16(?) straight coming into the Portland game.

RILEY HOPES TO BE READY FOR PILOTS: Redshirt freshman Milton Riley was held out of the Southern game due to a left thigh contusion suffered in practice Friday…the outlook is good for Riley's return to action for the Portland game and that is a good thing for the Cougars as well…in each of his four games this season, the Gardena, Calif., native has increased his point production: 0 versus Nevada, 2 versus Grambling State, 7 versus Idaho and 12 versus Gonzaga.

SCOUTING PORTLAND: The Pilots are 3-2 so far on the season, winning three home games, but falling twice on the road…UP's wins have come against Occidental (78-53), Rice (69-55) and San Jose State (47-39)…the Pilots played well in road losses to Portland State (61-51) and Oregon (74-62)…sophomore guard Ryan Jones has been Portland's top gun this season, averaging 13.2 points per game…the Olympia, Wash., native had 25 points versus Oregon…senior forward Ryan Jones is the only other Pilot in double figures…Portland puts the clamps down on defense and only allows 56.4 points per game…San Jose State mustered just 39 points in Saturday's game…opponents are shooting just 36.2 percent from the field and 26.2 percent from three-point land…the Pilots are forcing almost 19 turnovers per game…UP has struggled at the free throw line where it shoots just 51 percent.

WSU-PORTLAND SERIES: Cougars lead 5-1. The WSU-Portland series dates back to 1939, but the two teams have only met six times over the years…the Cougars won the first five meetings and are 4-0 in games in Pullman…Portland's win came in the last meeting between the two schools; a 56-51 upset in the Rose City in 1989-90…WSU is 108-45 all-time versus members of the West Coast Conference.

PENGELLY AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS IN ASSISTS: Senior guard Blake Pengelly ranks among the Pac-10 leaders at 6.8 assists per game…his assist-to-turnover ratio is 2-to-1…in the season opener at Nevada, he set a career high with nine assists and had no turnovers…he followed that with another career high -- 10 assists versus Grambling State -- and nine versus Idaho…with his first assist during the Grambling game, Pengelly became only the fifth WSU player with 300 career assists…the Eugene, Ore., native needs 48 more to pass Marty Giovacchini for fourth place…with 34 assists on the year, Pengelly is already more than a fourth of the way to matching his best season (sophomore year) when he had 120 assists.

BUSH BIG ON BOARDS: Sophomore guard Mike Bush has been WSU's leading rebounder in each game this season…he tied last season's high with eight in both the season opener at Nevada and the home opener versus Grambling State…then he broke his career mark with 10 boards in WSU's win over Idaho and followed that with nine versus both Gonzaga and Southern…he also had 15 points versus the Vandals which gave the 6-6 Bush his first career double-double…the Riverside, Calif., native is averaging 8.8 rebounds per game this season, compared to 3.1 his rookie campaign…he set his career high in points, 16, Saturday versus Southern.

SOUTHERN RECAP: The Cougars forged their first come-from-behind victory of the season by defeating Southern 80-77 Saturday at Friel Court…it was the first time in nearly a year that WSU won a game that it trailed at the half (Brigham Young, Dec. 8, 1998)…Mike Bush and Nick Graham paced the Cougars as both recorded career highs in points -- Bush with 16 and Graham with 13…Bush just missed his second double-double of the season, coming up with nine boards…Chris Crosby hit for a game-high 22 points, including a school and Friel Court record-tying 11-for-11 effort at the free throw line…Jan-Michael Thomas added a dozen points for WSU...freshman David Adams had nine points in his first starting assignment…Southern, one of the preseason contenders for the SWAC title, had 15 steals and forced 28 WSU turnovers…the Cougars are now 8-0 all-time versus teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

WSU VS. RANKED TEAMS: WSU currently has eight games scheduled against top 25 competition (11/29 poll)…the next comes Dec. 11 versus No. 20 Utah…the last time WSU defeated a ranked opponent was February 22, 1997, when the Cougs beat No. 25 Cal 89-87…WSU also played eight games versus ranked opponents during the 1996-97 season…WSU's last win versus a ranked non-conference opponent was Dec. 26, 1970 -- an 83-80 victory by Marv Harshman's Cougars' over No. 11 Indiana at the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore.

YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS: Washington State 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…this year's crop of freshmen would certainly like to have at least one thing in common with the 1985-86 rookies -- they were the last WSU team to defeat Arizona.

THREE FOR THREE: Seniors Chris Crosby, Blake Pengelly and Jan-Michael Thomas all rank in WSU's top 11 in career three-point baskets…combined, the trio has netted 367 career treys. Crosby leads the group with 147 threes (fourth) and looks to close in on the 200 barrier by season's end…Pengelly ranks seventh in three-point baskets (119) and is chasing No. 6 Dominic Ellison (1994-96) with 128…Thomas, in just his second season wearing the Crimson and Gray, is now in the 10 spot after passing David Sanders (1986, 88-90. Three-Point Field Goals

WOW - WHAT A SCHEDULE: For the first time since 1994-95, odds are that WSU will play home games against five different ranked teams…five opponents are currently ranked in the AP poll (11/29): No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Arizona, No. 12 UCLA, No. 20 Utah and No. 25 Gonzaga…and Oregon was listed among the teams that also received votes…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)…if one more Pac-10 team finds its way into the top 25, WSU will have home games against six ranked teams for the first time ever.

NEW OPPONENTS: WSU faces two opponents for the first time ever this season -- Southern and Texas-Pan American…Utah will visit Pullman for the first time since 1939; it will also be the first game between the two schools overall since 1972…the Cougars also renew dormant rivalries with Nevada (last meeting 1972), Colorado State (1978) and Portland (1990).

OLD OPPONENTS: WSU's oldest rivalry, Oregon State, will reach game No. 260 this season…Washington State and Idaho met for the 255th time this season…the second Oregon game will be No. 254 in the series…WSU and Washington inch toward the 250 mark with games 247 and 248 this season…it was just the second meeting with Grambling State.

I WANT MY COUGTV: Washington State will be on the Fox network nine times this season, with the possibility of a tenth game (UCLA - March 9) if that contest has a bearing on the conference title race…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).

STARTING LINE-UPS: Here's a breakdown of WSU's starting five in 1999-2000:

G1-2 Evans, Crosby, Pengelly, Thomas, Bush
G3-4 Riley, Crosby, Pengelly, Thomas, Bush
G5 Bush, Crosby, Pengelly, Thomas, Adams

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