Dec. 6, 2005
WASHINGTON STATE (4-1, 0-0 Pac-10)
COUGARS TRAVEL TO BULLDOGS AND AZTECS: The Washington State men's basketball team makes its first road trip of the season this week...plays at No. 9/11 (AP/USA Today) Gonzaga (4-2), Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. (FSN Northwest/KHQ) and at San Diego State (4-2, plays at California, Dec. 6), Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. (Chanel 4-San Diego)...game in San Diego part of San Diego SLAM...Fresno State and San Diego play at 5:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE HEAD COACHES: Dick Bennett is 29-33 at Washington State and in his third season on the Palouse...owns a 483-290 career record (.625) in 27 collegiate seasons...guided Wisconsin to 2000 Final Four...Gonzaga's Mark Few is 163-39 in his career, including 4-2 this season, and in his seventh season, all with the Bulldogs...San Diego State Head Coach Steve Fisher is 85-99 and in his seventh season with the Aztecs...overall record is 269-181 and he is in his 15th season...Bennett is 0-2 against Mark Few, both at WSU...won two of three games against Fisher when the former was at Wisconsin and the latter at Michigan...Bennett's Badgers knocked off Fisher's 21st-ranked Wolverines in 1995-96 and 13th-ranked squad in 1996-97.
SERIES WITH THE BULLDOGS: WSU leads 95-44...Gonzaga has won six straight...Cougars are 45-24 in road games, including 34-20 on the Bulldogs' campus...last WSU win was 85-70, Dec. 4, 1997 in Pullman...Cougars have lost three straight on the road with last win coming 64-61, Dec. 2, 1985 at Spokane Coliseum...last victory on Gonzaga campus was 58-52, Dec. 13, 1977...Bulldogs have won last two on home campus.
SERIES WITH THE AZTECS: Washington State has won all three meetings...last meeting was 73-51 Cougar win at the Texaco Star Classic in San Diego, Dec. 19, 1992...Bennie Seltzer led WSU with 18 points while Mark Hendrickson had 14 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (DEC. 8): This will mark the fourth match-up to take place Dec. 8 between Washington State and Gonzaga...Cougars are 2-1 against the Bulldogs, including 1-1 at Spokane...WSU is 16-6 overall when playing Dec. 8.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (DEC. 10): Washington State defeated Idaho 63-52 at Friel Court, Dec. 10, 1997...Blake Pengelly hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 12-0 second half run to lead the Cougars to a come-from-behind victory...a basket by Rodrigo de la Fuente started a 9-2 WSU run to end the game...Carlos Daniel tallied a season-high 17 rebounds, and added 12 points.
COUGARS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: Washington State is 32-189 all-time against nationally-ranked opponents...Cougars are 5-106 against the top 10...WSU is 5-100 on the road against the top 25 and has won three of 37 December games overall...WSU is 0-3 against ranked Gonzaga team and 0-7 against the No. 9 team.
WASHINGTON STATE AGAINST THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE: The Cougars are 110-50 all-time against current members of the West Coast Conference, including a 95-44 mark against Gonzaga...WSU will host Portland, Dec. 17...Cougars are 1-2 under Dick Bennett against the WCC...lost to Gonzaga each of the last two seasons...defeated Portland on the road last season.
WASHINGTON STATE AGAINST THE MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE: The Cougars are 13-33 all-time against current members of the Mountain West Conference, including 3-0 against San Diego State...WSU is 1-1 this season...lost 76-68 to BYU in Spokane, Nov. 22 and defeated Wyoming 63-47 in Pullman, Nov. 30...Cougars are 2-2 under Dick Bennett against the MWC...defeated BYU in Salt Lake City and lost at Wyoming last season.
COUGARS OFF TO FAST START: Washington State is 4-1, its best start to the season since the Cougars won five straight and seven of eight to open the 1996-97 campaign.
WASHINGTON STATE NEWCOMERS CONTRIBUTING: The Cougars have eight new faces this season, including a pair of walk-ons...WSU newcomers have accounted for 37 percent of the minutes played and are contributing 40 percent of the scoring...junior transfer forward Ivory Clark leads the team with nine blocks and is second among Cougars with 10.8 points per game...newcomers have recorded 38 percent of the rebounds grabbed by individuals...first-year Cougars are shooting 55 percent from the field led by true freshman center Aron Baynes at 68 percent.
COUGAR SCORING UP: Washington State is averaging 67.6 points per game this season...Cougars averaged 56.9 points per game during Dick Bennett's first two seasons...WSU has scored 338 points through five games, second best five-game stretch under Bennett (341, Feb. 19-March 6, 2004).
BENCH SCORING: Washington State is averaging 22.2 points per game this season off the bench...Aron Baynes scored 19 points off the bench in the Cougars' 81-55 season-opening victory over UC Riverside, Nov. 19...against Idaho, Nov. 26, Cougar bench players tallied 31 points in 63-37 victory.
BALANCED SCORING: The Cougars are averaging 67.6 points per game, led by sophomore Derrick Low's 12.8 per outing...six different WSU players have scored in double figures in a game this season, led by Low's four such games...in Cougars' 63-37 win over Idaho, Nov. 26, 11 different WSU players scored, most since 11 had points in a 98-76 win over Washington, March 1, 2003.
WSU NOTCHES WIN IN CLOSE GAME: The Cougars defeated Kansas State 58-57 in Pullman, Dec. 3...first game decided by less than eight points this season...in 2004-05, WSU was 4-8 in games decided by three points or less...dozen games decided by three points or less tied Fresno State for most nationally.
PROTECTING THE HOUSE: In the last 16 seasons, the Cougars are 69-3 in Pullman against nonconference opponents...mark includes a 5-0 record in Bohler Gym during the 1990-91 campaign.
TEAMS DO NOT EXCEED FIFTY-FIVE: Dick Bennett has been the Washington State men's basketball coach for 62 games...in 30 of those, the Cougar opponent has scored 55 points or less...from 1992-93 through 2002-03, WSU held a total of 31 opponents to 55 points or less.
WSU EXTENDS 3-POINT STREAK: The Cougars have made at least one 3-pointer in 286 consecutive games...last time Cougars did not make a shot from beyond the arc was Feb. 18, 1995 at Oregon...since 3-point line was adopted in 1986-87, WSU has failed to make a 3-pointer three times...other two occasions were Jan. 5, 1987 at Idaho and Dec. 9, 1988 at home against Portland.
STATISTICAL TRENDS: WSU is 19-2 under Dick Bennett when holding the opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field, including 4-0 in 2004-05...Bennett's Cougars are 18-1, including 2-1 in 2005-06, when outrebounding their opponent...WSU is
STREAKS BROKEN IN BENNETT ERA: In two seasons under Dick Bennett, the Cougars have accomplished several firsts and broken many losing streaks...here is a look at the achievements.
COUGAR PLAYER NOTES
#1 Josh Akognon (Petaluma, Calif.)
#2 Derrick Low (Honolulu, Hawaii)
#3 Steve Campbell (Kenmore)
#5 Chris Matthews (Washington, D.C.)
#11 Aron Baynes (Cairns, Australia)
#12 Randy Green (Renton)
#21 John Rasmussen (Yakima)
#23 Antonio Chavers (Fort Worth, Texas)
#25 Kyle Weaver (Beloit, Wis.)
#32 Daven Harmeling (Grand Junction, Colo.)
#33 Ivory Clark (New Orleans, La.)
#34 Robbie Cowgill (Austin, Texas)
#42 Chris Henry (Santa Ana, Calif.)
#44 Rodney Edgerson (Peoria, Ill.)
#52 Caleb Forrest (Pagosa Springs, Colo.)