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Release: 12/02/1999
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Dec. 2, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State Cougars and the Southern University Jaguars meet for the first time ever on the basketball court Saturday in the opening game of a Friel Court doubleheader. The men's game will tip off at 1:00 p.m., while the WSU women will host Eastern Washington immediately following the men's game. It is the home opener for the women's team and the first-ever home game for new Cougar women's coach Jenny Przekwas.

COUGS No. 2! -- HOME NON-LEAGUE STREAK AT 43: Thanks to Michigan State's defeat of North Carolina Wednesday night in Chapel Hill, the Cougars now own the second-longest non-conference home winning streak in the nation at 43 games...WSU's most recent win came last Saturday afternoon against Idaho (70-65)...Carolina's streak ended at 55 games. 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 43 wins include 38 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 moved into a temporary tie with the Cougars by defeating Clemson on Wednesday...the Nittany Lions' next home game is next Wednesday versus George Mason.

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)
2t. WSU 43 12/14/89 (Idaho, 56-52) 11/28/90 (BYU-Hawaii, 112-81)
2t. Penn State 43 3/18/92 (Pitt, 67-65 NIT) 12/5/92 (Mt. St. Mary's, 60-55)

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,

Southern University at WSU Saturday, December 4, 1999 1:00 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 2-2 on the season after defeating Grambling (83-55) and Idaho (70-65) and losing to No. 25 Gonzaga (73-63) and Nevada (80-55). The Jaguars are also 2-2 on the season with defeats of Dillard (64-61) and West Alabama (91-50) and losses to Centenary (73-69) and Southeastern Louisiana (71-70).

Quick Note: WSU is 7-0 all-time versus teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, including an 83-55 defeat of Grambling earlier this year.

Doubleheader: Anyone with a ticket for the men's game will be allowed to stay for the women's game versus Eastern Washington at no additional charge.

On Deck: WSU hosts Portland of the West Coast Conference Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. WSU COACH PAUL GRAHAM: Paul Graham is in his first season as a head coach...he has a 2-2 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). WSU AT FRIEL COURT: 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 (.648)...WSU has a 206-112 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

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 Gonzaga...he also had a career-high 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.

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 seven Monday versus Gonzaga to bring his total to 953 points and needs just 47 more to reach 1, this season's pace of 15.8 points per game, the Littleton, Colo., native will reach that milestone Dec. 11 versus Utah.

SCOUTING SOUHERN: The Jaguars return SWAC Player of the Year Adarrial Smylie, who has been SU's most consistent threat this season...the 6-7 senior is averaging 19.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game...senior guard Jackie Mitchell is the only other Jaguar in double figures at 10.8 points per game...Southern was picked as one of the contenders for the 2000 SWAC title, pushing 1999 NCAA tournament invitee Alcorn State for the league's automatic bid...the Jaguars were 21-7 a year ago and 13-3 in the conference...SU has struggled in the early going with upset losses to Centenary and Southeastern Louisiana to go along with wins over non-Division I teams Dillard and West Alabama...the Jags are one of the more experienced teams WSU has faced this season with eight juniors and seniors on the roster...SU stars three juniors and two seniors.


PENGELLY AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS IN ASSISTS: Senior guard Blake Pengelly has been quite impressive through WSU's first four games...he ranks among the Pac-10 leaders at 8.3 assists per game...his assist-to-turnover ratio is 3-to-1! 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 49 more to pass Marty Giovacchini for fourth place...with 33 assists on the year, Pengelly is already a fourth of the way to matching his best season (sophomore year) when he had 120 assists.

GONZAGA RECAP: The Cougars gave No. 25 Gonzaga all it could handle before falling 73-63 Monday night at the Spokane Arena...Jan-Michael Thomas scored 19 points, while redshirt freshman Milton Riley added a career-high 12 points...the Zags forced 20 Cougar turnovers and held WSU to just 35 percent shooting from the field...the striped shirts were also busy as three Cougars fouled out and another four finished the game with four fouls...WSU held Gonzaga's leading scorer, Zach Gourde, to just one point.

WSU VS. RANKED TEAMS: WSU currently has eight games scheduled against top 25 competition...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 364 career treys. Crosby leads the group with 146 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.

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: 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 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 will face 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 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

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