Nov. 19, 2000
Portland State at WSU
Monday, November 20, 2000
7:05 p.m. PST
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum (12,058)
Tonight's game marks the season opener for both teams. The Vikings and Cougars each defeated a pair of exhibition opponents. The Vikings defeated Pro Hoops Australia 105-76 and Simon Fraser 70-59. The Cougars knocked off Lewis-Clark State College 70-67 and Slovakia Select 90-57.
Scouting Portland State
The Vikings have only three players on their roster who have earned a letter at PSU. Six transfers, two true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen round out the roster. The Vikings were 15-14 last season, their third straight winning season.
Cougars lead 4-0 including a 68-62 win in Portland, Dec. 20 of last season. Three WSU players scored in double figures in that game, led by 15 each from Mike Bush and Chris Crosby. Tyrone Evans just missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds. The six-point margin of victory last season is the largest in the series' history. The Cougars won by scores of 74-70 (Dec. 19, 1973), 77-72 (Dec. 20, 1997) and 74-71 (Dec. 2, 1998).
COUGARS OPEN 100TH SEASON OF BASKETBALL
Tonight's game begins the 100th season of Washington State basketball. The first game in Cougar history resulted in a 31-0 loss to the Spokane YMCA Dec. 7, 1901. The Cougars are 80-19 in season openers. WSU is 82-17 in home openers. This year's team features a recruiting class considered by several experts to be among the best in the nation. The Cougars have added size at center with junior transfers J Locklier, 6-10, 235 (Miami, Ohio) and Paulo Rower, 7-1, 301 (Arizona Western College). Rower is the fifth player in WSU history to stand seven feet or taller.
"With the addition of J and Paulo, you not only get size, but it allows people to play where they are comfortable," WSU head coach Paul Graham, entering his second season, said. "Eddie Miller will be able to move back to his natural positions of small forward and power forward."
Miller (Reseda, Calif.) is the top returnee for the Cougars after averaging 8.6 rebounds and 6.2 rebounds last season. Locklier and Miller will be joined in the starting lineup by sophomore guard David Adams (Tacoma, Wash.), freshman guard Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) and junior transfer forward Framecio Little (Dodge City College).
Adams averaged 7.2 points per game last season and connected on 37 percent of his three-point field goal attempts. This season, he hit the game-winning trey in the 70-67 exhibition win over Lewis-Clark State and tallied a game-high 19 in the 90-57 exhibition win over Slovakia Select.