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Release: 11/28/2005
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Nov. 28, 2005

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WASHINGTON STATE (2-1, 0-0 Pac-10)

COUGARS HOST COWBOYS: The Washington State men's basketball team welcomes Wyoming to Friel Court for the first time in school history, Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.

ABOUT THE HEAD COACHES: Dick Bennett is 27-33 at Washington State and in his third season on the Palouse...owns a 481-290 career record (.623) in 27 collegiate seasons...guided Wisconsin to 2000 Final Four...Steve McClain is 126-82 in his seventh season at Wyoming.

SERIES WITH WYOMING: Wyoming leads 4-0...first time Cowboys have played WSU at Pullman...all other match-ups have been played at Wyoming's home court...last season, the Cougars lost 49-47 in Laramie despite outscoring the Cowboys 12-4 in the final 3:53...Thomas Kelati led the Cougars with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.

COWBOYS TAKE RARE RIDE TO EVERGREEN STATE: Wyoming in its 101st season of men's basketball and is playing its 12th game in the state of Washington...Cowboys are 2-9 all-time in the Evergreen State...lost a pair of games at Seattle University during the 1952-53 season and own a 2-7 record against Washington in Seattle.

COUGARS AGAINST THE MOUNTAIN WEST: Washington State is 12-33 all-time against current members of the Mountain West Conference...Cougars lost 76-68 to BYU at the Spokane Arena, Nov. 22...WSU is 1-2 against the Mountain West under Dick Bennett...defeated BYU 49-46 in Salt Lake City, Dec. 11, 2004 and lost 49-47 at Wyoming, Dec. 22, 2004...defeated current Mountain West member TCU 73-52 in Pullman, Dec. 6, 2003 when Horned Frogs were member of Conference USA...WSU will play Mountain West members San Diego State (Dec. 10) in San Diego and Utah (Dec. 22) at KeyArena).

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY: Washington State defeated Gonzaga 75-62 at the Spokane Arena, Nov. 30, 1996...Cougar defense was tough in the first half holding Bulldogs to 26.1 percent field goal shooting and forcing 15 Gonzaga turnovers in the first half...Gonzaga went scoreless for the final 3:43 of the opening period...WSU all-time leading scorer Isaac Fontaine tallied 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half...four Cougars registered double-figure points.

WASHINGTON STATE NEWCOMERS CONTRIBUTING: The Cougars have eight new faces this season, including a pair of walk-ons...WSU newcomers have accounted for 36 percent of the minutes played and are contributing 47 percent of the scoring...junior transfer forward Ivory Clark leads all WSU players with 12.7 points per game...Clark also leads the team with six blocks and is second among Cougars with 4.7 rebounds per game...newcomers have recorded 32 percent of the team's rebounds...first-year Cougars are shooting 59 percent from the field led by true freshman center Aron Baynes at 73 percent.

COUGAR SCORING UP: Washington State is averaging 72.3 points per game this season...Cougars averaged 56.9 points per game during Dick Bennett's first two seasons...WSU has scored 217 points through three games, eclipsing the four-game total of 2003-04 (208) and 2004-05 (210).

BENCH SCORING: Washington State is averaging 26.3 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.

COUGARS NEAR PERFECT IN NOVEMBER: Washington State is 24-0 all-time in November at Friel Court...Cougars have won 24 straight November games in Pullman and are 26-1 all-time...only loss was 77-47 to Colorado State, Nov. 30, 1963.

PROTECTING THE HOUSE: In the last 16 seasons, the Cougars are 67-3 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 60 games...in 29 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.

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.

  • Won 57-51 at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22, 2003 to break 27-game road losing streak.
  • Won 55-50 at California, Jan. 4, 2004 to break 31-game losing streak in California, 22-game Pac-10 road losing streak, six-game skid to Golden Bears and eight-game slide at California.
  • Won 76-61 over USC in Spokane, Jan. 10, 2004 to halt nine-game losing streak to USC.
  • Won 55-48 at UCLA, Feb. 5, 2004 for first win at UCLA in 47 games, including 39 at Pauley Pavilion...broke 22-game losing streak to UCLA.
  • Won 60-51 at USC, Feb. 7, 2004 to snap seven-game losing streak at USC...first season sweep of USC since 1985-86...completed first road sweep of Los Angeles schools in WSU history.
  • Won 60-51 vs. Stanford in Spokane, Dec, 31, 2004 to break 17-game losing streak against Cardinal.
  • Won 70-63 at No. 11 Arizona, Jan. 29, 2005 to break 38-game losing streak against Arizona...stopped 20-game losing streak at Arizona...first win in 35 tries against a ranked Arizona team...halted a 26-game road losing streak against ranked opponents and a 48-game skid overall against top 25 teams...highest ranked opponent defeated on the road in school history.
  • Won 59-48 at Stanford, March 3, 2005 to break eight-game losing streak at Stanford...first home-and-home sweep of Stanford since 1992-93.

    STATISTICAL TRENDS: WSU is 17-2 under Dick Bennett when holding the opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field, including 2-0 in 2004-05...Bennett's Cougars are 18-1, including 2-1 in 2005-06, when outrebounding their opponent...WSU is 17-3 in the Bennett era, including 2-0 this season, when getting to the foul line more often than its opponent.

    WSU EXTENDS 3-POINT STREAK: The Cougars have made at least one 3-pointer in 284 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.

    HARMELING OUT FOR THE SEASON: Sophomore forward Daven Harmeling (Grand Junction, Colo.) suffered a dislocated left shoulder in the WSU season-opener against UC Riverside, Nov. 19...will undergo season-ending surgery in mid-December...Cougars will seek a medical hardship following the season.

    When Washington State...

    Plays an overtime game: 0-5
    Plays a live television game: 9-20

    Leads at the half: 20-9
    Trails at the half: 6-24
    Tied at the half: 1-0

    Shoots under 40 % FG: 5-17
    Shoots 40-44 % FG: 5-10
    Shoots 45-49 % FG: 11-5
    Shoots 50 % or better FG: 6-1

    Opponent shoots under 40 % FG: 17-2
    Opponent shoots 40-44 % FG: 5-11
    Opponent shoots 45-49 % FG: 5-11
    Opponent shoots 50 % or better FG: 0-9

    Makes 0-4 three-pointers: 7-10
    Makes 5-7 three-pointers: 13-15
    Makes 8 or more three-pointers: 7-8

    Shoots more FTs than its opponent: 17-3
    Shoots less FTS than its opponents: 9-30
    Shoots same FTS as its opponent: 1-0

    Has more rebounds than opponent: 18-1
    Has less rebounds than opponent: 8-32
    Has the same rebounds as opponent: 1-0

    Has less than 10 TOs: 2-7
    Has 10-15 TOs: 20-15
    Has more than 15 TOs: 5-11
    Opponent commits less than 10 TOs: 2-2
    Opponent commits 10-15 TOs: 14-20
    Opponent commits more than 15 TOs: 11-11

    Scores less than 50 points: 2-11
    Scores 50-59 points: 7-13
    Scores 60-69 points: 12-8
    Scores 70-79 points: 4-1
    Scores 80-89 points: 2-0
    Scores 90 or more points: 0-0

    Allows less than 50 points: 10-3
    Allows 50-59 points: 14-8
    Allows 60-69 points: 2-14
    Allows 70-79 points: 1-5
    Allows 80-89 points: 0-2
    Allows 90 or more points: 0-1

    Plays a day game: 10-13
    Plays a night game: 17-20

    Plays Sunday: 1-4
    Plays Monday: 1-1
    Plays Tuesday: 1-2
    Plays Wednesday: 1-1
    Plays Thursday: 6-12
    Plays Friday: 2-2
    Plays Saturday: 15-11

    Plays in November: 7-4
    Plays in December: 7-5
    Plays in January: 6-11
    Plays in February: 5-9
    Plays in March: 2-4

    Wears its white/gray uniform: 13-13
    Wears its crimson uniform: 14-20

    COUGAR PLAYER NOTES
    #1 Josh Akognon (Petaluma, Calif.)

  • Appeared in all three games, including two starts.
  • Made first career start against UC Riverside, Nov. 19...recorded a career-high 22 points, and eight rebounds against the Highlanders.
  • Leads the Cougars with 16 rebounds, averaging 5.3 per game.

    #2 Derrick Low (Honolulu, Hawaii)

  • Started all three games.
  • Tallied a career-high 11 assists and added 15 points against UC Riverside, Nov. 19...first career double-double...most assists in a game by a Cougar since Marcus Moore had 11 vs. USC, Dec. 29, 2001.
  • Leads team with 20 assists, averaging 6.7 per game.
  • Has averaged two treys a game, leading the Cougars shooting 46.2 percent from 3-point range.

    #3 Steve Campbell (Kenmore)

  • Has appeared off the bench in two games.
  • Scored his first collegiate points with dunk in the waning moments of the season opener against UC Riverside, Nov. 19.

    #5 Chris Matthews (Washington, D.C.)

  • Appeared off the bench in all three games.
  • Tallied three points and one rebound in four minutes off the bench against Idaho, Nov. 26.

    #11 Aron Baynes (Cairns, Australia)

  • Appeared in three games, including one start.
  • Tallied 19 points off the bench against UC Riverside, Nov. 19...most points in a season opener by a true freshman in school history.
  • Made first career start against Idaho, Nov. 26.

    #12 Randy Green (Renton)

  • Appeared in three games, including one start.
  • Missed a free throw attempt against Idaho, Nov. 26, ending his 17 consecutive free throws made streak dating back to Jan. 10, 2004.

    #21 John Rasmussen (Yakima)

  • Has appeared off the bench in one game.

    #23 Antonio Chavers (Fort Worth, Texas)

  • Appeared in all three games, including one start.
  • Made his first start in a Cougar uniform against Idaho, Nov. 26...tallied a season/career-high 10 points and added two boards.

    #25 Kyle Weaver (Beloit, Wis.)

  • Appeared in all three games, including two starts.
  • Tallied 10 points, tied his career-high eight boards, matched his career-high two blocks, and set a career-high with seven assists in the season opener against UC Riverside, Nov. 19.

    #32 Daven Harmeling (Grand Junction, Colo.)

  • Appeared in season opener against UC Riverside, Nov. 19...dislocated left shoulder against the Highlanders...out for the season.

    #33 Ivory Clark (New Orleans, La.)

  • Started in all three games.
  • Tallied season/career-high 23 points and five rebounds against BYU, Nov. 22.
  • Currently 16-for-20 at the line...went 6-for-6 against Idaho, Nov. 26.
  • Leads the team with six blocks, averaging 2.0 a game.
  • Leads team in scoring averaging 12.7 points per game.

    #34 Robbie Cowgill (Austin, Texas)

  • Missed first three games of the season due to a fractured collarbone.

    #42 Chris Henry (Santa Ana, Calif.)

  • Appeared in three games, including two starts.
  • Tallied career-high eight points and five rebounds against Idaho, Nov. 26.

    #44 Rodney Edgerson (Peoria, Ill.)

  • Missed first two games due to back injury.
  • Scored six points off the bench during his Cougar debut against Idaho, Nov. 26.

    #52 Caleb Forrest (Pagosa Springs, Colo.)

  • Appeared in one game off the bench.
  • Recorded season/career-high four points and four rebounds against Idaho, Nov. 26.
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