Nov. 21, 2005
COUGARS MATCH UP IN SPOKANE: The Spokane Arena will be the site for a battle of Cougars when Washington State hosts BYU, Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.
ABOUT THE HEAD COACHES: Dick Bennett is 26-32 at Washington State and in his third season on the Palouse...owns a 480-289 career record (.624) in 27 collegiate seasons...guided Wisconsin to 2000 Final Four...Dave Rose is 0-1 at BYU in his first season as a collegiate head coach.
SERIES WITH BYU: Washington State has won five of the previous nine meetings...last year, WSU won 49-46 at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City behind 15 points from Thomas Kelati and Jeff Varem's eight points and 11 rebounds.
WSU AGAINST THE MOUNTAIN WEST: Washington State's game against BYU marks the first of four against Mountain West Conference competition this season for WSU...also on the 2005-06 slate are Wyoming (Nov. 30), at San Diego State (Dec. 10) and vs. Utah in Seattle's KeyArena (Dec. 22).
COUGARS AT THE SPOKANE ARENA: Washington State is 10-10 all-time at the Spokane Arena...Cougars split a pair of games last season defeating Stanford 60-51 (Dec. 31) and losing 59-47 to California (Jan. 2)...WSU is 5-4 against nonconference opponents...last meeting was a 78-71 win over High Point, Dec. 21, 2002...BYU is 0-1 at the Spokane Arena...lost 58-53 to Connecticut as a No. 12 seed in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
AKOGNON SHINES IN FIRST START: WSU guard Josh Akognon made his first collegiate start when the Cougars opened their 2005-06 season against UC Riverside...Petaluma, Calif., native established career highs with 22 points and eight rebounds.
LOW TALLIES DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Cougar sophomore Derrick Low dished out a career-high 11 assists and added 15 points for his first career double-double in WSU's 86-55 win over UC Riverside, Nov. 19.
BAYNES PRODUCES IN WSU DEBUT: Freshman center Aron Baynes scored 19 points off the bench in his first game as a Cougar to help WSU defeat UC Riverside 86-55, Nov. 19...Cairns, Australia native was 7-for-8 from the field and 5-for-7 at the foul line in 19 minutes of action.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY: Washington State began its 1991-92 season with a 104-62 win over Central Connecticut State, Nov. 22 at the Los Angeles Classic...Cougars tied the then-school record with 16 steals...Neil Derrick led five Cougars in double-figure scoring with a game-high 18 points...WSU finished the season 22-11 and advanced to the second round of the NIT.