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Cougars Pass Torch From One Bennett To Another
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Release: 05/11/2006
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May 11, 2006

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COUGAR HEAD COACH Dick Bennett: Washington State Head Coach Dick Bennett finished his third season on the Palouse with a 11-17 record...Bennett posted a 36-49 in his WSU career...earned a .616 career winning percentage (490-306) in 27 collegiate seasons as head coach before announcing retirement effective at the end of the 2005-06 season...prior to WSU, Bennett coached at Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1976-85), Wisconsin-Green Bay (1985-95) and Wisconsin (1995-2000)...career highlights include a 1984 NAIA national runner-up finish at Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a 2000 Final Four appearance at Wisconsin.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Tony Bennett will take to the sidelines as a head coach for the first time in his career at the top of the Washington State program in 2006-07...becomes the 16th man to lead the Cougars...succeeds his father Dick whose resignation took effect at the end of the 2005-06 season...younger Bennet was instrumental in signing sophomores Josh Akognon, Robbie Cowgill, Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver as well as junior transfer Ivory Clark...all but Low finished the 2005-06 season ranked among Pacific-10 leaders in at least one category...Cowgill and Low were named Pacific-10 Freshman Honorable Mention in 2004-05...Tony Bennett spent the last three seasons at WSU, including last two as associate head coach...came to Washington State from Wisconsin where he spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Badgers.

RETURN TO SENDER: Washington State tied the school record for blocked shots in a season with 130 (set in 1985-86)...Cougars rejected 86 opponents attempts in conferene play to eclipse the previous school record of 72 set during 1985-86 campaign...Robbie Cowgill led the team with 33 blocked shots for an averaged of 1.32 per game.

COWGILL AND HENRY GARNER PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS: Sophomore Robbie Cowgill was named to the 2006 Pacific-10 Men's Basketball All-Academic First Team...Cowgill carries a 3.38 grade point average and is a management options major...is the ninth WSU men's basketball student-athlete and first since J Locklier in 2002 to be named to the first team...becomes the second underclassmen at WSU to garner the honor (sophomore Carlos Daniel, 1996)...sophomore Chris Henry was named Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention...Henry has a 3.08 grade point average and is a business major...marks the first time since 1999 the Cougars have had two men's basketball student-athletes receive Pac-10 academic honors in the sameseason...Will Hutchens (first team), Leif Nelson (honorable mention) and Blake Pengelly (honorable mention) received recognition that season...Cowgill, a native of Austin, Texas, recorded a team-high 33 blocks and averaged 9.2 points per game in 25 starts...A Santa Ana, Calif., native, Henry made 11 starts in 2005-06 and shot 56 percent from the field.

COUGARS CONTINUED TO BREAK STREAKS: Washington State accomplished several firsts and broke many losing streaks under the tutelage of Dick Bennett...here is a look at Cougar highlights over the past three seasons.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Won 78-71 at No. 10 Washington, Jan. 7, 2006...first win at Washington since 1994...first win in 57 games against a top 10 team on the road...broke 34-game losing streak to top 10 teams.
  • Defeated No. 16 Washington, Feb. 4, 2006...first home-and-home sweep of the Huskies since 1994...first ranked opponent defeated at Friel Court since No. 25 California (89-87), Feb. 22, 1997 (23-game losing streak).

COUGARS TAKE CARE OF THE BALL: In the Cougars 71-62 loss at Oregon State, Feb. 16, Washington State committed four turnovers...dating back to 1977 (school game records are incomplete prior), the four turnovers tied the school record for fewest in a game...WSU turned the ball over four times in an 82-79 win over Oregon Jan. 19, 1991.

WASHINGTON STATE DEFENSE: The Cougars lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (57.7 points per game), field goal percentage defense (38.9) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.9)...Cougars also led in field goal percentage defense (40.6) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (31.0) during Pacific-10 play.

COUGARS IN NCAA RANKINGS: Washington State ranked nationally in scoring defense (sixth, 57.7 points per game), field goal percentage defense (12th, 38.9) and blocked shots (40th, 4.6 per game).

WHO STARTED?: Washington State has used 23 different starting line-ups in its 27 games this season...sophomore Derrick Low started the first 11 games before breaking his right foot in practice, Jan. 4...Low missed eight games, came off the bench against UCLA, Feb. 9 and returned to the starting lineup against USC, Feb. 11...Robbie Cowgill started all 25 games in which he has played after missing the first three due to a fractured right clavicle...seven players started 11 or more games.

BENCH SCORING: Washington State averaged 19.5 points per game off the bench in 2005-06...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...bench players scored 28 of the team's 60 points in win at San Diego State, Dec. 10...in 61-46 win over Portland, Dec. 17, Cougar bench players tallied 46 points led by Ivory Clark's team-high 12...Josh Akognon recorded a career-high 27 points in a 78-71 upset win at No. 10 Washington, Jan. 7...bench players combined for 45 points in the win over the Huskies...Akognon led all scorers with 16 points against USC, Feb. 11...in the eight conference games in which appeared off the bench, Akognon is averaged 10.6 points...Ivory Clark came off the bench in 13 Pac-10 games shot 57.1 percent from the field in those games.

COUGAR PLAYER NOTES

#1 Josh Akognon (Petaluma, Calif.)

  • Appeared in all 28 games, including 13 starts.
  • Made first career start against UC Riverside, Nov. 19...recorded 22 points, and career-high eight rebounds against the Highlanders.
  • Scored 13 points at No. 9 Gonzaga, Dec. 8.
  • Posted career-high 27 points, including 17 in the second half, off the bench in 78-71 win at No. 10 Washington, Jan. 7...named U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Player of the Week after Washington game.
  • Was 6-for-8 from 3-point range and went 5-for-5 at the line to tally a game-high 25 points (all in second half) at No. 11 UCLA, Jan. 12...notched 19 points, three boards, and two steals at USC, Jan. 14.
  • Led scorers with 18 points vs. Oregon, Jan. 19...tied career-high eight boards vs. Oregon State, Jan. 21.
  • Notched 15 points at Stanford, Jan. 26...recorded career-high six assists at California, Jan. 28.
  • Was 5-for-5 from the line and went 5-for-10 from the field to tally 16 points against USC, Feb. 11.
  • Eighth in the Pac-10 in 3-pointers made (1.96 per game)...fourth in conference play at 2.11 per game.
  • Led WSU with 10.3 points per game.

#2 Derrick Low (Honolulu, Hawaii)

  • Appeared in 20 games, including 19 starts...missed eight games due to a fractured right foot.
  • 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.
  • Tied his season-high 15 points and notched a career-high five boards against Wyoming, Nov. 30.
  • Notched 14 points and five boards vs. Kansas State, Dec. 3.
  • Recorded 13 points and tied his career-high five boards at Oregon State, Feb. 16.

#3 Steve Campbell (Kenmore)

  • Appeared in seven games off the bench.
  • First collegiate points came on dunk late in the season opener against UC Riverside, Nov. 19.
  • Notched a board and a block in one minute against Portland, Dec. 17.

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

  • Appeared in 18 games, including three starts.
  • Made first collegiate start, Feb. 4 vs. No. 16 Washington...notched season/career-high 13 points.
  • Recorded nine points and five boards against Oregon, March 8.

#11 Aron Baynes (Cairns, Australia)

  • Appeared in all 28 games, including 12 starts.
  • Tallied 19 points off the bench against UC Riverside, Nov. 19...most points in a season opener by a true freshman in school history.
  • Tied WSU freshman record (Carlos Daniel vs. Eastern Washington, Nov. 29, 1994) for blocks in a game with five at San Diego State, Dec. 10...added eight points and four rebounds.
  • Recorded 12 points and added 10 boards at California, Jan. 28...first career double-double.
  • Scored 13 points and grabbed season/career-high 13 rebounds against No. 16 Washington, Feb. 4...first played to record back-to-back double-doubles since J Locklier in 2001-02 season.
  • Grabbed 10 boards and added seven points against Stanford, Feb. 25.
  • Pulled down 10 rebounds at Arizona State, March 4.
  • Notched 14 points, seven boards, and a block against Oregon, March 8.

#12 Randy Green (Renton)

  • Appeared in all 28 games, including eight starts.
  • Tallied eight points, two boards, and tied his career-high four steals against Wyoming, Nov. 30.
  • Scored 12 points at No. 9 Gonzaga, Dec. 8.
  • Set career high with eight rebounds at San Diego State, Dec. 10...tied career high with four steals.
  • Scored season-high 15 points vs. Utah, Dec. 22...was 6-for-8 from the field...added three assists and two steals in 69-42 win.
  • Was 4-for-4 at the foul line in 77-64 win over No. 16 Washington, Feb. 4.
  • Tied career-high four steals against Stanford, Feb. 25.

#23 Antonio Chavers (Fort Worth, Texas)

  • Appeared in 25 games, including seven starts.
  • Made his first start in a Cougar uniform against Idaho, Nov. 26...tallied a season/career-high 10 points.
  • Tallied seven points, grabbed a season/career-high six boards, and had two assists at USC, Jan. 14.
  • Dished our season/career-high five assists at Arizona, March 2.

#25 Kyle Weaver (Beloit, Wis.)

  • Appeared in 27 games, including 25 starts.
  • Tallied 10 points, 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.
  • Scored 15 points, notched career-high nine boards and five steals, and led the team with six assists against Wyoming, Nov. 30...was 2-for-2 from 3-point range...was 2-for-23 in his career from beyond the arc entering the game, including 0-for-1 this season.
  • Notched 12 points in the first half against Kansas State, Dec. 3...blocked a 3-point attempt by the Wildcats' Lance Harris as time expired to preserve the 58-57 win.
  • Tallied 15 points in 64-49 win over Arizona State, Dec. 31.
  • Scored career-high 19 points at No. 10 Washington, Jan. 7...added six rebounds and six assists.
  • Tallied eight points, four steals, and notched a career-high nine assists against Oregon, Jan. 19.
  • Notched 12 points, eight boards, five assists, and two steals against Oregon State, Jan. 21.
  • Recorded 14 points, four boards, three assists, and two steals at Stanford, Jan. 26.
  • Was 5-for-7 from the field to tally 10 points against USC, Feb. 11...added five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block.
  • Notched 10 points and five boards at Oregon State, Feb. 16.
  • Tallied 10 points, four boards, and recorded a career-high three blocks at Oregon, Feb. 18.
  • Recorded six points, four rebounds, four assists, and four steals before spraining his left ankle during the second half against California, Feb. 23.
  • Missed Stanford game, Feb. 25 with sprained left ankle.
  • Scored team-high 12 points at Arizona, March 2.
  • Led team in assists (107)...fifth in the Pac-10 with 3.96 per game.
  • Best among Cougars with 39 steals...ranked eighth in the Pac-10 with 1.44 per game...fourth in Pac-10 play with 1.35 per outing.
  • Ninth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage at 48.3...in conference games, his 53.0 field goal percentage ranked second.
  • Recorded 116 rebounds and 107 assists to make him the fourth player in Washington State history to have at least 100 in each category during the same season.

#33 Ivory Clark (New Orleans, La.)

  • Appeared in all 28 games, including 11 starts.
  • Tallied season/career-high 23 points and five rebounds against BYU, Nov. 22.
  • Grabbed season/career-high eight boards vs. Arizona, Dec. 29.
  • Notched 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting and added seven rebounds at No. 10 Washington, Jan. 7.
  • Was 4-for-4 at the line at USC, Jan. 12...scored 10 points and grabbed three rebounds.
  • Went 5-for-6 from the field and tallied 13 points at California, Jan. 28.
  • Tallied 10 points, five rebounds and season/career-high three blocks vs. No. 16 Washington, Feb. 7.
  • Seventh in the Pac-10 in blocked shots averaging 1.11 per game.

#34 Robbie Cowgill (Austin, Texas)

  • Missed first three games of the season due to a cracked right clavicle...started all 25 games after
  • Against Wyoming, Nov. 30, recorded six points and three boards.
  • Notched a career-high nine boards and added nine points against Kansas State, Dec. 3.
  • Scored 14 points at No. 9 Gonzaga, Dec. 8.
  • Tallied 12 points at San Diego State, Dec. 10...named game MVP in San Diego Slam.
  • Equaled season high with 14 points vs. Utah, Dec. 22...set career high with four assists...tied career high with three steals.
  • Recorded career-high five blocks and added 12 points at No. 10 Washington, Jan. 7.
  • Notched 12 points and five boards against Oregon, Jan. 19.
  • Tallied 13 points, and seven boards against Oregon State, Jan. 21...tied career-high three steals.
  • Notched 11 points and tied his career-high four assists at Stanford, Jan. 26.
  • Recorded 13 points at California, Jan. 28.
  • Was 5-for-5 at the line against USC, Feb. 11...scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds to mark his first career double-double...added four blocks and one assist.
  • Matched his career-high three steals, and recorded a career-high six assists at Oregon State, Feb. 16.
  • Led the Cougars with 11 points and added five boards at Oregon, Feb. 18.
  • Scored 10 points, six boards, three assists, two blocks, and one steal against Stanford, Feb. 25.
  • Tallied 13 points, eight boards, three blocks, two assists, and a steal against Oregon, March 8.
  • Ranked 12th in the Pac-10 in rebounding with 5.1 per game and sixth in blocked shots (1.32 per game)...led the team with 33 blocks...ranks ninth on WSU career list with 60 blocks.

#42 Chris Henry (Santa Ana, Calif.)

  • Appeared in 27 games, including 11 starts.
  • Tied career high with five rebounds vs. Utah, Dec. 22.
  • Was 4-for-5 from the field at Oregon State, Feb. 16...recorded a career-high 10 points

#52 Caleb Forrest (Pagosa Springs, Colo.)

  • Appeared in 24 games, including five starts.
  • Was 4-for-4 from the field and scored 10 points at San Diego State, Dec. 10.
  • Grabbed a season/career-high six boards at Oregon, Feb. 18.
  • Scored 10 points and tied season/career-high with six rebounds at Arizona, March 2.
  • Tallied season/career-high 11 points at Arizona State, March 4.
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