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Nov. 22, 2004

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THIS WEEK: Wednesday, Nov. 24 - WSU vs. Georgia Southern-7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 27 - WSU at Kansas State-10 a.m. (FSN Midwest)

NEXT WEEK: Tuesday, Nov. 30 - WSU vs. Idaho-7:05 p.m.

WSU COUGAR MEN

DateTime/ScoreOpponent
11/19 W59-42MONTANA STATE
11/247 p.m.GEORGIA SO.
11/2710 a.m.at Kansas State
11/307:05 p.m. at Idaho
12/41 p.m.at Oklahoma State
12/76 p.m.GONZAGA
12/113 p.m. ^at BYU
12/183 p.m.at Portland
12/226 p.m.at Wyoming
12/315 p.m. *#STANFORD
1/2 2 p.m. *#CALIFORNIA
1/6 7:30 p.m. *at UCLA
1/8 5 p.m. *at USC
1/137:30 p.m. *OREGON STATE
1/152 p.m. *OREGON
1/231 p.m. *at Washington
1/276 p.m. *at Arizona State
1/2911 a.m. *at Arizona
2/3 7:30 p.m. *UCLA
2/5 2 p.m. *USC
2/105:30 p.m. *at Oregon State
2/123 p.m. *at Oregon
2/194 p.m. *WASHINGTON
2/245:30 p.m. *ARIZONA
2/262 p.m. *ARIZONA STATE
3/3 7 p.m. *at Stanford
3/5 1 p.m. *at California
3/10-12TBD Pac-10 Tournament

^ - Played at Delta Center
# - Played at Spokane Arena
* - Pacific-10 Conference Game

All times are Pacific.

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

WSU HEAD COACH Dick Bennett: Washington State Head Coach Dick Bennett is currently in his second season on the Palouse...he is 1-0 this season and 14-16 in his WSU career...coached at Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1976-85), Wisconsin-Green Bay (1985-95) and Wisconsin (1995-2000)...owns a .632 career winning percentage (468-273)...career highlights include a 1984 NAIA national runner-up finish at Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a 2000 Final Four appearance at Wisconsin...with 59-42 season-opening win over Montana State, Nov. 19, Bennett moved into 74th place on the NCAA career wins list.

BENNETT MAGIC: WSU won 13 games in 2003-04, a six-win improvement over the previous season, under first-year mentor Dick Bennett...only other time a Cougar head coach had a better improvement during his inaugural season was John R. Bender in 1907-08...Bender's squad finished 12-3 after Everett M. Sweeley's 1906-07 team posted a 5-4 record...WSU tallied seven Pac-10 wins after winning just seven of its last 50 conference games prior to 2003-04.

LAST WEEK: Washington State opened its season with a 59-42 win over Montana State at Friel Court...win marked the 17th straight year Cougars have won their Pullman opener...Thomas Kelati led WSU with 12 points.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN PREVIEW: The Eagles are 1-2 after playing three games at BP The Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska, Nov. 18-21...Eagles lost to Utah State (71-61) and Portland (74-60) sandwiched around a 78-75 victory over Division II host Alaska Fairbanks...junior guard Elton Nesbitt leads Georgia Southern in scoring at 13.3 points per game.

SERIES WITH THE EAGLES: This is the first meeting between the Cougars and the Eagles.

COUGARS AGAINST THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE: Washington State's game against Georgia Southern will be just the second in Cougar history against a current member of the Southern Conference...WSU lost 58-56 to Appalachian State, Dec. 28, 1988 at the Holiday Classic in Toledo, Ohio.

KANSAS STATE PREVIEW: The Wildcats are 1-0 after defeating North Dakota State 70-61 at home...Kansas State hosts Denver, Nov. 24...Jeremiah Massey recorded a double-double against North Dakota State with 21 points and 10 rebounds...Wildcats picked to finish eighth in the 2004-05 preseason media poll released by the Big 12 Conference.

SERIES WITH THE WILDCATS: The Cougars and Wildcats have split two previous meetings...WSU defeated Kansas State 47-22 in Seattle, Dec. 20, 1941...Wildcats won 63-39 in Manhattan, Dec. 22, 1949.

WSU AGAINST THE BIG XII: The Cougars are 8-12 against current members of the Big XII Conference...last meeting was 79-52 loss at Texas, Dec. 10, 2001...WSU is 1-7 on the road against current Big XII schools...lone win was 63-58 at Nebraska, Dec. 22, 1984...last win over a current Big XII school was at the Spokane Arena, Dec. 30, 1997 when WSU rallied from a 13-point first half deficit to defeat Texas A&M 75-66.

COUGAR DEFENSE: Washington State held Montana State to 42 points in the season opener, the lowest point total by a Cougar opponent since Oregon State lost 61-42, Feb. 8, 1996 in Pullman...the 42 points are the fewest given up in an opener since a 66-34 win over Whitworth in 1948-49.

KELATI GOES DOWNTOWN: Senior guard Thomas Kelati made three 3-pointers against Montana State, raising his career total to 154 and moving him past Marcus Moore for fifth place on the all-time Washington State list.

FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTION: The Cougar freshmen quartet of Josh Akognon, Robbie Cowgill, Daven Harmeling and Kyle Weaver combined for 31 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals in 75 minutes against Montana State.

PROTECTING THE HOUSE: With the season-opening win over Montana State, the Cougars improved to 64-2 since 1990-91 in nonconference games played in Pullman...the mark includes a 5-0 record in Bohler Gym during the 1990-91 campaign.

MIXING THE OLD WITH THE NEW: There are plenty of new faces in Pullman this season...six recruited freshmen, along with a pair of walk-ons, join six returning Cougars...among the returnees, five are seniors and one is a junior.

COACHING CHANGES: Tony Bennett, son of Washington State head coach Dick Bennett, was promoted to associate head coach earlier this season...in addition, Ben Johnson joins the Cougar coaching staff as an assistant...Johnson replaces Mike Burns, who departed to take the head coaching job at Eastern Washington...both Johnson and Tony Bennett played for current Cougar Head Coach Dick Bennett at Wisconsin-Green Bay.

INJURY UPDATE: Freshmen Chris Henry (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Derrick Low (Honolulu, Hawaii) are currently out with injuries...Henry suffered multiple ligament damage to his right ankle while Low has a fractured right foot...both are out indefinitely...senior Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) sat out the season opener with a hip injury...his status for this week is questionable.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Last season, the Cougars finished ranked nationally in scoring defense (12th, 59.66 points per game), free throw percentage (13th, .749) and fewest turnovers (14th, 12.1).

WSU ROAD SUCCESS: The Cougars won six road wins in a season (6-8) for the first time since 1995-96 (7-7)...with the 57-51 win at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22, WSU broke a 27-game road losing streak...previous win was 58-57 at Arizona State, Feb. 8, 2001...WSU was 6-65 in last 71 road games prior to this season dating back to January, 1998.

COUGAR PROMTIONAL ITEM: The first 500 fans in attendance at the Washington State-Georgia Southern game, Wednesday, Nov. 24 will receive Wave Stix courtesy of U.S. Bank.

COUGAR PLAYER NOTES #1 Josh Akognon (Petaluma, Calif.) - Tallied eight points in 11 minutes off the bench against Montana State.

#2 Derrick Low (Honolulu, Hawaii) - Out with a fractured foot since Oct. 17.

#5 Chris Schlatter (Lafayette, Calif.) - Started against Montana State...scored four points and added three rebounds and a pair of assists in 26 minutes...2003-04 notes...started 21 games...tied season-high with 11 points at USC...tied his career-high with seven rebounds four times ...scored nine points at No. 15 Gonzaga and added six boards...tallied eight points at No. 5 Stanford, Jan. 2...played career-high 39 minutes against USC, Jan. 10.

#11 Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) - Moved into fifth place on Washington State all-time 3-point field goals list with three against Montana State, Nov. 19...currently has 154...2003-04 notes...scored in double figures 16 times...tallied career-high 27 points on the strength of 11-for-13 shooting at No. 17 Arizona, Feb. 28...registered 24 points at Washington, Feb. 19...scored 18 points vs. IPFW, Dec. 1...tallied team-high 15 points at No. 15 Gonzaga, Dec. 28...led Pac-10 with .456 three-point shooting in 2002-03

#12 Randy Green (Renton) - Came off the bench against Montana State to grab one rebound and record an assist in nine minutes...2003-04 notes...made five starts...scored 12 points off the bench in 67-62 overtime loss to Oregon, Feb. 14...averaged 16.7 points per game during three-game stretch Dec. 6-20....played career-high 39 minutes against Montana, Dec. 13...tied career-high with four steals against Washington, Feb. 19.

#14 Chris Henry (Santa Ana, Calif.) - Out with an ankle injury since Oct. 12.

#22 Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) - Missed the season opener with a hip injury...2003-04 notes...started 28 games...led WSU with 5.3 rebounds per game and ranked 16th in the Pac-10...matched his career-high with 13 rebounds, including seven offensive, at Oregon, Jan. 17...grabbed 10 boards at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22 and at Southern Utah, Nov. 28...named all-tournament at BP Top of the World Classic...played career-high 36 minutes at California and dished out career-high three assists against the Golden Bears, Jan. 4...tied his career high with 17 points against USC, Jan. 10.

#23 Alex Kirk (Prosser) - Invited walk-on who did not play against Montana State.

#24 Kyle Weaver (Beloit, Wis.) - Became first true freshman to start at point guard for Washington State in a season opener since Blake Pengelly in 1996-97...scored six points and added four rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal against Montana State, Nov. 19.

#25 Isaiah Simmons (Tacoma) - Notched his career-highs with eight rebounds and four assists against Montana State, Nov. 19...2003-04 notes...walked-on and made 15 appearances...made first career start vs. No. 9 Arizona, Jan. 31...played season/career-high 29 minutes against the Wildcats...recorded seven points and two assists against Arizona...tallied five points, three assists, two rebounds and one block against Washington.

#32 Daven Harmeling (Grand Junction, Colo.) - Scored 10 points off the bench in just 13 minutes against Montana State, Nov. 19.

#34 Robbie Cowgill (Austin, Texas) - Scored seven points and contributed five board and three blocks in 59-42 win over Montana State, Nov. 19.

#44 Arlen Plaister (Orcas Island) - Walk-on did not play in season opener.

#45 Jeff Varem (Benue, Nigeria) - Scores six points, pulled down seven rebounds and added three assists in win over Montana State, Nov. 19...2003-04 notes...played in 20 games...made 14 starts...tied for team-high honors with 21 points in 83-70 victory at Arizona State, Feb. 26...scored team-high 15 points in loss to Oregon State, Feb. 12...recorded 15 points at California, Jan. 4...registered season/career highs with 22 points in Cougars' 76-61 victory over USC, Jan. 10...recorded team-high 14 points against Washington, Jan. 24 while making his fourth start of the season...scored game-high 17 points against Arizona State, Jan. 29...sat out WSU's first eight games due to impermissible benefits received prior to attending WSU.

WASHINGTON STATE CAREER LEADERS

SCORING
24.Peter Mullins (1951-53)1,021
Thomas Kelati (2002-present)692 (Active Leader)
SCORING AVERAGE
10.Marcus Moore (2001-04)14.29
Thomas Kelati (2002-present)8.2 (Active Leader)
FIELD GOALS
10.Marcus Moore (2001-04)481
Thomas Kelati (2002-present)237 (Active Leader)
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
10.Larry Beck (1955-57)1,073
Thomas Kelati (2002-present)563 (Active Leader)
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
10.Ron Davis (1975-76).494 (310-for-627)
Thomas Kelati (2002-present).421 (237-for-563) (Active Leader)
3-POINT FIELD GOALS
1. Eddie Hill (1991-94)233
2. Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) 230
3. Isaac Fontaine (1994-97) 208
4. Chris Crosby (1997-2000) 202
5. Thomas Kelati (2002-present)154
3-POINT FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
1. Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) 585
2. Eddie Hill (1991-94)561
3. Chris Crosby (1997-2000) 516
4. Marcus Moore (2001-04)503
5. Isaac Fontaine (1994-97) 455
6. Jan-Michael Thomas (1999-2000)366
7. Jerry McNair (2001-03)357
7. Thomas Kelati (2002-present)357
3-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
1. Isaac Fontaine (1994-97) .457 (208-for-455)
2. Thomas Kelati (2002-present).431 (154-for-357)
FREE THROWS
10.Don Collins (1977-80)335
Shami Gill (2002-present)78 (Active Leader)

WASHINGTON STATE CAREER LEADERS

FREE THROW ATTEMPTS
10.Keith Morrison (1983-86)460
Shami Gill (2002-present)105 (Active Leader)
FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
10.Shannon Antrum (1995-96).7787 (183-for-235)
Jeff Varem (2004-present).769 (70-for-91) (Active Leader)
NOTE: Thomas Kelati is 64-for-77 (.831) in his career, but does not have enough attempts to qualify.
REBOUNDS
10.Ted Wierman (1967-69)667
Shami Gill (2002-present) 307 (Active Leader)
REBOUNDING AVERAGE
5. John Maras (1958-60)9.1
Shami Gill (2002-present) 4.3 (Active Leader)
ASSISTS
10.Anthony Kidd (1986-89)255
Thomas Kelati (2002-present) 196 (Active Leader)
ASSISTS AVERAGE
6. Dan Steward (1970-72)3.55
Thomas Kelati (2002-present)2.3 (Active Leader)
BLOCKS
10.Tavares Mack (1994-97)55
Thomas Kelati (2002-present)24 (Active Leader)
STEALS
10.Neil Derrick (1991-92)95
Thomas Kelati (2002-present)91 (Active Leader)
NCAA CAREER COACHING WINS
73.Jim Harrick (1980-96, 98-2003)470
(Pepperdine 1980-88, UCLA 89-96, Rhode Island 98-99, Georgia 2000-03)
74.Dick Bennett468

Updated through Nov. 19, 2004

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