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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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December 7, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. - Beasley Coliseum hosts an exciting Tuesday night doubleheader when the Cougar men's team attempts to reach .500 against Brigham Young in the nightcap at 8:05 p.m. WSU's women will try to remain undefeated on the season when they take on Idaho in the first game at 6:00 p.m.

Tentative Cougar Starters
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. 1998-99 Statistics
5 Mike Bush F 6-5 186 FR 6.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg
13 Kojo Mensah-Bonsu F 6-5 1/4 217 SR 13.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.1 bpg
3 Blake Pengelly PG 5-10 163 JR 6.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 4.6 apg
4 Jan-Michael Thomas G 5-10 1/2 169 JR 13.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg
34 Chris Crosby G 6-7 215 JR 16.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg
Reserves
44 Eddie Miller F 6-6 216 SO 10.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg
12 Kab Kazadi G 6-0 184 SR 4.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 apg
54 Leif Nelson C 6-10 1/2 272 SR 3.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg
42 Will Hutchens G 6-3 1/2 201 SR 2.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg
40 Brian Stewart C 6-10 1/4 223 SO 1.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
10 Cedric Clark G 5-11 1/2 175 SO DNP
41 Steve Slotemaker F 6-9 221 SR 5.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg - INJ

HOME NON-LEAGUE STREAK AT 40: Brigham Young is WSU's final non-conference game of the 1998-99 season slated for Friel Court. The 74-71 Portland State win on December 2 was WSU's 40th consecutive non-conference victory in Pullman. The Cougars have not lost at home to a non-conference foe since December 14, 1989, when Idaho escaped Friel Court with a 56-52 win.

The streak began with a 112-81 win over BYU-Hawaii in the first game of the 1990-91 season. WSU's 40 wins include 35 at Friel and five at Bohler Gym (all during the 1990-91 season). The streak also includes NIT victories in 1992 (Minnesota), 1995 (Texas Tech) and 1996 (Gonzaga).

EASTMAN NEARS 200 VICTORIES: Kevin Eastman is in his fifth season as head coach at WSU. He has a 62-63 (.496) five-year record. Among Cougar coaches with at least a four-year tenure, Eastman's winning percentage ranks fifth, just behind Kelvin Sampson's .500 (103-103/1988-94). The New Brunswick, N.J., native's winning percentage also trails three WSU coaching legends, Jack Friel's .568 (495-377/1929-58), Fred Bohler's .561 (226-177/1909-26) and George Raveling's .551 (167-136/1973-83).

Overall in 11 years as a head coach, Eastman holds a 186-138 (.574) record. Included in that are a 65-22 mark at Belmont Abbey and a 59-53 mark at UNC-Wilmington.

Eastman is 1-0 all-time versus Brigham Young.

Game Facts

Tuesday, December 8, 1998
8:05 p.m. PST
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum (12,058)

Television: The Blue & White Network will televise the WSU-BYU game live to the state of Utah. There will be no live television in the state of Washington. Satellite coordinates for the game are Telstar 4, Transponder 20.

Radio: The Crimson & Gray Sports Network will broadcast all WSU games on its 16-station network with Bud Nameck (6th season) calling the play-by-play. Broadcasts are also available via the Internet, www.broadcast.com

Records: Washington State is 3-4 and on its first two-game winning streak of the season after pounding Eastern Washington 91-72 Saturday night in Cheney. Brigham Young is 2-4 after suffering a 93-62 setback at Oregon on Saturday.

Series History: Brigham Young leads 4-3 in a series that dates back to 1947. WSU won the first game of the series 50-49. Until last year, the two schools had not met since a 60-54 BYU win in Pullman during the 1987-88 season. WSU evened the score with a 78-49 victory at Provo last season.

BYU at Friel: Of the 62 schools that have played there, Brigham Young is one of only three that has never lost at Friel Court. BYU is 1-0 as are Ohio State and Oklahoma City.

On Deck: WSU takes 11 days off for final exams before a border battle with Idaho Sunday, December 20 at 3:05 p.m. in the Kibbie Dome.

1998-99 Schedule/Results
3-4/0-0
Date Opponent Time Score
11/16 CENTRAL WASHINGTON W 91-78
11/19 at Alaska-Fairbanks+ L 75-88
11/21 vs. Nebraska+ L 84-95
11/22 vs. Virginia+ L 53-62
11/28 vs. Gonzaga* L 61-70
12/2 PORTLAND STATE W 74-71
12/5 at Eastern Washington W 91-72
12/8 BRIGHAM YOUNG@ 8:05 p.m.
12/20 at Idaho 3:05 p.m.
12/28 at Texas-El Paso 6:00 p.m.
12/29 Detroit or Grambling State TBA
1/3 vs. WASHINGTON (FSN)#* 2:00 p.m.
1/7 at Arizona# 5:37 p.m.
1/9 at Arizona State# 5:00 p.m.
1/14 OREGON# 7:05 p.m.
1/16 OREGON STATE (FSN)# 3:05 p.m.
1/21 at Stanford# 7:30 p.m.
1/23 at California (FSB)# 1:00 p.m.
1/28 UCLA# 7:05 p.m.
1/30 USC (FSNW)# 5:00 p.m.
2/4 ARIZONA STATE# 7:05 p.m.
2/6 ARIZONA (FSN)# 3:00 p.m.
2/11 at Oregon# 7:05 p.m.
2/13 at Oregon State# 5:07 p.m.
2/18 CALIFORNIA# 7:05 p.m.
2/20 STANFORD (FSNW)# 7:00 p.m.
2/25 at UCLA# 7:30 p.m.
2/27 at USC# 5:00 p.m.
3/6 at Washington# 3:00 p.m.
All times Pacific
# Pacific-10 Conference game
+ Top of the World Classic, Fairbanks, Alaska
* Spokane Arena, Spokane, Wash.
Sun Bowl Classic, El Paso, Texas
@ Doubleheader with WSU women

KOJO'S MOJO: Senior forward Kojo Mensah-Bonsu has been the spark in WSU's first two-game winning streak of the season. He tallied his second career double-double (17 pts., 10 reb.) in the 74-71 win against Portland State and then scored a career-high 22 points in the Eastern Washington win.

Kojo's week included a career-high four blocks versus the Vikings and nine boards in the EWU game -- leaving him one shy of back-to-back double-doubles.

In his last four games, Kojo is averaging 14.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game and has taken over the season rebounding lead (6.3 rpg) from teammate Chris Crosby (6.0 rpg).

COUGS ON THE MEND: Washington State got one of its sprained ankle-sidelined big men back when sophomore forward Eddie Miller returned to action during Saturday's Eastern Washington game. Miller, who suffered a sprained left ankle during the last 15 minutes of practice on November 27 (the day before the Gonzaga game), came back after missing the Gonzaga and Portland State games.

However, two players are still ailing with ankle injuries. Sophomore center Brian Stewart sprained his left ankle during last Monday's practice and missed the Portland State and Eastern Washington games. Stewart is questionable for the BYU game.

Senior forward Steve Slotemaker suffered the team's third left ankle sprain during the first half of Wednesday's win against Portland State when he fell on a Viking player following a three-point shot attempt. Slotemaker is out for the BYU game and doubtful for the Idaho game on December 20.

For those keeping track, that's a span of six days (November 27-December 2) when Washington State lost three front court players to sprained left ankles. Add Kab Kazadi's deep thigh bruise which kept him off the court through WSU's first four games and Cougar players have already sat out a combined nine games to injury.

WSU WINS 200th AT FRIEL COURT: Washington State's 74-71 victory December 2 against Portland State was the Cougars' 200th all-time win at Friel Court. Beginning with an 80-78 WSU victory against Louisiana State on December 1, 1973, the Cougars have won nearly two-thirds of the games they have played there (.651). WSU has a 200-107 all-time record at Beasley. Milestone wins at Friel:

No. 1	WSU 80, LSU 78, 12/1/73
No. 3	WSU 71, USC 56, 1/5/74
		(first league win)
No. 25	WSU 77, Cal 63, 1/8/77
No. 50	WSU 77, USC 57, 1/24/80
No. 100	WSU 75, Oregon 71, 2/14/86
No. 150	WSU 95, Oregon 79, 1/21/93
No. 200	WSU 74, Portland State 71, 12/2/98
COUGS SWEEP BIG SKY, HOPE TO DO SAME VS. WAC: Washington State is trying to claw its way back to the .500 mark. The Cougars have climbed back to within a game of that mark by sweeping the Big Sky -- Portland State and Eastern Washington. The BYU game is the first of two WAC opponents WSU will face this season (Texas-El Paso on December 28 is the other).

SCOUTING BRIGHAM YOUNG: The Cougars are 2-4 four after losing to Oregon 93-62 on Saturday. BYU has lost four of its last five games and has yet to win a road game. Freshman guard and former Olympia Bear Mike Bigelow makes his return to Washington leading BYU in scoring at 14.2 points per game.

Four other Cougars are averaging around 10 points per game including junior forward Silester Rivers (10.8), sophomore forward Nathan Cooper (10.7), sophomore guard Todd Christiansen (10.3) and freshman guard Michael Vranes (10.0). BYU is being outrebounded 39.5-34.8, but holds opponents under 30 percent (29.3) from three-point range. The Blue Cougars start two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior.

Tentative Cougar Starters
No. Name Pos. Ht. Cl. 1998-99 Statistics
35 Silester Rivers F 6-7 JR 10.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg
42 Nathan Cooper F 6-5 SO 10.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg
3 Mark Bigelow G 6-6 FR 14.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.8 spg
4 Todd Christiansen G 6-1 SO 10.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
13 Michael Vranes G 6-3 FR 10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg

LAST GAME: WSU hit its first five three-point attempts and never trailed in a 91-72 victory against Eastern Washington Saturday in Cheney. Senior forward Kojo Mensah-Bonsu scored a career-high 22 points with nine rebounds. Chris Crosby added 20 points, while Jan-Michael Thomas had 18. WSU shot a season-high .585.

CROSBY EARNS ALL-TOURNEY NOD: Junior forward Chris Crosby earned all-tournament recognition for his play at the Top of the World Classic, November 19-22, in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was the first career all-tournament selection for the Littleton, Colo., native. Crosby was among the tournament's top scorers and rebounders, averaging 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest for the three-game event. Included in that were career-highs in points (25), rebounds (13) and free throws (12) versus Alaska-Fairbanks.

MANAGER COHN HONORED: Perhaps the surprise of the Top of the World Classic came during the awards ceremony when WSU student manager Jeff Cohn was honored with the Order of Nanook Award. The Fairbanks Princess Hotel presents the award to the top manager, "for meritorious demonstration of courtesy, cooperation and competence." Cohn, a senior from Foster City, Calif., majoring in communications, was honored with two different plaques and a giant collectable polar bear (stuffed, of course).

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE: Washington State is again playing a challenging schedule. The Cougars have eight games against teams ranked in the preseason polls (Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Arizona - twice) and 14 games versus teams that played in the 1998 postseason (NCAA: Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Arizona - twice; Detroit and Nebraska - once; NIT: Arizona State - twice - and Gonzaga; NAIA: Central Washington).

THE PENGELLY IS MIGHTIER THAN: Junior guard Blake Pengelly is climbing WSU career lists in assists and three-point shooting. He currently ranks ninth in assists with 234 (21 behind No. 8 Anthony Kidd), second in three-point field goal percentage at .436 (behind No. 1 Isaac Fontaine, .457), eighth in three pointers made with 99 (12 behind No. 7 Brian Wright) and 10th in three-pointers attempted with 227.

Junior Chris Crosby passed David Sanders for ninth during the Eastern Washington game. Here's a look at where Pengelly and Crosby rank:

Assists
1. Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) 473
2. Keith Morrison (1983-86) 456
3. Donminic Ellison (1994-96) 441
4. Marty Giovacchini (1974-77) 371
5. Dan Steward (1970-72) 277
6. Isaac Fontaine (1994-97) 269
7. Brad Johnson (1972-74) 263
8. Anthony Kidd (1986-89) 255
9. Blake Pengelly (1997- ) 234
Three-Point Field Goals
1. Eddie Hill (1991-94) 233
2. Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) 230
3. Isaac Fontaine (1994-97) 208
4. Terrance Lewis (1991-92) 137
5. Donminic Ellison (1994-96) 128
6. Shamon Antrum (1995-96) 113
7. Brian Wright (1986-89) 111
8. Blake Pengelly (1997- ) 99
9. Chris Crosby (1997- ) 97
10. David Sanders (1986, 88-90) 93
Three-Point Field Goal Attempts
1. Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) 585
2. Eddie Hill (1991-94) 561
3. Isaac Fontaine (1994-97) 455
4. Terrance Lewis (1991-92) 343
5. Donminic Ellison (1994-96) 322
6. Brian Wright (1986-89) 302
7. Shamon Antrum (1995-96) 294
8. Chris Crosby (1997- ) 254
9. David Sanders (1986, 88-90) 251
10. Blake Pengelly (1997- ) 227

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