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Dec. 11, 2000

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THIS WEEK:
Tuesday, December 12 -- WSU vs. Montana (3-4)-7 p.m. Saturday, December 16, -- WSU at Utah (4-4)-6 p.m. (KJZZ TV in Salt Lake City)

NEXT WEEK:
Saturday, December 23 -- WSU vs. Sacramento State-1 p.m.

All times Pacific

WASHINGTON STATE (3-2 / 0-0)

RADIO:
All Washington State men's basketball games will be broadcast over the Cougar Sports Radio Network...Bud Nameck is in his eighth season calling all the action...The following is a list of stations carrying Cougar games...Clarkston (KCLK 1430 AM) ...Colfax (KCLX 1450 AM)...Colville (KCVL 1240 AM)...Moses Lake (KBSN 1470 AM)...Prosser/Sunnyside (KZXR 1310 AM) ...Seattle (KJR 950 AM)...Seattle/Tacoma (KHHO 850 AM) ...Spokane (KXLY 920 AM)...Tri-Cities (KFLD 870 AM) ...Vancouver (KVAN 1550 AM)...Walla Walla (KUJ 1420 AM) ...Yakima (KJOX 980 AM)...Moscow, Idaho (KZFN 106.1 FM).

INTERNET:
Cougar men's basketball games can also be accessed via the Washington State athletic department web site at www.wscougars.com or at broadcast.yahoo.com.

COUGAR SPORTS THIS WEEK:
Listen to the "Cougar Sports This Week" hosted by Bud Nameck...WSU head coach Paul Graham will be on live from Zeppoz in Pullman from 6-7 p.m. every week through March 13...this week, the broadcast will be Wednesday (December 13) with guest host Bob Roberston...all other shows will take place Tuesday...the show can be heard over the Cougar Sports Radio Network...if you would like to call the show, dial toll free at 1-866-COUGTALK (1-866-268-4825).

COUGARS ON TELEVISION:
Nine of Washington State's 18 Pacific-10 Conference games will be televised...road games at USC (Jan. 4), UCLA (Jan. 6) and Washington (Feb. 3) as well as home games versus Stanford (Jan. 27) and Oregon State (Feb. 17) will be on FOX Sports Net...the home game against Arizona State (Jan. 13) and the game at Arizona (Feb. 10) will be televised by FOX Sports Net Northwest and FOX Sports Net Arizona...the game at Oregon (Jan. 20) will be carried by FOX Sports Net Northwest only and the game at California (Feb. 24) will be on FOX Sports Net Bay Area...in addition, the WSU game at Utah (Dec. 16) will be carried in Salt Lake City by KJZZ.

100TH SEASON:
The Cougars 2000-01 campaign is the 100th in WSU men's basketball history...the Cougars played their first game December 7, 1901 against the Spokane YMCA in Spokane...the game resulted in a 31-0 loss...the only other game during that first

season was also against the Spokane YMCA, a 24-16 setback February 17, 1902 in Pullman...The following season, WSU earned its first win in school history with an 18-13 triumph over the Spokane YMCA in the season opener, December 13, 1902 in Pullman.

MONTANA PREVIEW:
The Grizzlie enter Tuesday's game with a 3-4 mark, including 0-2 on the road...Montana has lost two straight, including an 89-87 setback at home last Saturday to Southern Utah...three players average double figure scoring for the Grizzlies, led by sophomore forward Jared Buckmaster's 16 per game...junior forward Dan Trammel averages 13 points and a team-leading seven rebounds per contest.

THE SERIES WITH THE GRIZZLIES:
WSU and Montana have met 102 times with the Cougars holding a 75-27 advantage in the series...the last meeting resulted in a 71-65 Grizzlies victory, December 10, 1996 in Missoula, Mont...The only other meeting between the schools in the 1990's was December 13, 1995, a 98-87 Cougar win...The series dates back to the 1913-14 campaign...that year, the Cougars swept a pair of games, February 4-5 by scores of 71-11 and 43-22.

UTAH PREVIEW:
The Utes have dropped three straight, including a 65-60 loss to USC, December 2 and bring a 4-4 record into Saturday's contest...In its most recent outing, Utah saw its 54-game home winning streak snapped in a 79-77 loss to Weber State...prior to that, the last team to defeat the Utes at the Huntsman Center was a Tim Duncan led Wake Forest squad that posted a 70-59 win December 31, 1996.

THE SERIES WITH THE UTES:
Utah leads 11-1 and has won 10 straight against the Cougars...Last season, the Utes snapped WSU's 45-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents with a 78-66 win December 11...Jeremy Killion and Alex Jensen led Utah with 24 and 21 points, respectively...WSU's leading scorers were Jan-Michael Thomas (20) and Chris Crosby (18)...the series dates back to December 17, 1938 when the Utes won a 45-44 game in Pullman...the Cougars only win in the series came in the next meeting, a 33-32 decision December 14, 1946 at Utah.

TEAM EFFORT LEADS COUGS TO WIN OVER FIGHTING HAWKS:
Senior Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) led five Washington State players in double figure scoring with a game-high 15 at the Cougars defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore 80-54, December 9...sophomore Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) added a career-high 13 points off the bench, including a three-point play that aided a 10-0 first half run, giving the Cougars a 14-4 lead..junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) tallied six of the Cougars (3-2) first eight points and finished with a dozen. Sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) also registered 12 points and sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) added 10...the five players in double figures marked the first time WSU accomplished the feat since a 91-78 win over Central Washington to open the 1998-99 campaign...the Cougars led 16-14 with just 6:24 remaining in the first half before Adams scored five straight WSU points to ignite a 16-3 run to close the half with a 32-17 lead...WSU put the game away early in the second half with a pair of 7-0 runs to open a 51-29 lead with 13:09 remaining...Maryland-Eastern Shore (0-4) was led by 14 points each from Andre' Newson and Thomas Trotter. The Fighting Hawks outrebounded Washington State 38-32, but committed 18 turnovers to just 12 for the Cougars.

TURNOVERS COSTLY IN LOSS TO PORTLAND:
Portland took advantage of a season-high 25 turnovers by Washington State to post a 70-66 victory over the Cougars, December 5..the win was the first by the Pilots over a Pacific-10 school since defeating Oregon State during the 1995-96 season...four Cougars scored in double figures, led by junior J Locklier's (Rock Hill, S.C.) season-high 18 points. Locklier tied Portland's Philip Dejworek and Carmie Olowoyo for game-high honors...Locklier's fellow newcomers, freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.), 12 points, junior Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.), 11 points, and sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.), 10 points also tallied double figures...Little and Locklier both narrowly missed double-doubles with nine and eight rebounds, respectively...The Pilots raced out to a 15-3 lead and led by as many as 15 points in the first half, before taking a 34-25 advantage into intermission. Portland forced 16

first half turnovers by the Cougars...Tim Frost scored 11 of his 17 points in the first half for the Pilots while Locklier registered 10 points in the first stanza...Portland increased its lead to 40-27 with 17:21 to play before the Cougars responded with a 13-0 run to pull even at 40-all at the 14:01 mark. Locklier and Little each had four points during the spurt...after the Pilots took a 45-42 advantage, senior Cedric Clark (Birmingham, Ala.) drilled a trey with 11:42 left to tie the game 45-45. It was the last time the Cougars were even in the game...for the next six minutes, the Cougars recorded only one field goal before Locklier drew WSU to within one at 55-54 with a bucket at the 5:17 mark...however, the Pilots responded with an 8-1 run to build the lead to 63-55 with 3:30 remaining. WSU closed to 66-63 on layups by Locklier and Moore, but Portland connected on 4-of-4 free throws in the final 28 seconds to seal the win.

McNAIR SHOOTS DOWN VANDALS:
Sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) knocked down eight three-pointers to account for a game-high 24 points as Washington State defeated Idaho 74-57 in non-conference basketball, November 29...McNair's eight treys were one short of the school record by Bennie Seltzer in 1993 and equaled by Chris Crosby in 1998...Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.) scored the game's first points with jumper a little less than a minute after tip-off and the Cougars never trailed on the night...the Cougars (2-1) led 20-15 with 11:31 before going on a 13-0 run over a span of 4:59 to open up an 18-point lead at 33-15...junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) started the spurt with a layup and a pair of free throws...Little, senior Edde Miller (Reseda, Calif) and McNair followed with three-pointers to cap the run...the Vandals managed to cut the deficit to nine on two occasions prior to intermission, but a pair of free throw by David Adams (Tacoma) with 0.7 seconds left in the half gave WSU a 41-30 halftime advantage...the second half started slowly for both teams as neither team scored for over two minutes. Chris Monroe's dunk brought the Vandals to within 41-32 at 17:54...McNair drilled a three-pointer to provide the Cougars with their first field goal of the half with 15:15 remaining...the basket put WSU on top 46-34 and Idaho never got closer than 11 the rest of the game...joining McNair in double figure scoring for the Cougars were Adams and Little with 11 and10, respectively...Locklier just missed a double-double for WSU with nine points and nine rebounds and Miller added eight points and six rebounds.

YOUNG COUGS FALL TO EXPERIENCE RAMS:
Senior Ron Grady poured in a game-high 25 points to lead Colorado State to a 78-64 victory over Washington State at the Spokane Arena, November 25...the Rams outscored the Cougars (1-1) 13-5 over the final 6:40 and held Washington State without a field goal during that span...Colorado State sealed the win by connecting on 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch...for the game, the Rams were 19-of-27 from the line while the Cougars were 17-of-29...Colorado State also held a decisive edge on the boards, outrebounding WSU 39-25...Washington State led 29-24 before Colorado State closed the first half on a 10-2 run to lead 34-31 at intermission...Grady had seven points during the outburst and senior David Fisher added three...the Cougars opened the second half with four points to reassume the lead 35-34 with 17:42 remaining...sophomore David Adams (Tacoma, Wash.) brought WSU within one on a jumper and a layup by junior Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.) gave the Cougars the one point advantage...the game remained close until the Rams reeled off six straight points to take a 54-46 lead with 11:49 left...a three pointer by Adams followed by a steal and thunder dunk from sophomore Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) narrowed the gap to 54-51 with 11:07 remaining, but the Cougars could get no closer...senior Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) led WSU with 17 points...freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) added 14 points and five assists and Adams chipped in with 11 points.

WSU OPENS SEASON WITH IMPRESSIVE WIN:
Sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) scored a game-high 19 points, one shy of his career high to lead the Washington State men's basketball team to a 83-55 victory over Portland State, November 20...sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) added a dozen points and fellow newcomer junior Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.) added eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds...the Cougars were tied with the Vikings at 13-all with 12:13 left in the first half before closing the stanza with a 24-12 run to lead 37-25 at intermission...Adams and junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) each had eight points in the first half and sophomore Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) chipped in five points, four rebounds and three steals in 11 minutes off the bench...Riley was pressed into early action because starting senior forward Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) committed two fouls just 1:48 into the game...the season opening win was quite a turnaround from last year's opening game loss, 80-55 at Nevada.

FRESH FACES:
Seven players who have seen action this season are in their first year with the Cougars ...those seven players have accounted for 58.3 percent of WSU's scoring, 55.3 percent of the team's rebounding and 71.4 percent of the Cougars' assists...sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) leads WSU with 13.2 points per game...juniors Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.) and J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) rank 1-2 for the Cougars with 6.2 and 5.4 rebounds per game, respectively...freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) leads the team with 4.2 assists per outing...newcomers also account for 66.7 percent of the team's blocked shots, led by Little's four and 45.2 percent of WSU's steals...the newest Cougars are shooting 39.0 percent from three-point range...McNair leads all WSU players with a 46.4 percent mark from beyond the arc.

HOME SWEET HOME:
The win over Portland State was the 13th straight for the Cougars in a home opener...The last time WSU lost its home opener was during the 1987-88 season when the Cougars were defeated by BYU 60-54...WSU is now 16-0 all-time at Friel Court in the month of November...in addition, the Cougars are 19-1 at home in games played in Pullman in November...the only blemish is a 77-47 loss to Colorado State November 30, 1962 in the season-opener.

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