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Cougars Open Home Season Against IPFW
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/30/2003
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Nov. 30, 2003

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THIS WEEK: Monday, Dec. 1, 2003 -- WSU vs. IPFW-7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003 -- WSU vs. TCU-5 p.m.
LAST WEEK: LOST at Southern Utah, 55-36
NEXT WEEK: Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003 -- WSU at Montana-7:35 p.m. MST/6:35 p.m. PST

WSU HEAD COACH Dick Bennett: Washington State Head Coach Dick Bennett is in his first season at WSU...coached at Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1976-85), Wisconsin-Green Bay (1985- 95) and Wisconsin (1995-2000)...his 456 career wins rank 79th in NCAA history and he owns a .638 career winning percentage (456- 259) highlights include a 1984 NAIA national runner-up finish at Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a 2000 Final Four appearance at Wisconsin...he is 2-2 this season.

BENNETT RECORDS QUICK START: With two wins to open the 2003-04 season, WSU Head Coach Dick Bennett became the first mentor to begin his Cougar career 2-0 since Len Stevens in 1983-84.

IPFW SEEKS FIRST WIN: After two tough losses, the Mastadons of IPFW (0-3) look for their first win of the 2003-04 season...lost 67-66 to Kent State, Nov. 25 on a 40-foot shot with 1.1 seconds left...suffered 57-55 setback at Oregon State, Saturday...David Simon leads team with 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds...Terry Collins averaging 11.7 points off the bench...first meeting between IPFW and the Cougars.

COUGARS IN PULLMAN FINALLY: After playing its first four games away from home, including a pair of neutral site games, WSU opens its home season...last time Cougars played their first game in Pullman this late was 1993-94 when they defeated Pittsburg State 74-57, Dec. 2.

WSU PUTS WIN STREAK ON THE LINE: The Cougars have won 15 straight Pullman openers...last loss was 60-54 to BYU during the 1987-88 season.

WHAT DAY IS THE GAME? Monday's game marks the fifth different day of the week the Cougars will play this season in as many outings...WSU played Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the BP Top of the World Classic before a road game against Southern Utah last Friday.

GILL IS A GLASS CLEANER: Junior Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) has pulled down 34 rebounds in four games this season...grabbed 10 at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22 and at Southern Utah, Nov. 28.

WSU SHOOTING MISERABLE IN BEEHIVE STATE: The Cougars shot just 26 percent in their 55-36 loss at Southern Utah last Friday...connected on 7-of-36 (19 percent) shy of school-record 37 three-point attempts...lowest point total since 40-36 loss to No. 5 Oregon State, Feb. 20, 1982...senior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) held scoreless for first time in career.

COUGARS RECORD RUNNER-UP FINISH IN ALASKA: Washington State lost 64-49 to Rice in the BP Top of the World Classic championship game and finished as the tournament runner-up...Cougars defeated VMI 66-46 and host Alaska Fairbanks 57-51 to reach the tournament final.

MOORE AND GILL NAMED ALL-TOURANMENT: Senior guard Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) and junior forward Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) were named to the BP Top of the World Classic All-Tournament Team...Moore averaged 16.7 points, including a game-high 20 in 57-51 win over Alaska Fairbanks...20th career game with 20 or more points...notched 11 assists and six steals in tournament...Gill averaged 6.3 points and eight rebounds during TOWC...pulled down 10 boards against Alaska Fairbanks. WSU SNAPS ROAD LOSING STREAK: With the 57-51 at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22, WSU broke a 27- game road losing streak...previous win was 58-57 at Arizona State, Feb. 8, 2001.

DEFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS FROM ALASKA: WSU held VMI to 36 percent shooting from the floor in second half of opener...gave up 46 points, lowest total by Cougar opponent since 61-42 win over Oregon State, Feb. 8, 1996...held Alaska Fairbanks to 26 percent shooting in second half and just three field goals in final 10:59...gave up 97 combined points in first two games marking best two-game stretch since 89, Dec. 3-9, 1988.

COUGARS REGISTER EARLY SEASON VICTORIES: WSU has won 13 of its last 15 season openers including a 10-game win streak from 1989-90 through 1998-99.

STARTING LINEUPS: The Cougars have used four different starting lineups in their four games this season...senior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.), juniors Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla), Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) and Chris Schlatter (Lafayette, Calif.) each started all four games...sophomores Anthony Grant (Seattle), Randy Green (Renton), invited walk-on freshman T.J. Paterick (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), and senior Justin Bellegarde (Ukiah, Calif.) each started one game.

MOORE POINTS: Senior guard Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) moved into 17th place on the Cougar career scoring list after scoring 14 in season opening 66-46 win over VMI...has 1,116 in his career...four assist against Rice moved him into fifth place on Cougar all-time list with 326.

WSU A TRAVELING TEAM: The Cougars traveled nearly 4,000 miles round trip, including bus and air, to play three games in Fairbanks, Alaska at the BP Top of the World Classic, Nov. 20-23...after less than 48 hours in Pullman, WSU embarked on a 2,500 plus mile road trip for its game at Southern Utah last Friday.

COUGARS PICKED NINTH IN PRESEASON PAC-10 POLL: Arizona is the preseason selection to win the 2003-04 Pacific-10 men's basketball title according to poll of 35 media members who cover the conference...Wildcats garnered 26 first place votes...Arizona is followed by Stanford (seven first place votes), California (one first place vote), Oregon, USC (one first place vote), UCLA, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State and Oregon State.

GET TO KNOW THE WSU ASSISTANT COACHES: Tony Bennett is the son of WSU Head Coach Dick Bennett...played for his father at Wisconsin-Green Bay...finished collegiate career as Mid-Continent Conference's all-time leader in points (2,285) and assists (601)...ranks as NCAA's all-time leader in three-point percentage (.497)...three seasons with NBA's Charlotte Hornets...selected 35th by Hornets in 1995 NBA Draft...Mike Burns helped Eastern Washington earn NIT bid last season...coordinated Eagles' defense that ranked top three in Big Sky Conference scoring defense during each of his three seasons at EWU...Mike Heideman served as an assistant to Dick Bennett at Wisconsin-Green Bay for all 10 seasons the latter was the mentor of the Phoenix...succeeded Bennett as head coach at UWGB...led Phoenix to 110-95 mark during seven seasons...named 1996 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year.

KELATI LEADER OF THE PAC: Junior guard Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) led the Pacific-10 Conference in three-point percentage (.456) during the 2002-03 season...he averaged 2.30 treys per game.

MOORE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Cougar senior point guard Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) became 24th player in WSU history to record 1,000 career points at Arizona, Jan. 9, of three players in WSU history with 1,000 points, 300 assists and 125 steals...joined Keith Morrison (1983-86) and Bennie Seltzer (1990-93).

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: WSU football and men's basketball coaches' wives food drive, Dec. 1 vs. IPFW...bring a non-perishable food item to the game and receive $1 schedule magnet to first 2,500 is Snow Night with fans having a chance to win ski lift tickets courtesy of the Inland Northwest Ski Association.

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