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Cougars Host Wildcats Saturday At Friel Court
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Release: 12/02/2005
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Dec. 2, 2005

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WASHINGTON STATE (3-1, 0-0 Pac-10)

COUGARS HOST WILDCATS: The Washington State men's basketball team hosts Kansas State at Friel Court, Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m...game will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest.

ABOUT THE HEAD COACHES: Dick Bennett is 28-33 at Washington State and in his third season on the Palouse...owns a 482-290 career record (.624) in 27 collegiate seasons...guided Wisconsin to 2000 Final Four...Jim Woolridge is 72-77, including 4-0 this season, and in his sixth season at Kansas State...career record is 301-224 and he is in his 19th season.

SERIES WITH KANSAS STATE: Kansas State leads 2-1, including a 62-55 win in Manhattan, Kan., last season...first meeting in Pullman...other games in the series are a 47-22 Cougar win in Seattle, Dec. 20, 1941 and a 63-39 Wildcat home victory, Dec. 22, 1949.

RARE WEST COAST TRIP FOR THE WILDCATS: Kansas State is making its first trip to the state of Washington since a 74-60 loss at Washington, Dec. 9, 1995...Wildcats played Loyola (Maryland) and California in Oakland during 1995-96 season...since then, 90-77 win at Long Beach State, Dec. 12, 1998 and 87-82 triple-overtime loss at Oregon State, Dec. 6, 2003 are only games played on the West Coast.

COUGARS AGAINST THE BIG 12: Washington State is 8-14 all-time against current members of the Big 12 Conference, including 0-2 under Dick Bennett...Cougars lost at Kansas State and at Oklahoma State last season...WSU is 1-3 against Big 12 schools since the conference began in 1996-97...Cougars defeated Texas A&M in Spokane during the 1997-98 season and lost at Texas in 2001-02...Nebraska (member of Big 8) in 1967-68 and 1985-86 and Texas Tech (member of Southwest Conference) in 1994-95 are only current Big 12 schools to play WSU in Pullman.

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY: Brian Quinnett scored a game-high 18 points as Washington State routed Delaware State 93-39, Dec. 3, 1988 in Akron, Ohio...Cougars led 39-21 at intermission and held Hornets to 18 percent shooting from the floor in the second half...margin of victory tied for fifth largest in WSU history and biggest in last 65 seasons...a baker's dozen Cougars scored in the victory.

WASHINGTON STATE NEWCOMERS CONTRIBUTING: The Cougars have eight new faces this season, including a pair of walk-ons...WSU newcomers have accounted for 38 percent of the minutes played and are contributing 43 percent of the scoring...junior transfer forward Ivory Clark is tied with returnee Derrick Low for the team-lead in scoring at 12.7 points per game...Clark also leads the team with nine blocks and is second among Cougars with 4.8 rebounds per game...newcomers have recorded 32 percent of the team's rebounds...first-year Cougars are shooting 56 percent from the field led by true freshman center Aron Baynes at 70 percent.

COUGAR SCORING UP: Washington State is averaging 70.0 points per game this season...Cougars averaged 56.9 points per game during Dick Bennett's first two seasons...WSU has scored 280 points through four games, eclipsing the five-game total of 2003-04 (274) and 2004-05 (239).

BENCH SCORING: Washington State is averaging 23.5 points per game this season off the bench...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.

PROTECTING THE HOUSE: In the last 16 seasons, the Cougars are 68-3 in Pullman against nonconference opponents...mark includes a 5-0 record in Bohler Gym during the 1990-91 campaign.

TEAMS DO NOT EXCEED FIFTY-FIVE: Dick Bennett has been the Washington State men's basketball coach for 61 games...in 30 of those, the Cougar opponent has scored 55 points or less...from 1992-93 through 2002-03, WSU held a total of 31 opponents to 55 points or less.

STREAKS BROKEN IN BENNETT ERA: In two seasons under Dick Bennett, the Cougars have accomplished several firsts and broken many losing streaks...here is a look at the achievements.

  • 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...highest ranked opponent defeated on the road in school history.
  • 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.

    STATISTICAL TRENDS: WSU is 18-2 under Dick Bennett when holding the opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field, including 3-0 in 2004-05...Bennett's Cougars are 18-1, including 2-1 in 2005-06, when outrebounding their opponent...WSU is 17-3 in the Bennett era, including 2-0 this season, when getting to the foul line more often than its opponent.

    WSU EXTENDS 3-POINT STREAK: The Cougars have made at least one 3-pointer in 285 consecutive games...last time Cougars did not make a shot from beyond the arc was Feb. 18, 1995 at Oregon...since 3-point line was adopted in 1986-87, WSU has failed to make a 3-pointer three times...other two occasions were Jan. 5, 1987 at Idaho and Dec. 9, 1988 at home against Portland.

    COUGARS NEAR PERFECT IN NOVEMBER: Washington State is 25-0 all-time in November at Friel Court...Cougars have won 25 straight November games in Pullman and are 27-1 all-time...only loss was 77-47 to Colorado State, Nov. 30, 1963.

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