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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/02/2002
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Jan. 2, 2002

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WASHINGTON STATE (4-6 / 0-2)

THIS WEEK:
Friday, January 4
WSU vs. USC
(Forum, Inglewood, Calif.)
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 6
WSU at UCLA
1 p.m.
(FOX Sports Net)

NEXT WEEK:
Thursday, January 10
WSU vs. Arizona
7 p.m.
(KWBA-Tucson, KUSK-Prescott)

Saturday, January 12
WSU vs. Arizona State
3 p.m.
(KUSK-Prescott)

RADIO: All Washington State men's basketball games will be broadcast over the Cougar Radio Network...Bud Nameck is in his ninth season calling all the action...game can be hear on KCLK 1430 AM (Clarkston), KCLX 1450 AM (Colfax), KCVL 1240 AM (Colville), KVAC 1490 AM and KLLM 103.9 FM (Forks), KZFN 106.1 FM (Moscow, Idaho), KBSN 1470 AM (Moses Lake), KZXR 1310 AM (Prosser/Sunnyside), KLFE 1590 AM and KRKO 1380 AM (Seattle), KXLY 920 AM (Spokane), KHHO 850 AM (Tacoma), KFLD 870 AM (Tri-Cities), KVAN 1550 AM (Vancouver), KUJ 1420 AM (Walla Walla) and KJOX 980 AM (Yakima).

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

COUGAR SPORTS THIS WEEK: You can listen to the "Cougar Sports This Week" hosted by Bud Nameck...WSU head coach Paul Graham will be on live from The Bookie on the Washington State campus from 6-7 p.m. every week through March 19...there will be one Wednesday broadcast (Jan. 2)...all other shows take place Tuesday...the show can be heard over the Cougar Radio Network.

COUGARS ON TELEVISION: Washington State is currently scheduled to make 12 appearances on television this season during its 27-game regular season, including five national, four regional and three local broadcasts...FOX Sports Net televised the games vs. UCLA (Dec. 22) and USC (Dec. 29)...the Cougars will be on FOX Sports Net at UCLA (Jan. 6), at California (Jan. 19) and at Oregon State (Feb. 23)...FOX Sports Net Southwest carried the game at Texas (Dec. 10) and FOX Sports Net Northwest televised the game at Gonzaga (Dec. 15) and will televise the games vs. Oregon (Jan. 26) and at Washington (Feb. 27)...KUSK (Prescott, Ariz.) and KWBA (Tucson) will televise the Jan. 10 game vs. Arizona, KUSK will televise the Jan. 12 contest vs. Arizona State and KRON (San Francisco) will carry the Feb. 14 game vs. California).

USC PREVIEW: The Trojans are 9-2, 2-0 after opening their Pacific-10 Conference schedule with a sweep of the Washington schools last week in the Evergreen State...in a 78-63 win over WSU in Pullman (Dec. 29), USC freshman Errick Craven poured in a game-high 29 points...four players average double figure scoring, led by Sam Clancy at 16.8 points per game...Clancy nearly averages a double-double, leading USC with 9.3 boards per contest...Errick Craven (12.4 ppg.), Brandon Granville (11.8) and David Bluthenthal (10.5 ppg.) also average double figure scoring.

SERIES WITH THE TROJANS: USC leads the series 59-32...WSU won the first meeting, Dec. 30, 1948, 55-52 at the Pacific Coast Conference Tournament in San Francisco...the Trojans have won the last six meetings.

BACK-TO-BACK WITH THE TROJANS: Friday's game at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., will be the second consecutive game for the Cougars against USC...the teams met last Saturday (Dec. 29) in Pullman...the last time WSU played a team in consecutive games was during the 1989-90 season...coincidentally, USC was the opponent as well...The Cougars lost 91-75 March 3, 1990 at USC, then dropped an 85-68 decision in the first round of the Pacific-10 Tournament in Tempe, Ariz...WSU has played two consecutive game against USC six other times in its history...the schools split games Dec. 26-27, 1952 in Los Angeles...USC swept games Feb. 10-11, 1956 in Los Angeles...a split occurred Feb. 15-16, 1957 in Pullman...USC swept games Feb. 6/12, 1964 and Feb. 12/19, 1972 with the first of the two games in both instances played in Los Angeles and the second in Pullman...In 1973, the teams played Feb. 12/16 in Pullman, then Los Angeles and the Trojans won both games...WSU played three straight games against USC, Feb. 14-15/22, 1964...the schools split in Los Angeles, before the Trojans captured an 81-77 overtime victory in Pullman.

UCLA PREVIEW: UCLA enters the week 9-2 overall, 2-0 in the Pacific-10 pending its game against Washington (Jan. 4)...Jason Kapono leads the Bruins with 19.9 points per game...Billy Knight (14.4 ppg.), T.J. Cummings (11.5 ppg.) and Matt Barnes (11.2 ppg.) are also averaging double figure scoring for UCLA...Barnes is the Bruins' leading rebounder with 6.1 boards per outing.

STREAKS ON THE LINE AGAINST UCLA: UCLA leads the series versus the Cougars 81-12...when the schools meet Sunday, WSU will be looking to stop four losing streaks...the Cougars have lost 18 straight to UCLA overall, are 0-36 in Pauley Pavilion against the Bruins and have lost all 44 games to UCLA played in Los Angeles...in addition, WSU has a 27-game losing streak against ranked opponents...the Bruins are No. 14 in this week's Associated Press poll.

BUSH RETURNS: Senior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) returns to action this week after missing last Saturday's game against USC because of his football responsibilities...Bush caught a 46-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of the Dec. 31 Sun Bowl won by WSU 33-27 over Purdue.

INJURY UPDATE: Junior guard Nick Graham (Stillwater, Okla.) has surgery on his right ankle Nov. 23 and has not played this season...senior forward Justin Murray (Tacoma, Wash.) is out at least two weeks with avulsed teeth.

UCLA RALLIES PAST WSU: The No. 19 Bruins shot 68 percent in the second half and overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to pull out a 79-74 win in Pullman, Dec. 22...three Cougars scored in double figures, led by 17 from sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.)...Moore just missed a double-double as he dished out eight assists...WSU tied a school record by going 13-for-13 (1.000) from the foul line.

COUGARS FALL AT GONZAGA: Despite the first double-double in junior Milton Riley's (Gardena, Calif.) career (10 points, career-high 11 rebounds), Washington State lost 67-44 at No. 25 Gonzaga, Dec. 15...the 44 points were the fewest by the Cougars in a nonconference game since a 50-40 loss at Idaho, Nov. 29, 1988...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) just missed a double-double with a nine rebounds and a team-high 13 points.

TEXAS DEFEATS WASHINGTON STATE: Led by Chris Owens' 19 points, the Longhorns dropped the Cougars to 4-3 with a 79-52 win in Austin, Dec. 10...the loss was the worst nonconference defeat for the Cougars since No. 4 Michigan State, led by Magic Johnson, beat WSU 98-52, Dec. 27, 1978...junior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) led WSU with 14 points and freshman Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) recorded his first double figure rebounding game with a game-high 10.

McNAIR HELPS WSU RALLY PAST TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN: Junior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) scored 20 of his team-high 26 points in the second half as the Cougars rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat Texas-Pan American, 70-67, Dec. 7...McNair hit three consecutive three-pointers late in the second half to give WSU the lead for good at 63-59...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) added 17 points and a game-high seven rebounds for the Cougars.

MOORE LEADS COUGS PAST VANDALS: Sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) scored a career-high 31 points and added eight rebounds, five assists and five steals to lead Washington State to an 81-55 over Idaho, Dec. 4.

COUGARS KNOCK OFF ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF: Sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) recorded the second double-double of his career with 26 points and 10 assists, to lead WSU to a 91-75 win over the Golden Lions, Dec. 1 in Pullman...the 10 assists are a career high...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) scored 19 points for the second consecutive game to equal his career high.

WSU FALLS SHORT AT MONTANA: Senior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) came off the bench to score a game-high 24 points at Montana, Nov. 28, but the Cougars lost to the Grizzlies 75-71...senior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) tallied a career-high 19 points and tied Bush with a game-high seven rebounds.

COUGARS ROUT PRAIRIE VIEW A&M: Junior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) scored a game-high 22 points to lead WSU to a 103-55 blowout of the Panthers, Nov. 24 in Pullman...the Cougars tied a team school record with 17 steals led by sophomore Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.), who registered seven thefts, one shy of the school record.

WSU DROPS OPENER TO COLORADO STATE: Despite 17 points from junior Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas), WSU lost its season opener 79-75 to the Rams, Nov. 20 at the Spokane Arena...senior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) scored 12 points off the bench for WSU just three days after playing wide receiver in the Apple Cup for the Cougar football team.

--go cougs--
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