This Week In Cougar Athletics History
March 18, 1992
Terrence Lewis' three-point play with 49.9 seconds remaining gave the Cougars a 66-65 lead and Washington State held off Minnesota, 72-70, in an NIT first round at Friel Court.
The three-point play occurred when Lewis scored along the baseline, was fouled by Minnesota's Bob Martin, and made good on the free throw to put the Cougars on top. Lewis, who finished with 17 points, finished the game converting 10 of 11 free throw attempts.
WSU led 34-26 at the half and was able to maintain that advantage during the opening minutes of the second half. However, the Golden Gophers rallied, and tied the game at 48 with 10:53 remaining.
Minnesota's surge continued during the latter portion of the game as the Gophers opened a 64-59 advantage with 2:22 left. But the Cougars finished the game on an 11-5 run to take the victory and advance to the second round.
March 20, 1995
Isaac Fontaine's driving basket with 30 seconds left secured Washington State's 83-80 victory over host Illinois State in a second round NIT game.
The victory gave the Cougars their first NIT road win and first back-to-back postseason wins since the 1941 Cougars finished as runners-up to Wisconsin in the NCAA title game. The Cougars had beaten Texas Tech, 94-82, in an NIT first round game five days earlier in Pullman.
For the first time in the season, all five Cougar starters scored in double figures led by Fontaine's 23 points. Mark Hendrickson recorded his 14th double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Tied at 46 a the half, WSU opened the second half with a 16-7 run to take a lead it would not relinquish although Illinois State managed to pull to within one at 79-78 with 2:15 remaining