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SATURDAY, JAN. 10, 2009

WSU pulls out 55-54 win 13 

COUGARS Taylor Rochestie's drive, DeAngelo Casto's defensive block and viola, the losing streak is over. But not without some tough moments. An offensive flurry – a 10-0 run to boot – to open the second half, capped by Klay Thompson's fastbreak slam dunk over Mitch...

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Stanford up by eight in contentious game

COUGARS As shooting exhibitions go, this one was pretty horrendous, with WSU shooting 20 percent in a first half they trailed 30-22. Against the worst defensive team in the Pac-10 (at least as shooting percentage defense goes), Washington State managed to hit just 4 of...

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Stanford is a test on the offensive end 

COUGARS The Stanford Cardinal presented matchup problems for every team in the Pac-10 last year, with the possible exception of UCLA. Two active 7-footers will do that. But the Lopez brothers are gone and, yet, the Cardinal still present matchup problems. Read on.

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WSU still loose despite struggles 

COUGARS Before the Cal game Thursday night, Taylor Rochestie and Caleb Forrest – later joined by Aron Baynes – took the court a couple hours before game time, shot a while and then played a game of horse. The seniors were loose and ready, enjoying...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2009

Cardinal next up for WSU 

COUGARS With Stanford coming to town tomorrow (hey, alliteration – Sister Patrice would be so proud), it seemed like a good time to put together a notebook. Read on for the unedited version. And, as a web-only bonus, I answer a question a lot of...

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Cal, the next day 11 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 11:30 A.M. It's easy to tell when the Washington State Cougars are having a down season. The coverage dries up. And that's what's happening right now. Trying to find anything but a wire piece on the Cougars' loss to Cal last night...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2009

WSU struggles down the stretch 

COUGARS Well, if it's any consolation for Coug fans, this one came down to the wire. Not many of the Cougars six losses have. Usually, the problem stretch occurs a lot earlier than it did Thursday night. But once again WSU was unable to make...

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Cal pulls away late to stop WSU 

COUGARS There was just too much Patrick Christopher. The reigning Pac-10 player of the week looked like he wants to win the award two consecutive times Thursday. Not only did he finish with 22 points, but he stuck dagger after dagger into the Cougar second-half...

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Cal leads by two at half 

COUGARS The tweaks WSU has instituted in its offense – more on-ball screens, moving Daven Harmeling back to the 4, giving Abe Lodwick some time – have certainly helped the Cougars stay close, trailing 28-26 at the half. But maybe Taylor Rochestie had it right...

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WSU tries to end streak 15 

COUGARS Remember last season when WSU lost three consecutive home games? The Cougars avoided losing a fourth by thundering O.J. Mayo and USC, 74-50. Which means WSU hasn't lost four in-a-row at home since 2004, Dick Bennett's first year. But that is a possibility tonight...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2008


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