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Daniel Back In Uniform, Embarrassed By Actions

Embarrassed and apologetic, Washington State forward Carlos Daniel took responsibility Wednesday for the shoplifting arrest that led to his suspension for last weekend’s basketball game against Washington.

“I want to apologize to my parents and then to my teammates and coaching staff for the embarrassment and humiliation I put them through for the bad decision I made,” said Daniel, who is expected to start when the Cougars visit California tonight at 7:30.

“I made an out-of-character decision and I had to pay for it, but it won’t happen again.”

The 6-foot-7 junior was arrested last Thursday for stealing toiletries from Dissmore’s IGA supermarket in Pullman. He could face a $500 fine.

Daniel, who averages 13.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, watched on television Saturday as Washington center Todd MacCulloch overpowered WSU inside during the Huskies’ 74-72 victory.

Daniel may be needed even more against Cal.

“Overall, they’re bigger than Washington,” WSU coach Kevin Eastman said. “They can’t throw a 7-footer at you, but they continually bring in 6-10 guys.”

Alfred Grigsby (6-9) and Michael Stewart (6-10) start for first-year Cal coach Ben Braun. Sean Marks and Kenyon Jones, both 6-10, are part of a bench that includes 6-6, 250-pound power forward Tony Gonzalez.

Grigsby, limited by injuries throughout his career, was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

Good-news Bears

Braun has the Bears playing with cohesion, something that was lacking when the roster included superior individual talents like Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Jelani Gardner.

So when Braun benched leading scorer Ed Gray after a horrendous performance against UCLA the senior guard had gone 9 for 28 from the floor with six turnovers - Gray refused to pout.

“He was right to bench me,” Gray said. “I do take some bad shots. He wants me to be more patient and understand the game more.

“I want to be a complete player. I don’t want it to be, ‘Ed has it; everybody stand back.”’

Given another chance, Gray scored 33 and 30 points respectively in victories over Oregon State and Oregon, making 20 of 36 field goals.

He leads the Pac-10 in scoring with 23.3 points per game.

WSU’s Isaac Fontaine is third with 21.6 points per game. He will probably be guarded tonight by Randy Duck, who helped limit Oregon’s Jamal Lawrence to five points.

Bibby, Benjamin reunited

Two of the Pac-10’s best freshmen will be on the court when Arizona’s Mike Bibby and Oregon State’s Corey Benjamin face off tonight, but it won’t be their first meeting.

“The last time I played against Mike was in the eighth grade in an AAU game,” Benjamin said this week. “The game went down to the wire, and with 6 seconds left, he stole a pass I threw and made a layup to end it.

“I’ll never forget it.”

As if Bibby would let him. The Arizona point guard made sure he raised the subject when the two were roommates at a basketball camp in the summer of 1995.

“I didn’t realize that was Corey I stole the ball from until I watched the game on tape a couple of years ago,” Bibby said. “I asked him, ‘Was that you?’ Corey sort of shrugged his shoulders and said, ‘Yeah.”’

Say what?

After Oregon State upset Stanford last weekend, OSU freshman Ron Grady offered a curious explanation for his team’s 0-4 start in the Pac-10: “I think at times we didn’t give teams enough respect. You can’t do that.”

GU tries to rebound

Gonzaga coach Dan Fitzgerald can live with last week’s close West Coast Conference losses to San Diego and San Francisco - they came on the road.

But he hinted strongly that he might not be as understanding if his Bulldogs fail to protect their home court when Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine invade Martin Centre this week.

“It’s a league right now where, literally, anybody can beat anybody,” Fitzgerald said of the tightly packed WCC, which has six teams tied for second at 2-2, a game behind league-leading San Francisco (3-1).

The Bulldogs, 9-7 overall, opened their WCC schedule with home wins over Santa Clara and Saint Mary’s. They will try to maintain their homecourt dominance against LMU (5-11, 2-2) tonight at 7. Saturday’s game against Pepperdine (4-12, 2-2) starts at 5 p.m. and will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest.

, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: AREA LEADERS Scoring FG-FGA FT-FTA 3pt Avg. Isaac Fontaine, WSU 111-231 81-108 37 21.3 Ben Heimerman, Whit 90-130 68-89 1 17.8 Jason Jackman, UI 107-193 84-100 0 17.5 Lorenzo Rollins, UI 94-210 47-59 28 16.4 Nate Williams, Whit 57-101 21-25 26 14.6 Jeff Mix, Whit 82-131 36-52 2 14.4 Carlos Daniel, WSU 77-152 53-78 0 13.8 Matt Santangelo, GU 73-172 27-39 27 12.5 Karim Scott, EWU 80-142 27-49 0 11.7 Reggie Rose, UI 52-117 22-39 23 11.5

Rebounding Heimerman, Whit, 9.8 (137); Daniel, WSU, 8.8 (132); Mix, Whit, 7.9 (111); Bakari Hendrix, GU, 5.5 (88); Jackman, UI, 5.5 (93).

Assists Sean Weston, Whit, 4.8 (67); Santangelo, GU, 4.4 (70); Derrick Elliott, UI, 3.9 (55); Williams, Whit, 3.9 (43); Travis King, EWU, 3.6 (57).

Steals Elliott, UI, 2.0 (28); Rose, UI, 1.9 (25); Weston, Whit, 1.8 (25); Rollins, GU, 1.8 (29); Jones, Whit, 1.6 (23); Fontaine, WSU, 1.6 (26).

SCHEDULE Tonight: Idaho at New Mexico State, 6:05; Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga, 7; Washington State at California, 7:30. Friday: Lewis & Clark at Whitworth, 8 p.m. Saturday: Eastern Washington at Portland State, 1:05 p.m.; Pepperdine at Gonzaga, 5 p.m.; Washington State at Stanford, 5 p.m.; Idaho at North Texas State, 5 p.m.; Pacific at Whitworth, 8 p.m.

This sidebar appeared with the story: AREA LEADERS Scoring FG-FGA FT-FTA 3pt Avg. Isaac Fontaine, WSU 111-231 81-108 37 21.3 Ben Heimerman, Whit 90-130 68-89 1 17.8 Jason Jackman, UI 107-193 84-100 0 17.5 Lorenzo Rollins, UI 94-210 47-59 28 16.4 Nate Williams, Whit 57-101 21-25 26 14.6 Jeff Mix, Whit 82-131 36-52 2 14.4 Carlos Daniel, WSU 77-152 53-78 0 13.8 Matt Santangelo, GU 73-172 27-39 27 12.5 Karim Scott, EWU 80-142 27-49 0 11.7 Reggie Rose, UI 52-117 22-39 23 11.5

Rebounding Heimerman, Whit, 9.8 (137); Daniel, WSU, 8.8 (132); Mix, Whit, 7.9 (111); Bakari Hendrix, GU, 5.5 (88); Jackman, UI, 5.5 (93).

Assists Sean Weston, Whit, 4.8 (67); Santangelo, GU, 4.4 (70); Derrick Elliott, UI, 3.9 (55); Williams, Whit, 3.9 (43); Travis King, EWU, 3.6 (57).

Steals Elliott, UI, 2.0 (28); Rose, UI, 1.9 (25); Weston, Whit, 1.8 (25); Rollins, GU, 1.8 (29); Jones, Whit, 1.6 (23); Fontaine, WSU, 1.6 (26).

SCHEDULE Tonight: Idaho at New Mexico State, 6:05; Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga, 7; Washington State at California, 7:30. Friday: Lewis & Clark at Whitworth, 8 p.m. Saturday: Eastern Washington at Portland State, 1:05 p.m.; Pepperdine at Gonzaga, 5 p.m.; Washington State at Stanford, 5 p.m.; Idaho at North Texas State, 5 p.m.; Pacific at Whitworth, 8 p.m.



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