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Cougars’ coach search nears end

PULLMAN – A week after Tony Bennett left for the University of Virginia, it looks like Washington State University is getting closer to naming a new men’s basketball coach. After …


Koprivica, Lodwick speaking for players

PULLMAN – As Washington State athletic director Jim Sterk and others search for a new men’s basketball coach in Detroit (see sidebar), the dozen players set to return wait patiently …


Bennett offers reasons for leaving

PULLMAN – There was an explanation needed. Four days after leaving Washington State University for the Atlantic Coast Conference’s University of Virginia, Tony Bennett felt he could finally offer one.


Bennett: ‘I’m sure there are a lot of hurt feelings’

Four days after leaving Washington State University for the Atlantic Coast Conference’s University of Virginia, Tony Bennett felt he could finally offer one. He picked up his cell phone and …


Move wasn’t made cavalierly

It was the same Tony Bennett, only the outfit was different. Bennett, who left Washington State University this week, was introduced as the University of Virginia’s basketball coach Wednesday in …


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Cougars in re-recruiting mode

PULLMAN – When Tony Bennett is introduced as the University of Virginia’s men’s basketball coach today, he’ll not only be breaking a tie with the players left at Washington State …


Sterk vows to quickly find new coach

PULLMAN – With Tony Bennett’s surprising announcement Monday that he was leaving Washington State, the immediate concern of athletic director Jim Sterk is the future. As in replacing a guy …


Blanchette: Both sides have cause to give thanks

So what does a basketball coach owe you, exactly? Does he owe it to you to stay three years? Five years? Ten?


WSU’s focus shifts

PULLMAN – If the season just passed has a parallel in Washington State men’s basketball history, it might be 1996, the last time the Cougars finished a run of three …


Mills leads Saint Mary’s to NIT victory over Cougs

MORAGA, Calif. – Maybe Saint Mary’s coach Randy Bennett should take the DVD and send it to the NCAA selection committee. Tuesday night was the Gaels at their best.


Bennett shows emotional side

PULLMAN – The whistle blew. Play stopped. Official Bill Kennedy walked toward the scorer’s table. He held up one finger, indicating the foul was on Washington State freshman scorer Klay …


Cougars visit Gaels in NIT

PULLMAN – The Washington State Cougars got their wish. Their season will continue in the 32-team National Invitation Tournament. But their first test, Saint Mary’s, isn’t anyone’s dream opponent. And, …


Cougars tapped for NIT

Washington State got its wish. The Cougars will take their 17-15 record into the NIT, facing St. Mary’s Tuesday night in Moraga, Calif., at 8 p.m.


Cougs wait by phone

PULLMAN – The news will come down sometime this evening. Washington State University’s men’s basketball team will continue its season. Where, when and in which of three postseason tournaments – …


Bruins settle score

LOS ANGELES – Over the past few weeks, Washington State has avoided what had been its Achilles’ heel most of the season – the long scoring drought. It came back …


Cougs cruise again

LOS ANGELES – Once a formula works, why mess with it? Washington State didn’t Wednesday night, and the result was a 62-40 victory over Oregon in the first round of …


Ducks could be dangerous for Cougs

LOS ANGELES – It will be a battle of wills and ways. Whoever can play their way will probably impose their will.


Rochestie All-Pac-10

PULLMAN – Three Washington State men’s basketball players earned Pac-10 honors Monday, including senior guard Taylor Rochestie, who was named to the conference’s first team. “We wouldn’t be where we …


Pac-10 tourney presents challenge for Cougars

PULLMAN – The first two seasons are done for the Washington State men’s basketball team. The non-conference season ended a couple of months ago. The Pac-10 regular season is also …


Huskies top Cougs, win Pac-10 title

SEATTLE – The record will show the Washington Huskies earned their first outright conference title since 1953 Saturday by defeating cross-state rival Washington State, 67-60. But put the emphasis on …


Upset sure wouldn’t hurt

SEATTLE – Three weeks ago, the outlook was dim. Today, it’s a lot brighter, but the light still may not illuminate the ultimate goal of the Washington State men’s basketball …


Klay didn’t get away from WSU

How was Klay Thompson, who is a lock to be named to the All-Pac-10 freshmen team next week, overlooked by so many West Coast schools? “He was a late bloomer …


Thompson becomes asset on defense

PULLMAN – Trailing Washington State 32-20 at halftime last month, Oregon State coach Craig Robinson knew he had to get his team back into the game quickly. So, coming out …


Rochestie’s 3 gives Cougs upset of ASU

PULLMAN – It may have been Senior Day on Saturday, but for 44 minutes and 57 seconds, it wasn’t the seniors’ day. Then Taylor Rochestie changed all that.


A Taylor-made perfect ending

PULLMAN – On the eve of Senior Day at Washington State, dinner for the team was at the coach’s house – which meant that Tony Bennett had to come up …


Rochestie’s three wins it

In the waning seconds of overtime, Taylor Rochestie put up a big, NBA three with his Cougars down by one. His aim, it turns out was perfect, and the Cougars …


Emotions aside, it’s big game

PULLMAN – It’s going to be emotional. There’s no way to avoid it. But the seniors Washington State will honor today in their final Beasley Coliseum appearance know they can’t …


Cougs pick apart Arizona in second half

PULLMAN – Even after the University of Arizona harried them into a 10-point loss almost a month ago in Tucson, the Washington State Cougars didn’t feel defeated. Frustrated, angry and …


Cougars top Wildcats

Taylor Rochestie scored 17 points as Washington State came back to beat Arizona 69-53 on Thursday night to keep alive the Cougars’ postseason basketball hopes.