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WSU’s Harmeling frustrated by struggles

PULLMAN – Daven Harmeling has been to the heights and seen the sights. He’s visited the valleys. College basketball holds no surprises for him anymore. And yet, he wants more. …


At a glance: Washington State Cougars

RECORD: 14-13 overall, 6-9 Pac-10 COMING UP: Today vs. Arizona, 6 p.m., FSN; Saturday vs. Arizona State, 2 p.m., FSN


Cougs upset UCLA

LOS ANGELES – Maybe it was the way it started. Maybe it was the way it ended. But it was as if the guys who made it happen couldn’t accept …


Believe it or not!

LOS ANGELES – Maybe it was the way it started. Maybe it was the way it ended. But it was as if the guys who made it happen couldn’t accept …


Future returns at stake

LOS ANGELES – As Washington State rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to pull within one against USC Thursday night, two freshmen played a surprisingly important role. Surprising because neither …


Cougars just don’t click

LOS ANGELES – This Washington State men’s basketball team can’t afford even a little slip in any facet of the game. The Cougars play on the razor’s edge, so a …


At a glance: Washington State Cougars

RECORD: 13-12 overall, 5-8 Pac-10. COMING UP: Today at USC, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at UCLA, noon, FSN


WSU’s Thompson just getting warmed up

Freshman Klay Thompson is on a roll. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard has increased his Pac-10 scoring average to 15.2 points per game while hitting 51.4 percent of his 3-point attempts. …


Cougars must overcome USC’s gimmicks on defense

LOS ANGELES – One of the simplest instruments to play in an elementary school band is the triangle. Hold it on the top, put a metal wand inside and bang …


Second-half lapse undoes Cougars

PULLMAN – Washington State’s postseason basketball hopes may have bled out all over Friel Court on Saturday. If they did, it was a death caused by a hundred back cuts.


Oregon State nips WSU

Washington State’s men’s basketball suffers a disappointing home loss to the Oregon State Beavers.


Cougars dominate Ducks

PULLMAN – Looking forward to the Pac-10’s stretch run this week, Washington State men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett expressed one goal. He wanted his team to play better. Mission accomplished.


At a glance: Washington State Cougars

RECORD: 12-11 overall, 4-7 Pac-10 COMING UP: Today vs. Oregon, 7 p.m.; Saturday vs. Oregon State, 4 p.m., FSN


Cougars need strong finish for 3rd straight postseason appearance

PULLMAN – The past two years, Washington State’s men’s basketball team has entered mid-February wondering what its NCAA tournament seed would be. Rarified air, for sure, for the Cougars, who …


Verlin dreads coaching against friend

There are sure to be strange feelings on both sides. Don Verlin, the longtime protege of Utah State coach Stew Morrill, said it was awkward to square off with his …


Stanford streaks past Cougars

STANFORD, Calif. – For the Washington State men’s basketball team to be successful, especially on the road in the Pac-10, the Cougars’ defense has to be, as coach Tony Bennett …


Cougs have chance for second-half push

PULLMAN – How can it be that halfway through the Pac-10 schedule there just might be more questions than there were five weeks ago? Washington State coach Tony Bennett may …


WSU freshmen share impressions of Pac-10

Washington State’s freshmen who see extended time – Klay Thompson, DeAngelo Casto and Marcus Capers – have seen every Pac-10 team. Here are their answers to a series of questions.


Basketball teams log solid first half

Three of the four area Division I teams have reached the halfway point of their conference schedules, and the news is good for all. Gonzaga made it through the West …


Cougars freeze in desert

TUCSON, Ariz. – With 13 minutes and 43 seconds left to play Saturday in their regionally televised Pac-10 Conference basketball matchup with Arizona, the Washington State Cougars were rolling across …


Cougs face Arizona’s terrific trio

TUCSON, Ariz. – When you think of the University of Arizona men’s basketball team, your mind probably fixates on the Wildcats’ big three, a trio of juniors who make the …


Thompson’s range burns Sun Devils

TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State was in a zone. That allowed Klay Thompson to get into one as well.


Cougars beat No. 14 Arizona State

TEMPE, Ariz. — Freshman Klay Thompson scored a season-high 28 points and was 8-of-10 from 3-point range to lead Washington State to a 65-55 victory over No. 14 Arizona State …


At a glance: Washington State Cougars

RECORD: 11-8 overall, 3-4 Pac-10 COMING UP: Tonight at Arizona State, 6; Saturday at Arizona, 10 a.m., CBS


Cougars give one away

PULLMAN – It was a matter of perception. As he made his way up the Beasley Coliseum tunnel Saturday afternoon following his basketball team’s 46-44 comeback win over Washington State, …


Out of the lineup, not out of sorts

PULLMAN – Caleb Forrest and Daven Harmeling share a friendship common on basketball teams around the world. It’s built upon hour after hour in an arena together, founded on the …


Blanchette: WSU navigates toward its identity

PULLMAN – Manning the tiller, Tony Bennett will not pick a wave and navigate by that, knowing it’s merely a passage to being lost at sea. Or how is it …


Cougs fall one shot shy

PULLMAN – It wasn’t a furious rally, but it was an effective one, although it ultimately came up a play short. Trailing by 15 points with 17 minutes left, Washington …


Cougs lose by two to Bruins

Nick Collison lifted the 13th-ranked Bruins to a 61-59 win over Washington State at Pullman Thursday night that kept UCLA atop the Pac-10 standings.


Slimmed-down Baynes improved stamina, attitude

PULLMAN – As the calendar turns another leaf into a new year, millions of Americans resolve to improve their fitness. Health clubs overflow with the hordes trying to lose a …