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WSU readies for last home game


COUGARS

Midweek. Only the rest of this one and the next left in Washington State’s 2009 football season. As Cal and Stanford prepare for the Big Game, WSU prepares for a visit by Oregon State. And about 15,000 tickets have been sold. But then again, in recent history, the home game before Thanksgiving week is always sparsely attended. We have more, so read on.

WSU news and notes for Tuesday night


COUGARS • UPDATE: 7:20 P.M.

Good evening. We wish we had some basketball notes for you, because that would mean we were spending our afternoon in Beasley Coliseum instead of standing on Rogers Field. My guess is there was at least a 40-degree difference. But we do have some pretty important football notes for you to peruse. Please read on.

A packed Tuesday morning


COUGARS • UPDATED: 11:12 A.M.

We’ve got basketball games to go over, including a huge upset in the Pac-10. Football, that’s still going on. There is a lot of stuff on the link. Read on.

WSU holds off EWU, 67-61


COUGARS, EAGLES

Washington State played well in spurts Monday night. Eastern Washington played hard all night long. And the two combined to keep the nonconference battle between two schools separated by about 75 miles interesting until the end. On the link we have some notes and the unedited version of our game story. Read on.

WSU leads 30-25 at half


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What did WSU learn in the first half? The most important lesson might have been how to play when Klay Thompson can’t buy a basket. It’s something that shouldn’t happen all that often this season, but when it does – and it certainly did early in the game with EWU Monday – the Cougars are going to have to find offense somewhere. It was Reggie Moore, who had 11 first-half points, in this one. … The Eagles took advantage, running out to a 17-9 lead with tough defense and offensive execution. And they did it with their starting posts on the bench, Brandon Moore with foul trouble and Mark Brunell with a gimpy left ankle that was retaped. Plus Benny Valentine did not score. … Another thing they should have learned is defense can ignite an offense, something the Cougars exhibited the past few years. It was the WSU defense that caused the late-in-the-half comeback, closing the nine-point lead, and pulling away to lead by five. … Another lesson, this one Thompson showed he’s learned. If your shot is not falling – Thompson was 0 for 6 at one point – then you can always get to the line. Thompson was 4 of 6 from there before getting going from the field. He hit his last two 3-pointers and finished with 10 points.

WSU faces Eastern


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Before the basketball game gets going – you can watch it live on FSN – we have our first look at Oregon State and a short on Jason Stripling. And, oh ya, some basketball notes. By the way, Glenn Johnson is back. Read on.

Last look at WSU loss to UCLA


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We have a lot for you tonight. There’s our usual look back at Saturday’s game. Then there is the follow story. And an advance of Monday’s basketball game with Eastern Washington. All, of course, will appear in tomorrow’s S-R. Read on.

A busy game day at WSU


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Let’s see. We have the basketball stories. We have the football advances. We have the UCLA stories. We have a Cougar soccer story. We’ve got pretty much everything covered. Read on.

WSU rolls over MVSC


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The Ken Bone era at WSU is officially underway. We documented it Friday night with this story, the unedited version of which you can find on the link. After the story are a few notes. Read on.

A prediction for WSU game tonight


COUGARS • UPDATED: 6:45 P.M.

If you’ve read this blog much, you know I’m not a big fan of predictions. I’m usually wrong and, because I hate being wrong, I rarely make a prediction. But tonight I will make an exception. I’ve got one for you. Read on.

UPDATE: Mississippi Valley State was delayed on 195 from Spokane. The Devils are in the building, and the game will start 30 minutes after they hit the court. My guess: 7:20.

Cold day at WSU


COUGARS

As we kick off Dad’s Weekend in Pullman, the WSU stories are hard to find – sort of like a warm day in mid-November. But we did unearth a couple, along with the usual Pac-10 items. Read on.

WSU football, basketball news


COUGARS • UPDATED: 6:30 P.M.

We have a couple items for you, including a short feature on Myron Beck and an advance on tomorrow’s basketball game. Also, there are some notes from Paul Wulff’s press conference. Read on.

UCLA might get cold reception at WSU


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The forecast for this weekend seems to get a little worse each day. If not worse, than colder. The chance of snow or a cold rain Friday? Sixty percent. Saturday, only 20 percent, but a high of 33. Of course, that could all change, even over the course of the day today. But for now, it could be chilly on the field Saturday. Read on.

Simon signs with WSU


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A quick post with the unedited version of the story about WSU’s basketball signee from the early period that started Wednesday. Read on.

Another crowded Wednesday with WSU links


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It’s a crowded morning, no doubt about it. It always is on Wednesday, as everyone writes about Pac-10 football. Plus, basketball is getting underway, so there’s that as well. Read on.

WSU’s Koprivica has traveled a long way to Pullman


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Basketball season opens officially this Friday. As I searched for a subject to kick off the season, it seemed natural to settle on lone senior Nik Koprivica. So we sat down and talked. And, after three years of talking with him, I learned what his life was like. The story that follows, and will appear in tomorrow’s S-R, grew out of that conversation. I hope it opens a door to a Koprivica you may not have known. Read on.

Sports overlap at WSU


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We had to make an executive decision this morning. The choice was complicated: Put up one morning post, intermingling football and basketball, which would make WSU’s section longer, or put up two, with the usual football stuff in the first one and a shorter one featuring basketball. I came down on the side of one, using the logic that you folks are interested in WSU, no matter what. At least that’s how I read it. If you have thoughts, pass them on.

WSU runs past LC State


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The exhibition season is now officially over in Pullman. It didn’t last long. One game. The games start for real – and count – Friday against Mississippi Valley State, though they way its performed against WSU the past two years make it almost like another exhibition. Anyone, WSU won the real one, 73-51 over Lewis-Clark State College. Read on for notes and the unedited version of our game story.

WSU leads 42-24 at half


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Well, WSU is leading handily. That’s about all you can say about the first half. It’s a sloppy basketball game (17 turnovers combined, 10 by L-C State), but that could have been predicted with all that’s new here at Beasley. New coach, new players, new system, new uniforms. One thing that’s the same. Klay Thompson can still shoot it. He’s also improved his ball-handling (as we’ve noted before) which is allowing him to get to the rim – and foul line – more often. Of his 14 points, three came from the line. We’ll be back after we’ve written our story.

WSU opens basketball season


COUGARS

OK, you talked me into it. Here’s a quick pregame basketball post. Read on.

UCLA comes to town Friday


COUGARS

This blog post is coming to you from the upper reaches of Beasley Coliseum, where we get ready to watch the Washington State men’s basketball team play its only exhibition game of the preseason. The opponent is Lewis-Clark State. But we’ll get to basketball later, after we have a chance to see the Cougars in action. What we have for you now is the unedited version of our first look at UCLA, this week’s football opponent. Read on.

WSU starts full week


COUGARS

Ready for a full week? Let’s see. There’s basketball games Monday and Friday night, we’ll have our season preview in Wednesday’s paper and, like always, we’ll have something from football nearly every day. Sounds like a full week to me. Read on.

Looking back at WSU’s loss in the desert


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Well, there is basketball tomorrow. It’s obvious some of you are looking forward to that. We’ll be there. But before we begin another sport and another season, we’re still wrapped up in football. Our follow on WSU’s loss at UA is on the link, along with the look back and, yes, a short basketball advance. Read on.

WSU’s newest freshman


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Saturday night against Notre Dame, the Washington State University fullback snuck out into the right flat and caught a pass from Jeff Tuel. It went for 12 yards. And if you were wondering who No. 37 was that caught it, read on. We’ll tell you.

Notes from WSU and around the Pac-10


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A pretty interesting day in Pullman, what with a couple of visitors to basketball practice and some doings on the football practice field. Read on.

Basketball gets closer for WSU, Pac-10


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We have our story on Ken Bone’s appearance at the Pac-10’s media day, even though we weren’t in Los Angeles. You can read the unedited version on the link. We also add a few nuggets from each of the schools. Read on.

A full Thursday around WSU


COUGARS • UPDATED: 9:30 A.M.

This is going to be a full post, so let’s get right to it. With all that’s going on right now between basketball and football, our days are pretty full. My guess, with Halloween around the corner, so are yours. Read on.

• UPDATED: The Pac-10 basketball media poll is out. The Cougars are picked to finish eighth. We’ll have more later.

Watch the Pac-10 media day


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Want to watch the Pac-10 basketball media day? Well you can right here. The show starts at 10 a.m., with WSU coach Ken Bone scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Enjoy.

Another Tuesday with WSU


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Tuesdays are always busy, from the numerous media availability sessions to practice to the unexpected that always seems to come up. So far today is following that same path, with a couple of stories available with a subject matter that isn’t all that usual here. They’re about money. And that’s a subject we’re not real familiar with. Read on.

WSU says hello to hoop during bye week


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The timing for the football bye week is perfect. Midway through a 12-game season, WSU has a chance to rest, relax and recuperate from a first half of the season that stressed the training staff as much as anyone. Plus it made my life easier, and that’s the bottom line, isn’t it? Instead of worrying about a football game this week, I could devote some time to the first few steps of the basketball team. That’s a good thing, right? Well, we have our report, and conference links, on the next page. Read on.