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SUNDAY, FEB. 22, 2009

UCLA win, the day after 15 

COUGARS It's the morning after WSU's upset of the Bruins in Westwood, something that's happened just once before in Cougar basketball history. And it came less than 48 hours after they sleepwalked through the first half of a loss at USC. We have our usual…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 21, 2009

Idaho snags third straight win

The Vandals blew most of an 11-point lead but held on for a 78-75 victory of Cal State Northridge on Saturday night at Cowan Spectrum. Idaho won its third straight and moved to 13-13. It's playing pretty good basketball but the fan support continues to…

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Eags keep hopes alive by edging UNC

They are tearing down the press courtside press tables at Reese Court, and the power had bee n shut off, but I still wanted to post the story on Eastern's important 60-59 win over Northern Colorado on Saturday night.You can read an unedited version of…

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WSU makes believers out of UCLA 17 

COUGARS The clean up crews are working their way through Pauley Pavilion, picking up the debris left by 10,392 who probably couldn't believe the Bruins lost today to Washington State. If they were in denial, they aren't alone. It was hard for WSU to believe.…

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WSU upsets UCLA, 82-81 25 

COUGARS It's been since 2004. And that was the only time ever. When Washington State won in Pauley. The first year of Dick Bennett's coaching tenure the Cougars took a 55-48 win back to Pullman. Now they have two, but it wasn't easy. Riding the…

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UCLA, WSU tied at 42 at half 

COUGARS Washington State has suffered through some scoring droughts before. Lots of times this year in fact. But the problems the Cougars have had scoring have usually been cause by either their offensive ineptitude or a stellar defensive effort. Not until Saturday was it caused…

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Deer Park will repeat, 9 finalists for GSL

Deer Park put all its wrestlers in the finals today - Blake Adams, Drew Acorn, Billy Rhoads, Brandon Leliefield, Cody Miller and Shawn Burton - to wrap up its second straight State 2A championship in convincing fashion. As coach Matt Jorgensen said yesterday, it's all…

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No. 1s on same regional side 

Greetings from Tacoma. Survived the first day of wrestling and gymnastics thanks with help from Doug Drowley who works with The Tacoma News-Tribune. I'll get back to the Tacoma Dome later. First it's about basketball. Tuesday's regional for 4A was thrown into a cocked hat…

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One more game in LA for WSU

COUGARS The last time WSU and UCLA got together in Pullman, the Bruins prevailed by a couple points, mainly because Nikola Dragovic went nuts from beyond the arc in the first half. But all week WSU coach Tony Bennett kept telling his team they were…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2009

Viewing EWU's woes from afar

Stuff happens.Usually when I'm on vacation -- which was the case once again last week when all hell broke loose at Eastern while I was busy carving out an 85-86 golf win over one of my closest friends on his home course in Fort Worth,…

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A long look at WSU's future 

COUGARS Though there are still at least five games left this season, we decided to look down the road a little bit today. As the season is winding down, the Cougar freshmen are slowing showing signs of being able to contribute more and more next…

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Camille Reynolds, center, a junior point guard at Lakeland High School has averaged just under 12 points per game this season, one less than last year.
 (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

State girls basketball

The Coeur d'Alene and Lakeland girls basketball teams got off to good starts Thursday and Lake City, despite losing, played well. Not so much for Bonners Ferry and Timberlake.Here's a link to me 5A story and here's a link to my 4A/3A story.Camille Reynolds, pictured…

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WSU’s Caleb Forrest, left, and Klay Thompson battle USC’s Taj Gibson for position.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

USC loss, the day after 23 

COUGARS For the first time in the Tony Bennett era at WSU, the Cougars have fallen to the .500 mark. They hit that point last night, losing 61-51 to USC in a game that wasn't that close, then was, then wasn't. The loss, WSU's seventh…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009

WSU's slips help USC to victory 

COUGARS As we write in our game story – the unedited version of which you'll find on the link – this WSU team can't afford many lapses. And the Cougars had a big one in the first half Thursday. The result was a 61-51 loss…

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USC stops WSU, 61-51 

COUGARS There was an impressive rally in the second half. But the 15-point deficit WSU built with its almost 8-minute first-half scoring drought was just too much to overcome. The Cougars, behind Taylor Rochestie and DeAngelo Casto, cut USC's lead to one (45-44) on Casto's…

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