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SATURDAY, FEB. 28, 2009

WSU holds off No. 14 ASU in OT 13 

COUGARS Taylor Rochestie's 28-footer. That's what you'll remember from the Cougars' 51-49 victory. But there was more. Any defensive-minded coach preaches offense comes and goes. Your defense has to hold you in close games. You know you've heard Tony Bennett say it more than once.…

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ASU leads by three at half

COUGARS So what did you expect from the two teams that sit atop the Pac-10 shooting percentage defense statistic? An offensive shootout? Well, you would have been sorely disappointed. And not too smart. These are teams that play the same type of defense, just one…

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WSU trying to survive

COUGARS I don't know if this will be as shocking as Darwin's theory of evolution, but the next two WSU games are going to be a survival of the fittest. And, in the basketball sense, I'm not sure the Cougars can survive. Read on.

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Senior Day at WSU 

COUGARS As Taylor Rochestie and Aron Baynes and Caleb Forrest and Daven Harmeling prepare to play their final game on Friel Court in an attempt to win the 79th game in the past four years, we prepare to put up our 347th post of the…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2009

UCLA guard Darren Collison drives to the basket as Washington State's Aron Baynes , Caleb Forrest, center, and Taylor Rochestie. (Dean Hare / Associated Press)

WSU seniors will say goodbye 

COUGARS Arizona State will enter Beasley Coliseum tomorrow coming off a tough loss in Seattle, a loss that possibly cost the Sun Devils a shot at the Pac-10 title. So how will they respond? And how will the Cougars deal with the emotions of senior…

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Arizona win, the morning after 13 

COUGARS Good morning. A little celebrating by the neighbors last night around the apartment complex, or was it just a typical Thursday night in Pullman? Whatever, the noise didn't die down until late, or early, depending on your perspective. Mine is in the shut-the-heck-up-and-go-to-bed-it's-after-midnight category.…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2009

WSU trails 29-26 at half

COUGARS Though the numbers don't show it – they are bad, but not Stanford bad – this was the worst offensive first half of the season for the Cougs. They are shooting 29 percent, including just 3 of 13 beyond the arc. The real problem…

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WSU hopes to sap UA's power

COUGARS Woke up this morning to a loud buzz, and it wasn't the alarm clock. It was the microwave resetting itself after a power outage. Since then there have been three more, as my part of Pullman tries to deal with the heavy snow that…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2009

WSU's Daven Harmeling grabs a rebound in front Arizona' Jordan Hill. (John Miller / Associated Press)

WSU's Harmeling has learned this season 15 

COUGARS Saturday, five seniors will be on the court for the last time as a Cougar: Daven Harmeling, Taylor Rochestie, Aron Baynes, Caleb Forrest and walk-on Ryan Bailey. For tomorrow, I've written about the one who has had the most challenging senior season. For the…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 24, 2009

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

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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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

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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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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