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FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2009

Stanford forward Lawrence Hill  gets two of this game-high 20 points.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Somber Cougars can't explain effort 

COUGARS Talking with the Washington State players after the 65-54 loss to Stanford on Thursday night, there was a grudging admiration of the way the Cardinal shot. Anytime a team hits a hair under 70 percent against you from beyond the 3-point arc, there has…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2009

Stanford makes it look easy, 65-54 

COUGARS Washington State had no answer for Lawrence Hill. And, when Taylor Rochestie picked up his third foul with 17 minutes left and had to sit, the Cougars had little execution on offense. That combination, along with possibly the Cougars poorest defense effort of the…

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Stanford up 29-28 at the half

COUGARS You like fast-paced basketball? Then this isn't the game for you, except maybe the final minute in which the Cougars surrendered all of a hard-earned first-half advantage. The pace of this game was so slow it only took about 35 minutes to play 20…

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Casto will make second start for WSU 

COUGARS Another road game, another lineup. Yes, if there is one thing you can count on this season, it's that WSU will adjust its starting lineup to fit the competition. And tonight the competition is Stanford, a team that usually starts three players 6-foot-7 and…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2009

Recruiting still center stage at WSU 

COUGARS Good Tuesday morning to you. The weather is fine here in Pullman, though there must have been a blizzard in the apartment complex Sunday. Wait, it's just trash from Super Bowl parties. Well it hasn't "melted" yet. Really, how far is it to the…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 31, 2009

Cougars wilt in desert 

COUGARS There is no louder facility in the Pac-10 than McKale Center. And it was as loud as its been in a while midway through the second half today. We offer you the raw version of our game story and some web-only notes. Read on.

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Arizona's Chase Budinger (34) shoots for two despite the attempted defense of Washington States' Daven Harmeling (32)  during the first half of a college basketball game at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/John Miller) ORG XMIT: AZJM101 (John Miller / The Spokesman-Review)

Early morning in Tucson 

COUGARS We here in McKale Center getting ready for the teams to take the floor. It's awful early, kinda like a summer tournament with kids. Had a nice chat with Bill Rafferty about Tony Bennett, Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto – plus the Cougars' postseason…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2009

Arizona forward Jordan Hill, right, grabs a rebound over Gonzaga forward Ira Brown, left, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix. (Paul Connors / Associated Press)

WSU prepares for test in Tucson 11 

COUGARS It's sometimes amazing how much a college basketball team can get through in an hour practice on the Friday between games on the road. From fundamentals to shooting to going over offenses to prepping for the opponent, there isn't much wasted time. Except beforehand…

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ASU upset, a day after 21 

COUGARS Nothing like an upset of No. 14 in the nation to get the comment section lighting up again. The one that read "WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO" was especially insightful. Just kidding. I understand the letting-off-steam aspect of this interactive media. Anyhow, let's move on to our usual…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2009

WSU upsets ASU 65-55 35 

COUGARS This is the night Klay Thompson announced his presence. The freshman from Southern California set a school record for freshmen with eight 3-pointers while scoring a career-high 28 points. It was also the night DeAngelo Casto showed he can do just about anything needed…

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ASU up 30-27 at the half 

COUGARS Despite an early 9-0 run by the Sun Devils, WSU patiently clawed its way back into this game and trail by three at the half. James Harden had 13 points for the Devils, though that's unofficial because we don't have stats up here in…

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WSU hopes to warm up in Tempe 

COUGARS Do you know it is only 15 degrees warmer here in Tempe than it is in Pullman right now? Of course, the high today here will be 73, while Pullman is predicted to top out some 40 degrees lower. The people at the golf…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2009

Key weekend faces WSU 

COUGARS We're in SeaTac waiting for our flight to the Valley of the Eternal Traffic Jam, and thought we would post our advance that will appear in tomorrow's S-R. We also have some extra comments for you. So, for the unedited advance and more, read…

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WSU’s Daven Harmeling lofts a 3-pointer Saturday at KeyArena.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

WSU hoping to shine in sun 13 

COUGARS Washington State will practice this morning, then catch a bus to Spokane for the flight to Phoenix. And when Pullman looked like a snow globe in the hands of a hyperactive 6-year-old yesterday, I'm sure every one of the Cougars were looking forward to…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2009

Some football recruiting talk  

COUGARS • UPDATED: 7:50 P.M. We have some surprises for you this Tuesday. Instead of basketball links, we offer some football recruiting insights from the "experts." Not sure if they have any validity, but we're passing them on. And, oh ya, a basketball commentary as…

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MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2009

Cold day in Pullman 23 

COUGARS A couple of quick links to get you through your Monday. Have a great day and don't forget to bundle up. According to, it's minus-12 in Pullman as I write this. Insert your cold-shooting joke here. And then read on.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2009

USC guard Daniel Hackett (13) hits a jump shot over WSU guard Klay Thompson.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

WSU threw away a golden opportunity 29 

COUGARS Looking at the Pac-10 standings this morning, you can see why WSU coach Tony Bennett challenged his team before yesterday's USC game and why he emphasized its importance. Besides Washington and its six wins being on top, which is strange enough, there are three…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2009

Washington State forward Caleb Forrest, center, shoots as Southern California forwards Nikola Vucevic and Taj Gibson  defend during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game today at Jack Friel Court in Pullman. USC won 46-44.   (Dean Hare / The Associated Press)

Trojans come back to top WSU 

COUGARS As Tony Bennett saw it, Washington State had enough open shots to win – and win big. Maybe, he said, they were too open at times. But he did admit, as he was talking about USC throwing multiple defenses at the Cougars early, the…

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WSU falls 46-44 to USC 15 

COUGARS What would you expect when the two best defensive teams in the Pac-10 get together? A drag-out defensive battle of course. And that's what it was Saturday at Friel Court, won by USC 46-44. Neither team shot worth a darn, with WSU hitting 14…

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WSU leads by one at half

COUGARS USC coach Tim Floyd is the master of multiple defenses. So far today the Trojans have played a triangle-and-2 on Klay Thompson and Taylor Rochestie (something WSU worked against in practice), a box-and-1 (ditto), zone and man-to-man. All they've done is slow down an…

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