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SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 2009

SATURDAY, JAN. 10, 2009

WSU posts a key Pac-10 win 27 

COUGARS I make a statement in my story tonight about how Taylor Rochestie's game-winning bucket might just have saved this season for the Cougars. Too much hyperbole? Please let me know. Because it sure seemed like this win was key to me. Lose this one...

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WSU pulls out 55-54 win 13 

COUGARS Taylor Rochestie's drive, DeAngelo Casto's defensive block and viola, the losing streak is over. But not without some tough moments. An offensive flurry – a 10-0 run to boot – to open the second half, capped by Klay Thompson's fastbreak slam dunk over Mitch...

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Stanford up by eight in contentious game

COUGARS As shooting exhibitions go, this one was pretty horrendous, with WSU shooting 20 percent in a first half they trailed 30-22. Against the worst defensive team in the Pac-10 (at least as shooting percentage defense goes), Washington State managed to hit just 4 of...

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Stanford is a test on the offensive end 

COUGARS The Stanford Cardinal presented matchup problems for every team in the Pac-10 last year, with the possible exception of UCLA. Two active 7-footers will do that. But the Lopez brothers are gone and, yet, the Cardinal still present matchup problems. Read on.

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WSU still loose despite struggles 

COUGARS Before the Cal game Thursday night, Taylor Rochestie and Caleb Forrest – later joined by Aron Baynes – took the court a couple hours before game time, shot a while and then played a game of horse. The seniors were loose and ready, enjoying...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2009

Cardinal next up for WSU 

COUGARS With Stanford coming to town tomorrow (hey, alliteration – Sister Patrice would be so proud), it seemed like a good time to put together a notebook. Read on for the unedited version. And, as a web-only bonus, I answer a question a lot of...

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Cal, the next day 11 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 11:30 A.M. It's easy to tell when the Washington State Cougars are having a down season. The coverage dries up. And that's what's happening right now. Trying to find anything but a wire piece on the Cougars' loss to Cal last night...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2009

WSU struggles down the stretch 

COUGARS Well, if it's any consolation for Coug fans, this one came down to the wire. Not many of the Cougars six losses have. Usually, the problem stretch occurs a lot earlier than it did Thursday night. But once again WSU was unable to make...

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Cal pulls away late to stop WSU 

COUGARS There was just too much Patrick Christopher. The reigning Pac-10 player of the week looked like he wants to win the award two consecutive times Thursday. Not only did he finish with 22 points, but he stuck dagger after dagger into the Cougar second-half...

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Cal leads by two at half 

COUGARS The tweaks WSU has instituted in its offense – more on-ball screens, moving Daven Harmeling back to the 4, giving Abe Lodwick some time – have certainly helped the Cougars stay close, trailing 28-26 at the half. But maybe Taylor Rochestie had it right...

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WSU tries to end streak 15 

COUGARS Remember last season when WSU lost three consecutive home games? The Cougars avoided losing a fourth by thundering O.J. Mayo and USC, 74-50. Which means WSU hasn't lost four in-a-row at home since 2004, Dick Bennett's first year. But that is a possibility tonight...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7, 2009

FSN and the Holt hire - plus hoops 23 

COUGARS It was, seemingly, a huge day yesterday for Husky fans. The hiring of former Idaho head coach Nick Holt as defensive coordinator was such a big deal that Fox Sports Northwest televised the press conference – twice. Read on for more on that and...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

Cal, Stanford headed for Pullman 

COUGARS The Bay Area teams come into Pullman this weekend, starting with the Cal Bears on Thursday night. Cal and Stanford are two of the surprising teams in the Pac-10 this season, so we thought we would take a look at their success. Read on...

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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009

SUNDAY, JAN. 4, 2009

UW loss, the morning after 37 

COUGARS As I was looking back at the box scores from the past couple year's worth of WSU/UW basketball games yesterday, I was struck by how often Washington State had played 40 minutes of basketball against an aggressive, physical team without turning over the ball...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 3, 2009

WSU opens Pac-10 play with a loss 19 

COUGARS There isn't a lot of margin of error available for the Washington State Cougars this Pac-10 basketball season. This isn't a group right now that's going to come roaring back from a big deficit to win a game. This isn't a group that can...

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UW pulls away in the second half 

COUGARS Another quick burst by the opposition to open the second half. Another home loss. That's what happened again Saturday as UW scored nine consecutive points right after halftime and went on to defeat WSU, 68-48, in the Pac-10 opener for both. Yes, it seemed...

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UW leads by two at the half 

COUGARS WSU trails 30-28 at the half, with the Huskies dominating the boards and nailing just about every open look they have from 3. The Cougars are staying in the game because they are perfect from the line, hitting all seven they've taken. Both teams...

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Can WSU execute against the Huskies? 

COUGARS The Washington Huskies walked onto Friel Court today and Beasley Coliseum was silent. Really. No boos, no catcalls, nothing. What a difference without a majority of the students. There are a few, about a couple hundred right by the court, but they didn't acknowledged...

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Opening night prelude to rivalry day 

COUGARS The Pac-10's first four games went pretty much as expected Friday night, with USC and UCLA winning easily in Oregon, Cal showing its nonconference record was for real and Stanford showing is wasn't. The first wave of conference games ends today with WSU hosting...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 2, 2009

Looking ahead to UW 

COUGARS Washington State opens Pac-10 play tomorrow by hosting UW, as I'm sure everyone who is reading this knows. On the link we have the unedited version of our advance for you to peruse. Read on.

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