Washington State Scouting Report II

The two-game Washington road trip begins in the Palouse as the struggling Beavers face the Cougars who are coming off their first ever sweep of the L.A. schools. <br><br> Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m. The contest can be seen live over FoxSports Northwest.

Oregon State (8-12, 2-8) vs Washington State (11-10, 5-6)
Thursday, February 12 - 5:30 PM (FoxSports Northwest)
Friel Court - Pullman, WA
Series All-time: Oregon State leads 156-111
Last meeting: Oregon State 52, Washington State 41

Series Records | The Players | Notes from the Corvallis contest | Number's Don't Lie | Strengths/Concerns | Last Time... | News and Notes | Prediction | Roster


The Nitty Gritty on the Cougars

  • Home Court: Friel Court (12,058)
  • All-time Record: 1,345-1,239 (101 years)
  • Joined Pac-10: 1916-17

  • Current Record: 11-10, 5-6 in Pac-10 play
  • Standing in Pac-10 and rankings: Seventh in the Pac-10, currently not receiving any votes for the top 25.
    Washington State was picked to finish ninth in the Pac-10 by the media.
  • Head Coach: Dick Bennett is in his first year as head coach at Washington State.
    Career Record: 453-258; WSU Record: 11-10; Pac-10 Record: 5-6
  • 2002-03 Record: 7-20; 2-16 in Pac-10 play
  • Pac-10 Tournament: Did not make the Pac-10 tournament.
  • Postseason: Did not make the postseason.


Series Records

Most points (OSU): 99, Mar. 3, ‘72 (@ OSU)
Most points (WSU): 101, Feb. 17, ‘94 (@ WSU)

Longest OSU streak: 8 wins (1947-48 - 1948-49)
Longest WSU streak: 13 wins (1936-37 -- 1939-40)

Margin of victory (OSU): 36 (91-55), Feb. 23, ‘02 (@ OSU)
Margin of victory (WSU): 37 (101-64), Feb. 17, ‘94 @ WSU)

Overtime games: 9 (WSU 5-4)



Notes from the contest in Corvallis

  • The Beavers held WSU to a season-low 29-percent from the field.
  • Only one Washington State player, Jeff Varem, made three field goals the entire game.  Thomas Kelati was 0 for 9 while Marcus Moore shot 2 of 13.
  • Both teams were ice cold from three point range as WSU managed to hit just 3 of 15 (20.0%)while OSU hit only 2 of 14 (14.3%).
  • Oregon State dished out six more assists than WSU.
  • David Lucas shot 10 of 15 from the field for 21 points.
  • Angelo Tsagarakis shot 0 of 7 from downtown.
  • Kyle Jeffers was the games leading rebounder with nine.  Lamar Hurd was the game's leading assist man with four.
  • Oregon State had a 13 point advantage at halftime.




The Players
(Full Roster | Season Stats)

Leading Scorer: Marcus Moore, 13.3 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Shami Gill, 5.7 rpg
Leading Assist Man: Marcus Moore, 3.7 apg
Blocked shots leader:
Thomas Kelati, .38 bpg

Minutes played per game: Marcus Moore, 34.0 mpg
Most steals per game: Marcus Moore, 1.7 spg

Returning starters: forward Shami Gill, guard Thomas Kelati, guard Marcus Moore and forward Chris Schlatter

Starting Five

G 11 Thomas Kelati (6-5, 184) - fundamental basketball player...started every game except senior night last season...dependable three-pointer shooter, has made 43 this year...quick hands and feet...started 20 of 21 games this season...in 31.7 minutes averaging 9.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists...shooting .403 from the field, .394 from three point range (ninth in the conference), and a team best .952 from the free throw line...has fouled out of three contests...had a tough night in Corvallis going 0 of 9 from the field, including 0 of 6 from three point range...managed two points on free throws and added five rebounds, one steal, and four turnovers in 30 minutes.

G 1 Marcus Moore (6-6, 208) - Wooden Award candidate...good jump shooter...superb court vision and hands...ranks in the Cougar top 10 in assists, steals and points per game...declared for the NBA draft last year, but withdrew his name in time to return this season...leads the team in points, assists, minutes, and steals...fifth in the conference in steals with 1.7 a game...shooting .379 from the field, .239 (22-92) from downtown, and .778 from the line...leads the team in turnovers with 67, 3.2 a game...has started all 21 games this season...also had a tough night at Gill in January, shot just 2 of 13 from the field in 32 minutes...grabbed just one rebound, dished out two assists, and managed one block.

G 45 Jeff Varem (6-6, 235) - transfer from Vincennes University in Indiana...started eight games and played in 13...shooting .432 from the field, .375 the three point line, and .727 from the charity stripe...averaging 8.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game...sat out the first eight games due to violating school policies...improving as the season progresses...shot a team best 3 of 4 from the field in Corvallis while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out two assists in 31 minutes.

F 22 Shami Gill (6-7, 238) - solid free throw and field goal shooter...has struggled with injuries throughout his short collegiate career...good offensive rebounder, currently 10th in the conference with 2.3 a game...in 27.5 minutes is averaging 6.3 points and a team leading 5.7 rebounds per game...leads the team in fouls with 64...shooting .472 from the field, .167 (2 of 13) from downtown, and .778 from the free throw line...has started all 21 games this year...in 19 minutes scored four points, grabbed three rebounds, and committed five fouls in on Ralph Miller Court.

F 5 Chris Schlatter (6-6, 211) - consistent shooter with good range...transfered from St. Mary's College in California last year...has started 18, played in all 21, games this season...shooting .365 from the field, .350 from the three point arc, and .722 from the line...averaging 4.6 points and 4.3 rebounds...has 66 defensive rebounds...in 25 minutes scored two points, grabbed one steal, committed four fouls and harnessed five rebounds in Corvallis.


The Bench

F 11 Randy Green (6-4, 180) - streaky shooter...one of the first players to come off the bench...played in all 21 games this year, started five...in 14.6 minutes is averaging 5.3 points and 1.3 rebounds...shooting .385 from the field, .404 from three point range (sixth in the conference), and .773 from the free throw line...scored five points and grabbed two steal in 10 minutes at Oregon State.

F 55 Justin Bellegarde (6-9, 240) - played in 18 games, started three...minutes have been slashed in half during Pac-10 play...in 8.1 minutes is averaging 1.9 points and 1.6 rebounds...shooting .536 from the field, and .400 from the charity stripe...played just four minutes and grabbed on rebound.

F 32 Enzenwa Ukeagu (6-8, 253) - good rebounder...one of the bigger players on the team...doesn't mind mixing it up inside...has played in eighteen games, started one...averaging 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 15.1 minutes...shooting a team best .540 (34 of 63) from the field and .680 from the line...hit 5 of 6 from the line and scored a team leading 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds on Ralph Miller Court.

G 21 Anthony Grant (6-5, 190) - transfer from College of Eastern Utah...usually a solid shooter from three point range, but struggling from the floor this year...played in 19 contests, started four...shooting a team worst.152 (7 of 46) from the field, .156 from downtown (5 of 32), and .500 from the line...hit one three point shot in 13 minutes...also added a rebound, assist, and blocked shot.




Numbers Don't Lie

TEAM STATISTICS                         WSU          OPP
SCORING.......................         1170         1196
  Points per game.............         55.7         57.0
  Scoring margin..............         -1.2            -
FIELD GOALS-ATT...............     418-1050      434-968
  Field goal pct..............         .398         .448
3 POINT FG-ATT................      121-378      108-312
  3-point FG pct..............         .320         .346
  3-pt FG made per game.......          5.8          5.1
FREE THROWS-ATT...............      213-292      220-333
  Free throw pct..............         .729         .661
REBOUNDS......................          618          652
  Rebounds per game...........         29.4         31.0
  Rebounding margin...........         -1.6            -
ASSISTS.......................          226          230
  Assists per game............         10.8         11.0
TURNOVERS.....................          257          299
  Turnovers per game..........         12.2         14.2
  Turnover margin.............         +2.0            -
  Assist/turnover ratio.......          0.9          0.8
STEALS........................          133           96
  Steals per game.............          6.3          4.6
BLOCKS........................           34           53
  Blocks per game.............          1.6          2.5
WINNING STREAK................            2            -
  Home win streak.............            0            -
ATTENDANCE....................        29112        77792
  Home games-Avg/Game.........       8-3639      11-6421
  Neutral site-Avg/Game.......            -       2-3580

BY PERIOD     1st  2nd    Total
------------ ---- ----     ----
Team........  521  649  -  1170
Opponents...  593  603  -  1196



Strengths and Concerns



  • Talented guards - Marcus Moore and Thomas Kelati lead the team in almost every statistical category.  The have also started for almost two complete seasons together, excluding injuries.

  • Experience - WSU has used five different starting lineups, with 10 players making at least one start.

  • Defense - The Cougars are first in the conference, 10th nationally, in scoring defense allowing just 57.0 points a game.



  • Offense - Last in the conference in scoring offense (55.7), field goal percentage (.398), and assists (10.7).

  • Bulk in the middle - Last in conference in blocked shots (1.6), defensive rebounds (19.9), and offensive rebounds (9.5)



Last Time the Cougars Played Oregon State...

in Corvallis...
Washington State controlled the tempo Thursday night at Gill Coliseum, but Oregon State controlled the scoreboard, winning the game 52-41.  Forward David Lucas led the way for the Beavers with 21 points and added six rebounds. “He’s our go to guy,” sophomore guard Chris Stephens said of Lucas. “When we need points, we can dump it down to him.”...Beaver defense delivers


in Pullman...
Freshman Randy Green scored a season-high 22 points Saturday as Washington State snapped a 14-game losing streak by downing Oregon State 75-71.  Green was the only double-figures scorer for the Cougars (6-18, 1-14 Pac-10), who had lost a school-record 21 consecutive league games since beating Washington 81-79 on Jan. 31, 2002. Recap




News from the Latest Cougar Game

Washington State's Jeff Varem scored 12 points, including 10 free throws in the final six minutes, to lift the Cougars to a 60-51 victory Saturday night over USC.

The victory, coupled with the Cougars' 55-48 triumph at UCLA on Thursday night, gave Washington State its first-ever road sweep of the Pacific 10 Conference's Los Angeles teams...Cougars complete L.A. sweep



News and Notes

  • Oregon State has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the teams, including six straight at home, and four of the last five.
  • The 267 games played between the Cougars and Beavers ranks as the fourth-highest total between two schools in Division I.
  • The last time the Cougars played in the postseason was during the 1996-97 season when they received a bid to the NIT after going 18-11.
  • The last time WSU had a winning record was in 1997 when they went 18-11.
  • The last time the Cougars defeated OSU in Corvallis was in 1998.
  • Washington State has already surpassed their win total from a year ago.  They have won ten games this year and only won seven contests last year.



Norz's Humble Prediction

Does it really matter what I say here?  No, because I have predicted almost the exact opposite of the actual outcome.  Nonetheless, I write for fun and will dispense my amiss prediction on your eyes.  The Cougars just swept USC and UCLA in California and keep improving as the season progresses.  Cougars by 10 as they split the season series with the Beavs.



Full Roster

1 Marcus Moore G 6-6 208 RS SR Inglewood, CA
3 Lance Den Boer G 6-6 210 FR Sunnyside, WA
5 Chris Schlatter F 6-6 211 RS JR Lafayette, CA
11 Thomas Kelati G 6-5 184 JR Walla Walla, WA
12 Randy Green G 6-4 180 RS SO Renton, WA
21 Anthony Grant G 6-5 190 SO Seattle, WA
22 Shami Gill F 6-7 238 JR Mission, B.C.
23 T.J. Patrick G 6-1 170 FR Ponte Verda Beach, FL
32 Ezenwa Ukeagu F 6-8 253 RS SR Coral Springs, FL
44 Justin Garcia C 7-1 245 RS JR Mira Loma, CA
45 Jeff Varem G 6-6 235 JR Benue, Nigeria
55 Justin Bellegarde F 6-9 240 SR Ukiah, CA


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