Hoops: Crimson & Gray still the one for Green

PULLMAN -- Washington State's impressive 63-47 win over Wyoming Wednesday night was overshadowed by an incident between senior guard Randy Green and coach Dick Bennett. Upset about being benched, Green argued with Bennett, walking off the court and out of the building. Later, Bennett said Green had quit and he had "no intention of letting him back on the team." But Thursday, Green was back at practice. Everyone involved claims the incident has been cleared up and they're ready to move on.

With a little more than five minutes remaining in the game last night, Green was abruptly summoned to the bench by Bennett after taking an ill-advised shot. Clearly upset, Green verbally shot back at Bennett. The two argued, prompting Green to leave the court.

After Thursday's practice, Green said the whole thing was a misunderstanding.

"I thought he wanted me to go, and he thought I wanted to quit," Green said. "It was just a heat of the moment thing. I wasn't able to keep my head."

After talking to associate head coach Tony Bennett and to several teammates last night, Green had about a half-hour discussion with Dick Bennett Thursday morning, where Green said the two patched things up.

"We had to clear up some things, and we talked it out," Green said. "He told me some things he thought I did wrong, and I told him some things I felt he did wrong. Everything's perfectly fine now.

"I regret getting up and leaving in the middle of the game. I regret it, but at least I didn't do anything real stupid," Green added. "I had to go somewhere and clear my head so I didn't do anything real crazy."

Green said several teammates came and visited him at home after the game.

"They were very, very supportive," Green said. "They let me know that they wanted me on the team."

As the only senior on a squad loaded with freshmen and sophomores, Green is one of WSU's leaders. On the court, he brings a spark off the bench with his defensive intensity and improved offensive game. Before last night's incident, he'd lit up Wyoming for eight points and four steals in just 12 minutes. For the season, Green is averaging 4.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in just under 19 minutes per contest for the 3-1 Cougars.

Green wanted to make one thing especially clear: "I didn't quit. I'd never quit on my teammates, on my coaches, and on Pullman. I want to finish out my career as a Coug."

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