WSU ASSISTANT basketball coach Ben Johnson said last summer that little-used senior post-man Chris Henry, hobbled by injuries most of his career, could be in a position to help the Cougs in spots this season if he remained healthy. Until Thursday at Cal, most of Henry's assistance came in practice, making Aron Baynes work hard, and on the bench during games, providing spirited support.
February 28, 2008
WASHINGTON STATE will head into Saturday night's league opener against the Huskies with a seven man rotation but it won't be a surprise to see others -- and perhaps two in particular -- beyond that group play some key minutes against Washington. And if Washington State is going to log their sixth straight win over the UW, the bench will need to produce when called upon.
January 3, 2008
PULLMAN -- When Dick Bennett landed his inaugural recruiting class at WSU, he didn't hesitate when asked if any of the youngsters could become immediate starters. He uttered one name first. And it wasn't Kyle Weaver's. Or Robbie Cowgill's, Daven Harmeling's or Josh Akognon's. Or even Derrick Low's. Now, with one season left in a career marred by injury, Chris Henry aims to make up for lost time.
April 25, 2007
PULLMAN—This certainly wasn't how it was supposed to go. Two and a half weeks after upsetting 10th-ranked Washington on the road, Washington State has yet to win another game, dropping close decisions to UCLA, USC, Oregon and Oregon State. This week the Cougars travel to Northern California to play Stanford and Cal in an attempt to salvage a season that still has promise of landing them in a postseason tournament.
January 25, 2006
SPOKANE -- Back in the '80s, courtesy of Wendy's, the question du jour was "Where's the beef?" To those who witnessed Gonzaga's 67-53 domination of Washington State on Thursday, there was no question where the beef was. It was wrapped in a Gonzaga uniform worn by 6-9, 269-pound J.P. Batista. He and his mates so dominated down low that the most pressing query of the night was whether the Cougs would ever set foot in the paint.
December 8, 2005
MAKING OFFICIAL WHAT had long been considered a foregone conclusion, Tony Bennett will become WSU's men's basketball coach when his father Dick retires, Cougar AD Jim Sterk announced Friday. Entering his third season at the Cougar helm, Dick Bennett will coach this season and then, as he has every year since arriving in Pullman, evaluate whether to return. Regardless when the reins are handed over, Tony said the program is headed is now on the verge of becoming something special.
September 23, 2005
U.S. IMPORTS FROM Australia have tended to hit it big over the years. And now Washington State basketball coach Dick Bennett is hoping another one, whom he outdueled Gonzaga and Utah to get, will follow that same path to fame. At 6-foot-10, Aron Baynes is taller than Russell Crowe. Odds are that he doesn't sing like Olivia Newton-John or wear a tank top as well as Nicole Kidman. But you can bet Mel Gibson doesn't clean the glass or dominate the paint like the kid from the Outback.
May 26, 2005