NIT outlook dims; Bennett mum about future

PULLMAN -- Barring a possible, though fading, shot at an NIT berth, this weekend will be the last time Cougar fans see senior Randy Green at Friel Court. Whether it's also the last time they see head man Dick Bennett is not certain. Media reports from Moscow to Madison have all but purchased the ceremonial rocking chair for Bennett, who has yet to announce his plans. With the Cougs taking on Pac-10 heavies Cal and Stanford, WSU has a chance to prolong the season and perhaps Bennett's career.
February 22, 2006

Cougar hoops roundup: Time to rekindle fire

PULLMAN -- The momentum of beating Washington when the Huskies were ranked No. 10 in the country was potentially squandered by the Cougars' two road losses at UCLA and USC over the weekend. This week, the Cougars have the Oregon schools at home and priority No. 1 is to rekindle the defensive energy and get back in the win column.
January 19, 2006

14 first-half points no typo. Cougs KO Utah

SEATTLE -- For a while there, it looked like WSU sophomore forward Robbie Cowgill was going to outscore Utah all by himself. He tossed in 10 points -- WSU's first 10 of the game, in fact -- before the refs had even broken a sweat, while Utah's Utes took the entire half just to get 14. That's no typo, folks. A Key Arena crowd very generously pegged at 5,496 ate up the Cougars' throttling of the perennial NCAA Tournament team.
December 22, 2005

WSU Hoops: Surprising Cougs improve to 6-2

PULLMAN — Ranked ninth in the nation in scoring defense, Washington State put the cuffs on Portland Saturday, shutting down the Pilots 61-46. But it was the Cougar offensive exploits -- especially in the second half -- that told the story as WSU moved to a surprising 6-2 on the season.
December 17, 2005

WSU hands K-State first defeat, moves to 4-1

IT MAY YET turn out to be a season of growing pains for the youthful Cougars in Year Three of the Bennett project at Washington State, but the early returns on 2005 have been promising. Coach Dick Bennett says his third year has always been the most trying, and with but one senior, three juniors and 12 sophomores and freshmen on the roster, some tough stretches are to be expected but the Cougs still moved to 4-1 Saturday, knocking off previously unbeaten Kansas State 58-57 in Pullman.
December 3, 2005

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.
December 1, 2005