MOST OF THE COUGAR basketball players that walk into the locker room at Bohler Gym are clad in Jordans, sweats or other typical hardcourt attire. Over the past four years, though, one man bucked the trend. When formal practices at WSU convene in two weeks, it's a pretty fair bet to say no one will be filling this guy's sartorial shoes.
October 8, 2009
FOUR YEARS AGO, Aron Baynes left his native Australia in part because he wanted to see if he could develop into an NBA player while playing for Washington State. On Monday, fresh from a workout with the NBA's Houston Rockets, Baynes said he remains determined "to give myself every opportunity to play" in the NBA.
June 9, 2009
FOUR OBSERVATIONS after watching Saint Mary's take Washington State to the NIT woodshed on Tuesday night. First, the NCAA selection committee was crazy to pass on sweet-shooting Patty Mills. Second, where the heck has Marcus Capers been hiding that jump shot all season? Third, this ugly-shooting-turnover-fest was not the way WSU's seniors wanted to go out. And fourth ...
March 17, 2009
AND NOW COMES the hard part. The Cougs play their second game in as many days and it's against well rested UCLA, in Los Angeles. But before looking too far ahead, oh wouldn't you have loved to have been a fly on the wall in the WSU locker room at halftime of the win over Oregon. Because Tony Bennett was hopping mad.
March 12, 2009
TONY BENNETT AND Washington State players talk about the Cougars' second half explosion over Arizona in the 69-53 victory on the hardcourt, plus exclusive low angle video highlights you haven't seen, including the Rochestie-to-Baynes slam that brought the house down.
February 27, 2009
GIVE IT UP for Caleb Forrest. Send some applause the way of the Washington State defense, too. When the Cougars couldn't knock 'em down in the first half against Arizona, Forrest and the D kept them in it. And when WSU spread out the floor on offense in the second half, the shots started to rain down and the Cougs put a 69-53 pasting on the Wildcats that had 'em jumping in the aisles.
February 26, 2009
THEY DIDN'T CARE. Washington State didn't care that they're a team who shoots late in the shot clock. They didn't care their inside-outside game has been spotty of late. They didn't care UCLA went to the foul line 18 times in the first half -- and they took but three trips. None of it mattered. They just weren't going to be denied, posting a fast-paced, thrilling 82-81 road win over the Bruins.
February 21, 2009
SOMETIMES THE HOLES dug are, in the end, too deep. Washington State nearly pulled off a spirited comeback against Southern Cal on Thursday, erasing nearly all of a 14-point second half deficit. In the end, though, the deficit they dug for themselves in the first half was too steep a climb.
February 19, 2009