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Cougars facing OSU in Corvallis

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PULLMAN, Wash. - The WSU men's basketball team is looking to maintain their momentum as they take on Oregon State (6-17, 0-11) Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Gill Coliseum at Corvallis.

The Cougars (18-5, 6-5) ended a three-game losing streak with a 74-50 victory over Southern California last weekend in Pullman.

Second-year Washington State basketball coach Tony Bennett is an optimist, but he's also  realistic. He says with only seven games left in the Pac-10 season, his No. 21 Cougars have a dim chance of winning their first league title since 1941.

With a 6-5 league record, Washington State is three games behind both No. 6 UCLA and No. 7 Stanford, which are tied for the top spot in the Pac-10 with 9-2 marks.

"That is a pretty good cushion. It would be hard to catch either of those teams."

The Cougs will make a trip to Eugene to play Oregon (14-9, 5-6) Saturday at 6 p.m.