first_imgE-mail: [email protected] Until last year, Washington State hadn’t defeated Utah in basketball in 59 years, having lost 11 straight in the intervening years.The Utes would like to make sure it doesn’t happen again, at least tonight, when the Cougars visit the Huntsman Center for a 7 p.m. game.Speaking of 59 years, that’s how long it’s been since Washington State has opened a season with as many victories as it has this year.In 1947, the Cougars won their first nine games on their way to a 19-10 season.This year’s Cougars, under first-year coach Tony Bennett, come into the game with a perfect 7-0 record, which may be a little deceiving. The Cougar victims include Radford, UAB, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Texas-San Antonio, Idaho State, Boise State and Portland, none of which is a national power.Of course, the Utes can’t talk, having lost to Southern Utah and Colorado at home and Santa Clara on the road to open the season. But the winning streak is impressive to the Utes, no matter who the opponents were.”They are playing very well,” said Utah coach Ray Giacoletti. “Four of their five starters are shooting over 50 percent from the field. I don’t care who you play. Seven games into the season, that’s pretty good.”The Cougars are led by junior guard Derrick Low, who is averaging 15.6 points per game on 50.6 percent shooting from the field (46.9 percent from 3-point range). Other starters include forward Ivory Clark (11.6 points per game), who leads the team in rebounding (6.3), guard Kyle Weaver (9.9 ppg), forward Daven Harmeling (8.7 ppg) and center Robbie Cowgill (6.4 ppg).The Utes hope to use size to their advantage as they did against Weber State. Cowgill stands 6-foot-10 but weighs just 211 and will have to go against the Utah’s 7-foot-1 265-pound center Luke Nevill, who scored 24 points on 11-of-12 shooting against Weber and averages 18.8 ppg.The Utes also plan to start Shaun Green (12.4 ppg) and Stephen Weigh (8.6 ppg) at forwards, and Johnnie Bryant (18.8 ppg) and Lawrence Borha (4.0 ppg) at guards.The Utes played one of their worst games in the 69-42 loss in Seattle last year and haven’t forgotten.”Obviously what happened last year needs to leave a bad taste in our mouths,” said Giacoletti.”They killed us last year and it was embarrassing,” added Borha.Next week, the Utes hit the road for a pair of games, Wednesday against Utah State in Logan and Saturday at Rhode Island.UTE NOTES: Ute freshman David Foster was seen on “The Price is Right” on Friday morning. Bob Barker called the 7-foot-2 center the tallest contestant he’d ever had on the show and was complimentary about Utah basketball when Foster said he played there. Foster made it to the final showcase but lost out on a $50,000-plus package. The show was taped in early October during Utah’s fall break … Fans who donate a winter jacket at tonight’s game will receive free admission for an upper-level ticket (limit two per person). The donation program is organized by the Salt Lake County Kearns and Redwood Recreation Centers. The winter coats will benefit families in need during the holiday season. Utes on the air Washington State (7-0) at Utah (2-3)Today 7 p.m.Huntsman CenterTV: None Radio: 700AM last_img read more