What looked like a tantrum that ended guard Randy Green's career at Washington State turned out to be a big misunderstanding. Green, the team's only...
PULLMAN — What looked like a tantrum that ended guard Randy Green’s career at Washington State turned out to be a big misunderstanding.
Green, the team’s only senior and a product of Rainier Beach High School, left the Cougars’ arena with about five minutes to go in a 64-47 victory over Wyoming on Wednesday night.
After the game, coach Dick Bennett said Green left because he was upset at being removed from play, and that he would not be returning to the team.
But Bennett and Green discovered at a meeting Thursday that Green mistakenly thought he had been ordered by Bennett to leave the court, team spokesman Craig Lawson said.
“He will be at practice tonight,” Lawson said.
Washington State (3-1) hosts Kansas State on Saturday.
OSU’s John gets contract extension
CORVALLIS — Oregon State men’s coach Jay John has been awarded a five-year contract extension, athletic director Bob De Carolis said.
John is in his fourth year with the Beavers. Last season Oregon State finished 17-15 overall and 8-10 in the Pac-10. It was the team’s first winning season since 1989-90.
The team beat UCLA in the Pac-10 tournament for its first postseason victory since 1988-89.
The contract extension runs through the 2009-10 season. The first year of the contract pays John $325,000 with incentives.
Top 25 men’s game
No. 20 Nevada 72, at Kansas 70
Nick Fazekas scored 21 of his career-high 35 points in the second half and made a disputed block in the closing seconds as the Wolf Pack (4-0) stymied a Jayhawks rally.
The Jayhawks cut the deficit to 71-70 with 17.6 seconds left on a three-pointer by Micah Downs from Juanita High School. Kansas (2-3) got the ball back after Mo Charlo hit the second of two foul shots with 6.9 seconds remaining.
Jeff Hawkins, caught up in traffic near the baseline, dished to Rainier Beach’s C.J. Giles in the lane. But Fazekas knocked the ball away as Giles went up to shoot, and time ran out.
Kansas fell to 2-3 for the first time since the 1972-73 season.
Top 10 women’s games
At No. 2 Tennessee 102, No. 16 Texas 61
Shanna Zolman scored 23 points and Candace Parker added 17 points and 14 rebounds to help the Vols (6-0) snap a four-game losing streak to the Longhorns (3-2), winning for the first time since Dec. 22, 2000.
At No. 7 North Carolina 92, Charleston Southern 38
Freshman reserve Heather Claytor scored 14 points as the Tar Heels (6-0) easily won their sixth straight game. North Carolina’s reserves outscored their Charleston Southern (1-5) counterparts 60-8.
No. 8 Connecticut 72, at Hartford 47
Barbara Turner had season highs of 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Huskies (6-0) over the Hawks (4-1).
At No. 9 Maryland 118, Appalachian State 59
Jade Perry had 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and the Terrapins (5-1) used a 66-point first half to cruise past the Mountaineers (1-3).
Pac-10 women’s games
No. 12 Stanford 109, at Pacific 58
Brooke Smith had 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks for the Cardinal (4-1) in its final tuneup before a date with Tennessee on Sunday. Stanford scored its most points since a 111-59 victory over Howard in the first round of the 1997 NCAA tournament.
Kelsey Lavender led the Tigers (1-5) with 17 points and six rebounds.
At No. 25 Utah 62, Oregon State 53
Kim Smith scored 22 points as the Utes (3-1) handed the Beavers (3-1) their first loss of the season.
Oregon State was led by Kim Butler with 16 points.
• Arizona freshman forward Fendi Onobun has decided to sit out this season as a redshirt.
• Ball State guard Peyton Stovall, the Mid-American Conference’s top returning scorer (16.7 ppg), will undergo knee surgery and miss the rest of the season.