USMC ACCEPTING TOYS FOR TOTS DONATIONS AT COUGAR HARDWOOD CLASSIC

SEATTLE – Representatives from the United States Marine Corps, in conjunction with the Washington State University and University of Buffalo alumni associations, will be collecting toys on behalf of Toys for Tots before the Cougars and Bulls play in the eighth annual Cougar Hardwood Classic at KeyArena on Friday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

New, unwrapped toys will be collected outside the arena from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and all donations will go to local families in need.

Washington State returns seven lettermen in 2012-13, headlined by All-Pac-12 First Team and  Pac-12 Most Improved Player Brock Motum. Head coach Ken Bone’s team finished 2011-12 as the runner up in the College Basketball Invitational, falling just short to tournament champion Pittsburgh to end the year with 19 wins.

Buffalo returns nine players, including three with starting experience, highlighted by All-Mid-American Conference First Team selection Javon McCrea. The forward was just the third sophomore in the last 10 years to be named to the conference’s first team. McCrea is the former MAC Freshman of the Year and increased his numbers to 14.9 points and 7.1 rebounds during his second season under head coach Reggie Witherspoon.

WSU is 3-0 all-time versus Buffalo with this year’s game marking the first time the two schools have faced each other since December 16, 1950 when the Cougars beat the Bulls 70-49.

Tickets for this year’s game begin at just $16 and will be available at the KeyArena box office, Ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets.