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UW Men's Hoop Team Entertains Boise State in Pre-Christmas Clash
Release: 12/22/1999
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Dec. 22, 1999

December 22, 1999

Thurs., Dec. 23 - UW vs. Boise State, 7:00 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Northwest)

KeyArena (17,072), Seattle, Wash.

Thurs., Dec. 30 - UW at New Mexico State, 6:00 p.m. PST (7:00 p.m. MST)

Pan American Center (13,071), Las Cruces, N.M.

The Washington Huskies (4-5) close out a four-game homestand with their final non-conference home game of the season, Thursday, Dec. 23 against Boise State (5-2). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Key Arena where the Huskies will play all of their 1999-2000 home games while Edmundson Pavilion undergoes a one-year renovation. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Northwest. The Broncos trail the all-time series 7-1 despite defeating Washington in the last meeting 69-61 on Dec. 5, 1998 in Idaho. Boise State's stingy defense ranks sixth nationally, surrendering only 55.4 points per game. The Huskies' current four-game homestand is their first set of home games after opening the campaign with a six-game, 10,000-mile road trip. After a brief Christmas break,Washington takes to the road again for its final two non-conference games, at New Mexico State (Dec. 30) and at New Mexico (Jan. 2). The Huskies begin Pac-10 play on Jan. 6 at home against 18th-ranked UCLA.

Season to Date: Washington opened the season with a win for the sixth straight season, defeating Saint Mary's 73-60 in Moraga, Calif. The Huskies traveled to Anchorage for the Great Alaska Shootout where they defeated the host Seawolves 86-70 in the opener. UW lost three straight games, placing fifth in the Shootout after setbacks to Georgia Tech (82-65) and Xavier (81-65) before losing at UNC Wilmington (68-59). The Huskies stopped that three-game slide with a victory at Old Dominion (78-70). That was the third Husky road victory, matching their total last season when they had a 3-9 road record. After six straight road games, UW dropped its Dec. 13 home opener to No. 22 Gonzaga (76-66). The Huskies beat Wichita State (61-47) and lost to No. 13 Oklahoma State (84-72) in the last outing.

TV/Radio Coverage: The UW game against Boise State will be televised live by Fox Sports Net Northwest. Tod Pickett and Dave Harshman call the action. All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on KOMO Radio (AM 1000) and its affiliates by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau. The radio broadcasts can be accessed via the internet at:

Season Preview: Bob Bender begins his seventh season at Washington, seeking to direct the Huskies to their third straight NCAA Tournament berth and fifth consecutive postseason appearance overall. Only once in school history have the Huskies appeared in three straight NCAA Tournaments (1984-86). UW lost 59-58 to Miami (Ohio) in the first round of last season's NCAA Tournament, ending a 17-12 season. The Huskies finished fourth in the 1999 Pacific-10 Conference standings with a 10-8 league ledger. In pursuit of an NCAA bid, Bender must find a way to fill the void left by the departure of a pair of 1,000-point scorers, 7-foot center Todd MacCulloch and Donald Watts. Three starters return, including the backcourt duo of senior guard Deon Luton, who owns every school 3-point scoring record, and sophomore guard Senque Carey, a member of the 1999 All-Pac-10 freshman team.

The Boise State Series:

o Washington owns a 7-1 series advantage, winning the first seven meetings with the Broncos before losing 69-61 last year in Boise.

o The Huskies won all six previous games against Boise State that were played in Seattle.

o The Broncos, members of the Big West Conference, are coached for the fifth year by Rod Jensen who previously was an assistant for 12 seasons at BSU. Jensen has a 1-1 record against the Huskies.

o Washington has an 142-58 all-time record against Big West members.

o Washington's Bob Bender has a 1-1 coaching record against Boise State.

The Last Meeting: Boise State 69, UW 61 (Dec. 5, 1998, Boise, Idaho) -- Former Husky Roberto Bergersen amassed 24 of his 32 points in the second half, lifting Boise State to a 69-61 win over 15th-ranked Washington and its school-record 17th consecutive home victory at BSU Pavilion. The Huskies raced out to a 20-4 lead in the opening eight minutes. Boise State rallied with 17 unanswered points, holding the UW scoreless for seven minutes en route to a 21-20 lead. The Broncos took a 35-30 halftime advantage as Kejuan Woods stole the inbounds pass after a Bergersen basket and fed a Gerry Washington layup as time expired. The lead grew to as many as 17 points in the second half, sparked by Bergersen who scored 18 straight BSU points. Bergersen played his freshman season at Washington in 1995 before transferring to Boise. Donald Watts defended Bergersen, limiting him to four points before a right ankle sprain 5:41 before halftime sidelined him the remainder of the game. Todd MacCulloch paced Washington with 20 points and nine rebounds while Deon Luton chipped in 15 points. The Broncos shot 56 percent (27-48) from the field and the UW shot 50 percent (20-40).

Wonderful Walk-On: Senior forward Chris Walcott has worked his way from former walk-on into the starting lineup for the Huskies. He is the only player among the 50 full-time starters in the Pacific-10 Conference who joined his team as a walk-on. Walcott leads the team in field goal shooting (49%), ranks second in rebounds (6.1 rpg) and fourth in scoring (11.7 ppg). He poured in a career-high 22 points at Alaska-Anchorage. As a senior as Sammamish (Wash.) High School he earned all-state honors and scored 29 points during his team's loss in the 1995 state championship game. His only scholarship offers came from small division I schools, including New Hampshire, and division II schools like Seattle Pacific. Husky coach Bob Bender convinced him to walk-on at Washington and he was granted a scholarship following his first season. "When you evaluate a player's career, any player, you like to look back and see that they made progress and improved every year," Bemder explains. "Chris has done exactly that. He started as a walk-on, became a role player, was a significant contributor last year and now he is one of the key players on the team."

Notable: Oklahoma State shot 60 percent (30-50) on Tuesday, the first team to reach the 50-percent plateau this season against the Huskies ... Washington has a 4-0 record when outshooting opponents from the field and is 0-5 when being outshot ... Five teams have staged runs of 11 unanswered points against UW this season (Saint Mary's, Georgia Tech, UNC Wilmington, Gonzaga and Oklahoma State) ... The Huskies have won three road games, matching their total last season when they had a 3-9 road record ... The UW has a 35-14 record during games in which senior guard Deon Luton hits multiple 3-pointers ... Luton had a streak of 64 straight starts snapped as he was replaced in the starting lineup at Old Dominion (Dec. 4) by Greg Clark. The benching followed an 0-for-9 shooting performance at UNC Wilmington (Dec. 2). Luton responded with 16 points, on 6-of-10 shooting, in his reserve role at ODU ... Junior forward Will Perkins registered double-figure rebounds in four of nine games this season, averaging 8.0 caroms per game ... Sophomore point guard Senque Carey distributed 10 assists at Alaska Anchorage, the 28th double-digit assist performance in Husky history. It was only the seventh double-digit assist effort by a UW player during the 1990s.

Home Away From Home: The Huskies will play all of their home games in KeyArena at Seattle Center this season while Hec Edmundson Pavilion is being renovated. The Huskies won 746 games in The Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more than any other school in its current arena. Washington tallied a 49-9 record on its home court the past four seasons. The UW has a 4-2 record in home games contested away from Edmundson Pavilion since that 1927 season, including a 1-2 mark at KeyArena this year. The Huskies upset 11th-ranked New Mexico 70-61 on Dec. 24 last season in their only game at KeyArena. Washington also played two games in the Kingdome, beating Notre Dame 63-61 in double overtime on Jan. 9, 1984 and Old Dominion 71-61 on Dec. 22, 1995. Washington's on-campus venue, Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, is scheduled to re-open next season.

Frequent Flyers: The Huskies have accumulated thousands of air miles the last few seasons and this year was no different. Washington traveled nearly 10,000 air miles during a two-week span from Nov. 21 to Dec. 5. The Huskies flew from Seattle to Moraga, Calif. (782 miles), from Moraga to Anchorage, Ak. (2,227) and from Alaska back to Seattle (1,445). After two days at home, the Huskies boarded a plane for Wilmington, N.C. (2,460) where they took a bus to Norfolk, Va. and flew back to Seattle (2,585). In 1998, Washington traveled to South Alabama for a single game. Later that year the Huskies criss-crossed the country twice during the 1998 NCAA Tournament. UW flew from Seattle to Washington, D.C. for the first two rounds, returned to Seattle for one day and flew to Greensboro, N.C. for the Sweet 16. In 1999, the UW amassed over 8,000 miles during a 10-day stretch, traveling from Seattle to Hawai'i to Chicago and back to Seattle.

Bender Bio: Bob Bender has participated in the NCAA Tournament at every school with which he has been affiliated, including the last two with Washington. He has a seven-year record of 89-89 with the Huskies, capped by a 17-12 ledger in 1999 that marked the school's fourth consecutive winning season. The 1998 Huskies posted a 20-10 record that marked the school's finest winning percentage since 1985. Among the 1998 Husky highlights were their first 20-win season since 1987, their first NCAA berth since 1986 and their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1984. The 1997 UW team posted a 17-11 record, capped by the Huskies' second straight National Invitation Tournament appearance. Washington's record improved four straight seasons under Bender, including a 16-12 mark in 1996 after which he was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The UW was 5-22 in 1994 and 10-17 in 1995. His 89 victories rank fourth among all-time Washington coaches. Bender, who began his career with a four-year stint at Illinois State (1990-93), has an 11-year career record of 149-146. His Illinois State squads were 60-57, earning two Missouri Valley Conference championships, one conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1990. Prior to his inaugural head coaching assignment at ISU, Bender served as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski's Duke staff (1983-1989). The Blue Devils qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of Bender's six seasons on the staff, including four trips to the Final Four. Bender, 42, is the only individual to play on two different teams in the NCAA Championship game. He was a freshman on Bobby Knight's undefeated 1976 Indiana team and played point guard at Duke from 1977-80, including an appearance in the 1978 title game against Kentucky.

Last UW Game - #13 Oklahoma State 84, Washington 72 (Dec. 21, 1999, Seattle): Desmond Mason scored 31 points and Glendon Alexander sparked an 11-0 run to lead 13th-ranked Oklahoma State to an 84-72 victory over Washington at KeyArena. Oklahoma State (10-0) remained one of only 10 undefeated teams in the nation. The score was tied 35-35 at halftime and Washington (4-5) took its final lead at 45-43 on a jumper by Deon Luton with 16:46 left in the game. The Cowboys reeled off 11 unanswered points to go ahead 54-45 with 12:13 remaining. Alexander scored eight of his 15 points during the run, including two 3-pointers. Mason hit 11-of-17 shots from the field for the Cowboys who shot 60-percent (30-50) as a team, the first UW opponent to reach the 50-percent plateau. Luton scored a season-high 26 points, including 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. Will Perkins and Senque Carey each had 11 points for the Huskies who also got 10 from Michael Johnson. Washington lost despite outrebounding the Cowboys 32-28. Brian Montonati scored 17 points for OSU while Joe Adkins tallied 13. National leader Joe Gottlieb distributed 12 assists for the Cowboys.

Century Club: Last year Deon Luton became the 27th player in Washington history to reach the 1,000-point career scoring plateau. He currently has 1,173 points to rank 18th among UW career scorers. He needs three points to surpass Stan Walker (1977-80) and move into the No. 17 position.

Three-Peat?: Three starters return for Washington, seniors Deon Luton and Chris Walcott along with sophomore point guard Senque Carey. That trio looks to lead the Huskies to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament trip. Only once (1984-86) has Washington participated in three straight NCAA Tournaments. Luton, who owns every school 3-point scoring record, ranked second on the team in 1999 with a 14.3-point scoring average. Carey was a 1999 All-Pac-10 Freshman Team selection after averaging 8.7 points and 3.2 assists despite playing a reserve role during the first 11 games. One area of concern is rebounding as Carey is the team's leading returning board man with 3.1 caroms per game. Walcott started 12 games last year at forward, a position also manned by Thalo Green and Greg Clark, who started 11 and eight games, respectively.

Carey the Catalyst: Sophomore point guard Senque Carey is a versatile player who is clearly the catalyst of the Husky offense. He set a school record with a perfect 7-for-7 performance from 3-point range at Old Dominion. He broke the single-game 3-point percentage mark and tied Deon Luton's single-game trey standard of seven. Against Alaska Anchorage he put his offense aside (four points) and got his teammates involved by distributing 10 assists against only one turnover. That was his first double-digit assist effort and the 28th in Husky history. Carey thrived under difficult circumstances last season, culminating in his selection to the 1999 All-Pac-10 Freshmen Team. He was thrust into the starting point guard role for the final 17 games due to the season-ending foot injury to Dan Dickau. Carey responded with double-figure points in 11 of those games, including a season-high 19-point total at Arizona (Jan. 9) that he matched against USC (Jan. 28). He averaged 11.2 points during Pac-10 play, including 12.1 as a starter. Carey was a catalyst for a vastly improved offense that averaged eight more points a game with him at the helm. Carey led the Huskies in scoring three times and was the team's top assister on 11 occasions in 1999. His 94 assists placed him second among all-time UW freshman players, trailing only the 103-assist total of Eldridge Recasner (1987). Carey had a double-double at Oregon State (Feb. 11) with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Returning Talent: Three starters and 10 lettermen from last year's team return. The leader is senior guard Deon Luton, Washington's all-time record holder in every 3-point scoring category, including marks for career (158), season (75 in 1998) and single-game (seven at USC on Jan. 29, 1998) treys. All-Pac-10 Freshman Team member Senque Carey joins Luton to form one of the Pac-10's finest backcourt tandems. Carey was thrust into the starting point guard spot, in place of an injured Dan Dickau, midway through last season and registered double-figure points in 11 of the next 13 games. Eight-game starter Greg Clark, a junior forward, returns in his role as Washington's defensive stopper. Senior Chris Walcott, a 6-9 forward, and 6-7 junior forward Thalo Green, provide leadership for an otherwise inexperienced frontcourt. Walcott started 12 games in 1999 and is the Huskies' top returning field goal shooting (.518) and steals leader (28). Green started 11 games last season, providing an uncanny knack for interior passing and scoring around the basket. Junior guard Michael Johnson is slated to fill the third guard role vacated by the graduation of Donald Watts. Johnson seeks to display at the collegiate level the scoring skills he showed while amassing a state prep Class AA record 2,271 points at Seattle's Ballard High School. Long-distance shooting specialist Bryan Brown, a junior, has 3-point range reminiscent of his father, "Downtown" Fred Brown. Sophomore Grant Leep will battle for increased playing time with a solid inside game and range out to the 3-point line. Sophomore center Marlon Shelton teams with newcomer David Dixon to fill the post position vacated by NBA draftee Todd MacCulloch. Guard Andrew Moritz, a three-year walk-on, was granted a scholarship for his senior season. Walk-ons Jon DeWolfe and Travis Duty provide depth for the guard corps.

Newcomers: The Washington roster is bolstered by the addition of three scholarship recruits and one walk-on. The lone scholarship freshman is Ben Coffee who joins sophomore David Dixon and junior Will Perkins in the 1999 recruiting class. All three are capable rebounders and should help a group of returners that looks to fill the void left by the departure of Todd MacCulloch whose 11.9 rebounds per game ranked second in the nation. Perkins, a 6-8 forward, comes to Washington from Iowa Western JC where he was selected by Blue Ribbon Yearbook as an honorable mention All-American selection. He averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds during his sophomore season. The 6-11 Dixon is the likely candidate to fill the starting center spot. Also named as an honorable mention junior college All-American by Blue Ribbon Yearbook, Dixon averaged 10 points and nine rebounds in 1999 for a fine Tyler (Texas) Junior College program that has produced NBA standouts Robert Pack, Sam Mack and David Benoit. Coffee is a product of Benson Tech High School in Portland, Ore. who is highly regarded for his athleticism and rebounding abilities. He was a second-team selection in the Fab 15 published by the Orange County Register, receiving the 28th most votes among West Coast prep players. Coffee averaged 13.9 points per game for the Techmen who won the 1999 Portland Interscholastic league title and placed third in the Oregon state tournament. The fourth newcomer is invited walk-on Jon DeWolfe, a 6-3 guard from Walla Walla, Wash. who completed his prep career last spring at Walla Walla High School.

Departures: Only three players from last year's team will not return but they leave big shoes to fill. The biggest loss is 7-0 center Todd MacCulloch, a three-time national field goal percentage leader and two-time All-Pac-10 member who was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers in the second round. The Huskies lose his team-leading 18.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. The backcourt must absorb the loss of two 1999 opening day starters in Donald Watts and Dan Dickau. Washington played the second half of last season without Dickau who suffered a season ending heel injury and has since transferred to Gonzaga. Watts averaged 13.1 points per game, including a career-high 28-points in the NCAA first round match-up with Miami (Ohio).

Sonics & Sons: Two former Seattle SuperSonics have sons on the 1999-2000 Washington basketball roster. The list of former NBA players (and sons) includes, Fred Brown (Bryan) and Lonnie Shelton (Marlon). A graduate of Iowa, Fred Brown is the Sonics' all-time leading scorer with 14,018 points. Brown played his entire 13-year NBA career in Seattle and was a 1976 all-star. Lonnie Shelton was a 1975 All-Pac-8 Conference selection at Oregon State. He played 15 NBA seasons and was a 1982 all-star. Shelton played from 1979-83 in Seattle. Brown and Shelton were members of Seattle's 1979 NBA Championship squad. Two other former sons of Sonics were on the team last year, Donald Watts (father Slick) was a four-year letterman and walk-on Michael Westphal (father Paul) transferred after his freshman year to Bellevue (Wash.) Community College.

Stable of Starters: The Washington roster includes six players who started at least two games last season. Those six returning players combined for 80 total starts in 1999. Senior guard Deon Luton, who started all 29 games last season and all 30 games the previous year, had a string of 64 consecutive starts snapped at Old Dominion when Greg Clark started in his place.

The New Mexico State Series:

o The Huskies defeated New Mexico State 73-53 in Seattle last year on Dec. 19 in the only previous meeting.

o Both the Aggies and Washington participated in the 1999 NCAA Tournament. Both teams lost first-round Midwest Region games in New Orleans, La. UW lost 59-58 to Miami (Ohio) and New Mexico State lost 82-60 to Kentucky.

o The UW has a 142-58 all-time record against teams from the Big West Conference.

o Aggie Coach Lou Henson has a 1-2 record against Washington, the first two meetings occurring while he was at Illinois. His Illini squad defeated the Huskies 76-55 on Dec. 7, 1991 in Champaign and 81-68 on Dec. 30, 1977 at the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore.

o Washington's Bob Bender won his only game as a coach against New Mexico State and Lou Henson. Bender coached at Illinois State from 1989-1993 while Henson coached at Illinois but they never met head-to-head.

The Last Meeting: UW 73, New Mexico State 53 (Dec. 19, 1998, Seattle) -- Todd MacCulloch grabbed 19 rebounds and tallied 23 points to share game-high scoring honors with teammate Deon Luton as Washington halted a three-game losing streak with a 73-53 victory over New Mexico State at Edmundson Pavilion. It was the first home game in 32 days for the Huskies who logged over 8,000 miles on a six-game road trip. Washington stretched a 29-26 halftime lead as MacCulloch scored eight points and Luton added five to fuel a 15-2 run. That early second-half surge gave UW a 44-30 advantage with 14:07 left in the game. MacCulloch hit 8-of-13 shots from the field while Luton shot 7-fot-11, including 4-of-7 accuracy from 3-point range. Eric Channing scored 17 points to lead the Aggies who also got 13 from Aaron Brodt. Dan Dickau contributed 10 points and five asists for Washington.

The New Mexico Series:

o Washington has a 2-1 all-time record against New Mexico, including a 70-61 upset of the then-11th-ranked Lobos on Dec. 24, 1998 at KeyArena. The Huskies won 77-64 in Seattle on Dec. 5, 1987 and lost 54-53 on Dec. 3, 1983 in their only previous visit to Albuquerque.

o The UW has a 24-15 all-time record against members of the Mountain West Conference.

o First-year Lobo head coach Fran Fraschilla has never coached against Washington.

o Washington Coach Bob Bender won his only meeting with New Mexico, last year in Seattle.

The Last Meeting: UW 70, #11New Mexico 61 (Dec. 24, 1998, Seattle) -- Deon Luton scored 12 of his 22 points inside the final seven minutes as Washington dealt 11th-ranked New Mexico its first loss of the season, a 70-61 decision at KeyArena. Luton failed to convert a 3-pointer in 11 attempts and missed 14 of his first 16 shots. He recovered to make his final five shots and added two free throws, accounting for 12 straight Husky points. New Mexico (8-1) rallied from a 39-29 halftime deficit as back-to-back 3-pointers by John Robinson gave the Lobos a 53-52 edge with 9:36 left in the game. Todd MacCulloch began a 10-point Washington (6-3) run with consecutive baskets that preceded Luton's 12-point streak. MacCulloch was 9-of-9 from the field, finishing with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Kenny Thomas scored 26 points to lead the Lobos who also got 12 apiece from Robinson and Greg Davis. New Mexico forward Lamont Long, who entered the game ranked seventh nationally with a 24.1-point average, was held scoreless. In his first collegiate start Greg Clark guarded Long and contributed nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. The Lobos, one of seven undefeated teams entering the game, were held more than 30 points below their scoring average of 92.4 points per game.

Husky Tickets: All Washington men's basketball games during the 1999-2000 season will be played at Seattle Center's KeyArena. Good seats are available for all Washington home games on a season and individual game basis. All seating for Husky basketball games at KeyArena is reserved. Reserved seating for all regular-season games are $14 and $6. Seating is subject to availability within the reserved areas. The first 500 UW students are allowed in free. Call or visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in room 101of the Graves Building or by telephone at (206) 543-2200 for information.

Husky Talk: Tune in to KOMO (1000 AM) every Monday night at 6 p.m. for "Husky Talk," a half-hour call-in and interview show featuring head coach Bob Bender and KOMO Radio's Bob Rondeau.

Chat With Bob Bender: The Husky Fever web site will be hosting Coach Bob Bender for a live chat on two occasions this season. The live chat sessions with Bender are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Feb. 8. Both chat sessions are scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. To participate in these sessions, see the Husky Fever web site at:

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