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Release: 02/29/2000
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Feb. 29, 2000

Sat., March 4 - UW vs. Washington State, 3:00 p.m. PST

KeyArena (17,072), Seattle, Wash.

The Washington Huskies (9-18, 4-11) make their final home appearance of the 1999-2000 season when they host cross-state rival Washington State (6-18, 1-14) on Saturday, March 4. Tip-off is 3 p.m. at KeyArena in downtown Seattle where the Huskies have played all of their home games this season during the one-year renovation of their on-campus arena. The Huskies seek to conclude their KeyArena experience on a good note after struggling to a 3-9 record this season in Seattle. After upsetting then-No. 24 UCLA on Jan. 6 in the Pac-10 opener, Washington lost its last seven KeyArena games to match the longest home losing streak in school history. UW has been better on the road this season with a 6-7 record in away games and 0-2 at neutral sites. The Huskies won six of the last seven games against WSU. Washington was victorious in the Cougars' last five visits, last losing to WSU in Seattle during the 1994 season. The Cougars won their last Pac-10 contest, edging California 81-78 in overtime, before losing 55-52 at Texas-Pan American on Monday in their last outing. Washington closes out its 2000 schedule next week in Los Angeles, playing at USC on Thursday, March 9 and UCLA on Saturday, March 11.

Road Warriors: The Huskies have a 6-7 record at enemy arenas this season. Among Pac-10 teams, only Stanford (9), Oregon (8) and Arizona (7) have more away wins. The six victories tie the 1998 squad (6-7) for the most away wins since the 1986 Huskies registered a 9-5 road record. Washington will finish with a better away record (6-7 with 2 games to play) than home mark (3-9 with 1 to play) for the third time in school history. The only other UW seasons with better road than home success were 1965 (4-7 home / 5-6 away) and 1957 (8-5 home / 8-4 away).

TV/Radio Coverage: Saturday's game against Washington State will not be televised. 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: http://www.audionet.com/schools/washington/

Climbing the Charts: Deon Luton moved into Washington's all-time top-10 scoring list last week, increasing his career total to 1,448 points. Luton needs two points to move ahead of the 1,449-point total of No. 9 Detlef Schrempf (1982-85) ... Luton is the 14th player in Pac-10 history to register 200 career 3-pointers. He ranks 13th among all-time conference players with 208 career treys ... Senque Carey has 126 assists to rank sixth among all-time UW single-season playmakers. He needs four assists to take the No. 5 spot from Kim Stewart who had 129 in 1976.

Notable: Washington's current seven-game home losing streak ties the longest in school history. Twice before (March 3, 1939-Dec. 28, 1940 & Dec. 4, 1953-Jan. 29, 1954) Husky teams have lost seven straight home contests ... Washington has outrebounded only one Pac-10 foe (at Oregon) in 15 games ... The Huskies, who lost all five games this season when their opponents shot better than 50 percent from the field, have won only once (UCLA) in the 16 games when being outshot by their foes ... Seven different Huskies claimed team-high scoring honors in games this season. In contrast, only four players claimed UW game-high scoring honors last season.

Injury Update: The Huskies have steadily gotten healthier after suffering five injuries during their final non-conference road trip , Dec. 29 through Jan. 2 in New Mexico. Following is a list of the currently injured Huskies and their projected status for Saturday's game against Washington State.

o Senque Carey - Probable. Sprained left hip flexor early in second half Saturday vs. Stanford and did not return.

o Michael Johnson - Probable. Sprained his left ankle at the end of Saturday's game vs. Stanford.

o Grant Leep - Out for the season with sprained MCL in right knee suffered at end of New Mexico State game (Dec. 30).

The Washington State Series:

o Washington won six of the last seven meetings and owns a 159-88 advantage in the series that began in 1910.

o The Huskies won this year's first meeting, posting a 74-68 overtime decision on Feb. 5 in Pullman.

o Washington boasts a 91-31 series advantage over the Cougars during games played in Seattle.

o The Cougars lost in their last five visits to Seattle, last winning in 1994.

o First-year Washington State coach Paul Graham, who was previously an assistant under Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State, has an 0-1 record vs. Washington.

o Seventh-year Husky coach Bob Bender has an 8-5 record against the Cougars.

The Last Meeting: UW 74, Washington State 68 ot (Feb. 5, 2000, Pullman, Wash.): Deon Luton scored 26 points, including a dunk in overtime that gave Washington the lead for good en route to a 74-68 victory over Washington State. The loss spoiled the debut of the Cougars' (5-13, 0-9) new parquet floor. Washington (8-13, 3-6) posted its first win in four overtime games this season. The Huskies, who led 36-24 at halftime, took a 62-59 advantage on a baseline jumper by Thalo Green with 0:18 left in regulation. WSU's Jan-Michael Thomas forced overtime with a 3-pointer at 0:03, tying the score at 62-62. The Cougars tallied the first three points of overtime before the Huskies reeled off five straight points, capped by Luton's dunk with 0:46 remaining, to go ahead 67-65. Washington secured the outcome by converting 7-of-9 free throws inside the final 0:25, including 3-of-4 by Michael Johnson who got two technical foul shots after WSU called a timeout it did not have available. Luton finished 8-of-16 from the field, including 4-for-5 accuracy from 3-point range. Greg Clark added a career-high 12 points for UW. Eddie Miller paced the Cougars with 23 points. WSU's Mike Bush amassed 19 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 1:41 left in overtime. Thomas, who beat Washington last season in Spokane on a 3-pointer at the end of the game, finished with 10 points.

Working Overtime: The Huskies have played four overtime games this season, the second-highest total in school history. The 1961 Washington squad compiled a 2-3 record in five overtime contests. Twice before (1986, 1981) UW played four overtime games in the same season. The current team has a 1-3 record in overtimes, getting its first extra-session win (74-68) at Washington State (Feb. 5).

Hair Raising Experience: Thalo Green realizes his hair is getting a little out of control. Green, who had a nearly shaven look last season, now possesses long, curly red locks. The UW junior plans to go without a haircut until the end of the current season, at which time he will shave it off and donate the hair to Wigs for Kids, an organization affiliated with the American Cancer Society that uses donations to make wigs for cancer patients.

Shuffling Starters: Washington has implemented nine different starting lineups this season with 10 players drawing at least one starting assignment. The Huskies used the same starting lineup for nine of the first 10 games of the season, but have utilized seven different rotations in the last 17 outings. Senque Carey is the only player who has started every UW game this season. Senior guard Deon Luton had a string of 64 consecutive starts snapped at Old Dominion when Clark started in his place because of a coaches' decision.

Last UW Game - #1 Stanford 77, UW 52 (Feb. 26, 2000, Seattle): Mark Madsen scored 16 points and collected a career-high 20 rebounds, lifting top-ranked Stanford to a 77-52 victory over Washington at KeyArena. The Cardinal (24-1, 13-1) completed their third straight season sweep against Washington for the first time ever in series history. The Huskies (9-18, 4-11) have a 1-24 all-time record in meetings with No. 1 teams, including a 1-13 mark in Seattle. Stanford scored 15 unanswered points early in the game. Michael McDonald scored all seven of his points during the five-minute run that netted a 17-2 lead with 13:55 left in the first half. Stanford led 39-21 at halftime. The Huskies staged a 12-3 surge early in the second half, drawing within 46-35 with 13:54 left in the game. The Cardinal outscored UW 21-7 over the next 10 minutes to repel the rally. Stanford posted a 49-35 rebounding advantage led by Madsen who had the 10th 20-rebound game ever by a Husky opponent, the first since 1982. David Moseley scored 13 points for Stanford which also got 12 points and 12 rebounds from Jarron Collins. Chris Walcott was the lone Washington double-figure scorer with 10 points. The Huskies were limited to 32-percent (20-63) shooting by Stanford which entered the game as the national leader in field goal percentage defense at 34 percent.

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 1,448 points to rank 10th among UW career scorers. He needs two points to surpass Detlef Schrempf (1982-85) and take possession of the No. 9 position.

Luton's Got the Range at Home: Senior guard Deon Luton has quickly warmed up to the Huskies' new home at KeyArena. Luton was the leading Washington scorer in all 11 of 12 home games to date while his 26-point outing at WSU was the only time in 15 road contests that he was the team's top scorer. He has registered 20 points on eight occasions this season, only twice away from KeyArena. Luton is averaging 19.8 points at home while shooting 47 percent from the field (85-181) and 44 percent (33-75) from 3-point range. Away from home those figures drop to 11.7 points per game, 32-percent shooting from the field (57-177) and 32-percent accuracy on treys (23-73). Luton had a similar disparity last season, averaging 18.6 points at home, shooting 51% from the field and 41% on 3-pointers. On the road in 1999, Luton averaged 10.9 points, shooting 37% from the field and 28% on treys.

Prolific Passer: On Jan. 27 at Stanford, Senque Carey became the 20th player in Washington history to reach the 100-assist plateau in a single season. He has shattered his total of 94 assists last season. Carey currently has 126 assists to rank sixth among UW single-season playmakers. He needs four assists to take the No. 5 spot away from Kim Stewart who had 129 in 1976. Carey distributed 10 assists at Alaska Anchorage and 11 against UCLA, the 28th and 29th double-digit assist efforts in Husky history.

The 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 a three-game skid 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' four-game homestand included a win over Wichita State (61-47), a loss to No. 13 Oklahoma State (84-72) and a win over Boise State (72-57). UW suffered an overtime setback at New Mexico State (79-75) and lost at New Mexico (78-52) to cap the non-conference season with a 5-7 record. The Huskies upset No. 24 UCLA (63-62) in the Pac-10 opener, their third straight home victory over the Bruins. USC posted an overtime win (81-79) over the Huskies, beginning a six-game losing streak. The Huskies were swept in a road trip to Arizona State (90-80) and No. 2 Arizona (69-62) before losing at home to Oregon (76-74) in overtime and to Oregon State (74-57). Second-ranked Stanford defeated UW (92-62) in California. The Huskies halted the six-game losing skid with a victory at California (54-52) on a last-second 3-pointer by Senque Carey. Washington won in overtime at Washington State (74-68), forming the first two-game win streak since the opening games of the season. The Huskies were swept at home by No. 7 Arizona (65-56) and Arizona State (81-67). Oregon State won (71-47) in Corvallis to cap its first season sweep of UW since 1992. UW upset Oregon (67-58) in Eugene in its last road game to snap a three-game losing skid. The Huskies lost their last seven home games, including both games last week, to Cal (75-64) and No. 1 Stanford (77-52).

Carey the Catalyst: Sophomore point guard Senque Carey is a versatile player who is clearly the catalyst of the Husky offense. He led the team in assists during 17 games, topped all Husky scorers on seven occasions and was the top UW rebounder five times. He has 126 assists, the sixth-best single-season output in Husky history. Carey is second on the team with an 10.7-point scoring average. He ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with 4.7 assists per game. Carey set a school record with a perfect 7-for-7 performance from 3-point range at Old Dominion, the best 3-point shooting for any NCAA player this season. He broke the single-game 3-point percentage mark and tied Deon Luton's single-game trey standard of seven. Against UCLA he distributed 11 assists, the highest total for a Husky since 1993. He had 10 assists at Alaska Anchorage, giving him two of the 29 double-digit assist efforts in Husky history. Carey started the final 17 games last season, culminating in his selection to the 1999 All-Pac-10 Freshmen Team. His 94 assists in 1999 placed him second among all-time UW freshmen, trailing only the 103-assist total of Eldridge Recasner (1987).

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 is second on the team in field goal shooting (46%), third in rebounds (4.4 rpg) and fourth in scoring (9.2 ppg). Walcott played in each of the last five games after missing the previous four games with a knee injury. Walcott underwent arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Jan. 27. The successful surgical procedure removed two loose fragments of cartilage and cleaned up the area around his knee joint. As a senior at Sammamish High School he earned all-state honors and scored 29 points during his team's loss in the 1995 Washington 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.

The USC Series:

o USC holds a slim 56-55 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.

o The Trojans gained their one-game series lead with an 81-79 overtime triumph in this season's first meeting on Jan. 8 at KeyArena.

o Washington won seven of the last 10 meetings with USC.

o The two teams split the season series last year, each winning on its home court. Washington won 85-83 on Jan. 28 in Seattle and the Trojans claimed a 70-57 decision on Feb. 25 in Los Angeles.

o USC boasts a 32-21 series advantage over the Huskies in Los Angeles.

o Fifth-year USC Coach Henry Bibby has a 3-5 record against Washington.

o Washington's Bob Bender has an 8-5 coaching record against USC.

The Last Meeting: USC 81, UW 79 ot (Jan. 8, 2000, Seattle): Brian Scalabrine scored six of his 24 points in overtime, including the decisive basket with 49 seconds remaining in USC's 81-79 victory over Washington at KeyArena. The Huskies (6-8, 1-1) trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half before Deon Luton capped a 12-point run on a 3-pointer with 1:11 left in regulation that produced their first lead at 74-73. The Trojans (9-5, 2-0) were held scoreless from Sam Clancy's basket with 5:50 left in regulation until David Bluthenthal forced overtime with a free throw at 0:19. Michael Johnson missed a potential 15-foot game-winning jumper for the Huskies as time expired in regulation. Senque Carey's three-point play with 1:05 left in overtime gave UW a 79-78 lead, but Scalabrine answered with a driving layup at 0:49 to put USC ahead for good and Brandon Granville capped the scoring with a free throw at 0:14. Chris Walcott's 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short. Clancy scored 23 points for the Trojans and Granville added 14. The Trojans had 15 steals and forced 24 UW turnovers, including miscues on their first five possessions of the game. Luton finished with 21 points for the Huskies while Carey chipped in 17 and Johnson 14.

Frequent Flyers: The Huskies have accumulated thousands of air miles the last few seasons. They covered over 13,000 air miles during eight non-conference road games this year. 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, UW amassed over 8,000 miles during a 10-day stretch, traveling from Seattle to Hawai'i to Chicago and back to Seattle.

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.

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.

Husky Tickets: Good seats are available for Washington's final home game against Washington State on Saturday, March 4 at 3 p.m. 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. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call at (206) 543-2200 for information. Individual game reserved tickets will also be available for sale through all TicketMaster outlets and phone centers. Fans can purchase Husky tickets at 90 locations throughout Washington. Seattle-area locations include Tower Records, The Wherehouse and Payless Drugs. Tickets may also be purchased by calling TicketMaster at (206) 628-0888 or via the internet at www.ticketmaster.com.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Following are summaries of the three players who signed letters of intent to Washington during the early letter of intent period in November. They will join the Huskies next season. Two of the players, Curtis Allen and C.J. Massingale, are from Tacoma, Wash., the first Tacoma native to receive scholarships with the Washington basketball team since Steve Matzen who lettered from 1977 to 1980.

Curtis Allen-6-1, 160, guard, Tacoma, Wash. (Wilson HS)

Averaged 19.8 points, five rebounds and five assists as a junior, helping Wilson to the state tournament ... Led Wilson to a state Class 4A runner-up finish in 1998 as a sophomore ... Two-time All-Narrows League honoree ... Second-team 1999 all-state selection by the Associated Press ... Honorable mention national prep All-America pick by Street & Smith's magazine ... Rated the No. 7 point guard prospect in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Second-team Orange County Register Fab-15 pick earning the 17th-highest voting total among prep prospects in the West.

C.J. Massingale-6-3, 185, Tacoma, Wash. (Mount Tahoma HS) Averaged 21.1 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals per game during 1999 as a junior ... Named the Narrows League MVP in 1999 ... Led Mount Tahoma to the 1998 state Class4A semifinals as a sophomore ... Named the No. 8 point guard prospect in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Third-team Orange County Register Fab-15 pick earning the 36th-highest voting total among prep prospects in the West.

DeMarcus Williams-6-9, 250, Upland, Calif. (Upland HS)

Honorable mention high school All-America selection by Blue Ribbon yearbook ... Rated the No. 12 center prospect in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Voted to the Best of the Best All-Star Team at the 1999 West Coast All-Star Camp in July ... Selected Washington over Pepperdine, UTEP, Saint Mary's, Wyoming, Cornell, UC Irvine, Columbia and Yale.

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