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Husky Men Invade Oregon's McArthur Court on Saturday
Release: 02/18/2000
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Feb. 18, 2000

Sat., Feb. 19 - UW at Oregon, 7:00 p.m. PST

McArthur Court (9,087), Eugene, Ore.

The Washington Huskies (8-16, 3-9) seek to halt a three-game losing streak as they conclude their two-game swing through the Willamette Valley with a game against the Oregon Ducks (18-5, 8-3). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at McArthur Court in Eugene. The Ducks won the last two meetings against UW, including a 76-74 overtime triumph earlier this season in Seattle. The Huskies suffered a 71-47 setback at Oregon State on Thursday while Oregon defeated Washington State 70-53. After the Oregon game, the Huskies return home to host California on Thursday, Feb. 24. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at KeyArena in downtown Seattle where the Huskies will play all of their home games this season during the one-year renovation of their on-campus arena.

Road Warriors: The Huskies have a 5-7 record at enemy arenas this season. Among Pac-10 teams, only Arizona (7), Oregon (7) and Stanford (7) have more away victories. The next Washington road conquest will tie the 1998 squad (6-7) for the most away wins since 1986. That 1986 Huskies registered a 9-5 road record.

TV/Radio Coverage: Saturday's game at Oregon will not be televised in Seattle. 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/

Notable: Junior Greg Clark hit 6-of-14 shots from 3-point range during the last six games after converting only 2-of-16 treys in the first 18 games ... Washington's 47-point total at Oregon State was its lowest scoring output in 177 games, dating back to a 67-46 loss to Washington State on Jan. 29, 1994 in Coach Bob Bender's first season ... 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 14 games when being outshot by their foes ... Washington is limiting opponents to 37-percent field goal shooting in wins (169-459) and 48 percent (454-953) in losses ... Senior Deon Luton ranks 11th among all-time Husky scorers with 1,413 career points and needs 13 points to take over the No. 10 spot ... Seven different players have posted team-high scoring honors for the Huskies in games this season.

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 10 home games to date while his 26-point outing at WSU was the only time in 14 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 21.2 points at home while shooting 49 percent from the field (75-153) and 48 percent (28-59) from 3-point range. Away from home those figures drop to 11.8 points per game, 32-percent shooting from the field (54-167) and 31-percent accuracy on treys (21-68). 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.

The Oregon Series:

* Washington has a 169-94 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies have a 66-62 advantage against the Ducks in Eugene.

* The Ducks, who won this year's first meeting 76-74 in overtime on Jan. 20 in Seattle, seek their first season sweep of Washington since 1995.

* Third-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent is 2-3 coaching against the UW.

* Seventh-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 5-9 record against Oregon, the only Pac-10 school he met during his initial head coaching assignment at Illinois State. His inaugural Redbird squad lost 81-79 on Dec. 29, 1989.

* Bob Bender was recruited by then-Oregon head coach Dick Harter and took a recruiting visit to Eugene in 1975 while he was a high school senior. Bender signed with Indiana University.

* Husky sophomore forward Thalo Green was the 1996 Oregon Player of the Year from state champion South Salem High School.

The Last Meeting: Oregon 76, UW 74 ot (Jan. 20, 2000, Seattle): Alex Scales scored six of his 17 points during overtime, including the final two baskets that sealed Oregon's 76-74 victory over Washington at KeyArena. Oregon (12-3, 3-1) won in Seattle for the first time since 1996. Washington (6-11, 1-4) forced the overtime as Thalo Green scored the final four points of regulation. Green rebounded and put back a teammate's miss with 1:19 remaining and scored in the lane at 0:27 to tie the score at 66-66. The Ducks led 72-70 before Scales hit a runner in the lane with 1:16 left in overtime and then responded to a Senque Carey basket with another basket from the lane to secure the win. Carey hit a 15-foot jumper with six seconds left, but the Huskies were unable to foul any Oregon player on the ensuing inbounds play as time expired. Bryan Bracey was the only Duck reserve to score, pouring in a game-high 23 points on 10-for-10 shooting from the field. Oregon shot 57 percent (28-49), including a 4-for-5 performance in overtime. Bracey also grabbed seven rebounds to lead a 29-24 Duck advantage on the boards. Deon Luton had four 3-pointers and scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half to help the Huskies build a 32-29 advantage. Luton was limited to only one field goal after intermission. Carey scored 14 points for Washington which also got 13 from Thalo Green and 11 from Michael Johnson. Frederick Jones had 19 points for Oregon.

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 Husky 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 which uses such donations to make wigs for cancer patients.

Shuffling Starters: Washington has implemented eight 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 six different rotations in the last 14 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 - Oregon State 71, UW 47 (Feb. 17, 2000, Corvallis, Ore.): Brian Jackson scored seven of his 13 points during the final 2:01 of the first half, helping Oregon State take control of the game in a 71-47 victory over Washington at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (11-12, 3-9) swept the season series from Washington (8-16, 3-9) for the first time since 1992. The Huskies took their only lead of the game at 5-4 on a layup by Thalo Green at 17:21 of the first half. Oregon State responded with 10 unanswered points, claiming a 14-5 advantage with 15:11 left in the first half. The Beavers later extended a 29-22 lead with a 13-2 run over the final 2:45 of the half. Jackson had seven points along with an assist, steal and rebound during the surge to help push the margin to 42-24 at halftime. The lead grew to as many as 32 points after intermission. Will Perkins scored eight of his 10 points inside the final four minutes, sparking a 10-2 game-closing run for the Huskies. Green led Washington with 13 points. Josh Steinthal paced OSU with 16 points while Jason Heide had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Deaundra Tanner was held to five points, but contributed eight assists and six rebounds. The Beavers shot 52 percent (27-52) while limiting UW to 33-percent field goal shooting (20-61). The Huskies hit only one of 11 shots from 3-point range and Oregon State converted 7-of-19 treys.

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 1,413 points to rank 11th among UW career scorers. He needs 13 points to surpass Bill Hanson (1960-62) and move into the No. 10 position.

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 previous four seasons. The UW has a 6-7 record in home games contested away from Edmundson Pavilion since that 1927 season, including a 3-7 mark at KeyArena this year. The Huskies upset 11th-ranked New Mexico 70-61 on Dec. 24 last season in their only prior 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 with a seating capacity of 10,000.

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. With six games remaining to play, he has already bettered his total of 94 assists last season. Carey currently has 119 assists to rank ninth among UW single-season playmakers. He needs two assists to take over the No. 8 spot. Carey distributed 10 assists at Alaska Anchorage and 11 against UCLA, the 28th and 29th double-digit assist performances 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) last week in Seattle. On Thursday in Corvallis, Oregon State won (71-47) to cap its first season sweep of UW since 1992.

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 16 games, topped all Husky scorers on seven occasions and was the top UW rebounder five times. He has 119 assists, the 20th 100-assist season in Husky history. Carey is second on the team with an 11.5-point scoring average. He ranks third in the Pac-10 with 5.0 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 (45%), third in rebounds (4.4 rpg) and fourth in scoring (9.1 ppg). As a senior as 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.

Walcott Returns from Injury: Chris Walcott played in each of the last two 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. In his return, Walcott came off the bench to contribute nine points and four rebounds before fouling out after 21 minutes against Arizona State. The 6-foot-9 forward has played 19 games, starting 14.

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).

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.

The California Series:

* Washington has a 67-62 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including a 54-52 win on Jan. 29 in Berkeley during the last meeting.

* The Huskies swept the season series from California last year for the first time since 1985. UW seeks to register its first back-to-back season sweeps of Cal since 1993 & 1994.

* Washington defeated the Golden Bears in their last two visits to Seattle, extending its home series lead to 43-22.

* Fourth-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 3-4 record against UW.

* Seventh-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 6-7 record against Cal.

* Seventh-year UW assistant coach Eric Hughes served on the staff at Cal in 1992 and 1993, helping the Bears reach the Sweet 16 in 1993.

The Last Meeting: UW 54, California 52 (Jan. 29, 2000, Berkeley, Calif.): Senque Carey scored scored all of his 14 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer at the final buzzer that lifted Washington to a 54-52 triumph over California at Haas Pavilion. The Huskies (7-13, 2-6) snapped a six-game losing streak, rallying from a 36-22 deficit over the final 14 minutes. Deon Luton put UW ahead 51-50 on a 3-pointer with 1:46 left in the game. California (11-8, 2-5) reclaimed the lead on a jumper by Sean Lampley at 0:40. Washington's next possession resulted in a turnover by Carey with nine second remaining, but UW regained the ball as Donte Smith missed a free throw at 0:08. Michael Johnson rebounded the miss and passed the ball to Carey who drove the length of the floor before hitting the game-winner. Carey led the Huskies in points (14), rebounds (9) and assists (5). Lampley scored 20 points to lead the Golden Bears who also got 10 points and 13 rebounds from Nick Vander Laan. Cal hit only 9 of 21 free throw attempts, including 2-of-8 by Lampley. The Huskies did not score until 6:03 into the game, but Cal was unable to capitalize as Luton's dunk at 13:57 tied the score 2-2. Washington was also scoreless over the final five minutes of the first half, enabling the Bears to score 11 unanswered points en route to a 24-15 halftime advantage.

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: All Washington men's basketball games during the 1999-2000 season will be played at Seattle Center's KeyArena. Good seats are available for 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. 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.

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