March 6, 2000
Thurs., March 9 - UW at USC, 7:00 p.m. PST
Sports Arena (15,509), Los Angeles, Calif.
Sat., March 11 - UW at UCLA, 1:00 p.m. PST
Pauley Pavilion (12,800), Los Angeles, Calif.
The Washington Huskies (10-18, 5-11) conclude the 1999-2000 season this week in Los Angeles. Washington meets USC (14-14, 7-9) at the Sports Arena on Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m. The Huskies, who won three of the last four meetings with USC, seek to avenge an 81-79 overtime loss to the Trojans on Jan. 8 in Seattle. On Saturday, March 11, Washington caps its season at UCLA (17-11, 8-8). Tip-off is 1 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion where the Huskies have not won since Jan. 29, 1987. UW lost in its previous 13 visits to Pauley. Washington won the season's first meeting, defeating the then 24th-ranked Bruins 63-62 in Jan. 6. That was the Huskies' lone Pac-10 home victory until Saturday (March 4) when they defeated Washington State 64-60 in their last outing to halt a seven-game home losing streak. Washington finished with a 4-9 record at "home" in KeyArena, the first losing home mark since the 1993-94 team was 3-10. The Huskies return to campus next season to play in the 10,000-seat Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. UW has been better on the road this year with a 6-7 away record and 0-2 at neutral sites.
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 (4-9) 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: The Washington game's this week 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: On Saturday, Deon Luton climbed into the No. 9 spot among all-time Washington scorers on Saturday, increasing his career total to 1,463 points to move ahead of Detlef Schrempf (1982-85). Luton needs 16 points to vault ahead of the 1,478-point total of No. 8 Doug Smart (1957-59) ... Luton is the 14th player in Pac-10 history to register 200 career 3-pointers. He ranks 12th among all-time conference players with 209 career treys ... Senque Carey has 127 assists to rank sixth among all-time UW single-season playmakers. He needs three assists to take the No. 5 spot from Kim Stewart who had 129 in 1976.
Notable: UW outrebound Washington State 32-29 on Saturday, only the second opponent they outrebounded in 16 Pac-10 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 Thursday's game at USC.
o Senque Carey - Probable. Sprained left hip flexor early in second half Feb. 26 vs. Stanford and did not return. Returned to practice on March 3 and played 24 minutes against Washington State on March 4.
o Grant Leep - Out for the season with sprained MCL in right knee suffered at end of New Mexico State game (Dec. 30).
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 Seattle's KeyArena.
o Washington won seven of the last 10 meetings with USC.
o The Trojans seek their first sweep of the season series with Washington since 1992.
o USC boasts a 32-21 series advantage against the Huskies over games contested 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.
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 10 different starting lineups this season with 11 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 eight different rotations in the last 18 outings. No Husky has started every game, the first time that has happened since 1994. Senque Carey started the season's first 27 games before being replaced in the lineup on March 3 by senior Andrew Moritz. 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 - UW 64, Washington State 60 (March 4, 2000, Seattle): Deon Luton scored 12 of his 15 points during the second half, including four during a decisive nine-point run that lifted Washington to a 64-60 victory over Washington State at KeyArena. Washington (10-18, 5-11) completed a sweep of the season series from the Cougars (6-20, 1-15) for the third time in the last four seasons. The Huskies stopped their seven-game home losing streak, completing their home schedule with a 4-9 record. Washington State led by as many as six points in the first half before settling for a 30-28 halftime advantage. Trailing 54-52 inside the final five minutes, the Huskies reeled of nine unanswered points, including back-to-back layups by Luton. The surge put UW ahead 61-54 with 1:04 remaining. Chris Crosby and Mike Bush each hit a 3-pointer for WSU, but Bryan Brown converted 3-of-4 free throws inside the final 0:41 to secure the Husky win. Crosby scored 18 points to lead the Cougars who also got 14 from Bush. Luton was the lone double-figure scorer for Washington which got nine points apiece from Chris Walcott, Will Perkins, Senque Carey and Greg Clark. The Huskies outrebounded WSU 32-25 behind the eight boards of Walcott. It was only the second time in 16 Pac-10 games that UW outrebounded the opposition. UW outscored the Cougars 25-10 at the free throw line.
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 1,463 points to rank ninth among UW career scorers. He needs 16 points to surpass Doug Smart (1957-59 ) and take possession of the No. 8 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 12 of 13 home games 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 19.4 points at home while shooting 47 percent from the field (89-191) and 43 percent (34-79) 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 127 assists to rank sixth among UW single-season playmakers. He needs three 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 were swept at home by Cal (75-64) and No. 1 Stanford (77-52) before halting a seven-game home losing skid with a win over WSU (64-60) to finish with a 4-9 home record.
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 127 assists, the sixth-best single-season output in Husky history. Carey is second on the team with an 10.6-point scoring average. He ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with 4.5 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 (4.5 rpg) and fourth in scoring (9.2 ppg). Walcott played in each of the last six 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 UCLA Series:
o UCLA owns a 78-28 series lead and won 22 of the last 27 meetings with Washington.
o Washington won three of the last four meetings, including a 63-62 victory over then 24th-ranked UCLA on Jan. 6 in Seattle. The Huskies beat the No. 11 Bruins 93-83 last year in Seattle and posted a 95-94 decision on March 1, 1998 in Seattle that was the first win for Coach Bob Bender against the Bruins, stopping a 10-game UW losing streak against UCLA. The Bruins won 79-62 last year in Los Angeles.
o The Huskies have not swept a complete season series from UCLA since 1951. Washington won both regular-seaon meetings in 1987, but lost at UCLA during the conference tournament.
o UCLA's Pauley Pavilion and Stanford's Maples Pavilion are the only two Pac-10 arenas at which UW Coach Bob Bender has never won.
o The Bruins boast a 49-5 advantage over the UW in Los Angeles, including a 34-2 record since UCLA moved into Pauley Pavilion in 1965. Washington lost its last 13 visits to Pauley, last winning 95-87 on Jan. 29, 1987.
o Fourth-year UCLA Coach Steve Lavin has a 4-3 record against UW.
o In his seventh season at Washington, Bob Bender has a 3-10 coaching record against UCLA.
The Last Meeting: UW 63, #24 UCLA 62 (Jan. 6, 2000, Seattle): Deon Luton scored 26 points, including a 3-pointer and two free throws inside the final 38 seconds to lift Washington to a 63-62 upset of No. 24 UCLA at KeyArena. Washington (6-7, 1-0) trailed 60-56 before Will Perkins sank two free throws with 1:20 left in the game. The Bruins (8-3, 0-1) turned the ball over as Earl Watson was ruled to be closely-guarded for five seconds by Senque Carey. Luton hit a 3-pointer with 0:38 remaining to put UW ahead 61-60. After a missed 3-pointer by Jerome Moiso, Luton converted two free throws at 0:11, pushing the margin to 63-60. UCLA's Jason Kapono hit a shot at the buzzer, but it was not a 3-pointer as his foot was on the arc. Luton was the only Husky in double figures, hitting 10-of-15 shots from the field, including 3-of-6 treys. Carey distributed 11 assists and Perkins had 10 rebounds. Kapono scored 19 points to lead the Bruins who also got 13 from Moiso. Dan Gadzuric grabbed 11 of his 13 rebounds in the first half for UCLA which jumped out to a 9-0 lead and led 31-27 at halftime. The lead changed hands 11 times in the second half with three ties.
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.
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).
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.
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.