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Feb. 11, 2000

Sat., Feb. 12 - UW vs. Arizona State, 1:00 p.m. PST (ABC Sports)

KeyArena (17,072), Seattle, Wash.

The Washington Huskies (8-14, 3-7) entertain high-scoring Eddie House and the Arizona State Sun Devils (13-9, 5-5) on Saturday, Feb. 12. Tip-off is 1 p.m. Pacific Time 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. The game will be televised live on ABC Sports. Washington won the last four meetings with ASU in Seattle. The Huskies had a second-half rally denied on Thursday in a 65-56 loss to No. 7 Arizona, snapping a two-game winning streak. Also on Thursday, Arizona State defeated Washington State 81-79 in overtime. House, who boasts a Pac-10 leading 22.6-point scoring average, paced the Sun Devils with 27 points in Pullman. The last time these two teams met, House was coming off a 61-point outburst at California that tied Lew Alcindor's (1967) single-game conference scoring record. Following Saturday's game, Washington makes it's annual visit to the Willamette Valley to play Oregon State and Oregon.

TV/Radio Coverage: Saturday's game against Arizona State will be televised regionally on ABC Sports at 1 p.m. Bob Carpenter and Jay Bilas 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: http://www.audionet.com/schools/washington/

Notable: The Huskies, who lost all four games this season when their opponents shot better than 50 percent from the field, have won only once (UCLA) when being outshot by their foes ... Washington is limiting opponents to 37-percent field goal shooting in wins (169-459) and 48 percent (400-835) in losses ... Senior Deon Luton ranks 11th among all-time Washington scorers with 1,380 career points. Luton needs 46 points to take over the No. 10 spot ... Will Perkins led UW in assists Thursday with five, the first time in 10 games Senque Carey did not lead the team ... Six different players have posted team-high scoring honors for the Huskies in games this season. In contrast, only four players led UW game scorers in 1998-99.

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 nine home games to date while his 26-point outing at WSU was the only time in 13 road contests that he was the team's top scorer. He has registered 20 points on seven occasions this season, only twice away from KeyArena. Luton is averaging 20.8 points at home while shooting 49 percent from the field (67-136) and 49 percent (26-53) from 3-point range. Away from home those figures drop to 12.1 points per game, 32-percent shooting from the field (50-155) and 33-percent accuracy on treys (21-63). 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.

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 Arizona State.

o Senque Carey - Probable. Sprained right ankle during overtime at WSU (Feb. 5). Played 25 minutes on Thursday.

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

o Chris Walcott - Questionable. Sidelined since Jan. 27 after arthroscopic surgery to left knee. Missed last four games.

The Arizona State Series:

o Arizona State holds a 28-18 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.

o The Sun Devils won this season's first meeting, 90-80 on Jan. 13 in Tempe.

o Washington won five of the last eight meetings after suffering through a 14-game losing streak against ASU.

o The two teams have played 22 times in Seattle, each winning 11 times. Washington won the last four games in Seattle against Arizona State.

o Second-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 2-1 record against Washington.

o Washington's Bob Bender has a 5-8 coaching record against ASU.

The Last Meeting: Arizona State 90, UW 80 (Jan. 13, 2000, Tempe, Ariz.) -- Eddie House tallied 29 points in his first game since tying the Pac-10 record with 61 at California on Jan. 8, and Shawn Redhage scored 22 as Arizona State defeated Washington 90-80 at Wells Fargo Arena. House also contributed seven rebounds, four steals and three assists, helping the Sun Devils (10-4, 2-1) beat UW for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings in Tempe. House scored 16 first-half points and ASU capitalized on 15 UW turnovers en route to a 41-31 halftime advantage. Senque Carey scored five straight points as Washington (6-9, 1-2) trimmed the margin to 43-37 with 17:22 left in the game. The Sun Devils responded with a 13-1 run and led by as many as 18 points. Washington never drew within single digits. Carey finished with 25 points for the Huskies who also got 22 from Michael Johnson and 13 from Deon Luton. Chad Prewitt scored 10 ASU points. Awvee Storey grabbed 14 rebounds for Arizona State which had a 52-43 advantage on the boards. Thalo Green led UW with 10 boards. House shot 13-for-30 and did not attempt a free throw. At Cal, House was 18-for-30 and 18-of-19 from the line.

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 implemented a unique rotating starting lineup its last four games, beginning Jan. 27. The Huskies have two five-man lineups which alternate every-other game. Point guard Senque Carey is the only Husky who participates in both lineups. The other four spots are drawn from the following position couplings: Forward (Thalo Green/Will Perkins), Center (David Dixon/Marlon Shelton), Guard (Deon Luton/Michael Johnson) and Guard (Greg Clark/Ben Coffee). The lineup of Green, Dixon, Clark, Luton and Carey has a 1-1 record with starts at Stanford and Washington State. The lineup of Perkins, Shelton, Coffee, Johnson and Carey is 1-1 with a win at California and a loss against Arizona. Washington used seven different starting lineups this season with 10 different 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 five different rotations in the last 12 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.

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).

Last UW Game - #7 Arizona 65, UW 56 (Feb. 10, 2000, Seattle): Loren Woods scored eight of his 29 points inside the first eight minutes, helping seventh-ranked Arizona jump out to an early lead en route to a 65-56 victory over Washington at KeyArena. Woods shot 12-of-20 from the field and also contributed 13 rebounds and six blocked shots for Arizona (20-4, 9-1) which swept the season series from the Huskies. Woods hit a short jumper at 12:01 of the first half, giving the Wildcats a 16-1 lead. Washington (8-14, 3-7) did not register a field goal until David Dixon's dunk at 10:45. Arizona led by as many as 20 points on the way to a 34-17 halftime advantage. The lead grew to 21 points (40-19) before the Huskies staged a rally. Michael Johnson scored six points to fuel a 10-point UW run that trimmed the margin to 51-44. The lead shrunk to 56-51 on a Johnson jumper with 4:50 left in the game. Woods scored six of the final nine Wildcat points to repel the rally. Gilbert Arenas scored 14 points for Arizona and Michael Wright added 12. Deon Luton tallied 19 points for the Huskies who also got 10 from Johnson. Washington shot 47 percent (17-36) in the second half, improving on a 20-percent (6-30) first half effort. The Wildcats outscored UW 15-5 at the free throw line, attempting 21 charity shots to only six for the Huskies. Arizona missed all seven of its 3-point attempts.

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 1,380 points to rank 11th among UW career scorers. He needs 46 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 6-6 record in home games contested away from Edmundson Pavilion since that 1927 season, including a 3-6 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 eight games remaining to play, he has already bettered his total of 94 assists last season. Carey currently has 114 assists to rank 10th among UW single-season playmakers. He needs three assists to take over the No. 9 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 74-68 in overtime at Washington State to cap a three-game road trip. The Huskies lost at home to No. 7 Arizona (65-56) in their last outing.

Surgery Sidelines Walcott: Washington senior Chris Walcott underwent arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Jan. 27 and was scheduled to be sidelined from 2-to-3 weeks. The successful surgical procedure removed two loose fragments of cartilage and cleaned up the area around his knee joint. His return for Saturday's game against Arizona State is questionable. The 6-foot-9 forward has been hampered by a sore knee all season. He missed one game, a Dec. 30 contest at New Mexico State, after which it was determined he had a bone bruise in his left knee. Walcott played seven subsequent games before missing the last four games. "The one thing that I'm excited for is to be back closer to 100 percent and be able to do something to help us win," said Walcott who played 17 games with 13 starts for the Huskies, averaging 9.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He is the team's top field goal (.479) and 3-point (.458) shooter.

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 four times. He has 114 assists, the 20th 100-assist season in Husky history. Carey is second on the team with a 12.0-point scoring average. He ranks third in the Pac-10 with 5.2 assists per game. Carey 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 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 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). His 94 assists in 1999 placed him second among all-time UW freshmen, trailing only the 103-assist total of Eldridge Recasner (1987).

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 Oregon State Series:

o Washington has a 138-128 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies had a seven-game series winning streak snapped on Jan. 23 with a 74-57 Beaver win in Seattle. The seven-game winning streak was Washington's longest in the series since 1953.

o Oregon State is seeking to sweep the season series from the Huskies for the first time since 1992.

o Despite losses in Washington's last three visits to Gill Coliseum, the he Beavers boast a 90-42 all-time record against Washington in Corvallis.

o Fifth-year Oregon State Coach Eddie Payne has a 2-7 record against Washington.

o Seventh-year UW coach Bob Bender has a 10-3 record against OSU.

The Last Meeting: Oregon State 74, UW 57 (Jan. 23, 2000, Seattle) -- Ramunas Petraitis scored 12 of his game-high 17 points during the first half when Oregon State took command en route to a 74-57 win over Washington at KeyArena. The Beavers (10-6, 2-3) won for the first time in Seattle since 1993, snapping a six-game losing streak. The 17-point margin was Oregon State's largest over UW since an 82-58 win in 1992 and the biggest win in Seattle since a 106-66 triumph in 1989. Washington (6-12, 1-5) lost its fifth straight game for the first time since 1995. Oregon State scored the game's first eight points before Deon Luton put the Huskies on the board with a 3-pointer at 15:04. The Beavers then reeled off 11 unanswered points to claim a 19-3 lead. Oregon State opened leads of 28-7 and 43-16 en route to a 45-23 halftime advantage. Fueled by an 11-point run, Washington trimmed the deficit to 59-49 on a free throw with 7:51 left in the game, but OSU scored the next 12 points to repel the rally. Clifton Jones, who scored five points during the Beaver run, finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Deaundra Tanner also tallied 13 points for OSU. David Dixon tied Deon Luton for team-high honors with 12 points. Dixon entered the game with only three points, having missed all 10 of his field goal attempts. The Huskies shot just 28 percent (7-25) in the first half and finished the game at 34 percent (19-56). Oregon State shot 46 percent (25-55) from the field.

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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