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Finally Home, Men's Hoop Squad Hosts 24th-Ranked Gonzaga
Release: 12/07/1999
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Dec. 7, 1999

Mon., Dec. 13 - UW vs. #24 Gonzaga, 7:30 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Net)

Fri., Dec. 17 - UW vs. Wichita State, 7:00 p.m. PST

Both games at KeyArena (17,072), Seattle, Wash.

Finally home from their six-game, 10,000-mile road trip, the Washington Huskies (3-3) play their home opener on Monday, Dec. 13 against 24th-ranked Gonzaga. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at KeyArena where the Huskies will play all of their 1999-2000 home games while Edmundson Pavilion undergoes a one-year renovation. The roles were reversed when these two teams met last year as Gonzaga hosted a 22nd-ranked Washington squad at the Spokane Arena on Dec. 8, 1998. The Huskies hope to avenge a 82-71 setback to Gonzaga in that last meeting.

Home Sweet Home: The Huskies, who opened the season with six games away from home for the first time since 1912, begin a four-game homestand. They entertain Gonzaga (Dec. 13), Wichita State (Dec. 17), Oklahoma State (Dec. 21) and Boise State (Dec. 23). Washington boasts a 77-20 record in all-time home openers, including a 70-63 win over UNC Wilmington last season. Ironically UW's home-opening opponent, Gonzaga, has won more games at KeyArena than the Huskies. The Bulldogs defeated Minnesota and Stanford last March in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Washington beat No. 11 New Mexico 70-61 on Dec. 24, 1998 in its only previous game at KeyArena.

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 from the Bay Area 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 Dominon (78-70) in their last outing.

TV/Radio Coverage: Monday's game against Gonzaga will be televised live by Fox Sports Net at 7:30 p.m. Barry Tompkins and George Raveling call the action. All UW 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/

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 Gonzaga Series:

o Despite an 82-71 Gonzaga victory last year in Spokane, Washington has won 12 of the last 14 meetings with the Bulldogs and owns a 28-7 advantage in the all-time series.

o Washington has a 46-10 all-time record against West Coast Conference teams.

o The Huskies have registered a 17-2 record against Gonzaga during games played in Seattle.

o Gonzaga is coached for the first season by Mark Few an assistant last year who replaced Dan Monson after he left to assume the head coaching post at Minnesota.

o In his seventh season at Washington, Bob Bender has a 2-1 coaching record against Gonzaga.

The Last Meeting: Gonzaga 82, #22 Washington 71 (Dec. 8, 1998, Spokane, Wash.) -- Richie Frahm tallied 21 points, including eight free throws inside the final minute that secured Gonzaga's 82-71 win over 22nd-ranked Washington at the Spokane Arena. It was the third straight loss for the Huskies (4-3) who opened the 1998-99 season with a four-game winning streak. The Bulldogs, paced by the 25 points of Jeremy Eaton, led nearly the entire game. The Huskies cut a 39-35 halftime deficit to 46-45 on a Todd MacCulloch layup with 14:46 left in the game. Gonzaga (6-3) responded with an 18-3 run to push the margin to 64-48. Again Washington rallied, drawing within 74-69 on Chris Walcott's jumper with 1:04 remaining. Frahm converted all eight of his free throw attempts, beginning at 0:51, to seal the victory. The Huskies lost despite outrebounding (36-31) and outshooting (51%-44%) Gonzaga. Washington had won its previous 22 games when outshooting the opposition, dating to 1997. Matt Santangelo chipped in 12 points for the Bulldogs. Todd MacCulloch registered a double-double, leading the Huskies with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Chris Walcott was the only other Husky in double figures with 18 points. Donald Watts missed the game with a sprained right ankle.

Terrific Turnaround: Guards Senque Carey and Deon Luton had a rough game at UNC Wilmington, combining for only seven points on 1-of-19 shooting from the field in a Husky loss. Those two responded in brilliant fashion during their next outing, a win at Old Dominion. In that game, the two combined for 43 points on 15-for-24 shooting. Luton came off the bench for the first time in over two years (64 games) to score 16 points. Carey tied Luton's single-game UW 3-point record, tossing in seven treys en route to a career-high 27-point outburst. Carey shot 7-for-7 from 3-point range to better the UWsingle-game percentage record established by Donald Watts who his all five of his trey tries at USC on Jan. 29, 1998.

Notable: Senior forward Chris Walcott, a former walk-on, leads the team with a 14.0-point scoring average. Walcott is the only current or former walk-on serving as a regular starter for a Pac-10 team ... The Huskies are limiting opponents to 41-percent shooting (152-368) from the field and no team has reached the 50-percent plateau this season ... The UW has a 35-12 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 ... The team that owns the halftime lead has won all six UW games this season ... Junior forward Will Perkins registered double-figure rebounds in three of six games this season, averaging 8.3 caroms per game ... Washington has a 3-0 record when outshooting opponents from the field ... 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 have won 746 games in Hec Edmundson 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 3-0 record in home games contested away from Edmundson Pavilion since that 1927 season. 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.

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 amased over 8,000 miles during a 10-day stretch, traveling from Seattle to Hawai'i to Chicago and back to Seattle.

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.

Last UW Game - UW 78, Old Dominion 70 (Dec. 4, 1999, Norfolk, Va.): Senque Carey made all seven of his 3-point shots en route to a career-high 27-point performance in Washington's 78-70 victory over Old Dominion at the Scope Arena. The Huskies (3-3) halted a three-game losing streak and broke even on their season-opening six-game road trip. Carey, who made only 1-of-10 shots from the field in his previous outing, converted 9-of-14 shots from the field. He was perfect on seven 3-point attempts, breaking the school single-game percentage record held by Donald Watts . Carey tied Deon Luton's single-game record of seven 3-pointers. Th Huskies broke a 7-7 tie with a 13-1 run, taking the lead for good at 20-8. Deon Luton came off the bench to cap the run with a 3-pointer and a dunk, part of his 16 points. The Monarchs (2-5) trailed 48-31 at halftime, but drew within 72-67 with 1:08 remaining. Washington converted 6-of-8 free throws inside the final minute to secure the win. Will Perkins had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Hukies. Skipper Youngblood scored 23 points to lead ODU which also got 12 points from Michael Williams.

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 1,112 points to rank 19th among UW career scorers. He needs 47 points to surpass former teammate Donald Watts (1996-99) and move into the No. 18 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 asside (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 catergory, 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 deffensive 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, "Downtwon" Fred Brown. Sophmore 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 Philidelphia 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 wihout Dickau who suffered a season ending heel injury and has since transfered 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.

The Wichita State Series:

o The Shockers own a 2-1 lead in the all-time series, including wins in the last two meetings.

o Washington won the inaugural meeting 102-68 on Dec. 15, 1972 in Wichita. The Shockers posted an 87-79 overtime decision on Dec. 1, 1973 in Seattle.

o Wichita State won the most recent matchup, claiming a 92-72 victory on Dec. 28, 1988 in the first round of the Palm Beach Classic in Florida.

o The UW has a 3-4 all-time record against the Missouri Valley Conference.

o Bob Bender has a 5-3 all-time coaching record against Wichita State, all eight games played while he was at Illinois State of the MVC.

The Last Meeting: Wichita State 92, UW 72 (Dec. 28, 1988, West Palm Beach, Fla.) -- Dwight Praylow led five double-figure scorers with 18 points, leading Wichita State to a 92-72 victory over Washington in the first round of the Palm Beach Classic at the West Palm Beach Auditorium. The Shockers led 40-28 before UW scored six points in the final 10 seconds of the first half to close within 40-34. Wichita extended a 58-48 lead with a 15-4 run to claim a 73-52 advantage with 8:10 remaining that put the game out of reach. Steve Grayer scored 13 points for the Shockers who also got 11 from John Cooper and 10 apiece from Sasha Radunovich and Aaron Davis. Eldridge Recasner scored 17 points to lead the Huskies and Dion Brown chipped in 16 points. also in double figures for UW were Mark West with 14 points and Jeff Sanor with 10. Praylow hit 8-of-9 shots from the field, helping WSU shoot 59 percent (32-54) as a team. The Huskies shot 48 percent, but only 2-of-14 from 3-point range.

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 invidual 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.

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: www.huskyfever.com

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.

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