Jan. 17, 2000
Thurs., Jan. 20 - UW vs. Oregon, 7:00 p.m. PST
Sun., Jan. 23 - UW vs. Oregon State, 1:00 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Northwest)
Both Games at KeyArena (17,072), Seattle, Wash.
The Washington Huskies (6-10, 1-3) seek to halt a three-game losing streak as they entertain their Northwest rivals from the state of Oregon this week. The Oregon Ducks (11-3, 2-1) visit Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 20. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at KeyArena in downtown Seattle where the Huskies will play all of their home games this season while their on-campus arena is undergoing a one-year renovation. Oregon, which lost in each of its last three visits, has lost 100 games in 131 all-time trips to Seattle. The Huskies host Oregon State (8-6, 0-3) on Sunday, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. Washington won the last seven meetings against the Beavers, its longest winning streak in the series since a 10-game stretch that ended in 1953. After defeating UCLA in their Pac-10 opener (63-62), the Huskies lost in overtime to USC (81-79), at Arizona State (90-80) and at No. 2 Arizona (69-62). Washington seeks to avoid its first four-game Pac-10 losing streak since 1995. Ten of the 16 Husky games to date were played on the road, a hectic travel schedule that included over 14,000 air miles.
TV/Radio Coverage: Washington's game against Oregon will not be televised in Seattle. Sunday's game versus Oregon State airs live at 1 p.m. on Fox Sports Northwest. Tod Pickett and Dave Harshman 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/
He'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 Husky scorer in all six home games to date while he has yet to be the team's top scorer during any of 10 road contests. He has registered 20 points on six occasions this season, only once away from KeyArena. Luton is averaging 23.0 points at home while shooting 53 percent from the field (49-93) and 49 percent (18-37) from 3-point range. Away from home those figures drop to 10.9 points per game, 29-percent shooting from the field (34-117) and 25-percent accuracy on treys (12-49).
Notable: After turning the ball over 24 times against USC and 20 at Arizona State in consecutive games, the Huskies committed a season-low seven turnovers Saturday at Arizona ... 6-9 senior forward Chris Walcott leads the team in 3-point accuracy, hitting 50-percent (11-22) of his trey tries ... Oklahoma State (60 %) and New Mexico (55 %) are the only teams to reach the 50-percent plateau against Washington ... Senque Carey distributed 11 assists against UCLA and 10 at Alaska Anchorage, the 28th and 29th double-digit assist performances in Husky history ... The Jan. 6 game against UCLA marked the only time in eight games that the Huskies have overcome a halftime deficit to win the game. Washington has a 5-1 record when leading at halftime and is 0-2 when the game is tied at the half ... Newcomer Will Perkins, a junior transfer, leads UW in rebounds (7.0) and blocked shots (20). Those figures each rank eighth among Pac-10 players.
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 against Oregon.
o Thalo Green - Probable. Sprained MCL in left knee during USC game (Jan. 8). Started both games in Arizona.
o Grant Leep - Out indefinitely with sprained MCL in right knee suffered at end of New Mexico State game (Dec. 30).
o Chris Walcott - Probable with sprained left knee. Missed one game. Aggravated injury vs. UCLA (Jan. 6).
The Oregon Series:
o Washington has a 169-93 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. Washington has a 100-31 advantage against the Ducks in Seattle.
o The Huskies won three of the last four meetings. Washington won last year in Seattle, an 86-76 overtime triumph on Jan. 16 that marked the 100th UW win over Oregon in Seattle.
o Third-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent is 1-3 coaching against the UW.
o Seventh-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 5-8 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.
o 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.
o Husky sophomore forward Thalo Green was the 1996 Oregon Player of the Year from state champion South Salem High School.
The Last Meeting: Oregon 94, UW 81 (Feb. 13, 1999, Eugene) -Darius Wright led five double-figure scorers with 17 points, including two straight fastbreak baskets that keyed Oregon's 94-81 win over Washington at McArthur Court. Washington (15-8, 8-5) had its five-game winning streak stopped despite the 26-point, 12-rebound performance of Todd MacCulloch. The Ducks (13-9, 5-8) raced out to an 11-2 lead inside the opening three minutes. Washington took only one brief first-half lead and trailed 44-42 at halftime. The Huskies scored the first four points after halftime and claimed its final lead at 53-52 with 17:12 remaining. Oregon staged a 15-3 surge, sparked by six points from Wright who had back-to-back layups off the break, to take a 68-56 margin with 13:20 left to play. Washington never drew closer than seven points the rest of the game. Smith grabbed 10 boards to lead a 42-37 Duck rebound advantage. Smith hit both of his trey attempts for Oregon which shot 10-for-20 from 3-point range. Terik Brown tallied 14 points, Yasir Rosemond added 11 and Mike Carson had 10 for the Ducks. Donald Watts and Senque each scored 18 points for Washington which shot only 40 percent (24-60) and registered a season-low nine assists.
The Last Meeting in Seattle: UW 86, Oregon 76 ot (Jan. 16, 1999, Seattle) -Deon Luton scored 10 of his 23 points during overtime, lifting Washington to an 86-76 victory over Oregon at Edmundson Pavilion. Todd MacCulloch led the Huskies (9-6, 2-3) with 27 points and 12 rebounds, but fouled out with 52.6 second left in regulation. Oregon's Mike Carson converted one of two free throws and tied the score at 65-65 with a dunk on an inbounds play with 48.8 seconds remaining. Luton opened the overtime with a 3-pointer and assisted on the go-ahead basket, a long pass for a Senque Carey layin that put the Huskies ahead 74-73 with 1:17 left in the extra session. Luton tallied the final seven points on two dunks and three free throws. Oregon (10-5, 2-4) led by as many as nine points in the first half before the Huskies staged a 20-4 run en route to a 41-38 halftime edge. Washington led the entire second half until Carson's dunk forced overtime. Terik Brown scored 15 points to lead five Duck double-digit scorers. Alex Scales added 13 points and Carson had 12. Donald Watts scored 14 points and Carey added 13.
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 three-game losing streak. The Huskies were swept in a road trip to Arizona State (90-80) and No. 2 Arizona (69-62).
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 it to the American Cancer Society which uses such donations to make wigs for cancer victims.
Last UW Game - #2 Arizona 69, UW 62 (Jan. 15, 2000, Tucson, Ariz.): Loren Woods scored seven of his 22 points during a 2:33 span in the second half when second-ranked Arizona took the lead for good en route to a 69-62 victory over Washington at McKale Center. The Huskies (6-10, 1-3) have won only once (1996) in Tucson since 1985. Each team held a six-point lead during the first half that ended in a 25-25 tie. The second half featured six lead changes and six ties before Woods sparked an 11-3 run to give the Wildcats (15-2, 4-0) their largest lead at 52-45 with 7:04 left in the game. Woods began the surge with a jumper with 9:37 remaining responding to a basket by Chris Walcott that had given Washington its last lead of the contest at 42-41. Woods also contributed 11 rebounds while Michael Wright added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Guards Jason Gardener and Gilbert Arenas scored 15 and 10 points, respectively for Arizona in reserve roles. Both were pulled from the starting lineup after arriving late for practice the day before. Walcott and Senque Carey paced the Huskies with 16 points apiece. Deon Luton, who finished with 10 points for UW, missed all 10 of his first-half shot and finished the game connecting on only 3-of-19 attempts. Arizona outscored UW 19-5 at the free throw line, attempting 27 charity shots to only six for the Huskies. The Wildcats shot 43 percent from the field while limiting Washington to 33-percent shooting.
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 1,283 points to rank 17th among UW career scorers. He needs 12 points to surpass Andra Griffin (1978-81) and move into the No. 16 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 6-3 record in home games contested away from Edmundson Pavilion since that 1927 season, including a 3-3 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.
Bender Bio: Bob Bender has participated in the NCAA Tournament at every school with which he has been affiliated, including the last two with Washington. He has a seven-year record of 91-94 with the Huskies, capped by a 17-12 ledger in 1999 that marked the school's fourth consecutive winning season. The 1998 Huskies posted a 20-10 record that marked the school's finest winning percentage since 1985. Among the 1998 Husky highlights were their first 20-win season since 1987, their first NCAA berth since 1986 and their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1984. The 1997 UW team posted a 17-11 record, capped by the Huskies' second straight National Invitation Tournament appearance. Washington's record improved four straight seasons under Bender, including a 16-12 mark in 1996 after which he was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The UW was 5-22 in 1994 and 10-17 in 1995. His 91 victories rank fourth among all-time Washington coaches. Bender, who began his career with a four-year stint at Illinois State (1990-93), has an 11-year career record of 151-151. His Illinois State squads were 60-57, earning two Missouri Valley Conference championships, one conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1990. Prior to his inaugural head coaching assignment at ISU, Bender served as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski's Duke staff (1983-1989). The Blue Devils qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of Bender's six seasons on the staff, including four trips to the Final Four. Bender, 42, is the only individual to play on two different teams in the NCAA Championship game. He was a freshman on Bobby Knight's undefeated 1976 Indiana team and played point guard at Duke from 1977-80, including an appearance in the 1978 title game against Kentucky.
Season Preview: Bob Bender is in 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.
Shuffling Starters: Washington has implemented five different starting lineups this season. The Huskies used the same starting lineup for nine of the first 10 games of the season before a knee injury to senior forward Chris Walcott forced a change. Junior Thalo Green, who had 17 career starts entering the season, replaced Walcott in the lineup. Only two players have started every UW game, guards Senque Carey and Michael Johnson. 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 because of a coaches' decision.
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.
The Oregon State Series:
o Washington has a 138-127 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies current seven-game winning streak is their longest in the series since a 10-game stretch that ended in 1953.
o The Huskies swept the last three season series over Oregon State, their first three-year sweep in the history of the series.
o Washington boasts a 93-36 all-time record against the Beavers in Seattle where the Huskies won the last six meetings.
o Fifth-year Oregon State Coach Eddie Payne has a 1-7 record against Washington.
o Seventh-year UW coach Bob Bender has a 10-2 record against OSU.
Last Meeting: Washington 82, Oregon State 69 (Feb. 11, 1999, Corvallis, Ore.) -Todd MacCulloch scored 23 of his 24 points during the final 25 minutes of the game, helping Washington deal Oregon State its first home defeat, an 82-69 decision at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (11-10, 5-7) had won their first 10 home games, including upsets of top-10-ranked Arizona and UCLA. Washington (15-7, 8-4) won its seventh straight against OSU and completed three straight season sweeps of the Beavers for the first time since the series began in 1904. The Huskies opened a 14-2 lead as OSU missed its opening six and 13 of its first 14 shots. The Beavers rallied to tie the game 24-24 on a Josh Steinthal 3-pointer with 4:34 left in the half. MacCulloch scored six points to fuel a 15-3 run that gave UW a 39-27 halftime lead. Washington outscored the Beavers 20-4 right after intermission, including 11 points from MacCulloch. That surge gave the UW its largest lead, a 59-31 margin with 11:28 remaining. Senque Carey posted his first double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies who also got 18 points from Donald Watts. Steinthal finished with 18 points and Deaundra Tanner had 17 for OSU.
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.
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 ranks second on the team in rebounds (4.9 rpg) and field goal shooting (49%). His is fourth among Huskies in scoring (9.9 ppg). Walcott poured in a career-high 22 points at Alaska-Anchorage. 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. "When you evaluate a player's career, any player, you like to look back and see that they made progress and improved every year," Bender explains. "Chris has done exactly that. He started as a walk-on, became a role player, was a significant contributor last year and now he is one of the key players on the team."
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 11 games, topped all Husky scorers on a team-high six occasions and was the top UW rebounder three times. Carey is second on the team with a 13.3-point scoring average. He ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 5.3 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). He averaged 11.2 points during Pac-10 play. Carey was a catalyst for a vastly improved offense that averaged eight more points a game with him at the helm. He 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 freshmen, trailing only the 103-assist total of Eldridge Recasner (1987). Carey had a double-double at Oregon State on Feb. 11 (18 points/10 rebounds).
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.
Non-Conference Slate Over: Washington completed its 12-game non-conference slate with a 5-7 record, its first losing non-conference campaign since a 4-5 mark in 1995. The Huskies posted winning non-conference ledgers in each of the last four seasons, going 7-3 last year after 7-2 records in 1996, 1997 & 1998.
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.
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.
Chat With Bob Bender: The Husky Fever web site features Coach Bob Bender for a live chat on two occasions this season. The final live chat session with Bender is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. To participate in these sessions, see the Husky Fever web site at: www.huskyfever.com
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 will have access to purchase Husky tickets at 90 locations throughout Washington. Seattle-area locations include Tower Records, The Wherehouse and Payless Drugs. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone by calling TicketMaster at (206) 628-0888 or via the internet at www.ticketmaster.com.