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Jan. 31, 2000

Sat., Feb. 5 - UW at Washington State, 3:00 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Net)

Friel Court (12,058), Pullman, Wash.

The Washington Huskies (7-13, 2-6) make their annual trek to Pullman for the 247th renewal of their rivalry with Washington State (5-12, 0-8). The cross-state rivals clash on Saturday, Feb. 5 at Friel Court. Tip-off is 3 p.m. Pacific Time for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. Washington won five of the last six meetings with the Cougars, but dropped a 72-71 decision on Jan. 3, 1999 in Spokane during its last visit to the eastern part of the state. The Huskies defeated California 54-52 on Saturday in their last outing, halting a six-game losing streak that was their longest since 1994. Following the game at WSU, Washington returns home to host Arizona on Feb. 10 and Arizona State on Feb. 12. Both games will take place 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.

TV/Radio Coverage: Washington's game at Washington State will be televised live on Saturday at 3 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. 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/

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 Husky scorer in all eight home games to date while he has yet to be the team's top scorer during any of 12 road contests. He has registered 20 points on six occasions this season, only once away from KeyArena. Luton is averaging 21.0 points at home while shooting 50 percent from the field (59-117) and 50 percent (24-48) from 3-point range. Away from home those figures drop to 10.9 points per game, 30-percent shooting from the field (42-139) and 29-percent accuracy on treys (17-58). Luton had a similar disparity last season, averaging 18.6 points at home while shooting 51 percent from the field and 41 percent on 3-pointers. On the road during 1999, Luton averaged 10.9 points, shooting 37 percent from the field and 28 percent on treys.

Notable: Saturday's game at WSU marks the 13th road game for Washington which has played only eight games at home. The Huskies' hectic travel schedule has included over 16,000 air miles ... Sophomore Senque Carey had 10 assists in the Bay Area, pushing his season total to 106. Carey is the 20th player in Husky history to distribute 100 assists during a season and his average of 5.3 per game is the fourth-best single-season average for a UW player ... The Huskies, who used the same lineup for nine of the first 10 games this season, have implemented five different lineups in the last 10 outings ... Senior Deon Luton ranks 11th among all-time Washington scorers with 1,335 career points. Luton needs 90 points to move into the school's top-10 ... Stanford shot 53 percent on Thursday, joining Oklahoma State (60%), New Mexico (55%) and Oregon (57%) as the only four opponents to reach the 50-percent plateau this season against UW ... Newcomer Will Perkins, a junior transfer from Iowa Western CC, leads UW in rebounds (6.5 rpg) and blocked shots (24) ...UW has won four road games, topping its 1998-99 total (3-9).

The Washington State Series:

o Washington won five of the last six meetings and owns a 158-88 advantage in the series that began in 1910.

o The teams split last year's meetings, each winning at home. The Cougars won 72-71 on Jan. 3 in Spokane and UW won 76-59 on March 6 in Seattle.

o The Huskies own a 66-55 series advantage over the Cougars in games played on WSU's home courts.

o First-year Washington State coach Paul Graham, who was previously an assistant under Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State, has never coached against Washington.

o Seventh-year Husky coach Bob Bender has a 7-5 record against the Cougars.

Last Meeting: Washington 76, Washington State 59 (March 6, 1999, Seattle) -Todd MacCulloch scored 21 of his 32 points during the first half of his final home game, lifting Washington to a 76-59 win over Washington State in the regular-season finale. It marked the final game at Hec Emundson Pavilion before a $40 million renovation to the arena, which was built in 1927. The Huskies (17-11, 10-8) clinched fourth place in the Pac-10 for the second straight season and avenged a 72-71 defeat at Washington State in early January. MacCulloch hit 8-of-10 first-half shots and all five of his free throw attempts and Deon Luton tallied 15 of his 20 points before intermission. The Huskies scored the final 13 points of the first half to take a 47-28 advantage. That lead grew to as many as 29 points in the second half. MacCulloch recorded his eighth career 30-points game and grabbed 15 rebounds for his 19th double-double of the season. Donald Watts totaled 12 points in his collegiate home finale. Kojo Mensah-Bonsu scored 11 points to lead the Cougars.

Last Meeting at WSU: Washington State 72, Washington 71 (Jan. 3, 1999, Spokane, Wash.) - Jan-Michael Thomas made his only basket, a 3-pointer, with 3.3 seconds remaining to give Washington State a 72-71 victory over Washington in the conference opener for both teams at the Spokane Arena. Thomas, who averaged 14.7 points entering the game, was limited to two free throws until the game-winning trey that capped a 12-3 Cougar run over the final five minutes. Donald Watts caught a 75-foot pass from UW teammate Senque Carey on the ensuing in-bounds play, but fumbled the ball out of bounds without getting off a shot. Washington (7-4, 0-1) jumped out to an early 7-0 lead behind two 3-pointers by Deon Luton who finished with a game-high 23 points. Washington State (7-5, 1-0) rallied to take a 41-38 halftime advantage. That lead expanded to 49-44 before Watts scored 11 points to fuel a 24-11 run that put the Huskies ahead 68-60 with 5:08 left in the game. Luton hit a jumper with 7:40 remaining that was the final UW field goal. The Cougars were led by the 19 points and 10 rebounds of Kojo Mensah-Bonsu and 14 points of Mike Bush. Watts, who returned after missing four games with a sprained ankle, scored 13 of his 14 points in the second half and contributed five assists. Todd MacCulloch played only 10 minutes before fouling out, finishing with two points and four rebounds.

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 at Washington State.

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 - Sidelined for 2-3 weeks after arthroscopic surgery (Jan. 27) on left knee. Missed last two games.

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, Saturday in the last outing.

Last UW Game - UW 54, California 52 (Jan. 29, 2000, Berkeley, Calif.): Senque Carey 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.

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 1,335 points to rank 11th among UW career scorers. He needs 91 points to surpass Bill Hanson (1960-62) and move into the No. 10 position.

Surgery Sidelines Walcott: Washington senior Chris Walcott underwent arthroscopic surgery Thursday (Jan. 27) on his left knee and will be sidelined up to three weeks. The successful surgical procedure removed two loose fragments of cartilage and cleaned up the area around his knee joint. Walcott will miss anywhere from two-to-three weeks, covering three to seven games. 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 two 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.

Prolific Passer: On Jan. 27 at Stanford, Senque Carey became the 20th player in Washington history to reach the 100-assists plateau in a single season. He has already bettered last season's total of 94 assists with 10 games remaining to play. Carey currently has 106 assists to rank 17th among UW single-season playmakers. He needs two assists to move into the No. 14 position and eight to take over the No. 10 spot. Carey distributed 10 assists at Alaska Anchorage and 11 against UCLA, the 28th and 29th double-digit assist performances in Husky history.

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 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 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 10 outings. Senque Carey is the only player who has started every UW game this season. 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 Clark started in his place because of a coaches' decision.

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 15 games, topped all Husky scorers on seven occasions and was the top UW rebounder four times. He has 106 assists, the 20th 100-assist season in Husky history. Carey is second on the team with a 12.7-point scoring average. He ranks second 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). His 94 assists in 1999 placed him second among all-time UW freshmen, trailing only the 103-assist total of Eldridge Recasner (1987).

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.

Upsetting Arizona: Since the 1990-91 season, Washington has a 6-13 record against Arizona. Only UCLA (9) and California (6) have won as many against the Wildcats during that span. Six of the Huskies' last 15 wins over ranked opponents came against Arizona. Washington had a 4-23 record during the 1990s against Top-10 opponents, all four wins coming against Arizona. During the 1996 season, UW defeated a 14th-ranked Wildcat team 80-79 for its first win in Tucson since 1984. Last year, the Huskies beat No. 10 Arizona 90-84 in Seattle.

The Arizona Series:

o Arizona has a 29-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.

o The Wildcats won this year's first meeting 69-62 on Jan. 15 in Tucson.

o Washington won 90-84 on Feb. 4, 1999 in Arizona's last visit to Seattle.

o The Huskies hold a one game lead in the all-time series in Seattle, with an 11-10 record. Washington won in two of Arizona's last three visits to Seattle. The Wildcats were ranked 10th in the nation for the 1999 meeting as they were on Feb. 2, 1997 when they fell to UW 92-88.

o 17th-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 24-9 all-time record against the Huskies while seventh-year Washington Coach Bob Bender is 4-9 against the Wildcats. Bender twice played against Lute Olson-coached Iowa in 1976. A freshman on Indiana's undefeated national championship team, Bender played six minutes in a 101-81 Hoosier victory at Indiana (Feb. 23, 1976) and two minutes in an 88-73 win at Iowa (Jan. 26, 1976).

The Last Meeting: #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. 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 (6-10, 1-3) 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 6-5 record in home games contested away from Edmundson Pavilion since that 1927 season, including a 3-5 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.

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.

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

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