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Jan. 28, 2000

Sat., Jan. 29 - UW at California, 3:00 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Net)

Haas Pavilion (12,300), Berkeley, Calif.

The Washington Huskies (6-13, 1-6) seek to halt a six-game losing streak as they play at California (11-7, 2-4) on Saturday, Jan. 29 in a game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. Tip-off is 3 p.m. at the newly-renovated Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. Cal returns to its campus venue after a two-season absence while the former Harmon Gym underwent construction. The Huskies are in a similar situation, being displaced from Edmundson Pavilion this season during a one-year renovation. The Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion is scheduled for a Nov. 1 completion date that will see capacity increased from 7,900 to 10,000. Last year, UW swept the season series from the Golden Bears for the first time since 1985. After defeating UCLA in their Pac-10 opener (63-62) the Huskies lost their last six games, their longest losing streak since a nine-game skid in 1994. Included in the current losing streak were a pair of two-point overtime setbacks at home against USC (81-79) and Oregon (76-74) along with losses at Arizona State (90-80) and No. 2 Arizona (69-62). UW lost to Oregon State (74-57) on Sunday and at No. 2 Stanford (92-62) on Thursday in its last outing. After the Bay Area trip, Washington visits cross-state rival Washington State on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m.

TV/Radio Coverage: Washington's game at California 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 11 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 11.1 points per game, 30-percent shooting from the field (39-129) and 28-percent accuracy on treys (15-54). 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: Sophomore Senque Carey had five assists at Stanford, pushing his season total to 101. Carey became the 20th player in Husky history to distribute 100 assists during a season and his average of 5.3 per game that is the fourth-best single-season average for a UW player ... Senior Deon Luton is tied for 12th among all-time Washington scoreres with 1,326 career points ... Stanford shot 53 percent on Thursday, joining Oklahoma State (60%), New Mexico (55%) and Oregon (57%) as the only three opponents to reach the 50-percent plateau this season against UW.

The California Series:

* Washington has a 66-62 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916.

* The Huskies swept the season series from California for the first time since 1985. Washington won 87-73 in Oakland and 86-61 in Seattle.

* The Golden Bears won three of the last four meetings in California where they have a 40-23 advantage over Washington.

* Fourth-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 3-3 record against UW.

* Seventh-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 5-7 record against Cal.

* Seventh-year UW assistant coach Eric Hughes served on the staff at Cal in 1992 and 1993, helping the Bears reach the Sweet 16 in 1993.

Last Meeting: Washington 86, California 61 (Feb. 20, 1999, Seattle) -Todd MacCulloch led five double-figure scorers with 17 points and added 19 rebounds, lifting Washington to an 86-61win over California at Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies (16-9, 9-6) completed their first season sweep of California since 1985 with their biggest margin of victory ever in the series. MacCulloch combined for 48 points and 36 rebounds in two meetings against the Golden Bears. He amassed 11 points and nine rebounds during the first half, helping Washington take a 36-22 lead at halftime. The margin grew to as many as 33 points after intermission sparked by Deon Luton who tallied all 14 of his points during a five-minute second-half span. Donald Watts and Michael Johnson each tallied 11 points for the Huskies who also got 10 from Senque Carey. California (14-10, 5-9) was led by the trio of Thomas Kilgore, Geno Carlisle and Solomon Hughes who each scored 10 points. The Huskies shot 53 percent (31-59) while limiting Cal to 39 percent (27-69) from the field.

Last Meeting at Cal: Washington 87, California 73 (Jan. 21, 1999, Oakland, Calif.) -Todd MacCulloch missed only one shot while amassing 31 points and 17 rebounds in Washington's 87-73 victory over California at the New Arena in Oakland. MacCulloch missed his first shot before connecting on his final 13 attempts en route to the seventh 30-point game of his career. Washington (10-6, 3-3) led for much of the first half as MacCulloch tallied 22 points before intermission. California (11-5, 2-4) claimed a 36-34 halftime edge on a jumper by Geno Carlisle at the buzzer. The Huskies took control in the second half as Senque Carey and Deon Luton, held scoreless in the first half, scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. Five players tallied double-figure points for the UW, including Donald Watts with 13 and Chris Walcott with 11. Thomas Kilgore came off the bench to tally a team-high 19 points for the Golden Bears who also got 13 from Francisco Elson and 12 from Michael Gill. Washington shot 54 percent (27-50) while limiting Cal to 41 percent (30-74). The Golden Bears hit only one 3-pointer in 11 attempts while Washington converted 5-of-10.

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) on Thursday in the last outing for Washington.

Surgery Sidelines Walcott: Washington senior Chris Walcott undersent 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 Thursday's game at Stanford. "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 shooter (.479) and leads the team in 3-point shooting (.458).

Last UW Game - #2 Stanford 92, UW 62 (Jan. 27, 2000, Stanford, Calif.): Casey Jacobsen scored eight of his 17 points during a five minute stretch early in the game that staked second-ranked Stanford to a large lead on the way to a 92-62 win over Washington. The Huskies (6-13, 1-6) lost their seventh straight game at Maples Pavilion despite opening a brief early lead. Deon Luton hit a 3-pointer and then put Washington ahead 6-2 on a jump shot at 18:04. Stanford's David Moseley answered with a 3-pointer, igniting a 23-2 run that included eight points from Jacobsen. The Cardinal (16-1, 5-1) claimed a commanding 25-8 lead with 12:49 left in the first half, a margin they extended to 51-25 by intermission on the strength of a late 12-point run. The lead grew to as many as 45 points in the second half, at 89-44 with 6:09 remaining, before UW closed the gap with 13 unanswered points inside the final five minutes. Kyle Logan had a layup at 1:08 that marked the lone Cardinal points over the final 5:30. Mark Madsen totalled 18 points and had nine rebounds to lead a 44-28 Stanford advantage on the boards. Reserve Jason Collins added 17 points for the Cardinal and Moseley finished with 14. Will Perkins led Washington with 20 points and eight rebouunds in a reserve role. Luton was the only other Husky double-figure scorer with 13. Stanford shot 53 percent (33-62) from the field while limiting UWto 41 percent (23-56).

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 1,326 points to tie for 12th among UW career scorers. He needs five points to surpass Bruno Boin (1956-57, 1959) and move into the No. 11 position.

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 six 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. Senque Carey is the only player who has started every UW games this season. Michael Johnson started the first 18 games before being replaced in the lineup at Stanford by Greg Clark. 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 14 games, topped all Husky scorers on six occasions and was the top UW rebounder three times. He has 101 assists, the 20th 100-assist season in Husky history. Carey is second on the team with a 12.6-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). 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).

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 leads the team in field goal shooting (48%) and ranks third in rebounding (4.6 rpg) and fourth in scoring (9.6 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."

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 California.

* Thalo Green - Probable. Sprained MCL in left knee during USC game (Jan. 8). Started the last eight games.

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

* Chris Walcott - Our for 2-3 weeks after arthroscopic surgery (Jan. 27) on left knee. Missed Thursday's game.

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.

Next Game:

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

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

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