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UW Men's Basketball Team Entertains USC on Saturday at KeyArena
Release: 01/07/2000
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Jan. 7, 2000

Sat., Jan. 8- UW vs. USC, 1:00 p.m. PST

KeyArena (17,072), Seattle, Wash.

Thurs., Jan. 13 - UW at Arizona State, 5:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. MST) Wells Fargo Arena (14,198), Tempe, Ariz.

The injury-plagued Washington Huskies (6-7, 1-0) seek to keep their unbeaten conference record intact as they host USC (8-5, 1-0) on Saturday, Jan. 8. Tip-off is 1 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. Both teams won their Pac-10 openers, Washington upsetting 24th-ranked UCLA 63-62 and the Trojans winning 83-61 at Washington State. The all-time Washington-USC series is tied at 55-55. The Huskies lost five players to injuries (see list on page 2) during their two-game road trip to New Mexico. Eight of the 13 Husky games to date were played on the road, a hectic travel schedule that included over 13,000 air miles. Washington travels to Arizona next week, beginning Thursday, Jan. 13 at Arizona State at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (6:30 MST)

TV/Radio Coverage: Washington's game vs. USC will not be televised locally. 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:

Notable: The Huskies won 13 of their last 14 Pac-10 home games ... They were 8-1 in 1999.Deon Luton averages 23.4 points at home, shooting 53-percent from the field (41-77) and 59% (19-32) on 3-pointers. Away from home the figures drop to 10.8 points, 32% shooting (21-65) and 23% on treys (6-26) ... Senque Carey distributed 11 assist against UCLA and 10 at Alaska Anchorage, the 28th and 29th double-digit assist performances in Husky history. Carey has two of the eight double-digit assist games by a Husky during the 1990s ... Thursday's game against UCLA marked the first time in six games that the Huskies overcame a halftime deficit to win the game ... The UW win over UCLA was its first in seven tries over a team with a superior field goal percentage ... Newcomer Will Perkins, a junior transfer from Iowa Western, leads UW in rebounds (7.6) and blocked shots (17).

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) on Thursday in their last outing, their third straight home victory over the Bruins.

Injury Update: Washington went to New Mexico completely healthy. During their five-day stay they suffered five injuries. Following is a list of the injured Huskies and their projected status for Saturday's game against USC.

o Senque Carey - Probable. Collision on Dec. 30 left him groggy with sore head and chest. Played 39 minutes Thursday.

o Greg Clark - Probable with dislocated left shoulder suffered at New Mexico State. Played 17 minutes Thursday.

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

o Deon Luton - Probable with strained back suffered at New Mexico (Jan. 2). Played 35 minutes Thursday.

o Chris Walcott - Questionable with sprained left knee. Missed New Mexico State game, played three minutes Sunday at New Mexico. Played 14 minutes vs. UCLA but aggravated knee injury in a collision during the game.

The USC Series:

o The all-time series, that began in 1925 is tied at 55-55.

o The Huskies won seven of the last nine meetings with USC.

o The two teams split the season series last year, each winning on its home court. Washington won 85-83 on Jan. 28 in Seattle and the Trojans claimed a 70-57 decision on Feb. 25 in Los Angeles.

o Washington boasts a 32-23 advantage over the Trojans in Seattle.

o Fifth-year USC Coach Henry Bibby has a 2-5 record against Washington.

o Washington's Bob Bender has an 8-4 coaching record against USC.

The Last Meeting: USC 70, UW 57 (Feb. 25, 1999, Los Angeles) -- Jeff Trepagnier had a 22-point, 10-rebound performance and Washington was held scoreless for a seven-minute span late in USC's 70-57 win at the Sports Arena. The Trojans (13-11, 5-10) scored the final seven points of the first half en route to a 35-30 advantage. Washington (16-10, 9-7) drew within 52-51 on a Deon Luton jumper with 9:30 left in the game. The Huskies did not score again until Todd MacCulloch hit a free throw with 2:18 remaining. USC capitalized on the UW drought with 13 unanswered points. The Trojans forced 24 turnovers while committing only nine miscues. MacCulloch tallied 20 points and led a 46-33 Washington rebound advantage with 15 boards. Luton finished with 13 points for the Huskies who also got 11 from Donald Watts. Trepagnier was the only double-figure scorer for the balanced USC attack that included nine points from Sam Clancy and eight apiece from Brian Scalabrine and Greg Lakey. The UW struggled offensively, shooting only 39 percent (20-52) from the field.

The Last Meeting in Seattle: UW 85, USC 83 (Jan. 28, 1999, Seattle) -- All five starters tallied double-figure points, including Todd MacCulloch who had 17 and blocked the potential game-tying shot in the final second as Washington edged USC 85-83 at Edmundson Pavilion. MacCulloch rebounded an Adam Spanich miss with 6.6 seconds left in the game, was fouled and converted 1-of-2 free throws to cap the scoring. USC's Brandon Granville drove the lane and had his layup attempt denied by MacCulloch who blocked four shots. Washington (11-7, 4-4) claimed a 42-39 halftime advantage as MacCulloch scored 14 first-half points and Senque Carey netted 13 of his team-high 19 before intermission. The lead grew to 76-64 with 5:55 remaining. USC (10-7, 2-6) outscored the Huskies 19-9 the rest of the way, keyed by Elias Ayuso who tallied the final 11 Trojan points inside the final three minutes. Ayuso hit consecutive 3-pointers to draw USC within 84-83 with 1:05 to play and set up the dramatic finish. Spanich scored 23 points and Ayuso added 19 to lead the Trojans. Deon Luton totaled 18 points for the UW, including 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. Chris Walcott and Donald Watts each had 10 points for the Huskies who shot 60 percent (30-50) from the field and 50 percent (8-16) on 3-pointers. The Trojans hit 10-of-18 treys.

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 pervious four seasons. The UW has a 6-2 record in home games contested away from Edmundson Pavilion since that 1927 season, including a 3-2 mark at KeyArena this year. 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. 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.

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 - UW 63, #24 UCLA 62 (Jan. 6, 2000, Seattle): Deon Luton scored 26 points, including a 3-pointer and two free throws inside the final 38 seconds to lift Washington to a 63-62 upset of No. 24 UCLA at KeyArena. Washington (6-7, 1-0) trailed 60-56 before Will Perkins sank two free throws with 1:20 left in the game. The Bruins (8-3, 0-1) turned the ball over as Earl Watson was ruled to be closely-guarded for five seconds by Senque Carey. Luton hit a 3-pointer with 0:38 remaining to put UW ahead 61-60. After a missed 3-pointer by Jerome Moiso, Luton converted two free throws at 0:11, pushing the margin to 63-60. UCLA's Jason Kapono hit a shot at the buzzer, but it was not a 3-pointer as his foot was on the arc. Luton was the only Husky in double figures, hitting 10-of-15 shots from the field, including 3-of-6 treys. Carey distributed 11 assists and Perkins had 10 rebounds. Kapono scored 19 points to lead the Bruins who also got 13 from Moiso. Dan Gadzuric grabbed 11 of his 13 rebounds in the first half for UCLA which jumped out to a 9-0 lead and led 31-27 at halftime. The lead changed hands 11 times in the second half with three ties.

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 1,239 points to rank 17th among UW career scorers. He needs 56 points to surpass Andra Griffin (1978-81) and move into the No. 16 position.

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.

Non-Conference Slate Over: Washington completed its 12-game non-conference slate with a 5-7 record, their 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.

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.

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.

Shuffling Starters: Washington implemented 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 for the last three games. Junior Thalo Green, who had 17 career starts entering the season, replaced Walcott in the lineup. Three players have started every UW game, forward Will Perkins, guard Senque Carey and guard 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.

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 (49%), ranks second in rebounds (5.2 rpg) and is fourth in scoring (9.8 ppg). He 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 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, only eight in the 1990s. 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.

The Arizona State Series:

o Arizona State holds a 27-18 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.

o UW won five of the last seven meetings after losing 14 straight to ASU.

o The two teams split last year's meetings. The Sun Devils won 96-72 on Jan. 7 in Tempe and Washington won 93-85 on Feb. 6 in Seattle.

o Despite losing in its last four visits to Seattle, Arizona State has an even 11-11 series mark on the road against the Huskies.

o Second-year ASU Coach Rob Evans, who came from Ole Miss, is 1-1 against Washington. UW Coach Bob Bender is 5-7 against ASU.

The Last Meeting: UW 93, Arizona State 85 (Feb. 6, 1999, Tempe, Ariz.) -Deon Luton scored 27 points and Todd MacCulloch added 22 as Washington defeated Arizona State 93-85 at Edmundson Pavilion. Those two were the hottest of the torrid Huskies who combined to shoot 67.3 percent from the field (33-49), the fourth-best single-game accuracy in school history. MacCulloch was 10-of-11 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds. Luton was 9-of-11, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Washington (14-7, 7-4) capped a perfect four-game homestand and extended its home winning streak to 14 games. The Huskies converted their first eight shots en route to an 18-4 lead. They hit 14 of their first 16 shots to take their largest lead at 32-13 with 10:21 left in the first half. Alton Mason scored seven points during a 13-point Sun Devil run that cut the lead to 32-26. The UW lead was 50-37 at halftime and Arizona State (13-10, 5-6) never got closer than six points after intermission. Senque Carey tallied 18 points for the Huskies who also got 10 from Donald Watts. Mike Batiste scored 22 of his 28 points in the second half for ASU and Bobby Lazor had 16.

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