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Release: 02/14/2000
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Feb. 14, 2000

Thurs., Feb. 17 - UW at Oregon State, 7:00 p.m. PST

Gill Coliseum (10,400), Corvallis, Ore.

Sat., Feb. 19 - UW at Oregon, 7:00 p.m. PST

McArthur Court (9,087), Eugene, Ore.

The Washington Huskies (8-15, 3-8) make their annual bus trip south to the Willamette Valley to meet their Northwest rivals from the state of Oregon. Washington seeks to snap a two-game losing streak on Thursday, Feb. 17 when they play at Oregon State (10-12, 2-9). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Gill Coliseum. The Huskies were victorious in their last three visits to Corvallis. The Beavers won this year's first meeting, 74-57 in Seattle to snap a seven-game series losing streak. On Saturday, Feb. 19 Washington plays Oregon (17-5, 8-3) at 7 p.m. in McArthur Court. The Ducks won the last two meetings against UW, including a 76-74 overtime triumph earlier this season in Seattle. Washington has had better success on the road than at home this season, winning five games away from Seattle. UW has a 5-6 away record and 0-2 mark at neutral sites. The Huskies have a 3-7 record at "home" in KeyArena in downtown Seattle where the Huskies will play all of their home games this season during the one-year renovation of their on-campus arena.

Road Warriors: The Huskies have a 5-6 record at enemy arenas this season. Among Pac-10 teams, only Arizona (7), Oregon (7) and Stanford (7) have more away victories. The next Washington road conquest will tie the 1998 squad (6-7) for the most away wins since 1986. That 1986 Huskies registered a 9-5 road record.

TV/Radio Coverage: Neither game this week will be televised in Seattle. 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/

Notable: The Huskies, who lost all four games this season when their opponents shot better than 50 percent from the field, have won only once (UCLA) in the 13 games when being outshot by their foes ... Washington is limiting opponents to 37-percent field goal shooting in wins (169-459) and 47 percent (427-901) in losses ... Senior Deon Luton ranks 11th among all-time Washington scorers with 1,405 career points. Luton needs 21 points to take over the No. 10 spot ... Six different players have posted team-high scoring honors for the Huskies in games this season.

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 Washington scorer in all 10 home games to date while his 26-point outing at WSU was the only time in 13 road contests that he was the team's top scorer. He has registered 20 points on eight occasions this season, only twice away from KeyArena. Luton is averaging 21.2 points at home while shooting 49 percent from the field (75-153) and 48 percent (28-59) from 3-point range. Away from home those figures drop to 12.1 points per game, 32-percent shooting from the field (50-155) and 33-percent accuracy on treys (21-63). Luton had a similar disparity last season, averaging 18.6 points at home, shooting 51% from the field and 41% on 3-pointers. On the road in 1999, Luton averaged 10.9 points, shooting 37% from the field and 28% on treys.

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 at Oregon State.

o Senque Carey - Probable. Sprained right ankle during overtime at WSU (Feb. 5). Played in the last two games.

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 - Probable. Missed four games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Jan. 27. Returned on Saturday (Feb. 12) against Arizona State, scoring nine points with four rebounds before fouling out after 21 minutes.

The Oregon State Series:

o Washington has a 138-128 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies had a seven-game series winning streak snapped on Jan. 23 with a 74-57 Beaver win in Seattle. The seven-game winning streak was Washington's longest in the series since 1953.

o Oregon State is seeking to sweep the season series from the Huskies for the first time since 1992.

o The Huskies won in their last three visits to Gill Coliseum, but still trail Oregon State 90-42 in the all-time series over games played in Corvallis.

o Fifth-year Oregon State Coach Eddie Payne has a 2-7 record against Washington.

o Seventh-year UW Coach Bob Bender has a 10-3 record against OSU.

The Last Meeting: Oregon State 74, UW 57 (Jan. 23, 2000, Seattle) -- Ramunas Petraitis scored 12 of his game-high 17 points during the first half when Oregon State took command en route to a 74-57 win over Washington at KeyArena. The Beavers (10-6, 2-3) won for the first time in Seattle since 1993, snapping a six-game losing streak. The 17-point margin was Oregon State's largest over UW since an 82-58 win in 1992 and the biggest win in Seattle since a 106-66 triumph in 1989. Washington (6-12, 1-5) lost its fifth straight game for the first time since 1995. Oregon State scored the game's first eight points before Deon Luton put the Huskies on the board with a 3-pointer at 15:04. The Beavers then reeled off 11 unanswered points to claim a 19-3 lead. Oregon State opened leads of 28-7 and 43-16 en route to a 45-23 halftime advantage. Fueled by an 11-point run, Washington trimmed the deficit to 59-49 on a free throw with 7:51 left in the game, but OSU scored the next 12 points to repel the rally. Clifton Jones, who scored five points during the Beaver run, finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Deaundra Tanner also tallied 13 points for OSU. David Dixon tied Deon Luton for team-high honors with 12 points. Dixon entered the game with only three points, having missed all 10 of his field goal attempts. The Huskies shot just 28 percent (7-25) in the first half and finished the game at 34 percent (19-56). Oregon State shot 46 percent (25-55) from the field.

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 the hair to Wigs for Kids, an organization affiliated with the American Cancer Society which uses such donations to make wigs for cancer patients.

Working Overtime: The Huskies have played four overtime games this season, the second-highest total in school history. The 1961 Washington squad compiled a 2-3 record in five overtime contests. Twice before (1986, 1981) UW played four overtime games in the same season. The current team has a 1-3 record in overtimes, getting its first extra-session win (74-68) at Washington State (Feb. 5).

Shuffling Starters: Washington has implemented eight different starting lineups this season with 10 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 six different rotations in the last 13 outings. Senque Carey is the only player who has started every UW game this season. Senior guard Deon Luton had a string of 64 consecutive starts snapped at Old Dominion when Clark started in his place because of a coaches' decision.

Last UW Game - Arizona State 81, UW 67 (Feb. 12, 2000, Seattle): Eddie House scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half, helping Arizona State overcome an eight-point halftime deficit to claim an 81-67 win over Washington at KeyArena. The Sun Devils (14-9, 6-5) swept the season series from Washington (8-15, 3-8) for the first time since 1995. The game marked the return of senior Chris Walcott who missed the previous four outings after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Jan. 27. Walcott entered the game midway through the first half and scored six points to spark a 14-point run that put the Huskies ahead 33-25. UW owned a 39-31 margin at halftime. ASU scored the first 12 points after intermission to move ahead 43-39 with 15:10 left to play. Washington regained the lead briefly at 50-46 before the Sun Devils took the lead for good with a 14-2 surge. House hit 11-of-25 shots from the field for ASU which got 10 points from Donnell Knight. Deon Luton scored 15 of Washington 28 second-half points en route to a 25-point performance. Will Perkins added 12 points for the Huskies. The Sun Devils posted a commanding 43-33 advantage on the boards, led by the nine rebounds of Chad Prewitt. Despite the 8-for-17 shooting of Luton, Washington shot only 36 percent (22-62) from the field while ASU hit 41 percent of its field goals attempts (27-66).

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 1,405 points to rank 11th among UW career scorers. He needs 21 points to surpass Bill Hanson (1960-62) and move into the No. 10 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 6-7 record in home games contested away from Edmundson Pavilion since that 1927 season, including a 3-7 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.

Prolific Passer: On Jan. 27 at Stanford, Senque Carey became the 20th player in Washington history to reach the 100-assist plateau in a single season. With seven games remaining to play, he has already bettered his total of 94 assists last season. Carey currently has 116 assists to rank ninth among UW single-season playmakers. He needs five assists to take over the No. 8 spot. Carey distributed 10 assists at Alaska Anchorage and 11 against UCLA, the 28th and 29th double-digit assist performances in Husky history.

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. Washington won in overtime at Washington State (74-68), forming the first two-game win streak since the opening games of the season. The Huskies were swept at home by No. 7 Arizona (65-56) and Arizona State (81-67) last week in their most recent action.

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 16 games, topped all Husky scorers on seven occasions and was the top UW rebounder four times. He has 116 assists, the 20th 100-assist season in Husky history. Carey is second on the team with an 11.8-point scoring average. He ranks third in the Pac-10 with 5.0 assists per game. Carey set a school record with a perfect 7-for-7 performance from 3-point range at Old Dominion, the best 3-point shooting for any NCAA player this season. 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 started the final 17 games last season, culminating in his selection to the 1999 All-Pac-10 Freshmen Team. His 94 assists in 1999 placed him second among all-time UW freshmen, trailing only the 103-assist total of Eldridge Recasner (1987).

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 (47%), ranks second in rebounding (4.6 rpg) and fourth in scoring (9.6 ppg). 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.

Walcott Returns from Injury: Chris Walcott played 21 minutes against Arizona State in Washington's most recent outing after missing the previous four games with a knee injury. Walcott underwent arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Jan. 27 and was scheduled to be sidelined from 2-to-3 weeks. The successful surgical procedure removed two loose fragments of cartilage and cleaned up the area around his knee joint. In his return, Walcott came off the bench to contribute nine points and four rebounds before fouling out. The 6-foot-9 forward has played 18 of 23 games, starting 13.

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.

The Oregon Series:

o Washington has a 169-94 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies have a 66-62 advantage against the Ducks in Eugene.

o The Ducks, who won this year's first meeting 76-74 in overtime on Jan. 20 in Seattle, seek their first season sweep of Washington since 1995.

o Third-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent is 2-3 coaching against the UW.

o Seventh-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 5-9 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 76, UW 74 ot (Jan. 20, 2000, Seattle): Alex Scales scored six of his 17 points during overtime, including the final two baskets that sealed Oregon's 76-74 victory over Washington at KeyArena. Oregon (12-3, 3-1) won in Seattle for the first time since 1996. Washington (6-11, 1-4) forced the overtime as Thalo Green scored the final four points of regulation. Green rebounded and put back a teammate's miss with 1:19 remaining and scored in the lane at 0:27 to tie the score at 66-66. The Ducks led 72-70 before Scales hit a runner in the lane with 1:16 left in overtime and then responded to a Senque Carey basket with another basket from the lane to secure the win. Carey hit a 15-foot jumper with six seconds left, but the Huskies were unable to foul any Oregon player on the ensuing in-bounds play as time expired. Bryan Bracey was the only Duck reserve to score, pouring in a game-high 23 points on 10-for-10 shooting from the field. Oregon shot 57 percent (28-49), including a 4-for-5 performance in overtime. Bracey also grabbed seven rebounds to lead a 29-24 Duck advantage on the boards. Deon Luton had four 3-pointers and scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half to help the Huskies build a 32-29 advantage. Luton was limited to only one field goal after intermission. Carey scored 14 points for Washington which also got 13 from Thalo Green and 11 from Michael Johnson. Frederick Jones had 19 points for Oregon.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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