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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30 --
Washington vs. Columbia; 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. - No TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (AM 850) in Puget Sound Area
Promotional Event - "Garfield Night"

FRIDAY, JANUARY 2 --
Washington at California; 7:00 p.m. PST
Haas Pavilion (11,877); Berkeley, Calif. - No TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (AM 850) in Puget Sound Area

The Washington Huskies (4-3) play at home for the first time in 27 days, hosting Columbia (3-6) in their final game of the 2003 calendar year. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Huskies, whose last home game was Dec. 3 against Gonzaga, won both previous encounters with Columbia. The Lions and Huskies met in back-to-back outings during December of 1949 in Seattle. Washington concluded a three-game road stretch Saturday (Dec. 27) with a 92-81 victory at San Diego State that snapped a three-game losing streak. UW has one non-conference game remaining after Tuesday, a Feb. 22 visit to North Carolina State. Following the Columbia game, Washington begins Pacific-10 Conference play in the Bay Area. The Huskies play Jan. 2 at California and Jan. 4 at Stanford.

Garfield Night
The Tuesday, Dec. 30 UW game is being billed as "Garfield Night" in honor of the local high school that produced four current Huskies. Juniors Will Conroy and Tre Simmons along with sophomores Brandon Roy and Anthony Washington all graduated from Seattle's Garfield High School. Fans can meet and get autographs from the four former prep teammates after Tuesday's game. The Garfield Bulldog quartet has combined to score 263 of UW's 562 points in the seven regular-season games, accounting for 47 percent of the total offensive output. Their Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback a red-shirt freshman who plays on the Husky football team.

Season in Review
The Huskies opened the season with four consecutive home games. They defeated Portland State 73-65 (Nov. 21), UC Riverside 91-78 (Nov. 24) and Eastern Washington 104-91 (Nov. 29) before losing 86-62 to 17th-ranked Gonzaga (Dec. 3). Washington hit the road and lost 92-76 at Wyoming (Dec. 6) and 79-64 at Houston (Dec. 20) before a 92-81 triumph at San Diego State (Dec. 27) in its last outing.

Radio Coverage
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Tuesday's game against Columbia will be broadcast on KHHO (AM 850) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 17th season. He is joined on home broadcasts by color commentator Jason Hamilton, a UW point guard from 1994-96. Fans may subscribe to an on-line service that allows them to listen to UW games over the internet. For more information go to: www.collegesports.com Game play-by-play and stats can be followed live in a text format via the internet at: www.gohuskies.com

Romar's Return
This is Washington's second season under head coach Lorenzo Romar, a two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80. Romar was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach. He served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to UW. Romar has a 107-108 all-time record in eight seasons with a 14-20 mark at Washington.

Notable
Six different players have led or tied for top scoring honors in the seven UW games this season. Curtis Allen, Will Conroy, Bobby Jones, Brandon Roy, Tre Simmons and Anthony Washington have all led the team in scoring this year ... A win over Columbia would clinch a winning non-conference record for UW. That would be the Huskies' third straight winning mark outside of Pac-10 play. They were 5-4 in 2003 and 6-5 in 2002 ... The Huskies topped the 90-point plateau three times this season, a feat they accomplished only once last year ... UW is averaging 80.3 points per game, an increase of 7.9 points from last season's scoring average of 72.4 ... Brandon Roy leads UW in points (13.9), is tied for the top assist mark (4.1) and is second in rebounds (5.3).

The Columbia Series
> Tuesday marks the third all-time meeting between Washington and Columbia, the first in 54 years.

> The Huskies won both previous games against Columbia, sweeping the Lions in back-to-back games in Seattle during December of 1949. UW won 60-56 on Dec. 30 and 49-46 on Dec. 31.

> Washington has a 7-2 all-time record against current members of the Ivy League, including Col19umbia (2-0), Dartmouth (2-0), Pennsylvania (0-2) and Yale (3-0).

> The Lions' roster includes senior guard Maurice Murphy, a Seattle native who prepped at O'Dea High School.

> Joe Jones is in his first year as head coach at Columbia after serving the previous six seasons as an assistant at Villanova. This is his first head-coaching post.

> In his second year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against the Lions.

Nate the Great
High-flying sophomore guard Nate Robinson will concentrate on basketball this season after having an huge impact last year on both the hardwood and the gridiron. He tallied a season-high 16 points Saturday at San Diego State. Robinson garnered Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors after leading UW with a 13.0-point scoring average. He had eight points in 23 minutes Jan. 2, 2003 against UCLA after starting two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. Robinson registered 17 double-figure outings and topped all UW scorers a team-high 11 times in his 23 games. The 5-9 leaper was spectacular in his second collegiate outing, amassing 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes at Santa Clara (Dec. 7). He followed that up with another 19-point effort, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14). Robinson suited up, but did not play in the Nov. 24 season opener, one day after grabbing a critical interception for the Husky football team that upset No. 3 Washington State 29-26 in Pullman. Robinson was a prep All-American in both football and basketball. He started the final six Husky football games at cornerback and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. His first practice with the basketball team was Nov. 26. Robinson entered UW on a football scholarship, but switched to basketball. He was the 2002 Washington Class AAA state basketball player of the year after averaging 17.9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals for state champion Rainier Beach of Seattle. His father, Jacque Robinson, was a standout running back on the UW football team and ranks seventh among all-time Huskies with 2,300 career yards. Jacque is the only player to earn MVP honors in both the Rose (1982) and Orange (1985) Bowls.

Remarkable Roy
Sophomore swingman Brandon Roy is a rising star in his first full collegiate season. He leads the team with a 13.9-point scoring average. Roy amassed a career-high 22 points and five assists against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). At Houston on Dec. 20 he became the first player in UW history to lead the team in the five major statistics. Roy amassed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Roy registered double-figure points in five of seven games this season. He was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the prep class of 2002, but was not declared eligible by the NCAA until Jan. 16, 2003. Roy played 13 games with two starts last season, averaging 6.1 points per game. He averaged 13.8 points and 5.5 rebounds during the final four games of 2003. Roy applied for the 2002 NBA Draft out of high school, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft. He is the fourth product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current UW roster, joining Will Conroy, Tre Simmons and Anthony Washington.

Producing Point Guards
UW point guards Will Conroy (Garfield HS) and Nate Robinson (Rainier Beach HS) both hail from the city of Seattle. The Emerald City has produced some jewels on the hardwood, a legacy of point guards that is highlighted by former Arizona standout Jason Terry and Michigan's Jamal Crawford. Three Pac-10 schools may start Seattle natives at the point this season, including Aaron Brooks (Franklin HS) at Oregon and Rodrick Stewart (Rainier Beach HS) at USC along with the UW duo. Other prominent point guards from the state of Washington include Gonzaga's John Stockton (Spokane) and Dan Dickau (Prairie), Oregon's Luke Ridnour (Blaine) and current Florida freshman Ryan Appleby (Stanwood).

2004 Season Highlights
Sophomore Brandon Roy became the first player in school history to be the Huskies' sole leader in the five major statistical categories with his 19-point, 12-rebound, 5-assist, 2-steal and 1-blocked shot performance at Houston (Dec. 20). Two former players (Thalo Green on 2/19/00 & Dion Brown on 1/28/89) paced UW in those five stats, but tied with a teammate in at least one category. (Note: blocks & steals were not officially recorded prior to 1976) ... At Houston, Brandon Roy (12) and Bobby Jones (10) became the first UW teammates to grab double-figure rebounds during the same game since Jan. 19, 2002 when Doug Wrenn (12) and David Dixon (11) accomplished the feat ... The 104-91 win over Eastern Washington (Nov. 29) marked UW's highest point total in 311 games, dating to a 130-67 win over Chico State on Dec. 1, 1992. It was UW's first 100-point effort in 159 games, dating to a 101-86 win at USC on Jan. 29, 1998 ... The Huskies' 56.5 percent shooting (35-62) vs. UC Riverside (Nov. 24) was their best field goal accuracy in Coach Romar's two seasons.

Shuffling Starters
Expect a bevy of different starters this season while Coach Lorenzo Romar fine-tunes his lineup. So far, UW has started three different lineups, the most recent featuring three sophomores (Mike Jensen, Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy) and two juniors (Will Conroy, Tre Simmons). Last year, the Huskies implemented nine unique lineups and Will Conroy was the only player to start every game. The same will not be the case this season as Conroy did not start the season opener against Portland State, stopping a streak of 34 consecutive starting assignments. Brandon Roy and Mike Jensen are the only two Huskies to start all seven games.

Will Power
The most improved player in the Pac-10 last season was point guard Will Conroy, now a junior at Washington. His 12.7-point sophomore scoring average was 10.2 better than his freshman average of 2.5 points, the largest improvement by any Pac-10 player. Despite playing all 29 games in 2002 and starting the final seven, Conroy did not have a double-figure scoring game. He had 19 double-figure performances last season and led all Husky scorers in eight games. Conroy ranked 21st among Pac-10 scorers (12.7 ppg) and distributed a team-high 108 assists to rank fifth among Pac-10 playmakers (4.0 apg). He amassed a career-high 32 points at Gonzaga, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime. Conroy ranked 11th among Pac-10 players with 33 steals.

Amazing Allen
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, guard Curtis Allen is the lone senior on the Washington roster. He ranks second among all-time Huskies with 135 career 3-pointers. Allen has 15 of UW's 40 treys this season, including six at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He led the team last season with 52 treys, 23 more 3-pointers than any of his teammates. Allen has amassed 883 points during his career and needs 117 more to become the 28th player in UW history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. He missed only two free throws in 46 attempts last season, a 95.7-percent figure that would have easily led the conference except he was 10 free throws shy of the minimum standard for the Pac-10 statistical rankings. Allen's current career free throw mark of 87.2 percent (190-218) is the best in school history. He ranks second among all-time Pac-10 players behind only former UCLA standout Rod Foster who shot 88.0% from the line between 1980-83. Allen distributed 126 assists in 2002, the seventh-highest total in Husky history. A starter during parts of each of his previous three seasons, Allen was voted to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2001. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, 2001 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. Allen distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10, 2002), the second-highest total in UW history. He fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970.

Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar airs weekly from 7:30-8:00 p.m. on KJR (AM-950). The day of the week varies. The show is hosted by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau along with KJR Radio personality David Locke. The next broadcast is Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Last UW Game
UW 92, San Diego State 81 (Dec. 27, 2003/San Diego, Calif.)

Will Conroy scored 12 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the second half that helped Washington hold off San Diego State en route to a 92-81 win at Cox Arena. The Huskies (4-3) trailed for the last time at 40-38 before closing out the first half with a 12-3 run. Their 50-43 halftime lead grew to as many as 15 points before the Aztecs (7-5) whittled the margin to four points, ignited by 10 consecutive points from Brandon Heath. SDSU drew within 73-69 on a layup by Aerick Sanders with 7:35 left to play. Washington responded with a 15-3 surge, sparked by Conroy's consecutive treys, that put the game away. Conroy hit four 3-pointers and matched Brandon Roy for top assist honors with eight. UW was credited with assists on 24 of its 32 field goals. Bobby Jones led the Huskies with a career-high 19 points and led a 36-25 rebound advantage with seven boards. Nate Robinson had 16 points for UW and Tre Simmons added 13. Heath tallied 23 points for the Aztecs who also got 18 from Sanders and 13 from Wesley Stokes.

2004 Preview
A young, extremely athletic group of players pursues Washington's first winning season and post-season appearance since 1999. Four primary starters return from last season's 10-17 squad. Seven of the top-eight scorers are back, including freshman All-American Nate Robinson who topped all UW players in 2003 with a scoring average of 13.0. Only one senior (Curtis Allen) is listed on the Husky roster that features just two players (Allen, Will Conroy) who have played more than one full season in a Husky uniform. The backcourt will be strong with future star Brandon Roy available for a full season and the addition of high-scoring junior college transfer Tre Simmons who averaged nearly 30 points at Green River (Wash.) Community College. The frontcourt features the talented trio of sophomores Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones and Anthony Washington. Muscular transfer Hakeem Rollins (Mesa JC, Ariz.) will contribute physical post play.

2003 Recap
A lot was new last season, the first under head coach Lorenzo Romar. The 2003 roster listed six freshmen and only one senior (Marlon Shelton). Five of those freshmen, including red-shirt frosh Mike Jensen, started at least two games. The Huskies opened three games with four freshmen and a sophomore (Will Conroy) in the starting lineup. The abundance of youth produced inconsistent results. Washington posted impressive victories against NCAA Tournament-bound teams Stanford and Oregon, but also suffered several narrow defeats and did not qualify for the Pac-10 Tournament. UW lost 10 games by 10-or-fewer points and dropped three overtime contests en route to a ninth-place conference finish. The Huskies had a 10-17 record with a 5-13 Pac-10 ledger.

Newcomers
Over half (8) of Washington's 15-player roster is comprised of first-year Huskies, including three transfers, one scholarship freshman and four walk-ons. The newcomers most likely to contribute immediately are junior college transfers Tre Simmons (Green River CC) and Hakeem Rollins (Mesa JC). Simmons is a prolific scorer who averaged 29.8 points last season with two 50-point performances. Rollins is a physical inside presence who will challenge sophomore Anthony Washington for playing time at the post position. Freshman Hans Gasser is a versatile 6-9 forward from Issaquah (Wash.) High School who also could see early playing time.

Departures
Five players are gone from last year's UW team, including 2002 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year Doug Wrenn who declared for the 2003 NBA Draft after his junior season. Wrenn averaged 19.5 points in 2002, a figure that dipped to 12.4 last season. He started 23 games last year and led the team with 5.8 rebounds per game. Also departing was center Marlon Shelton who graduated. Guard C.J. Massingale transferred to Metro State in Denver, Colo. and walk-on David Hudson decided not to play basketball. Forward Jeffrey Day was dismissed from school and planned to transfer to a junior college.

Devoe Departs
Sophomore Ben Devoe left the UW team Dec. 18 after final exams concluded. The 6-foot-11 center plans to transfer to another school in search of increased playing time. Devoe played one game this season, a three-minute stint against UC Riverside on Nov. 24, and scored on his only shot. The Olympia (Wash.) High School product originally joined the Huskies as a walk-on in January of 2002 and was awarded a scholarship prior to the 2002-03 campaign. He played six games last year, averaging 0.3 points and 0.7 rebounds. Devoe has not declared his transfer destination.

Husky Tickets
Good seats are available for all Washington home games. All seats are reserved and priced at $20, $18 and $10. University of Washington students with current student i.d. can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. For ticket information please contact the Husky Ticket Office by phone (206-543-2200) or on-line at (Husky Basketball Tickets)

Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. The pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 768 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They have a 3-1 home record this season.

The California Series
> The Golden Bears swept both games last year to even the all-time series at 68-68. The two teams are meeting for the 137th time in the series that began in 1916.

> California won 73-66 last season in Seattle before winning the most recent meeting 58-53 in Berkeley.

> California owns a 43-24 advantage over UW over games played in Berkeley. The Bears were victorious six of the last eight times they hosted the Huskies.

> Eighth-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 9-5 record against the Huskies.

> Second-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-3 record against California. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears during the 2001-02 season after defeating Cal in 2000-01.

The Last Meeting
#22 California 58, UW 53 (Feb. 15, 2003; Berkeley, Calif.)

Richard Midgley scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, including a pair of clinching free throws in 22nd-ranked California's 58-53 win over Washington at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears (18-4, 11-2) won their 17th consecutive home game, limiting UW to a season-low 14 percent (2-14) 3-point mark. Cal rallied from an early 17-9 deficit to draw even at 25-25 by halftime. Neither team led by more than five points during a second half that saw seven ties and eight lead changes. The Huskies (8-14, 3-10) claimed their final lead at 52-50 on a steal and layin by Nate Robinson with 2:01 left to play. Midgley answered with his third 3-pointer of the half with 1:40 remaining before UW's Will Conroy converted a free throw at 1:08 to force the final tie at 53-53. Cal netted the final five points, including the go-ahead basket in the lane by Amit Tamir with 51 seconds left. The Huskies had two possessions for the potential tying or go-ahead basket, but Conroy turned the ball over both times. Joe Shipp hit one free throw at 0:09 and Midgley made two more at 0:06 to seal the win. Shipp led all scorers with 16 points and Tamir had 11. Robinson and Curtis Allen tied for UW scoring honors with 12 points apiece.

Capacity Crowds
The Dec. 3 game against Gonzaga marked the fifth sellout since Bank of America Arena re-opened for the 2000-01 season after renovations. Three of the sellouts came during second-year Coach Lorenzo Romar's tenure. On Feb. 6, 2003 a record crowd of 10,028 attended UW's 88-85 overtime loss to Arizona.

Increased Attendance
Washington completed its 15-game 2002-03 home schedule averaging 6,799 spectators per game. That was the largest attendance figure at the Huskies' on-campus arena since the 1984-85 season drew an average of 6,979. UW averaged 7,851 fans during the 2000 season while playing at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during the Edmundson Pavilion renovation. The Huskies drew an average of 7,840 fans last year during nine home Pac-10 contests, an increase of 1,231 from the 2001-02 season's conference average of 6,609. Washington is averaging 6,879 spectators this season in four home games to date.

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