Dec. 24, 2002
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28 --
UW vs. Cal State Northridge / 2:00 p.m. PST / No Local TV
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
THURSDAY, JANUARY 2 --
UW vs. UCLA / 7:00 p.m. PST / No Local TV
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
The Washington Huskies (4-4) put a two-game winning streak on the line when they close out the non-conference portion of their schedule on Saturday, Dec. 28 against Cal State Northridge (6-3). Tip-off is 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. With a win, Washington will clinch its second straight winning non-conference record. UW posted a 6-4 non-conference record last year following a 6-6 mark in 2001 and a 5-7 in 2000. The Huskies will be without the services of freshman point guard Nate Robinson who is in El Paso, Texas with the Husky football team to play against Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. Robinson will be available for the Pac-10 opener against UCLA on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. in Seattle. The Huskies registered decisive home victories in their last two outings, beating Florida International 83-48 on Dec. 21 and Houston 85-61 on Dec. 23. Those were the third and fourth victories for first-year UW head coach Lorenzo Romar. He has a ways to go before matching the 29 wins Washington posted during his two seasons as a player. Romar was a two-year starting point guard for the Huskies from 1978-79 (11-16) to 1979-80 (18-10).
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game against Cal State Northridge will be broadcast on KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season. He is joined on home broadcasts by color commentator Jason Hamilton, a UW point guard from 1994-96. Fans may now subscribe to an on-line service that allows them to listen to numerous college basketball broadcasts, including Washington's, over the internet for a monthly subscription fee. For more information go to: www.collegesports.com
The second century of Washington basketball begins with a prominent player from the first century assuming the head coaching position. Lorenzo Romar, a two-year Husky starting point guard in 1979 and 1980, was hired April 3, 2002 as the 18th coach in the 101-year history of UW basketball. He is the school's first African-American head basketball coach. Romar served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to Washington. He inherits a young Husky team that finished with an 11-18 record in 2002, placed eighth with a 5-13 conference record and participated in the Pac-10 Tournament. Nine of the 13 players on the UW roster are freshmen (5) or sophomores (4). There is only one senior (Marlon Shelton) on the roster that also lists just three juniors (Curtis Allen, C.J. Massingale, Doug Wrenn). Shelton, Allen and Massingale are the only three team members who have played more than one season in a Husky uniform. Wrenn (19.5) and Allen (12.0) were the team's top two scorers in 2002.
The Huskies won their last two games by margins of 35 points (83-48 vs. Florida International) and 24 points (85-61 vs. Houston). Their largest margin of victory last season was 20 points vs. Santa Clara ... The last time UW posted back-to-back 20-point wins was Dec. 5 & 8, 1990 ... UW's assist-turnover ratio in its four victories is 72-64 while the corresponding mark in four losses is 41-69 ... Doug Wrenn has blocked 13 shots, two more then the rest of his teammates combined. Wrenn also leads the Huskies with rebounds, 6.3 boards per game ... The Huskies are shooting 46 percent (30-65) from 3-point range in their four wins, compared to 29 percent (15-51) in their four defeats ... Will Conroy recorded double figure points in six games after not posting a double-figure scoring effort all last season ... Washington has been outscored 164-103 at the free throw line and have tried 85 fewer free throws (244-159) than their foes ... The 35-point win over Florida International (83-48) was UW's largest margin of victory in 182 games, dating to a 95-44 win over BYU on Nov. 26, 1996 ... Washington limited Florida International to only 48 points, the lowest scoring output by an opponent since Dec. 20, 2000 ... The Huskies held three of their eight opponents under the 60-point plateau, a feat they accomplished only once all last season.
Did You Know?
The Huskies registered 15 steals against Houston (Dec. 23), their most in a game since tying the school record of 20 on Nov. 26, 1996 against Brigham Young.
Sophomore point guard Will Conroy has emerged as a major offensive threat for Washington after averaging just 2.5 points per game last season. He currently leads the team, averaging 13.6 points on 49 percent shooting, and has distributed a team-high 30 assists. Conroy tallied a career-high 19 points at UNLV (Nov. 30) and improved that figure with a 32-point effort at Gonzaga (Dec. 2) while shooting 13-of-17 from the field. Conroy's previous game-high total was nine points. He already has 109 points this season after totaling 72 points during the entire 2001-02 season. Conroy led all UW scorers in three games this season, a feat he did not accomplish at all last year.
The Cal State Northridge Series
> The Huskies won their only previous meeting with Cal State Northridge, a 61-57 decision in 1992 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
> Washington has 130-57 record against current members of the Big West Conference, including Cal State Fullerton (0-1), Cal State Northridge (1-0), Idaho (121-49), Pacific (4-1), UC Irvine (0-1), UC Santa Barbara (2-0) and Utah State (2-5).
> In his seventh year at Cal State Northridge, Bobby Braswell has never coached against Washington.
> First-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar is winless in two meetings against Cal State Northridge, both games coming while he was at Pepperdine.
The Last Meeting
UW 61, Cal State Northridge 57 (Feb. 10, 1992; Seattle)
Brett Pagett hit a 21-foot 3-point bomb with 47 seconds remaining in the game to turn back a Cal State Northridge upset bid and secure Washington's 61-57 victory at Edmundson Pavilion. The Matadors, in their second year as an NCAA Division I member, led by as many as 10 points before being outscored 20-5 over the final nine minutes. The run was capped by Pagett's trey that he followed up with a free throw at 0:30. Rich Manning led all scorers with 21 points for the Huskies who also got 12 from Mark Pope who pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds. Washington completed the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 7-4 record.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. From March of 1999 to November of 2000, the Pavilion's 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 has a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 760 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Last Husky Game
UW 85, Houston 61 (Dec. 23, 2002; Seattle)
Curtis Allen scored nine of his 14 points in the first half as Washington led the entire game en route to an 85-61 victory over Houston at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (4-4) improved their all-time record against Houston (2-6) to 4-1, winning all four Seattle meetings. The Huskies shot 13-for-27 beyond the 3-point arc (48%), but only 13-for-41 inside (32%). The Cougars outshot UW from the field (43% to 38%), but had 14 fewer attempts due to 24 turnovers that UW converted into 23 points. The Huskies' 15 steals were the team's most since equaling the school record of 20 on Nov. 26, 1996 against BYU. Will Conroy contributed 14 points and seven assists for the Huskies who had a 20-9 assist-turnover ratio. Houston's Louis Truscott recorded his fifth double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Andre Owens added 13 points and Bryan Shelton 10. Washington jumped out to an 11-2 lead that included seven points off turnovers and led 20-9 after a three-point play by Allen. Houston responded with a 12-4 run to close to within 24-21 with five minutes remaining in the first half. Two 6-0 runs late in the half put the Huskies up 44-28 at halftime. Houston turned the ball over three times before scoring in the second half and the Huskies led by at least 17 points from that point.
Lorenzo Romar was named to head up the program at his alma mater on April 3, 2002. A point guard for the Huskies' 1978-79 and 1979-80 teams, he is the 18th head coach in Washington's 101-year history and the first African-American to lead the program. Romar has compiled a 97-92 record in seven seasons as a head coach, including a 4-4 mark at Washington. In three years at Saint Louis from 1999-2002, he compiled a 51-44 (.537) mark. At both Pepperdine and Saint Louis, Romar helped revive programs to a competitive level. He led the Waves to a three-year record of 42-44 (.488) from 1996-99, including a pair of second-place finishes in the West Coast Conference and an NIT invitation in 1999. During his first season at Saint Louis, the Billikens upset top-ranked Cincinnati in the second round of the Conference USA tournament and went on to win the championship and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Twice during the past two seasons Romar's Saint Louis teams defeated Washington. Seattle was the site of one of Romar's greatest coaching moments. As an assistant coach, he helped guide UCLA to an 89-78 triumph over Arkansas in the Kingdome to win the 1995 NCAA Championship. Cameron Dollar, now a UW assistant coach, was one of the stars for the Bruins during that national title contest. Romar built a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters while an assistant at UCLA (1992-1996) and was credited with recruiting much of the talent that formed the core of the Bruins' title team. UCLA's record during Romar's four-year assistant coaching tenure was a stunning 97-28 (.776). A native of Compton, Calif., Romar graduated from Pius X High School. He earned his associate degree from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College in 1978 before studying at Washington from 1978-80. He completed his coursework at Cincinnati, receiving his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1992. After starting two seasons at UW for legendary coach Marv Harshman, Romar was selected in the seventh round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. His five-year NBA career included stints with Golden State (1981-84), Milwaukee (1984) and Detroit (1984-85). Following the 1984-85 season, Romar joined Athletes in Action (AIA), a touring exhibition team on which he served as player-coach from 1989-1992. He replaces Bob Bender who resigned on Mar. 13, 2002. Romar is the second former UW player to return as the head coach, joining Lynn Nance who coached at UW from 1989-93.
Lorenzo Romar's staff is comprised of first-year assistant coaches Ken Bone, Cameron Dollar and Russ Schoene. Bone was the head coach at perennial NCAA Division II championship contender Seattle Pacific during the past 12 seasons. After a stellar playing career at UCLA (1994-97) that included the 1995 NCAA championship, Dollar served the last three years as an assistant coach on Romar's Saint Louis staff. Schoene was a standout collegian at Tennessee Chattanooga (1981-82) who played four seasons in the NBA, including three years (1987-89) with the Seattle Sonics.
Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar will air weekly either on Monday or Tuesday nights from 7-7:30 p.m. on KJR (AM-950). The show is hosted by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau along with KJR Radio personality David Locke. The next broadcast is Monday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.
Nate the Great
Freshman point guard Nate Robinson has had an immediate impact on the hardwood after an impressive campaign on the gridiron. He is concentrating on football this week in preparation for the Huskies' Dec. 31 Sun Bowl appearance against Purdue. He won't play basketball Dec. 28 against Cal State Northridge, but will return for the Jan. 2 game against UCLA. Robinson led all UW scorers in three of his five games. His collegiate basketball debut was a six-minute stint against Wyoming on Dec. 5 in Seattle during which he had one rebound and one assist. The 5-8 leaper was spectacular in his second 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 performance, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14) and had a team-high 14 against Florida International (Dec. 21). 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 last five Husky football games and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. His first practice with the basketball team was on Nov. 26. Robinson is attending UW on a football scholarship. He was the 2002 Washington Class AAA state 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.
Doug Wrenn had one of the most impressive debut seasons in Washington history. The supremely athletic 6-6 junior forward was a 2002 all-conference selection and was the first UW recipient of the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award. His team-leading 19.5-point scoring average included four 30-point games with a high of 35 points at Arizona (Feb. 7). He tallied 30 points on four occasions, including a streak of three straight 30-point performances that tied the school record held by Louie Nelson (1973) and Bob Houbregs (1953). His 546 points were the 10th-highest figure among UW single-season scorers. Wrenn was the No. 3 scorer in the Pac-10 last season and his 19.5-point average is the No. 2 figure among returning players behind only the 20.4 mark of Arizona's Jason Gardner. He also ranked 13th among Pac-10 rebounders (6.4 rpg). Wrenn registered a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game. He followed that with a 10-point, six-rebound effort against Butler (Nov. 18) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Top of the World Classic. Wrenn hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with 0:06 left. Wrenn had three double doubles and ranked second on the team with 57 assists. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn red-shirted in 2001 after transferring from Connecticut.
Doug Wrenn's 19.5-point scoring average was the 11th-highest ever for a Husky and the best since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1986-87. Wrenn led all UW scorers in 11 straight games from Jan. 6-Feb. 14, averaging 26.0 points and accounting for 36 percent of UW's scoring during that span. Wrenn reached the 30-point plateau four times with 32 against Oregon (Jan. 24), 34 at Washington State (Jan. 31), 30 at Arizona State (Feb. 9) and a career-high 35 at Arizona (Feb. 7) that marked the highest scoring output by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had 38 at James Madison on Dec. 7, 1996. Wrenn tallied 30 points in three consecutive games, becoming the third player in UW history to accomplish that feat. He topped all Husky scorers 21 times and posted 24 double-figure games, including 12 outings with 20 points.
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, junior Curtis Allen ranked sixth among Pac-10 point guards with 4.3 assists per game last season. His 126 assists were the seventh-highest total in Husky history. A three-year starter, 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 posted career highs with 21 points and eight assists in UW's win over UNLV (Nov. 28). At San Diego (Dec. 1), Allen increased his single-game best to 27 points and added four assists in UW's 98-94 win. Allen was the Huskies' team leader in assists during 21 of 29 games. He distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in UW history. Allen, who reached his previous career-best of eight by halftime, fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970. Allen ranked second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg) and was No. 2 among Pac-10 free throw shooters at 88.6 percent (101-114).
Washington started three different lineups this season, including the group of Wrenn/Jensen/Washington/Conroy/Allen that opened the last two outings. Three Huskies have started every game: Doug Wrenn, Mike Jensen and Will Conroy.
The Huskies (11-18, 5-13) finished the 2001-02 season with a flurry, winning three of their final four regular-season games to earn the eighth and final berth to the Pac-10 Tournament. The eighth-seeded Huskies led by seven points at halftime before succumbing to No. 1 seed Oregon by an 86-64 count. Washington's non-conference season was highlighted by a runner-up performance at the Top of the World Classic in November and a home victory over NIT-bound UNLV. The Pac-10 campaign featured home victories over the top two teams in the standings, Oregon and California.
The Huskies sustained some personnel losses from last season's squad, none bigger than 6-11 center David Dixon. He led the team with 6.4 rebounds per game, ranked third with an 8.4-point scoring average and tied the school's single-season record of 67 blocked shots. Another graduating starter was forward Grant Leep who led the Pac-10 in 3-point accuracy, converting a Husky record 53 percent of his treys. Leep was fourth on the team with 7.8 points per game and ranked third in rebounds with 4.1 per contest. Two underclassmen transferred during the off-season, including starting shooting guard Erroll Knight who was the team's fifth-leading scorer with 7.1 points per game. Knight transferred to Gonzaga while walk-on Sterling Brown is seeking another school in pursuit of a scholarship.
Though short on experience, the returning players are long on talent. Among players that saw action last year, only junior guards Curtis Allen and C.J. Massingale have played more than one season at Washington. Two primary starters and five total lettermen return from last year's team, including all-conference and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year Doug Wrenn. The junior forward led the team with 19.5 points per game, the second-highest figure among returning Pac-10 players. Allen distributed 126 assists in 2002, the seventh-highest single-season figure in school history. Along with Wrenn and Allen, three other lettermen each started at least two games. Massingale started 11 games and poured in 25 points against California. A trio of sophomores return in Will Conroy, Jeffrey Day and David Hudson. Conroy is a tenacious defender who started the final seven games last year at point guard. Day's 30 blocked shots were the second-highest total ever for a UW freshman. Hudson possesses tremendous range as his trio of 3-point baskets against USC can attest. Two other players return after being sidelined last season with injuries. Fifth-year senior center Marlon Shelton returns after a pair of knee surgeries. Red-shirt freshman forward Mike Jensen, one of the nation's most sought after recruits in 2001, played five games last season before undergoing surgery on his left shoulder that was dislocated during a December practice.
The Washington roster is bolstered by the addition of two scholarship freshmen, 6-6 forward Bobby Jones and 6-9 center/forward Anthony Washington. Both received national top-100 acclaim as prepsters. A graduate of Long Beach Poly (Calif.) High School, Jones signed in May as first-year Coach Lorenzo Romar's first UW recruit. Romar has labeled him as the Huskies' future defensive stopper. Jones averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds as a senior in 2002. Washington originally signed with UW in the fall of 2000 before returning to Seattle's Garfield High School to complete some coursework. He did not play last season. During the 2001 state championships, he shattered the tournament record with 21 blocked shots in four games, more than any previous team had accumulated. A third newcomer, freshman Nate Robinson, is on a football scholarship and will join the team full-time at the completion of the grid season. Robinson was the 2002 Washington Class AAA state 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.
The UCLA Series
> The Bruins lost to Washington in four of their last five visits to Seattle, including four straight setbacks between 1998-2001. UCLA halted that Seattle losing streak with an 85-79 win last year.
> Despite their recent troubles in the Northwest, the Bruins own a 29-24 advantage over the Huskies during games played in Seattle.
> UCLA swept the season series with the Huskies for the 28th time, winning 85-79 in Seattle and 74-62 in Los Angeles last year.
> The Bruins boast an 82-29 series lead after winning the last two, and 26 of the last 32 meetings against Washington.
> Seventh-year UCLA coach Steve Lavin has a 7-4 record against the Huskies.
> In his first season as the Huskies' coach, Lorenzo Romar is coaching for the first time against UCLA. Romar served four seasons as an assistant on Jim Harrick's UCLA staff from 1993-96, including the 1995 NCAA Championship year. Romar worked alongside current Bruin head coach Steve Lavin on that staff.
The Last Meeting
#14 UCLA 74, UW 62 (Jan. 4, 2002; Los Angeles)
T.J. Cummings scored six of his 22 points in the decisive game-ending run as 14th-ranked UCLA defeated Washington 74-62 at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins (10-2, 3-0) won their 16th straight game against UW at Pauley Pavilion and completed a season sweep of the Huskies. Cummings sparked a 14-3 game-closing run for UCLA over the final 6:17. Josh Barnard's 3-pointer with 6:36 remaining drew Washington (6-7, 0-3) within 60-59. The Bruins scored 10 straight points while holding UW scoreless for 5:46. The Huskies scored only one more time, a 3-pointer by Barnard with 50 seconds left to play. Barnard tallied a career-high 22 points with six 3-pointers. Curtis Allen had 15 points and eight assists for UW and Grant Leep added 12 points. Jason Kapono scored 13 points and Matt Barnes added 12, including the first nine points of the game for UCLA. Cummings led a 46-29 Bruin rebound advantage with 11 boards. The game started 20 minutes late due to a bent rim that needed to be replaced. UCLA center Dan Gadzuric, who tallied 23 points in the first meeting, scored two points while being limited to six minutes due to foul trouble.
The Husky roster features two players from Tacoma, Washington; junior guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having a pair of players from Tacoma is remarkable considering Washington went 21 years without a Tacoma native on the men's basketball roster. The last Tacoma native to play at UW was Steve Matzen (Lincoln HS) a 1977-80 letterman.
Washington received a letter of intent on Nov. 19, 2002 from junior college wing player Tre Simmons who prepped at Seattle's Garfield High School. "Tre is a very versatile guard. He is long, he can defend, he can really score the ball and pass the ball," says Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar. Simmons is currently a sophomore at Green River (Wash.) CC who will join the Huskies in the fall of 2003. Washington has three scholarships to offer during the late signing period (April 15-May 16).
Tre Simmons, 6-5, 195, guard/forward, Seattle, Wash.
(Garfield HS/Odessa JC, Texas/Green River CC, Wash.)
The No. 3-rated junior college wing forward by Van Coleman's FutureStars Magazine ... A fifth-team JC All-America selection by Street & Smith's and top-10 small forward by The Sporting News ... Averaged 12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 2002 at Odessa (Texas) JC ... The Wranglers qualified for the 2002 regional tourney with an 18-4 record.
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