Dec. 5, 2010
|TV: FSN||Radio: Washington ISP Sports Network (950 AM-Seattle)|
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SEATTLE -- No. 23/22 Washington (5-2) wraps up a quick three-game homestand with the 15th meeting all-time vs. the Portland Pilots on Monday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m. Calling the action vs. the Pilots (7-2) to a FSN-NW audience will be Kevin Calabro and NBA Hall of Fame coach and player Lenny Wilkens.
Radio coverage can be found on Sports Radio KJR 950-AM in Seattle and the Husky ISP Sports Network throughout the region. Bob Rondeau will call play-by-play and Jason Hamilton will provide color commentary. Also, XM Radio (143) and Sirius (122) will carry Monday's action.
UW Vs. Portland
Washington holds the all-time series advantage 12-2, including 7-0 all-time at home versus the Pilots, beating them 89-54 last season. Coach Lorenzo Romar is 5-4 all-time against Portland, 3-3 as coach at Pepperdine and 2-1 at UW.
Portland is 7-2 on the heels of three-straight wins. Their lone losses are to a pair of 2010-11 Husky foes -- Kentucky and Washington State. Portland started the season 3-0 by winning and hosting an Athletes in Action Tournament. The Pilots are led by guard Jarred Stohl, one of the nation's finest shooters both from the field and the line. He averages 15.0 ppg, is shooting 52.5% from three-point range (31x59) and is a 96.3% free throw shooter. Nemanja Mitrovic (11.1) and Luke Sikma (12.1) are the only other Pilots that average over 10 points per game.
Last Time Vs. Portland
Quincy Pondexter scored 17 points, Isaiah Thomas had 16 and No. 24 Washington pressured Portland into 22 turnovers during an 89-54 rout on Dec. 19, 2009. Pondexter scored inside while Thomas drained two 3-pointers to open up a 16-2 lead over the first 6 minutes. Scott Suggs had a career-high 13 points for the Huskies, forced Portland into 12 first-half turnovers and converted them into 26 points in building a 47-17 halftime cushion. Nik Raivio and Luke Sikma tried to lead the Pilots back in the second half, leading a 10-2 run to get within 59-38. The Huskies answered moments later with a 14-0 run culminating in a rim-rattling alley-oop dunk from Thomas to Pondexter with just over 7 minutes left. Washington finished with 35 points off Portland turnovers.
Last Time Out
AP - Justin Holiday had 17 of his career-high 20 points in the first half to lead No. 23 Washington past Texas Tech 108-79. Matthew Bryan-Amaning added 18 points, Isaiah Thomas had 16 and C.J. Wilcox scored 11 for Washington (5-2). Holiday hit a career-high four 3-pointers and finished with nine rebounds. Brad Reese scored 19 while John Roberson and David Tairu had 14 apiece to lead Texas Tech (5-4). The Huskies led 61-42 at halftime before the Red Raiders scored seven in a row to get within 75-62 with 12:28 left. Bryan-Amaning responded with two free throws and two dunks to push the lead to 19 and help the Huskies cruise to their 24th straight non-conference home win. The Huskies closed the first half with an 8-0 run, including a lay-in and dunk by Bryan-Amaning. Holiday nearly broke his career high of 18 by the point, after scoring 13 points - including three 3-pointers - to give the Huskies a 14-8 lead in the opening 4 minutes. The Huskies used a 19-6 run midway through the first half to lead 43-27 after Texas Tech had cut the lead to 24-21 on Roberson's five straight points.
Friendly Confines Of Home
Losing at Hec Edmundson Pavilion is rare under coach Lorenzo Romar's watch -- especially during the non-conference slate. The Huskies have won 20 straight non-conference games at Hec Ed, dating back to a 72-71 home loss on March 14, 2008 in the College Basketball Invitational to Valparaiso. In nine years with Romar at the helm, UW is 119-23 (.838) overall at home, 62-5 (.925) in non-Pac-10 games.
The Huskies have reached the century mark four times this season: McNeese State (118-64), Virginia (106-63), Long Beach State (102-75) and Texas Tech (108-79). They also nearly missed reaching 100 when they scored 98 against Eastern Washington. If they can reach or surpass 100 points one more time, they will equal the 2004-05 squad that scored 100-plus a school-record five times.
Among The Nation's Best
Through Saturday, Washington leads the nation with 95.7 point per game. VMI is second at 95.1 ppg.
The Huskies are also leading the nation in 3-point shooting percentage at 46.3% and field goal makes per game (36.0).
UW is also among the nation's leaders in assists per game (2nd, 20.1), field goal percentage (7th, 51%) and three-pointers made per game (3rd, 10.6) and steals (21st, 9.7).
Among The Pac-10 Leaders
Through Saturday, the Huskies lead the Pac-10 in numerous categories including: scoring (95.7 ppg), three-point field goal percentage (46.3%), three-point field goals made per game (10.6), rebounds per game (40.8), offensive rebounds (15.9), assists per game (20.1), assists to turnover ratio (1.6) and turnover margin (+7.4).