Dec. 24, 2003
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27 --
Washington at San Diego State; 7:00 p.m. PST
Cox Arena (12,414); San Diego, Calif. - No Northwest TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (AM 850) in Puget Sound Area
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
The Washington Huskies (3-3) conclude their three-game road trip this weekend with a visit to southern California. Washington plays San Diego State (7-4) on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. in Cox Arena. This is the first meeting between UW and the Aztecs. The Huskies hope to halt a three-game losing skid that followed a season-opening, three-game winning streak. Washington started its current three-game road trip Dec. 6 with a 92-76 loss at Wyoming before falling 79-64 at Houston on Dec. 20. The Huskies opened the season with four 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). Following Saturday's game, Washington returns to Seattle for their only home game during the month of December. UW hosts Columbia on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. before beginning Pacific-10 Conference play in the Bay Area, Jan. 2 against California.
Saturday's game at San Diego State will be broadcast on KHHO (850 AM) in the Puget Sound area due to a programming conflict on KJR, Washington's flagship station. All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Network. The majority of games will air on KJR Radio (AM 950) in the Seattle area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 17th season. 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
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 106-108 all-time record in eight seasons with a 13-20 mark at Washington.
High School Reunion
Every time the Huskies take the floor it amounts to a reunion of alums from Seattle's Garfield High School. Four former prep teammates are listed on the Washington roster; juniors Will Conroy and Tre Simmons along with sophomores Brandon Roy and Anthony Washington. That Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback a red-shirt freshman who plays on the Husky football team. The Garfield quartet has combined to score 229 of UW's 470 points in the five regular-season games, accounting for 49 percent of the total offensive output.
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 ... Five different players have led or tied for top scoring honors in the six UW games this season. Curtis Allen, Will Conroy, Brandon Roy, Tre Simmons and Anthony Washington have all led the team in scoring this season ... Sophomore forward Bobby Jones is shooting 63 percent (26-of-41) to lead the team and rank second among Pac-10 players in field goal accuracy ... Senior Curtis Allen ranks second among all-time Huskies with 134 career 3-pointers. Deon Luton (1997-2000) owns the school record with 212. Allen hit 14 of UW's 31 treys this season.
The San Diego State Series
> This is the first time that Washington and San Diego State have met in men's basketball.
> Washington has a 22-20 all-time record against current members of Mountain West Conference, including Air Force (1-0), Brigham Young (10-8), Colorado State (1-1), UNLV (1-2), New Mexico (2-2), Utah (2-1) and Wyoming (5-6).
> In his fifth year at San Diego State, Steve Fisher has a 1-1 coaching record against Washington, both meetings coming during his eight-year head coaching stint at Michigan between 1990-97.
> In his second year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against the Aztecs.
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. 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 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.
Sophomore swingman Brandon Roy is a rising star in his first full collegiate season. He leads the team with a 15.0-point scoring average. Roy amassed a career-high 22 points and five assists against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). In the last outing, Dec. 20 at Houston, he led all Huskies in points (19), rebounds (12), assists (5), blocked shots (1) and steals (2). Roy registered double-figure points in five of six 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
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.
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 six games.
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.
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 134 career 3-pointers. Allen has 14 of UW's 31 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 877 points during his career and needs 123 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 87.5 percent (189-216) 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.
Last UW Game
Houston 79, UW 64 (Dec. 20, 2003/Houston, Texas)
Andre Owens scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half as Houston built a 17-point lead and held off a late challenge in a 79-64 victory over Washington at Hofheinz Pavilion. Owens hit four 3-pointers and added five assists and six rebounds. 7-foot center Anwar Ferguson blocked eight shots for the Cougars (3-3) along 14 points and 10 rebounds. Washington (3-3) did not score in the opening 5:40, but trailed only 4-2 when Brandon Roy made a layin with 14:20 left until halftime. Houston steadily pulled ahead, leading 40-23 with 4:19 left in the first half. The Cougars never trailed and shot 57 percent in the first half en route to a 42-31 advantage. UW opened the second half with a 14-4 run. Anthony Washington capped the surge with a dunk that drew the Huskies within 46-45 with 11:14 remaining. The Cougars answered, gradually extending their lead back into double-figures. Two Huskies registered double-doubles. Brandon Roy had 19 points and 12 rebounds while Bobby Jones had 11 points and 10 boards. The Cougars parlayed 18 UW turnovers into 24 points while the Huskies had seven points off miscues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Columbia (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.