Dec. 6, 2002
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 --
UW at Santa Clara / 7:00 p.m. PST / No Local TV
Leavey Center (5,000); Santa Clara, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (AM 850) in Seattle-Tacoma
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 --
UW vs. Eastern Washington / 2:00 p.m. PST / No Local TV
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (AM 850) in Seattle-Tacoma
The Washington Huskies (1-3) play their fourth game in eight days Saturday, Dec. 7 when they visit Santa Clara (3-2). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at the Bronco's Leavey Center. That is the last of three non-conference road games for Washington which has four remaining home games before Pacific-10 Conference play begins Jan. 2. The Huskies won four of five all-time meetings with Santa Clara, including a 69-49 victory last season in Seattle. Lorenzo Romar recorded his first victory as head coach of the Huskies with a 79-70 decision over Wyoming on Thursday (Dec. 5) in Seattle. Romar has a long way to go before he matches the 29 wins UW posted during his two seasons as a player. Romar was a two-year starting point guard for the Huskies from 1978-79 (11-16 record) to 1979-80 (18-10). Washington opened the season with three straight losses; at home against Montana State (56-53) and on the road at UNLV (82-61) and Gonzaga (95-89, ot). Santa Clara lost 70-55 on Thursday at Fresno State to drop to 3-2. The Broncos won 69-66 over the same Montana State squad that dealt UW a 56-53 setback on Nov. 24. UW has six days off before meeting Eastern Washington on Dec. 14.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Network. Saturday's game at Santa Clara will be broadcast on KHHO (AM 850) in the Seattle-Tacoma area due to a scheduling conflict with KJR. The majority of games will air on flagship station KJR Radio (AM-950) in the Seattle area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season. 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
At least 12 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on Fox Sports Net. The first Husky game to be televised is the Dec. 23 outing against Houston which airs on Fox Sports Northwest at 7:30 p.m.
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.
Did You Know?
The Huskies blocked a school-record 14 shots last year against Santa Clara (Nov. 24, 2001), including an individual single-game record seven by David Dixon. The previous records were 10 by the 1991-92 UW squad and six by Chris Welp in 1986.
o Will Conroy recorded double figure points in each of the last three games, including 32 at Gonzaga. He did not have a double-figure scoring effort last season.
o Conroy has 71 points this season, one shy of his entire 2001-02 output of 72.
o The Huskies have been outscored 105-48 at the free throw line this year and have attempted 82 fewer free throws (149-67).
o Junior Doug Wrenn leads the Huskies in rebounds (5.8 rpg), assists (4.0 apg) and blocked shots (2.0 bpg).
o Ten of the 13 players on the UW roster hail from the state of Washington.
Sophomore point guard Will Conroy has emerged as a scoring threat for Washington after averaging just 2.5 points per game last season. He currently leads the team, averaging 17.8 points on 64.3 percent shooting. 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. Conroy's previous game-high total was nine points. He already has 71 points this season after totaling 72 points in the entire 2001-02 season.
The Santa Clara Series
> Saturday marks the sixth all-time meeting between Washington and Santa Clara, the second in as many years after a 14-year break in the series. UW leads the series 4-1, including a 69-49 win last season in Seattle.
> The Broncos won the only previous meeting in Santa Clara, posting an 82-75 win on Dec. 19, 1977 to snap a three-game series loss skid.
> The Huskies won the first three meetings, winning 56-34 in Seattle during the 1951 season, 74-62 in Corvallis, Ore. during the second-round of the 1953 NCAA Tournament and 76-50 on Nov. 28, 1976 in Seattle.
> Washington has a 51-15 all-time record against teams from the West Coast Conference, including Gonzaga (28-11), Loyola-Marymount (2-1), Portland (10-1), Saint Mary's (6-0), San Diego (1-1) and Santa Clara (4-1).
> The Bronco roster includes one player from the Seattle area, sophomore guard Ethan Rohde who prepped at Sammamish High School.
> Eleventh-year Bronco Coach Dick Davey has an 0-1 record against Washington.
> Lorenzo Romar, in his first year at Washington, has a 3-4 record against Santa Clara, all meetings coming between 1997-99 when he coached at Pepperdine.
The Last Meeting
UW 69, Santa Clara 49 (Nov. 24, 2001; Seattle)
Reserve guard C.J. Massinagle scored 12 of his 15 points during a 5:28 span in the second half when Washington took control en route to a 69-49 win over Santa Clara in the home opener at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies led 42-39 with 10:19 left to play when Massingale entered to shoot free throws for the injured Doug Wrenn. He hit one of the two free throws to begin a 16-5 run that netted a 58-44 margin for Washington (3-1) with 4:51 remaining. The Broncos (0-3) led 28-26 at halftime led by Kyle Bailey who scored seven of his nine points before halftime. Justin Holbrook and Steve Ross also had nine points for Santa Clara. David Dixon blocked a school single-game record seven shots for Washington which shattered its single-game team standard with 14 rejections. The previous records were six blocks by Chris Welp in 1986 and 10 blocks by the 1991-92 Husky squad. Wrenn returned from the brief injury and led the Huskies with 22 points while Erroll Knight added 12. Point guard Curtis Allen led UW in two categories with six rebounds and six assists.
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 94-91 record in seven seasons as a head coach, including a 1-3 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.
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.
Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar will air weekly either on Monday or Tuesday night 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. 9 at 7 p.m.
Last Husky Game
UW 79, Wyoming 70 (Dec. 5, 2002; Seattle)
Doug Wrenn led five double-figure scorers with 18 points to help Washington defeat Wyoming 79-70 at Bank of America Arena and give Lorenzo Romar his first coaching victory since returning to his alma mater. The Cowboys (3-2) built an early 11-4 lead, but Washington (1-3) reeled off nine unanswered points to claim a 13-11 lead it would never relinquish. The Husky margin was 38-34 at halftime and grew to as many as 15 points in the second half before Wyoming closed within 70-66 on two Marcus Bailey free throws with 1:33 left to play. Freshman Bobby Jones responded with a 3-pointer at 0:59 and the Huskies hit all six of their free throws inside the final 0:45 to secure the win. Will Conroy scored 13 points for the Huskies who also got 12 from Curtis Allen, 11 from Jones and 10 from C.J. Massingale. Donta Richardson paced Wyoming with 18 points while Bailey had 16 and Jay Straight 14. The Cowboys were without the services of top scorer and rebounder Uche Nsonwu-Amadi due to a sprained knee. It was the first meeting between the schools since 1978. The Huskies won that one 85-74 with Romar playing point guard.
Newcomer of the Year
Husky junior forward Doug Wrenn was named the 2002 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year along with garnering all-conference acclaim. The 6-6 forward transferred from Connecticut and sat out the 2000-01 season. Wrenn was the Pac-10's third-leading scorer (19.5 ppg) and ranked 13th in rebounding (6.4 rpg). His 546 points were the 10th-highest figure among UW single-season scorers. Wrenn was the first Husky to be honored as Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
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 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). 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. 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 the 2001 season at UW 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 77-64 win over UNLV (Nov. 28). At San Diego (Dec. 1), Allen increased his single-game scoring 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 also excelled as a scorer, ranking second on the team with 12.0 points per game. He was No. 2 among Pac-10 free throw shooters, converting them at an 88.6-percent clip (101-114). He shot 3-pointers at a 41.7-percent rate (48-115).
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 Eastern Washington Series:
> The Huskies won all four previous meetings with Eastern Washington, including all three encounters in Seattle.
> Washington registered an 81-54 win in the last meeting on Dec. 29, 1996 in Seattle. That game was postponed one day due to the death of Eastern guard Rodrick McClure who was involved in an automobile crash, Dec. 26. A small crowd of a few hundred attended the game due to heavy snows throughout the Seattle area.
> The Huskies won 74-55 during the 1995-96 season in Cheney, 64-48 during 1994-95 in Seattle and 74-58 during 1989-90 in Seattle.
> Washington has a 60-15 all-time record against teams from the Big Sky Conference, including Eastern Washington (4-0), Idaho State (3-0), Montana (39-9), Montana State (8-6), Northern Arizona (1-0), Portland State (4-0) and Sacramento State (1-0).
> The Eagle roster includes Seattle native Alvin Snow, a 2000 graduate of Franklin High School, and Washington transfer Josh Barnard, a senior who is red-shirting.
> Third-year Eastern coach Ray Giacoletti has never coached against the Huskies. He served as an assistant coach on Bob Bender's Washington staff from 1994-97.
> In his first year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against EWU.
The Last Meeting
UW 81, Eastern Washington 54 (Dec. 29, 1996; Seattle)
Mark Sanford and Todd MacCulloch each scored 10 first-half points as Washington broke ahead early en route to an 81-54 victory over Eastern Washington at Edmundson Pavilion. The game was postponed one day due to the death of Eastern guard Rodrick McClure who was involved in an automobile crash, Dec. 26. A small crowd of a few hundred attended the game due to heavy snows throughout the Seattle area. The Huskies, who are 4-0 in all-time meetings against Eastern, improved to 7-1. It marked their best start since a similar 7-1 opening in 1991. With the game tied 6-6, Washington reeled off 14 unanswered points to take the lead for good. The Huskies registered 68-percent field goal shooting (17-25) in the first half and took a 44-23 halftime lead on a halfcourt shot at the buzzer by Chris Thompson. Sanford finished with 19 points and MacCulloch tallied 12 on 6-of-7 shooting. Jamie Booker and Patrick Femerling also chipped in 12 points for Washington. Karim Scott paced the Eagles with 11 points and six rebounds.
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