Jan. 20, 2004
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 --
Washington at Washington State; 4:00 p.m. PST
Friel Court (12,058); Pullman, Wash.
Fox Sports Northwest TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29 --
Washington vs. (#14) Arizona; 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Fox Sports Northwest TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (6-8, 1-5) complete their three-game road trip, Saturday, Jan. 24 against cross-state rival Washington State (8-8, 2-4). Tip-off is 4 p.m. at Friel Court for the game that will be televised locally on Fox Sports Northwest. The Huskies lost in their last three visits to Pullman. Saturday's matchup is the classic "irresistible force against an immovable object." Something's gotta give as Washington ranks second in the conference, producing 80.4 points per game. The Cougars have the Pac-10's stingiest defense, yielding 56.6 points. That's a 23.8-point differential between what UW scores versus what WSU surrenders. The Huskies halted a five-game losing streak Saturday in their last outing with a 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State. Next week, the Huskies host the Arizona schools.
Washington reached the 100-point plateau twice for the first time since the 1980-81 season. The Huskies' 103-99 overtime decision at Oregon State (Jan. 17) matched the highest away game point total in school history. It equaled a 103-70 win at Washington State on Feb. 1, 1975. 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. Washington is scoring 80.4 points per game, the highest figure since the 1975 Huskies finished with an 80.9-point average.
Washington's game at Washington State will be televised live locally on Fox Sports Net Northwest. Tip-off is 4 p.m.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game at Washington State airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound 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
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has a 5-0 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 1-8 when being outshot. The Huskies are shooting over 10 percent better from the field in their six victories (50.4% - 40.0%) and over seven percent better from 3-point range (40.2% - 33.1%).
The Huskies are concluding a stretch during which five of their first seven Pac-10 games are on the road. That stretch ends Saturday at Washington State. The Huskies have a 4-3 home record and a 2-5 mark in road outings. The Huskies have just one Pac-10 road win in each of the previous three seasons: at Oregon (Jan. 18, 2001), at Oregon State (Feb. 21, 2002) and at USC (Mar. 6, 2003). They have a 4-29 record in their last 33 conference road contests dating to the 2000 season.
Washington overcame a 40-34 halftime deficit to defeat Oregon State 103-99 in overtime on Jan. 17. That was the first time in a UW game this season that the team that trailed at halftime won. The team that leads at halftime has a 13-1 record in Husky games ... Sophomore forward Mike Jensen hit 8 of 14 treys this year and shot 53% on career 3-pointers (18-34) ... Seven different players have led UW in scoring this year and six different Huskies topped the team in rebounds ... UW players have five double-figure rebound games after registering three in 2003 ... UW's 103-point outburst at Oregon State (Jan. 17) matched its highest away game total ever, tying a 103-70 win at Washington State on Feb. 1, 1975 in Pullman ... The Huskies scored 103 points at Oregon State (Jan. 17) and 104 vs. Eastern Washington (Nov. 29), their first multiple 100-point outings since the 1975-76 season ... The Huskies averaged 91.8 points in their six wins and 71.8 in their eight losses ... Nate Robinson leads UW with a 16.3 scoring average in Pac-10 play, an increase of 8.9 points from his average of 7.4 points against non-conference competition. Robinson had double-figure points in all six Pac-10 games to date.
The Washington State Series
> Washington won 10 of the last 14 meetings and owns a 164-90 advantage in the series that began in 1910.
> The Apple Cup rivals split the season series in 2003 for the third straight year. The Huskies won 81-67 on Jan. 31, 2003 in Seattle while the Cougars were 98-76 victors on Mar. 1, 2003 in Pullman.
> The Cougars were victorious in Washington's last three visits to Pullman, winning 98-76 in 2003, 81-79 in 2002 and 79-61 in 2001. UW has a 67-58 all-time record at WSU.
> First-year Washington State coach Dick Bennett has never coached against UW.
> Second-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-1 record against WSU.
The Last Meeting
Washington State 98, UW 76 (Mar. 1, 2003; Pullman, Wash.)
Marcus Moore, playing his first game in five weeks, came off the bench to score 23 points and lead Washington State to a 98-76 win over Washington at Friel Court. The Cougars (7-18, 2-14) registered their most points and largest margin of Pac-10 victory in seven years. Moore's return from Jan. 19 ankle surgery was a surprise. Washington (9-16, 4-12) took its last lead at 6-4 on a basket by Doug Wrenn. Walk-on Randy Green then sparked a 27-8 WSU run over the next nine minutes, scoring nine of his 15 points. The surge netted a 31-14 advantage for the Cougars who led 49-30 at halftime. The margin was 54-34 before the Huskies scored 10 straight points, including two 3-pointers from Mike Jensen. UW never cut the deficit to single digits. Five Cougars scored in double-figures, including Jerry McNair (14), Chris Schlatter (11) and Thomas Kelati (11). UW's Brandon Roy tallied 15 of his team-high 17 points in the second half. Nate Robinson scored 15 points for the Huskies who also got 13 from Jensen and Will Conroy. Washington State shot 65 percent (20-31) in the first half and finished at 55 percent (35-64) for the game. The Cougars hit 52 percent of their 3-pointers (12-23). UW improved a 36-percent first half (12-33) to finish the game at 44 percent (28-64).
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 109-113 all-time record in eight seasons with a 16-25 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. The quartet of former Bulldogs has combined to score 512 of UW's 1,125 points in the 14 regular-season games, accounting for 46 percent of the total offensive output. Roy (12.6) and Conroy (12.4) are UW's top two scorers. Their Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback a red-shirt freshman who plays on the Husky football team.
Sophomore Bobby Jones leads the Huskies in rebounds with 5.9 per game, a figure that ranks 14th among Pac-10 players. He ranks 10th among conference competitors with a team-leading field goal accuracy of 53.5 percent. Jones ranks second among UW players and ninth in the Pac-10 with 21steals. Jones tallied 10 or more points in 11 games this season after reaching double figures just five times all last season. A defensive specialist last season, Jones started the final 15 games in 2003 and ranked No. 7 on the team with 5.7 points per game. He eclipsed that total by 6.2 points to 11.9 this year.
Quicksilver guard Curtis Allen is the lone senior on the Washington roster. He ranks second among all-time Huskies with 141 career 3-pointers. The record is 212 treys by Deon Luton (1997-2000). Allen hit six treys at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He has amassed 907 points during his career and needs 93 more to become the 28th player in UW history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Allen's current career free throw mark of 87.3 percent (192-220) is the best in school history. He ranks second among all-time Pac-10 players behind former UCLA standout Rod Foster who shot 88.0% between 1980-83.
Sophomore swingman Brandon Roy is a rising star in his first full collegiate season. He leads the team with a 12.6-point scoring average, including a career-high 22 points and five assists against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). Roy had 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting at Oregon (Jan. 15) followed by a 17-point performance in the overtime victory at Oregon State (Jan. 17). At Houston on Dec. 20 he became the first player in UW history to lead the team in the five major statistics during a single game. Roy amassed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Roy 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. He 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.
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 in 2003. Conroy currently ranks second among Husky scorers with 12.4 points per game, a figure he raised to 15.8 in Pac-10 play. Conroy is UW's top playmaker. He distributed 64 assists, an average of 4.6 per game that ranks sixth among Pac-10 players. Conroy's assist/turnover ratio of 1.64 is the ninth best among Pac-10 players.
Washington has started three different lineups. The most recent unit opened the last nine games, 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. Conroy did not start this year's 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 14 games.
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 leads the team during conference play with 16.3 points per game. Robinson tallied double-figure points in all six Pac-10 games, including a career-high 25 points Saturday at Oregon State (Jan. 17). He tallied 23 points after halftime, including a 3-pointer inside the final second that forced overtime in UW's 103-99 win. In 2003, 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.
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).
Last UW Game
UW 103, Oregon State 99 ot (Jan. 17, 2004/Corvallis, Ore.)
Nate Robinson scored 23 of his career-high 25 points after halftime, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime in Washington's 103-99 triumph over Oregon State at Gill Coliseum. The 103 points matched the highest point total ever for UW in a road game. The Huskies (6-8, 1-5) overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to halt a five-game losing streak and post their first Pac-10 win. Oregon State (8-7, 2-3) increased a 40-34 halftime lead to 70-54 on Kyle Jeffers' layup with 6:13 left in regulation. UW closed the second half with a 29-13 run, sparked by 13 points from Robinson. Tre Simmons closed the deficit to 81-80 on a 3-pointer with 5.5 seconds remaining. Following a pair of Chris Stephens' free throws, Robinson picked up the inbounds pass at midcourt dribbled to the 3-point arc and hit a jumper with 1/2-second on the clock. The Huskies took control with the first six points of overtime, the first two baskets created by Robinson steals. Stephens scored 23 points to lead the Beavers who also got 20 from David Lucas and 18 from Angelo Tsagarakis who hit 5-of-10 treys. Five Huskies scored in double-figures, including Will Conroy who tallied all 19 of his points after halftime. Brandon Roy had 19 points for UW while Hakeem Rollins and Simmons each had 11. UW shot 53 percent in the second half (17-32) to finish at 50 percent for the game (37-74).
2004 Season Highlights
The Huskies reached the 100-point plateau more than once for the first season since 1980-81 ... Junior Hakeem Rollins blocked six shots at California (Jan. 2), the highest single-game total by a Husky since David Dixon had a school-record seven blocks against Washington State on Jan. 31, 2002 ... UW's 37-point win over Columbia (88-51) was its largest margin of victory since defeating Brigham Young 95-44 on Nov. 26, 1996 ... The 58-point first-half outburst against Columbia (Dec. 30) was the highest scoring half by Washington since it had 59 the second half against Portland State Nov. 28, 2000 ... 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.
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) ... The Huskies defeated Columbia (Dec. 30) 81-55, their first home game in 27 days ... UW opened Pac-10 play in the Bay Area with a 76-62 loss at California in a game that was tied with 5 1/2 minutes to play before the Bears hit six straight 3-pointers ... UW suffered an 85-72 setback at fifth-ranked Stanford (Jan. 4) before returning home ... The Huskies turned the ball over 29 times in an 88-80 loss to USC (Jan. 8) and rallied from 17 points behind to force overtime before losing 86-84 to UCLA (Jan. 10) ... UW attempted 13 fewer free throws in an 84-74 loss at Oregon (Jan. 15) ... The Huskies overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to post a 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State (Jan. 17) that snapped a five-game losing streak.
Washington clinched its third consecutive winning non-conference record, posting a 5-3 mark before the Pac-10 season started. UW has one non-conference game remaining, a Feb. 22 visit to North Carolina State. Last year the Huskies finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4 record following a 6-5 ledger in 2001.
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 broadcasts are Wednesday, Jan. 21 and Monday, Jan. 26.
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.
Sophomore Ben Devoe left the UW team Dec. 18 after final exams concluded. The 6-foot-11 center sought increased playing time and transferred to first-year NCAA Division I member Utah Valley State in Orem. 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.
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: www.gohuskies.com
Wait 'til Next Year
A pair of Huskies are not competing in games this year, waiting until next season until they are eligible. Jamaal Williams, a 6-5 forward with a powerful inside presence, is red-shirting this season after transferring from New Mexico. He averaged 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 2003 for the Lobos, including a 25-point, 15-rebound performance at UNLV on Feb. 23. Walk-on Matt Fletcher joined the team in the fall as a transfer from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The Maize (Kansas) High School product played at Butler County Junior College in 2002.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes
* 2003 Record vs. Ranked Opponents - 0-2 (lost to No. 17 Gonzaga & at No. 5 Stanford)
* All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents - 61-192
* Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent - UW 94, #19 Oregon 92 (1/24/02, Seattle)
The Arizona Series
> Arizona won the last eight games against Washington and has a 36-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.
> The Wildcats won 12 of the last 13 meetings against Washington. They swept the last four season series, their longest run of sweeps since beating UW over five consecutive seasons from 1986-1990.
> UA defeated Washington 79-61 last year in Tucson before prevailing with an 88-85 overtime decision in Seattle.
> The Wildcats have a 14-11 record against Washington in Seattle and were victorious in their last four visits to the Northwest.
> 21st-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 31-11 all-time record against UW.
> Second-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-2 record against Arizona.
The Last Meeting
#2 Arizona 88, UW 85 ot (Feb. 6, 2003; Seattle)
Salim Stoudamire scored 25 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:18 left in overtime to lift second-ranked Arizona to an 88-85 win over Washington before a Bank of America Arena record crowd of 10,028. The Wildcats (17-2, 9-1) defeated UW for the eighth straight time. The Huskies (8-11, 3-7) stretched a 41-39 halftime lead to 57-47 on a Will Conroy layup with 13:11 left in regulation. Arizona responded with a 16-3 run, fueled by eight Stoudamire points, to go ahead 63-60 with 8:47 remaining. UW trailed 78-73 with 1:23 left in the second half, but Conroy hit a 3-pointer at 1:03 and Nate Robinson forced overtime with a scoop shot in the lane at 0:38. Bobby Jones hit four free throws in three consecutive trips to the line to put UW ahead 84-82 with 1:35 left in overtime. Stoudamire hit his decisive trey and Channing Frye followed with a layup at 0:22 to seal the win. Frye finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, taking advantage of the injury absence of starting Husky center Anthony Washington. Two other UW big men, Doug Wrenn and Jeffrey Day, fouled out. Despite the depleted frontline corps, the Huskies collected 21 offensive rebounds and out-boarded the Pac-10's top rebounding team by a 44-39 margin. Jones registered his first double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Robinson scored 19 points to lead the Huskies who also got 15 from Curtis Allen and 11 from Conroy. Luke Walton added 13 points for the Wildcats.
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 769 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They have a 4-3 home record this season.