Jan. 24, 2003
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 --
UW at Oregon State, 7:00 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Northwest TV
Gill Coliseum (10,400); Corvallis, Ore.
Husky Sports Radio Network --
KLFE (AM 1590) in Seattle-KHHO (AM 850) in Tacoma
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 --
UW vs. Washington State, 7:30 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Northwest TV
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
The Washington Huskies (7-9, 2-5) conclude a two-game road trip on Saturday, Jan. 25 when they take on Oregon State (8-7, 1-5). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. The game features a matchup of the Pac-10's two first-year coaches, Lorenzo Romar at Washington and Jay John at Oregon State. The Huskies won 68-63 at OSU in the last meeting, halting a five-game losing streak against the Beavers. That was a rare road win for the Huskies, the only Pac-10 road victory in their last 18 tries. Washington lost 91-66 Thursday at Oregon with the 25-point margin matching the Ducks' largest margin of victory in the series. Oregon posted a UW single-game opponent record for 3-pointers with 14. Also on Thursday, Oregon State picked up its first Pac-10 win with a 63-48 decision over Washington State. Next week, the Huskies begin a three-game homestand, Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. against WSU.
First-year coach Lorenzo Romar has seven coaching victories at Washington. He has a ways to go before matching the 29 wins UW posted during his two seasons as a player. Romar was a two-year starting point guard for the Huskies in 1978-79 (11-16 record) and 1979-80 (18-10 record). His senior squad participated in the 1980 NIT.
Saturday's UW game at Oregon State will be televised live at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Northwest. Scott Lynn and Todd McKim call the action. At least 12 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on Fox Sports Net.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game at Oregon State will be broadcast on KLFE (AM 1590) in Seattle and KHHO (AM 850) in Tacoma due to a scheduling conflict with KJR. The majority of games will air on Husky flagship station KJR Radio (AM-950) throughout the Puget Sound 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
The youthful Washington roster features six freshman, three sophomores and three juniors. The lone senior is Marlon Shelton. At one point in the Jan. 18 game against Stanford, UW had four freshmen on the floor alongside sophomore Will Conroy. Four of UW's top seven scorers are freshmen, led by Nate Robinson (11.4 ppg).
While the Huskies are averaging nearly as many turnovers as last year's squad (17.0 to 17.3), they are at plus-1.9 in the turnover category by virtue of more than five more opponent miscues per game. Washington forces 18.9 turnovers this season, up significantly from last year's figure of 13.7. The Huskies are using more frequent full-court pressure that has resulted in 7.1 steals per game, up from a 5.6-steal average in 2002.
Last year's 68-63 win in Corvallis on Feb. 21, 2002 was the Huskies' only win in their last 18 Pac-10 road games ... UW's Lorenzo Romar posted his 100th coaching victory Saturday vs. Stanford (Jan. 18). His 7-year record is 100-97 ... UW's assist-turnover ratio in its seven wins is 119-116 while the corresponding mark in the nine losses is 106-156 ... UW's roster features three players from Seattle's Garfield High School (Will Conroy, Brandon Roy & Anthony Washington). Eleven of the 13 players on the roster are from the state of Washington ... Washington has a 6-1 record when its field goal percent is better than opponents ... The Huskies boast a 7-1 record in games when they score more than 70 points and have an 0-8 mark when held under 70 points.
The Oregon State Series
> Washington has a 139-132 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.
> The Huskies won the most recent meeting 68-63 in Corvallis, snapping a five-game losing streak against the Beavers.
> The Beavers boast a 92-43 advantage over Washington in Corvallis, including victories in two of the Huskies' last three visits to Gill Coliseum.
> First-year Oregon State coach Jay John, who was an assistant at Arizona last season, has never competed against Washington in a head-coaching role.
> In his first year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against Oregon State.
The Last Meeting
UW 68, Oregon State 63 (Feb. 21, 2002; Corvallis, Ore.)
Curtis Allen scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half as Washington took control early and held on to defeat Oregon State 68-63 at Gill Coliseum. The Huskies (10-16, 4-12) took over eighth place and the inside track for the final berth in the Pac-10 Tournament. The win snapped UW's five-game losing streak against Oregon State (11-15, 3-12) which was playing without Jimmie Haywood and Brian Jackson who left the team earlier in the week. Washington scored nine unanswered points to take an early 13-5 lead en route to a 34-22 halftime margin. The Huskies scored their last basket with 4:42 left to play on a jumper by Doug Wrenn who tallied 12 of his 14 points after intermission. UW went ahead 61-51, but did not score for the next 3:10 while the Beavers reeled off seven straight points to trim the margin to 61-58. The Huskies, who had only two previous free throw attempts, converted 7-of-8 free throws inside the final 0:31 to secure the victory. Phillip Ricci led all scorers with 24 points for OSU which also got 19 from Brandon Payton and 13 from J.S. Nash. David Dixon scored 12 points for the Huskies and Erroll Knight added 11.
Roy is Eligible
The University of Washington received notice Jan. 16 that freshman Brandon Roy was immediately eligible to compete in basketball. The 6-foot-5 swingman was declared a full qualifier by the NCAA. Roy officially enrolled at Washington Jan. 16 after auditing classes since the winter quarter began on Jan. 6. Roy suited up Jan. 16 against California, but did not play. He saw his first game action on Jan. 18 against Stanford, entering with 2:28 left in the first half. Roy played five minutes against the Cardinal. On Thursday (Jan. 23) at Oregon, Roy had six rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes. "It's obviously something that we have anticipated for a long time," UW coach Lorenzo Romar remarked. "Brandon is a really good basketball player, but he is also a great human being and the kind of quality person that we want to represent this program. We're just anxious to see him get into shape and contribute to this program." One of the nation's premier prep players last season, Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the high school senior class of 2002. He was rated the No. 2 small forward prospect in the West by Prep West Hoops. Roy is the third product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current Husky basketball roster, joining sophomore guard Will Conroy and freshman center Anthony Washington. Roy averaged 22.3 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior in 2002, including a career-best 38-point performance on Mar. 9 in his final prep outing. His effort helped the Bulldogs claim the state's fourth-place trophy with a 71-70 victory over Snohomish. Roy was a two-time All-Washington state selection in 2001 and 2002 and was named the KingCo Conference Most Valuable Player after both of those seasons. Last spring, Roy applied for the 2003 NBA Draft, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.
A strong case can be made for UW sophomore point guard Will Conroy as the most improved player in the Pac-10. His team-leading 13.5-point scoring average is 11.0 better than last season's 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 has 11 double-figure performances this season and led all Husky scorers in six games. Conroy ranks 12th among Pac-10 scorers (13.5 ppg) and distributed a team-high 71 assists to rank third among Pac-10 playmakers (4.4 apg). He amassed a career-high 32 points at Gonzaga, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime. His game-high total last season was nine points. Conroy has 216 points this season after totaling 72 points during the entire 2001-02 campaign.
Nate the Great
High-flying freshman point guard Nate Robinson has had an immediate impact on the hardwood after an impressive campaign on the gridiron. He had eight points in 23 minutes Jan. 2 against UCLA after competing two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. He grabbed nine rebounds against USC (Jan. 4) and led UW scorers with 11 points at Arizona (Jan. 11). Robinson has seven double-figure outings and topped all UW scorers six times in his 12 games. His collegiate basketball debut was a six-minute stint against Wyoming (Dec. 5) in Seattle and 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). He led all Huskies in the last game with 18 at Oregon (Jan. 23). 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 at cornerback in the final six 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 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.
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.
Sophomore David Hudson has 34 points in 44 minutes this season, coming on 11 treys and one free throw. Hudson leads all Pac-10 marksmen in 3-point accuracy. He is shooting 57.9 percent (11-19) from 3-point range where all but two of his attempts have come. Hudson missed his only two shots from inside the arc. He had back-to-back games with three 3-pointers, against Florida International (Dec. 21) and Houston (Dec. 23).
Washington started four different lineups this season, including the group of Wrenn/Jones/Washington/Conroy/Allen that opened the last four outings. Two Huskies have started every game: Doug Wrenn and Will Conroy.
Last Husky Game
#23 Oregon 91, UW 66 (Jan. 23, 2003; Eugene, Ore.)
James Davis scored 18 points and converted 6-of-7 shots from 3-point range for 23rd-ranked Oregon which hit 14 treys in a 91-66 victory over Washington at McArthur Court. The Ducks (13-4, 3-3) hit the most 3-pointers ever allowed by Washington (7-9, 2-5) en route to the 25-point win that matched Oregon's largest margin of victory in the series. Ian Crosswhite scored nine of his 14 points during a nine-minute stretch early on during which the Ducks took control of the game. Crosswhite had a 3-pointer and three two-point baskets, sparking a 25-6 run that netted Oregon a 30-8 lead with 8:13 left in the first half. The Ducks led 48-25 at halftime and stretched the margin to as many as 39 points, at 84-45 with 9:03 left to play. UW had a 21-7 scoring advantage the rest of the way to close the final gap. Luke Ridnour contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Ducks who also got 17 points from reserve Andre Joseph. A pair of freshmen paced the Huskies as Nate Robinson scored 18 points and Mike Jensen had a career-high 13. Doug Wrenn added 10 points and seven rebounds for UW. Oregon junior Luke Jackson, who had a 17.1-point average entering the game, suffered a deep cut to his right ring finger during a collision with Wrenn late in the first half and was sidelined the rest of the game.
Washington finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4 record. That was the second straight winning non-conference campaign for the Huskies who were 6-3 last season. UW posted a 5-7 non-conference record in 1999-2000 and was 6-6 in 2000-01.
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, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.
2003 Husky Highlights
First-year coach Lorenzo Romar registered his 100th career victory with a 73-68 decison over Stanford on Jan. 18 in Seattle ... Washington stopped a pair of losing streaks against Pac-10 opponents. UW halted a seven-game skid vs. USC with a 76-72 home win on Jan. 4 and stopped a 10-game streak against Stanford with a 73-68 home win on Jan. 18 ... The Huskies forced 29 UCLA turnovers (Jan. 2), the highest figure by an opponent since BYU turned the ball over 30 times on Nov. 26, 1996 ... UW won consecutive 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 had posted back-to-back 20-point wins was Dec. 5 & 8, 1990 ... Washington limited Florida International to only 48 points, the lowest scoring output by an opponent since Dec. 20, 2000 ... The Huskies hit 32 treys in a three-game stretch from Dec. 13-23, marking their highest three-game 3-point output ever. They had consecutive double-digit 3-point performances (10 vs. Florida International on Dec. 21 & 13 vs. Houston on Dec. 23) for the first time in school history. The 13 treys against Houston were one shy of UW's single-game record ... UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament.
The second century of Washington basketball is underway 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 (6) or sophomores (3). 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?
Despite possessing a common name, freshman Anthony Washington is the first player with the surname "Washington" to play basketball for the Huskies.
The Washington State Series
> Washington won nine of the last 12 meetings and owns a 162-90 advantage in the series that began in 1910.
> The cross-state rivals split the season series last year with the home team winning both games. WSU won 81-79 on Jan. 31 in Pullman and Washington claimed an 82-75 victory on Feb. 27 in Seattle.
> The Huskies won the last eight games against WSU in Seattle and have a 94-31 advantage over the Cougars at home. The last WSU win in Seattle was a 67-46 decision on Jan. 29, 1994.
> Fourth-year Washington State coach Paul Graham has a 2-4 record against UW.
> In his first year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against WSU.
The Last Meeting
UW 82, Washington State 75 (Feb. 27, 2002; Seattle)
Senior David Dixon led six double-figure scorers, netting 12 of his 14 points in the second half as Washington led the entire game and held on to claim an 82-75 victory over Washington State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (11-17, 5-13) secured the eighth and final berth to the Pac-10 Tournament. The Cougars (5-12, 1-17) finished with only one conference win, an 81-79 home decision over UW on Jan. 31. Washington led by as many as 17 points at 28-11 with 9:59 left in the first half. Senior Grant Leep sparked the surge in his final home game by hitting his first four 3-point shots, including a pair of treys in the opening 44 seconds. Leep scored all 12 of his points in the first eight minutes. The Cougars closed the gap with 11 unanswered points and trailed 43-37 at halftime. WSU trimmed the margin to 78-75 on two Jerry McNair free throws with 12 seconds remaining, but UW's C.J. Massingale and Curtis Allen each dropped in a pair of free throws to seal the win. Erroll Knight scored 13 points for the Huskies who also got 12 from Massingale and Doug Wrenn and 11 from Allen. Marcus Moore led WSU with 26 points, McNair tallied 23 and J Locklier had 18. Washington offset a 42-27 rebounding deficit by outshooting the Cougars 50 percent (25-50) to 41 percent (25-61) from the field.
Last Season's First Meeting
Washington State 81, UW 79 (Jan. 31, 2002; Pullman, Wash.)
Marcus Moore scored 18 of his 28 points inside the final 10 minutes, helping Washington State snap a 12-game losing streak with an 81-79 win over Washington at Friel Court. Moore tallied nine of the final 11 points for the Cougars (5-14, 1-10) who won their first Pac-10 game. The Huskies (8-13, 2-9) lost despite the career-high 34 points of Doug Wrenn who scored 22 in the second half, including 11 straight UW points during one five-minute stretch. The Huskies scored 11 unanswered points to take a nine-point lead before WSU closed within 38-37 at halftime. Curtis Allen had 18 points and gave UW its final lead at 76-74 on a 3-pointer with 2:31 left to play. Moore answered with a layup and Mike Bush gave WSU the lead for good on a dunk with 1:40 remaining. Washington had a chance to send the game into overtime when Will Conroy was fouled while attempting a 3-pointer with 0:01 left. He made the first, but missed the second and third free throws. Jerry McNair scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half for the Cougars. David Dixon tied his own UW single-game record with seven blocked shots.
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