Nov. 12, 2002
SEATTLE - Sophomore Will Conroy scored 15 points and sank three free throws inside the final 27 seconds Tuesday to secure Washington's 68-60 victory over NCAA Division II competitor Central Washington in a men's basketball exhibition at Bank of America Arena.
The game marked the Washington coaching debut of Lorenzo Romar, a two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80. He was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach after serving three-year stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02).
Conroy tallied 10 points in the first half as the Huskies built a 39-22 halftime advantage. The margin might have been wider, but UW was held scoreless over the final 4:30 after freshman Bobby Jones converted two free throws.
Central claimed its last lead of the game four minutes into the contest when Scotty Freymond hit one of two free throws to put his team ahead 11-9. The Huskies scored the next 20 points, surging out to a 29-11 lead with 8:57 left until intermission. Reserve guard Curtis Allen sparked the UW run, scoring seven of his nine points during that span.
The Wildcats steadily chipped away at the deficit in the second half, starting with a 14-2 run that trimmed the margin to 46-38 with 13:57 left in the game.
A run of five unanswered points, capped by two Freymond free throws, drew CWU within 60-58 with 4:11 remaining. Washington outscored the Wildcats 8-2 the rest of the way, tallying all of its points from the free throw line. UW hit 10-of-14 free throws inside the final 2:31 to seal the victory.
Terry Thompson led all scorers with 21 points for the Wildcats who also got nine from Freymond. Thompson made four steals as Central forced 27 Husky turnovers.
Sophomore Jeffrey Day contributed 11 points and seven rebounds for Washington. The Huskies' lone senior, center Marlon Shelton, grabbed 10 rebounds to lead a 51-39 rebound advantage for UW. Shelton was returning from a knee injury that sidelined him the entire 2001-02 season.
Washington has one final exhibition tune-up before beginning the regular season at home on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. against Montana State. The Huskies entertain Athletes in Action on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.