Dec. 1, 2002
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 --
UW at #20 Gonzaga / 7:00 p.m. PST
The Kennel (4,000); Spokane, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Seattle
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 --
UW vs. Wyoming / 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Seattle
The Washington Huskies (0-2) conclude their two-game road trip Monday, Dec. 2 against 20th-ranked Gonzaga (2-2). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at The Kennel on the Bulldogs' Spokane campus. Gonzaga won the last four meetings with UW, including a 67-47 victory last year in Seattle. Both teams are seeking to end two-game losing streaks, the Huskies having lost 56-53 at home against Montana State (Nov. 24) and 82-61 at UNLV on Saturday (Nov. 30). Gonzaga lost its last two games at the Maui Invitational, falling 76-75 to Indiana and 80-72 to Kentucky. The Huskies are in the midst of a difficult stretch during which they play four games in eight days, three of them away from home. Washington returns home to play Wyoming on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. before hitting the road again, Dec. 7 at Santa Clara.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Network. 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. He will be joined on home broadcasts by color commentator Jason Hamilton, a UW point guard from 1994-96. 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 Game play-by-play and statistics can be followed live in a text format via the internet at: www.gohuskies.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?
Freshman point guard Nate Robinson suited up Nov. 24 for the season opener against Montana State, one day after grabbing a critical interception for the Husky football team which upset No. 3 Washington State 29-26 in Pullman. Robinson was a prep All-American in both football and basketball. He participated in basketball practices on Nov. 26-29, but did not accompany the team on the current road trip. Robinson is expected to suit up for the next home game, Thursday (Dec. 5) against Wyoming.
o Doug Wrenn leads the Huskies with 10 assists, five in each of the first two games.
o Washington lost its opening two games for the first time since Bob Bender's inaugural squad started the 1993-94 season with an 0-5 mark.
o UW has not beaten Gonzaga in Spokane since 1944, losing in its last three visits.
o The Huskies have been outscored 47-17 at the free throw line this season.
o UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Gonzaga Series
> Washington owns a 28-10 lead in the all-time series despite losing the last four meetings with Gonzaga.
> The Huskies have an 11-6 record against the Zags in Spokane.
> Gonzaga won the last four encounters, defeating UW 67-47 last season in Seattle, 86-74 on Dec. 2, 2000 at the Kennel, 76-66 on Dec. 13, 1999 at Seattle's KeyArena and 82-71 on Dec. 8, 1998 at the Spokane Arena.
> The last UW win in the series was an 88-82 decision on Dec. 30, 1987 in Seattle.
> The Huskies lost in their last three visits to Spokane. Their last win over GU in Spokane was a 78-47 triumph on Dec. 30, 1944.
> Prior to the current four-game losing streak against Gonzaga, the Huskies had won 12 of the 13 previous meetings in the series.
> Fourth-year Gonzaga coach Mark Few won his only three meetings against Washington as a head coach.
> In his first year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has a 3-3 record against Gonzaga with all six meetings coming between 1997-99 when he was the head coach at Pepperdine.
The Last Meeting
Gonzaga 67, UW 47 (Dec. 11, 2001; Seattle)
Cory Violette scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading 25th-ranked Gonzaga to its fourth consecutive victory over Washington with a 67-47 decision before a sellout crowd of 10,000 at Bank of America Arena. Anthony Reason added 10 rebounds for Gonzaga (8-2) which outrebounded the Huskies (6-3) by a 50-35 margin. Zach Gourde sparked a 12-4 Bulldog run over the final 7:13 of the first half by scoring six of his 13 points. The surge extended a 23-22 GU margin to 35-26 by halftime. The Huskies trimmed the margin to 47-39 on a layin by Josh Barnard with 9:40 remaining, but Gonzaga responded with six straight points, including a 3-pointer by Blake Stepp who finished with 15 points. Washington was limited to 28 percent shooting (18-64) from the field and did not have a double-figure scorer. UW entered the game shooting 46 percent from 3-point range, but missed 12 straight during one stretch and went 6-of-25 on treys. Doug Wrenn and Grant Leep paced the Huskies with nine points apiece. Senior Dan Dickau, a UW transfer, was held 10 below his average with eight points for Gonzaga.
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.
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 two-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).
Last Husky Game
UNLV 82, UW 61 (Nov. 30, 2002; Las Vegas)
Dalron Johnson amassed 20 points and 11 rebounds, leading UNLV to an 82-61 win over Washington at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Rebels (3-0) avenged a 77-64 loss to the Huskies (0-2) last year in Seattle. UNLV outscored UW 25-11 at the free throw line, including a 16-3 first-half margin. The Rebels opened an early 22-11 lead, but were then held without a field goal for nearly seven minutes. UW trimmed the deficit to four points during that span, but UNLV hit 10 of 14 free throws to maintain the lead that was 39-31 at halftime. The lead grew to as many as 23 points in the second half, fueled by Marcus Banks who tallied 12 of his 14 points after halftime. Will Conroy led the Huskies with a career-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor. Doug Wrenn added 13 points and five assists for UW. UNLV posted a 42-30 rebounding advantage.
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 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 Wyoming Series
> Washington owns an 8-3 lead in the all-time series that began in 1948.
> The Huskies have a 4-2 record against the Cowboys in Seattle.
> Washington currently has a three-game winning streak in the series, including an 85-74 victory over Wyoming in the last meeting on Dec. 29, 1978 in Portland, Ore.
> The last Cowboy win in the series was a 74-61 decision on Dec. 13, 1963 in Seattle.
> Fifth-year Wyoming coach Steve McClain has never coached against Washington.
> The last time the Huskies played Wyoming, current head coach Lorenzo Romar was a junior point guard. He scored had 11 points and four steals against the Cowboys in an 85-74 win on Dec. 29, 1978.
> In his first year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against Wyoming.
The Last Meeting
UW 85, Wyoming 74 (Dec. 29, 1978; Portland, Ore.)
Five Huskies scored in double digits as Washington defeated Wyoming 85-74 at Portland Memorial Stadium in the Far West Classic. The Huskies went on a 16-4 run midway through the first half, capturing a 35-22 that they would never relinquish. Current UW head basketball coach Lorenzo Romar led the run, scoring all eight of his first half points during that span. Romar finished the game with 11 points as well as four steals in just 19 minutes of play. Andra Griffin paced the Washington offense with 18 points, including 8-of-10 accuracy from the free throw line. The Huskies converted 31-of-39 free throw attempts while the Cowboys got to the line 28 times, making 18. UW doubled Wyoming in steals, 16-8. The Cowboys called a timeout with 3:34 to play after trimming the Huskies' advantage to 73-63. On the next play, Stan Walker took a pass from Steve Matzen and laid it up to stop the Cowboy surge. Wyoming had to foul the rest of the way and Washington made 10 of its final 11 free throws to seal the win.
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.