Feb. 9, 2004
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12 --
Washington vs. Oregon; 7:30 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Northwest Television
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (AM 850) in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 --
Washington vs. Oregon State; 2:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (10-9, 5-6) begin a three-game homestand this week, entertaining their Northwest rivals from the state of Oregon. Sixth-place UW hosts third-place Oregon (11-6, 6-4) on Thursday, Feb. 12. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. Despite losing last season in Seattle the Ducks won four of their last five meetings with UW, including an 84-74 victory Jan. 15 in Eugene. On Saturday, Feb. 15, Oregon State (8-12, 2-8) invades Bank of America Arena for a 2 p.m. clash. The Beaver won seven of their last nine meetings with Washington, including victories in their last four visits to Seattle. The last time the Huskies won a home game against OSU was on Jan. 14, 1999. The three-game homestand starts a season-ending stretch during which Washington plays five of its final seven conference games in Seattle.
Thursday's UW game against Oregon will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Northwest at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Jim Watson calls the action with color commentary from Donald Watts, a four-year letterman guard for UW from 1996-99.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Thursday's game against Oregon will be broadcast on KHHO (AM 850) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 17th season. He is joined on home broadcasts by color commentator Jason Hamilton, a UW point guard from 1994-96. 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 Game play-by-play and stats can be followed live via the internet at: www.gohuskies.com
It's been a season of streaks for Washington: 3 wins ... 3 losses ... 2 wins ... 5 losses ... 5 wins ... 1 loss. The Huskies lost their opening five Pac-10 games before embarking on their first five-game winning streak since the 1999 season. Included in that stretch were three straight road victories that matched UW's longest such streak ever since Pac-10 play began in 1979. The 1998 UW team was the last to string three Pac-10 road wins together.
The pivotal point in Washington's season came Jan. 17 in Corvallis, Ore. The Huskies were 0-5 in Pac-10 play and trailed Oregon State 70-54 with six minutes remaining. They rallied with Nate Robinson hitting a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and won 103-99 in overtime. That ignited a string of five consecutive victories that ended Feb. 7 at UCLA. The five-game winning streak was the longest for the Huskies since 1999.
Party Like it's 1999
Turn the clock back five years to 1999. That's the last time Washington had a winning season and participated in the NCAA Tournament. That's also the last time UW performed some feats they have accomplished this season. UW has a winning record (10-9) at the latest point in the season since the 1999 squad had a 12-7 record after 19 games. The Huskies registered their first five-game winning streak since 1999, including a Jan. 29 upset of No. 9 Arizona. The last time UW had beaten a top-10 ranked foe was on Feb. 4, 1999 with a 90-84 win over No. 10 Arizona. The Huskies beat Arizona State (Jan. 31) to complete their first weekly series sweep against a pair of Pac-10 travel partners since 1999 when they also defeated both Arizona and Arizona State in Seattle.
The Huskies, who played seven of 11 Pac-10 games on the road, finish with five of seven conference games at home ... Brandon Roy tallied 30 points at UCLA (Feb. 7) and Nate Robinson had 31 vs. Arizona (Jan. 29), marking the first season two Huskies had 30-point games in six years. In 1998, Todd MacCulloch and Deon Luton were the last 30-point duo ... UW has five wins in Pac-10 play. Its next victory will produce the school's highest conference win total since 1999 (10-8) ... The Huskies reached the 90-point plateau seven times this season, topping the total of five 90-point outings from the previous four years (2000-03) combined ... Washington overcame halftime deficits to win in two of its last six games. UW trailed 45-40 against Arizona and 40-34 at Oregon State before winning both games. Those were the only two times in a UW game this season that the team that trailed at halftime won. The team that leads at halftime has a 17-2 record in Husky games ... Sophomore forward Mike Jensen hit 13 of 24 treys this year and shot 50% on career 3-pointers (23-46) ... Seven different players have led UW in scoring this year and seven different Huskies topped the team in rebounds ... UW players have six double-figure rebound games after registering only three in 2003.
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 173-99 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Ducks won four of the last five meetings.
> Oregon won this season's first meeting, an 84-74 decision on Jan. 15 in Eugene.
> The Huskies have a 102-33 series lead against Oregon over games played in Seattle, including victories in the Ducks' last two visits to Bank of America Arena.
> The Northwest rivals split the season series last year, each defending its own homecourt. Oregon won the first meeting 91-66 in Eugene and the Huskies were 78-66 victors in Seattle during the final 2003 matchup.
> Seventh-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 7-7 coaching record against UW.
> Second-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-2 record against Oregon.
The Last Meeting
Oregon 84, UW 74 (Jan. 15, 2004/Eugene, Ore.)
James Davis scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half when Oregon built a lead it would never relinquish during an 84-74 win over Washington at McArthur Court. Washington (5-8, 0-5) dropped to 0-5 in Pac-10 play for the first time since the 1994 season. The Ducks (7-4, 2-2) hit five consecutive 3-pointers midway through the opening period, including four from Davis, to build a 45-38 halftime advantage. The Huskies drew within 52-51 on a layup by Nate Robinson with 12:26 left to play. Oregon responded with a 23-7 run, fueled by Luke Jackson's 13 points. Jackson tallied 16 of his game-high 24 points after halftime. The Oregon lead grew to as many 17 points before UW scored eight straight points to narrow the final margin. Brandon Roy scored 18 points to lead the Huskies while Robinson added 16, Will Conroy 15 and Bobby Jones 11. The Ducks shot 52 percent from the field (26-50) and 45 percent from 3-point range (9-20). Oregon outrebounded UW 33-23. The Huskies had 13 offensive rebounds and just 10 on the defensive end. The Ducks attempted 13 more free throws and outscored UW by nine points from the line.
Last Season in Seattle
UW 78, Oregon 66 (Feb. 22, 2003; Seattle)
Curtis Allen came off the bench to score 17 points, including five that capped a decisive nine-point run in Washington's 78-66 win over Oregon at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (9-15, 4-11) outscored Oregon 40-14 in the paint to help snap a five-game losing streak. Washington tallied 14 unanswered points three minutes into the game to take an 18-6 lead. The Ducks (18-7, 8-6) chipped away at the lead, drawing within 36-31 at halftime. Oregon scored the first six second-half points to go ahead 37-36. The lead changed hands five times until Brandon Roy ignited a 9-0 run with a put-back dunk with 5:43 left to play. Allen capped the surge with a fastbreak layin and 3-pointer that give UW control of the game with a 64-54 advantage at 3:11. Roy finished with career highs in points (13), rebounds (7) and assists (3). Will Conroy was one of five Husky double-figure scorers with 15 points while Nate Robinson had 14 and Doug Wrenn 10. Luke Ridnour paced Oregon with 20 points and six assists, but he also had eight turnovers and had his Pac-10 record streak of consecutive free throws halted at 62. James Davis scored 15 points for the Ducks who also got 14 from Ian Crosswhite. The Huskies shot 50 percent (30-60) from the field while limiting Oregon to a season-low 33 percent (21-63).
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has a 7-0 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 3-9 when being outshot. The Huskies are shooting over 10 percent better from the field in their 10 victories (51% - 40%) and nearly eight percent better from 3-point range (40% - 32%).
Thirteen is not an unlucky number for the Huskies who have registered four of this season's 10 victories by exactly 13 points. Washington upset No. 9 Arizona (Jan. 29) by a 96-83 tally and registered a 75-62 win at Washington State (Jan. 24), a 104-91 win over Eastern Washington (Nov. 29) and a 91-78 victory over UC Riverside (Nov. 24).
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 broadcast is Monday, Feb. 16.
Washington is averaging 81.8 points per game, the highest scoring output since the 1972 Huskies finished with a school record 84.8-point average. UW ranks second among Pac-10 teams in scoring and last week was listed 14th among NCAA Division I teams at 81.5 points per game. The Huskies have reached the 100-point plateau twice for the first time since the 1980-81 season. The 103-99 overtime decision at Oregon State (Jan. 17) matched the highest total ever for UW in an enemy arena. 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. The Huskies reached the 90-point plateau seven times this season, a figure they reached only once last year. That is the most 90-point plus performances for a Washington team since the 1975-76 squad had seven. The last Husky team to register more than seven 90-point outings was the 1972 squad that had 12.
Washington has started four different lineups. The most recent unit opened the last five games, featuring four sophomores (Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy) and one junior (Will Conroy). 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 19 games.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson raised his game to a higher level during Pac-10 play. He won the Feb. 2 Pac-10 Player of the Week award after leading UW to a home sweep of the Arizona schools. Robinson poured in a career-high 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added five rebounds and five steals during UW's 96-83 upset of ninth-ranked Arizona (Jan. 29). The 5-9 guard leads UW with a 15.7-point scoring average in conference games, an increase of 8.3 points from his average of 7.4 points against non-conference competition. Robinson tallied double-figure points in eight of 11 Pac-10 games after posting only two double-digit efforts in eight non-conference outings. Robinson tallied 23 of his 25 points after halftime at Oregon State (Jan. 17), including a 3-pointer inside the final second that forced overtime in UW's 103-99 win. He ranks fourth among Pac-10 players in steals (33), fifth in free throw percentage (84.7%) and 20th in scoring (12.2).
Sophomore Nate Robinson and his 40-inch vertical leap will concentrate on basketball this season after having a huge impact last year on both the hardwood and the gridiron. In 2003, Robinson garnered Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors in basketball 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, 2002 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 of 2002 and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. He entered UW on a football scholarship, but switched to basketball prior to this season. 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.
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 750 of UW's 1,554 points in the 19 regular-season games, an average of 39.5 points per game. They have accounted for 48 percent of the Huskies' total offensive output. Roy (13.7) and Conroy (13.0) 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.
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 113-114 all-time record in eight seasons with a 20-26 mark at Washington.
Sophomore Bobby Jones ranks second on the Huskies' in rebounds with 5.0 per game, a figure that ranks 19th among Pac-10 players. He ranks 10th among conference competitors with a team-leading field goal accuracy of 53.2 percent. Jones ranks second among UW players with 26 steals. He tallied 10 or more points in 12 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 nearly doubled that total to 10.6 points per game this year.
Quicksilver guard Curtis Allen is the lone senior on the Washington roster. He ranks second among all-time Huskies with 145 career 3-pointers. The record is 212 treys by Deon Luton (1997-2000). Allen hit six treys at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He has amassed 928 points during his career and needs 72 more to become the 28th player in UW history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Allen's current career free throw mark of 86.3 percent (195-226) 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 in points (13.7) and rebounds (5.6), figures that rank No. 12 and No. 15 among Pac-10 players. Roy amassed a career-high 30 points in 29 minutes at UCLA (Feb. 7), eclipsing his previous high of 22 points registered against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). 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 all Husky scorers with 13.0 points per game, a figure that ranks 16th among Pac-10 players. He is averaging 15.4 points in conference games. Conroy is UW's top playmaker. He distributed 87 assists, an average of 4.6 per game that ranks seventh among Pac-10 players. Conroy's assist/turnover ratio of 1.64 is the ninth best among Pac-10 players.
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).
The University of Washington is serving as host to first- and second-round action of the 2004 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Games will be played, Thursday, March 18 and Saturday, March 20 at KeyArena in Seattle. The NCAA announced Feb. 6 that the two rounds at the Seattle site were sold out.
Last UW Game
UCLA 80, UW 75 (Feb. 7, 2004/Los Angeles)
T.J. Cummings scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half as UCLA took control early and held off a late Washington rally en route to an 80-75 victory. The Bruins (10-9, 6-5) snapped a six-game losing streak while stopping UW's five-game winning streak. Cummings hit all seven of his shots before halftime, lifting the Bruins to a 35-23 advantage. The lead stretched to 73-62 on a free throw by Ryan Hollins with 2:52 left to play. The Huskies (10-9, 5-6) staged an 11-1 run, drawing within 76-75 on two Brandon Roy free throws with 38 seconds remaining. Dijon Thompson and Cedric Bozeman each converted two free throws inside the final 30 seconds to secure the lead while UW missed two 3-point attempts. Roy was the only Husky in double figures with a career-high 30 points. Cummings finished 9-for-12 from the field and had 11 boards to lead a 40-30 UCLA rebounding margin. Trevor Ariza scored 12 points for the Bruins while Thompson had 11 and Michael Fey 10. UCLA shot 63 percent (15-24) in the second half and 53 percent (31-59) for the game.
2004 Season Highlights
UW matched its longest Pac-10 road winning streak with wins at Oregon State, Washington State and USC. There have been five previous three-game road winning streaks for the Huskies since Pac-10 play began in 1979 ... The Huskies beat USC 93-82 on Feb. 5 to win back-to-back games at the Sports Arena for the first time since 1986 & 1987 ... UW swept the Arizona schools in Seattle for the first time since 1999 ... The Huskies upset ninth-ranked Arizona 96-83 (Jan. 29), their first win over a top-10 foe since 1999 ... The win snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Wildcats that was the longest current streak against UW. The Huskies longest current series losing streak is now a six-game skein against Gonzaga ... UW won back-to-back Pac-10 road games for the first time since the 2000 season with wins at Oregon State (Jan. 17) and Washington State (Jan. 24) ... UW has multiple Pac-10 road wins for the first time since 2000 after posting only one conference away victory during each of the last three seasons ... 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 (Nov. 21), UC Riverside (Nov. 24) and Eastern Washington (Nov. 29) before losing 86-62 to 17th-ranked Gonzaga (Dec. 3) ... Washington lost road games at Wyoming (Dec. 6) and 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 with a five-game losing streak ... That streak was followed by a five-game winning streak that began when the Huskies rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to post a 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State (Jan. 17) ... UW completed back-to-back Pac-10 road wins for the first time in four years with a 75-62 win at Washington State (Jan. 24), its first win in Pullman since 2000 ... Nate Robinson amassed 31 points to lead UW to a 96-83 home triumph over No. 9 Arizona and snap an eight-game losing streak against the Wildcats ... Tre Simmons scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half of the Huskies' 90-81 win over Arizona State (Jan. 31) ... Five players scored in double figures as UW won 93-82 at USC (Feb. 5) ... The five-game winning streak was halted at UCLA as UW lost 80-75 despite the career-high 30 points from Brandon Roy.
The Oregon State Series
> Washington has a 140-134 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.
> The Beavers won seven of the last nine meetings and swept the season series last year, winning 82-62 in Corvallis and 80-72 in Seattle.
> Washington owns a 93-40 advantage in the series during games played in Seattle.
> Oregon State was victorious in its last four visits to Seattle, last losing in 1999.
> The Huskies won this season's first meeting, rallying from a 16-point deficit over the final six minutes to win 103-99 in overtime.
> Second-year Oregon State coach Jay John has a 2-1 record against Washington.
> Second-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-2 record against Oregon State.
The Last Meeting
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).
Last Season in Seattle
Oregon State 80, UW 72 (Feb. 20, 2003; Seattle)
Chris Stephens scored all five of his points on free throws inside the final two minutes of the first half, sparking a surge that gave Oregon State the lead for good en route to an 80-72 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Beavers (12-10, 5-8) capped a sweep of the season series with their fourth straight win against UW in Seattle. The Huskies (8-15, 3-11) scored the game's opening seven points and led 33-27 before OSU closed the half with a 10-2 run. Stephens started the run with two free throws 1:53 before halftime and added three more with 1.2 seconds remaining when he was fouled by Nate Robinson on a 3-point try. The Beavers led 37-35 at halftime despite turning the ball over 11 times. OSU netted the first four second-half points and the margin eventually grew to as many as 12 points, helped by Lamar Hurd who tallied all 10 of his points after intermission. J.S. Nash led five OSU double-figure scorers with 15 points while Brian Jackson had 13. David Lucas scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half. Philip Ricci had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Beavers who outrebounded UW 38-24. Will Conroy paced Washington with 15 points and Doug Wrenn added 10. Robinson finished with 15 points and five assists for the Huskies who were outscored 24-10 at the free throw line. The Beavers shot 55 percent from the field (27-49) while limiting UW to 42-percent accuracy (28-66).
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 771 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They have a 6-3 home record this season.
The Dec. 3 game against Gonzaga marked the fifth sellout since Bank of America Arena re-opened for the 2000-01 season after renovations. Three of the sellouts came during second-year Coach Lorenzo Romar's tenure. On Feb. 6, 2003 a record crowd of 10,028 attended UW's 88-85 overtime loss to Arizona.
Washington completed its 15-game 2002-03 home schedule averaging 6,799 spectators per game. That was the largest attendance figure at the Huskies' on-campus arena since the 1984-85 season drew an average of 6,979. UW averaged 7,851 fans during the 2000 season while playing at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during the Edmundson Pavilion renovation. The Huskies averaged 7,840 fans last year during nine home conference contests, an increase of 1,231 from the 2001-02 season's Pac-10 average of 6,609. UW is averaging 7,156 spectators this season in nine home games to date, including an average of 7,746 in three Pac-10 home games.
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.
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.
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 (Husky Basketball Tickets)