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Dec. 22, 2002

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 23 --
UW vs. Houston / 7:30 p.m. PST

Fox Sports Northwest TV
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network
KLFE (AM 1590) in Seattle-KHHO (AM 850) in Tacoma

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28 --
UW vs. Cal State Northridge / 2:00 p.m. PST

No Local TV
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area

The Washington Huskies (3-4) seek to even their record as they play their final pre-Christmas contest, Monday, Dec. 23 against Houston (2-5). Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. The Huskies and Houston have not met in basketball since 1967 when Guy Lewis was coaching a Final Four bound Cougar team led by All-American Elvin Hayes. Washington dealt then No. 3-ranked Houston one of only four losses that season, an 81-78 decision on Jan. 28, 1967 in Seattle. Mac Duckworth coached that 1967 UW team that featured Gordy Harris and Dave Carr. Both Washington and Houston are playing their second game in three days. The Huskies routed Florida International 83-48 in Seattle on Saturday. That was the third victory for first-year UW head coach Lorenzo Romar. He has a long way to go before matching the 29 wins Washington posted during his two seasons as a player. Romar was a two-year starting point guard for the Huskies from 1978-79 (11-16) to 1979-80 (18-10). Houston lost Saturday at home to San Diego State by a 71-61 count. Washington entertains Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. in its final non-conference game before Pac-10 play begins at home on Jan. 2 against UCLA at 7 p.m.

TV Tidbits
Monday's Husky game against Houston airs live at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net Northwest. David Locke and Bill Krueger call the action. At least 12 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on Fox Sports Net.

Radio Coverage
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Monday's game against Houston 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. 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

Second Century
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?
Despite possessing a common name, freshman Anthony Washington is the first player with the surname "Washington" to play basketball for the Huskies.

Will Power
Sophomore point guard Will Conroy has emerged as a scoring threat for Washington after averaging just 2.5 points per game last season. He currently leads the team, averaging 13.6 points on 51 percent shooting, and has distributed a team-high 23 assists. Conroy tallied a career-high 19 points at UNLV (Nov. 30) and improved that figure with a 32-point effort at Gonzaga (Dec. 2) while shooting 13-of-17 from the field. Conroy's previous game-high total was nine points. He already has 95 points this season after totaling 72 points during the entire 2001-02 season. Conroy led all UW scorers in two games this season, a feat he did not accomplish at all last year.

The Houston Series
> The Huskies have a 3-1 all-time record against Houston, including an 81-78 victory over the then third-ranked Cougars on Jan. 28, 1967 in Seattle. Washington won all three games in Seattle and the Cougars won the only meeting in Houston.

> Washington has a 14-17 all-time record against current members of Conference USA, including Cincinnati (1-3), DePaul (2-2), Houston (3-1), Louisville (1-1), Marquette (0-2), Memphis (1-1) and Saint Louis (6-7).

> In his third year at Houston, Ray McCallum has never coached against Washington.

> First-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 2-1 record against Houston, all thee games coming while he was at Saint Louis. He won his last two games against UH.

Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. From March of 1999 to November of 2000, the Pavilion's 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 has a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 759 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.

Last Husky Game
UW 83, Florida International 48 (Dec. 21, 2002; Seattle)

Nate Robinson led Washington in scoring for the third straight game, tallying 14 points in an 83-48 victory over Florida International at Bank of America Arena. It was UW's largest margin of victory in 182 games, dating to a 95-44 win over BYU on Nov. 26, 1996. Robinson shot 6-of-10 from the field and hit 2-of-4 treys. The Huskies (3-4) made 10-of-19 shots from 3-point range, including three straight by reserve guard David Hudson on their final three possessions. Curtis Allen tallied 10 of his 13 points in the first half, helping UW take a 35-21 halftime lead. The Golden Panthers (4-6) scored the first two baskets of the second half, but the Huskies responded with a 13-2 run to take a 48-27 lead. FIU answered with an 8-0 run, but Robinson hit a 3-pointer and then a fast break layup that pushed the Huskies' lead to 53-35. They stretched the margin later with a run of 12 unanswered points. UW's Jeffrey Day scored 10 points. Al Harris had 14 points and nine rebounds for FIU which also got 10 points from Rodrigo Viegas.

Notable
Freshman Nate Robinson led all UW scorers in each of the last three games, averaging 17.3 points during that span ... The 35-point win Saturday over Florida International (83-48) was UW's largest margin of victory in 182 games, dating to a 95-44 win over BYU on Nov. 26, 1996 ... Doug Wrenn has blocked 12 shots, two more then the rest of his teammates combined. Wrenn also leads the Huskies in rebounds (43) and assists (23) ... The Huskies have been outscored 153-83 at the free throw line and have tried 101 fewer free throws (228-127) ... Washington limited Florida International to only 48 points Saturday (Dec. 21), the lowest scoring output by an opponent since Dec. 20, 2000 when UW defeated American-Puerto Rico 67-47 ... The Huskies held three of their seven opponents under the 60-point plateau, a feat they accomplished only once all last season ...UW has an 0-3 record in games it trailed at halftime ... Will Conroy recorded double figure points in five games, including 32 at Gonzaga. He did not have a double-figure scoring effort last season ... Conroy has 95 points this season, 23 over his entire 2001-02 season output of 72 ... Ten of the 13 players on the UW roster hail from the state of Washington.

Nate the Great
Freshman point guard Nate Robinson has had an immediate impact on the hardwood after an impressive campaign on the gridiron. He will play against Houston (Dec. 23) before concentrating full time on football in preparation for the Huskies' Dec. 31 Sun Bowl appearance against Purdue. He won't play Dec. 28 against Cal State Northridge. Robinson led all UW scorers in the last three games, averaging 17.3 points during that span. His collegiate basketball debut was a six-minute stint against Wyoming on Dec. 5 in Seattle during which he had one rebound and one assist. The 5-9 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) and had a team-high 14 against Florida International (Dec. 21). 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 last five 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 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.

Dynamic Doug
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.

Scoring Streak
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.

Amazing Allen
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 three-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 win over UNLV (Nov. 28). At San Diego (Dec. 1), Allen increased his single-game 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 ranked second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg) and was No. 2 among Pac-10 free throw shooters at 88.6 percent (101-114).

Tacoma Twosome
The Husky roster features two players from Tacoma, Washington; junior guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having a pair of players from Tacoma is remarkable considering Washington went 21 years without a Tacoma native on the men's basketball roster. The last Tacoma native to play at UW was Steve Matzen (Lincoln HS) who lettered from 1977-80.

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, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.

Shuffling Starters
Washington started three different lineups this season, including the group of Wrenn/Jensen/Washington/Conroy/Allen that opened the last outing. Three Huskies have started every game: Doug Wrenn, Mike Jensen and Will Conroy.

2002 Recap
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.

Departures
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.

Returning Talent
Though short on experience, the returning players are long on talent. Among players that saw action last year, only junior guards Curtis Allen and C.J. Massingale have played more than one season at Washington. Two primary starters and five total lettermen return from last year's team, including all-conference and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year Doug Wrenn. The junior forward led the team with 19.5 points per game, the second-highest figure among returning Pac-10 players. Allen distributed 126 assists in 2002, the seventh-highest single-season figure in school history. Along with Wrenn and Allen, three other lettermen each started at least two games. Massingale started 11 games and poured in 25 points against California. A trio of sophomores return in Will Conroy, Jeffrey Day and David Hudson. Conroy is a tenacious defender who started the final seven games last year at point guard. Day's 30 blocked shots were the second-highest total ever for a UW freshman. Hudson possesses tremendous range as his trio of 3-point baskets against USC can attest. Two other players return after being sidelined last season with injuries. Fifth-year senior center Marlon Shelton returns after a pair of knee surgeries. Red-shirt freshman forward Mike Jensen, one of the nation's most sought after recruits in 2001, played five games last season before undergoing surgery on his left shoulder that was dislocated during a December practice.

Newcomers
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 full-time 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 Cal State Northridge Series
> The Huskies won their only previous meeting with Cal State Northridge, a 61-57 decision in 1992 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

> Washington has 130-57 record against current members of the Big West Conference, including Cal State Fullerton (0-1), Cal State Northridge (1-0), Idaho (121-49), Pacific (4-1), UC Irvine (0-1), UC Santa Barbara (2-0) and Utah State (2-5).

> In his seventh year at Cal State Northridge, Bobby Braswell has never coached against Washington.

> First-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar is winless in two meetings against Cal State Northridge, both games coming while he was at Pepperdine.

The Last Meeting
UW 61, Cal State Northridge 57 (Feb. 10, 1992; Seattle)

Brett Pagett hit a 21-foot 3-point bomb with 47 seconds remaining in the game to turn back a Cal State Northridge upset bid and secure Washington's 61-57 victory at Edmundson Pavilion. The Matadors, in their second year as an NCAA Division I member, led by as many as 10 points before being outscored 20-5 over the final nine minutes. The run was capped by Pagett's trey that he followed up with a free throw at 0:30. Rich Manning led all scorers with 21 points for the Huskies who also got 12 from Mark Pope who pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds. Washington completed the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 7-4 record.

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