Jan. 3, 2003
SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 --
UW vs. USC / 6:00 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
THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 --
UW at Arizona State / 5:30 p.m. PST (6:30 MST)
Fox Sports Northwest TV
Wells Fargo Arena (14,088); Tempe, Ariz.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
The Washington Huskies (5-5, 0-1) conclude a six-game homestand Saturday, Jan. 4 against USC (5-3, 1-0). Tip-off is 6 p.m. at Bank of America Arena for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Northwest. The Huskies seek to even their conference record after opening the Pac-10 campaign Thursday with a 77-67 loss to UCLA. That loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Washington which finished with a 5-4 non-conference record. The Trojans won their Pac-10 opener at Washington State by a 97-90 count. USC won the last seven meetings with the Huskies, its longest winning streak in the 78-year history of the series. Lorenzo Romar has five wins as Washington's coach. 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 from 1978-79 (11-16) to 1979-80 (18-10).
For the second straight season, the top eight teams in the final conference regular season standings will compete in the Pac-10 Tournament, March 13-15 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Tournament champion earns the Pac-10's automatic NCAA Tournament berth. Last year UW finished eighth in the regular-season standings and sustained an 86-64 loss to Oregon in the first round of the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament.
Saturday's Husky game against USC airs live at 6 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.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game against USC will be broadcast on KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season. He is 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
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?
The Huskies are shooting 48 percent (39-84) from 3-point range in their five wins, compared to 27 percent (17-63) in their five defeats.
Curtis Allen had five steals vs. UCLA, the most by a Husky since Chris Walcott had five against Oregon on Jan. 16, 1999 ... UW forced 29 UCLA turnovers Thursday, the most by an opponent since BYU's 30 miscues on Nov. 26, 1996 ... Will Conroy has 142 points, nearly doubling his entire 2001-02 output of 72 ... Washington's assist-turnover ratio in its five victories is 92-85 while the corresponding mark in five losses is 47-86 ... The visiting team won all four Pac-10 Conference contests Thursday ... Four Huskies are shooting 40 percent or better from 3-point range led by the 60-percent accuracy of sophomore reserve guard David Hudson (9-15) ... Sophomore Will Conroy recorded double figure points in seven games after not posting a double-figure scoring effort all last season ... UW has been outscored 197-148 at the free throw line and have tried 58 fewer free throws (287-229) than their foes ... The Huskies held three of their nine opponents under the 60-point plateau, a feat they accomplished only once all last season.
Sophomore point guard Will Conroy has emerged as a major offensive threat for Washington after averaging just 2.5 points per game last season. He currently leads the team, averaging 14.2 points on 50 percent shooting, and has distributed a team-high 43 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 142 points this season after totaling 72 points during the entire 2001-02 season. Conroy led all UW scorers in four games this season, a feat he did not accomplish at all last year.
The USC Series
> USC holds a 61-55 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.
> The Trojans won the last seven meetings, their longest winning streak ever against Washington. USC won six straight over the Huskies from 1967-69.
> The last UW win in the series was an 85-83 decision on Jan. 28, 1999 in Seattle.
> USC swept the last three season series from the Huskies. Last year, the Trojans won 87-64 in Seattle and 94-74 at the Forum in Los Angeles.
> Prior to losing the last seven meetings, Washington had won seven of the previous eight games against USC.
> Despite losing the last three meetings in the Northwest, the Huskies own a 32-26 advantage over USC in Seattle.
> Eighth-year USC coach Henry Bibby has an 8-6 record against Washington.
> First-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has never coached against USC.
The Last Meeting
USC 94, UW 74 (Jan. 6, 2002; Los Angeles)
David Bluthenthal led five double-figure scorers with 18 points, leading USC to a 94-74 victory over Washington at The Forum. The Trojans (12-2, 4-0), who swept UW for the third straight season, recorded their record seventh straight win in the series. The Huskies (6-8, 0-4) suffered their sixth consecutive loss. USC used 21 steals to force 26 Husky turnovers and outscored UW 32-12 off the miscues. Washington held a slim 5-4 lead at two minutes into the game when the Trojans staged a 25-5 run over the next 6:36 to claim a commanding 29-10 advantage. The margin was 51-30 at halftime and grew to as many as 32 points in the second half. Sam Clancy scored 11 straight USC points in the second half and finished with 17 for the game, matching the totals for Brandon Granville and Errick Craven. Granville also contributed 10 assists and six steals. Desmon Farmer had 15 points for the Trojans. Doug Wrenn tallied 23 of his 29 points in the second half for the Huskies who also got 11 points from David Dixon and 10 from Curtis Allen.
Sophomore Jeffrey Day has been ruled academically ineligible and will be out of action indefinitely, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar announced Dec. 27. The 6-foot-9 forward missed the last two games. He will be unable to practice or play with the team until he is declared eligible. Day averaged 6.5 points and 5.0 rebounds during the Huskies' first eight games. He started six times. A product of Seattle Prep High School, Day averaged 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds as a UW freshman in 2001-02.
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.
Last Husky Game
UCLA 77, UW 67 (Jan. 2, 2003; Seattle)
Andre Patterson registered his first double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, helping UCLA defeat Washington 77-67 in the Pac-10 opener for both teams at Bank of America Arena. The Bruins (3-5, 1-0) survived a season-high 29 turnovers by limiting UW to 2-of-12 shooting from 3-point range and outrebounding the Huskies 44-30. T.J. Cummings scored 16 points, Jason Kapono had 15 and Dijon Thompson 14 for the Bruins who shot 49 percent (28-57) while limiting UW to 33-percent shooting (21-63). The Huskies (5-5, 0-1) were paced by the 17 points of Curtis Allen and 14 from Doug Wrenn. UCLA opened a 17-point first-half lead that UW trimmed to 37-29 at halftime on the strength of an 11-point run. The Huskies tied the score at 39 early in the second half before the Bruins again pushed the lead to 17, at 65-48 with 7:48 left to play. The Huskies drew within 69-63 on a 3-pointer by Nate Robinson with 3:03 remaining, but they would not get any closer. The coaching staffs included some familiar foes. Washington coach Lorenzo Romar served alongside Steve Lavin as an assistant on UCLA's staff from 1993-96. Husky assistant Cameron Dollar was a four-year Bruin letterman guard from 1994-97, playing for Lavin his final year.
Washington started three different lineups this season, including the group of Wrenn/Jensen/Washington/Conroy/Allen that opened the last four outings. Three Huskies have started every game: Doug Wrenn, Mike Jensen and Will Conroy.
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 761 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Nate the Great
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 Thursday against UCLA after competing in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in Tuesday's Sun Bowl. Robinson led all UW scorers in three of his six games. 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 5-8 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) 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 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.
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 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).
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) a 1977-80 letterman.
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. 6 at 7 p.m.
2003 Husky Highlights
Washington forced 29 UCLA turnovers (Jan. 2), the highest figure by an opponent since BYU turned the ball over 30 times on Nov. 26, 1996 ... The current six-game homestand is the longest since UW played six straight home games in Dec.-Jan. of 1995-96 ... The Huskies 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 Washington posted back-to-back 20-point wins was Dec. 5 & 8, 1990 ... The Huskies registered 15 steals against Houston (Dec. 23), their most in a game since tying the school record of 20 on Nov. 26, 1996 against Brigham Young ... Washington limited Florida International to only 48 points, the lowest scoring output by an opponent since Dec. 20, 2000 ... The Huskies held three of their nine opponents under the 60-point plateau, a feat they accomplished only once all last season ... The Huskies hit 32 treys in their last three outings, 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 ... Will Conroy has 95 points this season, 23 over his entire 2001-02 output of 72 ... Washington lost its opening three games for the first time since Bob Bender's inaugural squad started the 1993-94 season with an 0-5 mark ... UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament ... Ten of the 13 players listed on the Husky roster are from the state of Washington, including seven from the immediate Seattle area.
The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 31-20 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
> The teams split the season series last year with Washington winning 81-68 in Seattle and ASU winning 86-74 in Tempe.
> The Sun Devils own a 19-6 series advantage at home and won 14 of the last 15 meetings against Washington in Tempe.
> Fifth-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 5-3 record against Washington.
> In his first year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against ASU.
The Last Meeting
Arizona State 86, Washington 74 (Feb. 9, 2002; Tempe, Ariz.)
Chad Prewitt scored 21 of his career-high 33 points in the second half, leading Arizona State to an 86-74 win over Washington at Wells Fargo Arena. The Huskies (8-15, 2-11) lost despite the 30 points of Doug Wrenn who became the third player in school history to register three consecutive 30-point performances. Arizona State (13-9, 6-7) reeled off 14 unanswered points to take a 25-13 lead midway through the first half. UW responded with nine straight points to close within 25-22 with 6:31 before halftime. The Sun Devils extended the lead to 39-31 at halftime, a margin the Huskies trimmed to 55-52 with 12:47 left to play. Prewitt scored twice, Shawn Redhage added a basket and Kyle Dodd capped the run with a 19-footer to give ASU a commanding 63-52 advantage with 9:55 remaining. The Huskies never got closer than seven points en route to their fifth consecutive loss in Tempe. Prewitt grabbed nine boards to lead a 40-26 ASU rebounding advantage. Curtis Millage scored 17 points for the Sun Devils who also got 14 from Tommy Smith and 10 from Donnell Knight. David Dixon and C.J. Massingale each had 11 points for the Huskies.
Washington received a letter of intent on Nov. 19, 2002 from junior college wing player Tre Simmons who prepped at Seattle's Garfield High School. "Tre is a very versatile guard. He is long, he can defend, he can really score the ball and pass the ball," says Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar. Simmons is currently a sophomore at Green River (Wash.) CC who will join the Huskies in the fall of 2003. Washington has three scholarships to offer during the late signing period (April 15-May 16).
Tre Simmons, 6-5, 195, guard/forward, Seattle, Wash.
(Garfield HS/Odessa JC, Texas/Green River CC, Wash.)
The No. 3-rated junior college wing forward by Van Coleman's FutureStars Magazine ... A fifth-team JC All-America selection by Street & Smith's and top-10 small forward by The Sporting News ... Averaged 12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 2002 at Odessa (Texas) JC ... The Wranglers qualified for the 2002 regional tourney with an 18-4 record.
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