Dec. 16, 2002
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 --
UW vs. Florida International
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
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
The Washington Huskies (2-4) close out December at home with their final three non-conference games, beginning Saturday, Dec. 21 against Florida International (4-4, pending Dec. 18 game at DePaul). Tip-off is 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. That is the first of two games in a three-day span for Washington which entertains Houston (2-4, pending Dec. 21 game vs. San Diego State) on Monday, Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. The Huskies fell 62-58 to Eastern Washington in their last outing (Dec. 14) to halt a two-game winning streak. Lorenzo Romar has two victories as the Huskies' first-year head coach. 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). UW plays its final non-conference game, Saturday, Dec. 28 against Cal State Northridge at 2 p.m. Pac-10 play begins at home on Jan. 2 against UCLA at 7 p.m.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game against Florida International will be broadcast on KJR (AM 950) in 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
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.
o Doug Wrenn blocked 10 shots, three more then the rest of the team combined.
o Will Conroy recorded double figure points in each of the last five games, including 32 at Gonzaga. He did not have a double-figure scoring effort last season.
o Conroy has 93 points this season, 21 over his entire 2001-02 output of 72.
o The Huskies have been outscored 145-68 at the free throw line and have tried half as many free throws (208-104).
o The current six-game homestand is the longest since UW played six straight home games in Dec.-Jan. of 1995-96.
o Junior Doug Wrenn is averaging 17.5 points on 56 percent shooting (15-27) in UW's two wins, contrasted with 10.5 points and 34 percent (16-56) in the four defeats.
o The Huskies have held two of their six opponents under the 60-point plateau, a feat they accomplished only once all
Did You Know?
Washington's opponents have scored first in all six games this season.
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 15.5 points on 54 percent shooting, and has distributed a team-high 21 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 93 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 Florida International Series
> The Huskies won the only previous meeting with Florida International, a 63-61 decision on Dec. 16, 2000 in Miami. UW's Greg Clark hit the game-winner with 3.2 seconds left in the game.
> Washington has a 4-2 all-time record against current members of the Sun Belt Conference, including Florida International (1-0), New Mexico State (3-1) and South Alabama (0-1).
> Third-year Golden Panther coach Donnie Marsh has an 0-1 record against Washington.
> In his first season at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against Florida International.
The Last Meeting
UW 63, Florida International 61 (Dec. 16, 2000; Miami, Fla.)
Greg Clark hit a 17-foot jump shot with 3.2 seconds left in the game, lifting Washington to a 63-61 victory over Florida International at Golden Panther Arena. The Huskies (4-3) claimed their largest lead of the game at 57-49 on a layin by Clark with 5:39 remaining. Carlos Arroyo scored 10 of his game-high 21 points during the final 5:15, sparking a 12-4 FIU run. Slavcho Slavtchev capped the surge with a 3-pointer at 0:37 that tied the game 61-61 and set up Clark's game-winning basket from the left baseline. Arroyo attempted a game-winning shot at the buzzer, but his 25-foot 3-point attempt glanced off the front rim. Slavtchev finished with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Thalo Green scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half to pace the Huskies. Bryan Brown added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and Will Perkins had 10 points. The Panthers (2-7) led for most of the first half, taking their biggest margin of 32-24 on a jumper by Arroyo with 2:41to play before halftime. Washington closed the first half with a eight unanswered points, capped by a 3-pointer from Green that tied the score at 32.
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 Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.
Last Husky Game
Eastern Washington 62, UW 58 (Dec. 14, 2002; Seattle)
Alvin Snow scored 24 points, many of them created by his seven steals, as Eastern Washington posted its first ever win over Washington by a 62-58 count at Bank of America Arena. The Eagles (6-2), who lost their previous four meetings with UW, won for the first time on the road against a Pac-10 opponent. Washington (2-4) never led, but trailed only 26-24 at halftime. The Huskies scored eight straight points to tie the game for the third and final time at 56-56 on a Jeffrey Day put-back with 2:15 left in the game. The Eagles led by two with 0:06 remaining when Snow missed a long jumper as the shot clock expired, but T.J. Williams grabbed the rebound for EWU and passed it back to Snow who was fouled and made two free throws with 1.7 seconds left to secure the win. With the game tied 26-26 early in the second half, Snow had eight points and a steal during a 12-4 run that put the Eagles up 38-30 with 14:07 remaining. Three of Snow's points during that run were free throws resulting from technical fouls against Wrenn and UW coach Lorenzo Romar. Snow tallied 18 of his 24 points in the second half. Chris Hester added 10 points for the Eagles. Nate Robinson scored 19 points to pace the Huskies who also got 12 from Doug Wrenn and 11 from Will Conroy. Washington was credited with only three assists for the game.
Washington started two different lineups this season, including the group of Wrenn/Jensen/Day/Conroy/Massingale that opened the last four outings. The only position that has seen any alterations is the shooting guard spot in which Curtis Allen started the first two games and C.J. Massingale the last three contests. The chart below lists the win/loss record of each UW starting unit with the most recent lineup in bold.
Nate the Great
Freshman point guard Nate Robinson has had an immediate impact on the hardwood after an impressive campaign on the gridiron. He has re-joined the football team in preparation for the Huskies' Dec. 31 Sun Bowl appearance against Purdue and won't play Dec. 28 against Cal State Northridge. He may play in the Dec. 21 (Florida International) and Dec. 23 (Houston) basketball games. Robinson's 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 on Dec. 7. He followed that up with another 19-point performance, against Eastern Washington on Dec. 14. 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.
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).
Lorenzo Romar was named to head up the program at his alma mater on April 3, 2002. A point guard for the Huskies' 1978-79 and 1979-80 teams, he is the 18th head coach in Washington's 101-year history and the first African-American to lead the program. Romar has compiled a 95-92 record in seven seasons as a head coach, including a 2-4 mark at Washington. In three years at Saint Louis from 1999-2002, he compiled a 51-44 (.537) mark. At both Pepperdine and Saint Louis, Romar helped revive programs to a competitive level. He led the Waves to a three-year record of 42-44 (.488) from 1996-99, including a pair of second-place finishes in the West Coast Conference and an NIT invitation in 1999. During his first season at Saint Louis, the Billikens upset top-ranked Cincinnati in the second round of the Conference USA tournament and went on to win the championship and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Twice during the past two seasons Romar's Saint Louis teams defeated Washington. Seattle was the site of one of Romar's greatest coaching moments. As an assistant coach, he helped guide UCLA to an 89-78 triumph over Arkansas in the Kingdome to win the 1995 NCAA Championship. Cameron Dollar, now a UW assistant coach, was one of the stars for the Bruins during that national title contest. Romar built a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters while an assistant at UCLA (1992-1996) and was credited with recruiting much of the talent that formed the core of the Bruins' title team. UCLA's record during Romar's four-year assistant coaching tenure was a stunning 97-28 (.776). A native of Compton, Calif., Romar graduated from Pius X High School. He earned his associate degree from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College in 1978 before studying at Washington from 1978-80. He completed his coursework at Cincinnati, receiving his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1992. After starting two seasons at UW for legendary coach Marv Harshman, Romar was selected in the seventh round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. His five-year NBA career included stints with Golden State (1981-84), Milwaukee (1984) and Detroit (1984-85). Following the 1984-85 season, Romar joined Athletes in Action (AIA), a touring exhibition team on which he served as player-coach from 1989-1992. He replaces Bob Bender who resigned on Mar. 13, 2002. Romar is the second former UW player to return as the head coach, joining Lynn Nance who coached at UW from 1989-93.
Lorenzo Romar's staff is comprised of first-year assistant coaches Ken Bone, Cameron Dollar and Russ Schoene. Bone was the head coach at perennial NCAA Division II championship contender Seattle Pacific during the past 12 seasons. After a stellar playing career at UCLA (1994-97) that included the 1995 NCAA championship, Dollar served the last three years as an assistant coach on Romar's Saint Louis staff. Schoene was a standout collegian at Tennessee Chattanooga (1981-82) who played four seasons in the NBA, including three years (1987-89) with the Seattle Sonics.
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.
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.
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 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 758 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
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.
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