Dec. 29, 2009
SEATTLE -- Washington (9-2) opens Pac-10 conference play at Bank of America Arena this week with games against Oregon State (6-5) on New Year's Eve (7:00 pm) and Oregon on Saturday, Jan. 2 (2:00 pm). The Huskies will be seeking to repeat as outright Pac-10 champions for the first time in their history, but they did share back-to-back conference titles in 1984 and 1985.
Time: 7:00pm PT
Radio: ISP Sports Network
About Oregon State...
Oregon State enters Thursday's game with a 6-5 record, 1-3 overall on the road. Like Washington, they won their school's 1,600th game the last time they took the floor. The two teams shared one common pre-season opponent in Texas Tech, who OSU lost to 64-60 in Lubbock on Nov. 15. This season, senior Seth Tarver is leading the Beavers with 13.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg and leads the Pac-10 with 3.2 steals per game. Calvin Haynes (a prep teammate at South Kent of Isaiah Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who were all coached by UW assistant Raphael Chillious) is the only other Beav scoring in double-digits, averaging 11.3 ppg. Defense has been OSU's forte in the early going as they rank third in the conference allowing just 58.9 points per game and lead the Pac-10 in steals with 8.9 spg. The Beavers finished 8th in the Pac-10 last season with a 7-11 conference record and went on to win the post-season College Basketball Invitational. Craig Robinson is in his second year as coach at OSU and has a 24-23 record at the school.
UW And Oregon State History...
Washington leads the all-times series between the two schools by a 149-136 margin since the first meeting in 1904. Washington has won four-straight overall in the series and six consecutive at home in Seattle dating back to 2003. Husky coach Lorenzo Romar is 10-4 all-time against the Beavers, all decisions coming during his UW tenure.
Last Time They Met...
Justin Dentmon matched his career high with seven 3-pointers and scored 28 points, and the Huskies moved into first place in the Pac-10 Conference with a 79-60 win over Oregon State on Feb. 12, 2009. Dentmon's fifth 3-pointer, with 14:33 left, pushed Washington's lead to nine points. OSU got within nine on a few occasions, but Isaiah Thomas' four-point play -- a layup and two free throws after an intentional foul -- gave the Huskies a 15-point lead. Dentmon then capped his night with his seventh 3 with 3:18 left, tying the best performance of his career. He added seven assists and three rebounds. Quincy Pondexter added 11 points and Venoy Overton had nine points, six assists and five rebounds for the Huskies.
Did You Know...
Thusday's game will be the 14th time in UW history that the team has played on New Year's Eve? The Huskies are 8-5 all-time on Dec. 31, with a majority of the games taking place early in the team's history and in the last decade. From 1950 until 2005, UW only played once on Dec. 31 (1984). Thursday's game will be the fifth time since 2005 that they have rang in the new year with a game.
Last Time Out For Washington
Quincy Pondexter scored 22 points and UW started slowly, briefly gave away a big lead, then cruised to an 86-71 victory over San Francisco. Matthew Bryan-Amaning added 13 points and six rebounds. Washington's only senior had his eighth 20-point game of the season in helping the Huskies become the 16th team in NCAA history to win 1,600 games. Rashad Green and Moustapha Diarra scored 14 points apiece for San Francisco, which lost for the 10th time in 12 games. The Dons cut Washington's 16-point, halftime lead to 47-43 with 11:43 remaining, following a jumper and a 3-pointer by Michael Williams. It was only 53-47 before the Huskies went on a 13-2 run. Bryan-Amaning had six points in the spurt, including a thunderous dunk following a steal and an over-the-shoulder pass from Elston Turner. A basket by Turner off a steal by Venoy Overton and another emphatic slam by Bryan-Amaning off a deft pass inside by Overton had the Huskies comfortably up 66-49 with 6 minutes remaining.