Nov. 25, 2002
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 --
UW at UNLV / 7:30 p.m. PST / No TV
Thomas & Mack Center (18,500); Las Vegas, Nev.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Seattle
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 --
UW at #20 Gonzaga / 7:00 p.m. PST / No Local TV
The Kennel (4,000); Spokane, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Seattle
The Washington Huskies (0-1) embark on their first road trip of the 2002-03 season and it starts a difficult stretch. Their next three opponents are either ranked or receiving votes in the polls. Washington visits UNLV (1-0 pending Wednesday's home game vs. UAB) on Saturday, Nov. 30. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. UW won last year's meeting with the Runnin' Rebels, posting a 77-64 decision in Seattle behind the 21-point, 8-assist effort of Curtis Allen. The Huskies have their annual encounter with Gonzaga on Monday, Dec. 2. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at The Kennel on Gonzaga's Spokane, Wash. campus. The 20th-ranked Bulldogs won the last four meetings with UW, including a 67-47 victory last year in Seattle. The Huskies then return home to play Wyoming on Dec. 5. UW opened the season at home with a 56-53 loss to Montana State on Sunday (Nov. 24). That marked the official UW coaching debut of Lorenzo Romar, a two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80.
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.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Network. The majority of games will air on flagship station KJR Radio (AM-950) in the Seattle 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 Game play-by-play and statistics can be followed live in a text format via the internet at: www.gohuskies.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.
Did You Know?
Freshman point guard Nate Robinson suited up Sunday, one day after grabbing a critical interception for the Husky football team which upset No. 3 Washington State 29-26 in Pullman. Robinson was a prep All-American in both football and basketball.
o Jeffrey Day had career highs in points (10) and rebounds (9) in the season opener and hit his first career 3-pointer.
o All nine Huskies who played in Sunday's opener scored at least one basket.
o UW has never won in Las Vegas and hasn't beaten GU in Spokane since 1944.
o Montana State tallied 56 points on 36-percent shooting. UW held only one opponent under 60 points all last season.
o UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament.
The UNLV Series
> Washington won 77-64 last season in Seattle to even the all-time series record with UNLV at 1-1.
> The Rebels won the only previous meeting with Washington in Las Vegas, a 93-73 decision on March 7, 1980 during the first round of the NIT.
> Second-year UNLV coach Charlie Spoonhour has a 1-2 record against Washington. His Southwest Missouri State team defeated UW 68-61 on Dec. 28, 1990 in El Paso, Texas. The Huskies beat his Saint Louis squad 69-60 on Nov. 28, 1998 in Hilo, Hi. and defeated UNLV 77-64 on Nov. 28, 2001 in Seattle.
> In his first season at UW, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against UNLV.
The Last Meeting
UW 77, UNLV 64 (Nov. 28, 2001; Seattle)
Curtis Allen registered 21 points and eight assists, leading Washington to a 77-64 win over UNLV at Bank of America Arena. Allen hit four of his first five shots and had 12 first-half points as UW (4-1) claimed a 36-33 halftime edge. The Runnin' Rebels (2-2) led 50-47 before Doug Wrenn scored seven of his 21 points during a seven-minute stretch that put a halt to 21 lead changes as UW went ahead for good. The 20-4 surge resulted in a 67-54 Husky advantage with 4:25 left to play. UW's Grant Leep scored all 10 of his points highlighted by a trio of 3-pointers. Dalron Johnson scored 23 points to lead the Rebels, including nine of their first 11 points of the second half, but did not score in the final 14:45 of the game. Chris Richardson added 11 for UNLV which was limited to 39 percent shooting from the field (24-62). The Huskies blocked six shots, four of them by David Dixon who also grabbed eight rebounds. UW outrebounded the Rebels 45-38.
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.
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 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.
Newcomer of the Year
Husky junior forward Doug Wrenn was named the 2002 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year along with garnering all-conference acclaim. The 6-6 forward transferred from Connecticut and sat out the 2000-01 season. Wrenn was the Pac-10's third-leading scorer (19.5 ppg) and ranked 13th in rebounding (6.4 rpg). His 546 points were the 10th-highest figure among UW single-season scorers. Wrenn was the first Husky to be honored as Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
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 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). 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. 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 the 2001 season at UW 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 two-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 77-64 win over UNLV (Nov. 28). At San Diego (Dec. 1), Allen increased his single-game scoring 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 also excelled as a scorer, ranking second on the team with 12.0 points per game. He was No. 2 among Pac-10 free throw shooters, converting them at an 88.6-percent clip (101-114). He shot 3-pointers at a 41.7-percent rate (48-115).
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Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar will air weekly either on Monday or Tuesday night 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.
Last Husky Game
Montana State 56, UW 53 (Nov. 24, 2002; Seattle)
Jason Erickson scored six of his 14 points inside the final minute to secure Montana State's 56-53 win over Washington in the season opener for both teams at Bank of America Arena. Curtis Allen's potential tying 3-point attempt rimmed off at the buzzer. The setback spoiled the UW coaching debut of Lorenzo Romar who returned to lead the Huskies after lettering two seasons from 1978-80. The Bobcats (1-0), held a 25-23 halftime margin and led 34-33 before the Huskies (0-1) scored eight straight points, including two Curtis Allen 3-pointers, to surge ahead 41-34 with 8:03 left to play. MSU responded with nine unanswered points to re-take a 43-41 lead. Erickson scored the Bobcats' final six points on a jumper and four free throws, each time responding to a UW basket. The Huskies got a three-point play by Bobby Jones and then a 3-pointer by Jeffrey Day that drew UW within 54-53 with 20 seconds remaining. Day tallied 10 points and nine rebounds to lead the Huskies who shot 33 percent (22-66) from the field. Like Erickson, Pete Conway registered six of his 14 points from the free throw line as the Bobcats outscored UW 22-6 from the charity stripe.
The Gonzaga Series
> Washington owns a 28-10 lead in the all-time series despite losing the last four meetings with Gonzaga.
> The Huskies have an 11-6 record against the Zags in Spokane.
> Gonzaga won the last four encounters, defeating UW 67-47 last season in Seattle, 86-74 on Dec. 2, 2000 at the Kennel, 76-66 on Dec. 13, 1999 at Seattle's KeyArena and 82-71 on Dec. 8, 1998 at the Spokane Arena.
> The last Washington win in the series was an 88-82 decision on Dec. 30, 1987 in Seattle.
> The Huskies lost in their last three visits to Spokane. Their last win over GU in Spokane was a 78-47 triumph on Dec. 30, 1944.
> Prior to the current four-game losing streak against Gonzaga, the Huskies had won 12 of the 13 previous meetings in the series.
> Fourth-year Gonzaga coach Mark Few won his only three meetings against Washington as a head coach.
> In his first year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has a 3-3 record against Gonzaga with all six meetings coming between 1997-99 when he was the head coach at Pepperdine.
The Last Meeting
Gonzaga 67, UW 47 (Dec. 11, 2001; Seattle)
Cory Violette scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading 25th-ranked Gonzaga to its fourth consecutive victory over Washington with a 67-47 decision before a sellout crowd of 10,000 at Bank of America Arena. Anthony Reason added 10 rebounds for Gonzaga (8-2) which outrebounded the Huskies (6-3) by a 50-35 margin. Zach Gourde sparked a 12-4 Bulldog run over the final 7:13 of the first half by scoring six of his 13 points. The surge extended a 23-22 GU margin to 35-26 by halftime. The Huskies trimmed the margin to 47-39 on a layin by Josh Barnard with 9:40 remaining, but Gonzaga responded with six straight points, including a 3-pointer by Blake Stepp who finished with 15 points. Washington was limited to 28 percent shooting (18-64) from the field and did not have a double-figure scorer. UW entered the game shooting 46 percent from 3-point range, but missed 12 straight during one stretch and went 6-of-25 on treys. Doug Wrenn and Grant Leep paced the Huskies with nine points apiece. Senior Dan Dickau, who transferred after two seasons at Washington, was held 10 below his average with eight points for Gonzaga.
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.
2002 Husky Highlights
Washington blocked a Pac-10 leading 139 shots, breaking the school single-season record of 118 established in 1993 ... David Dixon tied Chris Welp's single-season UW record with 67 blocked shots ... Grant Leep set school 3-point shooting accuracy records for a career (42.9%) and a single season (52.7%) ... Doug Wrenn's 19.5-point scoring average was the 11th highest ever by a Husky and the highest since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1987 ... UW's schedule was rated the nation's second toughest in the final regular-season Sagarin rankings published March 11 by USA Today ... Doug Wrenn's four 30-point outings were the third-best single-season total by a Husky and are the most since Louie Nelson had five during the 1972-73 campaign ... Curtis Allen's 126 assists were the 7th highest single-season total ever at UW ... Allen converted 20 consecutive free throws between Jan. 10-26, including all 12 of his free throws against Oregon (Jan. 24) to tie the school's single-game percentage record ... Allen distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), just one shy of the school single-game record of 16 set by Rafael Stone in 1970 ... Four Huskies received all-tournament honors at the Top of the World Classic: Curtis Allen, David Dixon, Erroll Knight and tournament MVP Doug Wrenn ... The Huskies blocked a school single-game record 14 shots against Santa Clara (Nov. 24), bettering by four the UW record of 10 blocks established on Dec. 3, 1991 ... Curtis Allen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, the first time a Washington player received the conference award since Deon Luton on Feb. 8, 1999.