Dec. 10, 2002
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 --
UW vs. Eastern Washington / 2:00 p.m. PST / No Local 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 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 Seattle
The Washington Huskies (2-3) seek to even their record when they begin a six-game homestand Saturday, Dec. 14 against Eastern Washington (5-2). Tip-off is 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. Former Husky assistant coach Ray Giacoletti is in his third year as head coach of the Eagles. He served four seasons on Bob Bender's UW staff from 1994-97. After an 0-3 start, the Huskies won their last two games, 79-70 over Wyoming (Dec. 5) and 72-55 at Santa Clara (Dec. 7). The Santa Clara contest concluded a stretch of four Husky games during an eight-day span. Lorenzo Romar now has two victories as the Huskies' 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 has four remaining non-conference home games before Pacific-10 Conference play begins at home on Jan. 2 against UCLA. After Saturday's game against EWU, Washington takes a week break for final exams before hosting Florida International on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Network. Saturday's game against Eastern Washington 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) in the Seattle area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season. 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.
Did You Know?
The Huskies have held two of their five opponents under the 60-point plateau, a feat they accomplished only once all last season.
o Will Conroy recorded double figure points in each of the last four games, including 32 at Gonzaga. He did not have a double-figure scoring effort last season.
o Conroy has 82 points this season, 10 over his entire 2001-02 output of 72.
o The current six-game homestand is the longest since UW played six straight home games in Dec.-Jan. of 1995-96.
o The Huskies have been outscored 121-58 at the free throw line this year and have attempted 89 fewer free throws (174-85).
o Ten of the 13 players on the UW roster hail from the state of Washington.
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 16.4 points on 58.5 percent shooting, and has distributed a team-high 19 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 82 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 Eastern Washington Series
> The Huskies won all four previous meetings with Eastern Washington, including all three encounters in Seattle.
> Washington registered an 81-54 win in the last meeting on Dec. 29, 1996 in Seattle. That game was postponed one day due to the death of Eastern guard Rodrick McClure who was involved in an automobile crash, Dec. 26. A small crowd of a few hundred attended the game due to heavy snows throughout the Seattle area.
> The Huskies won 74-55 during the 1995-96 season in Cheney, 64-48 during 1994-95 in Seattle and 74-58 during 1989-90 in Seattle.
> Washington has a 60-15 all-time record against teams from the Big Sky Conference, including Eastern Washington (4-0), Idaho State (3-0), Montana (39-9), Montana State (8-6), Northern Arizona (1-0), Portland State (4-0) and Sacramento State (1-0).
> The Eagle roster includes Seattle native Alvin Snow, a 2000 graduate of Franklin High School, and Washington transfer Josh Barnard, a senior who is red-shirting.
> Third-year Eastern coach Ray Giacoletti has never coached against the Huskies. He served as an assistant coach on Bob Bender's Washington staff from 1994-97.
> In his first year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against EWU.
The Last Meeting
UW 81, Eastern Washington 54 (Dec. 29, 1996; Seattle)
Mark Sanford and Todd MacCulloch each scored 10 first-half points as Washington broke ahead early en route to an 81-54 victory over Eastern Washington at Edmundson Pavilion. The game was postponed one day due to the death of Eastern guard Rodrick McClure who was involved in an automobile crash, Dec. 26. A small crowd of a few hundred attended the game due to heavy snows throughout the Seattle area. The Huskies, who are 4-0 in all-time meetings against Eastern, improved to 7-1. It marked their best start since a similar 7-1 opening in 1991. With the game tied 6-6, Washington reeled off 14 unanswered points to take the lead for good. The Huskies registered 68-percent field goal shooting (17-25) in the first half and took a 44-23 halftime lead on a halfcourt shot at the buzzer by Chris Thompson. Sanford finished with 19 points and MacCulloch tallied 12 on 6-of-7 shooting. Jamie Booker and Patrick Femerling also chipped in 12 points for Washington. Karim Scott paced the Eagles with 11 points and six rebounds.
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. The next broadcast is Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.
Last Husky Game
UW 72, Santa Clara 55 (Dec. 7, 2002; Santa Clara, Calif.)
Nate Robinson scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half when Washington stretched its two-point halftime margin en route to a 72-55 victory over Santa Clara at the Leavey Center. Robinson, a starting cornerback on the football team, also tallied six rebounds, four assists and two steals in his second collegiate basketball game. The Broncos (3-3), who sustained their worst setback at the Leavey Center, opened a 12-5 lead. The Huskies (2-3) owned a 32-30 halftime margin, keyed by Curtis Allen who scored all 11 of his points in the first half. Shooting was the story in the second half as Washington shot 72 percent (18-25) while limiting SCU to 12 percent (4-33). The Broncos missed 16 of their first 17 second-half shots. The one make, a 3-pointer by Cord Anderson at 15:02, gave SCU its last lead at 37-36. The Huskies responded with 11 unanswered points, including five points and an assist from Robinson. Doug Wrenn contributed 17 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies who also got 11 points from Will Conroy. Anderson paced the Broncos with 21 points and 10 rebounds. UW shot 51.8 percent for the game (29-59) and SCU 29.5 percent (18-61).
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 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 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.
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.
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including season tickets and other special packages. The Pepsi "Fun for Four" Family Pack is perfect for quartets of all ages. Get four general admission game tickets, four Pepsi drinks and four hot dogs for only $32. Reserved seats for individual Husky games are $18 while general admission seats are $10. University of Washington students with current student identification can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call (206-543-2200) for information. Individual game reserved tickets are also available for on-line purchase at:
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