Feb. 17, 2003
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 --
UW vs. Oregon State, 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 --
UW vs. Oregon, 4:00 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Net TV
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
The schedule makers didn't do the Washington Huskies (8-14, 3-10) any favors as they were forced to open the second half of the Pac-10 season against the top four teams in the conference, three of which are ranked. The Huskies did not register a win, but played well in the difficult four-game span during which they forced two overtimes and lost by a slim average margin of 4.8 points. This is the final weekend at home for Washington which concludes the schedule with five games against teams in the lower part of the standings, beginning Thursday, Feb. 20 against seventh-place Oregon State (11-10, 4-8). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena for the game that has major Pac-10 Tournament implications. The eighth-place Huskies can match OSU in the win-column with a victory that would also even the season series. The Beavers won this year's first clash by an 82-62 margin on Jan. 25 in Corvallis. OSU won six of the last seven meetings with Washington, including wins in the last three visits to Seattle. On Saturday, Feb. 22 the Huskies entertain fifth-place Oregon (17-6, 7-5). The game will be televised live at 4 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. The Ducks won this season's first meeting with UW, a 91-66 decision on Jan. 23 in Eugene. Washington lost its last four games, including a pair of close setbacks last week in the Bay Area. UW lost 78-69 Thursday (Feb. 13) at No. 24 Stanford and 58-53 Saturday (Feb. 15) at No. 22 California.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Thursday's game against Oregon State 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 subscribe to an on-line service that allows them to listen to UW games over the internet. For more information go to: www.collegesports.com
The top eight finishers in the final regular-season standings will compete March 13-15 in the Pac-10 Tournament at Los Angeles' Staples Center. This is the sixth Pac-10 Tournament, but only the second since the conference stopped hosting the post-season event following the 1990 season. In the event of a tie, the team's head-to-head record is the first tiebreaker. The second tiebreaker is each team's respective record against the conference leaders in descending order. UW has a win over third-place Stanford to its credit.
Thursday's game against Oregon State will not be televised. Saturday's UW game against Oregon will be televised live at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Fox Sports Net. Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini call the action.
The inexperienced Washington roster features six freshmen, three sophomores and three juniors. The lone senior is Marlon Shelton. On Jan. 31 against Washington State, UW started four freshmen alongside sophomore point guard Will Conroy. Four of UW's top seven scorers are freshmen, led by Nate Robinson (12.4 ppg).
Freshman center Anthony Washington had a streak of 12 straight starts stopped Feb. 6 when he did not play against Arizona. He missed the last four games and is sidelined indefinitely with a sprained left foot. His status is doubtful for games this week.
The Oregon State Series
> Washington has a 139-133 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.
> Oregon State won six of the last seven meetings, including an 82-62 win earlier this season in Corvallis. The Beavers outscored UW by an average margin of 13.1 points during the last seven encounters.
> The Huskies own a 93-39 series advantage at home against OSU.
> The Beavers were victorious in their last three visits to Seattle, tying their second-longest road winning streak in the series. Oregon State won a record five straight at Washington between 1979-83. The current streak matches a three-game Seattle winning streak by the Beavers from 1991-93.
> First-year Oregon State coach Jay John has a 1-0 record against Washington.
> First year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-1 record against Oregon State.
The Last Meeting
Oregon State 82, UW 62 (Jan. 25, 2003; Corvallis, Ore.)
Jimmie Haywood led six double-figure scorers with 16 points as Oregon State surged in the second half to defeat Washington 82-62 at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (9-7, 2-5) beat Washington (7-10, 2-6) for the sixth time in their last seven meetings. Haywood scored eight points in the opening 4:31, leading OSU to a 14-2 lead. The Huskies rallied to take a 33-32 lead late in the first half. Lamar Hurd hit one of two free throws to pull the Beavers into a 37-37 tie at the half. The game remained tight until Oregon State reeled off nine unanswered points to take the lead for good at 49-41 with 15:38 left to play. Floyd North III fueled the run with five of his 12 points. Brian Jackson and Philip Ricci also scored 12 points for OSU. J.S. Nash added 11 points for the Beavers and Hurd had 10. The final 20-point margin matched OSU's biggest lead of the game and also equaled the free throw differential. Oregon State made 26-of-36 free throws to only 6-of-13 for the Huskies. OSU shot 51 percent in the second half (17-33), pushing its game total to 46 percent. The Huskies shot 34 percent (25-74). Doug Wrenn, who did not start for the first time this season, was the only UW double-figure scorer with 15 points.
Curtis Allen has 42 treys this season, 18 more 3-pointers than any of his UW teammates. Will Conroy is next with 24 ... Oregon State won its last three games in Seattle, its second-longest road winning streak in the series. The longest streak came between 1979-83 when the Beavers won five straight games at Washington ... The Huskies have an 8-3 record in games when they score more than 70 points and are 0-11 when held under 70 points ... Junior Doug Wrenn, who led UW with a 19.5-point scoring average last year, took over the team scoring lead last week for the first time this season. He currently averages 12.9 points per game ... Washington has a 7-6 home record and is 1-8 in road games. They are outscoring foes by 5.5 points at Bank of America Arena (74.8-69.3), but have a 13.2-point deficit at enemy courts (65.6-78.8) ... The Huskies' assist-turnover ratio in its eight wins is 135-131 while the corresponding mark in the 14 losses is 169-225... Washington has a 7-3 record when its field goal percent is better than its opponents, but is 1-11 when being outshot from the field ... Will Conroy leads the team with 32 steals, five more than any UW player had all last season ... Of the 110 total starts by UW players this season, 45 have been by freshmen and 28 by sophomores. Washington started four freshmen and a sophomore against Washington State (Jan. 31).
Despite a 1-4 record during the span, the last five games have been the finest shooting stretch of the season for Washington. The Huskies shot 50 percent or better in three of their last five games after failing to reach 42 percent in their first eight Pac-10 outings. Washington converted a season-best 56 percent of its shots (28-50) from the field last Thursday (Feb. 13) at Stanford. UW shot 50 percent against both Washington State (28-56) and Arizona State (29-58). The recent stellar shooting streak comes in the wake of a period that saw UW's field goal accuracy drop considerably from the onset of conference play. The Huskies were held under the 40-percent mark by five of their first eight Pac-10 opponents.
In his first year, Lorenzo Romar has eight coaching victories at Washington. He has a ways to go to match the 29 wins UW posted during his two seasons as a player. Romar was a two-year starting point guard for the Huskies in 1978-79 (11-16 record) and 1979-80 (18-10 record). His senior squad participated in the 1980 NIT. Romar posted his 100th coaching victory vs. Stanford (Jan. 18). His seven-year record is 101-102.
Did You Know?
Doug Wrenn worked out in Washington, D.C. this summer with Detroit Pistons' swingman Richard Hamilton whose name makes UW fans cringe. Hamilton's fall-away, put-back at the buzzer lifted his Connecticut team to a 75-74 win at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum on Mar. 19, 1998 that eliminated UW from the NCAA Sweet 16.
Roy is Eligible
The University of Washington received notice Jan. 16 that freshman Brandon Roy was immediately eligible to compete in basketball. The 6-foot-5 swingman was declared a full qualifier by the NCAA. Roy officially enrolled at Washington Jan. 16 after auditing classes since the winter quarter began on Jan. 6. Roy suited up Jan. 16 against California, but did not play. He saw his first game action on Jan. 18 against Stanford, entering with 2:28 left in the first half. Roy played five minutes against the Cardinal. He has played the last eight games, including a six-rebound, two-assist effort at Oregon (Jan. 23). Roy scored his first points in his fourth outing Jan. 31 against Washington State. He tallied six points against the Cougars. One of the nation's premier prep players last season, Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the high school senior class of 2002. He was rated the No. 2 small forward prospect in the West by Prep West Hoops. Roy is the third product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current Husky basketball roster, joining sophomore guard Will Conroy and freshman center Anthony Washington. Roy averaged 22.3 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior in 2002, including a career-best 38-point performance on Mar. 9 in his final prep outing. His effort helped the Bulldogs claim the state's fourth-place trophy with a 71-70 victory over Snohomish. Roy was a two-time All-Washington state selection in 2001 and 2002 and was named the KingCo Conference Most Valuable Player after both of those seasons. Last spring, Roy applied for the 2003 NBA Draft, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.
Washington started seven different lineups this season, including the group of Jensen/Jones/Wrenn/Conroy/Robinson that opened the last four outings. That lineup featured three freshmen. Against Washington State (Jan. 31), four Husky freshmen started along with sophomore point guard Will Conroy who is the only Husky to start every game.
While the Huskies average nearly as many turnovers as last year (16.2 to 17.3), they are at plus-2.0 in the turnover category by virtue of nearly five more opponent miscues per game. Washington forces 18.2 turnovers this season, up significantly from last year's figure of 13.7. The Huskies use more frequent full-court pressure that has resulted in 7.1 steals per game, an increase from a 5.6-steal average in 2002.
Last Husky Game
#22 California 58, UW 53 (Feb. 15, 2003; Berkeley, Calif.)
Richard Midgley scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, including a pair of clinching free throws in 22nd-ranked California's 58-53 win over Washington at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears (18-4, 11-2) won their 17th consecutive home game, limiting UW to a season-low 14 percent (2-14) 3-point mark. Cal rallied from an early 17-9 deficit to draw even at 25-25 by halftime. Neither team led by more than five points during a second half that saw seven ties and eight lead changes. The Huskies (8-14, 3-10) claimed their final lead at 52-50 on a steal and layin by Nate Robinson with 2:01 left to play. Midgley answered with his third 3-pointer of the half with 1:40 remaining before UW's Will Conroy converted a free throw at 1:08 to force the final tie at 53-53. Cal netted the final five points, including the go-ahead basket in the lane by Amit Tamir with 51 seconds left. The Huskies had two possessions for the potential tying or go-ahead basket, but Conroy turned the ball over both times. Joe Shipp hit one free throw at 0:09 and Midgley made two more at 0:06 to seal the win. Shipp led all scorers with 16 points and Tamir had 11. Robinson and Curtis Allen tied for UW scoring honors with 12 points apiece.
A strong case can be made for UW sophomore point guard Will Conroy as the most improved player in the Pac-10. His 12.5-point scoring average is 10.0 better than last season's average of 2.5 points, the largest improvement by any Pac-10 player. Despite playing all 29 games in 2002 and starting the final seven, Conroy did not have a double-figure scoring game. He has 14 double-figure performances this season and led all Husky scorers in seven games. Conroy ranks 19th among Pac-10 scorers (12.5 ppg) and distributed a team-high 91 assists to rank fifth among Pac-10 playmakers (4.1 apg). He amassed a career-high 32 points at Gonzaga, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime. His game-high total last year was nine points. Conroy ranks eighth among Pac-10 players with 32 steals (1.45 spg), five more than any Husky had in 2002.
Nate the Great
High-flying 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 Jan. 2 against UCLA after starting two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. He led all UW scorers with a career-high 20 points against Arizona State (Feb. 8) and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds vs. USC (Jan. 4). Robinson has 12 double-figure outings and topped all UW scorers a team-high nine times in his 18 games. His collegiate basketball debut was a six-minute stint against Wyoming (Dec. 5) in Seattle and 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). He led all Huskies with 18 at Oregon (Jan. 23). 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 final six Husky football games at cornerback 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.
Junior Doug Wrenn tallied double-figure points on 17 occasions, tops on the team. He leads the team and ranks 17th among Pac-10 players in scoring (12.9 ppg), 12th in rebounds (6.0 rpg) and 11th in blocked shots (21). Last year, Wrenn had one of the most impressive debut seasons in Washington history. The supremely athletic 6-6 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 en route to Top of the World Classic MVP honors. He 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.
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 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 fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970. Allen leads this year's UW team with 42 treys, 18 more 3-pointers than any of his teammates. His current career free throw mark of 87.5 percent (168-192) is a school record.
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 101-102 record in seven seasons as a head coach, including an 8-14 mark at Washington. He recorded his 100th career coaching victory on Jan. 18, 2003 with a 73-68 win over Stanford. 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. His first Saint Louis squad upset top-ranked Cincinnati in the Conference USA tournament and went on to win the championship and an automatic NCAA Tournament berth. 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 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 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.
Did You Know?
Despite possessing a common name, freshman Anthony Washington is the first player with the surname "Washington" to play basketball for the Huskies.
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 764 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Washington plays its final three regular-season games on the road. The Huskies have a 1-8 record away from home this season, including an 0-6 Pac-10 road record. UW's lone road victory was a 72-55 decision at Santa Clara on Dec. 7. The Huskies have just two Pac-10 road wins in the last three seasons; at Oregon (Jan. 18, 2001) and at Oregon State (Feb. 21, 2002). They won once in their last 21 conference road contests.
2003 Husky Highlights
A capacity crowd of 10,028 showed up Feb. 6 against Arizona to set an Arena attendance record under the current configuration. That was the third sellout since the renovated Arena opened in November of 2000 ... First-year coach Lorenzo Romar registered his 100th career victory with a 73-68 decision over Stanford on Jan. 18 in Seattle ... Washington stopped a pair of losing streaks against Pac-10 opponents. UW halted a seven-game skid vs. USC with a 76-72 home win on Jan. 4 and stopped a 10-game streak against Stanford with a 73-68 home win on Jan. 18 ... The Huskies forced 29 UCLA turnovers (Jan. 2), the highest figure by an opponent since BYU turned the ball over 30 times on Nov. 26, 1996 ... UW won consecutive games by margins of 35 points (83-48 vs. Florida International) and 24 points (85-61 vs. Houston) ... The last time UW had posted back-to-back 20-point wins was Dec. 5 & 8, 1990 ... Washington limited Florida International to only 48 points, the lowest scoring output by an opponent since Dec. 20, 2000 ... The Huskies hit 32 treys in a three-game stretch from Dec. 13-23, marking 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 ... UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament.
Sophomore David Hudson has 39 points in 51 minutes this season, coming on 12 treys, one field goal and one free throw. Hudson leads all Pac-10 marksmen in 3-point accuracy, but is four treys shy of the one-per-game needed to officially qualify. He is shooting 57.1 percent (12-21) from 3-point range where all but three of his attempts have come. Hudson hit only one of his three shots from inside the arc. He had back-to-back games with three treys, against Florida International (Dec. 21) and Houston (Dec. 23). Fifteen of Hudson's 16 career field goals are 3-pointers.
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.
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 172-98 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Ducks won the last three meetings, including a 91-66 win earlier this season in Eugene.
> The Huskies have a 101-33 series lead against Oregon during games played in Seattle.
> The Ducks won in two of their last three visits to Bank of America Arena. Washington won last year's Seattle meeting by a 97-92 tally.
> Sixth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 6-6 coaching record against UW.
> First-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-1 record against Oregon.
The Last Meeting
#23 Oregon 91, UW 66 (Jan. 23, 2003; Eugene, Ore.)
James Davis scored 18 points and converted 6-of-7 shots from 3-point range for 23rd-ranked Oregon which hit 14 treys in a 91-66 victory over Washington at McArthur Court. The Ducks (13-4, 3-3) hit the most 3-pointers ever allowed by Washington (7-9, 2-5) en route to the 25-point win that matched Oregon's largest margin of victory in the series. Ian Crosswhite scored nine of his 14 points during a nine-minute stretch early on during which the Ducks took control of the game. Crosswhite had a 3-pointer and three two-point baskets, sparking a 25-6 run that netted Oregon a 30-8 lead with 8:13 left in the first half. The Ducks led 48-25 at halftime and stretched the margin to as many as 39 points, at 84-45 with 9:03 left to play. UW had a 21-7 scoring advantage the rest of the way to close the final gap. Luke Ridnour contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Ducks who also got 17 points from reserve Andre Joseph. A pair of freshmen paced the Huskies as Nate Robinson scored 18 points and Mike Jensen had a career-high 13. Doug Wrenn added 10 points and seven rebounds for UW. Oregon junior Luke Jackson, who had a 17.1-point average entering the game, suffered a deep cut to his right ring finger during a collision with Wrenn late in the first half and was sidelined the rest of the game.
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, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.
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