Feb. 26, 2006
SEATTLE - In front of a packed house the 17th-ranked Washington men's basketball team prevailed over California in the final home game of the season -- senior night. The game was won with great contributions coming from all five seniors, and concluded with senior walk-on Zane Potter clutching the ball.
Brandon Roy displayed the poise and skills that have propelled him into the upper echelons of Husky greats, scoring 27 points and grabbing five rebounds. Roy shot 69 percen from the field, knocking down 3-of-6 shots from behind the arc. With the game on the line, the senior captain was able to keep his composure and knock down all six of his free throw attempts.
"Brandon Roy had a great ballgame," UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. "He did what great players do. Great players take their teams to great heights, and he did that tonight with the help of his teammates. But the second half he just took over.
"What gets lost in the shuffle with Brandon, again, is how well he is defending. He guarded a very good basketball player, in (Ayinde) Ubaka, and he held him to 2-for-9 from the field. He's just playing a complete basketball game right now and, again, not to toot his horn but, we've won six straight games now and Brandon has been phenomenal in all of those games. Plus, he's got to be playing as well anyone in the country, with what he is doing and what he is putting forth out there."
Senior forward Jamaal Williams shot 50 percent from the field and tallied 13 points in only 19 minutes of play. Williams was able to score with the great percentage that has allowed him to achieve one of the best shooting percentages in the conference.
The first recruit of Lorenzo Romar's coaching career at Washington, Bobby Jones played with the usual intensity that has made him one of the finest defensive players in Washington's history. Jones finished the night with two field goals on three attempts and six rebounds.
In conclusion to the Huskies getting their 11th conference win of the season, Romar invited the seniors on the team and the seniors in the student section to join in celebration of four great years of basketball.
Roy's response to Sports Illustrated naming the University of Washington as having the eighth best fans in the nation was, "I don't really care what ESPN or Sports Illustrated ranks our fans, you guys are number one in my mind."