Dec. 20, 2005
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 --
Lehigh vs. (#9) Washington, 5:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest TV)
Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavlion (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KKOL (1300 AM) & KHHO (850 AM) in Puget Sound area
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29 --
Arizona State vs. (#9) Washington, 7:00 p.m. (No TV)
Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavlion (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
The ninth-ranked Washington Huskies (9-0) seek their historic 800th all-time victory at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion when they host Lehigh (5-6) on Friday, Dec. 23 at 5 p.m. The game will be locally broadcast live on FSN Northwest. The Mountain Hawks traveled from Bethlehem, Pa. for the pre-Christmas non-conference clash.
Historic Hec Ed
Since it opened Dec. 27. 1927 with a 34-23 Washington win over Illinois, the venerable Pavilion has seen the home Huskies win 74 percent of their games with a 799-288 all-time record. That is more victories than any other NCAA team in its current arena. UW has defeated 119 different collegiate foes in 78 years at Hec Ed. Among the prominent exhibition wins not counted in that total was a 49-30 triumph over the Harlem Globetrotters on Jan. 19, 1943. Perhaps the Globetrotters were expecting the Washington Generals.
Notable Washington Victories at Edmundson Pavilion
Dec. 27, 1927 -- UW 34, Illinois 23
Washington victorious over Illini in Pavilion Dedication game
Mar. 9, 1931 -- UW 42, California 30
Huskies clinch first overall Pacific Coast title, winning 2 of 3 vs. Cal
Mar. 12, 1943 -- UW 53, USC 51
Bill Taylor's late basket lifts UW in first of two PCC playoff games
Jan. 10, 1953 -- UW 82, #18 Idaho 58
Bob Houbregs drops UW record 49 points on 18th-ranked Vandals
Jan. 28, 1967 -- UW 81, #3 Houston 78
Huskies upset third-ranked, Elvin Hayes-led Houston squad
Feb. 22, 1975 -- UW 103, #2 UCLA 81
UW deals legendary Bruin coach John Wooden his final loss
Feb. 22, 1979 -- UW 69, #1 UCLA 68
Huskies upset top-ranked UCLA. Lorenzo Romar plays for UW
Feb. 4, 1984 -- UW 89, #20 UCLA 81
Triple-OT win for UW en route to first conference title in 31 years
Mar. 1, 1998 -- UW 95, #18 UCLA 94
Todd MacCulloch free throws with 1.1 left win game and NCAA bid
Mar. 6, 2004 -- UW 75, #1 Stanford 62
UW beats top-ranked & undefeated Stanford. Romar coaches UW
Most Losses at Hec Ed
66 -- Oregon State
65 -- Oregon
59 -- Washington State
55 -- Idaho
41 -- California
38 -- Stanford
33 -- USC
NCAA Schools with Most Wins in Current Arena
Wins, School, Arena, Year Opened
799, Washington, Edmundson Pavilion, 1927
729, Penn, The Palestra, 1926
681, Duke, Cameron Indoor Stadium, 1940
666, Oregon, McArthur Court, 1927
666, Minnesota, Williams Arena, 1928
658, Butler, Hinkle Fieldhouse, 1928
Washington's current nine-game winning streak is its longest in 24 years, since the Huskies posted 10 consecutive wins from Dec. 17, 1981 to Jan. 16, 1982.
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Friday's UW-Lehigh game airs live at 5 p.m. on FSN Northwest. Paul Sunderland calls the action with analysis from Larry Farmer.
The Washington-Eastern Washington game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on KKOL (1300 AM) and KHHO (850 AM) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games on campus in Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. The pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The 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 features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 799 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Cashing in at the Bank
The Huskies boast the nation's longest active homecourt winning streak with 30 consecutive victories at Bank of America Arena. UW posted an 8-0 mark this season and a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005. The current streak is a school record, eclipsing the previous mark of 25 straight home wins established 75 years ago, from Jan. 18, 1930 and Mar. 6, 1931. The Nov. 22 win over Idaho pushed UW into the lead position nationally, ahead of Gonzaga's home streak that is now at 28. The Huskies' last home loss was an 86-84 overtime setback against UCLA on Jan. 10, 2004.
Longest UW Home Winning Streaks
30 Games -- Jan. 29, 2004 - present
25 Games -- Jan. 18, 1930 - Mar. 6, 1931
23 games -- Mar. 6, 1920 - Feb. 3, 1922
23 games -- Jan. 9, 1932 - Jan. 14, 1933
23 games -- Mar. 3, 1950 - Dec. 29, 1951
23 games -- Jan. 5, 1952 - Mar. 7, 1953
Longest Current NCAA Home Win Streaks
School, Wins, Next Home Date
Washington, 29, Dec. 16
Gonzaga, 28, Dec. 31
Illinois, 27, Dec. 21
Southern Illinois, 26, Dec. 22
The Huskies won their opening nine games for the first time since the 1975-76 UW squad started the season with 14 consecutive victories. Thirteen previous Washington teams have had similar or longer season-opening winning streaks. UW captured the BCA Classic title Nov. 15 with an 85-74 win over Air Force before beating American (Nov. 19), Idaho (Nov. 22), LMU (Nov. 25) and No. 6 Gonzaga (Dec. 4) prior to Saturday's (Dec. 10) 81-71 victory over New Mexico in the Wooden Classic at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. The Huskies dispatched Eastern Washington 91-74 on Friday, Dec. 16 in their last outing.
Fastest Starts in Husky History
(year & season-opening winning streak listed)
1928-29 -- 18 games (Dec. 26 - Feb. 23)
1932-33 -- 16 games (Dec. 1 - Jan. 21)
1930-31 -- 15 games (Dec. 18 - Jan. 26)
1975-76 -- 14 games (Nov. 28 - Jan. 15)
1938-39 -- 13 games (Dec. 9 - Jan. 21)
1921-22 -- 12 games (Dec. 29 - Feb. 3)
1946-47 -- 12 games (Nov. 30 - Jan. 15)
1911-12 -- 11 games (Jan. 20 - Mar. 2)
1941-42 -- 11 games (Dec. 5 - Jan. 16)
1937-38 -- 10 games (Nov. 28 - Jan. 7)
1950-51 -- 10 games (Dec. 8 - Jan. 12)
1914-15 -- 9 games (Jan. 9 - Feb. 12)
1913-14 -- 9 games (Jan. 23 - Feb. 17)
2005-06 -- 9 games (Nov. 13 - present)
The Huskies climbed two places to No. 9 in the Associated Press poll released Monday (Dec. 19), their highest regular-season ranking in 21 years. UW was slotted in the No. 10 spot in the AP poll on three occasions during the 2004-05 season before finishing No. 8 in the final rankings. The current No. 9 listing is the highest for a UW team during the regular season since they were ranked 7th on Dec. 18, 1984. The Huskies were unranked in the preseason AP poll before breaking into the first regular-season poll at the No. 25 spot on Nov. 21. UW vaulted from 10th to No. 7 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason rankings. UW capped the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today.
Sophomore Ryan Appleby has 24 of UW's 54 treys, 19 more than any other Husky. His six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25) are more than any other UW player has all season ... Freshman Jon Brockman has three double-doubles, more than any Husky had last season. The entire UW team combined for only eight double-doubles the entire 2004-05 season.
Seniors Bobby Jones has 988 career points and needs 12 more to become the 30th player in Husky history to score 1,000 points. Another senior Brandon Roy has 965 career points, just 35 shy of the century mark.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Seven of the 11 Huskies who have played this season are shooting 50 percent or better for Washington, which is converting field goals at a 52.0-percent clip as a team. Freshman Artem Wallace leads the team in field goal accuracy at 62.5 percent, followed by Jon Brockman (61.4%), Jamaal Williams (56.3%), Hans Gasser (56.1%), Bobby Jones (55.2%), Brandon Roy (51.9%) and Joel Smith (50.0%). UW's shooting percentage was at-or-above the 50-percent plateau in six of nine games. The season's lowest figure was 48.4 percent against Gonzaga on Dec. 4. UW returned three of the most accurate shooters in the Pac-10. Roy shot 56.5% in 2005, trailing only Arizona State's Ike Diogu. Williams was No. 3 in the conference (56.1%) and Jones was No. 10 (51.0%).
The Lehigh Series
> Washington won the only previous meeting with Lehigh, an 82-66 decision on Dec. 29, 1995 in Seattle during the first round of the US West Tournament.
> Lehigh is located in Bethlehem, Pa. and is a member of the Patriot League.
> The Mountain Hawks' roster includes junior center Jason Mgebroff from the same Kentwood (Wash.) High School that produced UW senior Mike Jensen.
> Fourth-year Lehigh coach Billy Taylor has never coached against the Huskies.
> In his fourth year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against the Mountain Hawks.
The Last Meeting
UW 82, Lehigh 66 (Dec. 29, 1995/Seattle)
Mark Sanford scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half as Washington took control early en route to an 82-66 win over Lehigh in the first round of the US WEST Cellular Air Time Tournament at Edmundson Pavilion. Sanford broke a 7-7 tie with a dunk and capped a 10-0 Husky run with an ally-opp jam, resulting in a 17-7 advantage with 13:55 left in the first half. The Huskies led 41-25 at halftime and extended the lead to as many as 21 points, paced by Bryant Boston's 15 points. All 12 players scored for Washington, which established a new tournament record with 19 assists led by five from Jamie Booker. Rashawne Glenn scored 16 points to lead Lehigh, which also got 15 from Kirk Hodgson.
Did You Know?
The Huskies have a 52-10 record in the last 62 games, beginning with their dramatic 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004. That was the first Pac-10 win for UW which lost if first five 2004 conference contests. Washington trailed 70-54 with 6:13 left in regulation before closing with a 29-13 run, including Nate Robinson's 13 points. Robinson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Huskies won 14 of their final 18 games in 2004, posted a 29-6 record in 2005 and are 9-0 to start the 2006 campaign.
Home Heavy Schedule
The Huskies play 19 of their 29 regular-season games at Bank of America Arena where they posted a perfect 15-0 record in 2005. The stretch of seven straight home games marked Washington's longest season-opening homestand since 1945. The Huskies venture away from Seattle only once during non-conference play. They defeated New Mexico 81-71 on Dec. 10 in Anaheim, Calif. as part of the Wooden Classic doubleheader.
Senior forward Jamaal Williams paid immediate dividends last year in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted in 2003-04 after transferring from New Mexico. Williams ranked fifth among Huskies with a 9.6-point scoring average. He ranked third among all Pac-10 players by converting 56.5 percent of his shots from the field, including a 9-for-10 effort against USC (Feb. 3). This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has eight double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16) and a pair of 22-point performances in his last three outings. He is No. 2 on the team in both scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (5.6 rpg).
Wooden Award Candidate
UW senior Brandon Roy was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll chose the top 50 candidates who will be pared down for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award honoring the nation's top player.
Senior Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was voted to the BCA Classic All-Tournament team (Nov. 15). He is averaging 17.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks and is the only Husky to register double-figure points every game. Roy is one of 50 players selected to the preseason Wooden Award watch list this season. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick in both 2004 and 2005. Roy ranked third among Pac-10 players in field goal percentage (56.4%), 18th in scoring (12.7) and 18th in rebounding (5.0) last season. He posted a pair of double-doubles with 20 points and 13 rebounds against UCLA (Feb. 5) and 18 points and 10 rebounds at Oregon (Feb. 10). He has three career double-doubles. Roy paced the Huskies with a 15.3-point average during their three-game NCAA Tournament run. He led all scorers with 23 points in UW's 2005 season opener against Seattle Pacific (Nov. 19) and scored 25 points in the win over Utah (Nov. 25) before being sidelined with an injury. Roy led the 2004 Huskies in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and was second in scoring (12.9 ppg). His career-high of 30 points came Feb. 7, 2004 at UCLA. At Houston on Dec. 20 Roy became the first player in UW history to lead the team in the five major statistics during a single game. Roy amassed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Roy applied for the 2002 NBA Draft out of high school, but didn't attend pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing as he was named the MVP of the BCA Classic on Nov. 15. Freshman Jon Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) registered a double-double against Morgan State (Nov. 13) in his collegiate debut with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He has three double-doubles, more than any Husky had all of last season. Brockman leads the team with an average of 7.9 rebounds, 2.3 more per game than any other Husky. He was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with Washington.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies. During the summer, Jones played with the 12-man U.S. National Team that won the gold medal in August at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. He hit all three of his 3-point attempts during the NCAA Tournament, including two in a 19-point, second-round performance against Pacific (Mar. 19). Jones dramatically improved his 3-point shooting last season. He hit a personal-best five treys at California (Mar. 3), equaling the number of 3-pointers he made during his first two seasons combined. Jones was 30-of-59 from 3-point range last year. In his sophomore season, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones has five career double-doubles, two last season.
The Last Game
#11 UW 91, Eastern Washington 74 (Dec. 16, 2005; Seattle)
Jamaal Williams tallied a career-high 26 points, including the first eight points for 11th-ranked Washington, which defeated Eastern Washington 91-74 at Bank of America Arena. Williams scored 16 first-half points, helping the Huskies (9-0) take leads of 12-4 and 42-22 en route to a 49-30 halftime advantage. The lead grew to as many as 29 points in the second half before the Eagles (4-4) closed the gap against the UW reserves. Brandon Roy scored 25 points for the Huskies and freshman Jon Brockman posted his third double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey scored 17 points to lead EWU, which also got 15 from Henry Bekkering and 14 from Deuce Smith.
This is Washington's fourth season under Coach Lorenzo Romar, a two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80. Romar was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach. He served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to UW. Romar was honored in 2005 as the Pac-10 Conference and BCA National Coach of the Year.
The 2005 Huskies had one of the finest years in their history, finishing with a record of 29-6 to tie the 1938 squad for most wins in a season. Washington began the season by winning the Great Alaska Shootout and finished it as champions of the Pac-10 Tournament. UW was selected as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time ever and advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to Louisville. Lorenzo Romar was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and the Black Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons were honored as All-Pac-10 first team picks, marking the first time since 1987 that UW had two all-conference selections.