Jan. 9, 2004
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10 --
Washington vs. UCLA; 7:30 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Northwest TV
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. - No TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (AM 850) in Puget Sound Area
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 15 --
Washington at Oregon; 6:00 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Northwest TV
McArthur Court (9,087); Eugene, Ore.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (5-6, 0-3) seek to snap a three-game losing streak and post their first Pac-10 victory when they host the first-place UCLA Bruins (7-3, 3-0), Saturday, Jan. 10. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Northwest. First-year Coach Ben Howland's UCLA squad defeated Washington State 48-45 on Thursday, the same night UW lost 88-80 to USC. The Bruins won their last four meetings with Washington. This week's encounters are the only two home games in the first seven Pac-10 outings for the Huskies who have a 4-2 record at home and are 1-4 in road contests. Washington plays a pair of games next week in the state of Oregon, Jan. 15 at Oregon and Jan. 17 at Oregon State. The Huskies play at cross-state rival Washington State on Jan. 24. Washington opened Pac-10 play Friday with a 76-62 loss at California in a game that was tied with 5:30 to play before the Bears hit six straight 3-pointers. UW suffered an 85-72 setback Sunday at fifth-ranked Stanford.
Saturday's Washington men's basketball game against UCLA will be televised live at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Fox Sports Net Northwest. Jim Watson calls the action with color commentary from Donald Watts, a four-year letterman guard for UW from 1996-99.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game against UCLA will be broadcast on KHHO (AM 850) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 17th 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 Game play-by-play and stats can be followed live in a text format via the internet at: www.gohuskies.com
High School Reunion
Every time the Huskies take the floor it amounts to a reunion of alums from Seattle's Garfield High School. Four former prep teammates are listed on the Washington roster; juniors Will Conroy and Tre Simmons along with sophomores Brandon Roy and Anthony Washington. The quartet of former Bulldogs has combined to score 389 of UW's 864 points in the 11 regular-season games, accounting for 45 percent of the total offensive output. Their Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback a red-shirt freshman who plays on the Husky football team.
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has an 4-0 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 1-6 when being outshot. The Huskies are shooting nearly 12 percent better from the field in their victories (50.5% - 38.7%) and over almost 10 percent better from 3-point range (41.2% - 32.8%).
The Huskies shot 51 percent in their five wins and 39 percent in the six losses ... Bobby Jones had 14 points and 12 rebounds Thursday vs. USC for his third career double-double, his second this season. Jones had 11 points and 10 rebounds at Houston on Dec. 20 ... Seven different players have led UW in scoring during the 11 games this year ... Tre Simmons is averaging 12.8 points during the last five games. Simmons averaged 6.8 points in this season's first six outings ... The team that led at halftime won all 11 Washington games this season.
The UCLA Series
> The Bruins boast an 84-29 series lead after winning the last four, and 28 of the last 34 meetings against Washington.
> UCLA swept the 2003 season series with the Huskies for the 29th time, winning 77-67 in Seattle and 83-72 in Los Angeles.
> The Bruins own a 30-24 advantage over UW in Seattle games, including wins in their last two visits. Prior to the current two-game winning streak at UW, UCLA had lost four straight games in Seattle between 1998-2001.
> Washington assistant coach Cameron Dollar was a four-year letterman point guard at UCLA from 1994-97, helping the Bruins to three Pac-10 championships and the 1995 NCAA title. He played three seasons for Jim Harrick and one for Steve Lavin. Dollar hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer against Washington, lifting UCLA to a 91-88 overtime win on Mar. 7, 1996 at Pauley Pavilion.
> In his first year at UCLA, Ben Howland has never coached against the Huskies.
> Second-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-2 record against UCLA. Romar served four seasons as an assistant on Jim Harrick's UCLA staff from 1993-96, including the 1995 NCAA Championship year.
The Last Meeting
UCLA 83, UW 72 (Mar. 8, 2003; Los Angeles, Calif.)
Dijon Thompson scored a career-high 26 points and the Bruins defeated Washington 83-72 to earn the last berth in the Pac-10 tournament. The Bruins (9-18, 6-12) were paced by Jason Kapono and Ray Young who each had 20 points. The rest of the Bruins combined for just six points in the second half. The Huskies (10-17, 5-13) could have made the tournament with a victory. Instead, they lost their 17th straight at Pauley Pavilion where they haven't won since 1987. Washington was led by the 14 points of Nate Robinson. Doug Wrenn, Bobby Jones and Will Conroy added 10 points each. The Huskies shot just 36 percent in the second half. The Bruins were clinging to a three-point lead when T.J. Cummings missed two free throws with 2:17 remaining. Young tipped in the second miss to keep the Bruins ahead 75-70. Young made two free throws and Thompson hit a basket as UCLA led 79-70. UW led by as many as 14 points before settling on a 36-26 halftime margin. UCLA opened the second half with a 39-16 run, including six straight points by Kapono, to take a 65-52 lead with 6:51 remaining. The spurt featured 14 unanswered points, including consecutive 3-pointers by Thompson and Kapono. Thompson's 3-pointer gave UCLA its first lead of the game with 11:19 remaining. The Bruins shot 74 percent in the second half.
Sophomore Bobby Jones leads the Huskies in four major statistical categories. He tops the squad in points (12.7), rebounds (6.2), steals (17) and field goal percentage (55.6%). Jones tallied 10 or more points in 10 of 11 games this season after reaching double figures just five times all last season. He is averaging 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds during the last six games after joining the starting lineup. A defensive specialist last season, Jones started the season's final 15 games in 2003 and ranked seventh on the team with 5.7 points per game. He eclipsed that total by 7.0 points to 12.7 this year.
Sophomore swingman Brandon Roy is a rising star in his first full collegiate season. He is averaging 11.4 points per game, including a career-high 22 points and five assists against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). At Houston on Dec. 20 he 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 was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the prep class of 2002, but was not declared eligible by the NCAA until Jan. 16, 2003. He played 13 games with two starts last season, averaging 6.1 points per game. He averaged 13.8 points and 5.5 rebounds during the final four games of 2003. Roy applied for the 2002 NBA Draft out of high school, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft. He is the fourth product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current UW roster, joining Will Conroy, Tre Simmons and Anthony Washington.
Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar airs weekly from 7:30-8:00 p.m. on KJR (AM-950). The day of the week varies. The show is hosted by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau along with KJR Radio personality David Locke. The next broadcast is Monday, Jan. 12.
Producing Point Guards
UW point guards Will Conroy (Garfield HS) and Nate Robinson (Rainier Beach HS) both hail from the city of Seattle. The Emerald City has produced some jewels on the hardwood, a legacy of point guards that is highlighted by former Arizona standout Jason Terry and Michigan's Jamal Crawford. Three Pac-10 schools may start Seattle natives at the point this season, including Aaron Brooks (Franklin HS) at Oregon and Rodrick Stewart (Rainier Beach HS) at USC along with the UW duo. Other prominent point guards from the state of Washington include Gonzaga's John Stockton (Spokane) and Dan Dickau (Prairie), Oregon's Luke Ridnour (Blaine) and current Florida freshman Ryan Appleby (Stanwood).
The most improved player in the Pac-10 last season was point guard Will Conroy, now a junior at Washington. His 12.7-point sophomore scoring average was 10.2 better than his freshman 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 had 19 double-figure performances last season and led all Husky scorers in eight games. Conroy ranked 21st among Pac-10 scorers (12.7 ppg) and distributed a team-high 108 assists to rank fifth among Pac-10 playmakers (4.0 apg). He currently leads the team and ranks sixth among Pac-10 players with 4.5 assists per game. His assist/turnover ratio of 1.69 is the ninth best among Pac-10 players. Conroy has distributed 49 assists while committing 29 turnovers.
Washington has started three different lineups. The most recent unit opened the last six games, featuring three sophomores (Mike Jensen, Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy) and two juniors (Will Conroy, Tre Simmons). Last year, the Huskies implemented nine unique lineups and Will Conroy was the only player to start every game. Conroy did not start this year's season opener against Portland State, stopping a streak of 34 consecutive starting assignments. Brandon Roy and Mike Jensen are the only two Huskies to start all 11 games.
Nate the Great
High-flying sophomore guard Nate Robinson will concentrate on basketball this season after having an huge impact last year on both the hardwood and the gridiron. He tallied a season-high 16 points at San Diego State (Dec. 27) and matched that figure at Stanford (Jan. 4). Robinson garnered Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors after leading UW with a 13.0-point scoring average. He had eight points in 23 minutes Jan. 2, 2003 against UCLA after starting two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. Robinson registered 17 double-figure outings and topped all UW scorers a team-high 11 times in his 23 games. The 5-9 leaper was spectacular in his second collegiate 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 effort, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14). 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 Nov. 26. Robinson entered UW on a football scholarship, but switched to basketball. 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.
Quicksilver guard Curtis Allen is the lone senior on the Washington roster. He ranks second among all-time Huskies with 139 career 3-pointers. Allen hit six treys at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He has amassed 897 points during his career and needs 103 more to become the 28th player in UW history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Allen's current career free throw mark of 87.3 percent (192-220) is the best in school history. He ranks second among all-time Pac-10 players behind only former UCLA standout Rod Foster who shot 88.0% between 1980-83.
Last UW Game
USC 88, UW 80 (Jan. 8, 2004/Seattle)
Errick Craven led five double-figure scorers with 20 points and hit a 3-pointer at the end of halftime that capped an 18-2 run that fueled USC's 88-80 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (5-6, 0-3) claimed their last lead at 24-22 on a jumper by Anthony Washington with 6:07 left in the first half. The Trojans (7-5, 2-1) scored 18 of the next 20 points to go ahead 40-26 at halftime. UW committed 17 first-half turnovers and 29 for the game. Washington fell behind 55-38 before storming back within three points at 61-58 on a Nate Robinson jump shot with 7:37 remaining. Craven answered with a 3-pointer and added another basket to fuel a seven-point USC run. Robinson, who scored 13 points, played at Seattle's Rainier Beach High School alongside twins Rodrick and Lodrick Stewart who are freshmen at USC. Rodrick tallied 14 points and Lodrick added nine. The Huskies, who swept USC last season, got 21 points from Will Conroy, including three 3-pointers and 13 points in the final 2:48. Conroy cut the deficit to 85-80 on two free throws with 0:48 left before USC scored the final three points on free throws. Desmon Farmer scored 13 points for USC which also got 10 apiece from Gregg Guenther Jr. and Jeff McMillan. Bobby Jones contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Huskies.
Season in Review
The Huskies opened the season with four consecutive home games. They defeated Portland State 73-65 (Nov. 21), UC Riverside 91-78 (Nov. 24) and Eastern Washington 104-91 (Nov. 29) before losing 86-62 to 17th-ranked Gonzaga (Dec. 3). Washington hit the road and lost 92-76 at Wyoming (Dec. 6) and 79-64 at Houston (Dec. 20) before a 92-81 triumph at San Diego State (Dec. 27). The Huskies defeated Columbia (Dec. 30) 81-55, their first home game in 27 days. UW opened Pac-10 play with a 76-62 loss at California in a game that was tied with 5 1/2 minutes to play before the Bears hit six straight 3-pointers. The Huskies suffered an 85-72 setback at No. 5 Stanford (Jan. 4) and committed 29 turnovers in an 88-80 loss Thursday against USC in their last outing.
2004 Season Highlights
Junior Hakeem Rollins blocked six shots at California (Jan. 2), the highest single-game total by a Husky since David Dixon had a school-record seven blocks against Washington State on Jan. 31, 2002 ... UW's 37-point win over Columbia (88-51) was its largest margin of victory since defeating Brigham Young 95-44 on Nov. 26, 1996 ... The 58-point first-half outburst against Columbia (Dec. 30) was the highest scoring half by Washington since it had 59 the second half against Portland State Nov. 28, 2000 ... Sophomore Brandon Roy became the first player in school history to be the Huskies' sole leader in the five major statistical categories with his 19-point, 12-rebound, 5-assist, 2-steal and 1-blocked shot performance at Houston (Dec. 20). Two former players (Thalo Green on 2/19/00 & Dion Brown on 1/28/89) paced UW in those five stats, but tied with a teammate in at least one category. (Note: blocks & steals were not officially recorded prior to 1976) ... At Houston, Brandon Roy (12) and Bobby Jones (10) became the first UW teammates to grab double-figure rebounds during the same game since Jan. 19, 2002 when Doug Wrenn (12) and David Dixon (11) accomplished the feat ... The 104-91 win over Eastern Washington (Nov. 29) marked UW's highest point total in 311 games, dating to a 130-67 win over Chico State on Dec. 1, 1992. It was UW's first 100-point effort in 159 games, dating to a 101-86 win at USC on Jan. 29, 1998.
Washington clinched its third consecutive winning non-conference record, posting a 5-3 mark before the Pac-10 season started. UW has one non-conference game remaining, a Feb. 22 visit to North Carolina State. Last year the Huskies finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4 record following a 6-5 ledger in 2001.
A young, extremely athletic group of players pursues Washington's first winning season and post-season appearance since 1999. Four primary starters return from last season's 10-17 squad. Seven of the top-eight scorers are back, including freshman All-American Nate Robinson who topped all UW players in 2003 with a scoring average of 13.0. Only one senior (Curtis Allen) is listed on the Husky roster that features just two players (Allen, Will Conroy) who have played more than one full season in a Husky uniform. The backcourt will be strong with future star Brandon Roy available for a full season and the addition of high-scoring junior college transfer Tre Simmons who averaged nearly 30 points at Green River (Wash.) Community College. The frontcourt features the talented trio of sophomores Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones and Anthony Washington. Muscular transfer Hakeem Rollins (Mesa JC, Ariz.) will contribute physical post play.
Over half (8) of Washington's 15-player roster is comprised of first-year Huskies, including three transfers, one scholarship freshman and four walk-ons. The newcomers most likely to contribute immediately are junior college transfers Tre Simmons (Green River CC) and Hakeem Rollins (Mesa JC). Simmons is a prolific scorer who averaged 29.8 points last season with two 50-point performances. Rollins is a physical inside presence who will challenge sophomore Anthony Washington for playing time at the post position. Freshman Hans Gasser is a versatile 6-9 forward from Issaquah (Wash.) High School who also could see early playing time.
Five players are gone from last year's UW team, including 2002 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year Doug Wrenn who declared for the 2003 NBA Draft after his junior season. Wrenn averaged 19.5 points in 2002, a figure that dipped to 12.4 last season. He started 23 games last year and led the team with 5.8 rebounds per game. Also departing was center Marlon Shelton who graduated. Guard C.J. Massingale transferred to Metro State in Denver, Colo. and walk-on David Hudson decided not to play basketball. Forward Jeffrey Day was dismissed from school and planned to transfer to a junior college.
Sophomore Ben Devoe left the UW team Dec. 18 after final exams concluded. The 6-foot-11 center sought increased playing time and transferred to first-year NCAA Division I member Utah Valley State in Orem. Devoe played one game this season, a three-minute stint against UC Riverside on Nov. 24, and scored on his only shot. The Olympia (Wash.) High School product originally joined the Huskies as a walk-on in January of 2002 and was awarded a scholarship prior to the 2002-03 campaign. He played six games last year, averaging 0.3 points and 0.7 rebounds.
A lot was new last season, the first under head coach Lorenzo Romar. The 2003 roster listed six freshmen and only one senior (Marlon Shelton). Five of those freshmen, including red-shirt frosh Mike Jensen, started at least two games. The Huskies opened three games with four freshmen and a sophomore (Will Conroy) in the starting lineup. The abundance of youth produced inconsistent results. Washington posted impressive victories against NCAA Tournament-bound teams Stanford and Oregon, but also suffered several narrow defeats and did not qualify for the Pac-10 Tournament. UW lost 10 games by 10-or-fewer points and dropped three overtime contests en route to a ninth-place conference finish. The Huskies had a 10-17 record with a 5-13 Pac-10 ledger.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated 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 769 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They have a 4-1 home record this season.
The Dec. 3 game against Gonzaga marked the fifth sellout since Bank of America Arena re-opened for the 2000-01 season after renovations. Three of the sellouts came during second-year Coach Lorenzo Romar's tenure. On Feb. 6, 2003 a record crowd of 10,028 attended UW's 88-85 overtime loss to Arizona.
Good seats are available for all Washington home games. All seats are reserved and priced at $20, $18 and $10. University of Washington students with current student i.d. can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. For ticket information please contact the Husky Ticket Office by phone (206-543-2200) or on-line at Husky Basketball Tickets
Washington completed its 15-game 2002-03 home schedule averaging 6,799 spectators per game. That was the largest attendance figure at the Huskies' on-campus arena since the 1984-85 season drew an average of 6,979. UW averaged 7,851 fans during the 2000 season while playing at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during the Edmundson Pavilion renovation. The Huskies drew an average of 7,840 fans last year during nine home Pac-10 contests, an increase of 1,231 from the 2001-02 season's conference average of 6,609. Washington is averaging 6,854 spectators this season in six home games to date.
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 173-98 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Ducks won three of the last four meetings.
> The Northwest rivals split the season series last year, each defending its own homecourt. Oregon won the first meeting 91-66 in Eugene and the Huskies were 78-66 victors in Seattle during the most recent matchup.
> UW owns a 68-64 advantage over the Ducks during games played in Eugene despite losing in its last two visits to McArthur Court.
> Seventh-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 6-7 coaching record against UW.
> Second-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-1 record against Oregon.
The Last Meeting
UW 78, Oregon 66 (Feb. 22, 2003; Seattle)
Curtis Allen came off the bench to score 17 points, including five that capped a decisive nine-point run in Washington's 78-66 win over Oregon at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (9-15, 4-11) outscored Oregon 40-14 in the paint to help snap a five-game losing streak. Washington tallied 14 unanswered points three minutes into the game to take an 18-6 lead. The Ducks (18-7, 8-6) chipped away at the lead, drawing within 36-31 at halftime. Oregon scored the first six second-half points to go ahead 37-36. The lead changed hands five times until Brandon Roy ignited a 9-0 run with a put-back dunk with 5:43 left to play. Allen capped the surge with a fastbreak layin and 3-pointer that give UW control of the game with a 64-54 advantage at 3:11. Roy finished with career highs in points (13), rebounds (7) and assists (3). Will Conroy was one of five Husky double-figure scorers with 15 points while Nate Robinson had 14 and Doug Wrenn 10. Luke Ridnour paced Oregon with 20 points and six assists, but he also had eight turnovers and had his Pac-10 record streak of consecutive free throws halted at 62. James Davis scored 15 points for the Ducks who also got 14 from Ian Crosswhite. The Huskies shot 50 percent (30-60) from the field while limiting Oregon to a season-low 33 percent (21-63).
The Last Meeting in Eugene
#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.