Jan. 16, 2004
SATURDAY, JANUARY 17 --
Washington at Oregon State; 1:00 p.m. PST
Gill Coliseum (10,400); Corvallis, Ore. (Fox Sports Net TV)
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 --
Washington at Washington State; 4:00 p.m. PST
Friel Court (12,058); Pullman, Wash. (Fox Sports Northwest TV)
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (5-8, 0-5) continue their three-game road trip, Saturday, Jan. 17 at Oregon State (8-6, 2-2). Tip-off is 1 p.m. at Gill Coliseum for the game that will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net. The Beavers swept the season series last year and won seven of the last eight meetings with Washington. The Huskies are seeking to halt a five-game losing streak and post their first Pac-10 victory. Washington has started the conference campaign with an 0-5 record for the first time since the 1994 squad began Pac-10 play with eight straight defeats. The Huskies are coming off an 84-74 loss at Oregon on Thursday, the same night that Oregon State beat Washington State 52-41. Last week in Seattle, UW turned the ball over 29 times in an 88-80 loss to USC (Jan. 8) and rallied from 17 points behind to force overtime before losing 86-84 to UCLA (Jan. 10).
Washington's game at Oregon State will be televised live nationally on Fox Sports Net. Tip-off is 1 p.m. Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini call the action.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game at Oregon State airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 17th season. 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 Huskies averaged 89.6 points in their five wins and 71.8 in their eight losses ... Mike Jensen hit 6 of 10 treys this year and shot 50% on career 3-pointers (16-32) ... Will Conroy leads UW with a 15.2 scoring average in Pac-10 play, an increase of 5.4 points from his average of 9.8 points against non-conference competition ... UW players have 5 double-figure rebound games after registering 3 in 2003 ... Seven different players have led UW in scoring this year and six different Huskies topped the team in rebounds ... The team that led at halftime won all 13 Washington games this season.
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 464 of UW's 1,022 points in the 13 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 a 4-0 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 1-8 when being outshot. The Huskies are shooting over 10 percent better from the field in their victories and over eight percent better from 3-point range.
The Huskies are in the midst of a stretch during which five of their first seven Pac-10 games are on the road. That stretch ends next week when UW plays at Washington State on Jan. 24. The Huskies have a 4-3 home record and a 1-5 mark in road outings. The Huskies have just one Pac-10 road win in each of the last three seasons; at Oregon (Jan. 18, 2001), at Oregon State (Feb. 21, 2002) and at USC (Mar. 6, 2003). They have a 3-29 record in their last 32 conference road contests dating to the 2000 season.
The Oregon State Series
> Washington has a 139-134 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.
> Oregon State swept the season series last year, winning 82-62 in Corvallis and 80-72 in Seattle.
> The Beavers won seven of the last eight meetings, outscoring UW by an average margin of 12.5 points during those last eight encounters.
> Oregon State has a 93-43 record against the Huskies over games played in Corvallis. The Beavers won three of the last four against UW at Gill Coliseum.
> Second-year Oregon State coach Jay John has a 2-0 record against Washington.
> Second-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-2 record against Oregon State.
The Last Meeting
Oregon State 80, UW 72 (Feb. 20, 2003; Seattle)
Chris Stephens scored all five of his points on free throws inside the final two minutes of the first half, sparking a surge that gave Oregon State the lead for good en route to an 80-72 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Beavers (12-10, 5-8) capped a sweep of the season series with their fourth straight win against UW in Seattle. The Huskies (8-15, 3-11) scored the game's opening seven points and led 33-27 before OSU closed the half with a 10-2 run. Stephens started the run with two free throws 1:53 before halftime and added three more with 1.2 seconds remaining when he was fouled by Nate Robinson on a 3-point try. The Beavers led 37-35 at halftime despite turning the ball over 11 times. OSU netted the first four second-half points and the margin eventually grew to as many as 12 points, helped by Lamar Hurd who tallied all 10 of his points after intermission. J.S. Nash led five OSU double-figure scorers with 15 points while Brian Jackson had 13. David Lucas scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half. Philip Ricci had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Beavers who outrebounded UW 38-24. Will Conroy paced Washington with 15 points and Doug Wrenn added 10. Robinson finished with 15 points and five assists for the Huskies who were outscored 24-10 at the free throw line. The Beavers shot 55 percent from the field (27-49) while limiting UW to 42-percent accuracy (28-66).
The Last Meeting in Corvallis
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.
This is Washington's second season under head 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 has a 108-113 all-time record in eight seasons with a 15-25 mark at Washington.
Sophomore Bobby Jones leads the Huskies in three major statistical categories. He tops the squad in rebounds (6.0) and field goal percentage (53.7%) while sharing top scoring honors (12.2) with Brandon Roy. Jones ranks second among UW players with 20 steals. Jones tallied 10 or more points in 11 of 13 games this season after reaching double figures just five times all last season. 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 6.6 points to 12.3 this year.
Quicksilver guard Curtis Allen is the lone senior on the Washington roster. He ranks second among all-time Huskies with 140 career 3-pointers. Allen hit six treys at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He has amassed 902 points during his career and needs 98 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.
Sophomore swingman Brandon Roy is a rising star in his first full collegiate season. He is tied for the team lead with a 12.2-point scoring average, including a career-high 22 points and five assists against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). Roy had 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting at Oregon (Jan. 15). 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.
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 in 2003. Conroy currently ranks third among Husky scorers with 11.8 points per game. He leads the team during Pac-10 play with a 15.2-point average. Conroy is UW's top playmaker. He distributed 58 assists, an average of 4.5 per game that ranks sixth among Pac-10 players. Conroy's assist/turnover ratio of 1.57 is the ninth best among Pac-10 players.
Washington has started three different lineups. The most recent unit opened the last eight 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 13 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 double-figure points in six of the last seven games, including a season-high 18 points against UCLA (Jan. 10). 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.
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 Wednesday, Jan. 21.
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).
Last UW Game
Oregon 84, UW 74 (Jan. 15, 2004/Eugene, Ore.)
James Davis scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half when Oregon built a lead it would never relinquish during an 84-74 win over Washington at McArthur Court. Washington (5-8, 0-5) dropped to 0-5 in Pac-10 play for the first time since the 1994 season. The Ducks (7-4, 2-2) hit five consecutive 3-pointers midway through the opening period, including four from Davis, to build a 45-38 halftime advantage. The Huskies drew within 52-51 on a layup by Nate Robinson with 12:26 left to play. Oregon responded with a 23-7 run, fueled by Luke Jackson's 13 points. Jackson tallied 16 of his game-high 24 points after halftime. The Oregon lead grew to as many 17 points before UW scored eight straight points to narrow the final margin. Brandon Roy scored 18 points to lead the Huskies while Robinson added 16, Will Conroy 15 and Bobby Jones 11. The Ducks shot 52 percent from the field (26-50) and 45 percent from 3-point range (9-20). Oregon outrebounded UW 33-23. The Huskies had 13 offensive rebounds and just 10 on the defensive end. The Ducks attempted 13 more free throws and outscored UW by nine points from the line.
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.
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 in the Bay Area 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 ... UW suffered an 85-72 setback at fifth-ranked Stanford (Jan. 4) before returning home ... The Huskies turned the ball over 29 times in an 88-80 loss to USC (Jan. 8) and rallied from 17 points behind to force overtime before losing 86-84 to UCLA (Jan. 10) ... UW attempted 13 fewer free throws in an 84-74 loss at Oregon (Jan. 15) in its last outing.
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.
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The Washington State Series
> Washington won 10 of the last 14 meetings and owns a 164-90 advantage in the series that began in 1910.
> The Apple Cup rivals split the season series in 2003 for the third straight year. The Huskies won 81-67 on Jan. 31, 2003 in Seattle while the Cougars were 98-76 victors on Mar. 1, 2003 in Pullman.
> The Cougars were victorious in Washington's last three visits to Pullman, winning 98-76 in 2003, 81-79 in 2002 and 79-61 in 2001. UW has a 67-58 all-time record at WSU.
> First-year Washington State coach Dick Bennett has never coached against UW.
> Second-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-1 record against WSU.
The Last Meeting
Washington State 98, UW 76 (Mar. 1, 2003; Pullman, Wash.)
Marcus Moore, playing his first game in five weeks, came off the bench to score 23 points and lead Washington State to a 98-76 win over Washington at Friel Court. The Cougars (7-18, 2-14) registered their most points and largest margin of Pac-10 victory in seven years. Moore's return from Jan. 19 ankle surgery was a surprise. Washington (9-16, 4-12) took its last lead at 6-4 on a basket by Doug Wrenn. Walk-on Randy Green then sparked a 27-8 WSU run over the next nine minutes, scoring nine of his 15 points. The surge netted a 31-14 advantage for the Cougars who led 49-30 at halftime. The margin was 54-34 before the Huskies scored 10 straight points, including two 3-pointers from Mike Jensen. UW never cut the deficit to single digits. Five Cougars scored in double-figures, including Jerry McNair (14), Chris Schlatter (11) and Thomas Kelati (11). UW's Brandon Roy tallied 15 of his team-high 17 points in the second half. Nate Robinson scored 15 points for the Huskies who also got 13 from Jensen and Will Conroy. Washington State shot 65 percent (20-31) in the first half and finished at 55 percent (35-64) for the game. The Cougars hit 52 percent of their 3-pointers (12-23). UW improved a 36-percent first half (12-33) to finish the game at 44 percent (28-64).
Wait 'til Next Year
A pair of Huskies are not competing in games this year, waiting until next season until they are eligible. Jamaal Williams, a 6-5 forward with a powerful inside presence, is red-shirting this season after transferring from New Mexico. He averaged 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 2003 for the Lobos, including a 25-point, 15-rebound performance at UNLV on Feb. 23. Walk-on Matt Fletcher joined the team in the fall as a transfer from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The Maize (Kansas) High School product played at Butler County Junior College in 2002.