Jan. 1, 2006
MONDAY, JANUARY 2 --
Cornell vs. (#7) Washington, 7:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 --
Washington State vs. (#7) Washington, 7:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
In their wake of their first loss of the season and the end of a 32-game homecourt winning streak, the Washington Huskies (11-1, 1-1) host Cornell (4-7), Monday, Jan. 2 in their final non-conference game. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena for the game that will be televised live on FSN Northwest. This is the first meeting between UW and the Big Red. First-year Husky assistant coach Paul Fortier was on the Cornell staff the last two seasons. UW resumes Pac-10 play, Saturday, Jan. 7 at home against Washington State.
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Monday's UW-Cornell game airs at 7 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN Northwest. Paul Sunderland describes the action alongside analyst Larry Farmer.
The Washington-Cornell game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Cashing in at the Bank
The Huskies have a 36-4 home record in the last three seasons at Bank of America Arena. They registered a school-record 32-game winning streak that started Jan. 29, 2004 against Arizona. The same Wildcats ended UW's streak with a 96-95 double-overtime decision on Dec. 31, 2005. The 32-game streak was seven-wins longer than the previous school record of 25 (Jan. 18, 1930-Mar. 6, 1931) and led the nation. UW posted a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005 and is 10-1 this season.
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 was spectacular last week with back-to-back 35-point performances, a figure only 16 other Huskies have reached. Roy's total was the highest for a Husky since Doug Wrenn tallied 35 points at Arizona on Feb. 2, 2002. Roy joined another elite UW club as he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He has 1,041 points as the 31st Husky to reach the century mark. Roy registered the first 30-point game by a UW player in nearly two years. He was the last 30-point producer, hitting that figure on Feb. 7, 2004 at UCLA. The 6-foot-6 guard hit all five of his 3-point attempts against ASU (Dec. 29) and forced both overtimes with treys vs. Arizona (Dec. 31).
Perfect Non-Conference Slate
Washington seeks to complete the 16th undefeated regular-season non-conference mark in school history, their first since 1980. If they beat Cornell Monday, the Huskies will post the school's third-best non-conference record at 11-0.
UW's Undefeated Regular-Season Non-Conference Records
13-0 -- 1976 (23-5 overall)
12-0 -- 1933 (22-6 overall)
9-0 -- 1931 (25-3 overall)
9-0 -- 1938 (29-7 overall)
9-0 -- 1939 (20-5 overall)
9-0 -- 1951 (24-6 overall)
9-0 -- 1980 (18-10 overall)
8-0 -- 1921 (18-4 overall)
8-0 -- 1929 (18-2 overall)
8-0 -- 1947 (16-8 overall)
7-0 -- 1902 (7-0 overall)
7-0 -- 1932 (19-6 overall)
4-0 -- 1911 (11-1 overall)
3-0 -- 1913 (14-5 overall)
2-0 -- 1922 (13-5 overall)
The Cornell Series
> Monday marks the first ever meeting between Cornell and Washington in men's basketball.
> Cornell is school of 13,700 students located in Ithaca, N.Y.
> The Big Red are a member of the Ivy League.
> The Huskies have an 8-2 all-time record against current Ivy League members, having played Columbia (3-0), Dartmouth (2-0), Penn (0-2) and Yale (3-0).
> The Washington coaching staff includes first-year assistant Paul Fortier who served on the Cornell staff the previous two seasons.
> Sixth-year Cornell Coach Steve Donahue has never coached against UW.
> In his fourth year at Washington Lorenzo Romar has never coached against Cornell.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Six of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a 49.9-percent clip as a team. Freshman Artem Wallace leads the team in field goal accuracy at 64.7 percent, but does not have enough attempts to qualify for the conference stats. Neither does Hans Gasser (51.0%). Freshman Jon Brockman ranks second among Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 58.5. Three other Huskies are ranked among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Jamaal Williams (54.1%), Bobby Jones (52.3%) and Brandon Roy (50.3%). UW's shooting percentage was at-or-above the 50-percent plateau in six games. The season's lowest figure was 38.3 percent against Lehigh on Dec. 23. 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%).
Washington welcomed a new member of the 1,000-point club in consecutive games last week, the 30th and 31st Huskies to accomplish that feat. Senior Bobby Jones scored his 1,000th point Dec. 23 against Lehigh, becoming the 30th player in Husky history to reach that plateau. Another senior, Brandon Roy, amassed a career-high 35 points against Arizona State on Dec. 29 to surpass the 1,000-point plateau. Roy currently ranks 29th among all-time UW scorers with 1,041 points and Jones is 30th with a total of 1,019.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 31 of UW's 75 treys, 17 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but one game this season and hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25). The Stanwood (Wash.) High School product is in his first year playing with the Huskies. He red-shirted last season after transferring from Florida.
The Huskies won their opening 11 games for the first time since the 1975-76 UW squad started the season with 14 consecutive victories. Nine previous Washington teams had similar or longer season-opening winning streaks ... Freshman forward Jon Brockman has three double-doubles, more than any Husky had last season. The entire UW team combined for eight double-doubles last season ... The Huskies committed a school-record low three turnovers against Arizona State (Dec. 29). The previous low mark was six on seven occasions.
The Huskies have a 54-11 record in the last 65 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 10-0 to start the 2006 campaign.
The Washington State Series
> Washington won 14 of the last 18 meetings and owns a 167-91 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1910.
> The Huskies swept the season series the last two years, their first back-to-back sweeps since 1997 and 1998.
> Washington boasts a 97-31 home record against WSU, including wins in each of the Cougars' last 11 visits to Seattle. The last Washington State victory at UW was a 67-46 decision on Jan. 29, 1994.
> Third-year Washington State coach Dick Bennett has an 0-4 record against UW.
> Fourth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-1 record against WSU.
The Last Meeting
#15 UW 68, Washington State 55 (Feb. 19, 2005/Pullman, Wash.)
Mike Jensen scored nine first-half points, including a layup that capped a 13-point run as 15th-ranked Washington gained control early en route to a 68-55 win over Washington State at Friel Court. The Huskies (21-4, 11-3) swept the season series for the second straight year. The Cougars (10-13, 5-9) never led, but tied the score 9-9 on a Kyle Weaver basket with 15:59 left in the first half. Bobby Jones then hit back-to-back shots followed by five consecutive Jamaal Williams points that ignited the 13-0 run. That surge helped the Huskies outscore WSU 25-8 to claim a 34-17 halftime advantage. Tre Simmons scored 11 of his game-high 16 points in the second half. His third straight 3-pointer put UW ahead 68-42 with 4:10 left in the game. The Huskies did not score another point after their reserves entered the game. The Cougars scored the game's last 13 points over the final 2:37 to close within 13. Jensen finished with 13 points and teammate Brandon Roy added 11. Weaver scored a career-high 15 points to pace the Cougars who also got 11 from Jeff Varem and Thomas Kelati. Will Conroy distributed nine assists for UW which was credited with 20 assists on 25 baskets.
The Last Meeting in Seattle
#10 UW 66, Washington State 48 (Jan. 23, 2005/Seattle)
Jamaal Williams scored the first of his 10 points off the bench on a three-point play that started a 14-0 run and sent 10th-ranked Washington to a 66-48 triumph over Washington State. The win was the school-record 12th straight Pac-10 home win for the Huskies who won their 18th consecutive contest at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (16-2, 6-1) won despite a season-low point total and shooting percentage (36%). The Cougars (8-8, 3-4) lost their 11th straight game against UW in Seattle. WSU held its only lead at 5-4 before Williams started the 14-0 surge during which he scored five points. Tre Simmons hit a 3-pointer to cap the run that put the Huskies ahead 18-5 with 9:46 left in the first half. UW extended its 31-18 halftime lead to as many as 23 points in the second half. Nate Robinson led all scorers with 13 points while Husky teammate Joel Smith added 10 off the bench. Thomas Kelati was WSU's only double-figure scorer with 12 points.
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 11 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He is second on the team in both scoring (15.8 ppg) and rebounding (5.4 rpg).
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 7.3 rebounds, 1.9 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 and of the finest defenders in the Pac-10. 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.
The Last Game
Arizona 96, #7 UW 95, 2ot (Dec. 31, 2005; Seattle)
Arizona rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to post a 96-95 double-overtime win over Washington despite the second straight 35-point effort of Brandon Roy. The loss ended a school-record 32-game homecourt winning streak for the Huskies (11-1, 1-1). Trailing 64-54 midway through the second half, Arizona (9-3, 2-0) staged a 23-6 run to go ahead 77-70 with 1:47 left in regulation. UW went on an 11-4 run, capped by a Roy 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left to force overtime. He caused the second overtime with a step-under trey at the buzzer. By the time Kirk Walters sank the decisive free throw with five seconds left in the second overtime, four UW starters had fouled out while the Wildcats were at full strength. Ryan Appleby, who hit four first-half treys, missed the potential winning 3-pointer as time expired. Arizona, which shot only 1-of-15 on first-half 3-pointers, hit 8-of-14 treys after halftime. Hassan Adams scored 32 points to pace the Wildcats and Mustafa Shakur added 23. Jamaal Williams scored 22 points for the Huskies. Roy shot 4-of-6 from 3-point range and had a double-double, leading all rebounders with 11.
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 801 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.