Nov. 21, 2002
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 --
UW vs. Montana State / 2:00 p.m. PST / No TV
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (850 AM) in Puget Sound area
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 --
UW at UNLV / 6:30 p.m. PST (7:30 p.m. MST) / No TV
Thomas & Mack Center (18,500); Las Vegas, Nev.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Seattle
The Washington Huskies (0-0) begin regular-season play at home this weekend, hosting Montana State (0-0) on Sunday, Nov. 24. Tip-off is 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Huskies and Bobcats have not met on the hardwood since 1987 when UW won a 98-90 overtime decision in Bozeman during the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. Sunday marks the official UW coaching debut of 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 Washington.
Washington has a 73-27 all-time record in season-opening games. The Huskies won seven of their last eight openers, including an 82-70 victory at Alaska-Fairbanks last season. The Huskies, who did not play any home games in 1905, have an 81-18 record in all-time home openers. They won last season's first home game 69-49 over Santa Clara.
The second century of Washington basketball begins with a prominent player from the first century assuming the head coaching position. Lorenzo Romar, a two-year Husky starting point guard in 1979 and 1980, was hired April 3, 2002 as the 18th coach in the 101-year history of UW basketball. He inherits a young Husky team that finished with an 11-18 record in 2002, placed eighth with a 5-13 conference record and participated in the Pac-10 Tournament. Only one senior (Marlon Shelton) is listed on the Husky roster that also includes just three juniors (Curtis Allen, C.J. Massingale, Doug Wrenn). Shelton, Allen and Massingale are the only three team members who have played more than one season in a Husky uniform. Wrenn (19.5) and Allen (12.0) were the team's top two scorers last season.
Sunday's season opener will be broadcast on KHHO (850 AM) in the Puget Sound area due to a programming conflict on KJR, Washington's flagship station. All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Network. The majority of games will air on KJR Radio (AM 950) in the Seattle area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season. He will be joined on home broadcasts by color commentator Jason Hamilton, a UW point guard from 1994-96. Game play-by-play and stats can be followed live in a text format via the internet at: www.gohuskies.com
At least 12 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on Fox Sports Net. The first Husky game to be televised is the Dec. 23 outing against Houston which airs on Fox Sports Northwest at 7:30 p.m.
Did You Know?
Doug Wrenn worked out in Washington, D.C. this summer with Detroit Pistons' swingman Richard Hamilton whose name makes UW fans cringe. Hamilton's fall-away, put-back at the buzzer lifted his Connecticut team to a 75-74 win at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum on Mar. 19, 1998 that eliminated UW from the NCAA Sweet 16.
o Lorenzo Romar is the second former UW player to coach the Huskies, joining Lynn Nance who coached from 1990-93.
o Ten of the 13 players listed on the Husky roster are from the state of Washington, including seven from the immediate Seattle area.
o Doug Wrenn's 19.5-point average is No. 2 among Pac-10 returning players, trailing only Arizona's Jason Gardner (20.4).
o UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Montana State Series
> Washington has an 8-5 lead in the all-time series that began in 1927.
> The Huskies posted a 98-90 victory during the last meeting in Bozeman during the first round of the 1987 National Invitation Tournament.
> UW owns a 6-2 advantage during games played in Seattle, including a 94-70 win in the Bobcats last visit in 1982.
> In his 13th year as head coach at Montana State, Mick Durham has never coached against the Huskies.
> First-year Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar has never coached against MSU.
The Last Meeting
UW 98, Montana State 90 ot (NIT/Mar. 11, 1987/Bozeman, Mont.)
Greg Hill scored 11 of his game-high 26 points during overtime, lifting Washington to a 98-90 win over Montana State at Breeden Fieldhouse in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. The margin never got wider than five points during a first half that finished with the Bobcats leading 40-39. Chris Welp contributed 25 points for the Huskies, including a turnaround baseline jumper with four seconds remaining in regulation that forced the overtime. Welp's basket followed a pair of free throws by Kral Ferch that put MSU ahead 80-78 with 0:14 left in the second half. UW took control early in the overtime session, tallying the first seven points on a 3-pointer and jumper from Hill and a Welp layin. Ferch finished with 25 points to lead the Bobcats who also got 19 from Ray Willis, 18 from Shann Ferch and 14 from Tom Domako. Welp had 12 rebounds, leading a 41-29 Husky advantage on the boards. Eldridge Recasner added 18 points for UW and Phil Zevenbergen had 15. The Huskies advanced to the second round and defeated Boise State 73-68 before losing 81-76 at Nebraska.
The Huskies (11-18, 5-13) finished the 2001-02 season with a flurry, winning three of their final four regular-season games to earn the eighth and final berth to the Pac-10 Tournament. The eighth-seeded Huskies led by seven points at halftime before succumbing to No. 1 seed Oregon by an 86-64 count. Washington's non-conference season was highlighted by a runner-up performance at the Top of the World Classic in November and a home victory over NIT-bound UNLV. The Pac-10 campaign featured home victories over the top two teams in the standings, Oregon and California.
The Huskies sustained some personnel losses from last season's squad, none bigger than 6-11 center David Dixon. He led the team with 6.4 rebounds per game, ranked third with an 8.4-point scoring average and tied the school's single-season record of 67 blocked shots. Another graduating starter was forward Grant Leep who led the Pac-10 in 3-point accuracy, converting a Husky record 53 percent of his treys. Leep was fourth on the team with 7.8 points per game and ranked third in rebounds with 4.1 per contest. Two underclassmen transferred during the off-season, including starting shooting guard Erroll Knight who was the team's fifth-leading scorer with 7.1 points per game. Knight transferred to Gonzaga while walk-on Sterling Brown is seeking another school in pursuit of a scholarship.
The Washington roster is bolstered by the addition of two scholarship freshmen, 6-6 forward Bobby Jones and 6-9 center/forward Anthony Washington. Both received national top-100 acclaim as prepsters. A graduate of Long Beach Poly (Calif.) High School, Jones signed in May as first-year Coach Lorenzo Romar's first UW recruit. Romar has labeled him as the Huskies' future defensive stopper. Jones averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds as a senior in 2002. Washington originally signed with UW in the fall of 2000 before returning to Seattle's Garfield High School to complete some coursework. He did not play last season. During the 2001 state championships, he shattered the tournament record with 21 blocked shots in four games, more than any previous team had accumulated. A third newcomer, freshman Nate Robinson, is on a football scholarship and will join the team at the completion of the grid season. Robinson was the 2002 Washington Class AAA state 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.
Newcomer of the Year
Husky junior forward Doug Wrenn was named the 2002 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year along with garnering all-conference acclaim. The 6-6 forward transferred from Connecticut and sat out the 2000-01 season. Wrenn was the Pac-10's third-leading scorer (19.5 ppg) and ranked 13th in rebounding (6.4 rpg). His 546 points were the 10th-highest figure among UW single-season scorers. Wrenn was the first Husky to be honored as Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
Doug Wrenn had one of the most impressive debut seasons in Washington history. The supremely athletic 6-6 junior forward was a 2002 all-conference selection and was the recipient of the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award. His team-leading 19.5-point scoring average included four 30-point games with a high of 35 points at Arizona (Feb. 7). He tallied 30 points on four occasions, including a streak of three straight 30-point performances that tied the school record held by Louie Nelson (1973) and Bob Houbregs (1953). Wrenn was the No. 3 scorer in the Pac-10 last season and his 19.5-point average is the No. 2 figure among returning players behind only the 20.4 mark of Arizona's Jason Gardner. Wrenn registered a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game. He followed that with a 10-point, six-rebound effort against Butler (Nov. 18) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Top of the World Classic. Wrenn hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with 0:06 left. Wrenn had three double doubles and ranked second on the team with 57 assists. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn red-shirted the 2001 season at UW after transferring from Connecticut.
Doug Wrenn's 19.5-point scoring average was the 11th-highest ever for a Husky and the best since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1986-87. Wrenn led all UW scorers in 11 straight games from Jan. 6-Feb. 14, averaging 26.0 points and accounting for 36 percent of UW's scoring during that span. Wrenn reached the 30-point plateau four times with 32 against Oregon (Jan. 24), 34 at Washington State (Jan. 31), 30 at Arizona State (Feb. 9) and a career-high 35 at Arizona (Feb. 7) that marked the highest scoring output by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had 38 at James Madison on Dec. 7, 1996. Wrenn tallied 30 points in three consecutive games, becoming the third player in UW history to accomplish that feat. He topped all Husky scorers 21 times and posted 24 double-figure games, including 12 outings with 20 points.
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, junior Curtis Allen ranked sixth among Pac-10 point guards with 4.3 assists per game last season. His 126 assists were the seventh-highest total in Husky history. A two-year starter, Allen was voted to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2001. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, 2001 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. Allen posted career highs with 21 points and eight assists in UW's 77-64 win over UNLV (Nov. 28). At San Diego (Dec. 1), Allen increased his single-game scoring best to 27 points and added four assists in UW's 98-94 win. Allen was the Huskies' team leader in assists during 21 of 29 games. He distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in UW history. Allen, who reached his previous career-best of eight by halftime, fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970. Allen also excelled as a scorer, ranking second on the team with 12.0 points per game. He was No. 2 among Pac-10 free throw shooters, converting them at an 88.6-percent clip (101-114). He shot 3-pointers at a 41.7-percent rate (48-115).
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including season tickets and other special packages. The Pepsi "Fun for Four" Family Pack is perfect for quartets of all ages. Get four general admission game tickets, four Pepsi drinks and four hot dogs for only $32. Reserved seats for individual Husky games are $18 while general admission seats are $10. University of Washington students with current student identification can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call (206-543-2200) for information. Individual game reserved tickets will also be available on-line via the athletic department website at:
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Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar will air weekly either on Monday or Tuesday night from 7-7:30 p.m. on KJR (AM-950). The show is hosted by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau along with KJR Radio personality David Locke.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. From March of 1999 to November of 2000, the Pavilion's 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 has a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 757 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Last Husky Game
Athletes in Action 76, UW 59 - exhibition (Nov. 18, 2002; Seattle)
Reed Rawlings scored 14 of his 17 points during the decisive stretch late in the first half Monday as Athletes in Action posted a 76-59 win over Washington in the Huskies' final exhibition game at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies, who defeated Central Washington 68-60, finished their exhibition slate with a 1-1 record. AIA improved to 2-9 on its 12-game tour that included one-point losses to eighth-ranked Alabama and No. 17 Kentucky. UW head coach Lorenzo Romar played for AIA from 1985-92, also serving as the head coach from 1989-92. The Huskies raced out to an 18-6 lead eight minutes into the contest. Athletes in Action responded with a 34-8 run over the next 11 minutes, opening a 40-26 advantage with 0:36 left in the first half. AIA led 42-28 at halftime and started the second half with a 9-0 run to go ahead 51-28. The Huskies never got closer than 11 points despite a run of nine unanswered points midway through second half. Doug Wrenn scored a game-high 21 points for UW which also got 15 from reserve guard Curtis Allen. The Huskies shot just 32 percent (21-65) from the field while AIA hit 52 percent of its shots (31-60). Rawlings added six assists and six rebounds for AIA which outrebounded the Huskies by a 43-36 margin. Saddi Washington chipped in 15 points for the visitors and Michael Coleman added 10.
The UNLV Series
> Washington won 77-64 last season in Seattle to even the all-time series record with UNLV at 1-1.
> The Rebels won the only previous meeting with Washington in Las Vegas, a 93-73 decision on March 7, 1980 during the first round of the NIT.
> Second-year UNLV coach Charlie Spoonhour has a 1-2 record against Washington. His Southwest Missouri State team defeated UW 68-61 on Dec. 28, 1990 in El Paso, Texas. The Huskies beat his Saint Louis squad 69-60 on Nov. 28, 1998 in Hilo, Hi. and defeated UNLV 77-64 on Nov. 28, 2001 in Seattle.
> In his first season at UW, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against UNLV.
The Last Meeting
UW 77, UNLV 64 (Nov. 28, 2001; Seattle)
Curtis Allen registered 21 points and eight assists, leading Washington to a 77-64 win over UNLV at Bank of America Arena. Allen hit four of his first five shots and had 12 first-half points as UW (4-1) claimed a 36-33 halftime edge. The Runnin' Rebels (2-2) led 50-47 before Doug Wrenn scored seven of his 21 points during a seven-minute stretch that put a halt to 21 lead changes and went ahead for good. The 20-4 surge resulted in a 67-54 UW advantage with 4:25 left to play. Grant Leep scored all 10 of his points highlighted by a trio of 3-pointers. Dalron Johnson scored 23 points to lead the Rebels, including nine of their first 11 points of the second half, but did not score in the final 14:45 of the game. Chris Richardson added 11 for UNLV which was limited to 39 percent shooting from the field (24-62). The Huskies blocked six shots, four of them by David Dixon who also grabbed eight rebounds. UW outrebounded the Rebels 45-38.
Washington received a letter of intent on Nov. 19, 2002 from junior college wing player Tre Simmons who prepped at Seattle's Garfield High School. "Tre is a very versatile guard. He is long, he can defend, he can really score the ball and pass the ball," says Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar. Simmons is currently a sophomore at Green River (Wash.) CC who will join the team in the fall of 2003. The Huskies have three scholarships to offer during the late signing period (April 15-May 16).
6-5, 195, guard/forward, Seattle, Wash.
(Garfield HS/Odessa JC,Texas/Green River CC, Wash.)
The No. 3-rated junior college wing forward by Van Coleman's FutureStars Magazine ... A fifth-team JC All-America selection by Street & Smith's and top-10 small forward by The Sporting News ... Averaged 12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 2002 at Odessa (Texas) JC ... The Wranglers qualified for the 2002 regional tourney with an 18-4 record.
2002 Husky Highlights
Washington blocked a Pac-10 leading 139 shots, breaking the school single-season record of 118 established in 1993 ... David Dixon tied Chris Welp's single-season UW record with 67 blocked shots ... Grant Leep set school 3-point shooting accuracy records for a career (42.9%) and a single season (52.7%) ... Doug Wrenn's 19.5-point scoring average was the 11th highest ever by a Husky and the highest since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1987 ... UW's schedule was rated the nation's second toughest in the final regular-season Sagarin rankings published March 11 by USA Today ... Doug Wrenn's four 30-point outings were the third-best single-season total by a Husky and are the most since Louie Nelson had five during the 1972-73 campaign ... Curtis Allen's 126 assists were the 7th highest single-season total ever at UW ... Allen converted 20 consecutive free throws between Jan. 10-26, including all 12 of his free throws against Oregon (Jan. 24) to tie the school's single-game percentage record ... Allen distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), just one shy of the school single-game record of 16 set by Rafael Stone in 1970 ... Four Huskies received all-tournament honors at the Top of the World Classic: Curtis Allen, David Dixon, Erroll Knight and tournament MVP Doug Wrenn ... The Huskies blocked a school single-game record 14 shots against Santa Clara (Nov. 24), bettering by four the UW record of 10 blocks established on Dec. 3, 1991 ... Curtis Allen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, the first time a Washington player received the conference award since Deon Luton on Feb. 8, 1999.