Jan. 12, 2004
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
SATURDAY, JANUARY 17 --
Washington at Oregon State; 1:00 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Net TV
Gill Coliseum (10,400); Corvallis, Ore.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (5-7, 0-4) embark on a three-game road trip, seeking to halt a four-game losing streak and post their first Pac-10 victory. Washington plays a pair of games in the state of Oregon this week, beginning Thursday, Jan. 15 against the Oregon Ducks (6-4, 1-2). Tip-off is 6 p.m. at McArthur Court in Eugene. The Huskies won the most recent meeting 78-66 in Seattle after losing the previous three games against the Ducks. On Saturday, Jan. 17, Washington visits Gill Coliseum in Corvallis to play Oregon State (7-6, 1-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Beavers swept the season series last year and won seven of the last eight games against Washington. The Huskies are coming off a pair of home games last week. 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).
Both UW games this week will be televised on Fox Sports Net Northwest. Thursday's game at Oregon airs at 6 p.m. and Saturday's outing at Oregon State airs at 1 p.m.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Both games this week air 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
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 439 of UW's 948 points in the 12 regular-season games, accounting for 46 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 1-7 when being outshot. The Huskies are shooting over 11 percent better from the field in their victories and nearly 10 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 1-4 mark in road outings. The Huskies have just one Pac-10 road wins 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 3-28 record in their last 31 conference road contests dating to the 2000 season.
The Huskies shot 51 percent in their five wins and 39 percent in the seven losses ... Mike Jensen hit 5 of 9 treys this year and shot 48% on career 3-pointers (15-31) ... Will Conroy leads UW with a 15.3 scoring average in Pac-10 play, an increase of 5.5 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 12 Washington games this season.
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.
Sophomore Bobby Jones leads the Huskies in three major statistical categories. He tops the squad in points (12.3), rebounds (6.2) and field goal percentage (54.6%) while ranking second with 18 steals. Jones tallied 10 or more points in 10 of 12 games this season after reaching double figures just five times all last season. He is averaging 13.6 points (95) and 7.3 rebounds (51) during the last seven 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 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 139 career 3-pointers. Allen hit six treys at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He has amassed 899 points during his career and needs 101 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 averaging 11.8 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.
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 11.6 points per game. He leads the team during Pac-10 play with a 15.3-point average. Conroy is UW's top playmaker. He distributed 54 assists, an average of 4.5 per game that ranks sixth among Pac-10 players. Conroy's assist/turnover ratio of 1.59 is the ninth best among Pac-10 players.
Washington has started three different lineups. The most recent unit opened the last seven 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 12 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 five of the last six 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.
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 108-112 all-time record in eight seasons with a 15-24 mark at 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 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
UCLA 86, UW 84 ot (Jan. 10, 2004/Seattle)
Dijon Thompson sank two free throws with 10.5 seconds left in overtime, lifting UCLA to an 86-84 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. T.J. Cummings scored 12 of his 22 points in the first half, helping the Bruins (8-3, 4-0) build a 38-27 halftime advantage. The margin grew to as many as 17 points in the second half. UCLA led 70-57 before Washington (5-7, 0-4) started an 18-4 run on two Nate Robinson free throws with 3:14 left in regulation. Tre Simmons capped the run with a layin at 0:44 the put the Huskies ahead 75-74. UCLA's Trevor Ariza forced overtime on a free throw with 38 seconds remaining. Ariza tallied five of his 21 points during the extra session. UW had a chance to tie the game after Thompson's decisive free throws. Will Conroy missed a shot, leaving only .02 seconds for an inbounds play to Brandon Roy who was unable to tip in the ball in traffic. Conroy scored a season-high 29 points, hitting 9 of 15 shots while also contributing seven rebounds and five assists. Robinson had 18 for UW and Roy 16. Thompson finished with 13 points for UCLA which also got 12 from Michael Fey. The Bruins shot 52 percent (35-68) from the field while limiting UW to 41 percent (29-71).
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).
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.
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: www.gohuskies.com
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.
> 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.