Dec. 23, 2005
SEATTLE - The streaking Washington Huskies kicked their holiday season off with a bang Friday night at Bank of America Arena.
The arena, officially titled Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, has been home to the Huskies since Dec 27, 1927 and has seen over 1,000 men's basketball games. On Friday night, the venerable arena hosted win No. 800, a figure that is the highest in the nation for any team in its current arena.
One of the lowest scoring games the arena has seen recently had national scoring leader Washington beating Lehigh 54-37, pushing its record to 800-288 on the home floor.
Several other milestones were reached or extended as the Huskies played their final pre-conference contest. Pac-10 play begins Thursday at home against Arizona State.
Senior Bobby Jones scored 12 points against Lehigh, the last basket giving him a total of 1,000 points in his career at Washington. He is the 30th player in UW history to reach the century mark in career points. Jones was Lorenzo Romar's first recruit as the Husky head coach and they participated in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments.
The Huskies pushed their record to 10-0 on the season, the first time they have posted 10-straight wins since 1981-82.
Bank of America Arena has yet to host a Husky loss in any sport this school year with a combined 27-0 mark. The national champion volleyball team registered an 11-0 record, the men's basketball squad has a 9-0 home mark and the women's basketball team is 7-0 in Seattle.
Home has certainly been sweet for these Huskies as they extended their NCAA-leading home winning streak to 31 games. Gonzaga owns the second longest streak with 28-straight home victories.
Bank of America Arena has one of the greatest home-court advantages in the country and should see its fair share of great games in the future as well.
The Pavilion first opened with a dedication game on Dec. 27, 1927 with Washington defeating Illinois 34-23.
Since then, two top-ranked men's basketball teams have been beaten within its walls and legendary UCLA coach John Wooden suffered his final loss in the Pavilion.
The Huskies are excited about Pac-10 play beginning next week.
"Our guys have been looking forward to Pac-10 play for a couple of weeks now," head coach Lorenzo Romar said. "This was a good game for us to play going into conference."
Any game at home is good for Husky sports.