Feb. 21, 2003
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 --
UW vs. Oregon, 4:00 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Net TV
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
SATURDAY, MARCH 1 --
UW at Washington State, 8:00 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Northwest TV
Friel Court (12,058); Pullman, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network
KLFE (AM 1590) in Seattle-KHHO (AM 850) in Tacoma
The Washington Huskies (8-15, 3-11) play their final home game of the 2003 season on Saturday, Feb. 22 against Northwest rival Oregon (18-6, 8-5). Tip-off is 4 p.m. at Bank of America Arena for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. The Ducks won this season's first meeting with UW, a 91-66 decision on Jan. 23 in Eugene. The Huskies lost 80-72 against Oregon State on Thursday while Oregon was an 89-70 victor at Washington State. Washington seeks to snap a its longest losing streak of the season, a five-game skid that began with their second turn through the Pac-10 schedule. Four of those losses came against the top four teams in the conference standings, including three encounters with ranked foes. The Huskies posted a 3-6 record during their first swing through the conference slate, but they sustained five double-digit setbacks and the six losses were by an average of 18.7 points. None of UW's last five losses were double-digit defeats and they came by an average of 5.4 points, including two overtime losses. The Huskies close out their regular-season schedule with three road games, beginning Friday, March 1 at Washington State. They play at USC (Mar. 6) and UCLA (Mar. 8) to conclude the schedule.
Washington is averaging 7,570 spectators in Pac-10 home games, an increase of 961 from last season (6,609). If Saturday's game sells out as expected, the resulting overall season average of 6,799 would be the largest attendance figure at Bank of America Arena since 1985 (6,979). UW averaged 7,851 fans during the 2000 season while playing at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during the Edmundson Pavilion renovation.
A sellout crowd Saturday would be the fourth capacity crowd since Bank of America Arena re-opened in 2000-01 with the current 10,000-seat configuration. On Feb. 6, a record crowd of 10,028 attended Washington's 88-85 overtime loss to Arizona.
Saturday's UW game against Oregon will be televised live at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Fox Sports Net. 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 against Oregon will be broadcast on KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton call the action.
o Nate Robinson has a streak of six straight double-figure scoring games. No other Husky currently has more than one.
o Curtis Allen has 44 treys this season, 20 more 3-pointers than any of his UW teammates. Will Conroy is next with 24. Allen has a 3-pointer in each of the last 12 games while no UW teammate has a current trey streak longer than one game.
o Freshmen have scored 37.6 percent (615 of 1634) of the Huskies points.
o Will Conroy needs six assists to become the 22nd player in Husky history to register a 100-assist season.
o The Huskies have an 0-11 record when held under 70 points.
The top eight finishers in the final regular-season standings will compete March 13-15 in the Pac-10 Tournament at Los Angeles' Staples Center. This is the sixth Pac-10 Tournament, but only the second since the conference stopped hosting the post-season event following the 1990 season. In the event of a tie, the team's head-to-head record is the first tiebreaker. The second tiebreaker is each team's respective record against the Pac-10 leaders in descending order. UW has a win over second-place Stanford to its credit.
The inexperienced Washington roster features six freshmen, three sophomores and three juniors. The lone senior is Marlon Shelton. On Jan. 31 against Washington State, UW started four freshmen alongside sophomore point guard Will Conroy. Four of UW's top seven scorers are freshmen, led by Nate Robinson (12.6 ppg). Freshmen have accounted for 37.6 percent of the Huskies' points (615 of 1634).
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 172-98 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Ducks won the last three meetings, including a 91-66 win earlier this season in Eugene.
> The Huskies have a 101-33 series lead against Oregon over games played in Seattle.
> The Ducks won in two of their last three visits to Bank of America Arena. Washington won last year's Seattle meeting by a 97-92 tally.
> Sixth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 6-6 coaching record against UW.
> First-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-1 record against Oregon.
The Last Meeting
#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.
Junior Doug Wrenn, who led UW with a 19.5-point scoring average last year, took over the team scoring lead last week for the first time this season. He currently averages 12.8 points per game ... Washington has a 7-7 home record and is 1-8 in road games. They are outscoring foes by 4.5 points at Bank of America Arena (74.6-70.1), but have a 13.2-point deficit at enemy courts (65.6-78.8) ... The Huskies' assist-turnover ratio in its eight wins is 135-131 while the corresponding mark in the 15 losses is 181-231 ... Washington has a 7-3 record when its field goal percent is better than its opponents, but is 1-12 when being outshot from the field ... Will Conroy leads the team with 32 steals, five more than any UW player had all last season ... Of the 115 total starts by UW players this season, 48 (42%) have been by freshmen and 28 (24%) by sophomores, or a total of 66 percent by underclassmen. Washington started four freshmen and one sophomore against Washington State (Jan. 31).
In his first year, Lorenzo Romar has eight coaching victories at Washington. He has a ways to go to match the 29 wins UW posted during his two seasons as a player. Romar was a two-year starting point guard for the Huskies in 1978-79 (11-16 record) and 1979-80 (18-10 record). His senior squad participated in the 1980 NIT. Romar posted his 100th coaching victory vs. Stanford (Jan. 18). His seven-year record is 101-103.
Freshman center Anthony Washington had a streak of 12 straight starts stopped Feb. 6 when he did not play against Arizona. He missed the last five games and is sidelined indefinitely with a sprained left foot. His status is doubtful for Saturday.
A strong case can be made for UW sophomore point guard Will Conroy as the most improved player in the Pac-10. His 12.7-point scoring average is 10.2 better than last season's average of 2.5 points, the largest improvement by any Pac-10 player. Despite playing all 29 games in 2002 and starting the final seven, Conroy did not have a double-figure scoring game. He has 15 double-figure performances this season and led all Husky scorers in eight games. Conroy ranks 18th among Pac-10 scorers (12.7 ppg) and distributed a team-high 94 assists to rank fourth among Pac-10 playmakers (4.1 apg). He amassed a career-high 32 points at Gonzaga, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime. His game-high total last year was nine points. Conroy ranks eighth among Pac-10 players with 32 steals (1.39 spg), five more than any Husky had in 2002.
Nate the Great
High-flying freshman point guard Nate Robinson has had an immediate impact on the hardwood after an impressive campaign on the gridiron. He had eight points in 23 minutes Jan. 2 against UCLA after starting two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. He led all UW scorers with a career-high 20 points against Arizona State (Feb. 8) and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds vs. USC (Jan. 4). Robinson has 13 double-figure outings and topped all UW scorers a team-high nine times in his 19 games. His collegiate basketball debut was a six-minute stint against Wyoming (Dec. 5) in Seattle and he had one rebound and one assist. The 5-8 leaper was spectacular in his second 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 performance, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14). He led all Huskies with 18 at Oregon (Jan. 23). 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 on Nov. 26. Robinson is attending UW on a football scholarship. 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.
Junior Doug Wrenn tallied double-figure points on 18 occasions, tops on the team. He leads the team and ranks 17th among Pac-10 players in scoring (12.8 ppg), 12th in rebounds (5.9 rpg) and 11th in blocked shots (21). Last year, Wrenn had one of the most impressive debut seasons in Washington history. The supremely athletic 6-6 forward was a 2002 all-conference selection and was the first UW 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). His 546 points were the 10th-highest figure among UW single-season scorers. 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. He also ranked 13th among Pac-10 rebounders (6.4 rpg). Wrenn registered a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game en route to Top of the World Classic MVP honors. He 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 in 2001 after transferring from Connecticut.
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 three-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 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 fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970. Allen leads this year's UW team with 44 treys, 20 more 3-pointers than any of his teammates. His current career free throw mark of 87.5 percent (168-192) is a school record.
Roy is Eligible
The University of Washington received notice Jan. 16 that freshman Brandon Roy was immediately eligible to compete in basketball. The 6-foot-5 swingman was declared a full qualifier by the NCAA. Roy officially enrolled at Washington Jan. 16 after auditing classes since the winter quarter began on Jan. 6. Roy suited up Jan. 16 against California, but did not play. He saw his first game action on Jan. 18 against Stanford, entering with 2:28 left in the first half. Roy played five minutes against the Cardinal. He has played the last nine games, including a six-rebound, two-assist effort at Oregon (Jan. 23). Roy scored his first points in his fourth outing Jan. 31 against Washington State. He tallied six points against the Cougars. One of the nation's premier prep players last season, Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the high school senior class of 2002. He was rated the No. 2 small forward prospect in the West by Prep West Hoops. Roy is the third product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current Husky basketball roster, joining sophomore guard Will Conroy and freshman center Anthony Washington. Roy averaged 22.3 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior in 2002, including a career-best 38-point performance on Mar. 9 in his final prep outing. His effort helped the Bulldogs claim the state's fourth-place trophy with a 71-70 victory over Snohomish. Roy was a two-time All-Washington state selection in 2001 and 2002 and was named the KingCo Conference Most Valuable Player after both of those seasons. Last spring, Roy applied for the 2003 NBA Draft, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.
Washington started seven different lineups this season, including the group of Jensen/Jones/Wrenn/Conroy/Robinson that opened the last five outings. That lineup featured three freshmen. Against Washington State (Jan. 31), four Husky freshmen started along with sophomore point guard Will Conroy who is the only Husky to start every game
While the Huskies average nearly as many turnovers as last year (15.7 to 17.3), they are at plus-2.4 in the turnover category by virtue of nearly five more opponent miscues per game. Washington forces 18.1 turnovers this season, up significantly from last year's figure of 13.7. The Huskies use more frequent full-court pressure that has resulted in 6.9 steals per game, an increase from a 5.6-steal average in 2002.
Last Husky Game
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).
Did You Know?
Despite possessing a common name, freshman Anthony Washington is the first player with the surname "Washington" to play basketball for the Huskies.
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 764 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Washington plays its final three regular-season games on the road. The Huskies have a 1-8 record away from home this season, including an 0-6 Pac-10 road record. UW's lone road victory was a 72-55 decision at Santa Clara on Dec. 7. The Huskies have just two Pac-10 road wins in the last three seasons; at Oregon (Jan. 18, 2001) and at Oregon State (Feb. 21, 2002). They won once in their last 21 conference road contests.
2003 Husky Highlights
The Huskies turned the ball over just six times against Oregon State (Feb. 20), tying the school-record low accomplished seven times before ... A capacity crowd of 10,028 showed up Feb. 6 against Arizona to set an Arena attendance record under the current configuration. That was the third sellout since the renovated Arena opened in November of 2000 ... First-year coach Lorenzo Romar registered his 100th career victory with a 73-68 decision over Stanford on Jan. 18 in Seattle ... Washington stopped a pair of losing streaks against Pac-10 opponents. UW halted a seven-game skid vs. USC with a 76-72 home win on Jan. 4 and stopped a 10-game streak against Stanford with a 73-68 home win on Jan. 18 ... The Huskies forced 29 UCLA turnovers (Jan. 2), the highest figure by an opponent since BYU turned the ball over 30 times on Nov. 26, 1996 ... UW won consecutive games by margins of 35 points (83-48 vs. Florida International) and 24 points (85-61 vs. Houston) ... The last time UW had posted back-to-back 20-point wins was Dec. 5 & 8, 1990 ... Washington limited Florida International to only 48 points, the lowest scoring output by an opponent since Dec. 20, 2000 ... The Huskies hit 32 treys in a three-game stretch from Dec. 13-23, marking their highest three-game 3-point output ever. They had consecutive double-digit 3-point performances (10 vs. Florida International on Dec. 21 & 13 vs. Houston on Dec. 23) for the first time in school history. The 13 treys against Houston were one shy of UW's single-game record ... UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Husky roster features two players from Tacoma, Washington; junior guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having a pair of players from Tacoma is remarkable considering Washington went 21 years without a Tacoma native on the men's basketball roster. The last Tacoma native to play at UW was Steve Matzen (Lincoln HS) a 1977-80 letterman.
Sophomore David Hudson has 39 points in 51 minutes this season, coming on 12 treys, one field goal and one free throw. Hudson leads all Pac-10 marksmen in 3-point accuracy, but is four treys shy of the one-per-game needed to officially qualify. He is shooting 57.1 percent (12-21) from 3-point range where all but three of his attempts have come. Hudson hit only one of his three shots from inside the arc. He had back-to-back games with three treys, against Florida International (Dec. 21) and Houston (Dec. 23). Fifteen of Hudson's 16 career field goals are 3-pointers.
The second century of Washington basketball is underway 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 is the school's first African-American head basketball coach. Romar served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to Washington. 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. Nine of the 13 players on the UW roster are freshmen (6) or sophomores (3). There is only one senior (Marlon Shelton) on the roster that also lists 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 in 2002.
Washington finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4 record. That was the second straight winning non-conference campaign for the Huskies who were 6-3 last season. UW posted a 5-7 non-conference record in 1999-2000 and was 6-6 in 2000-01.
The Washington State Series
> Washington won 10 of the last 13 meetings and owns a 163-90 advantage in the series that began in 1910.
> The Huskies won this year's first meeting 81-67 on Jan. 31, their ninth straight win over WSU in Seattle.
> The Cougars were victorious in Washington's last two visits to Pullman, winning 81-79 in 2002 and 79-61 in 2001.
> The cross-state rivals split the season series last year with the home team winning both games. WSU won 81-79 on Jan. 31 in Pullman and Washington claimed an 82-75 victory on Feb. 27 in Seattle.
> Fourth-year Washington State coach Paul Graham has a 2-5 record against UW.
> First year at Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-0 record against WSU.
The Last Meeting
UW 81, Washington State 67 (Jan. 31, 2003; Seattle)
Curtis Allen came off the bench to spark a 10-point run with six of his 13 points, leading Washington to an 81-67 victory over Washington State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (8-10, 3-6) registered their ninth straight home win over WSU. The Cougars (5-13, 0-9) suffered their 16th straight Pac-10 loss, their last conference win coming Jan. 31, 2002 in Pullman against the Huskies. WSU led 11-9 before Allen hit a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 surge that put Washington ahead for good. Allen capped the run with another trey, giving UW a 19-11 lead with 9:22 left in the first half. The Huskies led 38-30 at halftime and scored the first five second-half points. The lead grew to as many as 19 points. Sophomore Will Conroy scored 11 of his team-high 14 points in the second half. Conroy was the lone veteran in the Husky starting lineup that included four freshmen. Making his first start, Nate Robinson tallied 11 points a figure matched by reserve Doug Wrenn. Cedrick Hughey had 15 points and eight boards for the Cougars who outrebounded Washington 41-31. Thomas Kelati added 13 points for WSU and Milton Riley had 12. Washington shot 50 percent (28-56) from the floor, it's best accuracy in Pac-10 play this season. The Huskies shot 58 percent (7-12) from beyond the 3-point line and outscored WSU 18-5 from the free throw line.
Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar will air weekly either on Monday or Tuesday nights 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. The next broadcast is Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.