Dec. 15, 2003
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20 --
Washington at Houston; 5:30 p.m. PST (7:30 p.m. CST)
Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479); Houston, Texas -- No TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (AM 850) in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27 --
Washington at San Diego State; 7:00 p.m. PST
Cox Arena (12,414); San Diego, Calif. -- No TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (AM 850) in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (3-2) return to action after a 14-day break, traveling to Texas to play Houston on Saturday, Dec. 20. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (7:30 Central) at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars (1-3) play a home game Wednesday against Bethune Cookman before entertaining the Huskies. Washington owns a 4-1 series advantage in games against Houston, including an 85-61 win last season in Seattle. The Cougars won the only previous meeting in Houston, an 87-65 decision on Dec. 20, 1966. The Huskies hope to halt a two-game losing skid that followed a season-opening, three-game winning streak. Washington started its current three-game road trip Dec. 6 with a 92-76 loss at Wyoming. The Huskies opened the season with four 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). Following Saturday's game, Washington visits San Diego State, Saturday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. The Huskies return home to host Columbia on Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. before starting Pac-10 play Jan. 2 at California.
Saturday's game at Houston 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 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
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 106-107 all-time record in eight seasons with a 13-19 mark at Washington.
Sophomore Ben Devoe is leaving the UW team after final exams conclude Dec. 18. The 6-foot-11 center plans to transfer to another school in search of increased playing time. Devoe played one game this season, a three-minute stint against UC Riverside on Nov. 24, and scored on his only shot. The Olympia (Wash.) High School product originally joined the Huskies as a walk-on in January of 2002 and was awarded a scholarship prior to the 2002-03 campaign. He played six games last year, averaging 0.3 points and 0.7 rebounds. Devoe has not declared his transfer destination.
In last year's win vs. Houston, the Huskies shot 48% (13-27) from 3-point range and just 32% (13-41) inside the arc ... The Huskies had a different player lead them in scoring during each of their five games. Brandon Roy is the only UW player to lead the team twice as he tied Tre Simmons for top scoring honors against Eastern Washington on Nov. 29 ... Senior Curtis Allen ranks second among all-time Huskies with 132 career 3-pointers. Deon Luton (1997-2000) owns the record with 212. Allen hit 12 of UW's 28 treys this season, six of them at Wyoming ... Sophomore forward Bobby Jones is shooting 71 percent (22-of-31) and is third among UW scorers (10.6 ppg) despite playing a reserve role in all five games. He registered double-figure points in four of five games this season ... 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 ... The Huskies' 56.5 percent shooting (35-62) vs. UC Riverside (Nov. 24) was their best field goal accuracy in Coach Romar's two seasons.
The Houston Series
> The Huskies have a 4-1 all-time record against Houston, including an 85-61 victory last season in Seattle.
> Washington won the last two games in the series, both of them in Seattle.
> The Cougars won the only meeting in Houston, an 87-65 decision on Dec. 20, 1966.
> Washington has a 14-17 all-time record against current members of Conference USA, including Cincinnati (1-3), DePaul (2-2), Houston (3-1), Louisville (1-1), Marquette (0-2), Memphis (1-1) and Saint Louis (6-7).
> In his fourth year at Houston, Ray McCallum has an 0-1 record against Washington.
> In his second year at Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 3-1 record against Houston, including a 2-1 record while at Saint Louis of Conference USA. He won his last three games against UH.
The Last Meeting
UW 85, Houston 61 (Dec. 23, 2002; Seattle)
Curtis Allen scored nine of his 14 points in the first half as Washington led the entire game en route to an 85-61 victory over Houston at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (4-4) improved their all-time record against Houston (2-6) to 4-1, winning all four Seattle meetings. The Huskies shot 13-for-27 beyond the 3-point arc (48%), but only 13-for-41 inside (32%). The Cougars outshot UW from the field (43% to 38%), but had 14 fewer attempts due to 24 turnovers that UW converted into 23 points. The Huskies' 15 steals were the team's most since equaling the school record of 20 on Nov. 26, 1996 against BYU. Will Conroy contributed 14 points and seven assists for the Huskies who had a 20-9 assist-turnover ratio. Houston's Louis Truscott recorded his fifth double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Andre Owens added 13 points and Bryan Shelton 10. Washington jumped out to an 11-2 lead that included seven points off turnovers and led 20-9 after a three-point play by Allen. Houston responded with a 12-4 run to close to within 24-21 with five minutes remaining in the first half. Two 6-0 runs late in the half put the Huskies up 44-28 at halftime. Houston turned the ball over three times before scoring in the second half and the Huskies led by at least 17 points from that point.
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. 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 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.
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. That Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback a red-shirt freshman who plays on the Husky football team. The Garfield quartet has combined to score 194 of UW's 406 points in the five regular-season games, accounting for 48 percent of the total offensive output.
Sophomore swingman Brandon Roy is a rising star in his first full collegiate season. He leads the team with a 14.2-point scoring average. Roy amassed a career-high 22 points and five assists against UC Riverside (Nov. 24) and followed that up with a 19-point performance against Eastern Washington (Nov. 29). Roy registered double-figure points in four of five games this season. He 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. Roy 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.
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).
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. Despite playing all 29 games in 2002 and starting the final seven, Conroy did not have a double-figure scoring game. He had 19 double-figure performances last season and led all Husky scorers in eight games. Conroy ranked 21st among Pac-10 scorers (12.7 ppg) and distributed a team-high 108 assists to rank fifth among Pac-10 playmakers (4.0 apg). He amassed a career-high 32 points at Gonzaga, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime. Conroy ranked 11th among Pac-10 players with 33 steals.
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, guard Curtis Allen is the lone senior on the Washington roster. He ranks second among all-time Huskies with 132 career 3-pointers. Allen has 12 of UW's 28 treys this season, including six at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He led the team last season with 52 treys, 23 more 3-pointers than any of his teammates. Allen has amassed 869 points during his career and needs 131 more to become the 28th player in UW history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. He missed only two free throws in 46 attempts last season, a 95.7-percent figure that would have easily led the conference except he was 10 free throws shy of the minimum standard for the Pac-10 statistical rankings. Allen's current career free throw mark of 87.8 percent (187-213) 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% from the line between 1980-83. Allen distributed 126 assists in 2002, the seventh-highest total in Husky history. A starter during parts of each of his previous three seasons, 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 distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10, 2002), the second-highest total in UW history. He fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970.
Last UW Game
Wyoming 92, UW 76 (Dec. 6, 2003/Laramie, Wyo.)
David Adams scored six of his nine points in the opening 10 minutes, helping Wyoming take control early en route to a 92-76 win over Washington at Arena Auditorium. After an early 15-minute delay due to a clock malfunction, the Cowboys (3-2) raced out to a 24-4 lead on their way to a 49-19 halftime advantage. Washington (3-2) missed its first 11 shots and didn't score until Anthony Washington's dunk 5:28 into the game. The 30-point halftime deficit grew to 38 at 61-23 before the Huskies staged a furious rally. Washington went on a 19-3 run fueled by six Bobby Jones' points. Curtis Allen scored all of his team-high 18 points during a nine-minute stretch in the second half during which he hit 5-of-6 shots from 3-point range. His final trey drew Washington within 80-69 with 5:31 left to play. The Cowboys turned back the rally with six straight points, including four free throws from Jay Straight who finished with 18 points. Mory Correa blocked six shots and scored 16 points for Wyoming which also got 16 points from Dion Sherrell. Joe Ries had 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead a 52-30 Cowboy margin on the boards. Jones finished with 14 points for the Huskies and Will Conroy had 12. Washington shot 24 percent (8-33) in the first half and 56 percent (24-43) in the second. The Cowboys shot 51 percent (31-61) for the game.
A young, extremely athletic group of players pursues Washington's first winning season and post-season appearance since 1999. Four primary starters return from last season's 10-17 squad. Seven of the top-eight scorers are back, including freshman All-American Nate Robinson who topped all UW players in 2003 with a scoring average of 13.0. Only one senior (Curtis Allen) is listed on the Husky roster that features just two players (Allen, Will Conroy) who have played more than one full season in a Husky uniform. The backcourt will be strong with future star Brandon Roy available for a full season and the addition of high-scoring junior college transfer Tre Simmons who averaged nearly 30 points at Green River (Wash.) Community College. The frontcourt features the talented trio of sophomores Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones and Anthony Washington. Muscular transfer Hakeem Rollins (Mesa JC, Ariz.) will contribute physical post play.
A lot was new last season, the first under head coach Lorenzo Romar. The 2003 roster listed six freshmen and only one senior (Marlon Shelton). Five of those freshmen, including red-shirt frosh Mike Jensen, started at least two games. The Huskies opened three games with four freshmen and a sophomore (Will Conroy) in the starting lineup. The abundance of youth produced inconsistent results. Washington posted impressive victories against NCAA Tournament-bound teams Stanford and Oregon, but also suffered several narrow defeats and did not qualify for the Pac-10 Tournament. UW lost 10 games by 10-or-fewer points and dropped three overtime contests en route to a ninth-place conference finish. The Huskies had a 10-17 record with a 5-13 Pac-10 ledger.
Over half (8) of Washington's 15-player roster is comprised of first-year Huskies, including three transfers, one scholarship freshman and four walk-ons. The newcomers most likely to contribute immediately are junior college transfers Tre Simmons (Green River CC) and Hakeem Rollins (Mesa JC). Simmons is a prolific scorer who averaged 29.8 points last season with two 50-point performances. Rollins is a physical inside presence who will challenge sophomore Anthony Washington for playing time at the post position. Freshman Hans Gasser is a versatile 6-9 forward from Issaquah (Wash.) High School who also could see early playing time.
Five players are gone from last year's UW team, including 2002 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year Doug Wrenn who declared for the 2003 NBA Draft after his junior season. Wrenn averaged 19.5 points in 2002, a figure that dipped to 12.4 last season. He started 23 games last year and led the team with 5.8 rebounds per game. Also departing was center Marlon Shelton who graduated. Guard C.J. Massingale transferred to Metro State in Denver, Colo. and walk-on David Hudson decided not to play basketball. Forward Jeffrey Day was dismissed from school and planned to transfer to a junior college.
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 Tuesday, Jan. 6.
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 (Husky Basketball Tickets)
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated 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 768 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They have a 3-1 home record this season.
Washington completed its 15-game 2002-03 home schedule averaging 6,799 spectators per game. That was the largest attendance figure at the Huskies' on-campus arena since the 1984-85 season drew an average of 6,979. UW averaged 7,851 fans during the 2000 season while playing at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during the Edmundson Pavilion renovation. The Huskies drew an average of 7,840 fans last year during nine home Pac-10 contests, an increase of 1,231 from the 2001-02 season's conference average of 6,609. Washington is averaging 6,879 spectators this season in four home games to date.
The Dec. 3 game against Gonzaga marked the fifth sellout since Bank of America Arena re-opened for the 2000-01 season after renovations. Three of the sellouts came during second-year Coach Lorenzo Romar's tenure. On Feb. 6, 2003 a record crowd of 10,028 attended UW's 88-85 overtime loss to Arizona.
Washington received a letter of intent on Nov. 17, 2003 from prep school wing player Joel Smith. "Joel is athletic and he knows how to play. He plays hard all the time. Put him out there and he will do something to help your team," says Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar. Smith is currently a senior at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. who will join the Huskies in the fall of 2004. Washington has another scholarship to offer during the late signing period (April 14-May 19).
Joel Smith, 6-5, 190, guard/forward, Lompoc, Calif.
(Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, N.H. / Lompoc HS, Calif.)
The No. 18-rated small forward among the high school class of 2004 by TheInsidersHoops.com ... An honorable mention prep All-America selection by Street & Smith's ... Averaged 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 2003 at Brewster ... The Bobcats advanced to the league semifinals and were ranked 10th in the final 2003 Prep School Poll ... Was the 2002 Northern League MVP his final year at Lompoc (Calif.) High School after leading the team with 22 points and 13 rebounds per game.
The San Diego State Series
> This is the first time that Washington and San Diego State have met in men's basketball.
> Washington has a 22-20 all-time record against current members of Mountain West Conference, including Air Force (1-0), Brigham Young (10-8), Colorado State (1-1), UNLV (1-2), New Mexico (2-2), Utah (2-1) and Wyoming (5-6).
> In his fifth year at San Diego State, Steve Fisher has a 1-1 coaching record against Washington, both meetings coming during his eight-year head coaching stint at Michigan between 1990-97.
> In his second year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against the Aztecs.