Dec. 4, 2003
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 --
Washington at Wyoming; 3:00 p.m. PST (4:00 p.m. MST)
Arena-Auditorium (15,000); Laramie, Wyo. - No TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
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
The Washington Huskies (3-1) embark on their first road trip of the season this weekend, visiting Wyoming (2-2) on Saturday, Dec. 6. Tip-off is 3 p.m. Pacific Time (4 p.m. Mountain) at Arena-Auditorium in Laramie. Both teams are coming off decisive defeats on Wednesday. Washington lost 86-62 to 17th-ranked Gonzaga while Wyoming fell 80-67 at Kansas State. Washington won the last four meetings with the Cowboys, including a 79-70 victory last season in Seattle. 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 Gonzaga on Wednesday (Dec. 3) in their last outing. Following Saturday's game, Washington takes a two-week break from competition for final exams. The next Husky game is Saturday, Dec. 20 at Houston.
The Dec. 6 date for Washington's first away game marks the team's latest road opener since the 1992-93 season. UW's first road game that year was a Dec. 19th visit to Jacksonville. The Huskies lost last season's road opener 82-61 at UNLV. They won their first road contest in the previous five seasons, between 1997-98 and 2001-02.
The glow from the Huskies' first 3-0 start since 1998-99 dimmed somewhat after Wednesday's loss to 17th-ranked Gonzaga. Despite the setback, Washington has a 3-1 record, a reversal from last season when they opened with a 1-3 mark in Coach Lorenzo Romar's inaugural campaign.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game at Wyoming will be broadcast on 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
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 106-106 all-time record in eight seasons with a 13-18 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 two broadcasts are Thursday, Dec. 11 and Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Wednesday's game against Gonzaga (Dec. 3) 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.
* Last year's 79-70 win over Wyoming was Coach Lorenzo Romar's first win at UW.
* Brandon Roy tallied double figure points in 7 of his last 8 regular-season games. His 16.3-point average leads the team.
* 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.
* Eleven of the 16 players listed on the Husky roster are from the state of Washington, including seven from the immediate Seattle area.
The Wyoming Series
> Washington owns a 9-3 lead in the all-time series that began in 1948.
> Washington currently has a four-game winning streak in the series, including a 79-70 victory last season in Seattle.
> The last Cowboy win in the series was a 74-61 decision on Dec. 13, 1963 in Seattle.
> The Huskies have a 2-1 record against the Cowboys in Laramie. They were victorious in their last visit to Wyoming, posting a 76-69 decision on Dec. 5, 1975.
> The Wyoming roster includes two Washington natives, senior guard David Adams from Tacoma (Lincoln HS) who transferred from Washington State, and senior center Ryan Wildenborg from Kirkland (Juanita HS) a transfer from Minnesota.
> Sixth-year Wyoming coach Steve McClain has an 0-1 record against Washington.
> In his second year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has a 1-0 record against the Cowboys.
The Last Meeting
UW 79, Wyoming 70 (Dec. 5, 2002; Seattle)
Doug Wrenn led five double-figure scorers with 18 points to help Washington defeat Wyoming 79-70 at Bank of America Arena and give Lorenzo Romar his first coaching victory since returning to his alma mater. The Cowboys (3-2) built an early 11-4 lead, but Washington (1-3) reeled off nine unanswered points to claim a 13-11 lead it would never relinquish. The Husky margin was 38-34 at halftime and grew to as many as 15 points in the second half before Wyoming closed within 70-66 on two Marcus Bailey free throws with 1:33 left to play. Freshman Bobby Jones responded with a 3-pointer at 0:59 and the Huskies hit all six of their free throws inside the final 0:45 to secure the win. Will Conroy scored 13 points for the Huskies who also got 12 from Curtis Allen, 11 from Jones and 10 from C.J. Massingale. Donta Richardson paced Wyoming with 18 points while Bailey had 16 and Jay Straight 14. The Cowboys were without the services of top scorer and rebounder Uche Nsonwu-Amadi due to a sprained knee. It was the first meeting between the schools since 1978. The Huskies won that one 85-74 with Romar playing point guard.
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 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 accounted for 129 of UW's 268 points in the three 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 16.3-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). Dating to the end of last season, Roy tallied double-figure points in seven of his last eight regular-season games to average 15.0 points (120) and 5.0 rebounds (40) during that span. 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 led the team last season with 52 treys, 23 more 3-pointers than any of his teammates. Allen has amassed 851 points during his career and needs 149 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 88.9% 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
#17 Gonzaga 86, UW 62 (Dec. 3, 2003/Seattle)
Blake Stepp scored 10 of his 14 points during a 42-10 run that began before halftime and continued into the second half of 17th-ranked Gonzaga's 86-62 win over Washington. A capacity crowd at Bank of America Arena saw Washington (3-1) rally from an early six-point deficit to take an eight-point lead. Bobby Jones' jumper with 7:47 left in the first half put the Huskies ahead 28-20. Gonzaga staged its decisive surge, holding UW without a field goal for the next 15 minutes. By the time Curtis Allen hit a jumper with 12:44 left to play, halting a string of 22 straight UW misses, the Bulldogs owned a commanding 62-40 margin. The Huskies hit 10-of-17 free throws during the drought to account for all of their scoring. Gonzaga shot 61 percent (33-54) for the game and outscored the Huskies 54-16 in the paint. The Bulldogs played a zone defense the entire game, limiting UW to 31 percent shooting (19-61), including 6-of-26 from 3-point range. Richard Fox grabbed 14 rebounds, leading a 48-26 advantage for GU. Cory Violette scored 15 points to lead the Bulldogs who also got 14 from Tony Skinner and 12 from Ronny Turiaf. Will Conroy paced UW with 15 points and Brandon Roy had 13.
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.
Half of Washington's 16-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.
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