Nov. 8, 2003
SEATTLE - Five players scored in double figures Saturday led by Nate Robinson's 16 points as Washington opened the 2003-04 men's basketball season with an 89-78 exhibition victory over the EA Sports All-Stars at Bank of America Arena.
The Huskies controlled the first half, shooting 51 percent en route to a 45-31 halftime advantage. They got points from four different players during a streak of 11 unanswered points to claim the largest margin of the game at 40-23 with four minutes left in the first half.
EA Sports was limited to 31 percent shooting in the first half, but converted 54 percent of its shots after intermission. EA steadily trimmed the deficit, eventually tying the game at 67 on a 3-pointer by Brett McFall with 8:57 left to play. That was the only tie of the contest in which Washington never trailed.
"I thought there were more positives than negatives today," said second-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar. "We are trying to press a lot. It got to a point where they began to play well against our press. We took the press off and went to our half-court defense and that helped us down the stretch."
Conroy and Brandon Roy each scored 15 points for the Huskies who also got 14 from Tre Simmons and 12 from Jensen. Junior Hakeem Rollins, a transfer from Mesa (Ariz.) Junior College, led a 49-42 UW rebound advantage with nine boards. Roy grabbed eight rebounds and Robinson had seven.
"One statistic that I look for, and last year it didn't happen a lot, is the amount of guys in double figures," Romar remarked. "Today we had five. That's something we'd like to have a lot. All in all, I thought we made progress."
An unusual feature of the Washington roster is the inclusion of four players from Seattle's Garfield High School. Those four, Conroy, Roy, Simmons and Anthony Washington, combined for 52 of the team's points.
Koko Archibong, a former Penn State standout, paced the EA Sports attack with 16 points. Tony Harvey finished with 13 and Mike McIntyer 11. McFall hit 4-of-8 shots from 3-point range to account for all of his 12 points.
The Huskies host another exhibition game Wednesday (Nov. 12) at 7 p.m. against Athletes in Action, a team they lost to last season by a 76-59 count. Washington begins regular-season play at home on Nov. 21 against Portland State.
WASHINGTON 89, EA SPORTS ALL-STARS 78 (exhibition)
Nov. 8, 2003
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
EA SPORTS (78)
Green 8, Archibong 16, McIntyer 11, Harvey 13, McMillian 0, Minor 7, Fawcett 0, Bell 6, McFall 12, Bryant 5.
Rollins 4, Jensen 12, Robinson 16, Roy 15, Conroy 15, Simmons 14, Allen 3, Gasser 2, Washington 8, Devoe 0.