Feb. 24, 2004
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26 --
Washington at (#17) Arizona; 5:30 p.m. PST (6:30 MST)
McKale Center (14,545); Tucson, Ariz.
Fox Sports Northwest TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28 --
Washington at Arizona State; 6:00 p.m. PST (7:00 MST)
Wells Fargo Arena (14,141); Tempe, Ariz.
Fox Sports Northwest TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
Winners of eight of their last 10 games, the third-place Washington Huskies (13-10, 8-6 Pac-10) continue a demanding three-game road trip this week with their annual visit to the state of Arizona. Washington plays its second straight road game against a ranked opponent, meeting No. 17 Arizona (17-7, 9-6), Thursday, Feb. 26. Tip-off if 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (6:30 MST) at McKale Center in Tucson. The winner claims sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 standings. The Huskies and Arizona State (10-14, 4-11) clash Saturday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. Pacific (7 MST) in Wells Fargo Arena. UW lost in its last six visits to Tempe. Both games this week will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. The tough trip to Arizona is compounded by the fact the Huskies are coming off a 5,000-mile round trip to Raleigh where they lost 77-72 against No. 13 N.C. State which improved to 14-0 at home.
Top of the Pac
The current third-place position is the highest the Huskies have been in the Pac-10 standings this late in the season since the final day of the 1986-87 regular season. Washington won its final game on March 1, 1987 to move into a three-way third-place tie with California and Oregon State entering the conference tournament. If the Huskies win at Arizona, they will sit in second place at the latest point in the season since the end of the 1986 campaign when UW finished as Pac-10 runner-up to Arizona.
The annual trek to the desert has historically been the most difficult road trip for the Huskies. Washington lost its last 13 games in the state of Arizona and was swept last year for the 13th time in its last 15 visits. Since 1989, UW has a 2-29 combined record at Arizona (1-14) and Arizona State (1-15). Washington lost 89-57 at Arizona State last season, its 15th loss in the last 16 visits to Tempe. The Huskies, who lost 79-61 at Arizona last season, won only once in their last 19 visits to Tucson dating to 1985. They posted an 80-79 overtime upset at Arizona in 1996 to snap an 11-game losing skid at McKale Center.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Thursday's game at Arizona will be broadcast on KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 17th season.
The pivotal point in Washington's season came Jan. 17 in Corvallis, Ore. The Huskies were 0-5 in Pac-10 play and trailed Oregon State 70-54 with six minutes remaining. They rallied with Nate Robinson hitting a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and won 103-99 in overtime. That ignited a string of five consecutive victories that ended Feb. 7 at UCLA. The five-game winning streak was the longest for the Huskies since 1999.
Party Like it's 1999
Turn the clock back five years to 1999. That's the last time Washington had a winning season and participated in the NCAA Tournament. That's also the last time the Huskies performed some feats they have accomplished this season. UW has a winning record (13-10) at the latest point in the season since the 1999 squad had a 15-8 mark after 23 games. The Huskies registered their first five-game winning streak since 1999, including a Jan. 29 upset of No. 9 Arizona. The last time UW had beaten a top-10 ranked foe was on Feb. 4, 1999 with a 90-84 win over No. 10 Arizona. The Huskies beat Arizona State (Jan. 31) to complete their first weekly sweep against a pair of Pac-10 travel partners since 1999.
Washington has a 2-29 combined record on the road at Arizona and ASU since 1989, including 13 straight losses ... Will Conroy recorded the 23rd 100-assist season in UW history. He distributed 104 this year and 108 last year to post back-to-back 100-assist seasons, UW's first since Jamie Booker in 1996 & 1997 ... The Huskies are in a two-game stretch during which they play road games vs. ranked teams with a combined 25-1 home record (NC State 14-0, Arizona 11-1) ... UW travels nearly 7,500 miles during the current 10-day span between Feb. 20-29. They traveled to Raleigh, N.C. last weekend before visiting Tucson and Phoenix ... The Huskies have rallied from double-digit deficits in four victories this season: at Oregon State (16), vs. Arizona (11), at USC (11) and vs. Oregon (13) ... Bobby Jones' career-high 22-point output at North Carolina State (Feb. 22) made him the fifth Husky to reach the 20-point plateau in a game this season ... Washington's loss at N.C. State was its first in the 11 games this season when they led at halftime ... UW overcame three halftime deficits to win games ... The team that leads at halftime has a 19-4 record in Husky games ... Sophomore forward Mike Jensen hit 16 of 34 treys this year, including the game-winner with 0:21 left against Washington State (Feb. 19). He is shooting 46% on career 3-pointers (26-56) ... Jensen registered his first career double-double Feb. 12 with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Oregon ... Brandon Roy tallied 30 points at UCLA (Feb. 7) and Nate Robinson had 31 vs. Arizona (Jan. 29), marking the first season two Huskies had 30-point games in six years. In 1998, Todd MacCulloch and Deon Luton were the last 30-point duo ... Seven different players have led UW in scoring this year , seven different Huskies topped the team in rebounds and five different Huskies paced the team in assists ... UW players combined for seven double-figure rebound games after registering only three in 2003.
Washington has struggled on the road against ranked teams, losing its last 24 outings. The last Husky road win over a ranked foe was an 80-78 decision over No. 14 Arizona on Feb. 1, 1996 in Tucson.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes
* 2004 Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 1-3
* All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 62-193
* Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 96, #9 Arizona 83 (1/29/04, Seattle)
* Last Road Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 80, at #14 Arizona 78 ot (2/1/96)
The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 36-16 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.
> The Wildcats won 12 of the last 14 meetings against Washington and had an eight-game series winning streak snapped by a 96-83 loss Jan. 29 in Seattle.
> The Huskies have not swept the season series from Arizona since 1984.
> Arizona owns a 21-4 record against the Huskies in Tucson, including a 79-61 win last year. The Wildcats won the last seven, and 18 of the last 19 meetings at McKale Center. The lone Husky win during that span was an 80-79 overtime decision on Feb. 1, 1996 that halted an 11-game losing streak at McKale Center dating back to 1984.
> 21st-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 32-11 all-time record against UW.
> Second-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-2 record against Arizona.
The Last Meeting
UW 96, #9 Arizona 83 (Jan. 29, 2004/Seattle)
Nate Robinson scored 20 of his career-high 31 points in the second half as Washington rallied for a 96-83 victory over ninth-ranked Arizona at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (8-8, 3-5) halted an eight-game losing skid against Arizona while posting their third straight Pac-10 win for the first time since 1999. It was UW's first win over a ranked opponent since 2002, the first over a top-10 foe since 1999. The Wildcats (13-4, 5-3) led by as many as 11 points before settling on a 45-40 halftime edge. The Arizona lead was 62-54 before UW went on a 12-3 run, capped by an alley-oop dunk by Robinson that netted a 66-65 lead with 9:35 remaining. The Wildcats last led at 71-69 before being outscored 27-12 over the final five minutes, fueled by 10 points from Robinson. The Huskies held Arizona scoreless for a nearly three-minute stretch during their closing surge. Will Conroy contributed 19 points and eight assists for UW while Brandon Roy had 14 points and eight rebounds. Hassan Adams tallied 19 points for Arizona while Andre Iguodala had 17, Salim Stoudamire 16 and Mustafa Shakur 13. The Huskies parlayed 21 UA turnovers into 32 points. Robinson had five of UW's 12 steals.
Last Year in Tucson
#2 Arizona 79, UW 61 (Jan. 11, 2003; Tucson, Ariz.)
Salim Stoudamire scored six of his game-high 23 points during an 18-4 second-half run, helping No. 2 Arizona defeat Washington 79-61 at McKale Center. The Wildcats (11-1, 4-0) beat UW at home for the seventh consecutive time and the 18th time in the last 19 meetings in Tucson. The Huskies (6-7, 1-3) scored the game's opening five points and trailed only 31-28 before Arizona scored six straight points to close the first half with a 37-28 advantage. UW drew within 52-46 on a Nate Robinson jumper with 11:57 left to play. The Huskies were held without a basket for the next 5-1/2 minutes while Arizona went on a 12-2 surge. The run reached 18-4, capped by Stoudamire's two free throws that made it 70-50 with 4:59 remaining. Stoudamire converted all eight of his free throw attempts. He was 3-for-8 from 3-point range while the rest of the Wildcats were 0-for-7. Jason Gardner had 11 points and nine assists for Arizona which also got 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks from Channing Frye. UW's Doug Wrenn, who scored 35 points at McKale Center last year, managed 11 before fouling out with 7:07 remaining. Nate Robinson added 11 for UW.
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has a 10-1 record when its field goal percentage it superior or equal to its opponent, the only setback coming Feb. 22 at North Carolina State. UW is 3-9 when being outshot from the field. The Huskies shot 50 percent or higher in seven of their last 10 games and just three times in the first 13 games. UW is shooting better than 10 percent from the field in the 13 victories (50.9% - 40.8%) and over seven percent better from 3-point range (38.7% - 31.5%).
Thirteen is not an unlucky number for the Huskies who have registered four of this season's 13 victories by exactly 13 points. Washington upset No. 9 Arizona (Jan. 29) by a 96-83 tally and registered a 75-62 win at Washington State (Jan. 24), a 104-91 win over Eastern Washington (Nov. 29) and a 91-78 victory over UC Riverside (Nov. 24).
Washington is averaging 80.9 points per game, the highest scoring output since the 1972 Huskies finished with a school record 84.8-point average. UW ranks second among Pac-10 teams in scoring and was listed 11th last week among NCAA Division I teams at 81.8 points per game. The Huskies have reached the 100-point plateau twice for the first time since the 1980-81 season. The 103-99 overtime decision at Oregon State (Jan. 17) matched the highest total ever for UW in an enemy arena. It equaled a 103-70 win at Washington State on Feb. 1, 1975. 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 reached the 90-point plateau seven times this season, a figure they reached only once last year. That is the most 90-point plus performances for a Washington team since the 1975-76 squad had seven. The last Husky team to register more than seven 90-point outings was the 1972 squad that had 12.
Washington has started four different lineups. The most recent unit opened the last nine games, featuring four sophomores (Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy) and one junior (Will Conroy). Last year, the Huskies implemented nine unique lineups and Will Conroy was the only player to start every game. Conroy did not start this year's season opener against Portland State, stopping a streak of 34 consecutive starting assignments. Brandon Roy and Mike Jensen are the only two Huskies to start all 23 games.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson raised his game to a higher level during Pac-10 play. He won the Feb. 2 Pac-10 Player of the Week award after leading UW to a home sweep of the Arizona schools. Robinson scored a career-high 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added five rebounds and five steals during UW's 96-83 upset of ninth-ranked Arizona (Jan. 29). The 5-9 guard leads UW with a 15.0-point scoring average in conference games, an increase of 7.9 points from his average of 7.1 points against non-conference competition. Robinson posted double-figure points in 11 of 14 Pac-10 games after posting only two double-digit efforts in eight non-conference outings. Robinson tallied 23 of his 25 points after halftime at Oregon State (Jan. 17), including a 3-pointer inside the final second that forced overtime in UW's 103-99 win. He ranks third among Pac-10 players in steals (40) and free throw percent (85.1%) and 20th in scoring (12.3).
Sophomore Nate Robinson and his 40-inch vertical leap will concentrate on basketball this season after having a huge impact last year on both the hardwood and the gridiron. In 2003, Robinson garnered Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors in basketball after leading UW with a 13.0-point scoring average. He had eight points in 23 minutes Jan. 2, 2003 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, 2002 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 at cornerback in the final six Husky football games of 2002 and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. He entered UW on a football scholarship, but switched to basketball prior to this season. 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.
Streaky Washington (3 wins ... 3 losses ... 2 wins ... 5 losses ... 5 wins ... 1 loss ... 3 wins ... 1 loss) won eight of its last 10 games immediately following a five-game losing streak. The Huskies lost their opening five Pac-10 games before embarking on their first five-game winning streak since the 1999 season. Included in that stretch were three consecutive road victories that matched UW's longest such streak ever since Pac-10 play began in 1979. The 1998 UW team that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 was the last to string three Pac-10 road wins together.
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. The quartet of former Bulldogs has combined to score 897 of UW's 1,860 points in the 23 regular-season games, an average of 39.0 points per game. They have accounted for 48 percent of the Huskies' total offensive output. Roy (13.4) and Conroy (12.7) are UW's top two scorers. Their Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback a red-shirt freshman who plays on the Husky football team.
Sophomore Bobby Jones ranks second among Huskies in rebounds with 5.1 per game, a figure that ranks 18th among Pac-10 players. He ranks fourth among conference competitors with a team-leading field goal accuracy of 57.1 percent. Jones ranks third among UW players with 30 steals. He amassed a career-high 22 points, on 10-for-13 shooting, at North Carolina State (Feb. 22). Jones tallied 10 or more points in 15 games this season after reaching double figures just five times all last season. A defensive specialist last season, Jones started the final 15 games in 2003 and ranked No. 7 on the team with 5.7 points per game. He nearly doubled that total to 11.3 points per game this year.
Sophomore swingman Brandon Roy is a rising star in his first full collegiate season. He leads the team in points (13.4) and rebounds (5.4), figures that rank No. 12 and No. 17 among Pac-10 players. Roy ranks second on UW in both assists (74) and steals (31). He amassed a career-high 30 points in 29 minutes at UCLA (Feb. 7), eclipsing his previous high of 22 points registered against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). At Houston on Dec. 20 Roy became the first player in UW history to lead the team in the five major statistics during a single game. Roy amassed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Roy 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. He 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.
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 in 2003. Conroy currently ranks second among all Husky scorers with 12.7 points per game, a figure that ranks 17th among Pac-10 players. Conroy is UW's top playmaker. He has distributed 104 assists, an average of 4.5 per game that ranks seventh among Pac-10 players. Conroy has registered the 23rd 100-assist season in Husky history. He had 108 assists last season and is the sixth Husky to post back-to-back 100-assist seasons, the first since Jaime Booker in 1996 and 1997. Conroy's assist/turnover ratio of 1.68 (104 assists/62 turnovers) is the eighth best among Pac-10 players.
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).
Last UW Game
#13 North Carolina State 77, UW 72 (Feb. 22, 2004/Raleigh, N.C.)
Ilian Evtimov scored nine of his 12 points in the second half, including consecutive 3-pointers that gave 13th-ranked North Carolina State the lead for good in a 77-72 win over Washington. The Wolfpack (17-6) remained undefeated at home with a 14-0 record and a 41-4 all-time record at the RBC Center. After losing a 34-31 halftime lead, Washington (13-10) scored 10 unanswered points to go ahead 47-39 with 16:17 left to play. NC State went on a 14-3 surge, taking a 64-60 advantage. UW hit only one of nine shots during the five-minute run. Brandon Roy tied the game 64-64 on a 3-pointer and free throw before Evtimov hit the go-ahead trey at 3:07. The Wolfpack tallied its last five points in the final 1:12 from the free throw line. Roy missed a potential go-ahead jumper at 0:22 and UW's Nate Robinson's tying trey attempt hit off the front rim at 0:09. Bobby Jones scored a career-high 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting to lead the Huskies who also got 13 from Robinson, 11 from Will Conroy and 10 from Roy. Marcus Melvin led five NC State double-figure scorers with 16 points. Scooter Sherrill added 13 points for the Wolfpack while Julius Hodge had 11 and Jordan Collins 10. UW shot 54 percent (15-28) in the first half, but just 38 percent (14-37) in the second. Over half of the Wolfpack's 61 shots came from 3-point range as they hit 11 of 31 treys.
2004 Season Highlights
The Huskies won their 10th consecutive home game in their series with Washington State, their longest home winning streak versus the Cougars since 1951-56 ... UW swept the season series from WSU for the first time since 2000 ... The Huskies swept a homestand from the Oregon schools for the first time since 1999 ... UW swept the season series from Oregon State for the first time since 1999 ... The Huskies swept the Arizona schools in Seattle for the first time since 1999 ... UW matched its longest Pac-10 road winning streak with wins at Oregon State, Washington State and USC. There have been five previous three-game road winning streaks for the Huskies since Pac-10 play began in 1979 ... The Huskies beat USC 93-82 on Feb. 5 to win back-to-back games at the Sports Arena for the first time since 1986 & 1987 ... UW swept the Arizona schools in Seattle for the first time since 1999 ... The Huskies upset ninth-ranked Arizona 96-83 (Jan. 29), their first win over a top-10 foe since 1999 ... The win snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Wildcats that was the longest current streak against UW. The Huskies longest current series losing streak is now a six-game skein against Gonzaga ... UW won back-to-back Pac-10 road games for the first time since the 2000 season with wins at Oregon State (Jan. 17) and Washington State (Jan. 24) ... UW has multiple Pac-10 road wins for the first time since 2000 after posting only one conference away victory during each of the last three seasons ... The Huskies reached the 100-point plateau more than once for the first season since 1980-81 ... Junior Hakeem Rollins blocked six shots at California (Jan. 2), the highest single-game total by a Husky since David Dixon had a school-record seven blocks against Washington State on Jan. 31, 2002 ... UW's 37-point win over Columbia (88-51) was its largest margin of victory since defeating Brigham Young 95-44 on Nov. 26, 1996 ... The 58-point first-half outburst against Columbia (Dec. 30) was the highest scoring half by Washington since it had 59 the second half against Portland State Nov. 28, 2000 ... Sophomore Brandon Roy became the first player in school history to be the Huskies' sole leader in the five major statistical categories with his 19-point, 12-rebound, 5-assist, 2-steal and 1-blocked shot performance at Houston (Dec. 20). Two former players (Thalo Green on 2/19/00 & Dion Brown on 1/28/89) paced UW in those five stats, but tied with a teammate in at least one category. (Note: blocks & steals were not officially recorded prior to 1976) ... At Houston, Brandon Roy (12) and Bobby Jones (10) became the first UW teammates to grab double-figure rebounds during the same game since Jan. 19, 2002 when Doug Wrenn (12) and David Dixon (11) accomplished the feat.
Quicksilver guard Curtis Allen is the lone senior on the Washington roster. He ranks second among all-time Huskies with 145 career 3-pointers. The record is 212 treys by Deon Luton (1997-2000). Allen hit six treys at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He has amassed 937 points during his career and needs 63 more to become the 28th player in UW history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Allen's current career free throw mark of 86.4 percent (197-228) is the best in school history. He ranks second among all-time Pac-10 players behind former UCLA standout Rod Foster who shot 88.0% between 1980-83.
Washington registered its third consecutive winning non-conference record, posting a 5-4 mark outside of Pac-10 play. Two of UW's losses came against teams currently ranked in the Associated Press poll, No. 4 (Gonzaga) and No. 14 (N.C. State). Last year the Huskies finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4 record following a 6-5 ledger in 2001.
Wait 'til Next Year
A pair of Huskies are not competing in games this year, waiting until next season until they are eligible. Jamaal Williams, a 6-5 forward with a powerful inside presence, is red-shirting this season after transferring from New Mexico. He averaged 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 2003 for the Lobos, including a 25-point, 15-rebound performance at UNLV on Feb. 23. Walk-on Matt Fletcher joined the team in the fall as a transfer from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The Maize (Kansas) High School product played at Butler County Junior College in 2002.
The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 33-21 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
> Washington won this season's first meeting 90-81 on Jan. 31 in Seattle. The Huskies have not swept a season series from ASU since 1997.
> The Sun Devils own a 20-6 series advantage at home and won 15 of the last 16 meetings against Washington in Tempe.
> Sixth-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 7-4 record against Washington.
> Second-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-2 record against ASU.
The Last Meeting
UW 90, Arizona State 81 (Jan. 31, 2004/Seattle)
Tre Simmons came off the bench to score 17 of his career-high 21 points in the first half as Washington led the entire way during a foul-plagued 90-81 victory over Arizona State at Bank of America Arena. The game featured 58 total fouls, including five technicals. UW's Anthony Washington was ejected with six minutes left in the game with a flagrant technical foul. The Huskies (9-8, 4-5) won their fourth straight Pac-10 game for the first time since 1999 which was also the last time they swept two games from the Arizona schools. UW opened the game with a 12-0 run, holding ASU without a basket for the opening 4:54. The Sun Devils (8-10, 2-7) drew within 41-36 at halftime before the Huskies began the second half with an 11-4 surge. ASU's Allen Morill hit two free throws after the ejection and Ike Diogu followed with two more to trim the deficit to 73-67 with 5:08 remaining. UW answered with five straight points, beginning with a 3-pointer by Will Conroy who scored 11 of his 17 points inside the final 4:41. Simmons hit 7 of 10 shots from the field to pace the Huskies who got 15 points from Brandon Roy and 11 from Bobby Jones. Diogu led ASU with 23 points while Jamal Hill had 21 and Stevie Moore 12. UW out-rebounded the Sun Devils 40-29.
Last Year in Tempe
Arizona State 89, UW 57 (Jan. 9, 2003; Tempe, Ariz.)
Tommy Smith tallied 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead Arizona State to an 89-57 win over Washington at Wells Fargo Arena. Curtis Millage scored 16 points and Ike Diogu and Jamal Hill had 14 apiece for Arizona State (10-4, 2-1) which defeated the Huskies at home for the sixth straight time. Smith also tied his career high with six blocks and had five assists. ASU blocked 13 shots, a single-game record for a UW opponent. Diogu pulled down nine rebounds, helping Arizona State to a 47-28 advantage on the boards. The teams were tied at 13 before Diogu started a 17-5 surge that gave ASU the lead for good. Will Conroy led Washington (6-6, 1-2) with 13 points while Doug Wrenn and Bobby Jones had 10 each. Conroy had five points inside the opening two minutes of the second half as UW, which trailed by 43-32 at halftime, drew within 46-41on a basket by Mike Jensen with 17:43 left in the game. The Sun Devils scored the next seven points to take control and steadily increased the lead to as many as 33 points.
The University of Washington is serving as host to first- and second-round action of the 2004 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Games will be played, Thursday, March 18 and Saturday, March 20 at KeyArena in Seattle. The NCAA announced Feb. 6 that the two rounds at the Seattle site were sold out.
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 Monday, March 1.
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 774 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They have a 9-3 home record this season.
Washington's regular-season finale against top-ranked Stanford is sold out. Good seats are available for Washington's only other remaining regular-season home game, March 4 against California. A Web Ticket Special for that Cal contest features bleacher seats for $7 rather than the usual rate of $10. That discount is only available on-line. Also available are $20 and $18 tickets. University of Washington students with current student i.d. can purchase individual game tickets for $3. For ticket information please contact the Husky Ticket Office by phone (206-543-2200) or on-line at (Husky Basketball Tickets) or by calling the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200).