Nov. 27, 2008
SEATTLE - The University of Washington basketball team plays the first of an eight-game, 32-day homestand Saturday when it faces the University of the Pacific in a 1 p.m. tipoff in Bank of America Arena.
Tickets are available at the arena box office on game day, in advance through GoHuskies.com or by calling (206) 543-2200.
Tickets to Saturday's game as well as next week's contest against Oklahoma State are on sale now through the Husky Ticket Office.
Following the Pacifc game, the Huskies will host Oklahoma State on Dec. 4 in the Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Washington will not play another non-conference game on the road, do not play away from home until Jan. 3 at Washington State and will not leave the Pacific Northwest until Jan. 29 at Arizona.
Washington enters Saturday's contest with a 2-3 overall record after dropping a pair of games against nationally-ranked opponents in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo. The Huskies fell 73-54 on Monday night to No. 22 Kansas in front a partisan Jayhawk crowd in Sprint Arena. The next night, the UW battled back from a late 10-point deficit to tie the contest in the final minutes. But, after Isaiah Thomas intentionally missed the second of two free throws, a last-second shot by Jon Brockman fell just short in an 86-84 loss to 17th-ranked Florida.
Senior All-America candidate Brockman leads the Huskies with average of 18.0 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. The Snohomish, Wash. native is the nation's leading returning rebounder and tied a career-high with 18 rebounds against Florida. He has 44 career double-doubles and continues to make progress toward the school's career record.
While in Kansas City, Brockman surpassed Steve Hawes for sixth on the UW career rebounding list. His 955 career rebounds is just 16 short of Bob Houbregs for fifth and 20 shy of Todd MacCullough for fourth. Doug Smart holds the school record with 1,051.
In the backcourt, the Huskies are led by a pair of guards in senior Justin Dentmon (12.8 ppg, 3.0 apg) and freshman Thomas (14.2 ppg, 3.8 apg). Dentmon carried the Huskies in the first half against Florida and ended the game with 17 points, while Thomas has scored in double-figures in each of the last three games and registered a career-high nine rebounds against the Gators.
The Huskies are out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 13.6 per game and are averaging 72.8 points per contest.
Pacific comes to Seattle with a 2-1 overall record following a 67-59 victory at the University of Nevada on Wednesday. Senior Bryan LeDuc scored 23 points and registered four steals off-the-bench to lead the Tigers. He shot 8-for-13 from the field and 4-of-6 from behind the three-point arc in the game. Pacific shot 50 percent from the three-point line as a team against the Wolfpack.
Senior guard Anthony Brown (12.3 ppg) is Pacific's scoring leader, while sophomore forward Sam Willard leads the Tigers in rebounding with an average of 8.0 per game.
Saturday's game will mark a homecoming for Pacific senior guard Chad Troyer. A graduate of Seattle Prep, Troyer spent two seasons at Miami University in Ohio before transferring to Pacific. He is the son of Michael Troyer, a former UW basketball letterwinner who set a Husky freshman team scoring record with 52 points against Oregon. Chad Troyer has started all three contests for the Tigers and is averaging five points per game.