Jan. 29, 2010
SEATTLE - Washington (13-7 overall, 3-5 Pac-10) will face a former assistant coach for the second game in a row - this time welcoming Ken Bone and the Washington State Cougars (14-6, 4-4) to Bank of America Arena on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 12:30 p.m.
The Huskies will be wearing special black uniforms for Black Out Cancer Day and fans in the lower bowl will receive a special black shirt to wear in order to Paint the Bank Black. Additionally, coaches on both benches will be wearing sneakers for Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend.
Saturday's game will be broadcast on FSN with Steve Physioc calling play-by-play and Miles Simon providing color analysis. The ISP Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game with Bob Rondeau supplying the play-by-play and Jason Hamilton providing color commentary. Live Gamertracker is available for free and audio is available by paid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
About Washington State University...
For the second straight game, the Huskies face off against a former assistant coach. Washington State's Ken Bone was an assistant under Coach Lorenzo Romar for three years, including the 2004-2005 season in which the Huskies earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Bone is in his first year at WSU sporting a 14-6 overall record, 4-4 in conference play. The Cougars are led on the court by sophomore Klay Thompson, a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team last year, who is averaging 22.3 points per contest this year. He ranks among the top scorers in the nation, and is first in the Pac-10. Seattle native Reggie Moore has been a welcome addition to the Cougar offense this year. The Rainer Beach High product is averaging 14.4 points a game and is coming off a weekend swing against USC and UCLA in which he led the Cougars with 21 and 24 points respectively. Inside, the Cougars are led by sophomore forward DeAngelo Casto, averaging 10 points and 7.4 rebounds a game. Eight players on the Cougar roster hail from Washington, compared to five for the Huskies.
UW And WSU History...
The hardwood version of the Apple Cup has historically favored the Huskies. Since their first meeting in 1910, Washington holds a 169-98 advantage over their cross-state rivals. WSU enjoyed a string of success last decade though, as they downed UW seven-straight games from 2006-08. Washington responded last year with a sweep. Lorenzo Romar is 7-8 all time against WSU. Bone is 0-3 all-time against UW while at Portland State.
Last Time They Met...
Washington made history last time they faced the Cougars. The Huskies clinched their first outright conference title in 56 years after beating Washington State 67-60 at Bank of America Arena. Washington led by five at the break before Coach Romar showed his team a pair of scissors that they would use to cut down the nets after the victory. Washington closed out the game behind 16 points from Quincy Pondexter. Venoy Overton added 14 points, and continually pressured Cougar guard Taylor Rochestie. Rochestie finished with 23 points on 8 of 20 shooting and Aron Baynes added 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Did You Know...
Washington currently leads the Pac-10 in scoring (80.8 ppg) and rebounding (38.5 rpg) and is trying do so in the same season for the fourth time in six years? The Huskies also led the conference in both categories in 2005, 2006 and 2009.
Paint The Bank Black
The Huskies game at Bank of Arena against Washington State this Saturday will be Black Out Cancer Day at UW. The players will wear black uniforms as part of the event and all fans are encouraged to wear black to the game to show support for cancer awareness. All fans seated in the lower bowl will receive a black Husky t-shirt, while the first 1,000 fans into their upper bowl seats will also receive a t-shirt. The American Cancer Society will have a table in the concourse to accept donations and will be holding a silent auction where fans can bid on Coach Romar's shoes and an autographed Husky basketball. In addition, the black jersey worn by Harry the Husky will be autographed by the entire team and auctioned off on GoHuskies.com on Monday, Feb. 1.
Seattle-UW: What Just Happened?
When Washington and Seattle U met on Tuesday there must have been a full moon out that night. In a game that lasted over 2-1/2 hours and Washington won 123-46, the teams combined for 78 fouls and the Huskies shot and made the most free throws in their 2,654 game history. Here is a look at some of the oddities from that night:
UW was 46-of-61 from the free throw line, eclipsing their previous records for makes (40) and attempts (55) - marks set against WSU in 1967. They were one make and two attempts short of tying Pac-10 records.
Seattle U was forced to finish the final 1:27 of the game with four players after they had their sixth player foul out of the game.
The 123 points by UW were the second-most in team history, only trailing the 130 scored against Chico State.
The 47 point win equaled the 6th largest margin of victory in team history.
Washington had 26 assists, the most since they had 29 against UCLA on Dec. 31, 2006.
Venoy Overton's 16 made free throws in 19 attempts were the most by a Husky since Donald Watts was 16-of-20 in 1998.
Quincy Pondexter had 27 points and 11 rebounds in a season-low 25 minutes.
Six Huskies scored in double figures with three of them setting new career highs: Overton (20), Elston Turner (20) and Justin Holiday (16).
Huskies In The NBA UPDATE
Brandon Roy learned on Thursday that he was named as an alternate to the NBA Western Conference's All-Star team. It marked the third-consecutive season that Roy was named to the team. He is averaging 23.1 points per game, 4.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists for Portland, but has missed six of the last seven games while resting a right hamstring injury. Will Conroy also got good news on Thursday when he learned that he would be joining the Houston Rockets on a 10-day contract. He would become the fifth former Husky (sixth if you count Martell Webster, who signed with the Dawgs but never played) in the NBA, joining Roy, Nate Robinson (Knicks), Jon Brockman and Spencer Hawes (Kings).
Last Time Out For Washington
Quincy Pondexter rebounded from his worst game of the season with 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Washington overwhelmed neighboring Seattle University 123-76 on Tuesday. Fill-in starter Venoy Overton added 20 points and eight assists as the Huskies (13-7) scored their most points since a 130-67 demolition of Chico State on Dec. 1, 1992. Washington scored a season-high 61 points in the first half. The lead got as high as 47 points early in the second half against the Redhawks led by former Washington assistant Cameron Dollar. Because six Seattle players fouled out, Dollar chose to play the final 1:27 with four players instead of burning the redshirt of freshman Adam Eakles. Elston Turner added a career-high 20 points for Washington. Former Huskies recruit Charles Garcia made just four of 14 shots but finished with 20 points thanks to 12 free throws for Seattle. Officials called 78 fouls, 45 of them on Seattle. Seattle had six players foul out and three others play the last 7 minutes with four fouls each. Washington made 46-of-61 free throws, both school records.