Nov. 29, 2010
SEATTLE - Washington (3-2) returns to the mainland from the EA Sports Maui Invitational to host three games over seven days at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. First up for the No. 23 (AP)/22 (ESPN/USA TODAY) Huskies is Long Beach State (3-3) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. PT (FSN-NW). The Huskies will then host Texas Tech (4-3) in a nationally televised game by FSN at 1:00 p.m. on Dec. 4. Wrapping up the homestand will be a Monday, Nov. 6 contest vs. I-5 corridor rival Portland at 7:00 p.m. (FSN-NW). Calling the action vs. Long Beach State for FSN will be Tom Glasgow and Francis Williams. As usual, Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will call all the action on the Husky ISP Sports Radio Network.
EA Sports Maui Invitational Recap
Washington went 1-2 in the EA Sports Maui Invitational and took home fourth out of the eight-team field. The Huskies began the tourney in record-setting fashion handing Virginia coach Tony Bennett the worst loss of his career, 106-63, behind a UW record-tying 17 three-point buckets. In the semifinals, No. 8 Kentucky handed the Huskies their first loss of the season, 67-74, overcoming a one-point halftime deficit. In the third/fourth place game, No. 2 Michigan State rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit and pulled away down the stretch for a 76-71 victory.
Washington tied a school record with 17 three-point buckets in its 106-63 win over Virginia.
The 106 points allowed by Virginia and 43 point defeat were the most/worst defeat by a Tony Bennett-led squad.
UW has more assists (44 to 27 total) and fewer turnovers (38 to 52) than their opponent in each of the three games.
Isaiah Thomas (14.7) and Justin Holiday (11.3) were the only Huskies to score in double figures in all three games.
C.J. Wilcox and Terrence Ross each notched career-highs vs. Virginia with 17 and 12 points, respectively, combining to go 8x11 from three-point range.
Darnell Gant had two of the best games of his career against Kentucky and Michigan St., scoring a career-high 10 points (all in the first half) vs. the Wildcats and nine points vs. the Spartans.
Justin Holiday notched a career-high 6 steals vs. Virginia.
Aziz N'Diaye blocked 8 shots during the tournament, including a career-best 5 vs. Kentucky.
UW Vs. Long Beach State
Washington and Long Beach State have only played once before in their teams' histories, with the Huskies emerging victorious 84-69 on Nov. 26, 2007. In that game, each team had five players score in double figures with Justin Dentmon leading all with 22 points. Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Venoy Overton each started for the Huskies that day with MBA scoring 11 points -- at that time a career high -- and Overton chipping in 7 points. Justin Holiday and LBST's Greg Plater are the only other holdovers from that game -- each were scoreless.
Scouting Long Beach State
Long Beach State is 3-3 on the season with losses coming to San Diego State, Clemson and Loyola Marymount -- all teams expected to be towards the top of the standings in their conference. They do have a 78-72 win over Iowa of the Big-Ten Conference. All five starters for the 49ers are averaging at least 10 points per game with 6-8 forward T.J. Robinson leading the way with 13.3, plus a team-best 10.5 rebounds. Junior guard Casper Ware is second on the team with 13.2 points per game. LB State is led by coach Dan Monson, who is 1-2 all-time against Washington. He was 1-1 as coach at Gonzaga in 1998 and 1999 and 0-1 as LB State's coach. The 49ers are picked to finish second in the Big West Conference in a vote of media. Robinson and Ware are each pre-season all-conference picks.
Last Time Vs. Long Beach State
Justin Dentmon scored 15 of Washington's 17 points during a pivotal second-half stretch that repelled a charge by the inexperienced 49ers and led the Huskies to an 84-69 win. He generally was the only player doing much right in the game for Washington, which unimpressively rebounded from losses No. 9 Texas A&M and Syracuse that ended the NIT Season Tipoff tournament in New York. The Huskies made only nine of 26 free throws and were outrebounded for only the second time this season. Artis Gant scored a career-high 15 points and Donovan Morris added 14 for Long Beach State.
UW Vs. Texas Tech
Washington leads the series 5-3 all-time, with the teams meeting last season and Texas Tech escaping with a 99-92 overtime win in El Paso, Texas. The Huskies had won three-straight overall previously. Overall, the UW is 1-1 at home vs. the Red Raiders, 2-1 on the road and 2-1 at neutral sites. Lorenzo Romar is 0-2 all-time against the Red Raiders, also losing to them in 1999 while coaching Pepperdine.
Scouting Texas Tech
The Red Raiders are 4-3 on the season with a game vs. Oral Roberts on the docket before heading to Seattle. Texas Tech has a loss to North Texas and a pair of losses coming the in the South Padre Island Invitational to Saint Mary's and South Florida. Five Red Raiders are averaging 10 or more points with senior guard John Roberson leading them with 13.1 ppg and also has a team-high 29 assists. Pat Knight is in his second full season as the head coach for Texas Tech.
Last Time Vs. Texas Tech
Quincy Pondexter scored a career-high 31 points, but the Huskies lost 99-92 in overtime to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders, which had five players in double figures, outscored the Huskies 19-12 in overtime. John Roberson scored 25 points and turned a steal into a layup with 44 seconds remaining to seal the Red Raiders' victory. Elston Turner missed two free throws with 4.8 seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 80. Mike Singletary of Texas Tech brought the ball up and appeared to have won the game on a running 3-pointer as time expired but officials determined he did not get the shot off before the buzzer. The crowd swarmed the court, thinking the game was over. The fans, and the debris they left behind, had to be cleared from the court before the overtime could begin. Down nine points at halftime, the Huskies used a 10-2 run to tie it at 60 when Darnell Gant hit a jump shot with about 13 minutes remaining. There were nine lead changes over the next 8 minutes.
UW Vs. Portland
Washington holds the all-time series advantage 12-2, including 7-0 all-time at home versus the Pilots, last beating them 111-55 last season. Coach Lorenzo Romar is 5-4 all-time against Portland, 3-3 as coach at Pepperdine and 2-1 at UW.
Portland is 5-2 with upcoming games against Saint Louis and Montana on the slate before heading up to Seattle to face Washington. Their lone losses are to Kentucky and Washington State. Portland started the season 3-0 by winning and hosting an Athletes in Action Tournamnet. The Pilots are led by guard Jarred Stohl, one of the nation's finest shooters both from the field and the line. He averages 17.4 ppg, is shooting 51.9% from three-point range and is a 96% free throw shooter. Nemanja Mitrovic and Luke Sikma each average over 10 points per game.
Last Time Vs. Portland
Quincy Pondexter scored 20 of his career-high 29 points in the first half, matched his career-high with 13 rebounds and led Washington to an easy 111-55 win over Portland State on Sunday night. He made 11 of 12 shots, missing only a tip-in that he immediately followed up for a basket. He made his first seven free throws before clanking his final attempt off the back of the rim to leave him at 29 points. He checked out with 11 minutes remaining and played just 27 minutes. Isaiah Thomas added 21 for Washington (3-0) who swept the three-day, round-robin Athletes in Action Classic. Washington won every hustle category, outrebounding the Vikings 47-16, grabbing 10 steals and forcing 20 turnovers. It was Washington's first 100-point game since beating Portland State 105-73 in 2007 and biggest win since a 67-point romp of Morgan State in 2006.
Record Scoring Output
Washington shattered the record for its best offensive output over a three-game span in team history with 322 points (107.3 per game) to start the season. After opening the season with 118 points vs. McNeese State, the Huskies scored 98 against Eastern Washington and 106 against Virginia. In a three-game span in 2004-05, the Huskies totaled 305 against Sacred Heart, Houston and California. With two 100 point games this season, the team needs to reach the century mark one more time to equal the UW season record. (1972, 2004 & 2005).
Among The Pac-10 Leaders
The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in numerous categories including: scoring (92.0 ppg), three-point field goal percentage (43.6%), three-point field goals made per game (16.2), rebounds per game (41.8), offensive rebounds (16.6), assists per game (19.2), turnover margin (+8.6) and assists to turnover ratio (1.6).
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar (9th Year)
The 2009 & 2005 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lorenzo Romar is in his ninth season as the 18th head men's basketball coach at Washington. Romar is the dean of coaching in the Pac-10 having spent more seasons at Washington than any other current Pac-10 coach at their school. Romar owns a 174-93 (.652) record at Washington and is 267-181 (.596) in 15 seasons as a head coach. The first African-American head basketball coach at UW, he moved to third all-time in victories at UW after passing Tippy Dye against Cal on Jan. 16, 2010. That win was also the 250th overall during his coaching career. Romar has led Washington five NCAA Tournament Appearances, including three-straight (2004, 05, 06) and the school's first back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances (2005 & 06). Overall, he has led Washington to three Sweet 16 appearances. He was the 2005 Pac-10 and Black Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Romar played point guard for Marv Harshman's 1979 and 1980 teams and spent five years in the NBA after college. Prior to UW, Romar served as the head coach at Saint Louis (1999-02) and Pepperdine (1996-99) and was an assistant coach at UCLA (1992-96) - He helped lead the Bruins to the 1995 national title. A native of Compton, Calif., he graduated from Pius X High School. Romar and his wife, Leona, have three daughters: Terra, Tavia and Taylor - a current UW cheerleader.
Coach Romar In The Media
Coach Romar's weekly show on Sports Radio 950 AM will be held at Anthony's Shilshole Restaurant starting Dec. 1 and will take place also on Dec. 8 and 15 that month. In January, the show moves to Monday's and will be held on the following dates: 1/3, 1/10, 1/18 (due to MLK), 1/24, 1/31 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 3/7, 3/14. Additionally, Romar holds his weekly press conference on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. in the Hec Edmundson Media workroom (room 140). In addition, UWTV will broadcast a replay of the press conference at 11:00 p.m. PT each Tuesday night. UWTV can be found on channel 27 in the Seattle area.
Unprecedented Success Under Romar
The Huskies are enjoying their greatest stretch of success in team history under the direction of Lorenzo Romar. Besides three Sweet 16 appearnaces, two Pac-10 Tournament championships and one regular-season Pac-10 title, the numbers show Romar has entered unchartered territory. From 2005 -- Romar's third season at UW -- to 2010, the Huskies won 142 games, the most ever in a six-year span of UW basketball history. He has averaged 21.3 wins per season and has amassed four of the seven largest single-season win totals in UW history.