Jan. 3, 2004
SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 --
Washington at (#5) Stanford; 1:00 p.m. PST
Maples Pavilion (7,391); Stanford, Calif. - No TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
THURSDAY, JANUARY 8 --
Washington vs. USC; 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. - No TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (5-4, 0-1) conclude their first Pac-10 road trip Sunday, Jan. 4 at fifth-ranked and undefeated Stanford (10-0, 1-0). Tip-off is 1 p.m. at Maples Pavilion where Washington has not won in 11 years. Since the Lynn Nance-coached squad won 68-67 on Jan. 30, 1993 at Maples, the Huskies have lost their last 10 games at Stanford. Road victories against ranked teams have been hard to come by for the Huskies who lost their last 22 such games. Washington's last victory over a ranked opponent was against a No. 14 Arizona team on Feb. 1, 1996. UW has just one win in 34 all-time meetings against top-five teams on the road, a 58-53 decision at St. Louis on Dec. 19, 1951. The Huskies opened Pac-10 play Friday with a 76-62 loss at California in a game that was tied with 5:30 to play before the Bears hit six straight 3-pointers. UW has been swept in its last three visits to the Bay Area. The Cardinal defeated Washington State 73-51 in their conference opener. Washington defeated Columbia 88-51 on Tuesday (Dec. 30) in its final non-conference home game. UW has one non-conference game remaining, a Feb. 22 visit to North Carolina State.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Sunday's game at Stanford will be broadcast on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 17th season. Fans may subscribe to an on-line service that allows them to listen to UW games over the internet. For more information go to: www.collegesports.com Game play-by-play and stats can be followed live in a text format via the internet at: www.gohuskies.com
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 321 of UW's 712 points in the eight regular-season games, accounting for 45 percent of the total offensive output. Their Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback a red-shirt freshman who plays on the Husky football team.
Season in Review
The Huskies opened the season with four consecutive home games. They defeated Portland State 73-65 (Nov. 21), UC Riverside 91-78 (Nov. 24) and Eastern Washington 104-91 (Nov. 29) before losing 86-62 to 17th-ranked Gonzaga (Dec. 3). Washington hit the road and lost 92-76 at Wyoming (Dec. 6) and 79-64 at Houston (Dec. 20) before a 92-81 triumph at San Diego State (Dec. 27). The Huskies defeated Columbia (Dec. 30) 81-55, their first home game in 27 days. UW opened Pac-10 play with a 76-62 loss at California.
This is Washington's second season under head coach Lorenzo Romar, a two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80. Romar was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach. He served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to UW. Romar has a 108-109 all-time record in eight seasons with a 15-21 mark at Washington.
Hakeem Rollins blocked 6 shots Friday at Cal, the highest total for a Husky since David Dixon rejected a school-record 7 shots vs. WSU on Jan. 31, 2002 ... Four different Huskies have posted double-figure rebound games for the first season since 1997. Last year two Huskies combined for three double-digit rebound outings ... Six different players have led UW in scoring during the nine games this year ... The Huskies topped the 90-point plateau three times this season, a feat they accomplished only once last year.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes
* 2003 Record vs. Ranked Opponents - 0-1 (lost 62-86 to No. 17 Gonzaga)
* All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents - 61-191
* Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent - UW 94, #19 Oregon 92 (1/24/02, Seattle)
* Last Road Win Over a Ranked Opponent - UW 80, #14 Arizona 78 ot (2/1/96, Tucson)
* All-Time Record vs. Top-10 Opponents - 24-105 (3-50 on the road)
* Last Win Over a Top-10 Opponent - UW 90, #10 Arizona 84 (2/4/99, Seattle)
* Last Road Win Over a Top 10 Opponent - UW 74, #9 Kansas 64 (12/14/74, Lawrence)
* All-Time Record vs. Top-5 Opponents - 8-65 (1-33 on the road)
* Last Win Over a Top-5 Opponent - UW 70, #4 Arizona 56 (1/3/91, Seattle)
* Only Road Win Over a Top 5 Opponent - UW 58, #4 St. Louis 53 (12/19/51, St. Louis)
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 62-54 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916.
> Washington snapped an 11-game Cardinal winning streak in the series with a 73-68 victory in this year's first meeting on Jan. 18 in Seattle. That 11-game stretch was Stanford's longest winning streak in the history of the series.
> The Cardinal won last season's second meeting by a 78-69 count in California.
> Stanford has a 43-14 advantage over the Huskies during games played in Palo Alto. The Huskies lost in their last 10 visits to Maples Pavilion, last winning at Stanford 68-67 on Jan. 30, 1993.
> The Cardinal routed Washington 105-60 during 2002 at Maples, the third largest loss in UW history and the most lopsided defeat in the series with Stanford.
> 18th-year Cardinal coach Mike Montgomery has a 26-9 mark against the Huskies.
> Second-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-1 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting
#24 Stanford 78, UW 69 (Feb. 13, 2003; Palo Alto, Calif.)
Julius Barnes scored 29 points, including three consecutive 3-pointers in the decisive second-half run for 24th-ranked Stanford which defeated Washington 78-69 at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal (18-6. 9-3) registered their 10th straight home win over Washington (8-13, 3-9). Stanford led by as many as 12 points in the first half before the Huskies reeled off 11 unanswered points en route to a 38-35 halftime lead. After five second-half ties and three lead changes, Stanford extended a 56-54 lead with an 11-0 run. Justin Davis started the surge with a put-back dunk followed by the trio of treys from Barnes that pushed the margin to 67-54 with 7:20 left to play. UW never drew closer than seven points after that. Barnes tallied 21 points in the second half. Rob Little added 12 points for Stanford and Josh Childress had 11. Doug Wrenn paced the Huskies with 23 points, including the team's first 10 points of the game. Nate Robinson and Curtis Allen each scored 16 points for UW which lost despite shooting a season-high 56 percent (28-50) from the field. The Cardinal shot 49 percent (28-57) and outrebounded UW 34-21.
Sophomore swingman Brandon Roy is a rising star in his first full collegiate season. He is averaging 12.4 points per game, including a career-high 22 points and five assists against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). At Houston on Dec. 20 he 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.
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 Tuesday, Jan. 6.
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).
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. Despite playing all 29 games in 2002 and starting the final seven, Conroy did not have a double-figure scoring game. He had 19 double-figure performances last season and led all Husky scorers in eight games. Conroy ranked 21st among Pac-10 scorers (12.7 ppg) and distributed a team-high 108 assists to rank fifth among Pac-10 playmakers (4.0 apg). He amassed a career-high 32 points last season at Gonzaga, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime. Conroy ranked 11th among Pac-10 players in 2003 with 33 steals.
Nate the Great
High-flying sophomore guard Nate Robinson will concentrate on basketball this season after having an huge impact last year on both the hardwood and the gridiron. He tallied a season-high 16 points at San Diego State (Dec. 27). Robinson garnered Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors 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 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 the final six Husky football games at cornerback and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. His first practice with the basketball team was Nov. 26. Robinson entered UW on a football scholarship, but switched to basketball. 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.
2004 Season Highlights
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 ... 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 ... UW's 56.5 percent shooting (35-62) vs. UC Riverside (Nov. 24) was its best field goal accuracy in Coach Romar's two seasons.
Washington has started three different lineups. The most recent opened the last four games, featuring three sophomores (Mike Jensen, Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy) and two juniors (Will Conroy, Tre Simmons). 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 nine games.
Last UW Game
California 76, UW 62 (Jan. 2, 2004/Seattle)
Amit Tamir scored 21 points, including four 3-pointers inside the final 5:26 that lifted California to a 76-62 victory over Washington at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears (5-5, 1-0) led by 13 points before UW drew within 38-28 at halftime on a 50-foot heave by Tre Simmons at the buzzer. The Huskies (5-4, 0-1) staged a 13-2 run and tied the score 48-48 on a jumper by Simmons with 10:38 left to play. With the scored tied for the third time at 53-53, Cal went ahead for good on a trey from Tamir. That started a streak of six straight 3-pointers for Cal who hit only 2-of-14 up to that point. The Bears scored 11 unanswered points to put the game away. Freshman Leon Powe amassed 19 points and 15 rebounds for Cal which outrebunded UW 42-29. Another Bear freshman, Ayinde Ubaka, contributed 13 points and eight assists. Simmons scored 16 points to pace the Huskies who also got 15 from Bobby Jones and 10 from Nate Robinson. Hakeem Rollins grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked six shots for UW.
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, guard Curtis Allen is the lone senior on the Washington roster. He ranks second among all-time Huskies with 138 career 3-pointers. Allen has 18 of UW's 56 treys this season, including six at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He led the team last season with 52 treys, 23 more 3-pointers than any of his teammates. Allen has amassed 894 points during his career and needs 106 more to become the 28th player in UW history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. He missed only two free throws in 46 attempts last season, a 95.7-percent figure that would have easily led the conference except he was 10 free throws shy of the minimum standard for the Pac-10 statistical rankings. Allen's current career free throw mark of 87.3 percent (192-220) is the best in school history. He ranks second among all-time Pac-10 players behind only former UCLA standout Rod Foster who shot 88.0% from the line between 1980-83. Allen distributed 126 assists in 2002, the seventh-highest total in Husky history. A starter during parts of each of his previous three seasons, Allen was voted to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2001. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, 2001 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. Allen distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10, 2002), the second-highest total in UW history. He fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 set by Rafael Stone in 1970.
The USC Series
> USC holds a 61-57 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.
> The Huskies swept the season series last year for the first time since 1998. UW's 76-72 win on Jan. 4, 2003 in Seattle snapped a seven-game losing skid against the Trojans. The Huskies won 95-89 on Mar. 6 in Los Angeles.
> Washington owns a 33-26 advantage over USC during games played in Seattle.
> Ninth-year USC coach Henry Bibby has an 8-8 record against Washington.
> Second-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 2-0 record against USC.
The Last Meeting
UW 95, USC 89 (Mar. 6, 2003; Los Angeles, Calif.)
Curtis Allen scored 17 points and sank six free throws that capped the scoring for Washington which defeated USC 95-89 at the Sports Arena. The Huskies (10-16, 5-12) halted an eight-game Pac-10 road losing streak and completed their first season sweep of USC since 1998. Nate Robinson scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the first half for UW which led by as many as nine points before settling for a 45-43 halftime advantage. The Trojans (10-16, 5-12) lost their seventh straight game. USC trailed 73-64 with 11:19 left to play, but went on a 19-6 run over the next five minutes to take a 83-79 lead. Errick Craven scored 11 of his 19 points during the run. Washington answered with a 6-0 surge. The game was tied 87-87 before Brandon Roy, making his first start, put the Huskies ahead for good with a layup at 1:02. Allen secured the win, shooting 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 26 seconds. Roy finished with 16 points for the Huskies who also got 14 from Will Conroy and 11 from Doug Wrenn. USC was led by Desmon Farmer's 23 points while reserve Jerry Dupree had 17. The Huskies shot 55 percent for the game (32-58), including a torrid 74-percent second half (17-23). UW won despite 23 turnovers the resulted in 34 Trojan points.
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