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SATURDAY, MARCH 1 --
UW at Washington State, 8:00 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Northwest TV

Friel Court (12,058); Pullman, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network
KLFE (AM 1590) in Seattle-KHHO (AM 850) in Tacoma

THURSDAY, MARCH 6 --
UW at USC, 7:30 p.m. PST

No Local TV
Los Angeles Sports Arena (16,161); Los Angeles, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area

The Washington Huskies (9-15, 4-11) conclude their regular-season schedule with three straight road games, beginning Saturday, Mar. 1 at Washington State (6-18, 1-14). Tip-off is 8 p.m. at Friel Court in Pullman. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. Washington lost in its last two visits to Pullman. UW, which defeated the Cougars 81-67 on Jan. 31 in Seattle, seeks its first sweep of any season series since beating WSU twice during the 2000 campaign. Both teams are coming off victories on Saturday, the Cougars winning 75-71 over Oregon State and UW topping Oregon by a 78-66 tally. That win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Huskies who hope to register back-to-back Pac-10 victories for the first time this season. Washington plays at USC Thursday, Mar. 6 before concluding the regular season at UCLA on Saturday, Mar. 8. The Huskies posted a 3-6 record during the first swing through the conference slate, but they sustained five double-digit setbacks and the six losses were by an average of 18.7 points. None of UW's five second-half losses were by double digits and the average margin was only 5.4 points, including two overtime losses.

Rough Road
Washington plays its final three regular-season games on the road. The Huskies have a 1-8 record away from home this season, including an 0-6 Pac-10 road record. UW's lone road victory was a 72-55 decision at Santa Clara on Dec. 7. The Huskies have just two Pac-10 road wins in the last three seasons; at Oregon (Jan. 18, 2001) and at Oregon State (Feb. 21, 2002). They won once in their last 21 conference road contests.

TV Tidbits
Saturday's UW game at Washington State will be televised live at 8 p.m. Pacific Time on Fox Sports Northwest. Brian Webber and Craig Ehlo call the action.

Radio Coverage
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game at Washington State will be broadcast on KLFE (AM 1590) in Seattle and KHHO (AM 850) in Tacoma due to a scheduling conflict with KJR. The majority of games will air on Husky flagship station KJR Radio (AM-950) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season.

Tournament Tidbits
The Huskies' final three games are against teams currently in sixth, ninth and 10th place in the Pac-10 standings. Eighth-place Washington has a one-game lead in the win column over ninth-place UCLA in pursuit of a Pac-10 Tournament berth. The top eight finishers in the final regular-season standings will compete March 13-15 in the Pac-10 Tournament at Los Angeles' Staples Center. This is the sixth Pac-10 Tournament, but only the second since the conference stopped hosting the post-season event following the 1990 season. In the event of a tie, the team's head-to-head record is the first tiebreaker. The second tiebreaker is each team's respective record against the Pac-10 leaders in descending order. Washington has a win over second-place Stanford to its credit.

Youth Movement
The inexperienced Washington roster features six freshmen, three sophomores and three juniors. The lone senior is Marlon Shelton. On Jan. 31 against Washington State, UW started four freshmen alongside sophomore point guard Will Conroy. Five of UW's top nine scorers are freshmen, led by Nate Robinson (12.7 ppg). Freshmen have accounted for 37.8 percent of the Huskies' points (647 of 1712).

Fast Facts
* The Huskies have a 2-22 record in Pac-10 road games in the last three seasons.

* UW has not swept a Pac-10 season series since beating WSU twice in 2000.

* Nate Robinson has a streak of seven straight double-figure scoring games. No other Husky currently has more than two.

* Curtis Allen has 47 treys this season, 20 more 3-pointers than any of his UW teammates. Will Conroy is next with 27. Allen has a 3-pointer in each of the last 13 games while no UW teammate has a current trey streak longer than one game.

* Will Conroy needs four assists to become the 22nd player in Husky history to register a 100-assist season.

The Washington State Series
> Washington won 10 of the last 13 meetings and owns a 163-90 advantage in the series that began in 1910.

> The Huskies won this year's first meeting 81-67 on Jan. 31, their ninth straight win over WSU in Seattle.

> The Cougars were victorious in Washington's last two visits to Pullman, winning 81-79 in 2002 and 79-61 in 2001. UW has a 67-57 all-time record at WSU.

> The cross-state rivals split the season series last year with the home team winning both games. WSU won 81-79 on Jan. 31 in Pullman and Washington claimed an 82-75 victory on Feb. 27 in Seattle.

> Fourth-year Washington State coach Paul Graham has a 2-5 record against UW.

> First year at Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-0 record against WSU.

The Last Meeting
UW 81, Washington State 67 (Jan. 31, 2003; Seattle)

Curtis Allen came off the bench to spark a 10-point run with six of his 13 points, leading Washington to an 81-67 victory over Washington State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (8-10, 3-6) registered their ninth straight home win over WSU. The Cougars (5-13, 0-9) suffered their 16th straight Pac-10 loss, their last conference win coming Jan. 31, 2002 in Pullman against the Huskies. WSU led 11-9 before Allen hit a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 surge that put Washington ahead for good. Allen capped the run with another trey, giving UW a 19-11 lead with 9:22 left in the first half. The Huskies led 38-30 at halftime and scored the first five second-half points. The lead grew to as many as 19 points. Sophomore Will Conroy scored 11 of his team-high 14 points in the second half. Conroy was the lone veteran in the Husky starting lineup that included four freshmen. Making his first start, Nate Robinson tallied 11 points a figure matched by reserve Doug Wrenn. Cedrick Hughey had 15 points and eight boards for the Cougars who outrebounded Washington 41-31. Thomas Kelati added 13 points for WSU and Milton Riley had 12. Washington shot 50 percent (28-56) from the floor, it's best accuracy in Pac-10 play this season. UW shot 58 percent (7-12) on 3-pointers and outscored WSU 18-5on free throws.

Anthony Ailing
Freshman center Anthony Washington had a streak of 12 straight starts stopped Feb. 6 when he did not play against Arizona. He missed the last six games and is sidelined indefinitely with a sprained left foot. His status is doubtful for Saturday.

Notable
The Huskies have an 0-11 record in games when they are held under 70 points ... Washington has an 8-7 home record and is 1-8 in road games. They are outscoring foes by 5.0 points at Bank of America Arena (74.8-69.8), but have a 13.2-point deficit at enemy courts (65.6-78.8) ... The Huskies' assist-turnover ratio in its nine wins is 149-146 while the corresponding mark in the 15 losses is 181-231 ... Washington has an 8-3 record when its field goal percent is better than its opponents, but is 1-12 when being outshot from the field ... Will Conroy leads the team with 33 steals, six more than any UW player had all last season ... Of the 120 total starts by UW players this season, 50 (42%) have been by freshmen and 29 (24%) by sophomores, or a total of 66 percent by underclassmen. Washington started four freshmen and one sophomore against Washington State on Jan. 31 in Seattle.

Improved Shooting
Despite a 2-5 record during the span, the last seven games have been the finest shooting stretch of the season for Washington. The Huskies shot 50 percent or better in four of their last seven games after failing to reach 42 percent in their first eight Pac-10 outings. Washington converted a season-best 56 percent of its shots (28-50) from the field at Stanford (Feb. 13). UW shot 50 percent against Washington State (28-56), Arizona State (29-58) and Oregon (30-60). The recent stellar shooting streak comes in the wake of a period that saw UW's field goal accuracy drop considerably from the onset of conference play. The Huskies were held under the 40-percent mark by five of their first eight Pac-10 opponents.

Lorenzo's Ledger
In his first year, Lorenzo Romar has nine coaching victories at Washington. He has a ways to go to match the 29 wins UW posted during his two seasons as a player. Romar was a two-year starting point guard for the Huskies in 1978-79 (11-16 record) and 1979-80 (18-10 record). His senior squad participated in the 1980 NIT. Romar posted his 100th coaching victory against Stanford (Jan. 18). His seven-year record is 102-103.

Romar Returns
Lorenzo Romar was named to head up the program at his alma mater on April 3, 2002. A point guard for the Huskies' 1978-79 and 1979-80 teams, he is the 18th head coach in Washington's 101-year history and the first African-American to lead the program. Romar has compiled a 102-103 record in seven seasons as a head coach, including an 9-15 mark at Washington. He recorded his 100th career coaching victory on Jan. 18, 2003 with a 73-68 win over Stanford. In three years at Saint Louis from 1999-2002, he compiled a 51-44 (.537) mark. At both Pepperdine and Saint Louis, Romar helped revive programs to a competitive level. He led the Waves to a three-year record of 42-44 (.488) from 1996-99, including a pair of second-place finishes in the West Coast Conference and an NIT invitation in 1999. His first Saint Louis squad upset top-ranked Cincinnati in the Conference USA tournament and went on to win the championship and an automatic NCAA Tournament berth. Twice during the past two seasons Romar's Saint Louis teams defeated Washington. Seattle was the site of one of Romar's greatest coaching moments. As an assistant coach, he helped guide UCLA to an 89-78 triumph over Arkansas in the Kingdome to win the 1995 NCAA Championship. Cameron Dollar, now a UW assistant coach, was one of the stars for the Bruins during that national title contest. Romar built a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters while an assistant at UCLA (1992-1996) and was credited with recruiting much of the talent that formed the core of the Bruins' title team. UCLA's record during Romar's four-year assistant coaching tenure was 97-28 (.776). A native of Compton, Calif., Romar graduated from Pius X High School. He earned his associate degree from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College in 1978 before studying at Washington from 1978-80. He completed his coursework at Cincinnati, receiving his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1992. After starting two seasons at UW for legendary coach Marv Harshman, Romar was selected in the seventh round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. His five-year NBA career included stints with Golden State (1981-84), Milwaukee (1984) and Detroit (1984-85). Following the 1984-85 season, Romar joined Athletes in Action (AIA), a touring exhibition team on which he served as player-coach from 1989-1992. He replaces Bob Bender who resigned on Mar. 13, 2002. Romar is the second former UW player to return as the head coach, joining Lynn Nance who coached UW from 1989-93.

Coaching Staff
Lorenzo Romar's staff is comprised of first-year assistant coaches Ken Bone, Cameron Dollar and Russ Schoene. Bone was the head coach at perennial NCAA Division II championship contender Seattle Pacific during the past 12 seasons. After a stellar playing career at UCLA (1994-97) that included the 1995 NCAA championship, Dollar served the last three years as an assistant coach on Romar's Saint Louis staff. Schoene was a standout collegian at Tennessee Chattanooga (1981-82) who played four seasons in the NBA, including three years (1987-89) with the Seattle Sonics.

Will Power
A strong case can be made for UW sophomore point guard Will Conroy as the most improved player in the Pac-10. His 12.8-point scoring average is 10.3 better than last season's 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 has 16 double-figure performances this season and led all Husky scorers in eight games. Conroy ranks 18th among Pac-10 scorers (12.8 ppg) and distributed a team-high 96 assists to rank fourth among Pac-10 playmakers (4.0 apg). He amassed a career-high 32 points at Gonzaga, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime. His game-high total last year was nine points. Conroy ranks eighth among Pac-10 players with 33 steals (1.38 spg), six more than any Husky had in 2002.

Nate the Great
High-flying freshman point guard Nate Robinson has had an immediate impact on the hardwood after an impressive campaign on the gridiron. He had eight points in 23 minutes Jan. 2 against UCLA after starting two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. He led all UW scorers with a career-high 20 points against Arizona State (Feb. 8) and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds vs. USC (Jan. 4). Robinson has 14 double-figure outings and topped all UW scorers a team-high nine times in his 20 games. His collegiate basketball debut was a six-minute stint against Wyoming (Dec. 5) in Seattle and he had one rebound and one assist. The 5-8 leaper was spectacular in his second 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 performance, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14). He led all Huskies with 18 at Oregon (Jan. 23). 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 on Nov. 26. Robinson is attending UW on a football scholarship. 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.

Dynamic Doug
Junior Doug Wrenn tallied double-figure points on 19 occasions, tops on the team. He ranks 19th among Pac-10 players in scoring (12.7 ppg), 13th in rebounds (5.9 rpg) and 12th in blocked shots (22). Last year, Wrenn had one of the most impressive debut seasons in Washington history. The supremely athletic 6-6 forward was a 2002 all-conference selection and was the first UW recipient of the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award. His team-leading 19.5-point scoring average included four 30-point games with a high of 35 points at Arizona (Feb. 7). He tallied 30 points on four occasions, including a streak of three straight 30-point performances that tied the school record held by Louie Nelson (1973) and Bob Houbregs (1953). His 546 points were the 10th-highest figure among UW single-season scorers. Wrenn was the No. 3 scorer in the Pac-10 last season and his 19.5-point average is the No. 2 figure among returning players behind only the 20.4 mark of Arizona's Jason Gardner. He also ranked 13th among Pac-10 rebounders (6.4 rpg). Wrenn registered a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game en route to Top of the World Classic MVP honors. He hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with 0:06 left. Wrenn had three double doubles and ranked second on the team with 57 assists. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn red-shirted in 2001 after transferring from Connecticut.

Amazing Allen
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, junior Curtis Allen ranked sixth among Pac-10 point guards with 4.3 assists per game last season. His 126 assists were the seventh-highest total in Husky history. A three-year starter, 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 was the Huskies' team leader in assists during 21 of 29 games. He distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in UW history. Allen fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970. Allen leads this year's UW team with 47 treys, 20 more 3-pointers than any of his teammates. His current career free throw mark of 87.2 percent (170-195) is a school record.

Roy is Eligible
The University of Washington received notice Jan. 16 that freshman Brandon Roy was immediately eligible to compete in basketball. The 6-foot-5 swingman was declared a full qualifier by the NCAA. Roy officially enrolled at Washington Jan. 16 after auditing classes since the winter quarter began on Jan. 6. Roy suited up Jan. 16 against California, but did not play. He saw his first game action on Jan. 18 against Stanford, entering with 2:28 left in the first half. Roy played five minutes against the Cardinal. He has played the last 10 games, including a 13-point, 7-rebound, 3-assist performance against Oregon (Feb. 22). Roy scored his first points in his fourth outing Jan. 31 against Washington State. He tallied six points against the Cougars. One of the nation's premier prep players last season, Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the high school senior class of 2002. He was rated the No. 2 small forward prospect in the West by Prep West Hoops. Roy is the third product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current Husky basketball roster, joining sophomore guard Will Conroy and freshman center Anthony Washington. Roy averaged 22.3 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior in 2002, including a career-best 38-point performance on Mar. 9 in his final prep outing. His effort helped the Bulldogs claim the state's fourth-place trophy with a 71-70 victory over Snohomish. Roy was a two-time All-Washington state selection in 2001 and 2002 and was named the KingCo Conference Most Valuable Player after both of those seasons. Last spring, Roy applied for the 2003 NBA Draft, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.

Shuffling Starters
Washington started eight different lineups this season, including the group of Jones/Wrenn/Shelton/Conroy/Robinson that opened the last outing. Freshmen have accounted for 50 combined starts, 42 percent of the team's total this season. Against Washington State (Jan. 31), four Husky freshmen started along with sophomore point guard Will Conroy who is the only Husky to start every game.

Last Husky Game
UW 78, Oregon 66 (Feb. 22, 2003; Seattle)

Curtis Allen came off the bench to score 17 points, including five that capped a decisive nine-point run in Washington's 78-66 win over Oregon at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (9-15, 4-11) outscored Oregon 40-14 in the paint to help snap a five-game losing streak. Washington tallied 14 unanswered points three minutes into the game to take an 18-6 lead. The Ducks (18-7, 8-6) chipped away at the lead, drawing within 36-31 at halftime. Oregon scored the first six second-half points to go ahead 37-36. The lead changed hands five times until Brandon Roy ignited a 9-0 run with a put-back dunk with 5:43 left to play. Allen capped the surge with a fastbreak layin and 3-pointer that give UW control of the game with a 64-54 advantage at 3:11. Roy finished with career highs in points (13), rebounds (7) and assists (3). Will Conroy was one of five Husky double-figure scorers with 15 points while Nate Robinson had 14 and Doug Wrenn 10. Luke Ridnour paced Oregon with 20 points and six assists, but he also had eight turnovers and had his Pac-10 record streak of consecutive free throws halted at 62. James Davis scored 15 points for the Ducks who also got 14 from Ian Crosswhite. The Huskies shot 50 percent (30-60) from the field while limiting Oregon to a season-low 33 percent (21-63).

Did You Know?
Despite possessing a common name, freshman Anthony Washington is the first player with the surname "Washington" to play basketball for the Huskies.

Turnover Turnaround
While the Huskies average nearly as many turnovers as last year (15.7 to 17.3), they are at plus-2.3 in the turnover category by virtue of nearly five more opponent miscues per game. Washington forces 18.0 turnovers this season, up significantly from last year's figure of 13.7. The Huskies use more frequent full-court pressure that has resulted in 6.8 steals per game, an increase from a 5.6-steal average in 2002.

2003 Husky Highlights
The Huskies turned the ball over just six times against Oregon State (Feb. 20), tying the school-record low accomplished seven times before ... . UW had two home sellouts this season, including their final home game, Feb. 22 against Oregon. That was the fourth sellout since the renovated Arena opened in November of 2000 ... A capacity crowd of 10,028 showed up Feb. 6 against Arizona to set an Arena attendance record under the current configuration ... First-year coach Lorenzo Romar registered his 100th career victory with a 73-68 decision over Stanford on Jan. 18 in Seattle ... Washington stopped a pair of losing streaks against Pac-10 opponents. UW halted a seven-game skid vs. USC with a 76-72 home win on Jan. 4 and stopped a 10-game streak against Stanford with a 73-68 home win on Jan. 18 ... The Huskies forced 29 UCLA turnovers (Jan. 2), the highest figure by an opponent since BYU turned the ball over 30 times on Nov. 26, 1996 ... UW won consecutive games by margins of 35 points (83-48 vs. Florida International) and 24 points (85-61 vs. Houston) ... The last time UW had posted back-to-back 20-point wins was Dec. 5 & 8, 1990 ... Washington limited Florida International to only 48 points, the lowest scoring output by an opponent since Dec. 20, 2000 ... The Huskies hit 32 treys in a three-game stretch from Dec. 13-23, marking their highest three-game 3-point output ever. They had consecutive double-digit 3-point performances (10 vs. Florida International on Dec. 21 & 13 vs. Houston on Dec. 23) for the first time in school history. The 13 treys against Houston were one shy of UW's single-game record ... UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight NCAA Tournament teams.

Tacoma Twosome
The Husky roster features two players from Tacoma, Washington; junior guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having a pair of players from Tacoma is remarkable considering Washington went 21 years without a Tacoma native on the men's basketball roster. The last Tacoma native to play at UW was Steve Matzen (Lincoln HS) a 1977-80 letterman.

Instant Offense
Sophomore David Hudson has 39 points in 51 minutes this season, coming on 12 treys, one field goal and one free throw. Hudson leads all Pac-10 marksmen in 3-point accuracy, but is four treys shy of the one-per-game needed to officially qualify. He is shooting 57.1 percent (12-21) from 3-point range where all but three of his attempts have come. Hudson hit only one of his three shots from inside the arc. He had back-to-back games with three treys, against Florida International (Dec. 21) and Houston (Dec. 23). Fifteen of Hudson's 16 career field goals are 3-pointers.

Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. From March of 1999 to November of 2000, the Pavilion's 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 has a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 765 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.

Increased Attendance
Washington completed its 15-game home schedule averaging 6,799 spectators per game. That was the largest attendance figure at the Huskies' on-campus arena since the 1984-85 season drew an average of 6,979. UW averaged 7,851 fans during the 2000 season while playing at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during the Edmundson Pavilion renovation. The Huskies drew an average of 7,840 fans during nine home Pac-10 contests, an increase of 1,231 from last season's conference average of 6,609.

Capacity Crowds
The Huskies twice played before capacity home crowds at Bank of America Arena this season. They sold out games against Arizona (Feb. 6) and Oregon (Feb. 22). There have been four sellouts since Bank of America Arena re-opened in 2000-01 with the current 10,000-seat configuration. On Feb. 6, a record crowd of 10,028 attended Washington's 88-85 overtime loss to Arizona.

Non-Conference Conquests
Washington finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4 record. That was the second straight winning non-conference campaign for the Huskies who were 6-3 last season. UW posted a 5-7 non-conference record in 1999-2000 and was 6-6 in 2000-01.

The USC Series
> USC holds a 61-56 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.

> The Huskies won this year's first meeting, a 76-72 decision in Seattle that snapped a seven-game USC series winning streak against UW.

> The Huskies have not swept the season series against USC since 1998.

> The Trojans own a 35-21 series advantage over Washington during games played in Los Angeles, including four straight home wins. The last Husky win at USC was a 101-86 decision on Jan. 29, 1998.

> Eighth-year USC coach Henry Bibby has an 8-7 record against Washington.

> First-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-0 record against USC.

The Last Meeting
UW 76, USC 72 (Jan. 4, 2003; Seattle)

The Huskies rallied from a 21-point deficit and Bobby Jones' put-back with three seconds remaining gave them the lead for good in a 76-72 victory over USC at Bank of America Arena. The Trojans (5-4, 1-1) had one final chance, but Errick Craven took the inbounds pass and stepped on the sideline with 2.1 seconds left. Will Conroy was then fouled and hit both free throws to seal the win for the Huskies (6-5, 1-1) who snapped a seven-game losing streak against USC. Doug Wrenn recorded UW's first double-double of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds while Conroy finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Nick Curtis led USC with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Curtis hit the first of two free throws with 36.5 seconds remaining to tie the game at 72-72, but missed the second, which set up Doug Wrenn's miss and Jones' decisive put-back. The Trojans got 16 points apiece from Rory O'Neil and Desmon Farmer. After UW's Mike Jensen hit the game's first basket, the Trojans scored 22 of the next 23 points while the Huskies missed 14 straight shots. USC's largest lead was 30-9 with 6:11 left in the first half, but Washington closed the gap to 40-30 by halftime. Wrenn hit two free throws with 4:49 left in the game, giving UW its first lead since the game's opening basket. That was the first of five lead changes inside the final five minutes.

Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar will air weekly either on Monday or Tuesday nights from 7-7:30 p.m. on KJR (AM-950). The show is hosted by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau along with KJR Radio personality David Locke. The next broadcast is Monday, Mar. 3 at 7 p.m.

Simmons Signs
Washington received a letter of intent on Nov. 19, 2002 from junior college wing player Tre Simmons who prepped at Seattle's Garfield High School. "Tre is a very versatile guard. He is long, he can defend, he can really score the ball and pass the ball," says Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar. Simmons is currently a sophomore at Green River (Wash.) CC who will join the Huskies in the fall of 2003. Washington has three scholarships to offer during the late signing period (April 15-May 16).
Tre Simmons, 6-5, 195, guard/forward, Seattle, Wash.
(Garfield HS/Odessa JC, Texas/Green River CC, Wash.)

The No. 3-rated junior college wing forward by Van Coleman's FutureStars Magazine ... A fifth-team JC All-America selection by Street & Smith's and top-10 small forward by The Sporting News ... Averaged 12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 2002 at Odessa (Texas) JC ... The Wranglers qualified for the 2002 regional tourney with an 18-4 record ... Currently competing at Green River (Wash.) Community College.

Second Century
The second century of Washington basketball is underway with a prominent player from the first century assuming the head coaching position. Lorenzo Romar, a two-year Husky starting point guard in 1979 and 1980, was hired April 3, 2002 as the 18th coach in the 101-year history of UW basketball. He is the school's first African-American head basketball coach. Romar served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to Washington. He inherits a young Husky team that finished with an 11-18 record in 2002, placed eighth with a 5-13 conference record and participated in the Pac-10 Tournament. Nine of the 13 players on the UW roster are freshmen (6) or sophomores (3). There is only one senior (Marlon Shelton) on the roster that also lists just three juniors (Curtis Allen, C.J. Massingale, Doug Wrenn). Shelton, Allen and Massingale are the only three team members who have played more than one season in a Husky uniform. Wrenn (19.5) and Allen (12.0) were the team's top two scorers in 2002.

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