Nov. 25, 2009
Huskies This Week
The UW men's basketball team wraps up a busy post-Thanksgiving weekend on the campus by playing Montana (4-1) on Sunday at 6:00 pm in Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (4-0) are coming off eight days of rest and will play just two games over a 17 day span. Lorenzo Romar is trying to earn his 150th career win as head coach of the Huskies. The game will be carried live on TV by FSN NW. The ISP Sports Radio network will broadcast the game, with Bob Rondeau calling play-by-play and Jason Hamilton providing color commentary. The game will also be available on XM Radio 193 and Sirius Radio 218. Live Gamertracker is available for free and audio is available by paid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
Busy Post-Thanksgiving Weekend
While the men's basketball team will remain dormant until Sunday evening, the campus will be teeming with activities all weekend. On Friday, the women's basketball team will host the Husky Classic, featuring two games in the morning (Memphis vs. Sacramento State, then Eastern Washington vs. Washington), followed by the UW volleyball team hosting Oregon that night. On Saturday, the Apple Cup will take place, and then Sunday will feature the second day of the Seattle Times Classic prior to the UW-Montana match up, making it six games at Bank of America Arena over a three-day span.
Washington And Montana History
Washington is 41-9 all-time versus the Grizzlies, but the two teams have only met twice since 1995, with the Huskies winning both matchups. The Huskies hold a 28-4 advantage all-time at home, including a 75-53 win last December. Four Huskies scored in double figures that night, led by double-doubles by both Jon Brockman (13 pts/11 reb) and Matthew Bryan-Amaning (10 pts/15 reb). Prior to the UW's latest string of wins (also 2005 NCAA Tournament, 88-77), Montana won five of six contests from 1983 to 1995.
Scouting the Grizz
Montana arrives in Seattle confident after a 68-55 win on Monday over another Pac-10 opponent, Oregon. The Grizzlies are 4-1 on the season, with wins against North Dakota, Boise State, Loyola Marymount and Oregon. Their lone loss came on the road at Denver, 56-49. Anthony Johnson, the Big Sky's 2009 Newcomer of the Year, is leading Montana with 22 ppg. Johnson attended Stadium High School in Tacoma, making Sunday's match up one that will have four players from Tacoma on the floor. Other Grizz players with ties to the state include Eric Hutchinson (Longview/Mark Morris HS), Ryan Staudacher (Kirkland/Lake Washington HS), Shawn Stockton (Spokane/Ferris HS), Michael Taylor (Brewster/Brewster HS) and Mathias Ward (Gig Harbor/Gig Harbor HS). Staudacher and Stockton were also heralded high school football players in the state of Washington.
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
The 2009 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lorenzo Romar is entering his eighth season as the 18th head men's basketball coach at Washington. With one more win, he will reach 150 for his career, just the fourth UW coach to reach the 150 mark. He owns a 149-81 (.648) record at Washington and is 242-169 (.589) in 13 seasons as a head coach. Romar led Washington to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2004, 05, 06) and the school's first back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances (2005 & 06). The first African-American head basketball coach at UW, he is fourth all-time in victories at UW and 8 shy of surpassing Tippy Dye for third. 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.
Last Time Out For Washington
Quincy Pondexter set a career best for the second-consecutive game with 30 points, including 13 in a row to begin the second half, and had a career-best 15 rebounds in No. 14 Washington's 80-70 victory over Adrian Oliver and San Jose State. The season's first Pac-10 player of the week followed his career high of 29 points against Portland State by exploiting the foul-plagued Spartans' zone defense. He made 10 of 18 field goals and 10 of 13 foul shots. Isaiah Thomas added 16 points and the defending Pac-10-champion Huskies (4-0), backing up their highest preseason ranking since 1985, pulled away from the Spartans (1-1) after a ragged start. Tyreese Breshers came off the bench to spark the Huskies with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Oliver scored 32 points, the second-most in his college career, in his return to his former college home.
Perhaps the phenomenal start to the season by Quincy Pondexter shouldn't come as a total surprise. He is one rebound short in the season-opener vs. Wright State of having a double-double in each of the first four games and five-straight if you go back to the Huskies' NCAA Tournament game vs. Purdue in which Pondexter had 20 pts and 10 rebounds. Over the final 14 games of the 2008-09 season, he came on like a gang buster to help lead the Huskies to their Pac-10 title and the NCAA Tournament second round. He led the Huskies in scoring over that span of games with 15.4 points per game, including six games with 20 points or more. He also averaged 6.6 rebounds and shot 54.5% (85-156) from the field and 82% (45-55) from the free throw line. In the two NCAA Tournament games, he averaged 21.5 ppg and 9.0 rpg. If this sounds familiar, it should. As a sophomore he concluded the 2007-08 season by averaging 15.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg and shot 52% from the field over the final five games.