Dec. 4, 2002
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 --
UW vs. Wyoming / 7:00 p.m. PST / No Local TV
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Seattle
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 --
UW at Santa Clara / 7:00 p.m. PST / No Local TV
Leavey Center (5,000); Santa Clara, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (AM 850) in Seattle-Tacoma
The Washington Huskies (0-3) play their third of four games during an eight-day stretch, hosting Wyoming (3-1) on Thursday, Dec. 5. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Washington owns an 8-3 lead in the all-time series, but has not played the Cowboys since the 1978-79 season. The Huskies are seeking to halt a three-game losing streak, including a hard-fought 95-89 overtime setback at Gonzaga on Monday (Dec. 2). UW lost 56-53 at home against Montana State (Nov. 24) and 82-61 at UNLV on Saturday (Nov. 30). Wyoming's only loss was an 81-72 decision in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout. The Cowboys won the last two Mountain West Conference champions. They finished with a 22-9 record last year and beat Gonzaga 73-66 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before losing 68-60 to Arizona. The Huskies play their final non-conference road game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Santa Clara. UW then has four more non-conference home games.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Network. The majority of games will air on flagship station KJR Radio (AM-950) in the Seattle area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season. He will be joined on home broadcasts by color commentator Jason Hamilton, a UW point guard from 1994-96. Fans may now subscribe to an on-line service that allows them to listen to numerous college basketball broadcasts, including Washington's, over the internet for a monthly subscription fee. For more information go to: www.collegesports.com Game play-by-play and statistics can be followed live in a text format via the internet at: www.gohuskies.com
At least 12 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on Fox Sports Net. The first Husky game to be televised is the Dec. 23 outing against Houston which airs on Fox Sports Northwest at 7:30 p.m.
The second century of Washington basketball begins 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 (5) or sophomores (4). 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.
Did You Know?
The last time Washington played Wyoming, current head coach Lorenzo Romar was a junior point guard for the Huskies. He scored 11 points and had four steals against the Cowboys in an 85-74 Washington win on Dec. 29, 1978 during the second round of the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore.
o Will Conroy recorded successive career-highs in the last two games with 19 points at UNLV and 32 at Gonzaga.
o The Huskies have been outscored 79-34 at the free throw line this season and have attempted 67 fewer free throws (112-45).
o Doug Wrenn leads the Huskies with 13 assists, an average of 4.3 per game.
o Washington lost its opening three games for the first time since Bob Bender's inaugural squad started the 1993-94 season with an 0-5 mark.
o Ten of the 13 players on the UW roster hail from the state of Washington.
Sophomore point guard Will Conroy has emerged as a scoring threat for Washington after averaging just 2.5 points per game last season. He currently leads the team, averaging 19.3 points. Conroy tallied a career-high 19 points at UNLV (Nov. 30) and improved that figure with a 32-point performance at Gonzaga (Dec. 2) while shooting 13-of-17 from the field. Conroy's previous game-high total was nine points. He already has 58 points this season after totaling 72 points in the entire 2001-02 season.
The Wyoming Series
> Washington owns an 8-3 lead in the all-time series that began in 1948.
> The Huskies have a 4-2 record against the Cowboys in Seattle.
> Washington currently has a three-game winning streak in the series, including an 85-74 victory over Wyoming in the last meeting on Dec. 29, 1978 in Portland, Ore.
> The last Cowboy win in the series was a 74-61 decision on Dec. 13, 1963 in Seattle.
> The Wyoming roster includes two Washington natives, junior guard David Adams from Tacoma (Lincoln HS) who transferred from Washington State, and junior center Ryan Wildenborg from Kirkland (Juanita HS) a transfer from Minnesota.
> Fifth-year Wyoming coach Steve McClain has never coached against Washington.
> In his first year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against Wyoming.
The Last Meeting
UW 85, Wyoming 74 (Dec. 29, 1978; Portland, Ore.)
Five Huskies scored in double digits as Washington defeated Wyoming 85-74 at Portland Memorial Stadium in the Far West Classic. The Huskies went on a 16-4 run midway through the first half, capturing a 35-22 that they would never relinquish. Current UW head basketball coach Lorenzo Romar led the run, scoring all eight of his first half points during that span. Romar finished the game with 11 points as well as four steals in just 19 minutes of play. Andra Griffin paced the Washington offense with 18 points, including 8-of-10 accuracy from the free throw line. The Huskies converted 31-of-39 free throw attempts while the Cowboys got to the line 28 times, making 18. UW doubled Wyoming in steals, 16-8. The Cowboys called a timeout with 3:34 to play after trimming the Huskies' advantage to 73-63. On the next play, Stan Walker took a pass from Steve Matzen and laid it up to stop the Cowboy surge. Wyoming had to foul the rest of the way and Washington made 10 of its final 11 free throws to seal the win.
The Huskies (11-18, 5-13) finished the 2001-02 season with a flurry, winning three of their final four regular-season games to earn the eighth and final berth to the Pac-10 Tournament. The eighth-seeded Huskies led by seven points at halftime before succumbing to No. 1 seed Oregon by an 86-64 count. Washington's non-conference season was highlighted by a runner-up performance at the Top of the World Classic in November and a home victory over NIT-bound UNLV. The Pac-10 campaign featured home victories over the top two teams in the standings, Oregon and California.
The Huskies sustained some personnel losses from last season's squad, none bigger than 6-11 center David Dixon. He led the team with 6.4 rebounds per game, ranked third with an 8.4-point scoring average and tied the school's single-season record of 67 blocked shots. Another graduating starter was forward Grant Leep who led the Pac-10 in 3-point accuracy, converting a Husky record 53 percent of his treys. Leep was fourth on the team with 7.8 points per game and ranked third in rebounds with 4.1 per contest. Two underclassmen transferred during the off-season, including starting shooting guard Erroll Knight who was the team's fifth-leading scorer with 7.1 points per game. Knight transferred to Gonzaga while walk-on Sterling Brown is seeking another school in pursuit of a scholarship.
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Last Husky Game
Gonzaga 95, UW 89 ot (Dec. 2, 2002; Spokane, Wash.)
Blake Stepp scored 28 of his 33 points after halftime, including eight overtime points that lifted Gonzaga to a 95-89 decision over Washington for its 28th consecutive win at the Kennel. A layup by Anthony Washington gave the Huskies (0-3) their third and final overtime lead with 3:05 left in overtime. Stepp went 8-for-8 at the free throw line to account for all of Gonzaga's points inside the final two minutes. He finished 16-of-20 from the line as the Zags made 32 of 49 attempts to only 17 of 21 for UW. The Bulldogs (3-2) won for the fifth straight time over UW (0-3) helped by Cory Violette's 17-point, 12-rebound effort. Gonzaga led 25-19 before the Huskies closed with a 17-7 run inside the final seven minutes to take a 36-32 halftime lead. The Bulldogs captured the lead with 6:31 left until regulation and held the margin until UW's Will Conroy forced overtime with a 3-pointer at 0:04. Conroy scored a career-high 32 points, including the Huskies final seven second-half points over the final 0:35. Gonzaga shot 56 percent (30-54), including 64 percent (18-28) in the second half. UW shot 47 percent (33-70) despite the 3-for-17 effort of Doug Wrenn who had 11 points.
Newcomer of the Year
Husky junior forward Doug Wrenn was named the 2002 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year along with garnering all-conference acclaim. The 6-6 forward transferred from Connecticut and sat out the 2000-01 season. Wrenn was the Pac-10's third-leading scorer (19.5 ppg) and ranked 13th in rebounding (6.4 rpg). His 546 points were the 10th-highest figure among UW single-season scorers. Wrenn was the first Husky to be honored as Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
Doug Wrenn had one of the most impressive debut seasons in Washington history. The supremely athletic 6-6 junior forward was a 2002 all-conference selection and was the 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). 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. Wrenn registered a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game. He followed that with a 10-point, six-rebound effort against Butler (Nov. 18) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Top of the World Classic. Wrenn 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 the 2001 season at UW after transferring from Connecticut.
Doug Wrenn's 19.5-point scoring average was the 11th-highest ever for a Husky and the best since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1986-87. Wrenn led all UW scorers in 11 straight games from Jan. 6-Feb. 14, averaging 26.0 points and accounting for 36 percent of UW's scoring during that span. Wrenn reached the 30-point plateau four times with 32 against Oregon (Jan. 24), 34 at Washington State (Jan. 31), 30 at Arizona State (Feb. 9) and a career-high 35 at Arizona (Feb. 7) that marked the highest scoring output by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had 38 at James Madison on Dec. 7, 1996. Wrenn tallied 30 points in three consecutive games, becoming the third player in UW history to accomplish that feat. He topped all Husky scorers 21 times and posted 24 double-figure games, including 12 outings with 20 points.
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 two-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 posted career highs with 21 points and eight assists in UW's 77-64 win over UNLV (Nov. 28). At San Diego (Dec. 1), Allen increased his single-game scoring best to 27 points and added four assists in UW's 98-94 win. 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, who reached his previous career-best of eight by halftime, fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970. Allen also excelled as a scorer, ranking second on the team with 12.0 points per game. He was No. 2 among Pac-10 free throw shooters, converting them at an 88.6-percent clip (101-114). He shot 3-pointers at a 41.7-percent rate (48-115).
The Washington roster is bolstered by the addition of two scholarship freshmen, 6-6 forward Bobby Jones and 6-9 center/forward Anthony Washington. Both received national top-100 acclaim as prepsters. A graduate of Long Beach Poly (Calif.) High School, Jones signed in May as first-year Coach Lorenzo Romar's first UW recruit. Romar has labeled him as the Huskies' future defensive stopper. Jones averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds as a senior in 2002. Washington originally signed with UW in the fall of 2000 before returning to Seattle's Garfield High School to complete some coursework. He did not play last season. During the 2001 state championships, he shattered the tournament record with 21 blocked shots in four games, more than any previous team had accumulated. A third newcomer, freshman Nate Robinson, is on a football scholarship and will join the team at the completion of the grid season. Robinson was the 2002 Washington Class AAA state 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.
The Santa Clara Series
> Thursday marks the fifth all-time meeting between Washington and Santa Clara, the second in as many years after a 14-year break in the series. UW leads the series 4-1, including a 69-49 win last season in Seattle.
> The Broncos won the only previous meeting in Santa Clara, posting an 82-75 win on Dec. 19, 1977 to snap a three-game series loss skid.
> The Huskies won the first three meetings, winning 56-34 in Seattle during the 1951 season, 74-62 in Corvallis, Ore. during the second-round of the 1953 NCAA Tournament and 76-50 on Nov. 28, 1976 in Seattle.
> Washington has a 51-14 all-time record against teams from the West Coast Conference, including Gonzaga (28-10), Loyola-Marymount (2-1), Portland (10-1), Saint Mary's (6-0), San Diego (1-1) and Santa Clara (4-1).
> The Bronco roster includes one player from the Seattle area, sophomore guard Ethan Rohde who prepped at Sammamish High School.
> Eleventh-year Bronco Coach Dick Davey has an 0-1 record against Washington.
> Lorenzo Romar, in his first year at Washington, has a 3-4 record against Santa Clara, all meetings coming between 1997-99 when he coached at Pepperdine.
The Last Meeting
UW 69, Santa Clara 49 (Nov. 24, 2001; Seattle)
Reserve guard C.J. Massinagle scored 12 of his 15 points during a 5:28 span in the second half when Washington took control en route to a 69-49 win over Santa Clara in the home opener at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies led 42-39 with 10:19 left to play when Massingale entered to shoot free throws for the injured Doug Wrenn. He hit one of the two free throws to begin a 16-5 run that netted a 58-44 margin for Washington (3-1) with 4:51 remaining. The Broncos (0-3) led 28-26 at halftime led by Kyle Bailey who scored seven of his nine points before halftime. Justin Holbrook and Steve Ross also had nine points for Santa Clara. David Dixon blocked a school single-game record seven shots for Washington which shattered its single-game team standard with 14 rejections. The previous records were six blocks by Chris Welp in 1986 and 10 blocks by the 1991-92 Husky squad. Wrenn returned from the brief injury and led the Huskies with 22 points while Erroll Knight added 12. Point guard Curtis Allen led UW in two categories with six rebounds and six assists.
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.