Nov. 12, 2009
The University of Washington men's basketball team (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) will host the Athletes In Action Classic from Friday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Nov. 15. The Huskies, ranked 14th by the AP and 13th in the ESPN/Coaches Poll, opens against Wright State on Friday at 7 p.m. (FSN NW) in Bank of America Arena. In the first game of the day, Belmont and Portland State will tip off at 4:30 pm.
Washington will face Belmont on Saturday at 7 p.m. (no TV) and finish the tournament against I-5 rival Portland State (FSN NW) at 7 p.m. on Sunday. The ISP Sports Radio network will broadcast all three Husky games. Audio and live Gamertracker are available through GoHuskies.com.
Huskies Vs. The AIA Field
Washington has never played Wright State or Belmont. Sunday's match up will be the ninth between the Huskies and Portland State. The Huskies are 8-0 all-time against the Vikings, with all eight victories coming at home. The 2008 match up saw the Huskies escape with an 84-83 win. The UW held a 17-point lead with 7:20 left in the game before PSU went on a 22-9 run to close out the game. Quincy Pondexter hit a putback layup with :25 seconds left to give the Huskies a three point lead and the UW iced the game from the line. Matthew Bryan-Amaning started in place of an injured Jon Brockman and had a career-night with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Pondexter added 21 points, Justin Dentmon 20 and Isaiah Thomas 16. Dominic Waters led the Vikings with 19 points and hit two of his team's 10 three-pointers.
Last Time Out For Washington
Washington posted a lopsided 77-48 victory over Central Washington in the team's lone exhibition game of the season. Isaiah Thomas led the way for the Dawgs with 18 points and Quincy Pondexter added 15. Venoy Overton contributed 11 points and four Huskies scored six. Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Darnell Gant each had 10 rebounds. Washington jumped out to a 43-18 halftime lead and never looked back. UW was able to win by a large margin despite shooting just 38 percent from the field and 48.6 percent from the free throw line.
Romar And AIA Connection
Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar joined the Athletes in Action (AIA), the athletic division of Campus Crusade for Christ, in 1985. He played in 233 games, starting 224, during seven years as a player for AIA. Romar served as player-coach in 1989 and directed the team to 21 wins in 1991-92, including a victory over NCAA Final Four participant Florida. That year he averaged 24.4 points, 5.9 assists and 1.8 steals while shooting 54.5 percent from the field, including 49.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 83.7 percent from the free throw line. In 1992, the 34-year-old Romar scored 45 points against Michigan's "Fab Five" freshmen, who went on to reach the NCAA championship game. Romar set single game records while an AIA player for most points (54) and assists (21). He remains the team's all-time assist leader (1,689) and No. 2 in all-time scoring (4,244).