Jan. 16, 2006
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 --
Oregon State vs. (#10) Washington, 7:00 p.m. (No TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 --
Oregon vs. (#10) Washington, 5:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
Parity-packed Pac-10 play continues this week when the Oregon schools make their annual trek north to Seattle. The 10th-ranked Washington Huskies (14-2, 3-2) host Oregon State (9-7, 2-3), Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena. Last year's UW-OSU matchups featured two vastly contrasting contests. The Huskies won 108-68 on Jan. 15 in Seattle, posting their largest margin of victory in the series and their highest point total ever against a Pac-10 opponent. The Beavers responded on Feb. 13 in Corvallis, dealing UW its largest loss of the season with a 90-73 decision. On Saturday, Jan. 21 the Huskies entertain Oregon (9-8, 3-2). Tip-off is 5 p.m. for the game that will be televised live on FSN Northwest. The conference standings are congested as the top five Pac-10 teams already have two losses and the next four schools have three defeats.
The Washington-Oregon State game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. The next broadcast is Saturday's UW-Oregon game that airs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN Northwest. Paul Sunderland describes the action alongside analyst Larry Farmer.
Player of the Week
Senior Bobby Jones, who averaged 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in UW's first sweep in Los Angeles in 19 years, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week Monday. Jones registered a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday as the Huskies defeated No. 11 UCLA 69-65 for their first win at Pauley Pavilion since 1987. On Thursday, Jones had 22 points and nine rebounds in Washington's 86-77 victory at USC.
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 203 points (709-506) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 44-32 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead all, but one game. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a smaller 89-point count (692-603). UW trailed just twice at halftime this season (vs. Air Force and at UCLA) and was tied once (vs. American).
Senior Brandon Roy has been spectacular in Pac-10 play, averaging 26.0 points on 56-percent shooting (45-of-81). He hit 14-of-20 treys. Roy posted back-to-back 35-point performances against Arizona State (Dec. 29) and Arizona (Dec. 31), a figure only 16 other Huskies have reached. He joined another elite UW club as he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He has 1,112 points to rank 22nd among all-time Husky scorers.
Brandon Roy fills up a stat sheet, not just the scoring column. Covering all 16 games, Roy ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in points (2nd-18.8), 3-point percentage (2nd-48.7%), field goal percentage (7th-51.7%), assist/turnover ratio (8th-1.54), assists (9th-3.8), blocked shots (9th-1.0) and rebounds (11th-5.4).
Washington posted its 13th victory Jan. 12 at USC by finally overcoming the curse of the 13-point halftime lead. In both of their losses (Arizona, Washington State), the Huskies wasted a 13-point advantage at halftime. On Thursday, USC cut a 45-32 halftime deficit to three points, but UW held on for a nine-point victory.
The Oregon State Series
> Washington has a 142-135 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.
> UW won 108-68 on Jan. 15, 2005 in Seattle, posting its largest margin of victory in the series and recording its highest point total ever against a Pac-10 opponent. The Beavers responded on Feb. 13, 2005 in Corvallis, dealing UW its largest loss of the season with a 90-73 decision.
> The Huskies won three of the last four meetings, following a stretch when OSU won seven of eight in the series between 2000 and 2002.
> Washington has a 95-40 advantage over OSU during games played in Seattle.
> Oregon State was victorious in four straight visits to Seattle from 2000 to 2003 before losing the last two, 80-79 in 2004 and 108-68 in 2005.
> Fourth-year OSU coach Jay John has a 3-3 record against UW. John left at halftime last year in Seattle and stayed overnight at UW Medical Center due to hypertension.
> Fourth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 3-3 record against Oregon State.
The Last Meeting
Oregon State 90, #11 UW 73 (Feb. 13, 2005/Corvallis, Ore.)
J.S. Nash scored all 18 of his points in the first half, helping Oregon State build a lead that David Lucas extended with 17 second-half points en route to a 90-73 upset of 11th-ranked Washington at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (14-9, 6-6) shot 60 percent from the field (33-55) to avenge a 108-68 loss in Seattle one month earlier. Washington (20-4, 10-3) staked its largest lead of the game at 27-20 on a jumper by Tre Simmons with 8:56 left in the first half. OSU went on a 24-10 surge the rest of the half to register a 44-37 halftime margin. The Huskies hit only one of their final 14 first-half shots and missed their first three after halftime while OSU scored the first eight points of the second half. Lucas scored six points in that run on the way to a 23-point, 10-rebound performance. Nick DeWitz added 20 points for the Beavers and Chris Stephens had 17. Brandon Roy led all scorers with 25 points for UW and Simmons added 15. Roy made 9-of-13 attempts from the field, including 2-of-4 accuracy from 3-point range. As a team, UW shot 41 percent from the field (28-68) and 15 percent (4-27) from 3-point range.
The Last Meeting in Seattle
#14 UW 108, Oregon State 68 (Jan. 15, 2005/Seattle)
Jamaal Williams scored six of his 24 points during a 24-point run late in the first half that keyed 14th-ranked Washington's 108-68 win over Oregon State at Bank of America Arena. OSU coach Jay John did not return to the bench after halftime due to hypertension that sent him to nearby UW Medical Center overnight. UW's 108-point total was its highest ever against a Pac-10 opponent and the 40-point differential was the second-widest margin of victory. The Huskies (15-2, 5-1) trailed 20-16 before outscoring the Beavers 35-6 over the final 10:28. UW tallied 24 unanswered points during the run en route to a 51-26 halftime advantage. UW's Tre Simmons scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half, including three consecutive 3-pointers. Nate Robinson tallied 15 points and eight assists. He also grabbed eight rebounds, leading a 47-23 UW margin on the boards. Oregon State (10-6, 2-3) was led by the 17 points of Nick DeWitz and 12 from J.S. Nash.
The Huskies rose three places to No. 10 in this week's (Jan. 16) Associated Press poll. They were 7th in the Dec. 26 poll, their highest ranking in 21 years. The highest ranking ever achieved by a Washington team was a No. 2 listing on Mar. 10, 1953, the same season UW made its only Final Four appearance. The Huskies were unranked in this year's preseason AP poll before breaking into the first regular-season poll at the No. 25 spot on Nov. 21. Washington also holds down the No. 10 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason rankings. UW capped the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today.
Washington welcomed a new member of the 1,000-point club in consecutive games this season, the 30th and 31st Huskies to accomplish that feat. Senior Bobby Jones scored his 1,000th point Dec. 23 against Lehigh. Another senior, Brandon Roy, amassed a career-high 35 points against Arizona State on Dec. 29 to surpass the 1,000-point plateau. Roy currently ranks 22nd among all-time UW scorers with 1,112 points and Jones is No. 26 with a total of 1,065.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Five of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a 49.6-percent clip as a team. Freshman Jon Brockman ranks second among Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 57.4. Two other Huskies are ranked among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Jamaal Williams (53.7%) at No. 3 and Brandon Roy (51.7%) at No. 7. Freshman Artem Wallace (60.0%) and Hans Gasser (55.6%) do not have enough field goals (three made per game) to qualify for the conference stats. UW's shooting percentage was at-or-above the 50-percent plateau in eight games. The season's lowest figure was 38.3 percent against Lehigh on Dec. 23. UW returned three of the most accurate shooters in the Pac-10. Roy shot 56.5% in 2005, trailing only Arizona State's Ike Diogu. Williams was No. 3 in the conference (56.1%) and Jones was No. 10 (51.0%).
Washington is the national leader in team scoring at 88.4 points per game. The Huskies averaged a school-record 86.5 points per game last season, leading the Pac-10 and ranking No. 2 nationally behind North Carolina.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 36 of UW's 100 treys, 17 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but three games this season and hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25). The Stanwood (Wash.) High School product is in his first year playing with the Huskies. He red-shirted last season after transferring from Florida.
Washington has utilized its primary lineup of Bobby Jones, Jamaal Williams, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon to start 15 of 16 games this season. Sophomore guard Ryan Appleby replaced Dentmon for one game to create the only different lineup. Last year, the Huskies implemented five different lineups and Nate Robinson was the only player to start every game.
The Huskies have a 57-12 record in the last 69 games, beginning with their dramatic 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004. That was the first Pac-10 win for UW which lost if first five 2004 conference contests. Washington trailed 70-54 with 6:13 left in regulation before closing with a 29-13 run, including Nate Robinson's 13 points. Robinson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Huskies won 14 of their final 18 games in 2004, posted a 29-6 record in 2005 and are 12-2 to start the 2006 campaign.
To the Point
Freshman Justin Dentmon has done a brilliant job filling the point guard vacancy created by the departure of Nate Robinson and school assist-leader Will Conroy. Dentmon ranks second among Pac-10 playmakers with 4.50 assists per game. He is already listed No. 4 among all-time UW freshman with 72 assists and should challenge the rookie record of 103 established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 1.71 assist/turnover ratio (72/42) is among the best in the Pac-10. He is No. 2 among Pac-10 free throw shooters (85.2%) and converted 20 consecutive from Nov. 25 to Dec. 29.
Senior forward Jamaal Williams paid immediate dividends last year in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted in 2003-04 after transferring from New Mexico. Williams ranked fifth among Huskies with a 9.6-point scoring average last season. He ranked third among all Pac-10 players by converting 56.5 percent of his shots from the field, including a 9-for-10 effort against USC (Feb. 3, 2005). This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has 14 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He is second on the team in scoring (14.9 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.1 rpg).
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 176-99 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies won the last three meetings.
> The Huskies have not won four consecutive games against Oregon since 1983-1985.
> The Huskies swept the season series last year for the first time since 1998. UW won 77-56 in Seattle followed by a 95-88 overtime victory in Eugene.
> The Huskies have a 104-33 series lead against Oregon over games played in Seattle, including victories in the Ducks' last four visits to Bank of America Arena.
> Ninth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 7-10 coaching record against UW.
> Fourth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 4-2 record against Oregon.
The Last Meeting
#11 UW 95, Oregon 88 ot (Feb. 10, 2005/Eugene, Ore.)
Will Conroy scored seven of his 17 points in the final 1:14 of regulation, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime in 11th-ranked Washington's 95-88 triumph at Oregon's McArthur Court. The Huskies (20-3, 10-2) won despite being whistled for a school-record 36 fouls and having four players foul out. Oregon (11-9, 3-8) hit 33-of-54 free throws, attempting five more than any UW opponent ever. The Ducks led 37-33 at halftime and took a 77-72 margin on two Brandon Lincoln free throws with 1:23 left in the second half. Conroy scored all seven UW points during a 7-2 run, including a 3-pointer with 26 second left that tied the score 79-79. Conroy put the Huskies ahead for good with a layup 21 seconds into overtime, two of his five points in the extra session. The Huskies outscored Oregon 13-3 to start the overtime and secure their first win in Eugene since 2001. Nate Robinson scored 24 points to pace UW which also got 18 from Brandon Roy and 16 from Bobby Jones whose status was questionable due to a fever and sore throat. Jordan amassed 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Ducks. Oregon's Aaron Brooks scored all 15 of his points in the second half. UW swept the season series for the first time since 1998.
The Last Meeting in Seattle
#14 UW 77, Oregon 56 (Jan. 13, 2005/Seattle)
Tre Simmons scored six of his 15 points in the opening four minutes as 12th-ranked Washington jumped out early en route to a 77-56 triumph over Oregon at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (14-2, 4-1) held Oregon scoreless for the first 3:54, taking a 12-0 lead in the process. Simmons had two dunks and capped the run with a steal and layin at 16:28. UW held leads of 19-2 and 25-5 before the Ducks (10-3, 2-2) closed within 40-29 at halftime. Oregon scored the first seven points of the second half, closing the deficit to 40-36 with 19:02 remaining. Bobby Jones banked in a 3-pointer at 18:48, starting a 15-2 surge that enabled the Huskies to take control. Jones scored 13 of his 15 points after halftime. Nate Robinson and Jamaal Williams each netted 14 points for UW. Simmons completed his first double-double with 12 rebounds. Bryce Taylor was the only Oregon player in double figures with 16 points. Seattle native Aaron Brooks scored nine points, but fouled out with 8:55 left.
The UW lineup received a boost when three-year starter Mike Jensen returned Dec. 23 against Lehigh. The 6-8 senior forward had five points and four rebounds during his season debut. He played the last seven games. Jensen missed the first nine games while rehabilitating a dislocated left shoulder that underwent surgery in late September. A superb athlete, Jensen provides the Huskies with a veteran defender and a solid shooter. He made 37 percent of his career 3-pointers (58-155).
The Last Game
#13 UW 69, #11 UCLA 65 (Jan. 14, 2006; Los Angeles)
Bobby Jones recorded a double-double and hit three free throws inside the final 19 seconds as 13th-ranked Washington beat No. 11 UCLA 69-65 for its first win in 19 years at Pauley Pavilion. The Huskies (14-2, 3-2) lost in their previous 19 visits to UCLA, last winning a road game against the Bruins in 1987. UCLA (14-3, 4-2) led by as many as 15 points in the first half on the strength of 60-percent shooting (15-25), The Bruins hit 7-of-13 treys en route to a 40-28 halftime advantage. The Huskies tallied 10 unanswered points to take their first lead of the game. Ryan Appleby capped the surge with his third 3-pointer, putting UW ahead 64-60 with 2:41 left to play. Darren Collison's driving layup at 2:12 cut the margin to 64-62. Jones was fouled after rebounding a teammate's missed free throw and converted the one-and-one for a 66-62 lead with 0:19 remaining. Arron Afflalo made a trey at 0:12 for UCLA, Jones hit 1-of-2 free throws with 11 seconds left and UW's Mike Jensen got a breakaway dunk after a long inbounds pass to end the game. Jones finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Jamaal Williams added 14 points for the Huskies. Michael Roll netted 5-of-6 treys to score 17 points for UCLA, which also got 16 from Afflalo. UW shot 64 percent (15-25) in the second-half, including 4-of-7 on treys after shooting 36 percent (12-33) and 1-of-11 on 3-pointers in the first half.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies and of the finest defenders in the Pac-10. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 16 after leading UW to their first sweep in Los Angeles since 1987. During the summer, Jones played with the 12-man U.S. National Team that won the gold medal in August at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. He hit all three of his 3-point attempts during the 2005 NCAA Tournament, including two in a 19-point, second-round performance against Pacific (Mar. 19). Jones dramatically improved his 3-point shooting last season. He hit a personal-best five treys at California (Mar. 3), equaling the number of 3-pointers he made during his first two seasons combined. Jones was 30-of-59 from 3-point range last year. In his sophomore season, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones has six career double-doubles, including an 11-point, 12-rebound performance at USC (Jan. 14).
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing as he was named the MVP of the BCA Classic on Nov. 15. Freshman Jon Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) registered a double-double against Morgan State (Nov. 13) in his collegiate debut with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He has four double-doubles, more than any Husky had all of last season. Brockman ranks fourth among Huskies with 10.2 points per game. He leads the team with an average of 7.3 rebounds, 1.9 more per game than any other Husky. Brockman is the No. 2 field goal shooter in the Pac-10 at 57.4 percent. He was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with Washington.