Nov. 17, 2002
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 --
UW vs. Athletes in Action, Exhibition; 7:00 p.m. PST (FREE)
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 --
UW vs. Montana State; 2:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
The Washington men's basketball team hosts Athletes in Action on Monday, Sept. 18 in the final tune-up before the regular season begins next weekend. Admission is free for the exhibition game that tips-off at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena. The Huskies won their first exhibition contest 68-60 over Central Washington on Tuesday (Nov. 12) in the UW coaching debut of Lorenzo Romar. A two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80, Romar was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach. He served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to UW. Washington opens the regular season at home on Sunday, Nov. 24 against Montana State at 2 p.m.
Tippy Dye Honored
Former Coach Tippy Dye, who led Washington to its only Final Four berth, will be honored Monday at halftime of the exhibition game. Twenty-three of Dye's UW players from the 1950s join their former coach in attendance Monday after gathering for a reception at the Don James Center prior to the game. Among the playes present will be 1953 National Player of the Year Bob Houbregs. Dye coached the Huskies from 1951-59, compiling a nine-season record of 156-91. He ranks second among all-time UW coaches in winning percentage (.632) and third in wins (156). Dye guided the Huskies to Pacific Coast Conference championships in 1951 and 1953, both times they advanced to the NCAA Tournament. His 1953 team registered the best record in school history (28-3) and finished third in the nation. Dye, who currently resided in California, resigned from Washington after the 1959 season to become Athletic Director first at Wichita State, then Nebraska and finally Northwestern. He was elected to the Husky Hall of Fame in 1996.
Scouting Athletes In Action
The touring Athletes in Action team visits Seattle for the 11th game on its 17-day, 12-game slate. They have a 1-9 record, including a 70-67 loss Saturday at Mississippi in their last outing before traveling to the Northwest for Monday's game against their former coach. Romar played seven years with AIA from 1985-92, serving as the team's player-coach between 1989-92. AIA dropped a pair of one-point games at No. 8 Alabama (72-71) and No. 17 Kentucky (83-82). They defeated Wright State 75-67 and lost to Air Force (66-56), Colorado State (97-79), Arkansas (77-73), No. 21 Indiana (97-56), Bradley (94-92) and No. 23 Cincinnati (80-62). AIA plays at Saint Louis on Tuesday.
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 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. Only one senior (Marlon Shelton) is listed on the Husky roster that also includes 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 last season.
Washington has a 36-9 all-time record in exhibition games, including a 68-60 win over Central Washington on Tuesday (Nov. 12). UW posted a pair of exhibition victories last season, winning 87-43 over the Brisbane Capitals from the Australian Professional League before defeating NCAA Division II power Western Washington by an 81-76 count.
o Lorenzo Romar is the second former UW player to coach the Huskies, joining Lynn Nance who coached from 1990-93.
o Ten of the 13 players listed on the Husky roster are from the state of Washington, including seven from the immediate Seattle area.
o Doug Wrenn's 19.5-point average is No. 2 among Pac-10 returning players, trailing only Arizona's Jason Gardner (20.4).
o UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament.
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.
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 MVP 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 transferring from Connecticut in the fall of 2000.
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 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.
Last Husky Game
UW 68, Central Washington 60 - exhibition (Nov. 12, 2002; Seattle)
Will Conroy scored 15 points and sank three free throws inside the final 27 seconds to secure Washington's 68-60 victory over NCAA Division II competitor Central Washington in a men's basketball exhibition at Bank of America Arena. The game marked the Washington coaching debut of Lorenzo Romar, a two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80. He was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach after serving three-year stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02). Conroy tallied 10 points in the first half as the Huskies built a 39-22 halftime advantage. The margin might have been wider, but UW was held scoreless over the final 4:30 after freshman Bobby Jones converted two free throws. Central claimed its last lead of the game four minutes into the contest when Scotty Freymond hit one of two free throws to put his team ahead 11-9. The Huskies scored the next 20 points, surging out to a 29-11 lead with 8:57 left until intermission. Reserve guard Curtis Allen sparked the UW run, scoring seven of his nine points during that span. The Wildcats steadily chipped away at the deficit in the second half, starting with a 14-2 run that trimmed the margin to 46-38 with 13:57 left in the game. A run of five unanswered points, capped by two Freymond free throws, drew CWU within 60-58 with 4:11 remaining. Washington outscored the Wildcats 8-2 the rest of the way, tallying all of its points from the free throw line. UW hit 10-of-14 free throws inside the final 2:31 to seal the victory. Terry Thompson led all scorers with 21 points for the Wildcats who also got nine from Freymond. Thompson made four steals as Central forced 27 Husky turnovers. Jeffrey Day contributed 11 points and seven rebounds for Washington. The Huskies' lone senior, center Marlon Shelton, grabbed 10 rebounds to lead a 51-39 rebound advantage for UW. Shelton was returning from a knee injury that sidelined him the entire 2001-02 season.
The Montana State Series
> Washington has an 8-5 lead in the all-time series that began in 1927.
> The Huskies posted a 98-90 victory during the last meeting in Bozeman during the first round of the 1987 National Invitation Tournament.
> UW owns a 6-2 advantage during games played in Seattle, including a 94-70 win in the Bobcats last visit in 1982.
> In his 13th year as head coach at Montana State, Mick Durham has never coached against the Huskies.
> First-year Washington Coach Lorenzo Romarr has have coached against MSU.
The Last Meeting
UW 98, Montana State 90 ot (NIT/Mar. 11, 1987/Bozeman, Mont.)
Greg Hill scored 11 of his game-high 26 points during overtime, lifting Washington to a 98-90 win over Montana State at Breeden Fieldhouse in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. The margin never got wider than five points during a first half that finished with the Bobcats leading 40-39. Chris Welp contributed 25 points for the Huskies, including a turnaround baseline jumper with four seconds remaining in regulation that forced the overtime. Welp's basket followed a pair of free throws by Kral Ferch that put MSU ahead 80-78 with 0:14 left in the second half. UW took control early in the overtime session, talling the first seven points on a 3-pointer and jumper from Hill and a Welp layin. Ferch finished with 25 points to lead the Bobcats who also got 19 from Ray Willis, 18 from Shann Ferch and 14 from Tom Domako. Welp had 12 rebounds, leading a 41-29 Husky advantage on the boards. Eldridge Recasner added 18 points for UW and Phil Zevenbergen had 15. The Huskies advanced to the second round and defeated Boise State 73-68 before losing 81-76 at Nebraska.
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2002 Husky Highlights
Washington blocked a Pac-10 leading 139 shots, breaking the school single-season record of 118 established in 1993 ... David Dixon tied Chris Welp's single-season UW record with 67 blocked shots ... Grant Leep set school 3-point shooting accuracy records for a career (42.9%) and a single season (52.7%) ... Doug Wrenn's 19.5-point scoring average was the 11th highest ever by a Husky and the highest since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1987 ... UW's schedule was rated the nation's second toughest in the final regular-season Sagarin rankings published March 11 by USA Today ... Doug Wrenn's four 30-point outings were the third-best single-season total by a Husky and are the most since Louie Nelson had five during the 1972-73 campaign ... Curtis Allen's 126 assists were the 7th highest single-season total ever at UW ... Allen converted 20 consecutive free throws between Jan. 10-26, including all 12 of his free throws against Oregon (Jan. 24) to tie the school's single-game percentage record ... Allen distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), just one shy of the school single-game record of 16 set by Rafael Stone in 1970 ... Four Huskies received all-tournament honors at the Top of the World Classic: Curtis Allen, David Dixon, Erroll Knight and tournament MVP Doug Wrenn ... The Huskies blocked a school single-game record 14 shots against Santa Clara (Nov. 24), bettering by four the UW record of 10 blocks established on Dec. 3, 1991 ... Curtis Allen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, the first time a Washington player received the conference award since Deon Luton on Feb. 8, 1999.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. The pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The 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 757 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Letter of Intent Period
High school seniors can officially declare their plans to attend their selected college during the early letter of intent signing period. The fall early period lasts one week, from Nov. 13 through 20. Student-athletes not signed during that time must wait for the spring signing period that begins April 16. Since verbal or other agreements made prior to the official signing periods are not binding, university personnel are not permitted to talk about prospective signees until a letter of intent has been signed and received by the school. Signing announcements will be released upon arrival of letters.