UW Men's Hoop Squad Seeks Success in the Desert
Jan. 10, 2000
Thurs., Jan. 13 - UW at Arizona State, 5:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. MST)
Wells Fargo Arena (14,198), Tempe, Ariz.
Sat., Jan. 15 - UW at #2 Arizona, 5:00 p.m. PST (6:00 p.m. MST)
McKale Center (14,489), Tucson, Ariz.
The Washington Huskies (6-8, 1-1) make their first Pacific-10 Conference road trip of the new millennium, making the annual trek to Arizona that has perennially proven to be their most difficult trip. Washington visits Arizona State (9-4, 1-1) on Thursday, Jan. 13 hoping to cool off hot-shooting Sun Devil guard Eddie House, the Pac-10 Player of the Week who amassed a conference record-tying 61 points at California in his last outing. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (6:30 Mountain Time) at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. Washington plays at second-ranked Arizona (13-2, 2-0) on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. PST (6 p.m. MST) in Tucson. The Wildcats are coming off an impressive road win over top-ranked Stanford. Washington split a home series with the Los Angeles schools last week, defeating No. 24 UCLA 63-62 before falling 81-79 to USC in overtime. The Huskies are getting healthier after losing five players to injuries (see list on page 2) during their two-game road trip to New Mexico. Eight of the 14 Husky games to date were played on the road, a hectic travel schedule that included over 13,000 air miles. After the Arizona road trip, Washington returns home to entertain the Oregon schools at KeyArena.
Desert Drought: Arizona has traditionally been the most difficult trip for the Huskies. Washington was swept last year in the desert for the ninth time in its last 11 visits. Since 1989, the Huskies have a 2-21 combined record at Arizona and Arizona State. Washington lost 96-72 at Arizona State last season, its 11th loss in the last 12 visits to Tempe. The Huskies won only once in their last 15 visits to Tucson dating to 1985. They posted an 80-79 overtime upset at Arizona in 1996 to snap an 11-game losing skid at McKale Center.
TV/Radio Coverage: Washington's game at Arizona State will not be televised. The game at Arizona on Saturday will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on KOMO Radio (AM 1000) and its affiliates by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau. The radio broadcasts can be accessed via the internet at: http://www.audionet.com/schools/washington/
Notable: Deon Luton averages 23.0 points at home, shooting 53-percent from the field (49-93) and 53% (21-40) on 3-pointers. Away from home the figures drop to 10.8 points, 32% shooting (21-65) and 23% on treys (6-26) ... Senque Carey distributed 11 assist against UCLA and 10 at Alaska Anchorage, the 28th and 29th double-digit assist performances in Husky history. Carey has two of the eight double-digit assist games by a Husky during the 1990s ... Thursday's game against UCLA marked the only time in seven games that the Huskies have overcome a halftime deficit to win the game ... Oklahoma State (60 %) and New Mexico (55 %) are the only opponents to reach the 50-percent plateau this season against UW which has a 5-2 record when outshooting foes... Newcomer Will Perkins, a junior transfer, leads UW in field goal shooting (49%), rebounds (7.2) and blocked shots (18).
Injury Update: Washington suffered a rash of injuries the last two weeks. During their trip to New Mexico they had five players injured and additional ailments followed last week. Following is a list of the injured Huskies and their projected status for Thursday's game at Arizona State.
o Senque Carey - Probable. Collision on Dec. 30 left him groggy with sore head and chest. Has not missed a game.
o Greg Clark - Probable with dislocated left shoulder suffered at New Mexico State (Dec. 30) and hip pointer suffered last week in practice. Has not missed a game.
o Thalo Green - Questionable. Sprained MCL in left knee during USC game (Jan. 8).
o Grant Leep - Out indefinitely with sprained MCL in right knee suffered at end of New Mexico State game (Dec. 30).
o Deon Luton - Probable with strained back suffered at New Mexico (Jan. 2). Has not missed a game.
o Chris Walcott - Probable with sprained left knee. Missed New Mexico State game, played three minutes at New Mexico. Aggravated injury in a collision vs. UCLA (Jan. 6), but played 29 minutes against USC (Jan. 8).
The Arizona State Series:
o Arizona State holds a 27-18 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
o Washington won five of the last seven meetings after suffering through a 14-game losing streak against ASU.
o The two teams split last year's meetings. The Sun Devils won 96-72 on Jan. 7 in Tempe and Washington won 93-85 on Feb. 6 in Seattle.
o Arizona State owns a 16-6 series advantage in Tempe and won 11 of the last 12 meetings at home. Prior to the Huskies' 72-69 win during 1997 in Tempe, ASU won nine straight home games versus the UW dating to 1989.
o Second-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 1-1 record against Washington.
o In his seventh season at Washington, Bob Bender has a 5-7 coaching record against ASU.
The Last Meeting: UW 93, Arizona State 85 (Feb. 6, 1999, Seattle) -Deon Luton scored 27 points and Todd MacCulloch added 22 as Washington defeated Arizona State 93-85 at Edmundson Pavilion. Those two were the hottest of the torrid Huskies who combined to shoot 67.3 percent from the field (33-49), the fourth-best single-game accuracy in school history. MacCulloch was 10-of-11 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds. Luton was 9-of-11, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Washington (14-7, 7-4) capped a perfect four-game homestand and extended its home winning streak to 14 games. The Huskies converted their first eight shots en route to an 18-4 lead. They hit 14 of their first 16 shots to take their largest lead at 32-13 with 10:21 left in the first half. Alton Mason scored seven points during a 13-point Sun Devil run that cut the lead to 32-26. The UW lead was 50-37 at halftime and Arizona State (13-10, 5-6) never got closer than six points after intermission. Senque Carey tallied 18 points for the Huskies who also got 10 from Donald Watts. Mike Batiste scored 22 of his 28 points in the second half for ASU and Bobby Lazor had 16.
Home Away From Home: The Huskies will play all of their home games in KeyArena at Seattle Center this season while Hec Edmundson Pavilion is being renovated. The Huskies won 746 games in The Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more than any other school in its current arena. Washington tallied a 49-9 record on its home court the previous four seasons. The UW has a 6-3 record in home games contested away from Edmundson Pavilion since that 1927 season, including a 3-3 mark at KeyArena this year. The Huskies upset 11th-ranked New Mexico 70-61 on Dec. 24 last season in their only prior game at KeyArena. Washington also played two games in the Kingdome, beating Notre Dame 63-61 in double overtime on Jan. 9, 1984 and Old Dominion 71-61 on Dec. 22, 1995. Washington's on-campus venue, Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, is scheduled to re-open next season with a seating capacity of 10,000.
The Season to Date: Washington opened the season with a win for the sixth straight season, defeating Saint Mary's 73-60 in Moraga, Calif. The Huskies traveled to Anchorage for the Great Alaska Shootout where they defeated the host Seawolves 86-70 in the opener. UW lost three straight games, placing fifth in the Shootout after setbacks to Georgia Tech (82-65) and Xavier (81-65) before losing at UNC Wilmington (68-59). The Huskies stopped a three-game skid with a victory at Old Dominion (78-70). That was the third Husky road victory, matching their total last season when they had a 3-9 road record. After six straight road games, UW dropped its Dec. 13 home opener to No. 22 Gonzaga (76-66). The Huskies' four-game homestand included a win over Wichita State (61-47), a loss to No. 13 Oklahoma State (84-72) and a win over Boise State (72-57). UW suffered an overtime setback at New Mexico State (79-75) and lost at New Mexico (78-52) to cap the non-conference season with a 5-7 record. The Huskies upset No. 24 UCLA (63-62) in the Pac-10 opener, their third straight home victory over the Bruins. USC posted an 81-79 overtime win over the Huskies in their last outing.
Last UW Game - USC 81, UW 79 ot (Jan. 8, 2000, Seattle): Brian Scalabrine scored six of his 24 points in overtime, including the decisive basket with 49 seconds remaining in USC's 81-79 victory over Washington at KeyArena. The Huskies (6-8, 1-1) trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half before Deon Luton capped a 12-point run on a 3-pointer with 1:11 left in regulation that produced their first lead at 74-73. The Trojans (9-5, 2-0) were held scoreless from Sam Clancy's basket with 5:50 left in regulation until David Bluthenthal forced overtime with a free throw at 0:19. Michael Johnson missed a potential 15-foot game-winning jumper for the Huskies as time expired in regulation. Senque Carey's three-point play with 1:05 left in overtime gave UW a 79-78 lead, but Scalabrine answered with a driving layup at 0:49 to put USC ahead for good and Brandon Granville capped the scoring with a free throw at 0:14. Chris Walcott's 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short. Clancy scored 23 points for the Trojans and Granville added 14. The Trojans had 15 steals and forced 24 UW turnovers, including miscues on their first five possessions of the game. Luton finished with 21 points for the Huskies while Carey chipped in 17 and Johnson 14.
Century Club: Last year Deon Luton became the 27th player in Washington history to reach the 1,000-point career scoring plateau. He currently has 1,260 points to rank 17th among UW career scorers. He needs 35 points to surpass Andra Griffin (1978-81) and move into the No. 16 position.
Season Preview: Bob Bender is in his seventh season at Washington, seeking to direct the Huskies to their third straight NCAA Tournament berth and fifth consecutive postseason appearance overall. Only once in school history have the Huskies appeared in three straight NCAA Tournaments (1984-86). UW lost 59-58 to Miami (Ohio) in the first round of last season's NCAA Tournament, ending a 17-12 season. The Huskies finished fourth in the 1999 Pacific-10 Conference standings with a 10-8 league ledger. In pursuit of an NCAA bid, Bender must find a way to fill the void left by the departure of a pair of 1,000-point scorers, 7-foot center Todd MacCulloch and Donald Watts. Three starters return, including the backcourt duo of senior guard Deon Luton, who owns every school 3-point scoring record, and sophomore guard Senque Carey, a member of the 1999 All-Pac-10 freshman team.
Three-Peat?: Three starters return for Washington, seniors Deon Luton and Chris Walcott along with sophomore point guard Senque Carey. That trio looks to lead the Huskies to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament trip. Only once (1984-86) has Washington participated in three straight NCAA Tournaments. Luton, who owns every school 3-point scoring record, ranked second on the team in 1999 with a 14.3-point scoring average. Carey was a 1999 All-Pac-10 Freshman Team selection after averaging 8.7 points and 3.2 assists despite playing a reserve role during the first 11 games. One area of concern is rebounding as Carey is the team's leading returning board man with 3.1 caroms per game. Walcott started 12 games last year at forward, a position also manned by Thalo Green and Greg Clark, who started 11 and eight games, respectively.
Hair Raising Experience: Thalo Green realizes his hair is getting a little out of control. Green, who had a nearly shaven look last season, now possesses long, curly red locks. The Husky junior plans to go without a haircut until the end of the current season, at which time he will shave it off and donate it to the American Cancer Society which uses such donations to make wigs for cancer victims.
Returning Talent: Three starters and 10 lettermen from last year's team return. The leader is senior guard Deon Luton, Washington's all-time record holder in every 3-point scoring category, including marks for career (158), season (75 in 1998) and single-game (seven at USC on Jan. 29, 1998) treys. All-Pac-10 Freshman Team member Senque Carey joins Luton to form one of the Pac-10's finest backcourt tandems. Carey was thrust into the starting point guard spot, in place of an injured Dan Dickau, midway through last season and registered double-figure points in 11 of the next 13 games. Eight-game starter Greg Clark, a junior forward, returns in his role as Washington's defensive stopper. Senior Chris Walcott, a 6-9 forward, and 6-7 junior forward Thalo Green, provide leadership for an otherwise inexperienced frontcourt. Walcott started 12 games in 1999 and is the Huskies' top returning field goal shooting (.518) and steals leader (28). Green started 11 games last season, providing an uncanny knack for interior passing and scoring around the basket. Junior guard Michael Johnson is slated to fill the third guard role vacated by the graduation of Donald Watts. Johnson seeks to display at the collegiate level the scoring skills he showed while amassing a state prep Class AA record 2,271 points at Seattle's Ballard High School. Long-distance shooting specialist Bryan Brown, a junior, has 3-point range reminiscent of his father, "Downtown" Fred Brown. Sophomore Grant Leep will battle for increased playing time with a solid inside game and range out to the 3-point line. Sophomore center Marlon Shelton teams with newcomer David Dixon to fill the post position vacated by NBA draftee Todd MacCulloch. Guard Andrew Moritz, a three-year walk-on, was granted a scholarship for his senior season. Walk-ons Jon DeWolfe and Travis Duty provide depth for the guard corps.
Newcomers: The Washington roster is bolstered by the addition of three scholarship recruits and one walk-on. The lone scholarship freshman is Ben Coffee who joins sophomore David Dixon and junior Will Perkins in the 1999 recruiting class. All three are capable rebounders and should help a group of returners that looks to fill the void left by the departure of Todd MacCulloch whose 11.9 rebounds per game ranked second in the nation. Perkins, a 6-8 forward, comes to Washington from Iowa Western JC where he was selected by Blue Ribbon Yearbook as an honorable mention All-American selection. He averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds during his sophomore season. The 6-11 Dixon is the likely candidate to fill the starting center spot. Also named as an honorable mention junior college All-American by Blue Ribbon Yearbook, Dixon averaged 10 points and nine rebounds in 1999 for a fine Tyler (Texas) Junior College program that has produced NBA standouts Robert Pack, Sam Mack and David Benoit. Coffee is a product of Benson Tech High School in Portland, Ore. who is highly regarded for his athleticism and rebounding abilities. He was a second-team selection in the Fab 15 published by the Orange County Register, receiving the 28th most votes among West Coast prep players. Coffee averaged 13.9 points per game for the Techmen who won the 1999 Portland Interscholastic league title and placed third in the Oregon state tournament. The fourth newcomer is invited walk-on Jon DeWolfe, a 6-3 guard from Walla Walla, Wash. who completed his prep career last spring at Walla Walla High School.
Departures: Only three players from last year's team will not return but they leave big shoes to fill. The biggest loss is 7-0 center Todd MacCulloch, a three-time national field goal percentage leader and two-time All-Pac-10 member who was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers in the second round. The Huskies lose his team-leading 18.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. The backcourt must absorb the loss of two 1999 opening day starters in Donald Watts and Dan Dickau. Washington played the second half of last season without Dickau who suffered a season ending heel injury and has since transferred to Gonzaga. Watts averaged 13.1 points per game, including a career-high 28-points in the NCAA first round match-up with Miami (Ohio).
Shuffling Starters: Washington implemented the same starting lineup for nine of the first 10 games of the season before a knee injury to senior forward Chris Walcott forced a change for the last four games. Junior Thalo Green, who had 17 career starts entering the season, replaced Walcott in the lineup. Three players have started every UW game, forward Will Perkins, guard Senque Carey and guard Michael Johnson. Senior guard Deon Luton, who started all 29 games last season and all 30 games the previous year, had a string of 64 consecutive starts snapped at Old Dominion when Greg Clark started in his place because of a coaches' decision.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes: Washington has a 60-166 record in all-time meetings with ranked opponents, including a 16-51 mark during the 1990s. The Huskies are 1-2 against ranked opponents this season, all in Seattle. Washington lost 76-66 to 22nd-ranked Gonzaga (Dec. 13) and 84-72 to No. 11 Oklahoma State (Dec. 21) before beating No. 24 UCLA 63-62 (Jan. 6). Washington has a 24-96 all-time record against Top-10 foes and is 4-23 during the '90s. The last Husky victory over a Top-10 opponent was a 90-84 decision over No. 10 Arizona on Feb. 4, 1999 at Edmundson Pavilion. Three teams on the UW schedule are ranked among the current Associated Press poll, including Arizona (#1), Stanford (#3) and Oklahoma State (#14).
Upsetting Arizona: Since the 1990-91 season, Washington has a 6-12 record against Arizona. Only UCLA (9) and California (6) have won as many against the Wildcats during that span. Six of the Huskies' last 15 wins over ranked opponents came against Arizona. Washington has a 4-23 record during the 1990s against Top-10 opponents, all four wins coming against Arizona. During the 1996 season, UW defeated a 14th-ranked Wildcat team 80-79 for its first win in Tucson since 1984. Last year, the Huskies beat No. 10 Arizona 90-84 in Seattle.
The Arizona Series:
o Arizona has a 28-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.
o Each team defended its home court in last year's meetings. The Wildcats won 88-86 on Jan. 9 in Tucson and Washington won 90-84 on Feb. 4 in Seattle.
o Arizona boasts a 17-4 record against Washington in Tucson, including an 88-86 win last year. The Huskies won 80-79 in overtime on Feb. 1, 1996 to halt an 11-game losing streak at McKale Center that dated back to 1984.
o 17th-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 23-9 all-time record against the Huskies while seventh-year Washington Coach Bob Bender is 4-8 against the Wildcats. Bender twice played against Lute Olson-coached Iowa in 1976. A freshman on Indiana's undefeated national championship team, Bender played six minutes in a 101-81 Hoosier victory at Indiana (Feb. 23, 1976) and two minutes in an 88-73 win at Iowa (Jan. 26, 1976).
The Last Meeting: UW 90, #10 Arizona 84 (Feb. 4, 1999, Seattle) -Donald Watts' team-high 24 points led a 61-point performance from the Washington trio of starting guards that fueled a 90-84 upset of 10th-ranked Arizona at Edmundson Pavilion. Washington (13-7, 6-4) defeated a Top-10 opponent for the first time in its last 12 tries, dating to a 92-88 win over No. 10 Arizona on Feb. 2, 1997. Washington, which defeated No. 11 UCLA in its last outing, posted its third win over a ranked opponent. The Huskies never trailed as Senque Carey tallied nine of his 17 points inside the opening four minutes before sitting out the final 14 minutes of the half with two fouls. Washington led by as many as 11 points before Jason Terry cut the margin to 45-39 with a half-court heave at the buzzer. Watts scored 16 second-half points, helping the Huskies push the lead to as many as 17 points on two occasions. Arizona (15-4, 7-3) staged a 13-3 run and later closed the gap to 85-82 on a Terry 3-pointer with 0:33 remaining, but Carey hit 3-of-4 free throws and Watts got a fastbreak dunk to subdue the rally. Deon Luton scored 20 points for Washington, including 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. The UW hit 9-of-18 treys as a team. Terry finished with 28 points to lead the Wildcats who also got 19 points and 10 rebounds from Michael Wright. A.J. Bramlett added 12 points and 16 boards for Arizona which had a 49-39 rebounding advantage. Todd MacCulloch recorded a double-double for the Huskies with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Last Meeting in Tucson: Arizona 88, Washington 86 (Jan. 9, 1999, Tucson, Ariz.) -All five Arizona starters tallied double-figure points, including Richard Jefferson whose tip-in at the buzzer lifted the eighth-ranked Wildcats to an 88-86 win over Washington at McKale Center. Jason Terry led all scorers with 30 points, but it was his missed 3-point attempt that was caught just short of the rim and put back by Jefferson. Washington (7-6, 0-3) led by as many as 14 points in the first half before the Wildcats (11-1, 3-1) closed to 47-45 by halftime capped by a Terry trey. The lead changed hands seven times in the second half before UW freshman Senque Carey hit one of two free throws to tie the score 86-86 with 28.2 seconds remaining and set up the decisive possession. Carey scored 19 points for the Huskies who also got 18 points and 10 assists from Donald Watts. A.J. Bramlett had 16 points for Arizona while Michael Wright matched Jefferson's 13-point total. Ruben Douglas finished with 11 points for the Wildcats who won for the 14th time in Washington's last 15 visits to McKale. Deon Luton added 13 points for the Huskies and Todd MacCulloch had 12 rebounds, but only eight points. Arizona hit 32 of 38 free throws, including a school-record 12-of-12 by Terry. The Wildcats outscored UW 32-13 at the line.
Frequent Flyers: The Huskies have accumulated thousands of air miles the last few seasons. They covered over 13,000 air miles during eight non-conference road games this year. Washington traveled nearly 10,000 air miles during a two-week span from Nov. 21 to Dec. 5. The Huskies flew from Seattle to Moraga, Calif. (782 miles), from Moraga to Anchorage, Ak. (2,227) and from Alaska back to Seattle (1,445). After two days at home, the Huskies boarded a plane for Wilmington, N.C. (2,460) where they took a bus to Norfolk, Va. and flew back to Seattle (2,585). In 1998, Washington traveled to South Alabama for a single game. Later that year the Huskies criss-crossed the country twice during the 1998 NCAA Tournament. UW flew from Seattle to Washington, D.C. for the first two rounds, returned to Seattle for one day and flew to Greensboro, N.C. for the Sweet 16. In 1999, UW amassed over 8,000 miles during a 10-day stretch, traveling from Seattle to Hawai'i to Chicago and back to Seattle.
Wonderful Walk-On: Senior forward Chris Walcott has worked his way from former walk-on into the starting lineup for the Huskies. He is the only player among the 50 full-time starters in the Pacific-10 Conference who joined his team as a walk-on. Walcott ranks second on the team in field goal shooting (49%) and rebounds (5.2 rpg) and is fourth in scoring (9.9 ppg). He poured in a career-high 22 points at Alaska-Anchorage. As a senior as Sammamish High School he earned all-state honors and scored 29 points during his team's loss in the 1995 Washington state championship game. His only scholarship offers came from small division I schools, including New Hampshire, and division II schools like Seattle Pacific. Husky coach Bob Bender convinced him to walk-on at Washington and he was granted a scholarship following his first season. "When you evaluate a player's career, any player, you like to look back and see that they made progress and improved every year," Bender explains. "Chris has done exactly that. He started as a walk-on, became a role player, was a significant contributor last year and now he is one of the key players on the team."
Chat With Bob Bender: The Husky Fever web site features Coach Bob Bender for a live chat on two occasions this season. The final live chat session with Bender is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. To participate in these sessions, see the Husky Fever web site at: www.huskyfever.com
Carey the Catalyst: Sophomore point guard Senque Carey is a versatile player who is clearly the catalyst of the Husky offense. He set a school record with a perfect 7-for-7 performance from 3-point range at Old Dominion. He broke the single-game 3-point percentage mark and tied Deon Luton's single-game trey standard of seven. Against UCLA he distributed 11 assists, the highest total for a Husky since 1993. He had 10 assists at Alaska Anchorage, giving him two of the 29 double-digit assist efforts in Husky history. Carey thrived under difficult circumstances last season, culminating in his selection to the 1999 All-Pac-10 Freshmen Team. He was thrust into the starting point guard role for the final 17 games due to the season-ending foot injury to Dan Dickau. Carey responded with double-figure points in 11 of those games, including a season-high 19-point total at Arizona (Jan. 9) that he matched against USC (Jan. 28). He averaged 11.2 points during Pac-10 play. Carey was a catalyst for a vastly improved offense that averaged eight more points a game with him at the helm. He led the Huskies in scoring three times and was the team's top assister on 11 occasions in 1999. His 94 assists placed him second among all-time UW freshmen, trailing only the 103-assist total of Eldridge Recasner (1987). Carey had a double-double at Oregon State on Feb. 11 (18 points/10 rebounds).
Sonics & Sons: Two former Seattle SuperSonics have sons on the 1999-2000 Washington basketball roster. The list of former NBA players (and sons) includes, Fred Brown (Bryan) and Lonnie Shelton (Marlon). A graduate of Iowa, Fred Brown is the Sonics' all-time leading scorer with 14,018 points. Brown played his entire 13-year NBA career in Seattle and was a 1976 all-star. Lonnie Shelton was a 1975 All-Pac-8 Conference selection at Oregon State. He played 15 NBA seasons and was a 1982 all-star. Shelton played from 1979-83 in Seattle. Brown and Shelton were members of Seattle's 1979 NBA Championship squad. Two other former sons of Sonics were on the team last year, Donald Watts (father Slick) was a four-year letterman and walk-on Michael Westphal (father Paul) transferred after his freshman year to Bellevue (Wash.) Community College.
Non-Conference Slate Over: Washington completed its 12-game non-conference slate with a 5-7 record, its first losing non-conference campaign since a 4-5 mark in 1995. The Huskies posted winning non-conference ledgers in each of the last four seasons, going 7-3 last year after 7-2 records in 1996, 1997 & 1998.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Following are summaries of the three players who signed letters of intent to Washington during the early letter of intent period in November. They will join the Huskies next season. Two of the players, Curtis Allen and C.J. Massingale, are from Tacoma, Wash., the first Tacoma native to receive scholarships with the Washington basketball team since Steve Matzen who lettered from 1977 to 1980.
Curtis Allen-6-1, 160, guard, Tacoma, Wash. (Wilson HS)
Averaged 19.8 points, five rebounds and five assists as a junior, helping Wilson to the state tournament ... Led Wilson to a state Class 4A runner-up finish in 1998 as a sophomore ... Two-time All-Narrows League honoree ... Second-team 1999 all-state selection by the Associated Press ... Honorable mention national prep All-America pick by Street & Smith's magazine ... Rated the No. 7 point guard prospect in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Second-team Orange County Register Fab-15 pick earning the 17th-highest voting total among prep prospects in the West.
C.J. Massingale-6-3, 185, Tacoma, Wash. (Mount Tahoma HS)
Averaged 21.1 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals per game during 1999 as a junior ... Named the Narrows League MVP in 1999 ... Led Mount Tahoma to the 1998 state Class4A semifinals as a sophomore ... Named the No. 8 point guard prospect in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Third-team Orange County Register Fab-15 pick earning the 36th-highest voting total among prep prospects in the West.
DeMarcus Williams-6-9, 250, Upland, Calif. (Upland HS)
Honorable mention high school All-America selection by Blue Ribbon yearbook ... Rated the No. 12 center prospect in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Voted to the Best of the Best All-Star Team at the 1999 West Coast All-Star Camp in July ... Selected Washington over Pepperdine, UTEP, Saint Mary's, Wyoming, Cornell, UC Irvine, Columbia and Yale.
Husky Talk: Tune in to KOMO (1000 AM) every Monday night at 6 p.m. for "Husky Talk," a half-hour call-in and interview show featuring head coach Bob Bender and KOMO Radio's Bob Rondeau.
Husky Tickets: All Washington men's basketball games during the 1999-2000 season will be played at Seattle Center's KeyArena. Good seats are available for Washington home games on a season and individual game basis. All seating for Husky basketball games at KeyArena is reserved. Reserved seating for all regular-season games are $14 and $6. Seating is subject to availability within the reserved areas. The first 500 UW students are allowed in free. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call at (206) 543-2200 for information. Individual game reserved tickets will also be available for sale through all TicketMaster outlets and phone centers. Fans will have access to purchase Husky tickets at 90 locations throughout Washington. Seattle-area locations include Tower Records, The Wherehouse and Payless Drugs. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone by calling TicketMaster at (206) 628-0888 or via the internet at www.ticketmaster.com.