Feb. 11, 2008
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 --
Washington at Oregon, 5:30 p.m. PST (Oregon Sports Network & ESPN Full Court)
McArthur Court (9,087) / Eugene, Ore.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 --
Washington at Oregon State, 4:00 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest)
Gill Coliseum (10,400) / Corvallis, Ore.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
The Washington Huskies (13-11, 4-7 Pac-10) journey south to the state of Oregon for a two-game road trip that starts a stretch of five road outings in their final seven regular-season games. Washington visits Oregon (14-9, 5-6), Thursday, Feb. 14 for a 5:30 p.m. game at Eugene's McArthur Court. The Huskies won seven of the last nine meetings with Oregon, including a 78-70 victory on Jan. 17 that was their seventh straight home win over the Ducks in Seattle. On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Huskies visit Corvallis to play Oregon State (6-17, 0-11) at 4 p.m. in Gill Coliseum. UW won seven of its last nine encounters with the Beavers. Next week, the Huskies conclude their home slate, hosting Arizona (Feb. 21) and Arizona State (Feb. 23).
Washington upset fifth-ranked UCLA 71-51 on Sunday (Feb. 10) to halt a four-game losing streak. That was the lone win on a four-game homestand in Seattle. UW was swept by Stanford (Jan. 31) and California (Feb. 2) for its first back-to-back home losses since 2004. USC (Feb. 7) followed with a 79-53 win, marking the first three consecutive home losses for the Huskies since Feb. 6, 8 & 20, 2003.
The streaky Huskies halted a four-game losing streak with Sunday's triumph over No. 5 UCLA. That could be a start of another streak for UW, which only once (Nov. 26 vs. Long Beach State) failed to produce repetitive results. UW's ledger includes, in order (W=wins, L=losses): 3W-2L-1W-2L-5W-3L-3W-4L-1W.
At least 26 Washington men's basketball games will be televised this season. Thursday's game at Oregon airs live on the Oregon Sports Network and ESPN Full Court. It is also available in southwest Washington on Comcast Sports Net (channel 37). Joe Giansante and Rob Closs are the announcers. Saturday's game at Oregon State airs live at 4 p.m. on FSN Northwest. Todd Mansfield calls the action with commentary from Bob Weiss.
Every Husky men's basketball game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network that airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) throughout the Puget Sound region. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play with analysis from Jason Hamilton.
Coach Lorenzo Romar implemented six different starting lineups this season. He put all positions up for grabs in early December, to be claimed by those players that exhibited the most defensive effort during practices. The current group, a result of that tactic, posted a 4-5 record during the last nine games. Four players from the current unit started the last 16 games. Venoy Overton re-joined the starting lineup at USC (Jan. 12) for the first time since Dec. 8. Jon Brockman is the only UW player to start every game.
Junior Justin Dentmon needs three assists to become the 7th UW player with 300 in his career.
Junior Jon Brockman accounts for 25 percent of UW's points (18.1 ppg) and 34 percent of the Huskies' individual rebounds (11.6 rpg). Brockman has 208 more points and 171 more rebounds than any of his teammates.
Junior Jon Brockman is carving his name in the school record book among the all-time greats. He currently ranks 22nd among all-time Husky scorers with 1,166 career points and is No. 9 among UW's leading rebounders with 800 career boards.
Washington boasts great depth as its bench players have outscored the opposing reserves in 19 of 24 games this season. The UW bench accounted for 36-percent of the team's offense, outscoring opponents 616 to 346 for the season. The Husky reserves outscored their UCLA counterparts 37-2 on Sunday (Feb. 10).
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 180-101 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904, including wins in seven of the last nine meetings.
> The Huskies have a 70-66 series lead over games played in Eugene, including wins in two of their last three visits. Oregon won 93-85 last season at McArthur Court.
> Washington won this season's first meeting 78-70 in Seattle, its seventh straight home win over the Ducks.
> 11th-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 9-14 coaching record against UW.
> Sixth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has an 8-4 record against Oregon.
The Last Meeting
UW 78, Oregon 70 (Jan. 17, 2008; Seattle)
Jon Brockman amassed 21 points and 16 rebounds for his conference-leading 11th double-double, leading Washington to a 78-70 victory over Oregon. The Huskies (10-7, 1-3) defeated the Ducks (12-5, 3-2) for the seventh straight time at Bank of America Arena. Brockman scored 13 first-half points to help UW take a 44-39 halftime edge. He took the Pac-10's double-double lead from Maarty Leunen, who had six rebounds to go along with his game-high 22 points. The Ducks made their first four 3-pointers to go ahead 14-9 with 16:03 left in the first half. They shot just 8-of-28 on treys after that. UW took the lead for good with 8:53 left in the first half on a jumper by Tim Morris. The lead grew to as many as 10 points in the second half. Leunen had a three-point play with 3:12 left that drew the Ducks within 68-65. But Brockman tipped in his own miss and, after two free throws by UO's Malik Hairston, Appleby converted his fifth 3-pointer in 10 tries. Appleby had gone scoreless in his previous two games. Hairston added 20 points for Oregon and Bryce Taylor had 12. Venoy Overton contributed 11 points five assists and four rebounds for the Huskies.
The Last Meeting in Eugene
#23 Oregon 93, UW 85 (Feb. 24, 2007; Eugene, Ore.)
Aaron Brooks scored 20 of his 30 points during the second half, leading 23rd-ranked Oregon to a 93-85 win over Washington at McArthur Court. The Huskies (16-12, 6-10) used an 11-2 run to take its largest lead at 30-19 with 9:35 left in the first half. Oregon (22-7, 10-7) responded with a 21-3 surge, capped by a run of 15 unanswered points, to go ahead 40-33. The Ducks led 46-40 at halftime, but UW went ahead 58-56 on four free throws by Ryan Appleby following technical fouls on Bryce Taylor and Coach Ernie Kent. The Huskies' last lead was 65-64 before Oregon broke away with a 13-2 run. Tajuan Porter tallied 19 points for the Ducks and Taylor had 15. Appleby scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half, hitting five 3-pointers. Spencer Hawes added 20 points for UW.
Washington's roster lists just 12 players, all of them scholarship athletes. Of those, only 11 will play this year as Coach Lorenzo Romar announced Nov. 13 that 6-foot-8 freshman forward Darnell Gant (Los Angeles, Calif.) will red-shirt this season. Gant continues to practice with the team. Senior guard Ryan Appleby (Stanwood, Wash.) injured his right thumb during practice on Oct. 31 and underwent surgery Nov. 2 to repair the fracture. He saw his first game action Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh, hitting 6-of-12 treys as a reserve. Appleby was limited to 14 minutes against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22) due to back spasms, but he saw full-time duty the last 14 games. The Huskies opened the season with 13 players, but sophomore Adrian Oliver (Modesto, Calif.) announced on Dec. 4 that he was going to transfer. The 6-foot-3 guard, who averaged 3.4 points in five games, said that he will attend San Jose State.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington junior Jon Brockman is a Wooden Award candidate for the second straight season and was named to the 30-player midseason list announced Jan. 27. Brockman leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (11.6 rpg) and is No. 4 in scoring (18.1). The 6-foot-7 forward was honored three times this season as the Pac-10 Player of the Week; on Nov. 19, Dec. 24 and Jan. 21. Brockman posted double-figure points in all 24 games this season with 11, 20-point performances. He registered 16 double-doubles to lead the Pac-10. Against Utah (Nov. 14), Brockman tallied a career-high 31 points and 18 rebounds, many of them against 7-foot-1 Ute center Luke Nevill. The 18 boards were the most by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had 21 on Jan. 31, 1999. It was the first 30-point performance by a UW player since Brandon Roy on Mar. 9, 2006. Brockman is hitting 54 percent of his shots from the field (179-of-333). A 2005 McDonald's All-American out of Snohomish (Wash.) High School, Brockman was selected to the 2007 All-Pac-10 Team and was a Pac-10 All-Freshman team honoree in 2006. He became UW's 32nd 1,000-point scorer on Jan. 12 at USC and currently ranks No. 22 with 1,166 career points.
Did You Know?
Jon Brockman ranks third nationally with an average of 11.6 rebounds per game. Kansas State's Michael Beasley is the NCAA leader, averaging 12.3 boards.
The Huskies have already played eight ranked teams with two more games on the schedule against opponents listed in the Associated Press poll. Teams on the UW schedule listed in the current (Feb. 11) A.P. rankings are: No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Stanford, No. 16 Texas A&M, No. 21 Washington State and No. 22 Pittsburgh. Eight 2007 NCAA Tournament teams appear on the UW schedule.
Defeats vs. Elites
Six of UW's defeats this season came against ranked foes, including a heart-breaking 75-74 loss to No. 12 Pittsburgh (Dec. 8) in which Justin Dentmon's final basket at the buzzer was not allowed after a lengthy review by the referees. UW also lost to No. 5 UCLA, No. 4 Washington State, No. 14 Stanford, No. 16 Texas A&M and No. 21 Syracuse,
Start Me Up
The Huskies implemented six different starting lineups this season. Ten players have drawn at least one start with Justin Holiday the only active Husky who hasn't opened a game. The most recent lineup (Brockman, Wallace, Overton, Appleby, Morris) opened the last nine games, beginning Jan. 12 at USC. Jon Brockman is the only player to start every game. He was the only Husky to start all 32 games last season. Brockman has started 88 of his 89 career games at UW, missing only the final regular-season home game in 2006 to allow for a Husky senior to start. Brockman's consecutive games streak stands at 62 games. The Huskies utilized seven different starting lineups last season with a primary lineup that was comprised of two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior.
Senior guard Ryan Appleby is making up for lost time. He missed this season's first seven games due to a broken right thumb. In 17 games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 46 treys, a Pac-10 leading 2.71 per game, and shot 40 percent (46-116) from 3-point range. Appleby tied the school single-game record with seven treys against Portland State (Dec. 18), equaling the mark held by Senque Carey (12/4/99 at Old Dominion) and Deon Leon (1/29/98 at USC). Appleby adds that record to the single-season standard of 84 that he established last year. Back spasms limited Appleby to 14 minutes and just one shot against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22), halting his 34-game streak of games with at least one 3-pointer.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Senior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby made a dramatic return on Dec. 8 against 12th-ranked Pittsburgh. In the first game back after fracturing his right thumb during practice on Oct. 31 Appleby hit six 3-pointers, including 4-of-5 in the first half. He tied the school record with seven 3-pointers against Portland State (Dec. 18). Appleby set a new school single-season record for 3-pointers with 84 last season. Appleby compiled 200 career 3-pointers as a Husky, 12 shy of the school record of 212 held by Deon Luton (1997-2000). The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby netted 205 of his 257 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
In their last 16 games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 67.2 points with two teams (Arizona, Cal) scoring more than 75 points. This year's first seven opponents combined to average 75.0 points, with four of them surpassing the 75-point plateau.
Climbing the Coaching Chart
Sixth-year coach Lorenzo Romar amassed 116 wins at Washington and is tied him for fourth with Bob Bender (1994-2002) among the winningest Husky coaches of all-time. Romar's winning percentage of 63.7% (116-66) is the school's second highest for coaches who served more than two seasons at UW.
Junior Artem Wallace posted his first career double-double Feb. 2 vs. California with a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. He is the third Husky to record a double-double this season, joining Quincy Pondexter (2) and Pac-10 leader Jon Brockman (16) ... UW's losses to Stanford (Jan. 31) and California (Feb. 2) were its first consecutive home setbacks since Jan. 8 & 10, 2004 ... The 65-51 loss to No. 14 Stanford was the first double-digit home defeat by Washington since an 86-62 loss to Gonzaga on Dec. 3, 2003. ... The Huskies 72-61 decision at No. 24 Arizona State (Jan. 24) was their first road win against a ranked opponent since Jan. 14, 2006 at UCLA and halted a six-game losing streak in those games ... UW won it's 11th consecutive game against Arizona State (Jan. 24), the longest current streak between Pac-10 teams ... The Huskies recorded their seventh straight home win over Oregon (Jan. 12). The last time UW had a longer Seattle streak was a nine-game stretch over the Ducks from 1966 to 1974 ... The Huskies' loss to WSU (Jan. 5) was the only defeat in 13 games this season when they had a better shooting percentage than opponents from the field ... Washington posted a 9-4 record to finish with a winning non-conference record for the sixth straight season, since the 2000-01 squad was 6-6 outside Pac-10 play. The last losing non-conference record for UW was a 5-7 mark in 1999-2000 ... Washington came from 16 points behind to win at LSU, its biggest rally in a win since overcoming a 16-point deficit to post a 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004 ... The Huskies outrebounded Portland State (Dec. 18) 34-14. The UW record books do not have any information on an opponent collecting fewer rebounds in a game against the Huskies ... The Huskies' loss to Pittsburgh (Dec. 8) dropped them to the .500 mark for the first time since they were 8-8 entering a game vs. Arizona State on Jan. 31, 2004. UW returned to the winning side of the ledger with a Dec. 15 victory over Portland. The last time the Huskies had a losing record was when they were 7-8 entering a Jan. 29, 2004 game against Arizona ... UW out-rebounded Syracuse 54-33 on Nov. 23. That was the most rebounds for the Huskies since they had 54 boards against Arizona on Jan. 13, 2001.
UW's Last Game
UW 71, #5 UCLA 61 (Feb. 10, 2008; Seattle)
Justin Dentmon came off the bench to score 20 points and Washington registered its fourth straight home victory over fifth-ranked UCLA, a 71-61 decision at Bank of America Arena. The Bruins (21-3, 9-2) had a five-game winning streak stopped while UW (13-11, 4-7) halted a four-game losing skid. UCLA went ahead 4-0 and led for the opening eight minutes. Dentmon hit two free throws with 10:05 left in the first half to give the Huskies the lead for good at 18-17 and start a 7-0 run. UW led 35-28 at halftime. Russell Westbrook hit two free throws with 9:31 remaining, drawing the Bruins within 51-48. The Huskies responded with five consecutive points and never led by fewer than four points the rest of the way. Jon Brockman scored 12 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for UW, which posted a 44-36 advantage on the boards. The Bruins were led by the 19 points of Josh Shipp and 18 from Westbrook. UCLA's Kevin Love had 13 points and 10 rebounds, both below his season averages. The Bruins were limited to 34 percent shooting (21-61) and made just one of 16 treys. Collison, who had eight turnovers, hit the lone UCLA 3-pointer for his only scoring of the game.
Senior Tim Morris tallied double-figure points in seven straight games after moving into the starting lineup on Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh. He has 11 double-figure scoring games overall this year. Morris scored more points in his Husky debut than in any of 42 games during his Stanford career. The 6-foot-4 guard led the UW with 16 points against New Jersey Tech (Nov. 13). He transferred to UW and sat out the 2006-07 season. In two years at Stanford, his game-high total was 15 points against UC Davis on Dec. 4, 2005. Morris was a two-time Georgia State Class A Player of the Year (2002 & 2003). He is the second cousin of Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar.
Freshman Venoy Overton is off to a terrific start in his collegiate career. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard ranks No. 9 among Pac-10 players in steals per game (1.33 spg) and leads UW with an average of 3.3 assists. Overton distributed a career-high seven assists against Oregon State (Jan. 19). He had six assists in his first two collegiate contests and had four steals against Texas A&M (Nov. 21). Overton tallied a career-high 14 points against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22) and hit all five of his shots, including four 3-pointers. He is the latest in a long line of prolific point guards from Seattle's Franklin High School. Franklin products Jason Terry and Aaron Brooks are currently in the NBA after starring in college at Arizona and Oregon, respectively.
The Huskies embarked on a five-game tour of Greece from Aug. 27 to Sept. 6. UW posted a 2-3 record on the trip while working three players into the lineup who did not play last season (Tim Morris, Joel Smith, Joe Wolfinger). The team also visited historic sites like the Acropolis, Parthenon and Olympic Stadium in Athens, the Royal Tombs near Thessaloniki and the cliffs of Meteora. Games and tours weren't the only thing on the agenda. The Huskies took advantage of the journey to learn more about one of the most famous Greeks, Socrates. The Husky players enrolled in a classics course with James Clauss, the former chair of the UW classics department and now director of the Honors Program. Clauss taught the course the week prior to the team's departure and continued his instruction in Greece as a member of the travel party. Along with Socrates, the Huskies studied architecture and Greek history.
Washington finished fourth in the NIT Season Tip-Off that concluded Nov. 23 with Texas A&M defeating Ohio State 70-47 in the championship game at Madison Square Garden. The Huskies fell to 21st-ranked Syracuse 91-85 in the consolation game after losing 77-63 to No. 16 Texas A&M on Nov. 21. UW advanced to the NIT semifinals in New York by defeating Utah 83-77 in the West Regional title game (Nov. 14) after opening the tournament in Seattle with an 88-47 victory over New Jersey Tech (Nov. 13).
The sixth season of the Lorenzo Romar era is underway for Washington, which is in the midst of one of the most successful stretches in school history. The Huskies registered a 93-38 record over the previous four seasons, more victories than any other Pac-10 team during that span. The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005, 26-7 in 2006 and 19-13 last season. The 93 combined wins are the second-highest four-year total in school history, topped only by a 96-win run from 1950-53. UW competed in three straight NCAA Tournaments (2004-06), advancing to the third round in both 2005 and 2006. Those were UW's first back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.
The Huskies return four starters from the 2007 team that registered a 19-13 record and capped the regular-season with a 61-51 victory over No. 2 UCLA. UW finished seventh with an 8-10 Pac-10 record. One starter and three other lettermen have departed, led by All-Pac-10 Freshman team and honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection Spencer Hawes. He was the 10th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. Also gone are four-year lettermen Brandon Burmeister and Hans Gasser along with Phil Nelson, who transferred to Portland State after one year at UW.
The Oregon State Series
> Washington has a 146-136 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.
> UW won seven of the last nine games in the series with Oregon State.
> The teams split the season series last year, each winning on its homecourt. UW won 91-74 in Seattle and OSU won the most recent game 73-65 in Corvallis.
> The Beavers boast a 95-45 series advantage over UW during games played in Corvallis, including a 73-65 win last season.
> Interim Kevin Mouton has never encountered the Huskies in a head coaching capacity. Mouton replaced sixth-year OSU coach Jay John the day after UW defeated the Beavers 83-74 on Jan. 19, 2008 in Seattle.
> Sixth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 7-4 record against Oregon State.
The Last Meeting
UW 83, Oregon State 74 (Jan. 19, 2008; Seattle)
Jon Brockman had a 26-point, 14-rebound performance and fueled the decisive run late in Washington's 83-74 win over Oregon State. The Huskies (11-7, 2-3) posted their fifth consecutive win over Oregon State (6-12, 0-6) at Bank of America Arena. UW led by as many as eight points in the first half before settling on a 36-32 halftime edge. The Beavers rallied and took a 58-53 margin on two Marcel Jones' free throws with 4:59 left to play. The OSU lead was 63-62 before Brockman factored into every point in an 11-4 run that put the Huskies in control. He tallied seven points and distributed two assists in the surge that lasted just over two minutes, resulting in a 73-67 advantage. Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Quincy Pondexter each scored 12 points for UW. The Beavers were led by the 16 points of Calvin Hampton and 12 from Omari Johnson, who hit the team's only 3-pointer in 14 tries.
The Last Meeting in Corvallis
Oregon State 73, UW 65 (Feb. 22, 2007; Corvallis, Ore.)
Josh Tarver scored 16 points, including a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer that gave Oregon State the lead for good in a 73-65 win over Washington at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (11-18, 3-13) jumped out to a 9-2 lead that gradually eroded. Washington (16-11, 6-9) claimed a 20-19 lead on a Spencer Hawes jumper with 3:16 left in the first half. The lead was still at one point when Tarver stole an outlet pass and hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key, giving OSU a 24-22 halftime margin. The Beavers never trailed again, extending their lead to as many as 14 points in the second half. OSU shot just 64 percent (27-42) from the free throw line, but made them when it counted. The Beavers' final 22 points came from the line as they converted 22-of-28 free throws in the closing 2:29. The Huskies lost despite a 42-23 rebound advantage. Jon Brockman had 14 points and 14 rebounds for UW, which also got 22 points from Hawes. Tarver dished seven assists for OSU while Marcel Jones tallied 15 points and Wesley Washington added 14.