UW Men's Hoop Squad Begins Final Three-Game Homestand
Feb. 21, 2000
Thurs., Feb. 24 - UW vs. California, 7:00 p.m. PST
Sat., Feb. 26 - UW vs. #1 Stanford, 1:00 p.m. PST (Fox Northwest)
Both Games at KeyArena (17,072), Seattle, Wash.
The Washington Huskies (9-16, 4-9) return to Seattle this week for their last homestand of the 2000 campaign. The Huskies begin the three-game homestand by hosting California (14-10, 5-7) on Thursday, Feb. 24. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at KeyArena in downtown Seattle where the Huskies will play all of their home games this season during the one-year renovation of their on-campus arena. Washington won the last three meetings with the Golden Bears, including a 54-52 win on Jan. 29 in Berkeley that was decided by Senque Carey's 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Huskies seek to complete back-to-back season sweeps of Cal for the first time since 1984-1985. On Saturday, Feb. 26 top-ranked Stanford invades KeyArena at 1 p.m. Stanford is the first No. 1 team to visit Seattle since Duke beat UW 87-61 on Jan. 3, 1989. That Blue Devil team had current UW head coach Bob Bender on its staff as an assistant coach. Stanford won the last five meetings with the Huskies. Washington halted a three-game losing streak with a 67-58 upset at Oregon on Saturday in its last outing.
TV/Radio Coverage: Thursday's game against California will not be televised. Saturday's game against top-ranked Stanford will be televised throughout the Northwest on Fox Sports Net. Tod Pickett and Dave Harshman call the action. 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: Junior Thalo Green led UW in scoring during both games last week in his home state of Oregon, tallying 13 points at Oregon State and a career-high 16 at Oregon. Green also led UW in rebounds (8), assists (4) and steals (4) in the win over the Ducks ... The Huskies, who lost all five games this season when their opponents shot better than 50 percent from the field, have won only once (UCLA) in the 14 games when being outshot by their foes ... Oregon shot only 29.8 percent on Saturday (17-57), the lowest total for a UW opponent this season ... Washington is limiting opponents to 36-percent field goal shooting in its wins (186-516) and 48 percent (454-953) in losses ... Seven different players have posted team-high scoring honors for the Huskies in games this season. In contrast, only four players claimed Husky game-high scoring honors last season.
Luton's Got the Range at Home: Senior guard Deon Luton has quickly warmed up to the Huskies' new home at KeyArena. Luton was the leading Washington scorer in all 10 home games to date while his 26-point outing at WSU was the only time in 15 road contests that he was the team's top scorer. He has registered 20 points on eight occasions this season, only twice away from KeyArena. Luton is averaging 21.2 points at home while shooting 49 percent from the field (75-153) and 48 percent (28-59) from 3-point range. Away from home those figures drop to 11.7 points per game, 32-percent shooting from the field (57-177) and 32-percent accuracy on treys (23-73). Luton had a similar disparity last season, averaging 18.6 points at home, shooting 51% from the field and 41% on 3-pointers. On the road in 1999, Luton averaged 10.9 points, shooting 37% from the field and 28% on treys.
Injury Update: The Huskies have steadily gotten healthier after suffering five injuries during their final non-conference road trip , Dec. 29 through Jan. 2 in New Mexico. Following is a list of the currently injured Huskies and their projected status for Thursday's game against California.
o Senque Carey - Probable. Sprained right ankle during overtime at WSU (Feb. 5). Played in the last four games.
o Grant Leep - Out for the season with sprained MCL in right knee suffered at end of New Mexico State game (Dec. 30).
o Chris Walcott - Probable. Missed four games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Jan. 27. Returned on Feb. 12 against Arizona State, scoring nine points with four rebounds in 21 minutes. Played last three games.
The California Series:
o Washington has a 67-62 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including a 54-52 win on Jan. 29 in Berkeley during the last meeting.
o The Huskies swept the season series from California last year for the first time since 1985. UW seeks to register its first back-to-back season sweeps of Cal since 1984 and 1985.
o Washington defeated the Golden Bears in their last two visits to Seattle, extending its home series lead to 43-22.
o Fourth-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 3-4 record against UW.
o Seventh-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 6-7 record against Cal.
o Seventh-year UW assistant coach Eric Hughes served on the staff at Cal in 1992 and 1993, helping the Bears reach the Sweet 16 in 1993.
The Last Meeting: UW 54, California 52 (Jan. 29, 2000, Berkeley, Calif.): Senque Carey scored all of his 14 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer at the final buzzer that lifted Washington to a 54-52 triumph over California at Haas Pavilion. The Huskies (7-13, 2-6) snapped a six-game losing streak, rallying from a 36-22 deficit over the final 14 minutes. Deon Luton put UW ahead 51-50 on a 3-pointer with 1:46 left in the game. California (11-8, 2-5) reclaimed the lead on a jumper by Sean Lampley at 0:40. Washington's next possession resulted in a turnover by Carey with nine second remaining, but UW regained the ball as Donte Smith missed a free throw at 0:08. Michael Johnson rebounded the miss and passed the ball to Carey who drove the length of the floor before hitting the game-winner. Carey led the Huskies in points (14), rebounds (9) and assists (5). Lampley scored 20 points to lead the Golden Bears who also got 10 points and 13 rebounds from Nick Vander Laan. Cal hit only 9 of 21 free throw attempts, including 2-of-8 by Lampley. The Huskies did not score until 6:03 into the game, but Cal was unable to capitalize as Luton's dunk at 13:57 tied the score 2-2. Washington was also scoreless over the final five minutes of the first half, enabling the Bears to score 11 unanswered points en route to a 24-15 halftime advantage.
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 the hair to Wigs for Kids, an organization affiliated with the American Cancer Society which uses such donations to make wigs for cancer patients.
Working Overtime: The Huskies have played four overtime games this season, the second-highest total in school history. The 1961 Washington squad compiled a 2-3 record in five overtime contests. Twice before (1986, 1981) UW played four overtime games in the same season. The current team has a 1-3 record in overtimes, getting its first extra-session win (74-68) at Washington State (Feb. 5).
Shuffling Starters: Washington has implemented eight different starting lineups this season with 10 players drawing at least one starting assignment. The Huskies used the same starting lineup for nine of the first 10 games of the season, but have utilized six different rotations in the last 14 outings. Senque Carey is the only player who has started every UW game this season. Senior guard Deon Luton had a string of 64 consecutive starts snapped at Old Dominion when Clark started in his place because of a coaches' decision.
Last UW Game - UW 67, Oregon 58 (Feb. 19, 2000, Eugene, Ore.): Thalo Green scored 14 of his career-high 16 points in the second half, helping Washington overcome an eight-point halftime deficit en route to a 67-58 win over Oregon at McArthur Court. The Ducks (18-6, 9-4) built a 31-23 halftime lead as Washington (9-16, 4-9) committed 12 turnovers and converted only 1-of-8 free throws attempts before intermission. Oregon went ahead 35-28 on a layup by A.D. Smith with 16:32 left in the game, but did not hit another field goal for nearly 12 minutes. Washington outscored the Ducks 23-10 before Alex Scales ended a string of 13 straight UO misses with a 3-pointer at 4:41 that cut the Husky margin to 53-48. Scales made a free throw with 1:25 remaining to trim the deficit to 58-56, but Green answered with a three-point play at 0:56. Green and Bryan Brown each made three free throws inside the final 39 seconds to complete a UW run of nine unanswered points that sealed the victory. Along with scoring, Green also led the Huskies in rebounds (8), assists (4) and steals (4). Will Perkins scored 13 points for Washington while Deon Luton and Michael Johnson each had 10. Scales tallied 13 points for the Ducks who also got 12 from Flo Hartenstein and 10 from David Jackson. Oregon shot a season-low 30 percent (17-57) from the field. The Huskies won despite 22 turnovers and 10-of-22 free throw shooting.
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 1,423 points to rank 11th among UW career scorers. He needs three points to surpass Bill Hanson (1960-62) and move into the No. 10 position.
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 6-7 record in home games contested away from Edmundson Pavilion since that 1927 season, including a 3-7 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.
Prolific Passer: On Jan. 27 at Stanford, Senque Carey became the 20th player in Washington history to reach the 100-assist plateau in a single season. With five games remaining to play, he has already bettered his total of 94 assists last season. Carey currently has 121 assists to tie for seventh among UW single-season playmakers. He needs two assists to take the No. 6 spot away from UW assistant coach Jason Hamilton. Carey distributed 10 assists at Alaska Anchorage and 11 against UCLA, the 28th and 29th double-digit assist efforts in Husky history.
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 overtime win (81-79) over the Huskies, beginning a six-game losing streak. The Huskies were swept in a road trip to Arizona State (90-80) and No. 2 Arizona (69-62) before losing at home to Oregon (76-74) in overtime and to Oregon State (74-57). Second-ranked Stanford defeated UW (92-62) in California. The Huskies halted the six-game losing skid with a victory at California (54-52) on a last-second 3-pointer by Senque Carey. Washington won in overtime at Washington State (74-68), forming the first two-game win streak since the opening games of the season. The Huskies were swept at home by No. 7 Arizona (65-56) and Arizona State (81-67). Oregon State won (71-47) in Corvallis to cap its first season sweep of UW since 1992. UW upset Oregon (67-58) in Eugene in its last outing to snap a three-game losing skid.
Carey the Catalyst: Sophomore point guard Senque Carey is a versatile player who is clearly the catalyst of the Husky offense. He led the team in assists during 16 games, topped all Husky scorers on seven occasions and was the top UW rebounder five times. He has 121 assists, the 20th 100-assist season in Husky history. Carey is second on the team with an 11.3-point scoring average. He ranks third in the Pac-10 with 4.8 assists per game. Carey set a school record with a perfect 7-for-7 performance from 3-point range at Old Dominion, the best 3-point shooting for any NCAA player this season. 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 started the final 17 games last season, culminating in his selection to the 1999 All-Pac-10 Freshmen Team. His 94 assists in 1999 placed him second among all-time UW freshmen, trailing only the 103-assist total of Eldridge Recasner (1987).
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 is second on the team in field goal shooting (46%), third in rebounds (4.5 rpg) and fourth in scoring (9.1 ppg). Walcott played in each of the last three games after missing the previous four games with a knee injury. Walcott underwent arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Jan. 27. The successful surgical procedure removed two loose fragments of cartilage and cleaned up the area around his knee joint. As a senior at 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.
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.
Huskies vs. No. 1 Teams: The Huskies have a 1-22 all-time record against top-ranked opponents. Their lone win was a 69-68 upset of No. 1 UCLA on Feb. 22, 1979. The last UW meeting with a No. 1 opponent resulted in a 69-48 loss to Connecticut on Dec. 1, 1998 in Chicago. The last top-ranked opponent to visit Seattle to play the Huskies was a Duke team featuring Bob Bender as an assistant coach. The Blue Devils defeated UW 87-61 on Jan. 3, 1989.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes: Washington has a 60-169 record in all-time meetings with ranked opponents. The Huskies are 1-5 against ranked opponents this season. Washington defeated then 24th-ranked UCLA (63-62) at home. Also in Seattle, the Huskies lost to No. 7 Arizona (65-56), No. 13 Oklahoma State (84-72) and No. 22 Gonzaga (76-66). On the road, Washington lost to No. 2 Arizona (69-62) and No. 2 Stanford (92-62). Washington has a 24-99 all-time record against Top-10 foes. 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 top-10, including Stanford (#1), Arizona (#4) and Oklahoma State (#10).
The Stanford Series:
o Stanford holds a 56-53 edge in the all-time series that began in 1916. The Cardinal won this year's first meeting 92-62 on Jan. 27 at Stanford.
o Stanford won the last five meetings and 11 of the last 13 against UW.
o The Cardinal's current five-game winning streak matches its longest in the series against Washington. Stanford also won five straight from 1990-92.
o Despite losing its last two home games against Stanford, the Huskies have a 38-15 advantage over the Cardinal during games played in Seattle.
o 14th-year Cardinal Coach Mike Montgomery has a 20-8 mark against UW.
o Seventh-year Husky coach Bob Bender has a 2-11 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting: #2 Stanford 92, UW 62 (Jan. 27, 2000, Stanford, Calif.): Casey Jacobsen scored eight of his 17 points during a five minute stretch early in the game that staked second-ranked Stanford to a large lead on the way to a 92-62 win over Washington. The Huskies (6-13, 1-6) lost their seventh straight game at Maples Pavilion despite opening a brief early lead. Deon Luton hit a 3-pointer and then put Washington ahead 6-2 on a jump shot at 18:04. Stanford's David Moseley answered with a 3-pointer, igniting a 23-2 run that included eight points from Jacobsen. The Cardinal (16-1, 5-1) claimed a commanding 25-8 lead with 12:49 left in the first half, a margin they extended to 51-25 by intermission on the strength of a late 12-point run. The lead grew to as many as 45 points in the second half, at 89-44 with 6:09 remaining, before UW closed the gap with 13 unanswered points inside the final five minutes. Kyle Logan had a layup at 1:08 that marked the lone Cardinal points over the final 5:30. Mark Madsen totaled 18 points and had nine rebounds to lead a 44-28 Stanford advantage on the boards. Reserve Jason Collins added 17 points for the Cardinal and Moseley finished with 14. Will Perkins led Washington with 20 points and eight rebounds in a reserve role. Luton was the only other Husky double-figure scorer with 13. Stanford shot 53 percent (33-62) from the field while limiting UW to 41 percent (23-56).
Road Warriors: The Huskies have a 6-7 record at enemy arenas this season. Among Pac-10 teams, only Arizona (7), Oregon (7) and Stanford (7) have more away victories. The six road victories tie the 1998 squad (6-7) for the most away wins since 1986. That 1986 Huskies registered a 9-5 road record.
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.
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.
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 can purchase Husky tickets at 90 locations throughout Washington. Seattle-area locations include Tower Records, The Wherehouse and Payless Drugs. Tickets may also be purchased by calling TicketMaster at (206) 628-0888 or via the internet at www.ticketmaster.com.
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.