Men's Hoop Squad Starts Six-Game, 10,000-Mile Road Trip
Nov. 20, 1999
Mon., Nov. 22-UW at Saint Mary's, 7:30 pm PST McKeon Pavilion (3,500), Moraga, Calif.
Wed. - Sat., Nov. 24-27-UW at Great Alaska Shootout Sullivan Arena (7,987), Anchorage, Ak.
Wed., Nov. 24-UW at Alaska Anchorage, 8:00 AST (9:00 PST)
Fri., Nov. 26-Winner vs. GeorgiaTech/Grambling winner, 5:30 pm AST (6:30 PST) -Loser vs. GeorgiaTech/Grambling loser, 12 noon AST (1:00 PST)
Sat., Nov. 27-Final Round Game vs. Opponent TBD, Time TBA
The Washington Huskies (0-0) start their 1999-2000 season with a treacherous six-game road trip that covers nearly 10,000 miles during a two-week span. They tip-of the campaign on Monday, Nov. 22 against Saint Mary's at 7:30 p.m. in Moraga, Calif. Washington won all five previous meetings with the Gaels, including a 68-65 overtime decision in Seattle in the 1997-98 season opener for both teams. Immediately following the one-game Bay Area visit, the Huskies travel north for the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage. Washington plays host Alaska Anchorage in the first round on Wed., Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. Alaska Time (9 p.m. Pacific Time). The Huskies play three games in four days in Anchorage, hopefully capped by an appearance in the championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. AST (9 p.m. PST). The Huskies don't play in Seattle until Dec. 13 when they entertain Gonzaga.
Season Opener: The Huskies have a 72-26 all-time record in season-opening games, including a 70-63 win last year against UNC Wilmington in Seattle. Washington registered a 68-65 overtime win over Saint Mary's on Nov. 23, 1997 in the 1997-98 season opener. The Huskies were victorious in their last five season-opening games, dating back to an 80-73 overtime loss to Montana on Nov. 29, 1994.
TV/Radio Coverage: The UW game at Saint Mary's will not be televised. ESPN is airing three games at the Great Alaska Shootout, but would not televise the Huskies unless they reach Saturday's championship game. All Washington 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/
Season Preview: Bob Bender begins 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). Washington 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 point guard Senque Carey, a member of the 1999 All-Pac-10 Freshman Team.
Bender Bio: Bob Bender has participated in the NCAA Tournament at every school with which he has been affiliated, including the last two with Washington. He has a six-year record of 85-84 with the Huskies, capped by a 17-12 ledger in 1999 that marked the school's fourth consecutive winning season. The 1998 Huskies posted a 20-10 record that marked the school's finest winning percentage since 1985. Among the 1998 Husky highlights were their first 20-win season since 1987, their first NCAA berth since 1986 and their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1984. The 1997 UW team posted a 17-11 record, capped by the Huskies' second straight National Invitation Tournament appearance. Washington's record improved four straight seasons under Bender, including a 16-12 mark in 1996 after which he was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The UW was 5-22 in 1994 and 10-17 in 1995. His 85 victories rank fourth among all-time Washington coaches. Bender, who began his career with a four-year stint at Illinois State (1990-93), has a 10-year career record of 145-140. His Illinois State squads were 60-57, earning two Missouri Valley Conference championships, one conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1990. Prior to his inaugural head coaching assignment at ISU, Bender served as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski's Duke staff (1983-1989). The Blue Devils qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of Bender's six seasons on the staff, including four trips to the Final Four. Bender, 42, is the only individual to play on two different teams in the NCAA Championship game. He was a freshman on Bobby Knight's undefeated 1976 Indiana team and played point guard at Duke from 1977-80, including an appearance in the 1978 title game against Kentucky.
The Saint Mary's Series:
• The Gaels open the season on the road at Colorado on Friday before returning for their home opener against Washington on Monday.
• Saint Mary's returns three starters from a team that finished 13-18, 5-9 in the West Coast Conference last season.
• 7-foot-3, 345-pount Gael center Brad "Big Continent" Millard returns for his fifth year after missing the majority of the last two seasons with a broken left foot. Millard is a product of Seattle's Blanchet High School.
• Washington is a perfect 5-0 all-time against Saint Mary's with the last victory coming in the 1997-98 season opener, a 68-65 overtime win at Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies won the first meeting 75-67 during the 1983 season at Saint Mary's before winning consecutive home games, 69-51 in 1984 and 68-48 in 1985. The UW won 75-54 on Dec. 3, 1985 for their fourth win over the Gaels in four years.
• Seventh-year Husky Coach Bob Bender has a 2-0 record in meetings with the Gaels, inclduing one win during his first head coaching job at Illinios State.
• Dave Bollwinkel is now in his third year as coach of the Gaels after replacing Ernie Kent, who is now the head coach at Oregon. Bollwinkel lost his only previous meeting with Washington.
• Former Washington coach Lynn Nance (1990-93) was the head coach at Saint Mary's from 1987 to 1989. He led the Gaels into the 1989 NCAA Tournament with a first-place WCC finish.
• The Huskies have a 17-10 all-time record against West Coast Conference members.
Last Meeting: Washington 68, Saint Mary's 65 OT (Nov. 23, 1997, Seattle) - Donald Watts scored 21 points, including a 3-pointer to force overtime and the decisive trey in the extra session to lift Washington to a 68-65 victory over Saint Mary's at Edmundson Pavilion. Trailing 60-57 with 7.6-seconds left in regulation, the Huskies inbounded the ball to Watts who swished a 3-pointer from the right side at 03.9 with two defenders draped over him. In the overtime, the Gaels went ahead 65-62 on a 3-pointer by David Sivulich with 3:16 remaining. Washington's Deon Luton answered with a trey at 2:56 and Watts capped the scoring with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 28.3 seconds left. The final three-point margin matched the largest of the game for Washington which trailed by as many as seven points when the Gaels took a 35-28 halftime advantage on a basket by Sivulich at the buzzer. The game featured a matchup of mammoth junior centers, Todd "Big Mac" MacCulloch of Washington and Saint Mary's Brad "Big Continent" Millard. MacCulloch, a 7-foot, 280-pounder, won the battle in the paint with 20 points and 14 rebounds in 41 minutes. Millard, a 7-foot-3, 345-pounder, had 11 points and six rebounds in 25 minutes before fouling out. Luton finished with 11 points for the Huskies who got all, but one of their 68 points from starters. Sivulich and Eric Schraeder led Saint Mary's with 16 points apiece.
Great Alaska Shootout Field: Along with Washington, the Great Alaska Shootout field includes 1999 NCAA Tournament qualifiers Kansas and Louisville. Also competing are host Alaska-Anchorage, the UW's first-round foe, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Grambling and Xavier. Washington meets either Grambling or Georgia Tech in the second round. The Huskies defeted Georgia Tech76-60 last season in the championship game of the Big Island Invitational in Hilo, Hi.
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 before (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.
Frequent Flyers: The Huskies have accumulated thousands of air miles the last two seasons and this year will be no different. Washington will travel nearly 10,000 air miles during a two-week span from Nov. 21 to Dec. 5. The Huskies fly from Seattle to Moraga, Calif. (782 miles), from Moraga to Anchorage, Ak. (2,227) and from Anchorage back to Seattle (1,445). After two days at home, the Huskies board a plane for Wilmington, N.C. (2,460) where they will bus to Norfolk, Va. and fly back to Seattle (2,585). In 1998, Washington travelled 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, the UW amased over 8,000 miles during a 10-day stretch, traveling from Seattle to Hawai'i to Chicago and back to Seattle.
Last Game -UW 96, Mount Gambier-Australia 82 (Nov. 14, 1999, Seattle): Will Perkins scored 22 points and junior guard Michael Johnson added 21, leading Washington to a 96-82 victory over the Mount Gambier Pioneers of the Australian professional league in an exhibition game at Brougham Pavilion. Perkins was impressive in his Husky debut on Thursday, contributing nine points and six rebounds as a reserve. He drew a starting assignment and responded with an 11-for-14 shooting performance from the field in only 19 minutes. Johnson hit 9-of-12 shots from the field and distributed five assists. David Greer totaled 13 of his 18 points in the first half, helping the Pioneers build a 49-44 halftime advantage. Johnson scored nine points during a 16-6 second-half opening surge. His dunk with 14:33 left in the game capped the run with Washington leading 60-55. Former Santa Clara standout Jason Sedlock led the Pioneers with 22 points and Jermaine Brown had 21. Mount Gambier concluded an 11-day, eight-game tour with a 3-5 record against Northwest colleges. Five Huskies registered double-figure points, including Deon Luton with 14. Thalo Green and Chris Walcott tallied 13 points apiece.
Stable of Starters: The Washington roster includes six players who started at least two games last season. Those six returning players combined for 80 total starts in 1999. Senior guard Deon Luton started all 29 games last season and all 30 games the previous year, a string of 59 consecutive starts.
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 catergory, including marks for career (152), 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 deffensive 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, "Downtwon" Fred Brown. Sophmore 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 Philidelphia 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 wihout Dickau who suffered a season ending heel injury and has since transfered to Gonzaga. Watts averaged 13.1 points per game, including a career-high 28-point outburst in the NCAA first round match-up with Miami (Ohio).
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 have won 746 games in Hec Edmundson 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 past four seasons. The UW has a 3-0 record in home games contested away from Edmundson Pavilion since that 1927 season. The Huskies upset 11th-ranked New Mexico 70-61 on Dec. 24 last season in their only 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.
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.
Carey the Catalyst: Sophomore point guard Senque Carey thrived under difficult circumstances last season, culminating in his selection to the 1999 All-Pac-10 Freshmen Team. Carey 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, including 12.1 as a starter. Carey was a catalyst for a vastly improved offense that averaged eight more points a game with him at the helm. Carey led the Huskies in scoring three times and was the team's top assister on a team-high 11 occasions in 1999. His 94 assists placed him second among all-time Washington freshman players, trailing only the 103-assist total of Eldridge Recasner (1987). Carey had a double-double at Oregon State (Feb. 11) with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Alaska Anchorage Series:
• The series record between the Seawolves and Washington is tied at 1-1. The Huskies won 62-50 during the first round of the 1982 Shootout in the first meeting. Anchorage won the most recent meeting, claiming a 77-75 decision during the 1986 Shootout.
• The Huskies boast a 15-1 all-time record against members of the Pacific West Conference, the lone loss comaing against Anchorage.
• The Seawolves host the Great Alaska Shootout for the 22nd straight year.
• An NCAA Division II school, Alaska Anchorage returns four starters from a team that finished 17-10 last season with a 13-3 Pacific West Conference record.
• Washington's Bob Bender has never coached against Alaska Anchorage.
Last Meeting: Alaska Anchorage 77, Washington 75 (Nov. 30, 1986, Anchorage, Ak.) - Jessie Jackson poured in 23 points, leading Alaska Anchorage to a 77-75 victory over Washington in the final round of the 1986 Great Alaska Shootout. The Seawolves stormed back from a 10-point second-half deficit with just over six minutes remaining, going on a 20-8 run to end the game. The Huskies, who trailed 37-33 at the half, had a run of their own, outscoring Alaska 15-3 in the first five minutes of the second half. The Seawolves had five players in double-figure scoring, including Hansi Gnad who had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Flip Wilcox scored 11 points while Dale Bartley and Mike Childs chipped in 10 apiece. The game included double-double performances by two Huskies. Phil Zevenbergen tallied 12 points and 11 boards and Chris Welp hit for 24 points and 14 rebounds. Eldrige Recasner finished with 18 points, five assists and three blocks for UW.
The Georgia Tech Series:
• The Yellow Jackets and Washington have each won one game in the series, both meetings coming during tournaments in Hawai'i. The Huskies defeated Tech 76-60 on Nov. 29, 1998 in the championship game of the Big Island Invitational in Hilo. The Bobby Cremins-coached Yellow Jackets won the first meetings 65-58 on Dec. 27, 1984 in the second round of the Rainbow Classic.
• In his 19th season, Bobby Cremins has taken Georgia Tech to 10 NCAA Tournaments with a Final Four appearance in 1990.
• Georgia Tech is the only Atlantic Coast Conference opponent ever for Washington coach Bob Bender who played (1977-80) at ACC member Duke. Last year's 76-60 win over Tech marked the first time the Huskies had played an ACC foe since an 87-61 loss on Jan. 3, 1988 to a top-ranked Duke squad on which Bender was an assistant coach.
The Last Meeting: Washington 76, Georgia Tech 60 (Nov. 29, 1998, Hilo, Hi.): Tournament MVP Deon Luton scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the first half as 16th-ranked Washington took control early during a 76-60 victory over previously-undefeated Georgia Tech in the championship game of the Big Island Invitational. The Huskies led by as many as 19 points in the first half en route to a 40-28 halftime advantage. The Yellow Jackets never drew closer than nine points in the second half. Washington's stingy defense forced 17 turnovers and limited Tech to 37-percent shooting (19-51). (continued on next page) Jason Floyd scored 22 points to lead the Yellow jackets who also got 13 from Tony Akins. Donald Watts totaled 15 points for the Huskies. Alll-tournament selection Todd MacCulloch tallied his entire 13-point output in the second half.
The Grambling Series:
• The Huskies have won all three previous meetings with Grambling, all in Seattle. Washington won 97-63 on Dec. 7, 1986 in the most recent matchup. The UW defeated the Tigers 117-90 on Dec. 27, 1975 in the second-highest scoring game in Husky history. Washington defeated Grambling 97-69 on Dec. 2, 1973 in the first ever meeting.
• The Tigers posted a 6-21 record in 1999, finishing ieghth in the Southwest Athletic Conference with a 5-11 mark.
• Washington's Bob Bender has never coached against Grambling.
The Last Meeting: Washington 97, Grambling 63 (Dec. 7, 1986, Seattle): Phil Zevenbergen scored 10 consecutive Husky points, leading Washington to a 97-63 victory over Grambling at Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies jumped ahead early in the first half with a 21-6 run, including 10 straight Zevenbergen who finished with 17 points. Chris Welp led UW with 24 points and Eldridge Recasner had 19. The Huskies were credited with 25 assists to only eight for the Tigers, but the biggest difference was the shooting percentages. The UW shot 64-percent from the field and 90-percent from the free-throw line while the Tigers connected on only 39-percent of their field goal attempts and hit just half of their free-throws. Leon Bullock scored 19 points to lead Grrambling which also got 13 from Terrell Wesley and 11 from Patrick Patrong.