UW Men's Hoop Squad Caps 10,000-mile Road Trip on East Coast
Nov. 30, 1999
Thurs., Dec. 2 - UW at UNC Wilmington, 4:30 p.m. PST (7:30 p.m. EST)
Trask Coliseum (6,100), Wilmington, N.C.
Sat., Dec. 4 - UW at Old Dominion, 4:30 p.m. PST (7:30 p.m. EST)
Norfolk Scope Arena (10,239), Norfolk, Va.
The Washington Huskies (2-2) continue their season-opening six-game road trip, traveling to the East Coast for a pair of games. The Huskies play at UNC Wilmington on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (7:30 p.m. Eastern Time). The Seahawks (2-1 pending Dec. 1 game vs. William & Mary) visited Seattle last season, losing 70-63 on Nov. 16 in their first ever meeting against Washington. From Wilmington, N.C., the Huskies bus to Norfolk, Va. to play at Old Dominion (2-3 pending Dec. 1 game vs. East Carolina) on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. PST (7:30 p.m. EST). The Monarchs trail UW 2-1 in the all-time series during which the home team has won every meeting. Washington is in the midst of a treacherous six-game road trip that covers nearly 10,000 miles during a two-week span. The Huskies play their first home game on Monday, Dec. 13 against Gonzaga. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at KeyArena.
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 from the Bay Area to Anchorage for the Great Alaska Shootout where they defeated the host Seawolves 86-70 in the opener. UW lost its last two games, placing fifth in the Shootout after setbacks to Georgia Tech (82-65) and Xavier (81-65).
TV/Radio Coverage: Neither Husky game this week will be televised. All UW 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). 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.
The UNC Wilmington Series:
o The Huskies won the only previous meeting with UNC Wilmington, taking a 70-63 decision on Nov. 16, 1998 in last year's season opener at Edmundson Pavilion.
o Washington has a 6-1all-time record against Colonial Athletic Association members.
o In his sixth season at Wilmington, Jerry Wainwright has an 0-1 record against Washington.
o Washington's Bob Bender won his only meeting as a coach against the Seahawks.
The Last Meeting: Washington 70, UNC Wilmington 63 (Nov. 16, 1998, Seattle): Todd MacCulloch scored 20 points and put No. 14 Washington ahead for good in a 70-63 victory over UNC Wilmington at Edmundson Pavilion. Chris Walcott hit three free throws in the final minute to help clinch the win. Deon Luton scored 17 points and MacCulloch grabbed 12 rebounds for the Huskies. Stan Simmons scored 15 points and Oleg Kojenets added 10 for Wilmington. There were six lead changes and two ties in the second half before MacCulloch's free throw with 10:38 left put the Huskies ahead to stay. Simmons' 10-footer with 2:51 left brought the Seahawks within two, but they would get no closer in the first meeting between the two schools. MacCulloch, the NCAA leader in field-goal accuracy in 1997, '98 and '99, went 3-for-6 from the field and 14-of-18 from the free throw line. Washington shot only 37.5 percent from the field, but had a huge advantage at the free-throw line. The Huskies hit 30 of 41 free throws, compared to 11-of-18 for the Seahawks. Neither team led by more than six points in the first half, which ended with Washington leading 33-32 Freshman Senque Carey distributed five assists in his Husky debut.
Notable: Washington is outshooting opponents 45-percent (108-241) to 39-percent (104-264) ... The UW has a 35-12 record during games in which Deon Luton hits multiple 3-pointers ... Michael Johnson tallied a career-high 22 points against Georgia Tech, improving his previous best of 16 points posted against Alaska Anchorage ... Senior Chris Walcott had a career-best 22 points on Wednesday against Alaska Anchorage ... Sophomore point guard Senque Carey distributed 10 assists at Alaska Anchorage, the 28th double-digit assist performance in Husky history. It was only the seventh double-digit assist effort by a UW player during the 1990s.
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.
Frequent Flyers: The Huskies have accumulated thousands of air miles the last two seasons and this year will be no different. Washington travels 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 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 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, the UW amased over 8,000 miles during a 10-day stretch, traveling from Seattle to Hawai'i to Chicago and back to Seattle.
Carey the Catalyst: Sophomore point guard Senque Carey is a versatile player who is clearly the catalyst of the Husky offense. He led the Huskies with 19 points at Saint Mary's. Against Alaska Anchorage he put his offense asside (four points) and got his teammates involved by distributing 10 assists against only one turnover. That was his first double-digit assist effort and the 28th 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, 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 11 occasions in 1999. His 94 assists placed him second among all-time UW 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.
Last UW Game - Xavier 81, UW 65, Great Alaska Shootout (Nov. 27, 1999, Anchorage, Ak.): Forwards Lloyd Price and David West both scored 21 points, leading Xavier to an 81-65 win over Washington and a third-place finish at the Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena. Washington (2-2) placed fifth in the tournament, losing to the Musketeers in a rematch of the 1998 NCAA first-round encounter that UW won 69-68. Xavier (3-1) led the entire game, breaking the contest open with a 25-8 run midway through the first half. That run expanded a 7-6 lead to 32-14 with 7:34 left before halftime. The lead was 41-28 at halftime and reached as many as 20 points on three occasions in the second half. Maurice McAfee contributed 12 points and six assists for the Musketeers who also got 10 points from Alvin Brown. Senque Carey led the Huskies with 15 points while Will Perkins and Chris Walcott each had 14 points and seven rebounds. Michael Johnson scored 10 points for UW. The Xavier defense forced 19 turnovers and limited UW to 37-percent (23-62) shooting, including 28-percent accuracy (7-25) from 3-point range.
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 1,094 points to rank 21st among UW career scorers. He needs eight points to surpass Dean Parsons (1952-55) and move into the No. 20 position. 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, who started all 29 games last season and all 30 games the previous year, has a string of 63 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 (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 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.
The Old Dominion Series:
o Washington holds a 2-1 edge in the series in which the home team has won all three games. The Huskies won 86-68 on Dec. 20, 1997 in the most recent meeting and were victorious 71-61 on Dec. 22, 1994 at the Kingdome in the inaugural matchup. The Monarchs won 67-57 on Dec. 5, 1996 at the Scope in Norfolk, Va.
o Washington has a 6-1all-time record against Colonial Athletic Association members.
o Old Dominion assistant coach Jim Corrigan and UW head coach Bob Bender were teammates at Duke, both graduating in 1989.
o Washington's Bob Bender has a 2-1 record against the Monarchs.
The Last Meeting: Washington 86, Old Dominion 68 (Dec. 20, 1997, Seattle): Todd MacCulloch scored 19 of his 29 points in the first half as Washington took command early en route to an 86-68 victory over Old Dominion at Edmundson Pavilion. The win avenged a 67-57 setback thre previous year at Old Dominion. Trailing 5-0 two minutes into the contest, the Huskies staged an 11-2 run over the next two minutes. MacCulloch tallied seven points to fuel the run that resulted in an 11-7 UW advantage. The Huskies increased the lead to 41-33 by halftime and extended it to as many as 21 points midway through the second period. MacCulloch converted 12 of his 15 shot attempts from the field to lead a 52-percent Washington performance from the floor. The Husky defense limited Old Dominion to 43 percent shooting. Donald Watts scored 15 points and added five assists for Washington which also got 10 points from Deon Luton. Reserve center Skipper Youngblood led the Monarchs with 14 points. Cal Bowdler and Curtis Pass each had 12 points for ODU and Mark Poag added 10.
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 all Washington home games on a season and invidual 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. Call or visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in room 101of the Graves Building or by telephone 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.
Chat With Bob Bender: The Husky Fever web site will be hosting Coach Bob Bender for a live chat on two occasions this season. The live chat sessions with Bender are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Feb. 8. Both chat sessions are scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. To participate in these sessions, see the Husky Fever web site at: www.huskyfever.com