Dec. 4, 2000
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Tue, Dec. 5 --
UW vs. Saint Louis, 8:00 pm PST (Fox Sports Net Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
Sat, Dec. 16 --
UW at Florida International, 4:30 pm PST (7:30 EST)
Golden Panther Arena, Miami, Fla.
The Washington Huskies (3-2) play their final pre-Christmas home game on Tuesday, Dec. 5, hosting Saint Louis (4-1). Tip-off is 8 p.m. Pacific Time at Bank of America Arena for the game that will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net Northwest. Washington leads the all-time series 6-5 against the Billikens. Saint Louis is coached for the second season by UW alum Lorenzo Romar who played for the Huskies in 1979 and 1980. Tuesday's outing is the fourth game in eight days for the Huskies who take the following 10 days off for Fall Quarter final exams. After exams, Washington travels to Miami for a Dec. 16 game at Florida International followed by the three-game Puerto Rico Holiday Classic in San Juan from Dec. 20-22. The Huskies open with host American University-Puerto Rico.
o Senior forward Will Perkins has four double-doubles. No UW player registered a double-double last season.
o The Huskies return to their on-campus venue, Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion where they have won 748 games since 1927, the most among NCAA teams in their current arena.
o Washington has a 49-9 record on campus at Edmundson Pavilion since the 1995-96 season and is 5-10 in "home" games at KeyArena during that span.
The Season So Far:
Washington achieved a split on its first road trip of the season, winning 69-66 at Wichita State (Nov. 30) before an 86-74 loss at Gonzaga (Dec. 2). UW capped a three-game homestand with a 94-63 victory over Portland State (Nov. 28), registering the most points in its last 67 games and its largest margin of victory (31 points) in 61 games. The Huskies returned to their on-campus venue in triumphant fashion on Nov. 25, defeating New Mexico State 81-77. Washington played all of its home games last season, and this year's season opener, at KeyArena in downtown Seattle. UW opened the season with a 73-61 loss to Texas-El Paso (Nov. 21). The season-opening, three-game homestand was a welcome change for the Huskies who were on the road for the first 22 days of the 1999-2000 season. They played their first six games on the road last season and didn't play in Seattle until Dec. 13. Washington won both of its exhibition games this season, rallying for an 83-81 overtime victory at Seattle Pacific (Nov. 10) before beating Brewster Packing 84-80 (Nov. 14).
Tuesday's Washington-Saint Louis game will be televised live at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports Net Northwest. Rich Waltz 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/
Projected Husky Starting Lineup:
Washington Huskies (3-2, 0-0 in Pac-10)
Pos.-No. Name Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Hometown Points Rebs.
F -- 1 Will Perkins 6-8 195 Sr. Omaha, Neb. 14.8 9.6
F -- 21 Greg Clark 6-7 225 Sr. San Diego, Calif. 7.2 2.0
C -- 50 David Dixon 6-11 300 Jr. Houston, Texas 2.2 3.6
G -- 23 Michael Johnson 6-4 195 Sr. Seattle, Wash. 12.6 4.2
G -- 32 Bryan Brown 6-3 205 Sr. Mercer Island, Wash. 8.0 2.2
Hoopsters Honor CW:
Like their football counterparts, the Husky basketball team is wearing patches on their jerseys to support senior Curtis Williams who suffered a spinal cord injury during an Oct. 28 football game at Stanford. The UW basketball players will display the initials "CW" to honor Williams who is in a San Jose, Calif. rehabilitation center.
Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies returned to campus after a one-season absence. They are playing home games at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena possesses a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 748 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. Washington compiled a 47-9 record in its final four seasons (1996-99) at the old Pavilion before playing last season at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during renovations.
o Will Play- Thalo Green, Played the last four games after missing the season opener and both exhibitions. Green underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Nov. 1 to remove some loose fragments.
o Questionable - DeMarcus Williams, Missed two weeks with sore right plantar fascia (foot). Practiced last week, but has not played any games.
The Saint Louis Series:
> Washington took a 6-5 lead in the all-time series with a 69-60 win over the Billikens in the last meeting on Nov. 28, 1998 in the semifinal round of the Big Island Invitational in Hilo, Hawai'i.
> Prior to the 1998 clash, UW and Saint Louis had not met since Dec. 27, 1966 when the Huskies posted a 91-82 decision at the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore. That UW victory halted a four-game Billiken series winning streak.
> The Huskies have a 3-2 record against Saint Louis at Edmundson Pavilion where the Billikens have not visited since 1963.
> Washington has a 14-15 all-time record against teams from Conference USA.
> In his second season as head coach at Saint Louis is Washington graduate Lorenzo Romar who lettered at UW in 1979 and 1980. Romar led the team in assists both seasons and was the Husky team captain in 1980. He was a seventh-round 1980 NBA draft pick by Golden State where he played from 1980-83 before playing with Milwaukee (1984) and Detroit (1984-85).
> Romar, who began his collegiate head coaching career at Pepperdine, has never coached against his alma mater Washington.
> In his eighth season at Washington, Bob Bender has a 3-1 coaching record against Saint Louis, including a 2-1 mark while at Illinois State (1990-92) and 1-0 with the Huskies.
The Last Meeting:
Washington 69, Saint Louis 60 (Nov. 28, 1998, Hilo, Hi.) - Donald Watts scored six of his 10 points during a critical second-half stretch, leading 16th-ranked Washington to a 69-60 triumph over Saint Louis in the semifinal round of the Big Island Invitational at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Todd MacCulloch scored the first eight points of the game for Washington which never trailed and claimed a 33-25 halftime advantage. The Billikens closed within 41-38 with 12:04 left in the game before Watts sparked a 12-4 surge over a 4 1/2-minute span to give Washington control of the contest. The Huskies shot 63 percent (27-43), including a 71-percent (12-17) second-half performance. MacCulloch finished with 18 points while Deon Luton added 13 and Michael Johnson 12. Virgel Cobbin tallied 14 points to lead Saint Louis, a 1998 NCAA Tournament competitor. Chris Heinrich had 10 points and led a 25-24 Billiken rebound edge with six boards.
Last Husky Game:
Gonzaga 86, UW 74 (Dec. 2, 2000, Spokane, Wash.) - Casey Calvary tallied 21 of his career-high 29 points in the second half, leading Gonzaga to an 86-74 win over Washington at the Kennel. Calvary fueled an 11-0 Bulldog run, scoring nine points over the opening 4:20 of the second half. Gonzaga (4-1), which trailed 41-40 at halftime, took the lead for good at 51-41 on the surge that concluded on Calvary's layin with 15:40 left in the game. The Huskies (3-2) missed their first nine shots of the second half before Will Perkins hit a layin with 15:28 remaining. Perkins posted his fourth double-double in five games with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Johnson scored 18 points for UW which also got 11 from Greg Clark. Freshman Blake Stepp had 17 points for the Bulldogs despite hitting only 1-of-8 shots from 3-point range. Gonzaga shot 54-percent from the field (31-57) while limiting the Huskies to 40 percent accuracy (29-73).
Washington has had a player register double-figure rebounds four times this season. Last year, UW players accounted for only seven double-figure rebound efforts during the entire campaign ... The Huskies won their opening road game of the year for the fourth straight season with a 69-66 victory at Wichita State on Thursday ... Washington lost 73-61 to Texas-El Paso on Nov. 21 at KeyArena, snapping a string of six consecutive season-opening victories ... UW's 94-point output against Portland State (Nov. 28) was its highest scoring game in 67 outings, dating to a 95-95 win over UCLA on March 1, 1998.
A five-man senior class is the nucleus around which eighth-year coach Bob Bender seeks to form a winning unit. Washington finished with a 10-20 record last season, snapping a string of four consecutive winning seasons that culminated in postseason berths. The Huskies tied for eighth place in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 5-13 record. In addition to the five seniors, who collectively have played 317 career games, the roster includes four other returning lettermen (9 total), four scholarship newcomers and two walk-ons. Two primary starters return, seniors Will Perkins and Michael Johnson along with senior forward Thalo Green who has been a part-time starter for three seasons. No returning player averaged double-figure points last season. Johnson is the leading returning scorer with a 9.9-point average last year while Perkins averaged 7.8 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds. Green averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 1999-2000. Highlighting the season is the return to the on-campus arena that has Husky hopes hovering. The 17,072-seat KeyArena in downtown Seattle never really felt like home despite an average attendance of 7,851. As a result, UW had with a better record in enemy arenas (6-9) than at home (4-9) for only the third time in school history.
Bob Bender has participated in the NCAA Tournament at every school with which he has been affiliated, including back-to-back berths with Washington in 1998 and 1999. He has an eight-year record of 98-106 with the Huskies. The UW tied for eighth in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 record in 2000 and had a 10-20 overall record that snapped a string of four consecutive winning seasons. In 1999, Washington was 17-12, capped by an NCAA Tournament appearance. 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 98 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 12-year career record of 158-163. 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, 43, 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.
Bob Bender's staff is comprised of associate head coach Byron Boudreaux along with assistant coaches Eric Hughes and Al Hairston. Boudreaux begins his sixth season on the staff, his second as the associate. Hughes has been with Bender during his entire seven-year tenure at UW. Hairston, a former Seattle Sonic and legendary prep coach at Seattle's Garfield High School, begins his first season. He replaces Jason Hamilton who left to pursue interests outside of coaching.
Senior forward Will Perkins registered double-doubles in four of Washington's first five games. No Husky player recorded a double-double during the entire season last year. Perkins had 15 points and 10 rebounds against Texas-El Paso on Nov. 21 followed by a 14-point, 10-rebound performance against New Mexico State on Nov. 25 and an 11-point, 12-rebound outing against Portland State on Nov. 28. The Omaha, Nebraska native had his three-game double-double streak stopped on Thursday at Wichita State as he had a team-high 16 points, but only five rebounds. He rebounded with an 18-point, 11-board effort at Gonzaga on Dec. 2. Perkins leads the team in both scoring (14.8 ppg) and rebounds (9.6 rpg) while shooting 51 percent (29-59). Last year, he led the Huskies in rebounds (5.9 rpg), field goal percentage (47.9%) and blocked shots (39).
Hair Raising Experience:
Senior forward Thalo Green avoided the barber's shears for 16 months before taking his place in the chair at the Montlake Cut barbershop on July 12, 2000. Green had his hair cut for the first time since March of 1999 and donated his hair to the Wigs for Kids, a national, non-profit organization that solicits donations in an effort to provide relief for children in situations of hair loss. Hair donations are woven into wigs and given to children affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy, burns and other medical conditions. "I'm in a position, playing basketball at Washington, to give exposure and promote the Wigs for Kids program," Green explains. "I decided to grow my hair out throughout the whole season and try to raise awareness for the program. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something good for a good cause." Green regularly drew taunts from spectators at opposing arenas last season as his curly, red hair frequently flopped into his eyes and eventually required a headband to control it. That shaggy coif was in stark contrast to his sophomore season in 1998-99 when Green's head was almost completely shaven.
Sonics & Sons:
Two former Seattle SuperSonics have sons on the 2000-01 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 in 1999, 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. An additional tie to the Sonics is first-year Husky assistant coach Al Hairston who played with Seattle's NBA team in 1969 and 1970.
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including season tickets and other special packages. New this season is the Pepsi "Fun for Four" Family Pack for quartets of all ages. Get four general admission game tickets, four Pepsi drinks and four hot dogs for only $25. Reserved seats for individual Husky games are $16 while general admission seats are $6 for adults and $3 for high school students, senior citizens and children. University of Washington students with current student identification can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call (206-543-2200) for information. Individual game reserved tickets will also be available for sale through all TicketMaster outlets, phone centers (206-628-0888) or via the internet at www.ticketmaster.com.
Two starters and nine lettermen return from last year's team, including senior guard Michael Johnson, UW's top statistical returnee in points (9.9 ppg), assists (64), 3-pointers (34) and 3-point accuracy (34%). Forward Will Perkins led all Huskies in rebounds (5.9 rpg), field goal accuracy (48%) and blocked shots (39) last season. They are joined by forward Thalo Green who led UW in steals (35) and was second in rebounds (4.9 rpg). Juniors David Dixon and Marlon Shelton return to battle for the starting center spot. The 6-11 Dixon started twice in 2000 while the 6-10 Shelton drew four starts. Senior Bryan Brown has experience at the point guard position after playing as Senque Carey's backup last season. With Carey's transfer to New Mexico, Brown has the inside track on the starting role. He will be pressed by a pair of incoming freshmen point guards from Tacoma, Wash., Curtis Allen and C.J. Massingale. Expect senior swingman Greg Clark to play a major role with increased minutes. The UW's defensive stopper should display his offensive prowess this year. Junior Grant Leep seeks to return from a knee injury that sidelined him for the final 19 games in 2000. Leep possesses a solid inside game with range out to the 3-point line. Sophomore Ben Coffee is an athletic small forward who is a capable rebounder and looks to surface as an offensive threat. Third-year walk-on Travis Duty provides depth for the guard corps.
The Washington roster is bolstered by the addition of three scholarship recruits, including a pair of guards from Tacoma, Wash. Both Curtis Allen, from Wilson High School, and C.J. Massingale, from Mount Tahoma High School, will battle for playing time at point guard as they ranked Nos. 7 and 8 among prospects in the West at that position by Pac-West Hoops. They are the first Tacoma natives to receive scholarships from the Washington basketball team since Steve Matzen who lettered from 1977 to 1980. Allen was the state Class 4A player of the year, averaging 25.2 points and 4.0 assists per game. Massingale averaged 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to win his second straight Narrows League Bridge Division MVP award. Bolstering the frontcourt is 6-9, 270-pound DeMarcus Williams from Upland (Calif.) High School. Williams was rated the West's No. 12 center prospect by Pac-West Hoops and was an honorable mention All-America pick by Blue Ribbon magazine. Invited walk-on freshmen Sterling Brown (Woodinville HS) and David Hudson (Rainier Beach HS) are also new to the team. Sophomore Doug Wrenn, a transfer from Connecticut, will red-shirt this season.
Four players departed from last year's team, including three starters and reserve guard Andrew Moritz. The biggest loss is guard Deon Luton who completed his career as the Huskies' No. 8 all-time scorer with 1,488 points. Luton owns every UW 3-point record, including career (212), season (75) and single-game (7) treys. Forward Chris Walcott started 20 games and was a solid inside-outside presence for Washington. Senque Carey started two years at point guard before transferring during the summer to New Mexico. Carey led the team last year with 137 assists, the third-best season total in UW history.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered:
Washington received commitments during the early signing period (Nov. 8-15) from a five-man group that has been ranked among the best recruiting classes in the nation by several analysts. The signing class includes junior college standout Josh Barnard and four prominent high school recruits. Heading the list of prep players is Kentwood's Mike Jensen who was rated by Pac-West Hoops as the top power forward in the West. A trio of players from high schools in Seattle signed with the Huskies. Those three are Jeffrey Day, from state Class AAA champion Seattle Prep, Chief Sealth's Erroll Knight, one of the nation's finest scoring guards, and Anthony Washington, a rising power forward prospect from Garfield. "We accomplished what we wanted to do in a very big way," said Coach Bob Bender. "We are very proud of the fact they are all from right here in state. Every single player is a Washington player and that is our priority. We really emphasized how they could be the greatest class that we have ever had the opportunity to recruit and that coming in together would put them in position to be one of the top classes in the nation. They all are very, very talented, but collectively they're very special." The Huskies do not have any remaining scholarships to offer during the spring letter of intent period that runs from April 11 through May 15.