Tony Wroten equaled a UW freshman record with 27 points on Friday.
Dec. 17, 2011
SEATTLE - Washington (5-4) kicked off a five-game homestand with an impressive 87-80 win on Friday against UC Santa Barbara and looks to continue its winning ways on Sunday at noon versus South Dakota State (9-4). Friday's win extended the Huskies' record non-conference home winning streak to 32 games and gave Coach Lorenzo Romar his 200th win as UW's coach.
ROOT Sports will carry the game on television with Tom Glasgow and Lenny Wilkens calling the action. KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM will broadcast the game on radio in Seattle with Bob Rondeau providing play-by-play and Jason Hamilton supplying color analysis. Fans can also follow the game on the GoHuskies.com live chat by Gregg Bell.
Washington-South Dakota State History
This is the first meeting between UW and South Dakota State.
Scouting South Dakota State
The Jackrabbits out of the Summit League, are 9-4 in the early season. SD State is led by 6-foot-4 Nate Wollers, who is averaging 20.5 ppg. Wollers also averages 5.1 rebounds per game and has dished a team-best 71 assists on the year. Griffin Callahan is the only other SD State player in double figures, averaging 11.2 ppg. Five other SDSU players are averaging 6.1 points or more per game. Scott Nagy is in his 17th season as head coach and is two wins shy of 300 for his career.
Milestone Season For Romar
Lorenzo Romar joined Hec Edmundson and Marv Harshman as the only Husky head coaches to reach 200 wins after beating UC Santa Barbara. It took Romar 306 games in his 10-year career at Washington to reach win No. 200. He is the second fastest Husky coach to reach the milestone. Edmundson won No. 200 in his 258th career game during the first game of his 13th season. Harshman reached 200 in the last game of his 12th season, his 329th overall game. Romar has several big milestones upcoming: he needs seven wins to earn his 300th vicotry as a college coach and the Feb. 2 contest at home vs. UCLA will be the 500th game of Romar's 16-year coaching career.
Huskies Hard To Beat At Home
UW is playing the second of three non-conference games at home before commencing its Pac-12 schedule. Over the last several years, the Huskies have proven to be nearly impossible to beat at home. UW has won a school record 32-straight non-conference games in the friendly confines of Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Dawgs last lost at home against a non-Pac-12 opponent on March 14, 2008 vs. Valparaiso. Since a Dec. 3, 2004 loss at home vs. Gonzaga, UW is 60-2 vs. out-of-conference opponents at home (the other loss came vs. No. 12 Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, 2007).
Wroten Reaches Record Heights
Tony Wroten continues to wow with his play and against UC Santa Barbara he took his game to a historic level. He scored 27 points vs. the Gauchos to tie what is believed to be the Huskies freshman single-game scoring record. Isaiah Thomas poured in 27 vs. Morgan State as a freshman in 2008 and UW assistant coach Paul Fortier scored 27 points (and had 17 rebounds) at Arizona in 1983. Wroten currently leads all Pac-12 freshmen in scoring at 15.7 ppg.
Huskies' Last Time Out
AP - Making his first career start, freshman Tony Wroten popped for a career-best 27 points, Terrence Ross scored 14 of his 16 in the second half and Washington snapped its three-game losing streak with an 87-80 win over UC Santa Barbara on Friday night. Inserted into the starting lineup with center Aziz N'Diaye out due to a knee injury, Wroten shone. At times he was Washington's offense, and at other moments he was causing all sorts of headaches for his own team with lazy passes and lax play. Washington (5-4) needed all of Wroten's points, even though his struggles at the free throw line gave UCSB a chance in the closing seconds. Wroten was 11 of 21 shooting and had seven rebounds but was just 4 of 9 at the line. Orlando Johnson led the Gauchos (5-3) with 24 points, but missed three key free throws in the final minutes.