UW's Curtis Allen is Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week

Dec. 3, 2001

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Washington sophomore point guard Curtis Allen, who improved his career-high scoring total during consecutive games last week, was named the Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball Player of the Week, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday.

A product of Tacoma's Wilson High School, Allen averaged 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. He tallied 21 points and distributed a career-high eight assists on Nov. 28 in Washington's 77-64 home victory over UNLV. At San Diego on Dec. 1, Allen increased his single-game scoring best to 27 points and added four assists in UW's 98-94 win.

He has helped the Huskies to a 5-1 record, their best start since the 1997-98 team opened with a similar 5-1 mark en route to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.

Allen currently ranks second on the team with a 15.5-point scoring average, the seventh-best figure among conference players. He is listed fifth among Pac-10 playmakers, averaging 5.0 assists per contest.

For the season, Allen is shooting 58.5 percent from the field to rank eighth in the Pac-10. He ranks sixth among conference competitors with 52-percent accuracy (13-of-25) from 3-pont range. Allen is converting free throws at a 94-percent clip (32-of-34) to rank fourth in the Pac-10.

This is the first time Allen has received the weekly conference honor and the first time a Washington player has been honored since Feb. 8, 1999 when Deon Luton was the Pac-10 Player of the Week.

The Huskies have two road games this week, beginning on Thursday, Dec. 6 against Texas-El Paso at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. Washington visits New Mexico State on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. PST before returning home to host Gonzaga on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

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