UW Men Cap Los Angeles Hoop Road Trip at USC

Jan. 5, 2002

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Sun., Jan. 6 -
UW at USC, 6:00 p.m. PST

The Forum, Los Angeles, Calif.

Thurs., Jan. 10 -
UW vs. Arizona State, 7:00 p.m. PST

Bank of America Arena, Seattle, Wash.

The Washington Huskies (6-7, 0-3) seek to halt a five-game losing streak when they play at USC (11-2, 3-0) on Sunday, Jan. 6. Tip-off is 6 p.m. at The Forum in Inglewood. The Trojans won their last six meetings with Washington, matching their longest winning streak in the series. USC posted an 87-65 victory on Dec. 27 in Seattle. Sunday's game ends a three-game road trip and completes Washington's season series with the Los Angeles schools. The Huskies lost 74-62 at UCLA on Friday (Jan. 4) completing a season sweep for the Bruins. Washington returns to Seattle next week to host Arizona State on Thursday, Jan. 10.

TV/Radio Coverage
Sunday's Washington-USC game will NOT be televised locally in the Northwest. 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/

Two-Sport Player
Freshman Charles Frederick, who began practicing with the basketball team on Monday (Dec. 31), suited up for the first time on Thursday at UCLA. He did not play. Frederick is a scholarship receiver on the Husky football team which concluded its season Dec. 28 with a 47-43 loss to Texas in the Holiday Bowl. Frederick was the leading punt returner for the Huskies with an average of 14.6 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown return against Idaho (Sept. 22). He was a Sporting News Freshman All-America special team selection. A top-50 basketball recruit out of Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Fla., Frederick averaged 19 points and eight steals from his point guard position in 2001.

Notable
Washington lost all five games when its opponents registered a superior field goal percentage ... The Huskies tied their single-game record with 29 attempts from 3-point range at UCLA (Jan. 4). UW tried 29 treys against Fresno State on Dec. 8, 1992. Josh Barnard's 15 trey attempts were a record for a Husky, topping the previous record of 14 3-point shots by Deon Luton against Saint Mary's on Nov. 23, 1997 ... Senior center David Dixon has not tallied double figure points during the five-game losing streak, averaging 3.4 points in that span. Dixon averaged 10.1 points with five double-figure outings in the Huskies' first eight games ... Dixon's play has been critical for the Huskies. He averages 10.3 points on 61-percent shooting in UW wins and 5.1 points on 35-percent shooting in UW defeats ... The Huskies are shooting 69.9 percent from the free throw line (214-306), a drastic improvement from last season's 57.5-percent figure (355-617) that ranked last in the Pac-10. Sophomore Curtis Allen ranks third among Pac-10 players, hitting 88-percent of his free throws (50-57) ... UW players have registered seven 20-point scoring games after Huskies reached the 20-point plateau only eight times all last year.

Injury Report
Forward Doug Wrenn suffered a small fracture of his orbital bone after being elbowed in the right eye during the first half at Saint Louis (Dec. 29). He suffered severe swelling and did not practice until Wednesday (Jan. 3). Wrenn played 33 minutes at UCLA on Thursday ... Freshman forward Mike Jensen, who dislocated his left shoulder during practice on Dec. 3, underwent surgery on Dec. 10 and will miss the rest of the season. Jensen suffered a torn labrum. He is the second Husky big man to suffer a season-ending injury, joining 6-10 center Marlon Shelton who had left knee surgery on Oct. 16.

The USC Series
> USC holds a 60-55 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.

> The Trojans won the last six meetings, matching the their longest winning streak against Washington. USC also won six straight over the Huskies from 1967-69.

> The last UW win in the series was an 85-83 decision on Jan. 28, 1999 in Seattle.

> USC swept the last two season series from the Huskies. Last year, the Trojans won 87-61 on Jan. 6 in Los Angeles and 85-56 on March 8 in Seattle.

> Prior to losing the last six meetings, Washington had won seven of the previous eight games against USC.

> The Trojans own a 34-21 series advantage over Washington during games played in Los Angeles, including three straight home wins.

> Seventh-year USC coach Henry Bibby has a 6-6 record against Washington.

> Ninth-year UW Coach Bob Bender has an 8-9 coaching record against USC.

The Last Meeting
USC 87, UW 65 (Dec. 27, 2001, Seattle) -

Brandon Granville scored 20 of his career-high 27 points in the first half as USC took control early en route to an 87-65 victory over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The win was USC's sixth straight over the Huskies, matching the longest streak in the series. The Trojans also registered six consecutive wins against UW between 1967-69. Granville scored seven early points, sparking a 13-4 Trojan surge during the opening 3:09. USC (9-2, 1-0) extended the lead to as many as 19 points before settling on a 48-32 halftime advantage. The Trojans, whose biggest lead of the game was 26 points, converted 25 Washington turnovers into 28 points. Sam Clancy scored 25 points for USC which also got 14 from David Bluthenthal and 12 from Errick Craven. Washington (6-5, 0-2) was led by the 13 points of Erroll Knight who didn't start due to an injured ankle that limited him to 21 minutes. Josh Barnard started in place of Knight and tallied 10 points.

Non-Conference Conquests
Washington completed its non-conference schedule with a 6-4 record, its first winning record since the 1998-99 team posted a 7-3 record. UW had a 5-7 non-conference record in 1999-2000 and was 6-6 last season.

Block Party
The Huskies have blocked five or more shots in eight games this season after reaching the five-block plateau in only five games all last season. Washington has 61 blocked shots this season, an average of 4.69 blocks per game. The 1993 Husky squad averaged 4.37 blocks en route to the school's season record of 118. Senior center David Dixon leads the team with a Pac-10-leading 23 blocks. Freshman Jeffrey Day ranks second on the Huskies with 21 blocked shots. Nearly one in every four shots Santa Clara attempted on Nov. 24 was rejected as Washington shattered its school single-game record with 14 blocked shots. The Huskies bettered their record of 10 blocks established on Dec. 3, 1991 against Chico State. The leading shot blocker was senior center David Dixon whose seven blocks broke the individual UW record of six blocks accomplished twice by Chris Welp in 1986. Five different Huskies had blocks against Santa Clara.

'Washington freshman point guard Curtis Allen is the latest technology in Pac-10 point guards. He's got a microchip that Earl Watson and Mike McDonald and Jason Gardner don't have. Hit the mouse and see nothing but blur.'
-- Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star

Amazing Allen
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, sophomore point guard Curtis Allen is improving upon last season's performance when he was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshmen team. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. He posted career highs with 21 points and eight assists in Washington's 77-64 home victory over UNLV (Nov. 28). At San Diego (Dec. 1), Allen increased his single-game scoring best to 27 points and added four assists in UW's 98-94 win. His playmaking skills have improved dramatically. Allen was the Huskies' team leader in assists during 11 of 13 games with a total of 60, an average of 4.6 per game. Last season he distributed 65 assists, an average of 2.2 per contest. His shooting is also vastly better. Allen is shooting 45 percent from the field (49-108), including 42 percent from 3-point range (20-48). Those numbers are up from his 39-percent and 25-percent figures from last year. He has already equaled his total of 3-pointers from last season with 20 treys. Last season, Allen had one of the finest campaigns for a Husky rookie, ranking third among all-time UW freshmen in steals (29) and No. 4 in assists (65).

Less is More
Fans will be seeing a lot less of 6-foot-11 senior center David Dixon this season. He shed 40 pounds from last year and his current 270-pound weight enables him to be more active and average 27.4 minutes per game. Last season, Dixon played 14.7 minutes per contest and averaged 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds. He has been more effective this year, leading the team with 7.6 rebounds per game while ranking sixth with a 7.5-point scoring average. Dixon has 23 blocked shots after registering 24 all last season. Dixon blocked a school-record seven shots against Santa Clara (Nov. 24), bettering the single-game mark of six set by Chris Welp during the 1986 season. Dixon tallied double-figure points five times. He has two double-doubles with a 15-point, 13-rebound performance against Butler (Nov. 18) and a 12-point, 15-rebound effort at New Mexico State (Dec. 8).

Doug's Debut
One of the most eagerly anticipated debuts in Husky history was that of sophomore Doug Wrenn, a supremely athletic 6-8 forward who red-shirted last season after transferring from Connecticut. Wrenn fulfilled expectations with a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game. He followed that with a 10-point, six-rebound effort against Butler (Nov. 18) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Top of the World Classic. Wrenn leads the team with an average of 15.6 points per game, including a season-high 23-point effort against UCLA on Dec. 20. He hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with six seconds left. Wrenn topped all Husky scorers on eight occasions. He posted nine double-figure scoring games, including three 20-point outings. He did not participate in the Nov. 15 regular-season opener against Alaska-Fairbanks while serving a one-game suspension due to a minor NCAA rules violation. Wrenn played in an unsanctioned competition during May in violation of an NCAA rule prohibiting Division I student-athletes from participating in outside competition during the academic year. He played three minutes in the Emerald City All-Star Tournament at Seattle's Rainier Beach High School. Three players from other NCAA Division I schools participated in the same tournament and were held out of one game as well. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn sat out last season at UW after transferring from Connecticut. He was projected by Basketball News as the Pac-10's top newcomer. Wrenn, who prepped at Seattle's O'Dea High School, attended two East Coast prep schools in 1998-99 and played at UConn in 1999-2000.

Dynamic Debut
Freshman guard Erroll Knight's collegiate debut was delayed, but it was worth the wait. Knight amassed a team-high 23 points at Alaska Fairbanks on Nov. 15, the highest point total for a freshman in a debut game at Washington. He eclipsed the record of 22 points set by Deon Luton against Brigham Young on Nov. 26, 1996. Knight underwent arthroscopic surgery in his left knee on Nov. 2. He had swelling in his knee during preseason practice and underwent an MRI on Oct. 30 that revealed a loose fragment of cartilage. The projected rehabilitation time was approximately three weeks, but Knight returned to practice just 10 days later (Nov. 12). He played 28 minutes in his inaugural collegiate outing, hitting 9-of-16 shots from the field that included 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range. That was the collegiate debut for Knight who did not play in either of UW's exhibition games. Knight started the next nine UW games before a left ankle injury forced him to play the USC game (Dec. 27) as a reserve. He ranks fifth on the team with an 8.0-point scoring average. He was named to the Top of the World Classic all-tournament team. Knight was one of the nation's premier prep shooting guards last year. The athletic 6-7 swingman averaged 19.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a senior at Seattle's Chief Sealth High School. He was a consensus top-100 national prep pick by the recruiting services, including Prep-West Hoops which ranked him as the No. 2 shooting guard in the West.

Big Ben
Washington's inside corps was bolstered by the recent addition of 6-10 center Ben Devoe who began practicing with the team on Dec. 31. A product of Olympia (Wash.) High School, Devoe gives the Huskies a much-needed big body after the season-ending injuries of Marlon Shelton (left knee) and Mike Jensen (left shoulder). He did not travel to Los Angeles, but will be available for games next week.

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 who does play-by-play for all UW games.

Last Husky Game
#14 UCLA 74, UW 62 (Jan. 4, 2002, Los Angeles) -

T.J. Cummings scored six of his 22 points in the decisive game-ending run as 14th-ranked UCLA defeated Washington 74-62 at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins (10-2, 3-0) won their 16th straight game against UW at Pauley Pavilion and completed a season sweep of the Huskies. Cummings sparked a 14-3 game-closing run for UCLA over the final 6:17. Josh Barnard's 3-pointer with 6:36 remaining drew Washington (6-7, 0-3) within 60-59. The Bruins scored 10 straight points while holding UW scoreless for 5:46. The Huskies scored only one more time, a 3-pointer by Bardard with 50 seconds left to play. Barnard tallied a career-high 22 points with six 3-pointers. Curtis Allen had 15 points and eight assists for UW and Grant Leep added 12 points. Jason Kapono scored 13 points and Matt Barnes added 12, including the first nine points of the game for UCLA. Cummings led a 46-29 Bruin rebound advantage with 11 boards. The game started 20 minutes late due to a bent rim that needed to be replaced. UCLA center Dan Gadzuric, who tallied 23 points in the first meeting, scored two points while being limited to six minutes due to foul trouble.

Recapping the Current Campaign
The Huskies finished second at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Ak. They defeated host Alaska Fairbanks 82-70 and Bowling Green 81-74 before losing in the championship game to Butler by a 67-64 count. Washington played the season opener without the services of head coach Bob Bender or sophomore forward Doug Wrenn. Bender was in Seattle nursing a bruised rib while Wrenn was serving a one-game suspension for a minor NCAA violation. UW won its home opener 69-49 over Santa Clara (Nov. 24) and blocked a school-record 14 shots in the process. The Huskies beat UNLV 7-64 in Seattle (Nov. 28) behind the career-high 21 point, eight-assist effort of Curtis Allen. Allen increased that career-high total to 27 points in the next outing, a 98-94 win at San Diego (Dec. 1) in which UW hit 37-of-43 free throws. UW drew a split on a road trip to the Southwest, losing 74-62 at UTEP (Dec. 6) before edging New Mexico State 75-74 (Dec. 8) on a Doug Wrenn basket with 0:06 remaining. The Huskies shot a season-low 28 percent in losing 67-47 to No. 25 Gonzaga (Dec. 11) in front of a sellout crowd of 10,000 at Bank of America Arena. UW lost 85-79 at home to No. 19 UCLA in the Pac-10 opener. That was the Bruins first win in Seattle since 1997. USC matched its longest winning streak against UW, claiming its sixth straight victory by an 87-65 count in Seattle (Dec. 27). The Huskies suffered a 71-70 setback at Saint Louis (Dec. 29) on a 3-pointer with 15.6 seconds left. UCLA completed a season sweep with a 74-62 win (Jan. 4), its 16th straight win over UW at Pauley Pavilion.

Husky Highlights
The Huskies won their home opener on Nov. 24, defeating Santa Clara 69-49. That improved their all-time record in home openers to 81-18. It was the 99th all-time home opener for UW which did not play any home games during the 1905 season ... Four Huskies received all-tournament honors at the Top of the World Classic: Curtis Allen, David Dixon, Erroll Knight and tournament MVP Doug Wrenn ... On Nov. 15 Erroll Knight scored a UW freshman debut record 23 points. He topped the mark of 22 points set by Deon Luton on Nov. 26, 1996 in his collegiate debut against BYU ... The Huskies blocked a school single-game record 14 shots against Santa Clara (Nov. 24), bettering by four the UW record of 10 blocks established on Dec. 3, 1991 ... Sophomore point guard Curtis Allen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, the first time a Washington player received the weekly conference honor since Deon Luton was honored on Feb. 8, 1999 ... Nine of the 15 players on the roster had never played a game at Washington prior to this season ... Washington played the season opener without the services of head coach Bob Bender or sophomore forward Doug Wrenn. During that Nov. 15 opening game, Bender was in Seattle nursing a bruised rib while Wrenn was serving a one-game suspension for a minor NCAA violation ... Washington's Dec. 11 home game against Gonzaga was a sellout, the second sellout since Bank of America Arena re-opened in November 2000 with a new 10,000-seat configuration. The first sellout was on Jan. 13, 2001 against Arizona.

Triple Threats
The Huskies are shooting 41.1 percent (85-207) from 3-point range, a drastic improvement from last season's 30.6-percent figure. Senior Grant Leep leads the 3-point parade, having converted 18-of-30 treys (60%). The school's single-season 3-point shooting record is 40.1 percent, established by the 1988-89 UW squad.

Hoopsters Honor Erickson
The Washington basketball players are wearing a black patch on the front of their jerseys with the initials 'D.E.' They are wearing those in remembrance of Dick Erickson, a friend of the basketball program who died in July. Erickson was involved for nearly 50 years with UW athletics. He participated as an athlete then a coach with the Husky rowing team before serving as the Facilities Manager for the athletic department. Erickson was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame on two occasions, in 1984 as part of the 1958 national championship crew and in 1994 as the head coach of the men's crew from 1968-82.

Husky Tickets
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including season tickets and other special packages. The Pepsi 'Fun for Four' Family Pack is perfect 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. UW 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 on-line via the athletic department website: www.gohuskies.com

'We have the most athletic team that we've ever had at Washington. It's an athletic team that is more than capable of competing in the Pac-10 where athleticism has always been a necessity.'
-- Bob Bender, Washington head coach

A young team represents an old basketball program during the upcoming 2001-02 season. The Washington Huskies celebrate their 100th season of men's basketball competition this year with a collection of players the majority of which have never before worn a UW jersey. Nine new players fill the Husky roster, including a recruiting class that was ranked among the best in the nation. Only five athletes will play who were on last year's team that finished with a 10-20 record for the second straight season. The Huskies tied for ninth place in the Pac-10 Conference standings with a 4-14 record.

Season Preview
An infusion of talent that rivals any in Washington's history provides the spark that ninth-year Coach Bob Bender hopes will ignite a winning campaign. The Huskies are coming off back-to-back 10-20 seasons, but are just two years removed from a string of four consecutive postseason appearances. Two starters return for Washington, senior center David Dixon (4.7 ppg/3.2 rpg) and sophomore point guard Curtis Allen (7.0 ppg). Dixon, who has dropped more than 30 pounds from last season, now weighs 270. The lightning-quick Allen was an All-Pac-10 Freshmen Team selection in 2001. Sophomore C.J. Massingale, an honorable mention freshmen team pick, displayed his scoring ability in a 25-point outburst at UCLA. Sharpshooting senior forward Grant Leep is the team captain.

Returning Talent
Two starters and six total lettermen return from last year's team, including All-Pac-10 freshmen team guards Curtis Allen and C.J. Massingale. Allen started at point guard last season and is the top returning scorer with a 7.0-point average in 2001. Massingale will move to shooting guard full-time this season after backing up Allen at the point at times last season. He averaged 5.9 points per game, topped by a 25-point outburst at UCLA. Senior David Dixon returns in the starting center role in which he averaged 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 2001. He should be more effective this season while carrying 30 less pounds. Senior forward Grant Leep is arguably the team's best outside shooter. Another outstanding outside marksman is sophomore walk-on Sterling Brown who joined the team last season as a walk-on. Brown hit 38-percent of his 3-point shots in spot duty and should thrive with additional playing time.

'No school did a more thorough job of addressing its overall weakness and building for the future.'
-- Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News

Newcomers
Washington's 2001 recruiting class was ranked among the nation's best. Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News ranked the Husky class as the nation's best recruiting haul with one of his primary criteria being 'which teams got the players they needed.' The celebrated class features three players who were among the 100 national finalists for the 2001 McDonald's All-American Game -- Charles Frederick, Mike Jensen and Erroll Knight. The signing class also includes junior college sharpshooter Josh Barnard (Tacoma CC) and 6-9 forward Jeffrey Day from 2000 state champion Seattle Prep. Jensen was rated the top power forward in the West by Pac-West Hoops which selected Knight as the No. 2 shooting guard. '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.' A consensus top-50 prep basketball player, Frederick signed a football scholarship and will join the basketball team after football season. He returns punts, including an 87-yard return for a touchdown against Michigan. Also joining the team is freshman point guard Will Conroy, a product of Seattle's Garfield High School. Conroy intended to walk-on, but was awarded a scholarship when one became available on Oct. 1. Rounding out the roster is sophomore walk-on Ian Gibbs (Sehome HS).

Departures
Seven players departed from last year's team, including five who were seniors. Those five left an indelible mark during the final game of the 2001 season as they all started and led Washington to a 96-94 home upset of 13th-ranked UCLA. Michael Johnson scored a career-high 29 points, including a 3-pointer as time expired. Johnson, Thalo Green and Will Perkins were full-time starters. Perkins led the Huskies in both scoring and rebounds in each of the last two seasons. He averaged 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season with 10 double-doubles. Green ranked second on the team with 10.9 points per game and Johnson was third at 8.9. Bryan Brown started 21 games and led the team with 86 assists. Also gone are Ben Coffee and DeMarcus Williams. A reserve guard who averaged 1.6 points per game, Coffee transferred to Portland State. Williams, a red-shirt last year who never played at UW, transferred to Cal State Riverside and is no longer playing basketball.

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