UW Men Seek to Complete Home Sweep of Oregon Schools
Jan. 25, 2002
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 -
UW vs. Oregon State, 7:00 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 -
UW at Washington State, 7:00 p.m. PST
Friel Court (12,058), Pullman, Wash.
The Washington Huskies (8-11, 2-7) seek to complete a home sweep of their Northwest rivals from the state of Oregon. Washington hosts Oregon State (9-9, 2-6) on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. The Beavers won the last four meetings with Washington whose last win in the series was an 82-69 decision on Feb. 11, 1999 in Corvallis. Both teams posted their second Pac-10 victories on Thursday. UW stopped a three-game losing streak with a 97-92 win over Oregon. The last time the Huskies swept a two-game weekend Pac-10 series was Feb. 4-6, 1999 when they beat both Arizona and Arizona State in Seattle. Oregon State halted a five-game slide with a 74-72 win at Washington State. Saturday's game features a clash between Washington coach Bob Bender and former assistant coach Ritchie McKay who is in his second season as head coach of the Beavers. McKay was a Husky assistant in Bender's first two years (1993-94 and 1994-95). This is only the fourth time Bender has squared off with a former assistant, the first time was when McKay brought his Portland State team to Seattle on Nov. 30, 1996 and lost to Bender's Huskies 83-70. McKay's OSU squad won both meetings last season. The Huskies start a three-game road trip next week at WSU.
Saturday's (Jan. 26) Washington-Oregon State game will be televised live at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Northwest. Scott Lynn 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/
Sophomore forward Doug Wrenn led all Washington scorers in each of the last six games, averaging 24.0 points during that span. His 32-point outburst against Oregon (Jan. 24) was the highest scoring output by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch tallied 32 against Washington State on March 6, 1999. It was the first 30-point game by a UW player since Deon Luton had 30 points against Boise State on Dec. 23, 1999. Wrenn has seven 20-point performances this season after the entire roster combined for only eight 20-point individual games last year. Wrenn topped the 20-point plateau in three straight outings between Jan. 6-12, the first time a Husky has had three consecutive 20-point efforts since MacCulloch did it three years ago (Feb. 6-13, 1999). Wrenn led all UW scorers in 14 games. He posted his second double-double last week at California with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
The youthful Huskies have a roster that includes seven freshmen, five sophomores, one junior and three seniors. Ten of 16 UW athletes had never played a game at Washington before this season. The predominantly local list of athletes includes 13 of 16 players from high schools in the state of Washington.
Washington's schedule was rated the nation's second most difficult in the Jan. 25 Sagarin Ratings published by USA Today. Seven of the 11 Husky losses came against teams that are currently ranked. Six teams on the UW schedule are listed in the current Associated Press top-25 poll, including 10th-ranked Arizona, UCLA (#13), Gonzaga (#16), Stanford (#17), Oregon (#19) and USC (#23). Eight of the Huskies' nine Pac-10 games were against the top six teams in the current conference standings. Oregon was the fifth team among Washington's last seven opponents that is currently ranked in the A.P. poll.
Fan balloting is in the process of selecting the Washington men's basketball All Century Team. The voting is part of this year's 'Celebrating 100 Seasons of Husky Hoops.' Ballots are available at home games or fans can vote directly on-line at www.gohuskies.com The voting deadline is Feb. 1 and the All Century Team will be announced at halftime of the Huskies' Feb. 16 home game with California. Numerous former UW standouts will be in attendance and available for autographs prior to the game. Fans also have an opportunity to vote on the all-time top Husky games that are included on the same ballot.
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 Oregon State Series
> Washington has a 138-131 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.
> Oregon State won the last four meetings, sweeping the last two season series in the process. OSU's current four-game winning streak is the longest in its series with Washington since a five-game skein from 1991-93.
> The Huskies have a 93-38 advantage over OSU during games played in Seattle despite losing the last two meetings.
> Second-year Oregon State Coach Ritchie McKay is the only former assistant to coach against Bob Bender. He has a 2-1 all-time record against Washington. McKay's Portland State team lost to the Huskies 83-70 on Nov. 30, 1996 in Seattle before his OSU team swept the season series last year from the Huskies, winning 63-56 on Jan. 20 in Corvallis and 83-69 on Feb. 15 in Seattle.
> McKay was a graduate assistant coach at Washington during the 1988-89 season under Andy Russo and returned to serve as an assistant during Bender's first two years at UW, the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. McKay left Washington to become the head coach at Portland State. He then went to Colorado State before his arrival at Oregon State.
> Ninth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 10-6 record against Oregon State and is 1-2 against McKay.
The Last Meeting
Oregon State 83, UW 69 (Feb. 15, 2001, Seattle)
Six of Oregon State's seven players posted double-figure points as the Beavers won their fourth straight game over Washington, 83-69 at Bank of America Arena. The Beavers (9-15, 3-9) halted a six-game losing streak, winning for the first time since a Jan. 20 victory over UW in Corvallis. Jason Heide paced OSU with 16 points, Adam Masten had 15, Josh Steinthal 14, Jimmie Haywood 13, Brian Jackson 12 and Deaundra Tanner 11. Will Perkins scored 16 points to lead the Huskies (9-15, 3-9) who also got 14 from Curtis Allen, 12 from Thalo Green and 10 from David Dixon. Green grabbed nine rebounds, leading a 35-25 UW advantage on the boards. The Beavers led 47-34 at halftime on the strength of 14 points from Masten who hit 3-of-4 treys. Washington never drew closer than nine points, despite serious foul trouble for OSU. Brian Jackson fouled out with 13:52 to play and Jason Heide played nine minutes in the second half with four fouls. Oregon State hit 9-of-10 free throws in the final 2:44 to seal the win.
The Washington basketball players are wearing a black patch on the front of their jerseys with the initials 'D.E.' 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. As a write-in candidate, Erickson won an on-line vote in the fall in which fans were asked who they would like to have portrayed by a bobblehead doll. He received more votes than current Husky head coaches Bob Bender, Rick Neuheisel and June Daugherty did. Bobbleheads bearing his likeness will be distributed to the first 2,500 spectators at the Feb. 16 men's basketball game against California.
The Huskies have blocked five or more shots in 13 games this season after reaching the five-block plateau in only five games all last season. Washington rejected 98 shots this season, an average of 5.16 blocks per game that leads all Pac-10 teams. The 1993 Husky squad averaged 4.37 blocks en route to the school's season record of 118. Senior David Dixon has 42 blocks to lead the Pac-10 and rank No. 4 among all-time Husky single-season leaders. He ranks second among conference competitors with 2.21 blocks per game. Dixon's 73 career blocks ranks No. 6 among in the UW record book. Freshman Jeffrey Day ranks second on the Huskies and seventh in the conference with 26 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 Dixon whose seven blocks broke the individual UW record of six blocks accomplished twice by Chris Welp in 1986. Washington blocked 10 Arizona State shots (Jan. 10).
Curtis Allen ranks second among Pac-10 players (90.5%) in free throw accuracy and has made his last 18 charity shots ... Allen converted all 12 of his free throw attempts against Oregon (Jan. 24), tying the school's single-game percentage record. Six players have been perfect on 12 of more throws in all-time UW games led by the 14-for-14 effort of Bill Hanson against Idaho on March 10, 1961 ... The Huskies are shooting 69.2 percent from the free throw line (304-439), a drastic improvement from last season's 57.5-percent figure (355-617) that ranked last in the Pac-10 ... Thursday's 97-92 win over Oregon marked the first time Washington trailed with 5:00 remaining and won the game. UW lost all nine previous games when it was behind at the 5:00 mark ... Washington lost all eight games when its opponents registered a superior field goal percentage and is 8-3 when outshooting its foes ... Point guard Curtis Allen has 92 assists, 27 more than the 65 he registered last season. He is poised to become the 21st player in Husky history to record 100 assists in a season ... Washington players have registered 11 games of 20-or-more points, eclipsing last season's entire total of eight 20-point individual outings.
UW senior Grant Leep leads all Pac-10 players in 3-point percentage, having converted 56 percent of his treys (23-41). He hit 1-of-2 treys Thursday after missing all four of his trey tries last week in the Bay Area. Leep leads a Husky team that is shooting 36.8 percent (114-310) from 3-point range, an improvement from last season's 30.6-percent figure.
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 27.3 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 and ranking fifth among Pac-10 players with 7.9 rebounds per game. His 7.6-point scoring average is fourth best on the team. Dixon tallied double-figure points seven times and has four double-doubles, including a 13-point, 16-rebound performance at Stanford (Jan. 19). Dixon's 150 rebounds are 53 more than the 97 he grabbed all last season.
Return to Sender
David Dixon has 42 blocked shots after registering 24 all last season. His 42 blocked shots are the fourth highest single-season total in Washington history. He needs six blocks to move into the No. 3 spot ahead of Todd MacCulloch who had 47 blocks in 1999. Dixon's 73 career blocked shots rank No. 6 on the school's all-time list. He needs three blocks to surpass Petur Gudmundsson who rejected 75 shots between 1978-80. Dixon boasts the top two blocked shot games in Husky history. He 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 had six blocks against Arizona State (Jan. 10). Dixon leads all Pac-10 players with 42 blocked shots and ranks second with 2.21 blocks per game.
Freshman Charles Frederick, who began practicing with the basketball team on Dec. 31, suited up for the first time on Jan. 4 at UCLA. He saw his first game action on Jan. 6 at USC, an eight-minute stint during which he had two points, two assists and one steal. He has played three games. Frederick is a scholarship receiver on the Husky football team that 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 a 14.6-yard average, including an 87-yard TD return against Idaho (Sept. 22). He was a Sporting News Freshman All-America pick. Frederick was a top-50 national recruit in football and basketball. He averaged 19 points and eight steals from his point guard position as a senior in 2001 at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Fla.
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 and ranks fourth among Pac-10 players with an average of 18.4 points per game, including a season-high 30-point performance against Oregon (Jan. 24). Wrenn had a streak of three straight 20-point performances betweenJan. 6-12. 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 14 occasions. He posted 15 double-figure scoring games, including seven 20-point outings. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn red-shirted 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.
'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
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, sophomore point guard Curtis Allen is improving upon last season's performance when he was voted 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. Allen 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 15 of 19 games with a total of 92, an average of 4.8 per game. Last year, Allen distributed 65 assists, an average of 2.2 per contest. Allen needs eight to become the 21st Husky to post a 100-assist season. He had 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in UW history. Allen, who reached his previous career-best of eight by halftime, fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone at California on Feb. 20, 1970. His shooting is also vastly better. Allen is shooting 45 percent from the field (69-155), including 40 percent from 3-point range (29-73). Those numbers are up from his 39-percent and 25-percent figures from last year. He has already surpassed by two last season's total of 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).
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 16 of 19 games this season. He ranks sixth on the team with a 7.2-point scoring average. Knight scored 19 points and led the team with eight rebounds against Arizona State (Jan. 10). 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.
The Husky roster features three players from Tacoma, Washington. Junior guard Josh Barnard (Bethel HS), a transfer from Tacoma Community College, joins sophomore guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having three players from Tacoma is remarkable considering UW went 21 years without a Tacoma native on the men's basketball roster. The last Tacoma native to play at UW was Steve Matzen (Lincoln HS) who lettered from 1977-80.
Last Husky Game
UW 97, #19 Oregon 92 (Jan. 24, 2002, Seattle)
Doug Wrenn scored six of his career-high 32 points in the final 1:22 to lift Washington to its first win over a ranked opponent in six tries, a 97-92 upset of No. 19 Oregon at Bank of America Arena. Washington (8-11, 2-7) stopped a three-game losing skid and halted a streak in its series with the Ducks in which the visiting won the previous four meetings. Oregon (14-5, 6-2) had its four-game winning streak snapped despite the 27 points of Frederick Jones and 23 from Luke Ridnour. Wrenn tallied 18 first-half points and the Huskies shot 54 percent en route to a 52-44 halftime lead. Oregon outscored UW 18-7 inside the opening four minutes of the second half to edge ahead 62-59. UO led 81-80 before Washington took the lead for good an a jumper by Josh Barnard with 2:50 left to play. Following a pair of Wrenn baskets, the Huskies converted 11 of 12 free throws during the final 41 seconds to secure the win. Curtis Allen made all 12 of his free throws, six of the in the final 0:32, and finished with 18 points for UW. Huskies Grant Leep and C.J. Massingale contributed 11 points. Luke Jackson netted 18 points for the Ducks who also got 10 from Brian Helquist.
Curtis Allen distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), just one shy of the school single-game record of 16 set by Rafael Stone in 1970 ... Doug Wrenn scored 23 of his career-high 29 points in the second half at USC (Jan. 6). That was the highest scoring output for a UW player since Deon Luton tallied 30 points against Boise State on Dec. 23, 1999 ... The Huskies' 60-percent performance (30-50) from the field Jan. 10 was their best effort in 83 games, dating to Feb. 6, 1999 when they shot 67 percent also against Arizona State ... 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 ... 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 ... Curtis Allen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, the first time a Washington player received the conference award since Deon Luton on Feb. 8, 1999 ... Ten of the 16 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 who was in Seattle nursing a bruised rib ... UW'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.
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.
Home Sweet Home
For the first time in two years, the Huskies will play all of their home games on campus, in newly renovated Bank of America Arena at 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 has a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies won 755 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. UW played two exhibitions and the season opener last year at different venues before playing the remaining games in The Pavilion.
The newest member of the UW squad if 6-10 walk-on center Ben Devoe who joined the team on Dec. 31. He suited up for the first time Thursday (Jan. 10) against Arizona State, but has not played. He might red-shirt this season, preserving four seasons of eligibility. Devoe averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior in 2000 at Olympia (Wash.) High School. He attended the Air Force Prep Academy in Colorado Springs for one semester before serving a Mormon mission in Pennsylvania. The mission was cut short by a back injury that forced him to return to Olympia this fall.
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.
Good seats are available for all Washington home games. The Pepsi 'Fun for Four' Family Pack offers 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 and $3 for current UW students. 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
The Washington State Series
> Washington won eight of the last 10 meetings and owns a 161-89 advantage in the series that began in 1910.
> The teams split the season series last year, each winning on its home court. The Huskies won 78-72 on Feb. 3, 2001 in Seattle and WSU answered with a 79-61 decision on March 3, 2001 in Pullman.
> Washington owns a 67-56 advantage over the Cougars during games played in Pullman. UW won in three of its last five visits to Friel Court.
> Third-year Washington State coach Paul Graham has a 1-3 record against the Huskies.
> Ninth-year Husky coach Bob Bender has a 10-6 record against WSU.
The Last Meeting
Washington State 79, UW 61 (March 3, 2001, Pullman, Wash.)
Marcus Moore and J Locklier each registered double-doubles, leading Washington State to a 79-61 win over Washington at Friel Court. Moore tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds while Locklier had 16 points and 12 boards. The game was the final road outing for the Huskies (9-19, 3-13) who dropped their seventh straight game, their longest losing streak since 1994. Washington State (12-14, 5-11) expanded a 29-27 halftime edge to as many as 21 points, outscoring UW 50-34 while shooting 70 percent (16-23) after intermission. The Cougars made their first five shots in the second half capped by David Adams' 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 44-34 with 14:39 left to play. Adams finished with 10 points and reserve Jerry McNair scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half. Will Perkins had a double-double for the Huskies with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Michael Johnson led UW with 18 points. The Cougars played without leading scorer Mike Bush who had an Achilles' tendon injury. UW's Curtis Allen had only three points and David Dixon was scoreless. They had 18 and 16 points, respectively, in the first meeting.