UW-WSU Clash in 251st Apple Cup of Men's Basketball
Jan. 28, 2002
Thurs., Jan. 31 -
UW at Washington State, 7:00 p.m. PST
Friel Court (12,058), Pullman, Wash.
Thurs., Feb. 7 -
UW at Arizona, 5:30 p.m. PST / 6:30 MST (Fox Sports Northwest)
McKale Center (15,545), Tucson, Ariz.
The Washington Huskies (8-12, 2-8) begin a three-game road trip with a single outing this week against cross-state rival Washington State (4-14, 0-10) on Thursday, Jan. 31. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Friel Court in Pullman for the 251st renewal of the Apple Cup of basketball. Washington won eight of the last 10 meetings and owns a 161-89 advantage in the series that began in 1910. The two teams split the season series last year, each winning on its own home court. The Huskies drew a spilt at home last week, defeating No. 19 Oregon 97-92 on Thursday (Jan. 24) before losing 68-53 to Oregon State on Saturday (Jan. 26). Washington State is winless in Pac-10 play after being swept by the Oregon schools last week in Pullman. Thursday's game is a critical matchup for the Huskies and Cougars, both of which have their sights set on the conference tournament March 7-9 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Only the top eight teams in the final Pac-10 regular-season standings will participate in the conference tournament. Next week, Washington's three-game road trip continues in the state of Arizona, beginning with a Thursday, Feb. 7 meeting with the Arizona Wildcats.
Thursday's (Jan. 31) Washington-Washington State game will NOT be televised. The next Husky telecast is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7 at Arizona. Fox Northwest will air the game live at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Scott Lynn and Dave Harshman will 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 seven games, averaging 23.3 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 15 games. He posted his second double-double at California (Jan. 17) 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 third most difficult in the Jan. 27 Sagarin Ratings published by USA Today. Eight of the 12 Husky losses came against teams that have recently been ranked. Six teams on the UW schedule were listed in last week's Associated Press top-25 poll, including 10th-ranked Arizona, UCLA (#13), Gonzaga (#16), Stanford (#17), Oregon (#19) and USC (#23). Eight of the Huskies' first nine Pac-10 games were against the top six teams in the current conference standings. Five of the last eight Husky foes were ranked at the time of the game.
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.
Red-shirt freshman guard David Hudson began suffering back spasms on Friday (Jan. 25) and did not suit up for the Oregon State game (Jan. 26). His status for this week is questionable. 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 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.
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 101 shots this season, an average of 5.05 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 45 blocks to lead the Pac-10 and rank No. 4 among all-time Husky single-season leaders. He ranks second among conference competitors with 2.25 blocks per game. Dixon's 76 career blocks rank No. 5 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).
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.
Curtis Allen ranks second among Pac-10 players (88.6%) in free throw accuracy. He converted 20 consecutive free throws before missing his third attempt on Saturday (Jan. 26) ... 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 69.3 percent from the free throw line (318-459), 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 has a 1-10 record in games when it was behind at the 5:00 mark ... Washington lost all nine games when its opponents registered a superior field goal percentage and is 8-3 when outshooting its foes ... Point guard Curtis Allen has 94 assists, 29 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 ranks second among all Pac-10 players in 3-point percentage, having converted 54 percent of his treys (23-43). He led the conference for most of the season before hitting just one of his last eight trey tries during the last four games. Leep leads a Husky team that is shooting 36.3 percent (119-328) 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 27.6 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 third among Pac-10 players with 8.0 rebounds per game. His 7.8-point scoring average is fourth best on the team. Dixon tallied double-figure points eight times and has five double-doubles, including a 10-point, 10-rebound performance against Oregon State (Jan. 26) in his last outing. Dixon's 160 rebounds are 63 more than the 97 he grabbed all last season.
Return to Sender
David Dixon has 45 blocked shots after registering 24 all last season. His 45 blocked shots are the fourth highest single-season total in Washington history. He needs three blocks to move into the No. 3 spot ahead of Todd MacCulloch who had 47 blocks in 1999. Dixon's 76 career blocked shots rank No. 5 on the school's all-time list. He needs five blocks to surpass James Woods who rejected 80 shots between 1977-80. 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 45 blocked shots and ranks second with 2.25 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 four 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 between Jan. 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 15 occasions. He posted 16 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 20 games with a total of 94, an average of 4.7 per game. Last year, Allen distributed 65 assists, an average of 2.2 per contest. Allen needs six assists 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 3-point shooting is also vastly better. Allen is shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc (30-78) after shooting 3-pointers at a 25-percent clip last year. He has 30 treys, 10 more than last season's total of 20. 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 20 games this season. He ranks fifth on the team with a 7.1-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
Oregon State 68, UW 53 (Jan. 26, 2002, Seattle)
Philip Ricci scored seven of his 21 points during the final 5:35 of the first half when Oregon State took control en route to its fifth straight win over Washington, a 68-53 decision at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (8-12, 2-8) got a 3-pointer by Erroll Knight at 7:16 and then missed their final seven shots in the first half. UW led 20-18 before Ricci fueled a 14-4 Beaver run to take a 32-24 halftime advantage. Oregon State (10-9, 3-6) opened the second half with a 12-5 surge behind seven more Ricci points, taking a commanding 44-29 lead with 15:17 left to play. Jimmie Haywood added 11 points for Oregon State which shot 51 percent from the field (25-49) while limiting the Huskies to 38-percent accuracy (17-45). Doug Wrenn led UW in scoring for the seventh straight game with 19 points. David Dixon registered his fifth double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Curtis Allen converted 20 consecutive free throws between Jan. 10-26 ... 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 tallied a career-high 32 points against Oregon (Jan. 24), the highest scoring output by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch scored 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 ... 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.
'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 current 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. Ten 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.
'No school did a more thorough job of addressing its overall weakness and building for the future.'
-- Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News
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).
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
Since the 1990-91 season, Washington has a 6-17 record against Arizona. Only UCLA (10) and California (7) have won as many against the Wildcats during that span. Since 1991, Washington has a 4-29 record against top-10 ranked opponents, all four wins coming against Arizona. Seven of the Huskies' last 20 wins over teams ranked in the top 25 came against Arizona.
The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 33-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965 and won the last five games against UW.
> The Wildcats won nine of the last 10 meetings against Washington, including a sweep of the last two season series.
> Arizona won this season's first meeting, a 74-69 decision on Jan. 12 in Seattle. The Wildcats haven't registered three consecutive season sweeps against UW since a string of five straight sweeps between 1986-1990.
> Arizona boasts a 19-4 record against the Huskies in Tucson, including an 82-62 win last year. The Wildcats won the last five, and 16 of the last 17 meetings against UW at McKale Center. The lone Husky win during that span was an 80-79 overtime decision on Feb. 1, 1996 that halted an 11-game losing streak at McKale Center dating back to 1984.
> 19th-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 27-11 all-time record against the Huskies.
> Ninth-year Washington coach Bob Bender is 4-13 against Arizona. Bender twice played against Lute Olson-coached Iowa in 1976. A freshman on Indiana's undefeated national championship team, Bender played six minutes in a 101-81 win at Indiana (Feb. 23, 1976) and two minutes in an 88-73 win at Iowa (Jan. 26, 1976).
The Last Meeting
#20 Arizona 74, UW 69 (Jan. 12, 2002, Seattle)
Jason Gardner netted 16 of his 21 points in the second half and distributed six assists as 20th-ranked Arizona held off Washington 74-69 at Bank of America Arena. The Wildcats (11-4, 4-2) scored 15 unanswered points early in the first half to claim an 18-8 lead. The margin was 33-21 before Washington (7-9, 1-5) closed out the half with an 11-2 run to draw within 35-32. The lead changed hands six times after intermission before Arizona took a 59-57 margin it would not relinquish on a put back by Rick Anderson with 8:31 left to play. Grant Leep cut the UW deficit to 71-69 on a 3-pointer with 30.7 seconds remaining and Gardner then hit 1-of-2 free throws. UW's Curtis Allen missed a trey that would have tied the game before Salim Stoudamire converted two free throws to secure the win. Stoudamire finished with 16 points while Anderson had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Doug Wrenn had his third straight 20-point outing with a game-high 25. David Dixon had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Washington received commitments during the early signing period (Nov. 14-21) from two prep standouts, both from Seattle's Garfield High School. Brandon Roy, a 6-5 wing player, is one of the premier prep players in the nation and Anthony Washington is a 6-9 rising power forward prospect who initially signed last year with the Huskies, but returned to Garfield to complete some coursework. Those two will join the team in the fall of 2002 and be reunited with former prep teammate Will Conroy who is currently a freshman point guard at UW. The Huskies have one scholarship to offer during the late letter of intent period that begins April 15.
6-5, 195, guard/forward, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)
The No. 2-ranked small forward in the West by Prep-West Hoops ... Rated No. 47 nationally among all positions by CNN/SI ... Averaged 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds last year at Garfield High School ... A first-team 2001 All-Washington state selection in the 4A classification ... The 2001 KingCo Conference MVP.
6-9, 220, forward, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)
The ninth-rated power forward in the West last year by Prep-West Hoops ... Listed as the No. 100 player nationally by The Sporting News last year... Emerged on the recruiting scene with stellar performances during the spring and summer camp sessions of 2000 ... Averaged 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as senior at Garfield High in 2001 ... Blocked 21 shots in four games to set a new state tournament record ... Had more blocks than the previous tournament team record of 20.