UW Men Seek to Complete Sweep of Arizona Schools
Jan. 30, 2004
SATURDAY, JANUARY 31 --
Washington vs. Arizona State; 5:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Fox Sports Northwest TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (AM 850) in Puget Sound Area
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5 --
Washington at USC; 7:30 p.m. PST
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (16,161); Los Angeles, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (AM 850) in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (8-8, 3-5) seek to complete a sweep of the Arizona schools for the first time in five years when they host Arizona State (8-9, 2-6) on Saturday, Jan. 31. Tip-off is 5 p.m. Pacific Time at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The game, which airs live on Fox Sports Northwest and Fox Sports Arizona, completes the first swing through the Pac-10 for both teams. The Sun Devils swept the season series from UW last year. ASU is coming off a 63-56 loss Thursday at Washington State. The Huskies defeated ninth-ranked Arizona 96-83 Thursday behind the spectacular 31-point effort of Nate Robinson. UW opened Pac-10 play with five of its first seven games on the road and capped that stretch with two wins, 103-99 at Oregon State (Jan. 17) and 75-62 at Washington State (Jan. 24). Next week, the Huskies travel to Los Angeles to play at USC (Feb. 5) and UCLA (Feb. 7).
Party Like it's 1999
Turn the clock back five years to 1999. That's the last time Washington had a winning season and participated in the NCAA Tournament. That's also the last time UW performed some feats they have accomplished this season. UW is at the .500 mark (8-8) at the latest point in the season since the 1999 squad had a 10-6 record after 16 games. The Huskies are in the midst of their first three-game Pac-10 winning streak since 1999, capped by Thursday's upset of No. 9 Arizona. The last time UW beat a top-10 ranked foe was on Feb. 4, 1999 with a 90-84 win over No. 10 Arizona. The Huskies hope to defeat Arizona State on Saturday and complete their first weekly series sweep against a pair of Pac-10 travel partners since 1999 when they defeated both Arizona and Arizona State in Seattle.
Saturday's UW game against Arizona State will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Northwest at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Jim Watson calls the action with color commentary from Donald Watts, a four-year letterman guard for UW from 1996-99.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game against Arizona State will be broadcast on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 17th season. He is joined on home broadcasts by color commentator Jason Hamilton, a UW point guard from 1994-96. Follow the game live via the internet at: www.gohuskies.com
Washington is averaging 81.0 points per game, the highest scoring output since the 1972 Huskies finished with a school record 84.8-point average. UW ranks second among Pac-10 teams in scoring and 20th among NCAA teams. The Huskies have reached the 100-point plateau twice for the first time since the 1980-81 season. The 103-99 overtime decision at Oregon State (Jan. 17) matched the highest total ever for UW in an enemy arena. It equaled a 103-70 win at Washington State on Feb. 1, 1975. The 104-91 win over Eastern Washington (Nov. 29) marked UW's highest point total in 311 games, dating to a 130-67 win over Chico State on Dec. 1, 1992. It was UW's first 100-point effort in 159 games, dating to a 101-86 win at USC on Jan. 29, 1998. The Huskies reached the 90-point plateau five times this season, a figure they reached only once last year. That is the most 90-point plus performances for a Washington team since the 1997-98 squad had six.
The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 33-20 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
> The Sun Devils swept the season series last year for the 12th year, the first time since 2000. ASU won 89-57 on Jan. 9, 2003 in Tempe before a 79-77 overtime win Feb. 8 in Seattle.
> The two teams have split the 26 previous meetings in Seattle, each winning 13 times.
> Washington won six of the last eight meetings with the Sun Devils in Seattle from 1996-2002, following a string of six straight ASU victories at UW from 1990-95.
> Sixth -year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 7-3 record against Washington.
> Second-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-2 record against ASU.
The Last Meeting
Arizona State 79, UW 77 ot (Feb. 8, 2003; Seattle)
Reserve Shawn Redhage scored 22 of his career-high points after halftime, including eight during overtime that lead Arizona State to a 79-77 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. Redhage tallied the first seven overtime points for Arizona State (15-7, 7-4) which led 76-75 with 51 seconds left. Bobby Jones put the Huskies (8-12, 3-8) ahead 77-76 with a layin at 0:40. The Sun Devils answered with the game's final three points, a 16-foot jumper by Curtis Millage for the go-ahead basket with 24 seconds remaining and a Redhage free throw at 0:11. Jamal Hill scored 14 points for Arizona State and Ike Diogu had 11. Nate Robinson led five double-figure scorers for UW which also got 16 from Will Conroy and 10 apiece from Jones, Doug Wrenn and Curtis Allen. ASU opened the game with a 27-13 lead before the Huskies used a 14-2 run to draw within 29-27 at halftime. The Sun Devils were ahead 66-59 with 3:04 left in regulation before Wrenn started an 8-1 UW run that closed the second half. Wrenn forced overtime on a layin with seven seconds remaining. The Huskies lost despite outshooting ASU (50% to 44%) and having fewer turnovers (15-17). The Sun Devils won the rebounding battle by a 38-31 margin and grabbed 17 offensive boards.
Last Year's First Meeting
Arizona State 89, UW 57 (Jan. 9, 2003; Tempe, Ariz.)
Tommy Smith tallied 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead Arizona State to an 89-57 win over Washington at Wells Fargo Arena. Curtis Millage scored 16 points and Ike Diogu and Jamal Hill had 14 apiece for Arizona State (10-4, 2-1) which defeated the Huskies at home for the sixth straight time. Smith also tied his career high with six blocks and had five assists. ASU blocked 13 shots, a single-game record for a UW opponent. Diogu pulled down nine rebounds, helping Arizona State to a 47-28 advantage on the boards. The teams were tied at 13 before Diogu started a 17-5 surge that gave ASU the lead for good. Will Conroy led Washington (6-6, 1-2) with 13 points while Doug Wrenn and Bobby Jones had 10 each. Conroy had five points inside the opening two minutes of the second half as UW, which trailed by 43-32 at halftime, drew within 46-41on a basket by Mike Jensen with 17:43 left in the game. The Sun Devils scored the next seven points to take control and steadily increased the lead to as many as 33 points.
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has a 6-0 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 2-8 when being outshot. The Huskies are shooting over 11 percent better from the field in their eight victories (51% - 40%) and nearly seven percent better from 3-point range (40% - 33%).
High School Reunion
Every time the Huskies take the floor it amounts to a reunion of alums from Seattle's Garfield High School. Four former prep teammates are listed on the Washington roster; juniors Will Conroy and Tre Simmons along with sophomores Brandon Roy and Anthony Washington. The quartet of former Bulldogs has combined to score 601 of UW's 1,200 points in the 15 regular-season games, accounting for 46 percent of the total offensive output. Conroy (12.9) is UW's top scorer and Roy (12.4) is third. Their Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback a red-shirt freshman who plays on the Husky football team.
Washington has started four different lineups. The most recent unit opened the last two games, featuring four sophomores (Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy) and one junior (Will Conroy). Last year, the Huskies implemented nine unique lineups and Will Conroy was the only player to start every game. Conroy did not start this year's season opener against Portland State, stopping a streak of 34 consecutive starting assignments. Brandon Roy and Mike Jensen are the only two Huskies to start all 16 games.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson raised his game to a higher level during Pac-10 play. The 5-9 guard leads UW with an 18.3-point scoring average in Pac-10 play, an increase of 10.9 points from his average of 7.4 points against non-conference competition. Robinson tallied double-figure points in all eight Pac-10 games after posting only two double-digit efforts in eight non-conference outings. He poured in a career-high 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added five rebounds and five steals during UW's 96-83 upset of ninth-ranked Arizona (Jan. 29). Robinson tallied 23 of his 25 points after halftime at Oregon State (Jan. 17), including a 3-pointer inside the final second that forced overtime in UW's 103-99 win. He ranks third among Pac-10 players in free throw percentage (88.6%), fourth in steals (30), sixth in 3-point percentage (41.8%) and ninth in total 3-pointers (28).
Sophomore Nate Robinson and his 40-inch vertical leap will concentrate on basketball this season after having an huge impact last year on both the hardwood and the gridiron. In 2003, Robinson garnered Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors in basketball after leading UW with a 13.0-point scoring average. He had eight points in 23 minutes Jan. 2, 2003 against UCLA after starting two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. Robinson registered 17 double-figure outings and topped all UW scorers a team-high 11 times in his 23 games. The 5-9 leaper was spectacular in his second collegiate outing, amassing 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes at Santa Clara (Dec. 7). He followed that up with another 19-point effort, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14). Robinson suited up, but did not play in the Nov. 24, 2002 season opener, one day after grabbing a critical interception for the Husky football team that upset No. 3 Washington State 29-26 in Pullman. Robinson was a prep All-American in both football and basketball. He started at cornerback in the final six Husky football games of 2002 and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. He entered UW on a football scholarship, but switched to basketball prior to this season. He was the 2002 Washington Class AAA state basketball player of the year after averaging 17.9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals for state champion Rainier Beach of Seattle. His father, Jacque Robinson, was a standout running back on the UW football team and ranks seventh among all-time Huskies with 2,300 career yards. Jacque is the only player to earn MVP honors in both the Rose (1982) and Orange (1985) Bowls.
Sophomore Bobby Jones leads the Huskies in rebounds with 5.3 per game, a figure that ranks 16th among Pac-10 players. He ranks 10th among conference competitors with a team-leading field goal accuracy of 52.8 percent. Jones ranks second among UW players with 24steals. Jones tallied 10 or more points in 11 games this season after reaching double figures just five times all last season. A defensive specialist last season, Jones started the final 15 games in 2003 and ranked No. 7 on the team with 5.7 points per game. He nearly doubled that total to 11.1 points per game this year.
Quicksilver guard Curtis Allen is the lone senior on the Washington roster. He ranks second among all-time Huskies with 142 career 3-pointers. The record is 212 treys by Deon Luton (1997-2000). Allen hit six treys at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He has amassed 916 points during his career and needs 84 more to become the 28th player in UW history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Allen's current career free throw mark of 87.3 percent (192-220) is the best in school history. He ranks second among all-time Pac-10 players behind former UCLA standout Rod Foster who shot 88.0% between 1980-83.
Sophomore swingman Brandon Roy is a rising star in his first full collegiate season. He ranks third on the team in points (12.4) and second in rebounds (5.3), figures that rank No. 19 and No. 18 among Pac-10 players. Roy tallied a career-high 22 points along with five assists against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). He had 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting at Oregon (Jan. 15) followed by a 17-point performance in the overtime victory at Oregon State (Jan. 17). At Houston on Dec. 20 he became the first player in UW history to lead the team in the five major statistics during a single game. Roy amassed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the prep class of 2002, but was not declared eligible by the NCAA until Jan. 16, 2003. He played 13 games with two starts last season, averaging 6.1 points per game. He averaged 13.8 points and 5.5 rebounds during the final four games of 2003. Roy applied for the 2002 NBA Draft out of high school, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft. He is the fourth product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current UW roster, joining Will Conroy, Tre Simmons and Anthony Washington.
The most improved player in the Pac-10 last season was point guard Will Conroy, now a junior at Washington. His 12.7-point sophomore scoring average was 10.2 better than his freshman average of 2.5 points, the largest improvement by any Pac-10 player in 2003. Conroy currently leads all Husky scorers with 12.9 points per game, a figure that ranks 18th among Pac-10 players. He is averaging 16.0 points in conference games. Conroy is UW's top playmaker. He distributed 73 assists, an average of 4.6 per game that ranks eighth among Pac-10 players. Conroy's assist/turnover ratio of 1.66 is the ninth best among Pac-10 players.
Thirteen is usually considered an unlucky number. Not for the Huskies who have registered half (four) of their eight victories this season by exactly 13 points, including Thursday's 96-83 upset of No. 9 Arizona and Saturday's 75-62 win at WSU.
Washington reached the 90-point plateau five times this season, equaling the total of 90-point outings from the previous three seasons (2001-03) combined ... The Huskies, who beat Arizona 96-83 Thursday, have not swept a pair of games against a set of Pac-10 travel partners since 1999 when they had consecutive wins over Arizona and Arizona State ... Nate Robinson leads UW with an 18.3 scoring average in Pac-10 play, an increase of 10.9 points from his average of 7.4 points against non-conference competition. Robinson had double-figure points in all eight Pac-10 games and only two in eight non-conference games ... Washington overcame halftime deficits and won in two of its last three games. UW trailed 45-40 against Arizona and 40-34 at Oregon State before winning both games. Those were the only two times in a UW game this season that the team that trailed at halftime won. The team that leads at halftime has a 14-2 record in Husky games ... Sophomore forward Mike Jensen hit 10 of 19 treys this year and shot 51% on career 3-pointers (20-39) ... Seven different players have led UW in scoring this year and six different Huskies topped the team in rebounds ... UW players have six double-figure rebound games after registering only three in 2003.
Producing Point Guards
UW point guards Will Conroy (Garfield HS) and Nate Robinson (Rainier Beach HS) both hail from the city of Seattle. The Emerald City has produced some jewels on the hardwood, a legacy of point guards that is highlighted by former Arizona standout Jason Terry and Michigan's Jamal Crawford. Three Pac-10 schools may start Seattle natives at the point this season, including Aaron Brooks (Franklin HS) at Oregon and Rodrick Stewart (Rainier Beach HS) at USC along with the UW duo. Other prominent point guards from the state of Washington include Gonzaga's John Stockton (Spokane) and Dan Dickau (Prairie), Oregon's Luke Ridnour (Blaine) and current Florida freshman Ryan Appleby (Stanwood).
Last UW Game
UW 96, #9 Arizona 83 (Jan. 29, 2004/Seattle)
Nate Robinson scored 20 of his career-high 31 points in the second half as Washington rallied for a 96-83 victory over ninth-ranked Arizona at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (8-8, 3-5) halted an eight-game losing skid against Arizona while posting their third straight Pac-10 win for the first time since 1999. It was UW's first win over a ranked opponent since 2002, the first over a top-10 foe since 1999. The Wildcats (13-4, 5-3) led by as many as 11 points before settling on a 45-40 halftime edge. The Arizona lead was 62-54 before UW went on a 12-3 run, capped by an alley-oop dunk by Robinson that netted a 66-65 lead with 9:35 remaining. The Wildcats last led at 71-69 before being outscored 27-12 over the final five minutes, fueled by 10 points from Robinson. The Huskies held Arizona scoreless for a nearly three-minute stretch during their closing surge. Will Conroy contributed 19 points and eight assists for UW while Brandon Roy had 14 points and eight rebounds. Hassan Adams tallied 19 points for Arizona while Andre Iguodala had 17, Salim Stoudamire 16 and Mustafa Shakur 13. The Huskies parlayed 21 Arizona turnovers into 32 points. Robinson had five of UW's 12 steals.
Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar airs weekly from 7:30-8:00 p.m. on KJR (AM-950). The day of the week varies. The show is hosted by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau along with KJR Radio personality David Locke. The next broadcast is Monday, Feb. 9.
Good seats are available for all Washington home games. All seats are reserved and priced at $20, $18 and $10. University of Washington students with current student i.d. can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. For ticket information please contact the Husky Ticket Office by phone (206-543-2200) or on-line at: www.gohuskies.com
2004 Season Highlights
The Huskies upset ninth-ranked Arizona 96-83 (Jan. 29), their first win over a top-10 foe since 1999 ... The win snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Wildcats that was the longest current streak against UW. The Huskies longest current series losing streak is now a six-game skein against Gonzaga ... UW won back-to-back Pac-10 road games for the first time since the 2000 season with wins at Oregon State (Jan. 17) and Washington State (Jan. 24) ... UW has multiple Pac-10 road wins for the first time since 2000 after posting only one conference away victory during each of the last three seasons ... The Huskies reached the 100-point plateau more than once for the first season since 1980-81 ... Junior Hakeem Rollins blocked six shots at California (Jan. 2), the highest single-game total by a Husky since David Dixon had a school-record seven blocks against Washington State on Jan. 31, 2002 ... UW's 37-point win over Columbia (88-51) was its largest margin of victory since defeating Brigham Young 95-44 on Nov. 26, 1996 ... The 58-point first-half outburst against Columbia (Dec. 30) was the highest scoring half by Washington since it had 59 the second half against Portland State Nov. 28, 2000 ... Sophomore Brandon Roy became the first player in school history to be the Huskies' sole leader in the five major statistical categories with his 19-point, 12-rebound, 5-assist, 2-steal and 1-blocked shot performance at Houston (Dec. 20). Two former players (Thalo Green on 2/19/00 & Dion Brown on 1/28/89) paced UW in those five stats, but tied with a teammate in at least one category. (Note: blocks & steals were not officially recorded prior to 1976) ... At Houston, Brandon Roy (12) and Bobby Jones (10) became the first UW teammates to grab double-figure rebounds during the same game since Jan. 19, 2002 when Doug Wrenn (12) and David Dixon (11) accomplished the feat.
Season in Review
The Huskies opened the season with four consecutive home games. They defeated Portland State 73-65 (Nov. 21), UC Riverside 91-78 (Nov. 24) and Eastern Washington 104-91 (Nov. 29) before losing 86-62 to 17th-ranked Gonzaga (Dec. 3) ... Washington hit the road and lost 92-76 at Wyoming (Dec. 6) and 79-64 at Houston (Dec. 20) before a 92-81 triumph at San Diego State (Dec. 27) ... The Huskies defeated Columbia (Dec. 30) 81-55, their first home game in 27 days ... UW opened Pac-10 play in the Bay Area with a 76-62 loss at California in a game that was tied with 5 1/2 minutes to play before the Bears hit six straight 3-pointers ... UW suffered an 85-72 setback at fifth-ranked Stanford (Jan. 4) before returning home ... The Huskies turned the ball over 29 times in an 88-80 loss to USC (Jan. 8) and rallied from 17 points behind to force overtime before losing 86-84 to UCLA (Jan. 10) ... UW attempted 13 fewer free throws in an 84-74 loss at Oregon (Jan. 15) ... The Huskies overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to post a 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State (Jan. 17) that snapped a five-game losing streak ... UW completed back-to-back Pac-10 road wins for the first time in four years with a 75-62 win at Washington State (Jan. 24), its first win in Pullman since 2000 ... Nate Robinson amassed 31 points to lead UW to a 96-83 home triumph over No. 9 Arizona and snap an eight-game losing streak against the Wildcats.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently 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 features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 770 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They have a 5-3 home record this season.
The Dec. 3 game against Gonzaga marked the fifth sellout since Bank of America Arena re-opened for the 2000-01 season after renovations. Three of the sellouts came during second-year Coach Lorenzo Romar's tenure. On Feb. 6, 2003 a record crowd of 10,028 attended UW's 88-85 overtime loss to Arizona.
Washington completed its 15-game 2002-03 home schedule averaging 6,799 spectators per game. That was the largest attendance figure at the Huskies' on-campus arena since the 1984-85 season drew an average of 6,979. UW averaged 7,851 fans during the 2000 season while playing at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during the Edmundson Pavilion renovation. The Huskies drew an average of 7,840 fans last year during nine home Pac-10 contests, an increase of 1,231 from the 2001-02 season's conference average of 6,609. Washington is averaging 7,164 spectators this season in eight home games to date, including an average of 7,964 in three Pac-10 games.
Washington clinched its third consecutive winning non-conference record, posting a 5-3 mark before the Pac-10 season started. UW has one non-conference game remaining, a Feb. 22 visit to North Carolina State. Last year the Huskies finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4 record following a 6-5 ledger in 2001.
Wait 'til Next Year
A pair of Huskies are not competing in games this year, waiting until next season until they are eligible. Jamaal Williams, a 6-5 forward with a powerful inside presence, is red-shirting this season after transferring from New Mexico. He averaged 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 2003 for the Lobos, including a 25-point, 15-rebound performance at UNLV on Feb. 23. Walk-on Matt Fletcher joined the team in the fall as a transfer from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The Maize (Kansas) High School product played at Butler County Junior College in 2002.
The USC Series
> USC holds a 62-57 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.
> The Trojans forced 29 turnovers to win this year's first meeting 88-80 on Jan. 8 in Seattle. They swept three straight season series from 2000 to 2002 before UW won both games last year.
> USC owns a 35-22 series advantage over Washington during games played in Los Angeles. The Huskies won 95-89 last season to halt a four-game losing streak in visits to USC.
> Ninth-year USC coach Henry Bibby has a 9-8 record against Washington.
> Second-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 2-1 record against USC.
The Last Meeting
USC 88, UW 80 (Jan. 8, 2004/Seattle)
Errick Craven led five double-figure scorers with 20 points and hit a 3-pointer at the end of halftime that capped an 18-2 run that fueled USC's 88-80 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (5-6, 0-3) claimed their last lead at 24-22 on a jumper by Anthony Washington with 6:07 left in the first half. The Trojans (7-5, 2-1) scored 18 of the next 20 points to go ahead 40-26 at halftime. UW committed 17 first-half turnovers and 29 for the game. Washington fell behind 55-38 before storming back within three points at 61-58 on a Nate Robinson jump shot with 7:37 remaining. Craven answered with a 3-pointer and added another basket to fuel a seven-point USC run. Robinson, who scored 13 points, played at Seattle's Rainier Beach High School alongside twins Rodrick and Lodrick Stewart who are freshmen at USC. Rodrick tallied 14 points and Lodrick added nine. The Huskies, who swept USC last season, got 21 points from Will Conroy, including three 3-pointers and 13 points in the final 2:48. Conroy cut the deficit to 85-80 on two free throws with 0:48 left before USC scored the final three points on free throws. Desmon Farmer scored 13 points for USC which also got 10 apiece from Gregg Guenther Jr. and Jeff McMillan. Bobby Jones contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Huskies.
The Last Meeting In Los Angeles
UW 95, USC 89 (Mar. 6, 2003; Los Angeles, Calif.)
Curtis Allen scored 17 points and sank six free throws that capped the scoring for Washington which defeated USC 95-89 at the Sports Arena. The Huskies (10-16, 5-12) halted an eight-game Pac-10 road losing streak and completed their first season sweep of USC since 1998. Nate Robinson scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the first half as UW led by as many as nine points before settling for a 45-43 halftime advantage. The Trojans (10-16, 5-12) lost their seventh straight game. USC trailed 73-64 with 11:19 left to play, but went on a 19-6 run over the next five minutes to take a 83-79 lead. Errick Craven scored 11 of his 19 points during the run. UW answered with a 6-0 surge. The game was tied 87-87 before Brandon Roy, making his first start, put the Huskies ahead for good with a layup at 1:02. Allen secured the win, shooting 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 26 seconds. Roy finished with 16 points for the Huskies who also got 14 from Will Conroy and 11 from Doug Wrenn. USC was led by Desmon Farmer's 23 points while reserve Jerry Dupree had 17. The Huskies shot 55 percent for the game (32-58), including a torrid 74-percent second half (17-23). UW won despite 23 turnovers the resulted in 34 Trojan points.
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