High-Scoring Huskies Open Pac-10 Play at Home
Dec. 28, 2004
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31 --
#13 Washington vs. California; 1:30 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. - FSN TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
SUNDAY, JANUARY 2 --
#13 Washington vs. Stanford; 12:30 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. - FSN Northwest TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
Off to their best start in 29 years, the 13th-ranked Washington Huskies (10-1) begin Pacific-10 Conference play this weekend with a pair of home games. The Huskies host California (7-3), Friday, Dec. 31 in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. Tip-off is 1:30 p.m. at Bank of America on the UW campus. The game will be broadcast live on FSN. Washington lost its last four Pac-10 openers, last winning its first conference game on Jan. 6, 2000 against UCLA. The Huskies and Golden Bears split last season's series with the home team winning both meetings. On Sunday, Jan. 2, the Huskies entertain Stanford (6-4) at 12:30 p.m. The Cardinal won two of last year's three meetings. Sunday's game concludes a five-game homestand for UW, which won its last 13 home contests, including all six outings this season.
A year ago, Washington entered Pac-10 play with a 5-3 record. UW lost its Pac-10 opener 76-62 at California, the first of five consecutive conference defeats. The Huskies salvaged the season, winning 14 of their next 16 games to earn an NCAA berth.
Friday's UW-California game airs on the Husky Radio Network. The game will be broadcast on flagship station KJR (AM 950) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton call the action.
At least 19 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Friday's game against California will be broadcast live at 1:30 p.m. on FSN. Barry Tompkins provides the play-by-play with color commentary from Dan Belluomini. Sunday's UW-Stanford game airs live at 12:30 p.m. on FSN Northwest.
The Huskies have reached the 10-win plateau faster than any season since the 1975-76 team opened the season with 14 consecutive wins. That fast starting UW team didn't face the difficult schedule the current unit was confronted with. This year's Huskies were victorious in their opening four games for the first time since the start of the 1998-99 campaign, capped by a 79-76 victory over No. 19 Alabama (Nov. 27) in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout. The Huskies, who also defeated Utah and Oklahoma in Anchorage, were declared the national Team of the Week on Nov. 29 by ESPN.com. The only blemish on the Huskies' ledger was a 99-87 setback at Gonzaga (Dec. 1). They reeled off six straight victories since then, including a 68-64 win over then 12th-ranked North Carolina State, a 114-53 rout of Sacred Heart and a 110-63 triumph over Houston.
Washington's offense scored 100 points in three of its last four outings, including a combined 224 in its last two games. UW leads the nation, scoring at a 91.6-point clip. As of Dec. 28, North Carolina ranked second nationally with 89.7 points per game.
The Huskies' current 13-game home winning streak is their longest since a 14-game stretch from Feb. 12, 1998-Feb. 6, 1999. Their last home loss was Jan. 10, 2004 vs. UCLA.
Washington amassed 224 points in the last two games, its highest two-game total in history. UW scored 114 points vs. Sacred Heart and 110 against Houston.
Will Conroy leads the Pac-10 at 7.6 assists per game. He has 51 assists in the last five games.
Washington is in the midst of a six-game winning streak, matching last season's best stretch. The last time the Huskies put together a better streak was when they opened the 1990-91 season with seven straight wins, a mark they can equal Friday.
Washington hopes to be at full strength this weekend with the anticipated return of senior center Hakeem Rollins who missed the last three games. Rollins underwent arthroscopic surgery Dec. 14 to clean up the area around his right knee. The Huskies have only been at full strength for one half of one game this season, the first half of the Nov. 26 game against Oklahoma. That didn't last long as Brandon Roy played only 12 minutes before injuring his right knee. Roy was sidelined five games before returning Dec. 19 against North Carolina State.
Husky fans hoping to catch the Washington men's basketball team in person this year can still purchase tickets for home games with California (Dec. 31) and Stanford (Jan. 2). Fans can order tickets online at Husky Basketball Tickets or purchase in person through the Husky Ticket Office, or order by phone at 206-543-2200. For all remaining home games, a limited number of tickets, currently on hold for departmental use, will be released the Monday prior to each home game. Inventory will be available on gohuskies.com as soon as it is released for sale to the public. The Husky Ticket Office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but will be closed on December 24 and December 31 (except at Bank of America Arena). Game day sales windows open 90 minutes prior to tipoff.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in 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 782 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They registered an 11-3 home record last season. Washington is 6-0 at home this season.
The California Series
> The teams split the season series last season with California winning the first meeting by a score of 76-62 in Berkeley and UW posting a 76-58 win in Seattle.
> The Golden Bears won seven of the last nine meetings in the all-time series that began in 1916 and is tied 69-69.
> Washington owns a 45-25 advantage against Cal over games played in Seattle.
> Ninth-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 10-6 record against the Huskies.
> Third-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 2-4 record against Cal. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears during the 2001-02 season after winning in 2000-01.
The Last Meeting
UW 76, California 58 (Mar. 4, 2004/Seattle)
Tre Simmons led five double-figure scorers with 16 points, helping Washington secure second place in the Pac-10 standings with a 76-58 victory over California at Bank of America Arena. Simmons tallied 12 first-half points, including back-to-back 3-pointers that gave the Huskies (16-10, 11-6) the lead for good at 13-9 with 11:32 left in the first half. Despite missing its first 10 attempts and shooting just 26 percent (10-38), UW led 28-20 at halftime. The Golden Bears (13-13, 9-8) didn't record a field goal until 5:30 elapsed. The Huskies shot 53 percent (17-32) in the second half and used a late 13-2 run to lead by as many as 25 points. Bobby Jones scored 13 points for UW while Mike Jensen and Brandon Roy had 12, and Will Conroy 11. Leon Powe had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Cal which also got 11 points from Amit Tamir.
Six players are averaging double-figure points for Washington. An unprecedented eight Huskies tallied double-figure points in the win over Sacred Heart (Dec. 22). UW boasted a balanced offense last season with five players averaging double-figure points. All five return this season. Previously, the last time five Huskies had finished a season in double figures was the 1975 campaign. Six different players have led UW in scoring during a game this season and five turned in a 20-point performance.
Did You Know?
The Huskies registered 10 non-conference victories, their highest regular-season total since they won 13 such games in 1975-76. That was when a 14-game Pac-8 Conference schedule was in effect.
Washington junior Brandon Roy made a triumphant return Dec. 19, playing 18 productive minutes as a reserve in the 68-64 win over N.C. State. Roy scored all 10 of his points in the second half. His return was a week earlier than expected. Roy was diagnosed Nov. 29 with a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and was projected to miss from four to six weeks. He missed five UW games. Roy underwent arthroscopic surgery Nov. 30 to repair his right knee. The 6-foot-5 guard suffered the knee injury Nov. 26 in the first half of the Huskies' victory over Oklahoma. He played 12 minutes in that Great Alaska Shootout semifinal (Nov. 26). Roy sat out the entire second half and missed all of the Nov. 27 championship game win over Alabama. Roy is tied for second on the team with an 16.0-point scoring average while shooting 64 percent.
UW features a bevy of sharpshooters who combine to average 7.0 treys per game. That is an increase from last season's squad that accumulated a school-record 201 treys at a 6.5-per-game clip. Seven Huskies have had multiple 3-point games this season, including Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons who each posted a five-trey performance. UW is shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 44.3 percent on 3-pointers.
Washington reached the 100-point plateau in three of its last four games. The 114-point outburst against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22) tied for the fourth-highest total in school history and was the most points scored by a UW team since 1991. That was followed by a 110-point performance against Houston (Dec. 24), giving UW a school-record for points in consecutive games with 224. Washington netted 100 points at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 12). The Huskies have reached the 100-point mark six times during Coach Lorenzo Romar's three seasons. Romar's six 100-point outings are more than UW accumulated in the previous 26 seasons combined. Only Marv Harshman, who team's posted 14 such efforts from 1972-85, coached more 100-point games for the Huskies than Romar. UW's 100-point NCAA Tournament outburst against UAB (Mar. 19, 2004) was its highest scoring total in a postseason game. The Huskies reached the 100-point plateau three times last season. The 103-99 overtime decision at Oregon State (Jan. 17, 2004) matched the highest total ever for UW in an enemy arena. The last time a Husky team had more than three 100-point games in a season was 1975 when they reached the century mark four times.
Washington leads the nation with a 91.6-point scoring average. The Huskies averaged 82.0 points per game last season, their highest scoring output since the 1972 squad finished with a school record 84.8-point average. UW finished the 2004 season ranked second among Pac-10 teams and No. 6 among NCAA Division I teams in team scoring average. The Huskies reached the 90-point plateau 11 times last season, a figure they reached only once in 2003. That was the most 90-point performances for a Washington team since the 1972 squad registered 12.
Washington is one of just six participants from the 2004 NCAA Tournament that return all five starting players in 2005. Also returning its entire starting lineup from last year are Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
All five Washington starters return from last season's NCAA Tournament team and Pac-10 runner-up. The Huskies' top seven scorers are back, including five players who averaged double-figure points. UW boasts one of the nation's best backcourts, led by Wooden Award candidate Nate Robinson. The athletic 5-9 junior, who led the team with a 13.2-point scoring average, applied for the 2004 NBA Draft. He excelled at the pre-draft camp, but withdrew his application after deciding to return to UW. Also back are junior all-district honoree Brandon Roy and senior point guard Will Conroy. Roy averaged 12.9 points and led the Huskies with 5.3 rebounds per game last year. Conroy distributed 142 assists in 2004, the second-highest single-season total in school history. Sensational sixth-man Tre Simmons led the team with 48 treys. The frontcourt features a trio of players who each contribute in a significant way. Junior Bobby Jones is arguably the best defender in the Pac-10. Junior Mike Jensen is a strong inside force who stepped out to hit a team-high 41 percent from 3-point range. Senior Hakeem Rollins led the Huskies with 38 blocked shots. That nucleus is enhanced by the addition of transfer Jamaal Williams, a strong inside presence who averaged 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 2003 at New Mexico. The roster's lone freshman is athletic swingman Joel Smith who will vie for time in the playing rotation.
Coming off an appearance in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, Washington was ranked in the preseason polls for the first time in six years, opening at No. 22 in the Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. The Huskies dropped one spot to No. 13 in this week's AP rankings and rose one place to No. 16 in the ESPN poll. Last week's No. 12 position was the highest UW had been ranked in the AP poll since the last week of December in 1984 when they were 11th. This year marked the Huskies' first mention in the preseason rankings since November of 1998 when they were coming off a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. This was only the second time UW appeared in the preseason national rankings since 1985. The Huskies opened the 1998-99 campaign ranked No. 14 in both the coaches' and Associated Press polls. They remained ranked for four weeks before dropping out of the polls after being ranked No. 22 on Dec. 8, 1998. That was UW's last appearance in the polls until now. That four-week run also marked UW's only national ranking since Jan. 5, 1985. Four opponents on the UW schedule are currently ranked in the Associated Press poll; No. 12 Gonzaga, No. 14 Arizona, No. 17 North Carolina State and No. 18 Alabama.
Romar on the Rankings
'I hear coaches ranked No. 1 say that what counts is where you are ranked at the end of the season. I agree with that part, but a lot of times coaches that say that are ranked every year,' Washington coach Lorenzo Romar explains. 'We have not been ranked since we've been here, so that would be a compliment to our program at this point. It shows that things are moving in the right direction.'
UW's Last Game
#12 UW 110, Houston 63 (Dec. 24, 2004/Seattle)
Bobby Jones led five double-figure scorers with 22 points as 12th-ranked Washington dealt Houston its worse loss ever, a 110-63 rout at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (10-1) completed the non-conference portion of their schedule with 10 wins, their most since 1976. UW, which defeated Sacred Heart 114-53 in its previous outing, amassed a school-record two-game total of 224 points. Houston (8-4) was scoreless during the opening 6:53, but trailed only 9-2 when Ramon Dyer scored on a dunk at 13:07. Jamaal Williams scored 19 points, including back-to-back baskets that capped a 16-2 run that gave UW a 29-9 advantage. The Huskies led 48-26 at halftime and led by as many as 53 points in the second half. UW shot 57 percent from the field (35-61) while limiting the Cougars to 31 percent shooting (20-64). Will Conroy distributed nine assists for the Huskies who had assists credited on 29 of their 35 field goals. Tre Simmons and Brandon Roy each tallied 16 points for UW and Nate Robinson added 11. Chris Lawson paced Houston with 18 points and Andre Owns had 17.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson leads Washington with a 19.2-point scoring average that ranks second among Pac-10 players. Robinson also leads UW in steals (21) while ranking second in assists (60). He distributed a career-high eight assists in a win over Oklahoma (Nov. 26) and matched that figure at Gonzaga (Dec. 1). Robinson has posted six 20-point games after reaching the 20-point plateau five times all of last season. He was named the Nov. 29 Pac-10 Player of the Week after being voted the Most Outstanding Player of the Great Alaska Shootout where he led all UW scorers against Utah (29) and Oklahoma (19). Robinson garnered first-team All-Pac-10 accolades in 2004. He should be in line for even more honors in 2005. Robinson is a Wooden Award nominee and received All-America acclaim in several preseason publications. He led UW and ranked 13th among Pac-10 players in 2004 with 13.2 points per game. Robinson topped the team and was third among the conference leaders in steals (53) and free throw accuracy (85.3%). Robinson amassed a career-high 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added five rebounds and five steals during UW's 96-83 home win over No. 9 Arizona on Jan. 29. That effort helped him receive the Feb. 2 Pac-10 Player of the Week award. The 5-9 guard 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. Robinson led all scorers with 27 points in the 2004 NCAA Tournament game against UAB. In his first season, Robinson was named to the 2003 All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after leading the Huskies with a 13.0-point scoring average. He joined the basketball team after competing as a freshman in 2002 on the Husky football team. Robinson played in all 13 football games, including the Sun Bowl, and started the final six at cornerback.
Nate Robinson applied to be eligible for the 2004 NBA Draft after his sophomore season, but withdrew on June 17 to preserve his collegiate eligibility. Before withdrawing, he attended the pre-draft camp in Chicago from June 8-10 where he was evaluated by NBA scouts and general managers from whom he received feedback. At the pre-draft camp, Robinson had a 22-point performance on the first day. It was the highest single-game output by any of the 59 participants during the three-day playing sessions.
Senior point guard Will Conroy ranks fifth nationally and No. 1 among Pac-10 players with an average of 7.6 assists per game. Conroy has distributed 372 career assists, including a career-high 13 in two of the last four games. He had 13 assists at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 12) and again versus Sacred Heart (Dec. 22). That tied for the fourth-best single-game performance in school history. Rafael Stone established the UW record of 16 assists in 1970. Conroy currently ranks No. 3 among all-time Husky playmakers and will move into the No. 2 spot ahead of Eldridge Recasner (1987-90) with five more assists. Conroy needs 94 more assists to tie Chester Dorsey's (1974-77) school record of 466. Conroy is the sixth Husky to post back-to-back 100-assist seasons. He registered 142 assists in 2004 and 108 in 2003. Conroy ranked fifth among Pac-10 playmakers with 4.58 assists per game in 2004. He finished third on the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game. He is the third product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current UW roster.
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. Two Pac-10 schools will start Seattle natives at the point this season; Aaron Brooks (Franklin HS) at Oregon and the UW duo. Other prominent point guards from the state of Washington include Husky sophomore Ryan Appleby (Stanwood) who will red-shirt after transferring from Florida, Gonzaga's John Stockton (Spokane) and Dan Dickau (Prairie) and Oregon's Luke Ridnour (Blaine).
Getting Up Early
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 490-366 tally in the first half. In the second half of games, they are outscoring foes by a 518-440 count. Washington's average halftime score is 45-33. UW trailed just twice at halftime, by one point at Gonzaga and one point against N.C. State.
The Huskies' triumph at the Great Alaska Shootout marked their first tournament championship since November of 1998 when they beat Georgia Tech for the Big Island Invitational title in Hilo, Hi.
High School Reunion
Every time the Huskies take the floor it amounts to a reunion of alums from Seattle's Garfield High School. Three former prep teammates are listed on the UW roster; seniors Will Conroy and Tre Simmons along with junior Brandon Roy. Last year UW had four former Garfield players, including Anthony Washington who transferred to Portland State prior to the 2004-05 season. That quartet of former Bulldogs combined to score 1,204 of UW's 2,543 points, an average of 38.8 points per game. They accounted for 47 percent of the Huskies' total offensive output. A Garfield grad led or tied UW in scoring during 19 games in 2004. Roy (12.9) and Conroy (12.7) were UW's No. 2 and No. 3 scorers. Their Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback, a quarterback on the Husky football team.
Junior forward Bobby Jones was named to the Great Alaska Shootout all-tournament team. Against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22), he posted his fourth career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in just 23 minutes. Jones has dramatically improved his long-distance shooting, hitting 6-of-13 shots from 3-point range this season. Last year, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones placed second among Huskies in rebounds with 4.9 per game in 2004, a figure that ranked 19th among Pac-10 players. He ranked fourth among conference competitors with a team-leading field goal accuracy of 57.0 percent. Jones was third among UW players with 37 steals. He amassed a career-high 22 points, on 10-for-13 shooting, at North Carolina State (Feb. 22). Jones tallied 10 or more points in 21 games last season after reaching double figures just five times in 2003. A defensive specialist, 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 11.2 points in 2004.
There is no 'y' in his first name, but he is known for hitting the trey. Senior Tre Simmons ranks second on the team with 18 treys this season. He hit five 3-pointers against San Diego State (Dec. 7) and four at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 12). Simmons led all Washington scorers seven times in 2004, tying Brandon Roy for the team lead. Simmons ranked eighth among Pac-10 players in 3-point percentage in 2004, hitting 40 percent (48-119) of his attempts beyond the arc. He amassed 14 treys in the final five games, including five during a Pac-10 Tournament semifinal win over Arizona. Simmons broke open a one-point game in the second half of the 75-62 win over No. 1 Stanford with three straight 3-pointers. Simmons hit at least one 3-pointer in nine of the last 11 games and had 14 multiple-trey outings last year. He poured in a career-high 22 points at Arizona (Feb. 26), including 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.
Sophomore Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was named to the National Basketball Writer's Association all-district team in 2004. He led all scorers with 23 points in UW's 2005 season opener against Seattle Pacific on Nov. 19 and scored 25 points in Washington's win over Utah in the opening round of the Shootout on Thanksgiving. Roy returned to the lineup Dec. 19 after missing five games. The 6-6 swingman received the March 1, 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Week award after leading UW to a sweep in the state of Arizona. The last time the Huskies had a road sweep in Arizona was during January of 1984, six months before Roy was born. He led the 2004 Huskies in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and was second in scoring (12.9 ppg), figures that both rank No. 15 among Pac-10 players. Roy ranked second on UW in both assists (102) and steals (37). He amassed a career-high 30 points in 29 minutes at UCLA (Feb. 7), eclipsing his previous high of 22 points registered against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). At Houston on Dec. 20 Roy 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 in 2003, averaging 6.1 points per game. 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 one of three UW players from Seattle's Garfield High School.
The 2004 Huskies posted a 19-12 record, were the Pac-10 runners-up and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament. The Huskies rebounded from an 0-5 conference start to finish with a 12-6 Pac-10 record. UW vaulted from last place to second over the final month and a half of the season. A 75-62 triumph over No. 1 Stanford on Mar. 6 clinched UW's first second-place finish since 1986. UW won 12 of its final 13 Pac-10 regular-season games, its best streak ever in conference play. Washington turned its season around in miraculous fashion, claiming an NCAA Tournament bid by winning 14 of its last 18 games. The remarkable run was ended by a 102-100 loss to UAB in the first round of the NCAAs.
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 64-55 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including wins in 13 of the last 15 meetings.
> The Cardinal won the most recent meeting, a 77-66 victory on Mar. 13 in Los Angeles during the championship game of the Pac-10 Tournament.
> The Huskies dealt Stanford its only regular-season loss last year, a 75-62 victory Mar. 6 in Seattle. The Cardinal won the first meeting 85-72 on Jan. 4 in Palo Alto.
> First-year Cardinal coach Trent Johnson has never competed against the Huskies as a head coach. A Seattle native, Johnson graduated from Franklin High School. He served as an assistant coach at Washington from 1989-92 on Lynn Nance's staff.
> Third-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has a 2-3 record against Stanford.
Last Season in Seattle
UW 75, #1 Stanford 62 (Mar. 6, 2004/Seattle)
Tre Simmons scored 16 points, including three straight 3-pointers that opened the game up for Washington which dealt No. 1 Stanford its first defeat, 75-62 before a record crowd of 10,086 at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (17-10, 12-6) clinched sole possession of second place with just their second victory over a top-ranked team in 28 all-time meetings. Stanford (26-1, 17-1) led by four points early before Simmons gave UW the lead for good on a trey at 12:39. The Huskies led 35-25 at halftime, but failed to score in the opening six minutes of the second half. The Cardinal cut the deficit to one during the drought and trailed 39-38 with 11 minutes remaining before Simmons' trio of triples forged a 48-40 advantage with 7:59 to play. The Cardinal, who had 18 turnovers and shot 39 percent (27-69) never drew closer than four. Five Huskies netted double figures, including Mike Jensen and Nate Robinson with 13 along with Brandon Roy and Will Conroy with 12. Chris Hernandez paced Stanford with 21 points and Josh Childress had 15.
The Last Meeting
#2 Stanford 77, UW 66 (Mar. 13, 2004/Los Angeles)
Matt Lottich had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists, helping second-ranked Stanford defeat Washington 77-66 at Staples Center to win its first Pac-10 tournament title. A week earlier, Washington (19-11) spoiled Stanford's bid for a perfect season with a 75-62 victory in Seattle. The Huskies outscored Stanford 9-6 to start the second half and get within three points after trailing by six at the break. The Cardinal ran off eight unanswered points for a 59-48 lead. UW never got closer than five points after that. Stanford (29-1) controlled the boards 42-33 and held a 48-26 scoring edge in the paint. Josh Childress added 14 points and nine rebounds for Stanford which also got 13 points from Justin Davis and 11 from Joe Kirchofer. Nate Robinson led the Huskies with 16 points and five assists. Bobby Jones and Mike Jensen added 11 points each. UW made 12 of its first 17 shots before cooling to 40 percent shooting for the game. Stanford, which trailed by six points six minutes into the game, took its first lead of the game on a 12-0 run capped by Lottich's 3-pointer that made it 38-31 with 3:14 remaining. Davis scored five points in the spurt, while Washington committed four turnovers. The Huskies outscored Stanford 8-7 to end the half trailing 45-39.
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