13th-Ranked Huskies Host Two-Game Homestand
Feb. 1, 2005
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3 --
#13 Washington vs. USC; 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. - No TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5 --
#13 Washington vs. UCLA; 2:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. - FSN TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
Off to their best start in 23 years, the 13th-ranked Washington Huskies (17-3, 7-2) begin their second swing through the Pac-10 schedule this week with a pair of home games. USC (9-11, 2-7) invades Bank of America Arena on Thursday, Feb. 3 for a 7 p.m. game. The Trojans were victorious in four of their last five visits to Seattle, the lone loss coming last season. UW won the last three meetings with USC. On Saturday, Feb. 5, the Huskies host UCLA (11-6, 5-4). Tip-off is 2 p.m. for the game that will be televised live on FSN. The Bruins rallied from a 21-point deficit to win this year's first meeting with UW. That was UCLA's seventh win in the last eight games against the Huskies. Washington is off to its best start in conference play since the 1986 squad also had a 7-2 mark. The last UW team with a better record halfway through the Pac-10 schedule was the 1984 team that was 8-1. The current 17-3 overall record marks the Huskies' best season start since the 1982 was also 17-3. The last UW team with a better record was the 1976 squad that was 18-2 after 20 games.
Atop the Standings
Washington, which is tied for first place with Arizona, is vying for its first conference championship since tying for back-to-back Pac-10 titles in 1984 (Oregon State) and 1985 (USC). The last time UW won the conference title outright was in 1952-53 when the Huskies won the Northern Division crown and swept California in a best-of-three playoff en route to the school's only Final Four appearance.
Thursday's UW-USC 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 calls the action with analysis from Jason Hamilton.
Junior Nate Robinson ranks 27th among all-time Huskies with 1,043 career points. Robinson is vying to become the first player to lead UW in scoring over three straight seasons since Eldridge Recasner from 1988-90. Robinson led the Huskies with a 13.0-point average in 2003 and 13.2 in 2004. He will soon be joined by senior Will Conroy who has 976 career points and will be the 29th member of UW's 1,000-point club.
At least 19 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. The next televised contest if Saturday's UW-UCLA game, which airs on FSN at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson provide the commentary.
The Huskies have their best 20-game record since the 1981-82 squad had a similar 17-3 mark before losing in game No. 21. The last UW team with a superior record was the 1975-76 squad that was 18-2. Neither of those fast starting UW teams encountered 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 ESPN.com's national Team of the Week on Nov. 29. UW won 13 of its last 15 games, including a 68-64 win over then No. 12 N.C. State.
Washington has won a school-record 12 consecutive Pac-10 home games. The last home loss was Jan. 10, 2004 vs. UCLA ... The current streak of 18 straight overall home wins is tied for UW's 7th longest. The Huskies' last longer streak was 23 games in 1952-53. The UW record is 25 (1930-31) ... Washington leads the Pac-10 with 87.3 points per game, nearly 10 points more than the No. 2 team, Arizona at 77.4 ... Will Conroy (6.5) and Nate Robinson (5.2) rank one-two among Pac-10 assist leaders. Conroy has 124 assists and Robinson has 104. They are the fifth pair of Huskies to reach the 100-assist plateau during the same season, joining a list that includes Conroy (142) and Brandon Roy (102) in 2004 ... Washington sold out six home games this year, breaking the previous season record of four in 1999 ... UW's 108-68 defeat of Oregon State on Jan. 15 marked the highest point total ever against a Pac-10 opponent and the 40-point differential was the Huskies' second largest against a Pac-10 foe, trailing only a 45-point victory (86-41) over Washington State on Mar. 3, 1951.
The USC Series
> Despite losing the last three and four of the last five meetings, USC holds a slim 62-59 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.
> Washington won this season's first meeting 84-59 in Los Angeles. The Huskies seek to sweep the season series for the second time in the last three years. They won twice in 2003 after losing the previous seven meetings with the Trojans.
> The Huskies own a 33-27 advantage over USC during games played in Seattle.
> USC sophomore Lodrick Stewart was a teammate of UW junior Nate Robinson at Seattle's Rainier Beach High School which won the 2002 state title.
> In his first year at USC, Jim Saia has an 0-1 record against UW as a head coach.
> Saia was an assistant under Steve Lavin on the 1997 UCLA staff and coached current UW assistant coach Cameron Dollar during his senior season with the Bruins.
> Third-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 3-2 record against USC.
The Last Meeting
#12 UW 84, USC 59 (Jan. 6, 2005/Los Angeles)
Mike Jensen scored six of his 14 points in the opening minutes as 12th-ranked Washington took control early en route to an 84-59 win over USC at the Sports Arena. The Huskies (13-1, 3-0) held USC scoreless for the first 5:30 while building a 10-0 lead. UW parlayed 17 first-half USC turnovers into 20 points to take a 36-19 halftime margin. The Huskies began the second half with a 10-3 run and the Trojans (7-7, 0-3) never got closer than 15 points after that despite committing only three turnovers in the second half. Tre Simmons hit 4-of-5 shots from 3-point range and paced UW with 22 points. Simmons grabbed seven rebounds to spark a 45-33 rebounding advantage. Nick Young, who shot 0-for-6 in the first half, scored all 20 of his points after halftime. Seattle native Lodrick Stewart added 10 points for the Trojans.
Washington's offense scored 100 points four times this season, matching he 1972 and 1975 Husky teams for the most 100-point outings in a season. The Huskies amassed an unprecedented combined total of 224 in back-to-back games against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22) and Houston (Dec. 24). UW entered this week ranked second nationally, scoring at an 87.3-point clip. North Carolina opened the week leading the NCAA at 92.7 points per game.
Washington entered this week ranked No. 2 in the nation with an 87.3-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 UW team the 1972 squad posted 12.
Five players are averaging double-figure points for Washington. An unprecedented eight Huskies tallied double-figure points in the win over Sacred Heart (Dec. 22). Seven different players have led UW in scoring during a game this season and five turned in a 20-point performance. 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.
Washington reached the 100-point plateau in four games, tying the single-season school record established in 1972 and 1975. UW's 108-point effort against Oregon State (Jan. 15) marked its highest total against a Pac-10 opponent. 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 seven times during Coach Lorenzo Romar's three seasons. Romar's seven 100-point outings are more than UW accumulated in the previous 27 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.
Senior point guard Will Conroy leads the Pac-10 and ranks No. 19 nationally with 6.5 assists per game. That figure is ahead of the school-record pace of 5.8 that led to a single-season record 163 assists for Chester Dorsey in 1976. Conroy has distributed 124 assists this season to become the first player in UW history to post three 100-assist seasons. He delivered 142 assists in 2004 and 108 in 2003. As a team, the Huskies are averaging 19.5 assists per game, their best mark since the 1976 squad averaged 22.6 en route to a school-record total of 632. Washington leads the Pac-10 and ranks No. 3 nationally in assists per game.
Will Conroy has distributed 420 career assists, including a career-high 13 twice this season. He had 13 assists against Loyola Marymount (Dec. 12) and 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. 2 among all-time Husky playmakers and needs 46 more assists to tie Chester Dorsey's (1974-77) school record of 466. Only five other Huskies have posted back-to-back 100-assist seasons and Conroy is the first to reach the century mark three times. He registered 142 assists in 2004 and 108 in 2003. Conroy ranked fifth among Pac-10 playmakers in 2004 with 4.58 assists per game.
UW's Last Game
#10 UW 79, Arizona State 70 (Jan. 30, 2005/Tempe, Ariz.)
Nate Robinson scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half of 10th-ranked Washington's 79-70 victory over Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena. The Huskies (17-3, 7-2) led most of the game, including a 34-30 halftime edge. ASU (15-6, 4-5) moved ahead 43-41 on a Tyrone Jackson 3-pointer with 14:05 remaining that capped a seven-point run. Preceding Jackson's trey were two ASU free throws following a technical on Coach Lorenzo Romar. The Huskies responded with 11 unanswered points to re-take control. Jamaal Williams tallied six of his 11 points during the run. Tre Simmons scored 15 points for UW which also got 12 from Brandon Roy. Ike Diogu led the Sun Devils with 14 points despite missing his only free throw attempt. Diogu grabbed 13 rebounds and Serge Angounou had 10 to lead a 37-32 ASU advantage on the boards. Kevin Kruger scored 12 points for ASU while Steve Moore added 11 and Bryson Krueger 10. The Huskies parlayed 21 Sun Devil turnovers into 25 points.
The Huskies' triumph at the 2004 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.
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 787 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 11-0 at home this season. The Huskies' current 18-game home winning streak is tied for the seventh longest in school history.
Husky fans hoping to catch the Washington men's basketball team in person this year can still purchase tickets for home games. 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. Game day sales windows open 90 minutes prior to tipoff.
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 858-635 tally in the first half. The average halftime score is 43-32 for UW which built a double-digit lead in every Pac-10 game. In the second half, Washington is outscoring foes by a smaller 889-798 count. The Huskies stifled opposing offenses early in several of their recent games. They held Arizona scoreless for the opening 1:53, Washington State for 2:16, Oregon for 3:54, USC for 5:30, Stanford for 1:59, California for 3:02 and Houston for 6:53. UW trailed just twice at halftime, by one point at Gonzaga and one point against N.C. State.
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 three spots to No. 13 in this week's AP poll and are No. 12 in the ESPN rankings. UW spent the past two weeks at the No. 10 spot, it's first top-10 appearances since Dec. 18, 1984. 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. That 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 five weeks before dropping out of the polls after being ranked No. 22 on Dec. 7, 1998. That was UW's last appearance in the polls until this season. That five-week run also marked UW's only national ranking since Jan. 1, 1985. Five opponents on the UW schedule are currently ranked in the Associated Press poll; No. 11 Alabama, No. 14 Arizona, No. 15 Oklahoma, No. 17 Gonzaga and No. 21 Utah.
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.'
There is no 'y' in his first name, but he is known for hitting the trey. Senior Tre Simmons made a 3-pointer in 17 of 18 games this season and has nine multiple trey outings. He leads the team with 40 treys this season and is No. 3 among Pac-10 players with a 46.5-percent accuracy. Simmons hit six 3-pointers against Oregon State (Jan. 15) and five against San Diego State (Dec. 7). He led all Washington scorers seven times. Simmons is the Huskies' No. 2 scorer (16.4) and rebounder (5.5), ranking No. 6 and No. 14, respectively among Pac-10 players. He topped all Huskies in rebounds during a team-high eight games. Simmons registered his first double-double on Jan. 13 against Oregon with 15 points and 12 rebounds. 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 of 2004, 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 final 11 games and had 14 multiple-trey outings last year.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson leads Washington with a 16.7-point scoring average that ranks fifth among Pac-10 players. Robinson ranks No. 2 among Pac-10 players with 5.2 assists per game and leads UW with 34 steals. 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 eight 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 was third among the conference leaders in steals (53) and free throw accuracy (85.3%). He 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.
The pivotal point in Washington's 2004 season came Jan. 17 in Corvallis, Ore. The Huskies were 0-5 in Pac-10 play and trailed Oregon State 70-54 with six minutes remaining. They rallied with Nate Robinson hitting a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and won 103-99 in overtime. That ignited a string of five consecutive victories that ended Feb. 7 at UCLA. The five-game winning streak against Pac-10 opponents was the longest for the Huskies since 1999.
Last year marked the Huskies' biggest turnaround in an NCAA Tournament season. They had a 5-8 record before winning 14 of their final 18 games. UW opened 0-5 in Pac-10 play before winning 12 of its final 13 conference games, vaulting from last place to second. Only twice before did a postseason-bound UW team have a losing record at any point in the season. The 1984 and 1986 teams started the season with 1-2 records before maintaining winning ledgers the rest of the way.
UW features a bevy of sharpshooters who combine to average 6.70 treys per game. That is ahead of the pace of 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. Simmons also has a six-trey performance to his credit, against Oregon State (Jan. 15). UW is shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 39.9 percent on 3-pointers.
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.
Washington has started three different lineups. The most recent unit opened the last 17 games, featuring two seniors (Will Conroy, Tre Simmons) and three juniors (Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson). Jensen and Robinson are the only players who started every game. The experienced lineup is in stark contrast to the last two seasons when there were no regular senior starters and few juniors. Last year, the Huskies implemented six unique lineups and Mike Jensen and Brandon Roy were the only players to start every game.
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. Aaron Brooks (Franklin HS) is currently starting at the point at Oregon. 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).
Junior forward Bobby Jones was named to the Great Alaska Shootout all-tournament team. He has five career double-doubles, two of them this season. He amassed 13 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona (Jan. 27) and 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22). Jones has dramatically improved his long-distance shooting, hitting 10-of-28 shots from 3-point range this season. Last year, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones is the league's 10th-leading rebounder with 5.8 boards per game. A defensive specialist as a freshman, 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.
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.
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. A Garfield grad led or tied UW in scoring during 19 games in 2004. Their Garfield team also featured recent USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback, a quarterback on the Husky football team.
Washington junior Brandon Roy played in eight of the last 12 games while rehabilitating after surgery in his right knee. He made a triumphant return Dec. 19, scoring 10 points in 18 minutes as a reserve in the 68-64 win over North Carolina State. Roy had missed the previous five games. His return was a week earlier than expected. Roy underwent arthroscopic surgery Nov. 30 to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and was projected to miss from four to six weeks. The 6-foot-6 guard suffered the knee injury Nov. 26 in the first half of the Huskies' victory over Oklahoma.
Junior 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 (Nov. 25). 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). Roy's career-high of 30 points came Feb. 7, 2004 at UCLA. 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 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.
The UCLA Series
> The Bruins boast an 87-30 series lead after winning seven of the last eight, and 31 of the last 38 meetings against Washington.
> UCLA overcame a 21-point first-half deficit to beat the Huskies 95-86 earlier this season in Los Angeles, the Huskies' 19th consecutive setback at Pauley Pavilion.
> UCLA swept the regular-season series in 2004 for the 30th time.
> The Huskies won last year's third meeting, 91-83 on Mar. 11, 2004 in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament. That result halted a six-game losing streak against UCLA.
> The Bruins boast a 31-24 advantage over Washington during games played in Seattle, including victories in their last three visits.
> Washington assistant coach Cameron Dollar was a four-year letterman point guard at UCLA from 1994-97, helping the Bruins to three Pac-10 championships and the 1995 NCAA title. He played three seasons for Jim Harrick and one for Steve Lavin. Dollar hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer against Washington, lifting UCLA to a 91-88 overtime win on Mar. 7, 1996 at Pauley Pavilion.
> In his second year at UCLA, Ben Howland has a 3-1 record against the Huskies.
> Third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-5 record against UCLA. Romar served four seasons as an assistant on Jim Harrick's UCLA staff from 1993-96, including the 1995 NCAA title year.
The Last Meeting
UCLA 95, #12 UW 86, (Jan. 8, 2005/Los Angeles)
Dijon Thompson and Brian Morrison each scored 19 second-half points, helping UCLA rally from a 21-point first-half deficit to beat 12th-ranked Washington 95-86 at Pauley Pavilion. The Huskies (13-2, 3-1) burst out to leads of 30-9 and 36-15 before UCLA (9-3, 3-1) drew within 52-42 by halftime. UW led 65-51 with 14:25 remaining before the Bruins staged a 21-7 run to tie the score 72-72 with 8:41 left to play. UCLA took the lead for good on a jumper by Morrison with 2:31 remaining that ignited a 10-1 game-closing run. Thompson finished with 29 points and Morrison tallied all of his points after halftime. Nate Robinson scored 21 points to pace the Huskies who also got 19 from Tre Simmons. UW shot 68 percent (21-31) in the first half and 54 percent for the game. UCLA shot 66 percent in the second half (19-29) and 52 percent for the game (33-63).