#11 Huskies Play Sunday at Oregon State
Feb. 11, 2005
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13 --
#11 Washington at Oregon State; 1:00 p.m. PST
Gill Coliseum (10,400); Corvallis, Ore. - FSN TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19 --
#11 Washington at Washington State; 4:00 p.m. PST
Friel Court (11,566); Pullman, Wash. - FSN Northwest TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
Off to their best start in 29 years, the 11th-ranked and first-place Washington Huskies (20-3, 10-2) continue their three-game road trip with a visit to Corvallis, Ore. Washington and Oregon State (13-9, 5-6) clash Sunday, Feb. 13 in Gill Coliseum, the site of the Huskies' stunning come-from-behind victory that turned around their 2004 season. Tip-off is 1 p.m. for the game that will be televised live on FSN. The Huskies, who were 0-5 in Pac-10 play entering last year's game, erased a 16-point deficit over the final six minutes to win a 103-99 overtime decision on Jan. 17, 2004 in Corvallis. That triumph propelled the Huskies on a run of 14 wins in their next 16 games and an NCAA Tournament berth. UW visits Washington State next week on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. The Huskies are off to their best start in conference play since the 1984 team was also 10-2. No UW team has had a better record in Pac-10 play 12 games into the conference schedule.
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.
At least 19 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Sunday's UW-Oregon State game airs on FSN at 1 p.m. Pacific Time. Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini provide the commentary.
Sunday's UW-Oregon State 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.
Senior Will Conroy became the 29th 1,000-point scorer in school history Thursday, pushing his career total to 1,012. He joined teammate Nate Robinson who ranks 21st among all-time Huskies with 1,092 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. Conroy has accounted for 1,892 points during his career (880 on assists) and Robinson has 1,596.
At 20-3, the Huskies have their best 23-game record since the 1975-76 squad had a similar 20-3 mark. The last Husky team with a better record was the 1952-53 squad that was 22-1. 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 16 of its last 18 games, including a 68-64 win over then No. 12 North Carolina State.
Lorenzo Romar needs one win to become the 10th coach to record 50 wins at Washington ... Beginning with last year's win in Corvallis, the Huskies have a 34-7 record and have defeated every Pac-10 team at least twice ... The Huskies posted their 22nd 20-win season, their first since 1998. The last UW team with 20 regular-season wins was the 1985 squad ... The last time UW had a better record than 20-3 was when the 1952-53 team opened 22-1 en route to the school's only Final Four berth ... On Thursday, the Huskies were whistled for a school-record 36 fouls ... Oregon attempted 54 free throws, five more than any UW opponent ever ... UW has an 8-0 record when scoring more than 90 points and an 18-0 mark when holding opponents under 90 points ... Washington leads the Pac-10 with 88.0 points per game, nearly nine more than the No. 2 team, Arizona at 79.2 ... UW built a double-digit lead at some point in all 12 of its Pac-10 games ... Will Conroy (6.6) and Nate Robinson (5.0) rank one-three among Pac-10 assist leaders. Conroy has 144 assists and Robinson has 116. 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 eight 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 Oregon State Series
> Washington has a 142-134 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.
> The Huskies won this year's first meeting, a 108-68 decision on Jan. 15 in Seattle.
> UW swept OSU last year after losing seven of the previous eight meetings.
> The Huskies won in their last visit to Corvallis, rallying from a 16-point deficit over the final six minutes to win a 103-99 overtime decision on Jan. 17, 2004. Nate Robinson his a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime.
> The Beavers boast a 93-44 series margin over UW during games played in Corvallis.
> Third-year Oregon State coach Jay John has a 2-3 record against Washington.
> Third-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 3-2 record against Oregon State.
The Last Meeting
#14 UW 108, Oregon State 68 (Jan. 15, 2005/Seattle)
Jamaal Williams scored six of his 24 points during a 24-point run late in the first half that keyed 14th-ranked Washington's 108-68 win over Oregon State at Bank of America Arena. OSU coach Jay John did not return to the bench after halftime due to hypertension that sent him to nearby UW Medical Center overnight. UW's 108-point total was its highest ever against a Pac-10 opponent and the 40-point differential was the second-widest margin of victory. The Huskies (15-2, 5-1) trailed 20-16 before outscoring the Beavers 35-6 over the final 10:28. UW tallied 24 unanswered points during the run en route to a 51-26 halftime advantage. UW's Tre Simmons scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half, including three consecutive 3-pointers. Nate Robinson tallied 15 points and eight assists. He also grabbed eight rebounds, leading a 47-23 UW margin on the boards. Oregon State (10-6, 2-3) was led by the 17 points of Nick DeWitz and 12 from J.S. Nash.
The Last Meeting in Corvallis
UW 103, Oregon State 99 ot (Jan. 17, 2004/Corvallis, Ore.)
Nate Robinson scored 23 of his career-high 25 points after halftime, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime in Washington's 103-99 triumph over Oregon State at Gill Coliseum. The 103 points matched the highest point total ever for UW in a road game. The Huskies (6-8, 1-5) overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to halt a five-game losing streak and post their first Pac-10 win. Oregon State (8-7, 2-3) increased a 40-34 halftime lead to 70-54 on Kyle Jeffers' layup with 6:13 left in regulation. UW closed the second half with a 29-13 run, sparked by 13 points from Robinson. Tre Simmons closed the deficit to 81-80 on a 3-pointer with 5.5 seconds remaining. Following a pair of Chris Stephens' free throws, Robinson picked up the inbounds pass at midcourt dribbled to the 3-point arc and hit a jumper with 1/2-second on the clock. The Huskies took control with the first six points of overtime, the first two baskets created by Robinson steals. Stephens scored 23 points to lead the Beavers who also got 20 from David Lucas and 18 from Angelo Tsagarakis who hit 5-of-10 treys. Five Huskies scored in double-figures, including Will Conroy who tallied all 19 of his points after halftime. Brandon Roy also had 19 points for UW. UW shot 53 percent in the second half (17-32) to finish at 50 percent for the game (37-74).
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 87.6-point clip, a figure they increased to 88.0. North Carolina opened the week leading the NCAA at 92.2 points per game.
Five players are averaging double-figure points for Washington and a sixth, Will Conroy, has a 9.9-point scoring average. 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 returned this season. Previously, the last time five Huskies had finished a season in double figures was the 1975 campaign.
Senior point guard Will Conroy entered this week ranked No. 17 nationally and leads the Pac-10 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 144 assists this season, the second-highest total in school history, 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. 2 nationally in assists per game behind only North Carolina (21.2).
Conroy has distributed 440 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 26 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. Conroy ranked fifth among Pac-10 playmakers in 2004 with 4.58 assists per game.
UW's Last Game
#11 UW 95, Oregon 88 ot (Feb. 10, 2005/Eugene, Ore.)
Will Conroy scored seven of his 17 points in the final 1:14 of regulation, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime in 11th-ranked Washington's 95-88 triumph at Oregon's McArthur Court. The Huskies (20-3, 10-2) won despite being whistled for a school-record 36 fouls and having four players foul out. Oregon (11-9, 3-8) hit 33-of-54 free throws, attempting five more than any UW opponent ever. The Ducks led 37-33 at halftime and took a 77-72 margin on two Brandon Lincoln free throws with 1:23 left in the second half. Conroy scored all seven UW points during a 7-2 run, including a 3-pointer with 26 second left that tied the score 79-79. Conroy put the Huskies ahead for good with a layup 21 seconds into overtime, two of his five points in the extra session. The Huskies outscored Oregon 13-3 to start the overtime and secure their first win in Eugene since 2001. Nate Robinson scored 24 points to pace UW which also got 18 from Brandon Roy and 16 from Bobby Jones whose status was questionable due to a fever and sore throat. Jordan amassed 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Ducks. Oregon's Aaron Brooks scored all 15 of his points in the second half. The Huskies swept the season series for the first time since 1998.
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 241 points (974-733) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 42-32 for UW which built a double-digit lead in every Pac-10 game. In the second half, Washington is outscoring foes by a smaller 115-point count (1033-918). 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 at halftime just three times, by one point at Gonzaga, one point against North Carolina State and four points at Oregon.
Washington, which is averaging 88.0 points per game, entered this week ranked No. 2 in the nation in scoring. 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.
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.
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 four different lineups. The most recent unit started for the first time Thursday at Oregon (Feb. 10), featuring two seniors (Will Conroy, Tre Simmons) and three juniors (Mike Jensen, Brandon Roy, 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
UW features a bevy of sharpshooters who combine to average 6.69 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 pair of six-trey efforts to his credit, against Oregon State (Jan. 15) and USC (Feb. 3). UW is shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 38.6 percent on 3-pointers.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson leads all Washington players with a 16.7-point scoring average that ranks fifth among Pac-10 players. The 5-foot-9 Robinson ranks No. 3 among Pac-10 players with 5.0 assists per game and leads UW with 38 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 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.
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 questionable for Thursday's game while battling a fever and sore throat. Despite the illness he came off the bench to play 20 minutes at Oregon, scoring 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting. 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 13-of-33 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 11th-leading rebounder with 5.7 boards per game. In 2003, Jones 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 made a 3-pointer in 19 of 21 games this season and has 10 multiple trey outings. He leads the team with 47 treys this season and is No. 5 among Pac-10 players with a 42.3-percent accuracy. Simmons hit six 3-pointers against Oregon State (Jan. 15), six against USC (Feb. 3) and five against San Diego State (Dec. 7). He led all Washington scorers eight times. Simmons is the Huskies' second-leading scorer (16.2) and rebounder (5.3), ranking No. 6 and No. 16, respectively among Pac-10 players. He topped all Huskies in rebounds during a team-high nine games. Simmons registered his only 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 had a 3-pointer in nine of the final 11 games and had 14 multiple-trey outings last year.
Junior forward Jamaal Williams has paid immediate dividends in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted last year after transferring from New Mexico. Williams' 6-foot-5 frame belies that fact that he is a sensational interior scorer. He leads all Pac-10 players by converting 58.3 percent of his shots from the field, including a 9-for-10 effort against USC (Feb. 3). Williams tallied 21 points in only 16 minutes off the bench against the Trojans. That was the third 20-point game for the Corona, Calif. native who prepped at Centennial High School. Williams ranks fifth among Huskies with an 10.6-point scoring average.
Washington junior Brandon Roy played in 11 of the last 15 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. Roy posted double-doubles in the last two games with 20 points and 13 rebounds against UCLA (Feb. 5) and 18 points and 10 rebounds at Oregon State (Feb. 10). Roy has three career double-doubles. He led all scorers with 23 points in UW's 2005 season opener against Seattle Pacific on Nov. 19 and scored 25 points in the 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.
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.
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 789 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 13-0 at home this season. The Huskies' current 20-game home winning streak is the sixth 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 gohuskies.com or purchase in person through the Husky Ticket Office, or order by phone at 206-543-2200. For both 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.