14th-Ranked Huskies Host Final Homestand
Feb. 22, 2005
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24 --
#14 Washington vs. Arizona State; 7:30 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. - FSN TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26 --
#14 Washington vs. #9 Arizona; 1:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. - FSN TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
The 14th-ranked Washington Huskies (21-4, 11-3) host their final homestand this week, seeking to sustain their perfect home record. Washington entertains Arizona State (18-9, 7-8), Thursday, Feb. 24. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus for the game will be televised live on FSN. Washington hopes to sweep the series from the Sun Devils for the second straight season. The Huskies won the last three meetings with ASU, including a 79-70 decision this year in Tempe. The first-place and ninth-ranked Arizona Wildcats (23-4, 13-2) invade Seattle on Saturday, Feb. 26. The game with major Pac-10 championship implications airs live at 1 p.m. on FSN. Arizona, which won this year's first meeting 91-82 in Tucson, is one game ahead of UW in the loss column. Washington has its best record in 29 years, dating to the 1976 squad that had a 22-3 record at this point in the season. Only five teams in the 103-year history of UW basketball had a better 25-game record than the current 21-4 mark. The Huskies are off to their best start in conference play since the 1986 team was also 11-3. The last UW team with a better 14-game Pac-10 mark was the 1984 squad that was 12-2. Next week, the Huskies conclude the regular season with two games in the Bay Area. UW visits California, Mar. 3 at 7:30 p.m. for a game televised on FSN. On Mar. 5, CBS will carry the Huskies' game at Stanford at 1 p.m.
Washington is in second place in the Pac-10 standings, 1 1/2 games behind Arizona. UW 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 a 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.
Twenty Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Thursday's UW-Arizona State game airs on FSN at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini provide the commentary.
Thursday's UW-Arizona 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 with color commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Washington has sold out eight games this season, twice as many as the previous season record of four established in 1999. The total home attendance of 128,201 is the fourth highest in school history and will surpass the 1953 squad's record of 147,959 with at least 19,759 spectators this week. The current average of 9,862 is the second-highest in school history, but can't eclipse the mark of 9,954 from 1953, even with two sellouts.
Senior Will Conroy became the 29th 1,000-point scorer in school history Feb. 10 and his career total is now 1,022. He joined teammate Nate Robinson who ranks 20th among all-time Huskies with 1,107 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 1,924 points during his career (902 on assists) and Robinson has 1,631.
At 21-4, the Huskies have their best 25-game record since the 1975-76 squad had a 22-3 mark. That Husky team did not encounter 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 nine consecutive games from Dec. 5-Jan. 6, including a 68-64 win over then No. 12 North Carolina State.
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. UW seeks to win both games this week and register the 11th undefeated home mark in school history, the first since the 1984 squad went 12-0. The Huskies' current 20-game home winning streak is the sixth longest in school history and the 14-game Pac-10 home winning streak is a record. UW sold out eight home games this year, breaking the previous season record of four in 1999.
Husky fans hoping to catch the Washington men's basketball team in person this year can still purchase tickets for the final two 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.
The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 33-23 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
> The Huskies won the last three meetings, including a 79-70 decision on Jan. 30 in Tempe.
> Washington swept the season series from ASU in 2004 for the first time since 1997.
> Last year's home victory gave the Huskies a slim 14-13 series advantage over ASU during games play in Seattle.
> Seventh-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 7-6 record against Washington.
> Third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 3-2 record against ASU.
The Last Meeting
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.
Washington built a double-digit lead at some point in 12 of 13 Pac-10 games. UW's largest lead Feb. 13 at Oregon State was seven points ... The Beaver's 90-73 (17 point) win Feb. 13 marked the Huskies' biggest defeat, eclipsing the 99-87 (12 point) loss at Gonzaga on Dec. 1 ... UW's 108-68 home victory over 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.
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 86.6-point clip. North Carolina opened the week leading the NCAA at 90.3 points per game.
Five players are averaging double-figure points for Washington and a sixth, Will Conroy, has a 9.5-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 6.46 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 155 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 19.4 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 (20.3).
Conroy has distributed 451 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 15 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.
Lorenzo Romar has 50 wins at Washington, the 10th coach to reach that plateau with the Huskies. The 50th victory came in his 83rd outing, the fifth fastest by any UW coach ... Will Conroy has 155 assists and needs 8 to tie Chester Dorsey's 1976 single-season record of 163. Conroy's 451 career assists are 15 shy the UW career record of 466 established by Dorsey from 1974-77 ... The Huskies posted their 22nd 20-win season, their first since 1998. The last UW team with 20 regular-season wins was the 1985 unit ... The Huskies have an 18-0 record in games when they hold their opponent under the 50-percent field goal plateau and are also 18-0 when committing fewer turnovers than their foes ... Junior forward Mike Jensen won the opening tip for Washington in 17 of 25 games this season ... On Feb. 10, the Huskies were whistled for a school-record 36 fouls at Oregon which attempted 54 free throws, five more than any UW opponent ever ... UW has an 8-0 record when scoring more than 90 points and a 19-0 mark when holding opponents under 90 points ... Washington leads the Pac-10 with 86.6 points per game, 6.3 more than the No. 2 team, Arizona at 80.3 ... Will Conroy (6.5) and Nate Robinson (5.0) rank one-three among Pac-10 assist leaders. Conroy has 155 assists and Robinson has 126. 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 200.
UW's Last Game
#15 UW 68, Washington State 55 (Feb. 19, 2005/Pullman, Wash.)
Mike Jensen scored nine first-half points, including a layup that capped a 13-point run as 15th-ranked Washington gained control early en route to a 68-55 win over Washington State at Friel Court. The Huskies (21-4, 11-3) swept the season series for the second straight year. The Cougars (10-13, 5-9) never led, but tied the score 9-9 on a Kyle Weaver basket with 15:59 left in the first half. Bobby Jones then hit back-to-back shots followed by five consecutive Jamaal Williams points that ignited the 13-0 run. That surge helped the Huskies outscore WSU 25-8 to claim a 34-17 halftime advantage. Tre Simmons scored 11 of his game-high 16 points in the second half. His third straight 3-pointer put UW ahead 68-42 with 4:10 left in the game. The Huskies did not score another point after their reserves entered the game. The Cougars scored the game's last 13 points over the final 2:37 to close within 13. Jensen finished with 13 points and teammate Brandon Roy added 11. Weaver scored a career-high 15 points to pace the Cougars who also got 11 from Jeff Varem and Thomas Kelati. Will Conroy distributed nine assists for UW which was credited with 20 assists on 25 baskets.
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 251 points (1045-794) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 42-32 for UW which built a double-digit lead in 13 of 14 Pac-10 games. In the second half, Washington is outscoring foes by a smaller 101-point count (1103-1002). The Huskies stifled opposing offenses early in several games. They held Oregon State scoreless for the opening 2:28, Arizona for 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 four times, by one point at Gonzaga, one point against North Carolina State, four points at Oregon and seven points at Oregon State.
Washington, which is averaging 86.6 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.
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.
UW features a bevy of sharpshooters who combine to average 6.64 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 48.6 percent from the field and 37.2 percent on 3-pointers.
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.
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 rose one spot to No. 14 in this week's AP poll and are No. 13 in the ESPN rankings. UW spent two weeks (Jan. 17 & 24) 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 AP 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. 9 Arizona, No. 12 Gonzaga, No. 13 Utah, No. 16 Alabama and No. 22 Oklahoma.
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.'
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 two of the last four games with 20 points and 13 rebounds against UCLA (Feb. 5) and 18 points and 10 rebounds at Oregon (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.
Junior Brandon Roy played in the last eight games and 13 of the last 17 outings after returning from surgery. He made a triumphant return Dec. 19, scoring 10 points in 18 minutes as a reserve in a win over North Carolina State. Roy, who missed the previous five games, returned a week earlier than expected. He 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.
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 21 of the last 22 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.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson is Washington's second leading scorer with a 15.9-point average that ranks sixth 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 42 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 nine 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.
Fastest to Fifty
Lorenzo Romar recorded his 50th win at Washington Saturday (Feb. 19) at Washington State, a victory total nine other coaches have reached with the Huskies. He is the fifth fastest UW coach to 50 wins, reaching that standard in his 83rd game.
There is no 'y' in his first name, but he is known for hitting the trey. Senior Tre Simmons made a 3-pointer in 21 of 23 games this season and has 11 multiple trey outings. He leads the team with 52 treys this season and is No. 8 among Pac-10 players with a 40.6-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 nine times. Simmons is the Huskies' leading scorer (16.1) and second-leading rebounder (5.1), ranking No. 5 and No. 17, respectively among Pac-10 players. He topped all Huskies in rebounds during a team-high 10 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 57.8 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 10.3-point scoring average.
Junior forward Bobby Jones was questionable for the Feb. 10 game at Oregon while battling a fever and sore throat. Despite the illness he played 20 minutes off the bench to play 20, 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 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 14-of-37 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 12th-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.
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).
The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 37-18 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.
> The Wildcats won the last meeting 91-82 on Jan. 27 in Tucson, halting a three-game losing streak against Washington.
> UW swept the season series from Arizona last year for the first time since 1984.
> Arizona owns a 14-12 advantage over the Huskies during games played in Seattle. The Wildcats lost last year, snapping their four-game winning streak at Washington.
> 22nd-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 33-13 all-time record against UW.
> Third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 3-3 record against Arizona.
The Last Meeting
#11 Arizona 91, #10 UW 82 (Jan. 27, 2005/Tucson, Ariz.)
Salim Stoudamire led all scorers with 25 points as 11th-ranked Arizona clawed back from an 11-point first-half deficit to win 91-82 and end 10th-ranked Washington's three-game win streak in the series. Stoudamire hit all nine of his free throws to lead UA from the charity stripe during a school-record free throw shooting performance. The Wildcats made 38 of 40 free throws during the contest. UW was 15 of 21 from the line. The Huskies had five players reach double figures led by Brandon Roy's 15 points off the bench. UW managed to outrebound the taller Wildcats by a 38-29 margin, but could hit just 13 of 34 three point shots as Arizona employed a 1-3-1 zone most of the game to negate UW's quick-score offense. UW's 3-point attempts (34) were a school record, bettering the previous season high by 10 (24 vs. Gonzaga) and the old school record (29 vs. Fresno State on 12/8/92 and at UCLA on 1/4/02). UW's 13 treys were a season best, topping the 12 the team made at Gonzaga. The total fell one short of the school record of 14 vs. USC on 1/29/98.
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