Huskies Open Pac-10 Tourney as No. 2 Seed
March 8, 2005
Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament
Thurs. - Sat., March 10-12
Staples Center (18,964); Los Angeles, Calif.
THURSDAY, MARCH 10 --
#14 Washington (2) vs. Arizona State (7)
6:15 p.m. PST - FSN TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
FRIDAY, MARCH 11 --
Semifinal; Winner vs. Stanford (3) or Washington State (6)
8:45 p.m. PST - FSN TV
SATURDAY, MARCH 12 --
Championship Game; 3:10 p.m. PST - CBS TV
The 14th-ranked and No. 2 seeded Washington Huskies (24-5, 14-4) open Pac-10 Tournament play this week with their third meeting against No. 7 seed Arizona State (18-12, 7-11), Thursday, Mar. 10. Tip-off is 6:15 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the game that will be televised live on FSN. Washington swept the two hard-fought previous meetings with the Sun Devils this season, winning 79-70 in Tempe and 90-82 in Seattle. Thursday's first-round victor meets the winner of the contest between No. 3 seed Stanford and No. 6 Washington State on Friday at 8:45 p.m.
The Huskies have their best record in 52 years, dating to the 1953 squad that started the season 27-2 en route to the school's only Final Four appearance. Only two teams in the 103-year history of UW basketball had a better record than the current 24-5. UW's 14-4 final Pac-10 mark was its best since the 1984 team finished 15-3.
Every Pac-10 Tournament game will be televised live, including Saturday's championship tilt that airs on CBS at 3:10 p.m. Thursday's four first-round games and both semifinal contests on Friday will air on FSN. Steve Physioc, Marques Johnson and Jim Watson provide the commentary for UW's first-round game.
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.
The conference tournament winner receives the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is the eighth Pac-10 Tournament and the fourth since the post-season affair was restored after being terminated following the 1990 season. In the four Pac-10 events between 1987-90, all 10 conference teams participated. Washington has a 5-6 record in Pac-10 Tournament play, including a 2-1 mark last season. The Huskies defeated UCLA and Arizona before falling to Stanford in the 2004 championship game. Washington advanced to the championship game one other time, losing 76-64 to UCLA in 1997.
Will Conroy leads all Pac-10 playmakers with 183 assists (6.5 apg). The last Husky to lead the conference in assists was Chester Dorsey in 1975 ... UW's current total of 2,520 points ranks third all-time, trailing only 2,624 in 1987 and 2,543 in 2004 ... The Huskies hit a school-record 16 treys at Cal (Mar. 3) and have a UW single-season record 213.
Lorenzo Romar, who directed Washington to its best record in 52 years, was announced Monday as the Pac-10 men's basketball Coach of the Year and guards Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons were first-team all-conference selections. Romar is the third Husky mentor to be voted the Pac-10's top coach by his peers, the first since Bob Bender in 1996. Marv Harshman, who coached Romar at UW during the 1979 and 1980 seasons, was named the conference Coach of the Year in 1982 and 1984. This is the first time in 18 years that two Huskies have been named to the All-Pac-10 team. The last pair of UW first teamers was Chris Welp and Phil Zevenbergen in 1987. Guards Will Conroy and Brandon Roy were recognized as 2005 honorable mention all-conference picks and Joel Smith was an honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman Team pick.
Hall of Honor
Every season for the last four years, each of the 10 conference schools inducted an individual into the men's basketball Pac-10 Hall of Honor. This year's UW honoree is Jack Nichols, who will be inducted Wednesday night during the Hall of Honor Banquet at the downtown Los Angeles Marriott hotel. Former Huskies who were honored include Marv Harshman (2002), Bob Houbregs (2003) and James Edwards (2004).
Jack Nichols - 1944, 1947-48
One of the most decorated players in University of Washington history is Jack Nichols, a consensus All-American during his final season. A 6-foot-7 center and master of the left-handed push shot, Nichols played for the Huskies in 1944 before spending two years as a Marine Corps trainee at USC where he lettered in 1945 and 1946. He received second-team All-America acclaim in 1945. Nichols returned to Washington for the 1947 and 1948 seasons. His final year was his finest as he served as team captain and leading scorer on UW's 1948 Pacific Coast Conference championship team that placed third in the Western Regionals. At the time, his 505 points in 1948 established new league and school single-season scoring records. His 39-point outburst against Idaho was a UW record and currently is the seventh highest single-game total. Nichols' 1,067 points, compiled in three UW seasons, were the school record at the time and still rank No. 23 among all-time Huskies. A three-time All-Pacific Coast selection, he was inducted into the PCC Hall of Fame, the state of Washington Hall of Fame (1965) and the Husky Hall of Fame (1980). Nichols played nine seasons in the NBA, including a five-year stint with the Boston Celtics that included the 1957 world championship campaign. During that year, his room mate on road trips was a rookie named Bill Russell. While playing for the Celtics, Nichols earned his doctorate in dental medicine. He spent two years in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. In his occupation as a dental surgeon, Nichols was a leader during the 1960s in the campaign for the use of mouth guards for athletes in contact sports. He served as the Seattle Sonics' team dentist from the NBA franchise's inception in 1966 until his death in 1992. Nichols is a graduate of Everett (Wash.) High School.
One constant in all five Washington losses this season was a large disparity in fouls and free throws. The Huskies have attempted 93 less free throws than their opponents in the five defeats combined, an average of 18.6 fewer per game. The most drastic example of this disparity came in Saturday's game at Stanford (Mar. 5) when the Cardinal attempted 40 free throws to only six for UW. The Huskies have been whistled for 49 more fouls than their foes in losses, nearly 10 more per game.
Senior Will Conroy became the 29th 1,000-point scorer in school history Feb. 10 and his current career total of 1,057 ranks 26th. Teammate Nate Robinson ranks 18th among all-time Huskies with 1,182 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.
The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 33-24 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
> The Huskies won the last four meetings, including a 79-70 decision on Jan. 30 in Tempe and a 90-82 victory on Feb. 24 in Seattle.
> The Huskies and ASU have a 1-1 record during Pac-10 Tournament play. UW won the only neutral site meeting, a 96-86 decision in Tucson during 1988. Arizona State posted a 57-51 win in Tempe during 1990.
> Seventh-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 7-7 record against Washington.
> Third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 4-2 record against ASU.
The Last Meeting
#14 UW 90, Arizona State 82 (Feb. 24, 2005/Seattle)
Tre Simmons scored 12 of his career-high 29 points early in the second half when 14th-ranked Washington took control en route to a 90-82 victory over Arizona State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (22-4, 12-3) hit 7-of-10 first-half 3-pointers to claim a 44-41 halftime edge. Simmons tallied 12 of the team's first 14 second-half points, helping UW take its largest lead at 58-48 with 13:53 left to play. Simmons, who hit three treys during that span, missed only one 3-pointer in seven attempts. The Sun Devils (18-10, 7-9) drew within 83-80 on two Ike Diogu free throws with 1:20 remaining. Nate Robinson responded with a spinning layup and capped the game with a dunk. He netted eight of his 21 points in the final 5:19. UW shot 55 percent, including 11-of-16 accuracy from 3-point range. The Sun Devils overcame 39-percent shooting by hitting 29-of-32 free throws. Diogu made 17-of-18 free throws, finishing with 31 points and 15 rebounds. ASU's Kevin Kruger scored 15 of his 17 points on 3-point baskets.
The First 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.
Defense is the Difference
The Huskies' offense has been extremely consistent with just over a10-point difference between their output in wins and losses. Defense has keyed Washington's victories. UW has a 22-1 record when holding its foes under 90 points. The five opponents that defeated the Huskies averaged 90.4 points, over 20 more than the 69.6 points the Huskies surrendered in their 24 wins. Washington has a 21-1 record when holding opponents to 50 percent or less shooting from the field. UW limited foes to 43.5 percent accuracy in wins, a figure that vaults to 53.1 percent in the five losses.
Washington's recent run of success can be traced to the players buying into the team concept and sharing the ball. The Huskies rank second nationally with 19.5 assists per game (trailing only North Carolina's 20.0). Will Conroy (6.5) and Nate Robinson (4.9) rank first and third, respectively, among Pac-10 assist leaders. Their totals rank Nos. 1 and 3 among all-time UW single-season assisters. Several Huskies are capable of putting up huge statistical numbers. Three players posted a 30-point game at UW (Conroy, Robinson, Brandon Roy), but none have done it this season. Ten different Huskies have registered a double-figure scoring game this year, seven have led the team in scoring during at least one game and five have posted a 20-point game.
Senior point guard Will Conroy entered this week ranked No. 16 nationally and currently leads the Pac-10 with 6.54 assists per game. That figure is ahead of the school-record pace of 5.8 that led to the previous single-season record 163 assists for Chester Dorsey in 1976. Conroy has distributed 183 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. Conroy ranked fifth among Pac-10 playmakers in 2004 with 4.58 assists per game. 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 (20.0).
Will Conroy distributed a personal-best 14 assists at California (Mar. 3) to become Washington's career assist leader. His current mark of 479 career assists surpassed the previous standard of 466 established by Chester Dorsey from 1974-77. Conroy's 14 assists at Cal were the fourth-best single-game performance in school history. Rafael Stone established the UW record of 16 assists in 1970. Only five other Huskies have posted back-to-back 100-assist seasons and Conroy is the first to reach the century mark three times.
The Huskies have a 21-1 record in games when they hold their opponent to 50-percent or less field goal shooting and are 19-0 when committing fewer turnovers than their foes ... Junior forward Mike Jensen won the opening tip for Washington in 19 of the 28 games in which he jumped center 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 11-0 record when scoring 90 or more points and a 22-1 mark when holding opponents under 90 points ... Washington leads the Pac-10 with 86.9 points per game, 7.6 more than the No. 2 team, Arizona at 79.3 ... Will Conroy (6.5) and Nate Robinson (4.9) rank first and third, respectively among Pac-10 assist leaders. Conroy has 183 assists and Robinson has 142. 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.
The 33-point win Mar. 3 (106-73) was the Huskies' largest in 140 all-time meetings with California ... The 106-point output at Cal was UW's largest ever at an opposing arena ... Washington built a double-digit lead at some point in 16 of 18 Pac-10 games ... 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 a school-record five times this season to eclipse the four 100-point outings of the 1972 and 1975 teams. 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 86.9-point clip. North Carolina opened the week leading the NCAA at 89.3 points per game.
Four players are averaging double-figure points for Washington. A fifth (Jamaal Williams) averages 9.6 points and a sixth (Will Conroy) is at 9.3 points. 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 finished a season in double figures was in 1975.
UW's Last Game
Stanford 77, #10 UW 67 (Mar. 5, 2005/Palo Alto, Calif.)
Matt Haryasz registered 24 points and 10 rebounds, leading Stanford to a 77-67 win that spoiled 10th-ranked Washington's chance to win a share of its first Pac-10 title in 20 years. The Cardinal (17-11, 11-7) defeated UW for the 12th straight time at Maples Pavilion. The Huskies (24-5, 14-4) held a 29-21 advantage after a 3-pointer by Tre Simmons with 5:25 left in the first half. They did not score again in the first half, missing 13 consecutive shots while Stanford took a 31-29 halftime edge. UW missed its first five second-half shots before Brandon Roy halted the drought with a layup with 16:49 remaining. The Huskies reclaimed the lead and held it for the last time at 42-41 with 12:37 left before Stanford scored seven straight points to gain control. Jason Haas scored a career-high 18 points, including 13-of-14 free throws for the Cardinal who outscored UW 33-4 from the line. Stanford attempted 34 more free throws (40-6) than the Huskies who were whistled for 27 fouls to the Cardinal's 11. Roy tallied 16 points to pace UW which also got 11 from Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson and Will Conroy. Hakeem Rollins contributed 10 points for UW which shot only 40 percent (27-68) from the field and 38 percent (9-24) from 3-point range.
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 278 points (1215-937) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 42-32 for UW which built a double-digit lead in 16 of 18 Pac-10 games. In the second half, Washington is outscoring foes by a smaller 113-point count (1289-1176). 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 five times, by one point against Gonzaga and North Carolina State, two at Stanford, four at Oregon and seven at Oregon State.
Washington, which is averaging 86.9 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.
UW features a bevy of sharpshooters who have amassed a school-record 213 treys, hitting 7.3 per game. The previous single-season record of 201 was set last year. The Huskies hit a school single-game record 16 treys at California (Mar. 3) to better the previous record of 14 established in 1998 at USC. Seven Huskies have had multiple 3-point games this season, including Tre Simmons who has three six-trey efforts to his credit; against Oregon State (Jan. 15), USC (Feb. 3) and Arizona State (Feb. 24). Nate Robinson has two five-trey performances; against Utah (Nov. 25) and at California (Mar. 3). UW is shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 39.5 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. All three received All-Pac-10 acclaim. A Garfield grad led or tied UW in scoring during 18 games this season. Last year UW had four former Garfield players, including Anthony Washington who transferred to Portland State prior to the 2004-05 season. 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 fell four spots to No. 14 in this week's AP poll and are No. 13 in the ESPN rankings. UW spent two weeks earlier this season (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. 8 Arizona, No. 11 Gonzaga, No. 15 Utah, No. 17 Oklahoma and No. 20 Alabama.
Junior forward Bobby Jones has dramatically improved his 3-point shooting. He hit a personal-best five treys at California (Mar. 3), equaling the number of 3-pointers he made during his first two seasons combined. Jones is 25-of-52 from 3-point range this season. Last year, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. 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, 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 is the league's 16th-leading rebounder with 5.4 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.
Washington reached the 100-point plateau in five games, breaking the single-season school record of four 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 No. 2 total against a Pac-10 team was also posted this year with 106 points at California (Mar. 3) that also marked the Huskies' highest total in an enemy arena. 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 eight times during Coach Lorenzo Romar's three seasons. Romar's eight 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.
There is no 'y' in his first name, but he is known for hitting the trey. Senior Tre Simmons made a 3-pointer in 25 of 27 games this season and has 14 multiple trey outings. A first-team All-Pac-10 selection, Simmons was named the Feb. 28 Conference Player of the Week after leading UW to a home sweep of the Arizona schools. He leads UW with 69 treys this season, six shy of the school single-season record. He ranks No. 5 among Pac-10 players with a 43.4-percent 3-point accuracy. Simmons hit six 3-pointers against Oregon State (Jan. 15), six against USC (Feb. 3), six against Arizona State (Feb. 24) and five against both San Diego State (Dec. 7) and Arizona (Feb. 26). He led all Washington scorers 11 times. Simmons is the Huskies' leading scorer (16.7), ranking No. 5 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.
Junior Brandon Roy played in the last 12 games and 17 of the last 21 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.
Junior Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was named to the National Basketball Writer's Association all-district team in 2004. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick in both 2004 and 2005. Roy ranks third among Pac-10 players in field goal percentage (55.1%), 14th in scoring (13.2) and 13th in rebounding (5.6). He posted a pair of double-doubles with 20 points and 13 rebounds against UCLA (Feb. 5) and 18 points and 10 rebounds at Oregon (Feb. 10). He has three career double-doubles. Roy 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.
Washington is one of just six participants from the 2004 NCAA Tournament that return all five starters in 2005. Also returning its entire starting lineup from last year are Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
Washington has started five different lineups. The most recent unit started 24 of the last 26 games, featuring two seniors (Will Conroy, Tre Simmons) and three juniors (Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson). Robinson is the only player to start 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 was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in both 2004 and 2005. He is Washington's second leading scorer with a 16.3-point average that ranks sixth among Pac-10 players. The 5-foot-9 Robinson ranks No. 3 among Pac-10 players with 4.9 assists per game and leads UW with 53 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 12 games of 20 or more points 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 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, 2004. That effort helped him receive the Feb. 2, 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Week award. The 5-9 guard tallied 23 of his 25 points after halftime at Oregon State (Jan. 17, 2004), 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.
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 ranks second among all Pac-10 players by converting 57.1 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 9.6-point scoring average.
Fastest to Fifty
Lorenzo Romar recorded his 50th win at Washington on 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. Romar has 53 wins, tying him for seventh in all-time UW coaching victories along with Art McLarney (1948-50) and Mac Duckworth (1964-68).
Wait 'til Next Year
A pair of Huskies are not competing in games this year, waiting until next season until they are eligible. Ryan Appleby, a 6-2 guard is red-shirting this season after transferring from Florida. He played 23 games as a freshman for the Gators, scoring 24 points with 27 assists. Appleby was a 2003 first-team all-state selection at Stanwood (Wash.) High School. Freshman Zach Johnson came to UW from Natomas High School in Sacramento, Calif. where he averaged 14.9 points and 10.0 rebounds as a junior in 2003. Johnson is red-shirting this season while rehabilitating from surgeries on both knees last year.
Home Sweet Home
Washington plays all of its home games in 77-year-old Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies have won 791 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. Washington finished the 2005 Seattle schedule with a 15-0 record, the 11th undefeated home mark in school history and the first since the 1984 squad went 12-0. The Huskies' current 22-game home winning streak is the sixth longest in school history and the 16-game Pac-10 home winning streak is a school record. 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.
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