UW Men Open Season Sunday with Exhibition Game
Nov. 4, 2005
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 --
UW vs. Simon Fraser University (Exhibition); 6:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. -- No TV or Radio
The fourth season of the Lorenzo Romar era begins for the Washington men's basketball team which last year registered one of the greatest campaigns in Husky history. The Huskies open with an exhibition game, Sunday, Nov. 6 against Simon Fraser University from Burnaby, B.C. Tip-off is 6 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. This is Washington's fourth season under Coach Romar, a two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80. Romar was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach. He served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to UW. Washington opens the regular season, Sunday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. against Morgan State in the first round of the BCA Classic at Bank of America Arena.
Washington has a 38-11 all-time record in exhibition games, including a 92-52 win over Westmont College on Nov. 9, 2004 in their last non-counter. Sunday marks UW's fifth exhibition contest against a collegiate opponent in an exhibition. The Huskies won the first four, defeating Seattle Pacific (2000), Western Washington (2001), Central Washington (2002) and Westmont (2005). The last time UW played a Canadian foe was Dec. 3, 1949 with a 58-41 win over British Columbia.
Scouting Simon Fraser
The Clan are competitors in the Canadian collegiate ranks. Simon Fraser has a 3-3 record, having begun play on Oct. 7, one week before the Huskies even started practicing. Coach Scott Clark is in his 11th season at SFU. Aaron Christensen, a 6-foot-8 forward, leads the team with a 19.7-point scoring average. This is the first meeting between Washington and the Clan.
There are no radio or television broadcasts for Sunday's exhibition game. Fans may subscribe to an on-line service that allows them view a webcast of Sunday's exhibition contest. The service is available to subscribers of the Dawg Channel. For more information go to www.GoHuskies.com where live game play-by-play and stats are also available.
Season tickets are still available at all price levels, including Tyee 350, Tyee 150 and Public. Tyee 350 and 150 donors receive additional benefits, including post-season ticket opportunities. Single-game tickets for all non-conference games except Gonzaga went on sale November 1. If single-game tickets for Gonzaga and any Pac-10 games remain after all season tickets have been allocated and all individual game orders placed by season ticket holders have been filled, they will go on sale on December 1. For fans without season tickets, the best chance to see the men's basketball team will be in the season-opening Black Coaches Association Classic on November 13-15. Tickets to this event are not included in the season-ticket package and are on sale now. To order Husky men's basketball season tickets and BCA Classic tickets, contact the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200. Order can also be placed online at Husky Basketball Tickets.
All-session passes for the University of Washington-hosted 2005 BCA Classic are now on sale, including admission to all 12 games, Nov. 13-15 at Bank of America Arena. The Pac-10 Tournament-champion Huskies meet Morgan State in the first round, Sunday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. The winner meets the victor of the Wisconsin-Green Bay and UNC Greensboro game that is the nightcap of the first day's competition. The other half of the eight-team bracket opens with Air Force against Northern Arizona at noon followed by a clash between Texas-Arlington and Miami. Great seats are currently available for this event that is not included in the Washington season-ticket packages. To order tickets, please contact the Husky Ticket Office on-line BCA Classic Tickets or by telephone (206-543-2200). Individual session tickets are priced at $25 for each two-game evening session and $10 for each two-game afternoon session.
The Huskies earned back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths in 2004 and 2005 for only the fourth time in school history. They seek to make three consecutive appearances for only the second time in history (1984-86).
UW returns three of the most accurate shooters in the Pac-10. Brandon Roy shot 56.5% in 2005, trailing only ASU's Ike Diogu. Jamaal Williams was No. 3 in the conference (56.1%) and Bobby Jones was No. 10 (51.0%).
The 2005 Huskies had one of the finest years in their history, finishing with a record of 29-6 to tie the 1938 squad for most wins in a season. Washington began the season by winning the Great Alaska Shootout and finished it as champions of the Pac-10 Tournament. UW was selected as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time ever and advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to Louisville. Lorenzo Romar was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and the Black Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons were honored as All-Pac-10 first team selections, marking the first time since 1987 that the Huskies featured two all-conference selections.
The Huskies will feature many familiar faces despite the departure of some prominent players from the 2005 Sweet 16 squad. Leading the returners are three-time lettermen and team captains, Brandon Roy and Bobby Jones. A national honors candidate, Roy garnered honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors last year after averaging 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He led the Huskies with an average of 15.3 points per game in the NCAA Tournament. The senior swingman is one of the 50 players named to the preseason Wooden Award watch list. Jones is best known for his defensive intensity on the court, but his shot has continued to improve each season. Last year he ranked 10th in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (51.0) and he also was 31-of-61 from three-point range. He spent the summer playing with the gold medal U.S. National Team at the World University Games. Three-year starter Mike Jensen will miss the beginning of the season as he recovers from arthroscopic shoulder surgery. His absence will allow prep standout Jon Brockman to compete for a starting spot immediately. The 6-foot-8 Snohomish HS grad was ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Best of the West poll and No. 15 overall by TheInsiders.com. At point guard, the Huskies will rely upon a pair of newcomers. Ryan Appleby, a sophomore transfer from Florida, and freshman Justin Dentmon will battle for the starting spot while both are expected to play meaningful minutes. Joining those two in the backcourt will be sophomore Joel Smith who was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman team honoree last season and freshman Harvey Perry. Senior walk-on Brandon Burmeister should also find time in the guard rotation. Supporting the frontcourt will be senior Jamaal Williams who proved in his first season at UW that he can score with his back to the basket against anyone. He will be joined by junior Hans Gasser and senior Zane Potter. A pair of freshmen big men joined the team in 6-foot-8 Artem Wallace and 7-footer Joe Wolfinger.
After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason ESPN/USA coaches poll. Washington was the third-highest team among those also receiving votes, ranking No. 28 overall. The preseason Associated Press poll is scheduled to come out Nov. 7. UW finished the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final Associated Press poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today. Four opponents on the UW schedule are ranked; No. 7 Gonzaga, No. 9 Arizona, No. 13 Stanford and No. 18 UCLA. California also received votes along with prospective foe Miami.
Senior Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was named to the National Basketball Writer's Association all-district team in 2004 and is one of 50 players selected to the preseason Wooden Award watch list this season. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick in both 2004 and 2005. Roy ranked third among Pac-10 players in field goal percentage (56.4%), 18th in scoring (12.7) and 18th in rebounding (5.0) last season. 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 paced the Huskies with a 15.3-point average during their three-game NCAA Tournament run. He led all scorers with 23 points in UW's 2005 season opener against Seattle Pacific (Nov. 19) and scored 25 points in the win over Utah (Nov. 25) before being sidelined with an injury. Roy led the 2004 Huskies in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and was second in scoring (12.9 ppg). His 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 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.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated 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 791 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They registered a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005, extending their home winning streak to 22 games.
In only three years, Lorenzo Romar has elevated Washington to the elite level of college basketball. Romar begins his fourth season after guiding the Huskies to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2004 and 2005. He led UW to a 29-6 record in 2005, tying the 67-year-old school record for wins in a season. UW won the Great Alaska Shootout and its first Pac-10 Tournament title. The Huskies drew their first ever NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed and advanced to the Sweet 16. Romar directed a spectacular turnaround during his second season. UW posted a 19-12 record in 2004 and participated in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999. Romar coached the Huskies to their first second-place regular-season finish since 1986 and their first Pac-10 Tournament championship game appearance since 1987. After opening the conference campaign with an 0-5 record, UW reeled off 12 wins in its final 13 Pac-10 outings. Capping the run was a 75-62 triumph over No. 1 and previously undefeated Stanford in the final regular-season game. In 2003, Romar guided the Huskies to a 10-17 record, including victories over NCAA Tournament-bound Stanford and Oregon. He was named to head up the program at his alma mater on April 3, 2002. A point guard for the Huskies' 1978-79 and 1979-80 teams, he is the 18th head coach in UW's 103-year history and the first African-American to lead the program. In his 10th season overall, Romar has compiled a 151-123 record as a head coach, including a 58-35 mark in two years at Washington. In three years at Saint Louis from 1999-2002, he compiled a 51-44 (.537) mark. He led Pepperdine to a three-year record of 42-44 (.488) from 1996-99, including a pair of second-place finishes in the West Coast Conference and an NIT invitation in 1999. His first Saint Louis squad upset top-ranked Cincinnati en route to the Conference USA tournament title and automatic NCAA Tournament berth. Seattle was the site of one of Romar's greatest coaching moments. As an assistant coach, he helped guide UCLA to an 89-78 triumph over Arkansas in the Kingdome to win the 1995 NCAA Championship. Cameron Dollar, now a UW assistant coach, was one of the stars for the Bruins during that national title contest. Romar built a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters while an assistant at UCLA (1992-1996) and was credited with recruiting much of the talent that formed the core of the Bruins' title team. UCLA's record during Romar's four-year assistant coaching tenure was 97-28 (.776). A native of Compton, Calif., Romar graduated from Pius X High School. He earned his associate degree from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College in 1978 before studying at Washington from 1978-80. He completed his coursework at Cincinnati, receiving his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1992. After starting two seasons at UW for legendary coach Marv Harshman, Romar was selected in the seventh round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. His five-year NBA career included stints with Golden State (1981-84), Milwaukee (1984) and Detroit (1984-85). Following the 1984-85 season, Romar joined Athletes in Action (AIA), a touring exhibition team on which he served as player-coach from 1989-1992. Romar is the second UW player to return as the head coach, joining Lynn Nance (1989-93).
Romar the Giant Killer
Washington has a 2-26 all-time record against top-ranked opponents and Lorenzo Romar played a part in both victories. He coached UW to a 75-62 over No. 1 Stanford, Mar. 6 in Seattle. On Feb. 22, 1979 the Huskies upset No. 1 UCLA 69-68 in Seattle. Romar was a Husky player then. He registered 10 points and six assists off the bench in 25 minutes against the Bruins. In his first season at Saint Louis, Romar's Billikens toppled No. 1 Cincinnati in the 2000 Conference USA Tournament.
Lorenzo Romar's staff is comprised of fourth-year assistant coach Cameron Dollar, second-year assistant Jim Shaw and first-year assistant Paul Fortier. After a stellar playing career at UCLA (1994-97) that included the 1995 NCAA championship, Dollar served the previous three years as an assistant coach on Romar's Saint Louis staff. A native of Chimacum, Wash., Shaw joined the Husky staff after five years on Kelvin Sampson's Oklahoma staff that included a 2002 Final Four appearance. Fortier, a former All-Pac-10 forward at UW (1983-86) returns to UW after two seasons on the Cornell staff. He played 16 seasons professionally in Europe.