Husky Men Seek First Oregon Road Sweep Since 1998
Feb. 17, 2006
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 --
(#20) Washington at Oregon State, 7:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest TV)
Gill Coliseum (10,400) / Corvallis, Ore.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 --
Stanford at (#20) Washington, 7:30 p.m. (FSN TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
The 20th-ranked Washington Huskies (19-5, 8-5) seek to reach the 20-win plateau for the second straight season when they conclude a two-game road trip at Oregon State (11-14, 4-10), Saturday, Feb. 18. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Gill Coliseum for the game that will be televised live on FSN Northwest. The Beavers dealt UW its worst defeat last season, a 90-73 setback on Feb. 13, 2005 in Corvallis. Both teams were victorious Thursday with UW winning 75-72 at Oregon to halt a three-game road losing streak. OSU defeated Washington State 71-62. The Huskies seek to sweep their Oregon road trip for the first time since 1998. Next week, the Huskies close out their home slate, hosting Stanford, Feb. 23 and Cal, Feb. 26.
Washington, which has 22 seasons with 20 wins, seeks to record back-to-back 20-win campaigns for the ninth time and the first since 1984 and 1985. UW was 29-6 in 2005.
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's UW-Oregon State game airs live at 7 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN Northwest. Brian Davis describes the action alongside Bill Krueger.
Saturday's Washington-Oregon State game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
The Huskies have jumped on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 242 points (988-746) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 41-31 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead in 18 games. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a significantly smaller 78-point margin (988-910). UW has scored exactly the same amount of points in the first and second half (988), but has surrendered 164 more points after halftime than before. The Huskies trailed just three times at halftime.
Rebounding has been the key for the Huskies who have a 17-1 record when out-rebounding their opponents this season. Washington is outrebounding foes by an average of nine rebounds (39.1-30.1) in wins while being outboarded (36.6-36.8) in losses. The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in rebound average (38.6) and rebound margin (+7.1).
Player of the Week
Washington senior Brandon Roy, who led the Huskies to their first regular-season sweep of the Los Angeles schools since 1987, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Feb. 13. Roy averaged 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He converted 13-of-26 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 attempts from 3-point range. The 6-foot-6 guard posted his fourth double-double of the season on Feb. 9 with 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Huskies defeated USC 87-73. On Feb. 11, Roy registered his fifth straight 20-point game in UW's 70-67 victory over 13th-ranked UCLA. Roy tallied 20 points and seven assists against the Bruins. He blocked two shots, including Jordan Farmar's game-tying 3-point attempt at the final buzzer.
Brandon Roy fills up a stat sheet, not just the scoring column. Covering all 24 games, Roy ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in points (2nd-19.3), assist/turnover ratio (2nd-1.66), field goal percent (8th-49.7%), steals (8th-1.4), 3-point percentage (9th-40.6%), assists (8th-3.9), blocked shots (8th-0.9) and rebounds (12th-5.4).
UW posted back-to-back 20-win seasons eight times, but only once since 1953 (1984 & 85).
The Huskies, who won at USC and UCLA, have not swept more than one two-game conference road trip since 1959. UW swept 1959 trips at Oregon/Oregon State and Idaho/Washington State. The Huskies did not register a Pac-10 road sweep last season. Brandon Roy reached the 20-point plateau in each of his last six games, 12 times overall.
The Huskies outrebounded Oregon 36-17 Thursday, including a 22-6 advantage in the second half. They had more offensive rebounds (19) than the Ducks' total (17). UW has a 17-1 record when outboarding its foes.
The nation's No. 3 scoring team (83.1 ppg) UW reached the 80-point plateau just once in its last nine games (vs. USC, Feb. 9).
The Oregon State Series
> Washington has a 143-135 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.
> UW won four of the last five meetings, including a 69-65 win Jan. 19 in Seattle.
> The Huskies won 108-68 on Jan. 15, 2005 in Seattle, posting their largest margin of victory in the series and recording their highest point total ever against a Pac-10 opponent. The Beavers responded on Feb. 13, 2005 in Corvallis, dealing UW its largest loss of the season with a 90-73 decision.
> The Beavers boast a 94-44 series advantage over UW during games played in Corvallis.
> Fourth-year OSU coach Jay John has a 3-4 record against UW. John left at halftime last year in Seattle and stayed overnight at UW Medical Center due to hypertension.
> Fourth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 4-3 record against Oregon State.
The Last Meeting
#10 UW 69, Oregon State 65 (Jan. 19, 2006; Seattle)
Bobby Jones scored six of his game-high 16 points in the final 2:19 of 10th-ranked Washington's 69-65 win over Oregon State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (15-2, 4-2) won despite shooting 33 percent (24-72) from the field. UW missed its first 11 shots and did not make a field goal until the 14:21 mark while OSU built a 7-1 lead. The Huskies closed with a 5-0 run to claim a 28-27 halftime lead. The Beavers (9-8, 2-4) led 52-51 before UW surged ahead for good with eight unanswered points, capped by a Justin Dentmon three-point play with 5:36 remaining. OSU drew within 66-65 on a Wesley Washington three-point play with 1:15 left to play. Jones converted two free throws at 0:16 and Brandon Roy hit one-of-two at 0:02 to secure the win. Marcel Jones scored 14 points to lead the Beavers and Nick DeWitz added 12. Jon Brockman had 11 points for UW, which overcame its poorest shooting game in two years with 15 steals that forced 28 turnovers.
The Last Meeting in Corvallis
Oregon State 90, #11 UW 73 (Feb. 13, 2005/Corvallis, Ore.)
J.S. Nash scored all 18 of his points in the first half, helping Oregon State build a lead that David Lucas extended with 17 second-half points en route to a 90-73 upset of 11th-ranked Washington at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (14-9, 6-6) shot 60 percent from the field (33-55) to avenge a 108-68 loss in Seattle one month earlier. Washington (20-4, 10-3) staked its largest lead of the game at 27-20 on a jumper by Tre Simmons with 8:56 left in the first half. OSU went on a 24-10 surge the rest of the half to register a 44-37 halftime margin. The Huskies hit only one of their final 14 first-half shots and missed their first three after halftime while OSU scored the first eight points of the second half. Lucas scored six points in that run on the way to a 23-point, 10-rebound performance. Nick DeWitz added 20 points for the Beavers and Chris Stephens had 17. Brandon Roy led all scorers with 25 points for UW and Simmons added 15. Roy made 9-of-13 attempts from the field, including 2-of-4 accuracy from 3-point range. As a team, UW shot 41 percent from the field (28-68) and 15 percent (4-27) from 3-point range.
The Huskies rose one spot to No. 20 in this week's (Feb. 13) Associated Press poll. They were 7th in the Dec. 26 poll, their highest ranking in 21 years. The highest ranking ever achieved by a Washington team was a No. 2 listing on Mar. 10, 1953, the same season UW made its only Final Four appearance. The Huskies were unranked in this year's preseason AP poll before breaking into the first regular-season poll at the No. 25 spot on Nov. 21. Washington holds down the No. 21 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason rankings. UW capped the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 51 of UW's 142 treys, 25 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but four games this season. Appleby hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25) and five at California (Jan. 26). Appleby netted 51 of his 61 field goals from beyond the arc. The Stanwood (Wash.) High School product is in his first year playing with the Huskies. He red-shirted last season after transferring from Florida.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Four of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a rate of 47.2 percent that ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10. Freshman Jon Brockman ranks second among all Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 53.1. Two other Huskies are listed among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Jamaal Williams (50.5%) at No. 6 and Brandon Roy (49.7%) at No. 8. Forwards Artem Wallace (60.0%) and Hans Gasser (53.3%) do not have enough field goals (three made per game) to qualify for the conference stats. UW's shooting percentage was at-or-above the 50-percent plateau in nine games. UW returned three of the most accurate shooters in the Pac-10. Roy shot 56.5% in 2005, trailing only Arizona State's Ike Diogu. Williams was No. 3 in the conference (56.1%) and Jones was No. 10 (51.0%).
Washington is the Pac-10 leader and ranks No. 3 nationally in team scoring at 83.1 points per game. The Huskies averaged a school-record 86.5 points per game last season, leading the Pac-10 and ranking No. 2 nationally behind North Carolina.
Wooden Award candidate Brandon Roy has been spectacular in Pac-10 play, averaging a conference-leading 22.5 points on 50-percent shooting (97-of-194). The senior guard hit 21-of-45 treys. Roy posted back-to-back 35-point performances against Arizona State (Dec. 29) and Arizona (Dec. 31), a figure only 16 other Huskies have reached. He joined another elite UW club as he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He has 1,274 points to rank 19th among all-time Husky scorers.
Washington utilized a new lineup the last three games as senior forward Mike Jensen made his first starts of the season, giving him 91 for his career. Jensen replaced Jamaal Williams who had started UW's first 21 games. Previously, the primary lineup of Bobby Jones, Williams, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon started 20 of the first 21 games. Sophomore guard Ryan Appleby replaced Dentmon for one game to create the only other lineup. Last year, the Huskies implemented five different lineups and Nate Robinson was the only player to start every game.
The Huskies have a 62-15 record in the last 77 games, beginning with their dramatic 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004. That was the first Pac-10 win for UW which lost if first five 2004 conference contests. Washington trailed 70-54 with 6:13 left in regulation before closing with a 29-13 run, including Nate Robinson's 13 points. Robinson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Huskies won 14 of their final 18 games in 2004 and posted a 29-6 record in 2005.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games on campus 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 806 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
The UW lineup received a boost when three-year starter Mike Jensen returned Dec. 23 against Lehigh. The 6-8 senior forward had five points and four rebounds during his season debut. He played the last 15 games. Jensen missed the first nine games while rehabilitating a dislocated left shoulder that underwent surgery in late September. A superb athlete, Jensen provides the Huskies with a veteran defender and a solid shooter. He made 36 percent of his career 3-pointers (61-168).
Senior forward Jamaal Williams paid immediate dividends last year in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted in 2003-04 after transferring from New Mexico. Williams ranked fifth among Huskies with a 9.6-point scoring average last season. He ranked third among all Pac-10 players by converting 56.5 percent of his shots from the field, including a 9-for-10 effort against USC (Feb. 3, 2005). This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has 19 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He is second on the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.8 rpg).
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing as he was named the MVP of the BCA Classic on Nov. 15. Freshman Jon Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) registered a double-double against Morgan State (Nov. 13) in his collegiate debut with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He has four double-doubles, more than any Husky had all of last season. Brockman ranks fourth among Huskies with 9.5 points per game. He leads the team and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 7.3 rebounds, 1.9 more per game than any other Husky. Brockman is the No. 2 field goal shooter in the Pac-10 at 53.1 percent. He has six double-figure rebound games, matching the total of the entire Husky team last season. Brockman was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with UW.
To the Point
Freshman Justin Dentmon has done a brilliant job filling the point guard vacancy created by the departure of Nate Robinson and school assist-leader Will Conroy. Dentmon ranks seventh among Pac-10 playmakers with 3.92 assists per game. He is already tied for No. 2 among all-time UW freshman with 94 assists and should challenge the rookie record of 103 established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 1.32 assist/turnover ratio (94/71) is among the best in the Pac-10. He is No. 3 among Pac-10 free throw shooters (83.0%) and converted 20 consecutive from Nov. 25 to Dec. 29.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies and of the finest defenders in the Pac-10. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 16 after leading UW to their first sweep in Los Angeles since 1987. During the summer, Jones played with the 12-man U.S. National Team that won the gold medal in August at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. He hit all three of his 3-point attempts during the 2005 NCAA Tournament, including two in a 19-point, second-round performance against Pacific (Mar. 19). Jones dramatically improved his 3-point shooting last season. 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 was 30-of-59 from 3-point range last year. In his sophomore season, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones has six career double-doubles, including an 11-point, 12-rebound performance at USC on Jan. 14, 2006.
Perfect Non-Conference Slate
Washington completed the 16th undefeated regular-season non-conference record in school history with an 87-71 win over Cornell on Jan. 2. The 11-0 mark was the school's first perfect non-conference slate since 1980 and the third-most wins.
Washington welcomed a new member of the 1,000-point club in consecutive games early this season, the 30th and 31st Huskies to accomplish that feat. Senior Bobby Jones scored his 1,000th point Dec. 23 against Lehigh. Another senior, Brandon Roy, amassed a career-high 35 points against Arizona State on Dec. 29 to surpass the 1,000-point plateau. Roy currently ranks 19th among all-time UW scorers with 1,274 points and Jones is No. 22 with a total of 1,145.
The Last Game
#20 UW 75, Oregon 72 (Feb. 16, 2006; Eugene, Ore.)
Jon Brockman scored 12 of his 14 points after halftime, including a put-back with 45 seconds remaining that gave 20th-ranked Washington the lead for good in a 75-72 win over Oregon at MacArthur Court. The Huskies (19-5, 8-5) registered their first five-game winning streak since 1983 in the series with Oregon (11-15, 5-9). UW had a commanding 36-17 rebounding margin, including a 22-6 second-half advantage. The Huskies grabbed 19 offensive boards, leading to a 26-4 advantage in second-chance points. Brockman's offensive rebound and layup broke a 70-70 tie. Justin Dentmon converted 3-of-4 free throws in the final 26 seconds to secure the victory. Maarty Leunen's potential game-tying trey at the buzzer caromed off the front rim. Brandon Roy paced UW with 21 points. Jamaal Williams scored 17 points and Ryan Appleby added nine, fueling a 26-7 Husky advantage in bench scoring. The Ducks were led by the 21 points of Chamberlain Oguchi and 18 from Malik Hariston.
Senior Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was voted to the BCA Classic All-Tournament team (Nov. 15). He registered double-figure points in 22 games. Roy is one of 30 players selected to the mid-season Wooden Award list. 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 has 12 games with 20-or-more points and four double-doubles this season. Roy paced the Huskies with a 15.3-point average during their three-game 2005 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). 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 didn't withdrew his application prior to the draft.
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