UW Men Host Long Beach State, Monday at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 25, 2007
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26 --
Long Beach State at Washington, 7:30 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 --
Washington at Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m. PST / 4:30 p.m. CST (ESPN)
Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Challenge
Gallagher-Iba Arena (12,611) / Stillwater, Ok.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
The Washington Huskies (3-2) have one home game this week sandwiched between two distant road trips. UW entertains Long Beach State (1-3), Monday, Nov. 26. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The 49ers were NCAA Tournament participants last season as champions of the Big West Conference. The Huskies returned home late Saturday night from a week-long trip to New York City for the NIT finals. On Saturday, Dec. 1 UW travels to Stillwater, Ok. to take part in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Challenge. The Huskies and Oklahoma State clash at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time, 4:30 Central.
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Monday's game vs. Long Beach State airs live at 7:30 p.m. on FSN Northwest with Brian Davis and Bob Weiss calling the action.
Every Husky game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network that airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Season tickets are available for fans wanting to guarantee themselves a seat for every home Husky men's basketball game. For season ticket information visit www.GoHuskies.com or contact the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Individual game tickets are currently available for all non-conference games, except the Dec. 8 game against Pittsburgh. Tickets for the Pitt game, and every Pac-10 game, will go on sale the Monday prior to each respective game. Tickets can be purchased online 24 hours a day at GoHuskies.com or in person from 8:30am-5pm at the Husky Ticket Office.
Pac-10 Player of the Week
Washington junior Jon Brockman was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Nov. 19. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 23.0 points and 11.7 rebounds in UW's three wins last week. He shot 56-percent from the floor, hitting 28 of his 50 attempts. Brockman powered UW to an 83-77 victory over Utah in the NIT West Regional championship game with a career-high 31 points and 18 rebounds. Brockman opened the season with a 12-point, nine-rebound performance in an 88-47 win over New Jersey Tech. He tallied 26 points and eight rebounds in Sunday's 82-68 win over Eastern Washington. That was the second time Brockman received the Pac-10's weekly award. He was also honored on Feb. 12, 2007. Brockman is a Wooden Award candidate. He led all players with 21 points and 15 rebounds in Wednesday's NIT semifinal against Texas A&M (Nov. 21).
Washington out-rebounded Syracuse 54-33 on Friday (Nov. 23). That was the most rebounds for the Huskies since they had 54 boards against Arizona on Jan. 13, 2001 ... Sophomore Quincy Pondexter recorded his first career double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds against Syracuse ... For the fourth year in a row, UW has a Wooden Award candidate. Jon Brockman is listed on the preseason list of 50 candidates for the national player of the year honor. Brockman was also a Wooden nominee last year, following 2006 finalist Brandon Roy and Nate Robinson in 2005.
Washington finished fourth in the NIT Season Tip-Off that concluded Friday (Nov. 23) with Texas A&M defeating Ohio State 70-47 in the championship game at Madison Square Garden. The Huskies fell to 21st-ranked Syracuse 91-85 in the consolation game after losing 77-63 to No. 16 Texas A&M on Wednesday (Nov. 21). UW advanced to the NIT semifinals in New York by defeating Utah 83-77 in the West Regional title game (Nov. 14) after opening the tournament in Seattle with an 88-47 victory over New Jersey Tech (Nov. 13).
The Long Beach State Series
> Monday marks the first ever meeting between Long Beach State and Washington.
> Washington has a 10-3 all-time record against current members of the Big West Conference, including Cal State Fullerton (0-1), Cal State Northridge (2-0), Pacific (5-1), UC Irvine (0-1), UC Riverside (1-0) and UC Santa Barbara (2-0).
> UW sophomore forward Quincy Pondexter is the son of Roscoe Pondexter and the nephew of Cliff Pondexter, who both received All-American recognition at Long Beach State in 1974.
> Dan Monson is in his first season at Long Beach State after spending the previous eight years as head coach at Minnesota. Monson has a 1-1 record against the Huskies, both meetings coming when he was the coach at Gonzaga in 1998 and 1999.
> In his sixth year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar won his only previous meeting with the 49ers. Romar's Pepperdine team beat Long Beach during the 1999 season.
Washington's roster lists just 13 players, all of them scholarship athletes. Two players are not currently available to play. Coach Lorenzo Romar announced Nov. 13 that 6-foot-8 freshman forward Darnell Gant (Los Angeles, Calif./Crenshaw) will red-shirt this season. Senior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby (Stanwood, Wash./Stanwood) injured his right thumb during practice on Oct. 31 and will be sidelined for six weeks. Appleby underwent surgery Nov. 2 to repair the fracture. He set a new school single-season record for 3-pointers with 84 last season. Appleby hit 154 career treys as a Husky after transferring from Florida prior to the 2004-05 academic year.
The Huskies embarked on a five-game tour of Greece from Aug. 27 to Sept. 6. UW posted a 2-3 record on the trip while working three players into the lineup who did not play last season (Tim Morris, Joel Smith, Joe Wolfinger). The team also visited historic sites like the Acropolis, Parthenon and Olympic Stadium in Athens, the Royal Tombs near Thessaloniki and the cliffs of Meteora. Games and tours weren't the only thing on the agenda. The Huskies took advantage of the journey to learn more about one of the most famous Greeks, Socrates. The Husky players enrolled in a classics course with James Clauss, the former chair of the UW classics department and now director of the Honors Program. Clauss taught the course the week prior to the team's departure and continued his instruction in Greece as a member of the travel party. Along with Socrates, the Huskies studied architecture and Greek history.
Senior Tim Morris scored more points in his Washington debut than in any of 42 games during his career at Stanford. The 6-foot-4 guard led the Huskies with 16 points against New Jersey Tech (Nov. 13). Morris transferred to UW prior to last year and sat out the 2006-07 season. He played the previous two seasons at Stanford where his game-high total was 15 points against UC Davis on Dec. 4, 2005. Morris was a two-time Georgia State Class A Player of the Year (2002 & 2003). He is the second cousin of Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar.
UW's Last Game
(#21) Syracuse 91, UW 85 NIT Consolation (Nov. 23, 2007; New York)
Donte Greene had 25 points and 10 rebounds, leading 21st-ranked Syracuse to a 91-85 win over Washington in the consolation final of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. The Huskies (3-2) led 19-9 midway through the first half. Syracuse (4-1) later reeled off 15 unanswered points en route to a 48-39 halftime margin. UW drew within 88-85 on a basket by Quincy Pondexter with 26 seconds left to play, but the Orange made 3-of-6 free throws in the final 19 seconds to secure the win. The Huskies were whistled for 35 fouls and had four players disqualified. Syracuse had 17 fouls and outscored UW 34-11 at the line, with a 52-19 disparity in attempts. Pondexter paced the Huskies with 20 points and led a 54-33 rebound advantage with 13 boards. Eric Devendorf scored 18 points for Syracuse and Jonny Flynn added 16.
The sixth season of the Lorenzo Romar era begins for the Washington men's basketball team, which is in the midst of one of the most successful stretches in school history. The Huskies registered a 93-38 record over the previous four seasons, more victories than any other Pac-10 team during that span. The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005, 26-7 in 2006 and 19-13 last season. The 93 combined wins are the second-highest four-year total in school history, topped only by a 96-win run from 1950-53. UW competed in three straight NCAA Tournaments (2004-06), advancing to the third round in both 2005 and 2006. Those were UW's first ever back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.
One starter and three other lettermen have departed, led by All-Pac-10 Freshman team and honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection Spencer Hawes. He was the 10th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. Also gone are four-year lettermen Brandon Burmeister and Hans Gasser along with Phil Nelson, who transferred to Portland State after one year at UW.
2007 UW Preview
The Huskies return four starters from the 2007 team that registered a 19-13 record and capped the regular-season with a 61-51 victory over second-ranked UCLA. The Huskies finished seventh in the Pac-10 with in 8-10 record. Heading the list of returnees is first-team All-Pac-10 selection Jon Brockman, a 6-foot-7 junior forward who led the conference last season with an average of 9.6 rebounds per game. UW's other returning starters are senior Ryan Appleby, junior Justin Dentmon and sophomore Quincy Pondexter. All four returning starters averaged double-figure points in 2007. The returning Huskies got a head start on the season when they ventured to Greece from Aug. 27 to Sept. 6 for a five-game tour. The team sandwiched several sightseeing excursions and other bonding experiences around five games that yielded a 2-3 record against Greek pro teams. The four incoming freshmen were not allowed on that trip, but three players who did not see game action last season did participate. Senior Tim Morris, who sat out last season after transferring from Stanford, made the most of the games in Greece. He was second on the team with a 12.8-point scoring average and hit 6-of-8 shots from 3-point range. Athletic junior Joel Smith returned after red-shirting last season due to a foot injury. Despite missing the entire season, Smith is still the most experienced Husky with a team-high 66 career games in a UW uniform. Sophomore Joe Wolfinger played well in Greece after missing the previous two seasons with a foot injury. The 7-foot center is an excellent shooter, with range past the 3-point line. Two other returning veterans who will be major contributors and battle for starting berths are junior center Artem Wallace and sophomore guard Adrian Oliver.
Four of the premier high school players in the nation joined the Huskies this season, including Matthew Bryan-Amaning, a 6-9 forward from South Kent School who was the Connecticut state player of the year. The signing class includes a pair of California prepsters. Darnell Gant, a 6-8 forward from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, was the nation's No. 50 recruit and the No. 12 prospect in the annual Best in the West poll. Ranked No. 23 on that Best in the West list was 6-6 forward Justin Holiday from Campbell Hall High School. The lone local signee was 6-foot point guard Venoy Overton, the state Class 4A player of the year from Seattle's Franklin High School. The quartet of stellar recruits is another boost for a Washington program that brought in classes rated among the nation's best in each of the previous two years.