Husky Men Play Final Pre-Christmas Contest
Dec. 20, 2007
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 --
Cal State Northridge at Washington, 3:00 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 29 --
Washington at LSU, 12:00 p.m. PST/ 2 p.m. CST (FSN South only)
Pete Maravich Assembly Arena (13,472) / Baton Rouge, La.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
The Washington Huskies (6-4) conclude a four-game homestand, Saturday, Dec. 22 when they host Cal State Northridge (6-2). Tip-off is 3 p.m. Pacific Time at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus for the final pre-Christmas contest. The Huskies won their last two games, posting victories over Portland State (84-65) and Portland (67-63). Three of UW's four defeats came against ranked foes, including a heart-breaking 75-74 loss to No. 12 Pittsburgh (Dec. 8) in which Justin Dentmon's final basket was overturned on review by the referees. After Christmas, the Huskies travel to LSU for a Dec. 29 game before closing out their non-conference slate at home on Dec. 31 against Idaho State.
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's game against Cal State Northridge airs live at 3 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN Northwest. Kevin Calabro calls the action with commentary from Bob Weiss.
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 provides the play-by-play with analysis from Jason Hamilton.
Coach Lorenzo Romar implemented three different starting lineups in the last four games. He recently put all positions up for grabs to be claimed by those players that exhibited the most defensive effort during practices. The same philosophy applies this week, so Saturday's starting five is anyone's guess. Jon Brockman is the only player to start every game for the Huskies.
Senior guard Ryan Appleby is making up for lost time. He missed this season's first seven games due to a broken right thumb. In the three games since he returned against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 17 treys and shot 55 percent (17-31) from 3-point range. He shot 4-of-5 beyond the arc in the first half against the Panthers and made six 3-pointers for the game. Appleby made four 3-pointers against Portland (Dec. 15). He tied the school single-game record with seven treys against Portland State (Dec. 18), equaling the mark held by Senque Carey (12/4/99 at Old Dominion) and Deon Leon (1/29/98 at USC). Appleby adds that record to the single-season standard of 84 that he established last year. He is averaging 5.7 treys per game this season.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington junior Jon Brockman is a Wooden Award candidate for the second straight season. He leads the Huskies in scoring (18.7) and rebounding (11.0 rpg). The 6-foot-7 forward was honored Nov. 19 as the Pac-10 Player of the Week. Brockman posted double-figure points in all 10 games with five 20-point performances. He registered five double-doubles. Against Utah (Nov. 14), Brockman tallied a career-high 31 points and 18 rebounds, many of them against 7-foot-1 Ute center Luke Nevill. The 18 boards were the most by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had 21 on Jan. 31, 1999. It was the first 30-point performance by a UW player since Brandon Roy on Mar. 9, 2006. Brockman is hitting 55 percent of his shots from the field (77-of-141). A 2005 McDonald's All-American out of Snohomish (Wash.) High School, Brockman was selected to the 2007 All-Pac-10 Team and was a Pac-10 All-Freshman team honoree in 2006.
Season tickets are still available for fans wanting to guarantee themselves a seat for every home Husky men's basketball game. Individual game tickets are currently available for all games. They can be purchased online 24 hours a day at GoHuskies.com, in person from 8:30am-5pm at the Husky Ticket Office or by contacting the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Cal State Northridge Series
> The Huskies have a 2-0 lead in the all-time series against the Matadors, winning both games in Seattle.
> Washington was a 61-57 victor in the first meeting on Feb. 10, 1992 and won 89-80 on Dec. 28, 2002.
> The Huskies have a 17-3 all-time record against current members of the Big West Conference, including Boise State (8-1), Cal State Fullerton (0-1), Cal State Northridge (2-0), Pacific (5-1) and UC Santa Barbara (2-0).
> In his 11th year at Northridge, Coach Bobby Braswell has an 0-1 record against Washington.
> In his sixth year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has a 1-2 record against the Matadors. His two losses came while he was at Pepperdine.
The Last Meeting
UW 89, Cal State Northridge 80 (Dec. 28, 2002; Seattle)
Will Conroy amassed 26 points, nine assists and six rebounds, leading Washington to an 89-80 win over Cal State Northridge at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies completed the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 5-4 record. The Matadors (6-4) led 25-20 before UW drew even at 33 by halftime with a 13-8 run over the final seven minutes. The Huskies opened the second half with a 13-4 surge and extended the lead to as many as 18 points while holding Northridge without a basket for over six minutes. Curtis Allen tallied 12 of his 17 points in the second half for UW, which shot 74 percent (17-23) after halftime. The Matadors scored the last eight points to narrow the final margin. Northridge shot 67 percent (14-21) in the first half, but only 40 percent (16-40) after halftime. UW's Doug Wrenn had a season-high 19 points and nine rebounds. John Clark scored nine of CSUN's first 11 points and finished with 22 while Lionel Benjamin had 15 and Justice Graham 14. The Huskies were playing without Nate Robinson and Jeffrey Day. Robinson was in El Paso for the Sun Bowl and Day was ruled academically ineligible a day earlier.
Washington's roster lists just 12 players, all of them scholarship athletes. Of those, only 11 will play this year as Coach Lorenzo Romar announced Nov. 13 that 6-foot-8 freshman forward Darnell Gant (Los Angeles, Calif./Crenshaw) will red-shirt this season. Gant continues to practice with the team. Senior guard Ryan Appleby (Stanwood, Wash./Stanwood) injured his right thumb during practice on Oct. 31 and underwent surgery Nov. 2 to repair the fracture. He saw his first game action Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh, hitting 6-of-12 treys as a reserve. The Huskies opened the season with 13 players, but sophomore Adrian Oliver (Modesto, Calif.) announced on Dec. 4 that he was going to transfer. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 3.4 points in five games.
Washington strung together 31 consecutive non-conference home games without a loss before a 75-74 loss to Pittsburgh on Dec. 8. UW's previous non-conference home defeat was an 86-62 setback against then-No. 17 Gonzaga on Dec. 3, 2003. The Huskies won 39 of their last 41 non-conference games at Bank of America Arena.
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.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Senior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby made a dramatic return on Dec. 8 against 12th-ranked Pittsburgh. In the first game back after fracturing his right thumb during practice on Oct. 31 Appleby hit six 3-pointers, including 4-of-5 in the first half. He tied the school record with seven 3-pointers against Portland State (Dec. 18). Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of his last 34 games. He set a new school single-season record for 3-pointers with 84 last season. Appleby compiled 171 career 3-pointers as a Husky, 41 shy of the school record of 212 held by Deon Luton (1997-2000). The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby netted 176 of his 218 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
In Appleby's absence during the first seven games, two athletes who did not play last season picked up the slack from behind the arc. Junior Joel Smith leads all Pac-10 players, hitting treys at a 57-percent rate (12-of-21). He hit all four of his 3-point attempts against Long Beach State (Nov. 26). Sophomore center Joe Wolfinger is shooting 3-pointers at a 56-percent clip (9-16), the sixth-best figure among Pac-10 players.
Washington outrebounded Portland State (Dec. 18) 34-14. The UW record books do not have any information on an opponent collecting fewer rebounds in a game vs. the Huskies ... The Huskies' loss to Pittsburgh (Dec. 8) dropped them to the .500 mark for the first time since they were 8-8 entering a game vs. Arizona State on Jan. 31, 2004. UW returned to a winning record with Saturday's win over Portland. The last time the Huskies had a losing record was when they were 7-8 entering a Jan. 29, 2004 game against Arizona ... UW out-rebounded Syracuse 54-33 on Nov. 23. That was the most rebounds for the Huskies since they had 54 boards against Arizona on Jan. 13, 2001.
Start Me Up
The Huskies have implemented four different starting lineups this season. Ten players have drawn at least one start with Justin Holiday the only active Husky who hasn't opened a game. The most recent lineup (Brockman, Wallace, Smith, Appleby, Morris) was used the last two games, beginning Dec. 15 against Portland. That gave Artem Wallace and Ryan Appleby their first starting assignments this season. Jon Brockman is the only player to start every game. He was the only Husky to start all 32 games last season. Brockman has started 73 of his 74 career games at UW, missing only the final regular-season home game in 2006 to allow for a Husky senior to start. Brockman's consecutive games streak stands at 48 games. The Huskies utilized seven different starting lineups last season with a primary lineup that was comprised of two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior.
Freshman Venoy Overton is off to a terrific start in his collegiate career. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard ranks No. 3 among Pac-10 players in steals per game (1.60 spg) and No. 7 in assists (4.2 apg). He distributed six assists in his first two collegiate contests and had four steals against Texas A&M (Nov. 21). Overton tallied a career-high 11 points and six rebounds against Syracuse (Nov. 23). He is the latest in a long line of prolific point guards from Seattle's Franklin High School. Franklin products Jason Terry and Aaron Brooks are currently in the NBA after starring at Arizona and Oregon, respectively, in college.
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). He has five double-figure scoring games this year. Morris transferred to UW and sat out the 2006-07 season. He played the previous two years 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). Morris is the second cousin of Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar.
The Huskies encounter a difficult schedule with 12 games against opponents ranked in the current Associated Press poll, including four with top-10 teams. UW's seven ranked opponents are: No. 7 Washington State, No. 8 UCLA, No. 11 Pittsburgh, No. 14 Texas A&M, No. 19 Arizona, No. 23 Oregon and No. 25 USC. Eight teams that played in the 2007 NCAA Tournament appear on the UW schedule.
UW's Last Game
UW 84, Portland State 65 (Dec. 18, 2007; Seattle)
Ryan Appleby scored 21 points, tying the school record with seven 3-pointers to lead Washington to an 84-65 win over Portland State at Bank of America Arena. Appleby nailed five treys in the first half, including a 25-foot bomb at the buzzer that netted the Huskies (6-4) a 43-37 halftime lead. His seven 3-pointers equaled the single-game standard held by Senque Carey (1999) and Deon Luton (1998). Jon Brockman took over in the second half when he scored 14 of his 24 points. Brockman hit 11-of-13 shots from the field for UW, which finished at 62 percent (34-55) as a team. That was the Huskies' best shooting performance in eight years. Brockman grabbed 12 boards to lead a dominating 34-14 rebound advantage. Mickey Polis kept the Vikings (7-5) in the game during the first half, hitting all five of his 3-point attempts. His four-point play gave PSU a 33-32 lead with 2:31 left until halftime. Polis had 16 points, but was held scoreless in the second half. Deonte Huff added 13 points for the Vikings. Tim Morris and Quincy Pondexter added double-figure points for UW with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
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.
Washington finished fourth in the NIT Season Tip-Off that concluded 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 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).
2008 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. Another returning veteran with starting experience is junior center Artem Wallace.
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.
Another outstanding freshman class 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.