Huskies-Beavers Clash on the Court, Saturday in Seattle

Jan. 18, 2008

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 --
Oregon State at Washington, 3:00 p.m. PST (FSN)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 --
Washington at (#22) Arizona State, 6:00 p.m. PST / 7:00 p.m. MST (No TV)
Wells Fargo Arena (14,141) / Tempe, Ariz.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)

The Washington Huskies (10-7, 1-3) seek to complete a sweep of their neighbors to the south when they entertain Oregon State (6-11, 0-5), Saturday, Jan. 19. Tip-off is 3 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. Washington won its last four home games against the Beavers. The Huskies defeated Oregon 78-70 on Thursday behind Jon Brockman's Pac-10 leading 11th double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. The win halted a five-game losing skid. OSU lost 69-46 at Washington State, also on Thursday. UW has played Oregon State more than any other opponent, with Saturday being the 282nd all-time meeting. The Huskies have a 145-136 lead in the series. Washington was swept in Los Angeles last week, losing 69-55 at No. 5 UCLA (Jan. 10) and 66-51 at USC (Jan. 12). Next week, the Huskies return to the road to play at No. 22 Arizona State (Jan. 24) and Arizona (Jan. 26).

TV Tidbits
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's game against Oregon State airs live at 3 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN. Barry Tompkins calls the action with commentary from Marques Johnson.

Radio Coverage
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.

Developing D
In their last 10 games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 64.5 points with no team scoring more than 75 points. This year's first seven UW opponents combined to average 75.0 points per game, with four of them surpassing the 75-point plateau.

Shuffling Starters
Coach Lorenzo Romar implemented six different starting lineups. He put all positions up for grabs in early December, to be claimed by those players that exhibited the most defensive effort during practices. The current group, including four players who started the last nine games, is the result of that tactic. Venoy Overton re-joined the starting lineup at USC (Jan. 12) for the first time since Dec. 8 vs. Pittsburgh. Jon Brockman is the only UW player to start every game.

Wooden Award Candidate
Washington junior Jon Brockman is a Wooden Award candidate for the second straight season. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 24. Brockman also garnered the conference's weekly honor on Nov. 19. The 6-foot-7 forward leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (11.4 rpg) and ranks No. 5 in scoring (18.3 ppg). Brockman posted double-figure points in all 17 games this season with eight 20-point performances. He registered 11 double-doubles to lead the Pac-10. 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 (126-of-230). 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.

Ticket Talk
Individual game tickets are currently available for all men's basketball 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: tickets@u.washington.edu).

The Oregon State Series
> Washington has a 145-136 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.

> UW won six of the last eight games in the series with Oregon State.

> The teams split the season series last year, each winning on its homecourt. UW won 91-74 in Seattle and OSU won the most recent game 73-65 in Corvallis.

> The Huskies have a 97-40 record during games played in Seattle, including wins in the Beavers' last four visits.

> Sixth-year OSU coach Jay John has a 4-6 record against UW. John left at halftime of the 2005 game in Seattle and stayed overnight at UW Medical Center due to hypertension.

> Sixth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-4 record against Oregon State.

The Last Meeting
Oregon State 73, UW 65 (Feb. 22, 2007; Corvallis, Ore.)

Josh Tarver scored 16 points, including a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer that gave Oregon State the lead for good in a 73-65 win over Washington at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (11-18, 3-13) jumped out to a 9-2 lead that gradually eroded. Washington (16-11, 6-9) claimed a 20-19 lead on a Spencer Hawes jumper with 3:16 left in the first half. The lead was still at one point when Tarver stole an outlet pass and hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key, giving OSU a 24-22 halftime margin. The Beavers never trailed again, extending their lead to as many as 14 points in the second half. OSU shot just 64 percent (27-42) from the free throw line, but made them when it counted. The Beavers' final 22 points came from the line as they converted 22-of-28 free throws in the closing 2:29. The Huskies lost despite a 42-23 rebound advantage. Jon Brockman had 14 points and 14 rebounds for UW, which also got 22 points from Hawes. Tarver dished seven assists for OSU while Marcel Jones tallied 15 points and Wesley Washington added 14.

The Last Meeting in Seattle
UW 91, Oregon State 74 (Jan. 27, 2007; Seattle)

Jon Brockman matched his season high with 25 points and led all rebounders with eight, leading Washington to a 91-74 win over Oregon State at Bank of America Arena. Justin Dentmon scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half, helping the Huskies (13-7, 3-6) build a 41-38 halftime edge. After the Beavers (9-13, 1-8) scored the first basket of the second half, UW staged a 26-7 surge to go ahead 67-47 with 12:52 left to play. Brockman tallied 10 points during the run. The lead grew to as many as 26 points, but narrowed when OSU scored the game's final six points. Josh Tarver paced the Beavers with 22 points and Kyle Jeffers added 14. Spencer Hawes came off the bench to score 13 points and Phil Nelson had 12. OSU shot 52.8 percent (28-53) from the field and 40 percent (6-15) from 3-point range, but hit just 12 of 32 free throws (38%). UW shot 52.5 percent (32-61) and made 22 of 25 free throws (88%).

Defeats vs. Elites
Five of UW's seven defeats this season came against ranked foes, including a heart-breaking 75-74 loss to No. 12 Pittsburgh (Dec. 8) in which Justin Dentmon's final basket at the buzzer was not allowed after a lengthy review by the referees. UW also lost to No. 5 UCLA, No. 4 Washington State, No. 21 Syracuse and No. 16 Texas A&M,

Personnel Matters
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.) will red-shirt this season. Gant continues to practice with the team. Senior guard Ryan Appleby (Stanwood, Wash.) 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. Appleby was limited to 14 minutes against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22) due to back spasms, but he saw full-time duty the last six games. Senior Tim Morris (Atlanta, Ga.) broke his nose in practice Dec. 27 and played the last six games wearing a mask. 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, who averaged 3.4 points in five games, said that he will attend San Jose State.

Notable
Among UW's 834 all-time wins at Edmundson Pavilion, Oregon State and Oregon have been the most frequent victims with 68 losses apiece ... Senior Ryan Appleby posted five or more 3-pointers in 11 of his 75 career games as a Husky, including Thursday against Oregon ... Junior Jon Brockman leads all Pac-10 players in rebounds (11.4 rpg) and double-doubles (11). ... The Huskies recorded their seventh straight home win over Oregon (Jan. 12). The last time UW had a longer Seattle streak was a nine-game stretch over the Ducks from 1966 to 1974 ... Despite not making a basket in either game last week in Los Angeles, senior Ryan Appleby tops all Pac-10 players with 2.90 treys per game and ranks No. 6 in 3-point percentage (46.0%) ... The Huskies' loss to WSU was the only defeat in 10 games this season when they had a better shooting percentage than the opposition from the field ... Washington posted a 9-4 record to finish with a winning non-conference record for the sixth straight season, since the 2000-01 squad was 6-6 outside Pac-10 play. The last losing non-conference record for UW was a 5-7 mark in 1999-2000 ... Washington came from 16 points behind to win at LSU, its biggest rally in a win since overcoming a 16-point deficit to post a 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004 ... The Huskies 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 against 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 the winning side of the ledger with a Dec. 15 victory 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 implemented six 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, Overton, Appleby, Morris) opened the last two games, beginning Jan. 12 at USC. 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 81 of his 82 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 55 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.

Magnificent Morris
Senior Tim Morris tallied double-figure points in eight of his last 10 games, since moving into the starting lineup on Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh. He is shooting 55 percent (43-78) from the field during that span and 42 percent (8-19) from 3-point range. Morris scored more points in his Husky debut than in any of 42 games during his Stanford career. The 6-foot-4 guard led the UW with 16 points against New Jersey Tech (Nov. 13). He has nine double-figure scoring games this year. He transferred to UW and sat out the 2006-07 season. In two years at Stanford, 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.

Triple Threat
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 10 games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 29 treys and shot 46 percent (29-63) 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 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 leads all Pac-10 players with 2.90 treys per game this season. Back spasms limited Appleby to 14 minutes and just one shot against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22), halting his 34-game streak of games with at least one 3-pointer.

Sharpshooters
Washington ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10 in 3-point percentage, shooting a combined 38.4 percent from beyond the arc. That is the team's best mark since the UW season record of 40.1 percent was established in 1989. Two Huskies rank among the conference leaders in trey accuracy. Junior Joel Smith ranks No. 2 at 50 percent (19-38) and senior Ryan Appleby is No. 6 at 46.0 percent (29-63). Smith hit all four of his 3-point attempts against Long Beach State (Nov. 26). Appleby tied a school record with seven 3-pointers against Portland State (Dec. 18). Freshman Venoy Overton shot a perfect 5-of-5 on treys against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22).

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies have already played five ranked teams with four more games on the schedule against opponents ranked in the current Associated Press poll. Teams on the UW schedule listed in the current (Jan. 14) A.P. rankings are: No. 4 UCLA, No. 8 Washington State, No. 10 Texas A&M, No. 15 Pittsburgh and No. 22 Arizona State. Eight 2007 NCAA Tournament teams appear on the UW schedule.

Outstanding Overton
Freshman Venoy Overton is off to a terrific start in his collegiate career. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard ranks No. 9 among Pac-10 players in steals per game (1.29 spg) and leads UW with 3.3 assists per game. 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 14 points against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22) and hit all five of his shots, including four 3-pointers. 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 in college at Arizona and Oregon, respectively.

UW's Last Game
UW 78, Oregon 70 (Jan. 17, 2008; Seattle)

Jon Brockman amassed 21 points and 16 rebounds for his conference-leading 11th double-double, leading Washington to a 78-70 victory over Oregon. The Huskies (10-7, 1-3) defeated the Ducks (12-5, 3-2) for the seventh straight time at Bank of America Arena. Brockman scored 13 first-half points to help UW take a 44-39 halftime edge. He took the Pac-10's double-double lead from Maarty Leunen, who had six rebounds to go along with his game-high 22 points. The Ducks made their first four 3-pointers to go ahead 14-9 with 16:03 left in the first half. They shot just 8-of-28 on treys after that. UW took the lead for good with 8:53 left in the first half on a jumper by Tim Morris. The lead grew to as many as 10 points in the second half. Leunen had a three-point play with 3:12 left that drew the Ducks within 68-65. But Brockman tipped in his own miss and, after two free throws by UO's Malik Hairston, Appleby converted his fifth 3-pointer in 10 tries. Appleby had gone scoreless in his previous two games. Hairston added 20 points for Oregon and Bryce Taylor had 12. Venoy Overton contributed 11 points five assists and four rebounds for the Huskies.

Home Streak Halted
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 40 of their last 42 non-conference games at Bank of America Arena.

Academic Pursuit
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.

NIT Recap
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).

Four-Year Run
The sixth season of the Lorenzo Romar era is underway for Washington, 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 back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.

The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 33-30 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.

> The Huskies won the last 10 meetings, their longest streak in the series. Previously, UW's longest winning streak against ASU was a seven-game stretch between 1984 and 1987.

> UW swept the last four season series, including three-game sweeps in 2005 and 2007 that included Pac-10 Tournament wins.

> The Sun Devils won 20 of 30 meetings against Washington in Tempe.

> UW won its last four games at ASU after losing 15 of the previous 16 trips to Tempe.

> Second-year Sun Devil Coach Herb Sendek has a 1-4 record against Washington, the first two meetings coming while he was at North Carolina State.

> Sixth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 10-2 record against ASU.

The Last Meeting
UW 59, Arizona State 51 (Mar. 7, 2007; Los Angeles)

Jon Brockman had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Spencer Hawes and Justin Dentmon added 13 points each, and Washington rallied for a 59-51 victory over Arizona State at Staples Center in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament. The Huskies beat ASU for the 10th straight time, and the victory was their third straight following a four-game losing streak. Jerren Shipp scored 13 points and Jeff Pendergraph had nine points and seven rebounds for the Sun Devils. Three-pointers by Shipp and Derek Glasser capped a 15-6 run to start the second half and gave the Sun Devils a 39-38 lead, and two foul shots by Glasser with 8:28 remaining put ASU on top 45-41. The Huskies took over at that stage, outscoring the Sun Devils 18-6 to finish the game. A short jumper by Dentmon with 3:53 left put UW ahead for good, and Brockman made another with 2:04 to play, making it 52-48. Ryan Appleby, who made two 3-pointers to give him a school-record 81 this season, made five foul shots in the final 54 seconds to clinch the victory. ASU made 8-of-13 shots to start the game for an 18-8 lead in the opening seven minutes. UW was 4-of-16 from the floor and trailed 21-10 before Dentmon made a 3-pointer with 7 1/2 minutes left before halftime, triggering a 22-3 run that gave the Huskies a 32-24 halftime lead.

The Last Meeting in Tempe
UW 66, Arizona State 61 (Feb. 1, 2007; Tempe, Ariz.)

Spencer Hawes scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half as Washington built a 25-point halftime lead and held off a late Arizona State charge to post a 66-61 win at Wells Fargo Arena. The win was the first in seven road games for the Huskies (14-7, 4-6). Arizona State (6-15, 0-10) lost its ninth straight game to UW. The Huskies shot 65 percent (17-26) in the first half and used a 26-5 run to go ahead 44-21 at halftime. UW shot just 24 percent in the second half (5-12) enabling ASU to rally. The Sun Devils opened the second half with a 17-4 surge to draw within 48-38 with 13:26 left to play. ASU coach Herb Sendek then was ejected after back-to-back technicals, leading to four Husky free throws. The Sun Devils drew within 61-58 on two Allen Morill free throws with 1:14 remaining. UW's Justin Dentmon responded with a jumper at 0:41 and two free throws at 0:24 to secure the win. Jon Brockman led UW with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Dentmon and Ryan Appleby added 13 points for the Huskies. Christian Polk paced ASU with 18 points.

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