UW Men Start Second Swing Through Pac-10 Slate

Feb. 5, 2008

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USC at Washington, 7:00 p.m. PST (Prime Ticket, FCS live/FSN NW delay)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)

(#5) UCLA at Washington, 1:30 p.m. PST (FSN)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)

The Washington Huskies (12-10, 3-6 Pac-10) begin their second swing through the Pac-10 schedule this week when they conclude a four-game homestand against the Los Angeles schools. UW hosts USC (14-7, 5-4), Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena. The Trojans lost in each of their last three visits to UW. On Sunday, Feb. 10, fifth-ranked and conference-leading UCLA (20-2, 8-1) visits Seattle for a 1:30 p.m. clash. UW beat the Bruins in the last three Seattle encounters. Next week, the Huskies take their annual trek south to play at Oregon (Feb. 14) and Oregon State (Feb. 16).

The streaky Huskies lost their last three games, immediately after winning three straight. This is the second three-game losing skid for UW, which also has a five-game winning streak on its ledger. The Huskies were swept by Stanford and California last week, their first back-to-back home losses since Jan. 8 (USC) and Jan. 10 (UCLA) of 2004.

TV Tidbits
At least 26 Washington men's basketball games will be televised this season. Thursday's game against USC airs live at 7 p.m. on FSN Prime Ticket and Fox College Sports. The game airs on a same-day delayed basis at 9:30 p.m. on FSN Northwest. Jim Watson, and Mike Montgomery call the action with sideline reports from Cara Capuano.

Radio Coverage
Every Husky men's basketball game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network that airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) throughout the Puget Sound region. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play with analysis from Jason Hamilton.

Shuffling Starters
Coach Lorenzo Romar implemented six different starting lineups this season. 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, a result of that tactic, posted a 3-4 record during the last seven games. Four players from the current unit started the last 14 games. Venoy Overton re-joined the starting lineup at USC (Jan. 12) for the first time since Dec. 8. 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 and was named to the 30-player midseason list announced Jan. 27. Brockman leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (11.2 rpg) and is No. 5 in scoring (18.6). The 6-foot-7 forward was honored three times this season as the Pac-10 Player of the Week; on Nov. 19, Dec. 24 and Jan. 21. Brockman posted double-figure points in all 22 games this season with 11, 20-point performances. He registered 14 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 (169-of-306). 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. He became UW's 32nd 1,000-point scorer on Jan. 12 at USC and currently ranks No. 23 with 1,141 career points.

The Huskies lost four home games for the first season since going 8-7 in 2003 ... Junior Jon Brockman accounts for 26 percent of UW's points (18.6 ppg) and 33 pcercent of the Huskies' individual rebounds (11.2 rpg). ... Brockman is the No. 5 Pac-10 scorer and is the only player in the top-10 who does not have a teammate among the league's top-20 scorers.

The USC Series
> USC won the most recent meeting to take a 64-63 edge in the all-time series that began in 1925. The Trojans posted a 66-51 win on Jan. 12, 2008 in Los Angeles.

> Washington won six of the last eight meetings against USC, dating back to 2004.

> The Huskies own a 36-27 advantage over USC during games played in Seattle, including wins in the last three games at Bank of America Arena.

> In his third year at USC, Tim Floyd has a 2-3 record against Washington.

> Sixth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has an 8-3 record against USC.

The Last Meeting
USC 66, UW 51 (Jan. 12, 2008; Los Angeles)

O.J. Mayo scored 14 of his 15 points in the second half, five of them during the decisive stretch in USC's 66-51 win over Washington at the Galen Center. The Trojans (10-6, 1-3) forced 12 first-half turnovers and led by as many as 11 points before settling on a 29-23 halftime edge. Mayo missed all six of his shots and had one point in the opening period. USC was ahead 36-25 before the Huskies (9-7, 0-3) staged a 16-4 run. Joel Smith capped the surge with a 3-pointer that gave UW its first lead of the game at 41-40 with 11:19 left to play. USC soon responded with 14 unanswered points, including a jumper and 3-pointer from Mayo, to go ahead for good at 56-43 with 5:31 remaining. Dwight Lewis paced the Trojans with 17 points. Jon Brockman had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies, who also got 11 points and 11 boards from Quincy Pondexter. UW grabbed 22 offensive boards en route to a 42-28 rebounding advantage. The Trojans hit 20-of-24 free throws, outscoring UW (7-of-13) by 13 points from the stripe The Huskies shot a season-low 33 percent (20-of-60) from the field and tied their high with 20 turnovers.

The Last Meeting in Seattle
UW 85, #23 USC 70 (Mar. 1, 2007; Seattle)

Ryan Appleby scored 22 points and hit four of his five 3-pointers in the first half when Washington took control en route to an 85-70 win over No. 23 USC at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (17-12, 7-10) made six consecutive treys late in the first half to claim a 48-37 halftime lead. The Trojans (21-9, 11-6 ) trimmed the margin to five points, but Spencer Hawes scored eight of his 13 points to fuel UW's 16-6 run over the final 6:27 that secured the win. Jon Brockman tallied 17 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies. Nick Young led the Trojans with 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting and Gabe Pruitt had 13. UW hit 10-of-18 treys.

Personnel File
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 11 games. Senior Tim Morris (Atlanta, Ga.) broke his nose in practice Dec. 27 and played the last 11 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.

Developing D
In their last 15 games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 67.2 points with two teams (Arizona, Cal) scoring more than 75 points. This year's first seven opponents combined to average 75.0 points, with four of them surpassing the 75-point plateau.

Climbing the Coaching Chart
Sixth-year coach Lorenzo Romar amassed 115 wins at Washington. His next victory will tie him for fourth with Bob Bender (1994-2002) among the winningest Husky coaches of all-time. Romar's winning percentage of 63.9% (115-65) is the school's second highest for coaches who served more than two seasons at UW.

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies have already played seven ranked teams with three more games on the schedule against opponents ranked in the current Associated Press poll. Teams on the UW schedule listed in the current (Feb. 4) A.P. rankings are: No. 5 UCLA, No. 9 Stanford, No. 17 Washington State, No. 18 Texas A&M and No. 21 Pittsburgh. Eight 2007 NCAA Tournament teams appear on the UW schedule.

Defeats vs. Elites
Six of UW's 10 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. 14 Stanford, No. 16 Texas A&M and No. 21 Syracuse,

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 seven 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 86 of his 87 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 60 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.

Court Report
UW's losses to Stanford (Jan. 31) and California (Feb. 2) were its first consecutive home setbacks since Jan. 8 (USC) and Jan. 10 (UCLA) of 2004 ... Thursday's 65-51 loss to No. 14 Stanford was the first double-digit home defeat by Washington since an 86-62 loss to Gonzaga on Dec. 3, 2003. ... The Huskies 72-61 decision at No. 24 Arizona State (Jan. 24) was their first road win against a ranked opponent since Jan. 14, 2006 at UCLA and halted a six-game losing streak in those games ... UW won it's 11th consecutive game against Arizona State (Jan. 24), the longest current streak between Pac-10 teams ... 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 ... The Huskies' loss to WSU was the only defeat in 12 games this season when they had a better shooting percentage than opponents 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.

Did You Know?
Jon Brockman ranks fifth nationally with an average of 11.2 rebounds per game. Kansas State's Michael Beasley is the NCAA leader, averaging 12.3 boards.

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 15 games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 43 treys, a Pac-10 leading 2.87 per game, and shot 41 percent (43-106) from 3-point range. 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 ranks No. 2 among Pac-10 players with 2.87 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.

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 set a new school single-season record for 3-pointers with 84 last season. Appleby compiled 197 career 3-pointers as a Husky, 15 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 195 of his 242 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.

UW's Last Game
California 79, UW 75 (Feb. 2, 2008; Seattle)

Ryan Anderson scored 20 of his 33 points in the second half for California, which rallied to defeat Washington 79-75 at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (12-10, 3-6) lost consecutive home games for the first time since 2004. They led by as many as seven points before settling on a 33-28 halftime margin. The UW lead was 51-46 before Anderson scored 15 straight Cal points to fuel a 19-5 surge that netted a 65-56 advantage with 7:32 remaining. The Huskies rallied behind Ryan Appleby's fifth 3-pointer and two Venoy Overton free throws to tie the score 72-72 with 1:20 remaining. Patrick Christopher hit the decisive shot, a 3-pointer at 0:27, and the Golden Bears (13-7, 4-5) hit four free throws inside the final 16 seconds to secure the win. Christopher finished with 20 points for Cal and Jerome Randle added 16. Anderson grabbed 17 rebounds for the Bears, who posted a 41-34 advantage on the boards. Appleby paced the Huskies with 19 points while Aretem Wallace registered his first double-double with a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. UW's Jon Brockman scored 15 points despite being limited to 24 minutes due to foul trouble.

Two Huskies rank among the conference leaders in 3-point accuracy. Junior Joel Smith ranks No. 1 at 50 percent (22-44) and senior Ryan Appleby is No. 10, hitting at a 41-percent clip (43-106). 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).

Magnificent Morris
Senior Tim Morris tallied double-figure points in seven straight games after moving into the starting lineup on Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh. He has 10 double-figure scoring games overall this year. 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 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.

Outstanding Overton
Freshman Venoy Overton is off to a terrific start in his collegiate career. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard ranks No. 7 among Pac-10 players in steals per game (1.32 spg) and leads UW with an average of 3.4 assists. Overton distributed a career-high seven assists against Oregon State (Jan. 19). He had 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.

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.

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.

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).

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 No. 2 UCLA. UW finished seventh with an 8-10 Pac-10 record. 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.

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 UCLA Series
> The Bruins boast an 89-34 series lead after winning 33 of the last 44 meetings against Washington.

> The team's split the season series last year, each winning at home. UCLA won the first meeting 96-74 on Dec. 31 and UW upset No. 2 UCLA 61-51 on Mar. 3.

> Despite winning the last three meetings at Bank of America Arena, the Huskies trail 31-27 during all-time encounters in Seattle.

> Washington assistant coach Cameron Dollar was a four-year letterman point guard at UCLA from 1994-97, helping the Bruins to three Pac-10 championships and the 1995 NCAA title. He played three seasons for Jim Harrick and one for Steve Lavin. Dollar hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer against Washington, lifting UCLA to a 91-88 overtime win on Mar. 7, 1996 at Pauley Pavilion.

> In his fifth year at UCLA, Ben Howland has a 5-5 record against the Huskies.

> Sixth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-7 record against UCLA. Romar served four seasons as an assistant on Jim Harrick's UCLA staff from 1993-96, including the 1995 NCAA championship year.

The Last Meeting
#5 UCLA 69, UW 55 (Jan. 10, 2008; Los Angeles)

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored 11 of his 17 points during the first half, helping fifth-ranked UCLA jump ahead early en route to a 69-55 win over Washington. The Bruins (15-1, 3-0) beat UW (9-6, 0-2) for the 21st time in the last 22 meetings at Pauley Pavilion. The game was tied four times in the first 10 minutes before UCLA broke it open with a 27-11 run that ended the half with the Bruins ahead 41-23. The spurt began with nine consecutive points, and Mbah a Moute scored seven in a row in one stretch. The Huskies committed 11 of their 15 turnovers in the first half. The UCLA lead grew to as many as 22 points before UW's Jon Brockman tallied seven of his 16 points during a 14-3 second-half run that closed the margin to 57-46 with 10:21 remaining. The Bruins answered with an 8-1 run to repel the UW rally. Russell Westbrook scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half for UCLA and Kevin Love added 11. Quincy Pondexter netted 10 points for UW. The Bruins shot 52 percent (24-46) for the game and outscored UW 19-7 at the free throw line.

The Last Meeting in Seattle
UW 61, #2 UCLA 51 (Mar. 3, 2007; Seattle)

Jon Brockman scored 20 points, including four free throws inside the final 37 seconds that sealed Washington's 61-51 triumph over second-ranked UCLA at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (18-12, 8-1) won their final home game for the 11th straight season. UW led the entire game, beginning with a 9-0 start. The Huskies finished with a 10-0 run to take a 31-20 halftime lead. After a 14-2 surge, the Bruins (26-4, 15-3) drew within 52-51 on a Darren Collison 3-pointer with 2:57 left to play. UW tallied the game's final nine points, starting with a tip-in by Spencer Hawes with 2:33 remaining. Hawes finished with 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead a 44-29 board advantage. Josh Shipp had 13 points to lead UCLA, which was limited to 31-percent shooting (20-64) from the field.

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