UW Men Host ASU, Saturday in Final Home Game
Feb. 22, 2008
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 --
Arizona 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, FEBRUARY 28 --
Washington at (#9) Stanford, 7:00 p.m. PST (No TV)
Maples Pavilion (7,233) / Palo Alto, Calif.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
The Washington Huskies (15-12, 6-8 Pac-10) wrap up their home schedule, Saturday, Feb. 23 against Arizona State (16-9, 6-7). Tip-off is 3 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. Washington won the last 11 meetings with the Sun Devils, the longest current streak between any Pac-10 teams. ASU's last win over the Huskies was a 79-77 overtime decision on Feb. 8, 2003 in Seattle. The 11-game streak is UW's best against the Sun Devils, but not the longest in the series as ASU defeated the Huskies 14 consecutive times from 1990 to 1996. UW beat Arizona 75-66 on Thursday while the Sun Devils lost 59-47 at Washington State. Next week, the Huskies begin a three-game road trip in the Bay Area, visiting ninth-ranked Stanford (Feb. 28) and California (Mar. 1). The regular season concludes March 8 at Washington State.
So Long Seniors
The home crowd bids adieu to two Washington seniors on Saturday as starting guards Ryan Appleby (Stanwood, Wash.) and Tim Morris (Atlanta, Ga.) play their final Bank of America Arena game. Appleby is a three-year letterman who owns UW 3-point records for a career (213), season (84 in 2007) and game (9 at Oregon State on Feb. 16, 2008.) Morris is in his only playing season as a Husky after transferring from Stanford.
Senior Day Success
Washington won its last 11 games on Senior Day. The Huskies' last loss in their final regular-season home game came against 11th-ranked Arizona on Mar. 3, 1996. Since then, the Huskies' 11 wins in home finalés featured five wins over ranked teams, including No. 18 UCLA (1998), No. 13 UCLA (2001), No. 1 Stanford (2004), No. 9 Arizona (2005) and No. 2 UCLA (2007).
At least 26 Washington men's basketball games will be televised this season. Saturday's game against Arizona State airs live at 3 p.m. on FSN. Barry Tompkins calls the action with commentary from Dan Belluomini.
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.
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 displayed the most defensive effort. The current group, a result of that tactic, posted a 6-6 record during the last 12 games. Jon Brockman is the only player to start every game.
Washington won three of its last four games, including a 75-66 home win over Arizona on Thursday (Feb. 21). UW dealt Oregon State (Feb. 16) a 97-59 defeat, its second-worst home loss ever at Gill Coliseum. The Huskies upset fifth-ranked UCLA 71-51 on Feb. 10 in Seattle to halt a four-game losing streak.
Most Valuable Player
Washington junior forward Jon Brockman should be included in any Pac-10 Player of the Year debates. If it were termed the 'Most Valuable Player' award he would be the frontrunner. Brockman contributes 24 percent of Washington's points and 33 percent of individual rebounds. Brockman ranks fourth among Pac-10 scorers (17.7 ppg) and No. 1 in rebounding (11.6 rpg), the only Husky listed in the top-20 in either category. Every other player among the top-10 Pac-10 scorers has at least two teammates also ranking in the top-20 in that category and each of the top-10 rebounders has another teammate in the top-20. Brockman was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week three times this season.
The Huskies have a 14-1 record this season in games when their field goal percentage is superior to the opponent, but are 1-11 when out shot by opponents from the field ... Washington's bench players outscored opposing subs in each of the last 12 games with an average margin of 27 to 10 (320-124 overall). UW's reserves outscored their counterparts in 22 of 27 games with a combined 708 to 378 margin. ... Junior Jon Brockman is vying to become the first player to lead all Pac-10 rebounders in consecutive seasons since Stanford's Adam Keefe in 1991 and 1992. Brockman has 212 more points than any of his teammates and 196 more rebounds.
The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 33-31 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
> The Huskies won the last 11 meetings, their longest streak in the series. Previously, UW's longest winning streak against ASU was a seven-game stretch between 1984 and 1987.
> Washington won this season's first meeting, defeating then 24th-ranked ASU 72-61 on Jan. 24 in Tempe.
> UW swept the last four season series, including three-game sweeps in 2005 and 2007 that included Pac-10 Tournament wins.
> The Huskies have a 17-13 record against ASU in Seattle and won the last four.
> Second-year Sun Devil Coach Herb Sendek has a 1-5 record against Washington, the first two meetings coming while he was at North Carolina State.
> Sixth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 11-2 record against ASU.
The Last Meeting
UW 72, #24 Arizona State 61 (Jan. 24, 2008; Tempe, Ariz.)
Joel Smith sparked a 12-point run with a pair of 3-pointers late in the first half that started Washington on its way to a 72-61 win over 24th-ranked Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena. The Huskies (12-7, 3-3) defeated ASU for the 11th consecutive time. Freshman James Harden, who played despite a sore groin, scored 13 of his team-high 17 points during the opening 12 minutes. He helped the Sun Devils (14-4, 4-2) jump out to a 24-15 lead with 7:43 left in the first half. The Huskies scored the next 12 points, including six from Smith who scored all nine of his points in the first half. UW went ahead for good on a Tim Morris trey that provided a 32-30 halftime edge. The Huskies converted 8-of-10 free throws in the final 1:42 to secure the win. Jon Brockman led UW with 21 points and 16 rebounds while Morris finished with 11 and eight. Quincy Pondexter has 12 points and four assists. ASU got 11 points from Seattle native Jamelle McMillan. The Sun Devils were limited to 32 percent (17-53) shooting from the field and had a 26-8 deficit in bench scoring.
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. Freshman forward Justin Holiday (Chatsworth, Calif.) injured his right knee and ankle in practice on Feb. 12 and did not travel to Oregon last week. He is out at least two weeks with an injured MCL, but will not need surgery. Senior guard Ryan Appleby (Stanwood, Wash.) injured his right thumb in 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 16 games. 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, will attend San Jose State.
Junior Jon Brockman is carving his name in the school record book among the all-time greats. He currently ranks 21st among all-time Husky scorers with 1,209 career points and is No. 8 among UW's leading rebounders with 836 career boards.
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 (11.6 rpg) and is No. 5 in scoring (17.7). 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 27 games this season with 11, 20-point performances. He registered 19 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 54 percent of his shots from the field (198-of-366). 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. 21 with 1,209 career points.
Did You Know?
Jon Brockman ranks third nationally with an average of 11.6 rebounds per game. Kansas State's Michael Beasley is the NCAA leader, averaging 12.5 boards.
For the Record
On Thursday (Feb. 21) senior guard Ryan Appleby collected the only school 3-point record he didn't already own with his 212th and 213th career 3-pointers. He surpassed the UW record of 212 that was established by Deon Luton (1997-2000). Appleby reached 213 treys in 85 games and 506 attempts while Luton attempted 573 treys in 117 games. Appleby hit nine 3-pointers at Oregon State (Feb. 16). That eclipsed the previous school single-game record of seven treys that Appleby shared with Luton and Senque Carey. Last season, Appleby set a new UW single-season standard with 84 treys.
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 20 games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 59 treys, a Pac-10 leading 2.95 per game, and shot 40 percent (59-147) from 3-point range. 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. The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby netted 216 of his 269 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
Washington boasts great depth as its bench players have outscored the opposing reserves in 22 of 27 games this season. The UW bench accounted for 36-percent of the team's offense, outscoring opponents 708 to 378 for the season. The Husky reserves recently outscored their counterparts from UCLA 37-2 (Feb. 10), Oregon State 44-14 (Feb. 16) and Arizona 23-3 (Feb. 21). UW's bench outscored opposing reserves 246-76 during the last nine games.
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 12 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 91 of his 92 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 65 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.
The Huskies have been streaky this season, registering three winning streaks of three games or longer and two losing streaks of three games or more. UW's longest stretches were a five-game winning streak from Dec. 15 to 31 and a four-game losing skid from Jan. 26 to Feb.7.
Junior guard Justin Dentmon has been brilliant off the bench lately, registering double-figure points in four of his last five games. Dentmon is averaging 14.8 points in his last four outings, including a game-high 20 in UW's 71-61 upset of fifth-ranked UCLA on Feb. 10. He scored 16 points at Oregon (Feb. 14) and 17 at Oregon State (Feb. 16).
The Huskies have already played eight ranked teams with two more games on the schedule against opponents listed in the Associated Press poll. Teams on the UW schedule listed in the current (Feb. 18) A.P. rankings are: No. 6 UCLA, No. 9 Stanford, No. 17 Washington State and No. 22 Texas A&M. Eight 2007 NCAA Tournament teams appear on the UW schedule.
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 (1.37 spg) and leads UW with an average of 3.3 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 19 points against Arizona (Feb. 21). He hit all five of his shots against Cal State Northridge (Dec.22), including four 3-pointers. Overton 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.
Climbing the Coaching Chart
Sixth-year coach Lorenzo Romar amassed 118 wins at Washington, moving ahead of Bob Bender (1994-2002) and into the No. 4 position among the winningest Husky coaches of all-time. Romar's winning percentage of 63.8% (118-67) is the school's second highest for coaches who served more than two seasons at UW.
UW's Last Game
UW 75, Arizona 66 (Feb. 21, 2008; Seattle)
Venoy Overton scored 15 of his career-high 19 points in the second half as Washington pulled away for a 75-66 win over Arizona at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (15-12, 6-8) extended a 28-27 halftime lead to 52-39. Arizona (16-10, 6-7) responded with a 14-3 run, cutting the deficit to 55-53 on a Jawann McClellan free throw with 5:58 left to play. Overton converted six consecutive free throws during the next 46 seconds, the last four coming after steals, to push the lead to 61-53. The Wildcats never got closer than six points after that. Jon Brockman registered 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Huskies, who had just eight turnovers while forcing 17. Wildcat freshman Jerryd Bayless had his 30-point streak stopped at three games. He had 22 points, on 6-of-19 shooting. McClellan added 19 points for Arizona. Ryan Appleby was 2-for-10 from the field, but those two were back-to-back first-half treys that gave him the UW career 3-point record with 213.
It's rare when the turning point in a program can be raced to a single game. But that is the case with Washington. The Huskies have a 103-42 record in the last 4-1/2 seasons, beginning with a dramatic 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004. That was the first Pac-10 win for UW, which lost its 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. In the first part of 2004 and the previous four seasons, UW compiled a 46-83 record.
Senior Tim Morris tallied double-figure points in seven straight games after moving into the starting lineup on Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh. He has 11 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.
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.
Venoy Overton scored 19 points against Arizona (Feb. 21), matching his total from the previous six games combined ... Ryan Appleby's 32-point outburst at Oregon State (Feb. 16) marked the most points for a Husky since Brandon Roy tallied 35 against Arizona on Dec. 31, 2005 ... Oregon tied its own UW opponent single-game 3-point record with 14 treys on Feb. 14 ... Junior Artem Wallace posted his first career double-double Feb. 2 vs. California with a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. He is the third Husky to record a double-double this season, joining Quincy Pondexter (2) and Pac-10 leader Jon Brockman (19) ... UW's losses to Stanford (Jan. 31) and California (Feb. 2) were its first consecutive home setbacks since Jan. 8 & 10, 2004 ... The 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, halting a six-game skid in those games ... The Huskies' loss to WSU (Jan. 5) was the only defeat in 15 games this season when they had a better shooting percentage than opponents from the field ... UW 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 ... UW came from 16 points behind to win at LSU (Dec. 29), 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 record books do not have any information on an opponent collecting fewer rebounds in a game against the Huskies ... 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 ... 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.
In their last 20 games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 66.8 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.
Defeats vs. Elites
Six of UW's 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,
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 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.
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 68-59 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including wins in 17 of the last 23 meetings against Washington.
> The home team has been dominant in the series with the Huskies holding a 43-19 advantage during Seattle games and Stanford leading 47-14 in Palo Alto.
> The Huskies lost in their last 14 visits to Maples Pavilion, last winning at Stanford 68-67 on Jan. 30, 1993.
> The teams split the season series last year, each winning at home. Stanford won 78-77 on Jan. 11, 2007 in Palo Alto and UW was a 64-52 victor on Feb. 11 in Seattle.
> Husky sophomore Quincy Pondexter was a prep teammate of Stanford's 7-foot sophomore twins Brook and Robin Lopez at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, Calif. Their older brother, Alex Lopez, lettered at UW in 1995.
> The Washington roster includes senior guard Tim Morris who is playing his only season at Washington after transferring from Stanford. Morris lettered two seasons for the Cardinal, averaging 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 2005-06.
> Fourth-year Cardinal coach Trent Johnson is 4-4 against the Huskies as a head coach. A Seattle native, Johnson graduated from Franklin High School. He served as an assistant coach at Washington from 1989-92 on Lynn Nance's staff.
> Sixth-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-7 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting
#14 Stanford 65, UW 51 (Jan. 31, 2008; Seattle)
Brook Lopez scored a career-high 31 points as 14th-ranked Stanford defeated Washington 65-51 for its first win at Bank of America Arena since 2001. Lopez hit 11-of-17 shots and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Cardinal, which limited UW to 29-percent shooting (15-of-52). The Huskies suffered their first double-digit home loss since Dec. 3, 2003. They missed all seven second-half 3-point attempts, making just 3-of-12 for the game. UW led briefly at 5-2 on a Jon Brockman basket and Ryan Appleby trey 1:07 into the game. Stanford responded with an 11-2 run, capped by three consecutive Lopez baskets. The Cardinal lead was 33-22 at halftime and increased to as many as 21 points during the second half. UW never drew closer than 12 points after that. Stanford did not have any other double-figure scorers, but Seattle native Mitch Johnson chipped in eight points, seven rebounds and six assists. Quincy Pondexter, a prep teammate of Lopez at Fresno's San Joaquin Memorial, led the Huskies with 15 points and Brockman added 13 points and 13 rebounds.