UW Men Cap Basketball Regular Season at WSU
March 3, 2008
SATURDAY, MARCH 8 --
Washington at #23 Washington State, 4:30 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest)
Friel Court (11,671) / Pullman, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
The Washington Huskies (16-14, 7-10 Pac-10) travel across the state to complete their regular-season schedule at 23rd-ranked Washington State (22-7, 10-7), Saturday, Mar. 8. Tip-off is 4:30 p.m. at Friel Court in Pullman, Wash. The Cougars won the last six meetings in the Apple Cup of basketball, tying the longest streak in the series (1941-42). The Huskies' last victory over WSU was a 68-55 decision on Feb. 19, 2005 in Pullman.
Something's Gotta Give
Saturday's matchup is the classic 'irresistible force against an immovable object.' Washington ranks fourth in the Pac-10, producing 73.0 points per game. The Cougars have the Pac-10's stingiest defense and rank No. 3 nationally, allowing 55.4 points. That's a 17.6-point differential between what UW scores and WSU yields.
At least 26 Washington men's basketball games will be televised this season. Saturday's game at Washington State airs live at 4:30 p.m. on FSN Northwest.
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.
Washington drew a split on last week's trip to the Bay Area with a pair of three-point results. The Huskies defeated California (Mar. 1) 87-84 behind the career-high 17 points of Joe Wolfinger who hit all six of his shots with four 3-pointers. UW opened the trip with a hard-fought 82-79 loss at eighth-ranked Stanford (Feb. 28).
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 fifth among Pac-10 scorers (17.6 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 one teammate 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.
24th Husky to post a 500-point season. Ranks No. 15 on UW season list with 529 points
Ranks No. 6 among all-time Husky single-season rebounders with 347
His 21 double-doubles are the second-highest UW total behind Steve Hawes' 22 in 1972
No. 20 UW career scorer (1,260 points) and No. 8 career rebounder (869 boards)
Double-digit points every game. Leads Pac-10 in rebounds (11.6 rpg) and double-doubles (21)
Washington boasts great depth as its bench players outscored the opposing reserves in 25 of 30 games this season. The bench accounted for 37-percent of UW's offense, outscoring opponents 808 to 438. The Husky reserves outscored opposing subs in each of the last 15 games with an average margin of 29 to 11 (439-165 overall). UW's bench recently dominated matchups against reserves from UCLA 37-2 (Feb. 10), Oregon State 44-14 (Feb. 16), Arizona 23-3 (Feb. 21), Stanford 49-19 (Feb. 28) and Cal 49-12 (Mar. 1).
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes (Associated Press poll)
This Season's Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 2-7 (1-3 at home, 1-2 on the road, 0-2 at neutral sites)
All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 81-211
Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 71, #5 UCLA 61 (Feb. 10, 2007, Seattle)
Last Road Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 72, #24 Arizona State 61 (Jan. 24, 2008; Tempe, Ariz.)
This Season's Record vs. Top-10 Opponents: 1-3 (1-1 at home, 0-2 on the road, 0-0 at neutral sites)
All-Time Record vs. Top-10 Opponents: 32-116
Last Win Over a Top-10 Opponent: UW 71, #5 UCLA 61 (Feb. 10, 2007, Seattle)
The Washington State Series
> The Huskies own a 167-97 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1910.
> The Cougars won the last six meetings, matching their longest streak in the series, a similar six-game skein from 1941 to 1942. The Huskies' last victory in the series was a 68-55 decision on Feb. 19, 2005 in Pullman.
> WSU swept all three games last season, capping an unprecedented two straight season sweeps over the Huskies.
> The Huskies own a 69-60 series lead over games played in Pullman, despite losing in their last two visits.
> WSU won last year's first meeting with a 75-47 victory on Jan. 20, 2007 in Pullman. That 28-point margin was the Cougars' largest ever in a win over Washington.
> In his second season at the helm, WSU's Tony Bennett has a 4-0 record vs. UW.
> Sixth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-7 record against WSU.
The Last Meeting
#4 Washington State 56, UW 52 (Jan. 5, 2008; Seattle)
Aron Baynes scored 16 points, including a three-point play that ignited fourth-ranked Washington State's decisive game-closing run in a 56-52 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Cougars (13-0, 1-0) posted their record-tying sixth straight win over the Huskies (9-5, 0-1) in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. Tim Morris netted nine of his team-high 16 points during the first half, helping UW go ahead by as many as seven points. The Huskies held WSU to 26-percent shooting en route to a 20-17 halftime edge. UW led 48-45 before Baynes tallied his final points, starting an eight-point run on a dunk and free throw with 6:02 left to play. The Cougars finished the game with an 11-4 surge and shot 58 percent in the second half. Quincy Pondexter's basket at 2:51 was the only field goal for UW in the final six minutes. The Huskies hit just 2-of-6 free throws during that span and shot 5-of-13 for the game. Jon Brockman had 14 points and led a 36-24 UW rebound advantage with 17 boards. Kyle Weaver scored 13 points for WSU and Derrick Low added 11.
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 19 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 20th among all-time Husky scorers with 1,260 career points and is No. 8 among UW's leading rebounders with 869 career boards.
Washington ranks 18th nationally in rebounding margin, out-battling opponents by 6.3 rebounds per game (38.0 to 31.7). UW out-rebounded 21 of 30 opponents this season, 13 of them by double-digit margins. The Huskies out-rebounded 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.
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 12.6 boards.
Seven different players have claimed top-scoring honors for Washington (Ryan Appleby, Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon, Tim Morris, Quincy Pondexter, Artem Wallace and Joe Wolfinger). All 11 Huskies who played this season registered at least one double-figure scoring effort and four have posted at least one 20-point performance.
For the Record
On Feb. 21 senior guard Ryan Appleby collected the only school 3-point record he didn't already own, surpassing the UW record of 212 career treys that was established by Deon Luton (1997-2000). Appleby reached 213 treys in 85 games and 506 attempts while it took Luton 573 shots in 117 games. Appleby currently has 222 career treys. He 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 23 games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 68 treys, a Pac-10 leading 2.96 per game, and shot 39 percent (68-173) 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 227 of his 283 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
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 15 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 94 of his 95 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 68 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.
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 (17.6). 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 30 games this season with 13, 20-point performances. He registered 21 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 53 percent of his shots from the field (220-of-414). 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. 20 with 1,260 career points.
Junior Justin Dentmon distributed 310 career assists, tying with Donald Watts (1996-99) for the No. 5 spot among all-time UW playmakers. Dentmon is one of only nine Huskies to register more than one 100-assist season ... 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 228 more points than any of his teammates and 210 more rebounds ... Sophomore center Joe Wolfinger hit 11-of-16 shots from the field last week in the Bay Area, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range. He tied his career-high with 12 points at Stanford (Feb. 28) and increased that figure with 17 points at California (Mar. 1) ... The Huskies have a 15-2 record this season in games when their field goal percentage is superior to the opponent, but are 1-12 when out shot by opponents from the field.
Sophomore Quincy Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.) had an outstanding trip to the Bay Area last week where he averaged 15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Pondexter tallied 19 points at No. 8 Stanford (Feb. 28), hitting 8-of-11 shots from the field. He had a 12-point, seven-rebound, four-assist performance at California (Mar. 1). Pondexter has 14 double-figure scoring games his season. He has two double-doubles, with 20 points and 13 rebounds against Syracuse (Nov. 23) and 11 points and 11 rebounds at USC (Jan. 12). Quincy is the son of Roscoe Pondexter, who played at Long Beach State for Coach Lute Olson before a 10-year professional career overseas. His uncle, Cliff Pondexter, also played for Olson at LBSU before a three-year NBA career for the Chicago Bulls.
Junior guard Justin Dentmon has been brilliant off the bench lately, registering double-figure points in seven of his last eight games. Dentmon is averaging 13.4 points in his last seven outings, including a game-high 20 in UW's 71-61 upset of fifth-ranked UCLA on Feb. 10. He distributed 310 career assists, tying Donald Watts (1996-99) for fifth among all-time Huskies.
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.
The Huskies have played nine ranked teams with at least one more game on the schedule against an opponent listed in the Associated Press poll. Teams on the UW schedule listed in the current (Mar. 3) A.P. rankings are: No. 3 UCLA, No. 7 Stanford and No. 23 Washington State. Eight 2007 NCAA Tournament teams appear on the UW schedule.
Defeats vs. Elites
Seven 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. 8 Stanford, No. 14 Stanford, No. 16 Texas A&M and No. 21 Syracuse,
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 3.2 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.
In their last 23 games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 68.6 points with only five teams (Arizona, Cal, ASU, Stanford, Cal) scoring more than 75 points. This year's first seven opponents averaged 75.0 points, with four of them surpassing the 75-point plateau.
Climbing the Coaching Chart
Sixth-year coach Lorenzo Romar amassed 119 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 63.3% (119-69) is the school's second highest for coaches who served more than two seasons at UW.
Washington halted a six-game Bay Area losing streak with Saturday's 87-84 win at California (Mar. 1) ... No. 8 Stanford's 82-79 decision (Feb. 28) was its 15th consecutive home win over the Huskies ... Arizona State's 77-63 win (Feb. 23) stopped an 11-game UW winning streak in 'Senior Day' games, the final regular-season home game ... Venoy Overton scored 19 points against Arizona (Feb. 21), matching his total from the previous six games combined ... UW dealt Oregon State (Feb. 16) a 97-59 defeat, its second-worst home loss ever at Gill Coliseum ... 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 ... The Huskies upset fifth-ranked UCLA 71-51 on Feb. 10 in Seattle to halt a four-game losing streak ... 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.
UW's Last Game
UW 87, California 84 (Mar. 1, 2008; Berkeley, Calif.)
Joe Wolfinger tallied 14 of his career-high 17 points during the second half, helping Washington hold off California for an 87-84 win at Haas Pavilion. The 7-foot reserve hit all six of his shots, including four 3-pointers. Wolfinger played 12 second-half minutes while UW's starting big men were in foul trouble. The Huskies (16-14, 7-10) trailed by as many as seven points in the first half before a late 18-5 surge helped net them a 49-44 halftime advantage. Ryan Appleby scored 14 of his 16 points, with 4-of-5 shooting on 3-pointers, in the first half. The lead grew to as many as 10 points before Cal (15-12, 6-10) trimmed the margin to 81-79 on a Jerome Randle 3-pointer with 1:33 left to play. UW's Justin Dentmon answered with a runner in the lane with 56 seconds remaining. The Golden Bears got two free throws from Ryan Anderson at 0:40, but UW hit 4-of-6 free throws to secure the victory. Dentmon and Quincy Pondexter each scored 12 points, helping the Husky reserves outscore their counterparts 49-12. Eric Vierneisel hit all five of his 3-pointers and led Cal with 20 points. Anderson scored 19 points for the Bears, who also got 18 points and 13 rebounds from DeVon Hardin.
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 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 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.
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 104-44 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.
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).
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.
Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament
Wednesday - Saturday, March 12-15
Staples Center (18,964); Los Angeles, Calif. (games air on FSN)
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