UW Men Open Pac-10 Tourney Play Wednesday vs. Cal
March 10, 2008
Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament
Wed. - Sat., March 12-15
Staples Center (18,964); Los Angeles, Calif. - seeding in (parenthesis)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 --
Washington (8) vs. California (9), 6:00 p.m. PST (FSN)(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
THURSDAY, MARCH 13 --
Quarterfinal; Winner vs. #3 UCLA (1), 2:30 p.m. PST (FSN)
FRIDAY, MARCH 14 --
Semifinal, 6:00 p.m. PST (FSN)
SATURDAY, MARCH 15 --
Championship Game, 3:00 p.m. PST (CBS)
The Washington Huskies (16-15, 7-11 Pac-10) seek to bolster their postseason prospects when they begin Pac-10 Tournament play, Wednesday, March 12 against California (15-14, 6-12). Tip-off is 6 p.m. Pacific Time at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Washington is the tournament's No. 8 seed and Cal is No. 9. The two split the season series, each winning on the other's homecourt. Wednesday's first-round winner advances into a quarterfinal matchup, Thursday, Mar. 13 at 2:30 p.m., against third-ranked and Pac-10 regular-season champion UCLA (28-3, 16-2), the No. 1 seed. The Huskies won the 2005 Pac-10 Tournament title. UW beat Arizona State in the first round last year before being eliminated by a quarterfinal loss to Washington State. The Huskies lost a hard-fought 76-73 double-overtime decision at No. 23 Washington State, Saturday (Mar. 8) in their last outing.
All Pac-10 Tournament games will be televised live. Every game during the first three days, Wednesday through Friday, airs on FSN. Saturday's championship tilt will be broadcast live at 3 p.m. on CBS.
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.
The conference tournament winner receives the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is the 11th Pac-10 Tournament and the seventh since the post-season affair was restored after being terminated following the 1990 season. All 10 conference teams participate for the third straight season. The 2005 champion Huskies have a 9-8 record in all-time Pac-10 Tournament play and advanced to the title game three times, in 1987, 2004 and 2005.
Most Valuable Player
Washington junior Jon Brockman is arguably the Most Valuable Player in the Pac-10. No other player's production is as crucial to his team as that of the 6-foot-7 forward. 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 (11.5 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. 12 on UW season list with 546 points
Ranks No. 5 among all-time Husky single-season rebounders with 358
His 22 double-doubles are the highest UW total, tying Steve Hawes' 22 in 1972
No. 20 UW career scorer (1,277 points) and No. 7 career rebounder (880 boards)
Double-digit points every game. Leads Pac-10 in rebounds (11.5 rpg) and double-doubles (22)
Hall of Honor
Every season for the last seven years, each of the 10 conference schools inducted an individual into the men's basketball Pac-10 Hall of Honor. This year's UW honoree is Louie Nelson, who will be inducted at a banquet this week in Los Angeles. Former Huskies who were honored include Marv Harshman (2002), Bob Houbregs (2003), James Edwards (2004), Jack Nichols (2005), Steve Hawes (2006) and Chris Welp (2007).
Louie Nelson (1984-1987)
One of the best backcourt players in University of Washington history is Louie Nelson, an All-America selection in 1973. The 6-foot-3 guard ended his career as the Huskies' third-leading all-time scorer. His career total of 1,504 points still ranks No. 7 among school scoring leaders. Nelson received a UW numeral as the leading scorer on the freshman team in 1970. He averaged 15.8 points in 1971 as a sophomore during his first varsity season. His 15.1 points per game in 1972 helped the Huskies post a 20-6 record and their best winning percentage in 20 years. Nelson capped a brilliant career as a senior in 1973 with his finest season. He was a first-team All-Pac-8 honoree, served as the team captain and was the recipient of the Huskies' Most Inspirational Player Award. Nelson registered a conference-leading 21.9 points per game during Pac-8 contests. He scored at a 23.0-point clip overall, still the second-highest single-season scoring average in school history. Nelson's streak of 23 consecutive free throws during conference games was a UW record. His 18 free throws vs. Oregon State on March 3, 1973 still stand as Washington's single-game record. Nelson recorded five 30-point performances during his career, including a 36-point outburst against Grambling on Dec. 12, 1972. He was picked 19th overall in the 1973 NBA Draft, a second-round selection by the Capital Bullets. Nelson amassed 2,133 points over five NBA seasons, averaging 9.4 points during his professional career. He played 224 NBA games, in Washington, New Orleans, San Antonio, Kansas City and New Jersey. Nelson is a graduate of Compton (Calif.) High School.
The California Series
> Washington won six of the last nine meetings to claim a 74-72 edge in the all-time series. UW's win total includes a Cal victory in 1995 that was later forfeited.
> The teams split their regular-season matchups with California winning the first meeting 79-75 on Feb. 2 in Seattle. The Huskies were 87-84 victors on Mar. 1 in Berkeley.
> Wednesday marks the first Pac-10 tournament meeting for UW and Cal, which have never before played each other at a neutral site.
> 12th-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 13-11 record against the Huskies.
> Sixth-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 7-7 record against Cal. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears during the 2002 season after winning in 2001.
The Last Meeting
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.
This Season's First Meeting
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.
Junior Jon Brockman sprained his left ankle with 1:56 left in the second overtime of Saturday's 76-73 loss at Washington State. His condition is day-to-day and his status is questionable for Wednesday's game. Brockman started the last 69 UW games.
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 play in the last seven games. He began practicing last week and will suit up at the Pac-10 Tournament. 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 20 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 1,277 career points and is No. 7 among UW's leading rebounders with 880 career boards.
Washington boasts great depth as its bench players outscored the opposing reserves in 25 of 31 games this season. The bench accounted for 37-percent of UW's offense, outscoring opponents 835 to 468. The Husky reserves outscored opposing subs in 15 of the last 16 games with an average margin of 29 to 12 (466-195 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 California 49-12 (Mar. 1).
Washington ranks 14th nationally in rebounding margin, out-battling opponents by 6.7 rebounds per game (38.3 to 31.6). UW out-rebounded 22 of 31 opponents this season, 14 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 11.5 rebounds per game. Kansas State's Michael Beasley is the NCAA leader, averaging 12.5 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.
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 16 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 95 of his 96 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 69 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 (11.5 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 31 games this season with 13, 20-point performances. He registered 22 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 (228-of-429). 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 1,277 career points.
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 226 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 24 games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 72 treys, a Pac-10 leading 3.00 per game, and shot 39 percent (72-183) 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 231 of his 288 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
The Huskies have a 6-3 record in Pac-10 Tournament play during the last four seasons, winning in 2005 and advancing to the 2004 title game ... 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 240 more points than any of his teammates and 216 more rebounds ... Sophomore center Joe Wolfinger hit 11-of-16 shots from the field two weeks ago 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 1-13 when out shot by opponents from the field.
Sophomore Quincy Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.) netted double-figure points in each of the last three games. He is averaging 14.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists during that span. 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). On Saturday (Mar. 8) at Washington State, he had 12 points and five rebounds. Pondexter has 15 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 nine games. Dentmon is averaging 12.4 points in his last eight outings, including a game-high 20 in UW's 71-61 upset of fifth-ranked UCLA on Feb. 10. He distributed 311 career assists, surpassing Donald Watts (1996-99) in the No. 5 spot among all-time Huskies.
Defeats vs. Elites
The Huskies played 10 ranked teams, defeating two of them. Eight of UW's defeats came against ranked foes, including a heart-breaking 75-74 loss to No. 12 Pittsburgh (Dec. 8) in which Justin Dentmon's basket at the buzzer was not allowed after a lengthy review by the referees. UW suffered three-point road losses at No. 8 Stanford (Feb. 28) and No. 23 Washington State (Mar. 8). The Huskies also lost to No. 5 UCLA, No. 4 Washington State, No. 14 Stanford, No. 16 Texas A&M and No. 21 Syracuse.
Freshman Venoy Overton ranks No. 9 among Pac-10 players in steals per game (1.35 spg) and leads UW with an average of 3.3 assists. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard 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.
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.
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 one of only two defeats in 17 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.
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 63.0% (119-70) is the school's third highest for coaches who served more than two seasons at UW.
This is the sixth season of the Lorenzo Romar era for Washington, which underwent 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.
UW's Last Game
#23 Washington State 76, UW 73, 2ot (Mar. 8, 2008; Pullman, Wash.)
Taylor Rochestie scored eight of his 16 points after regulation, leading Washington State to its seventh straight win over Washington, a 76-73 double-overtime decision at Friel Court. Neither team led by more than six points in a game-that featured 10 ties and nine lead changes. The Huskies (16-15, 7-11) staged a 16-6 run to go ahead 58-54 with 1:41 left in regulation. Kyle Weaver hit two free throws for the Cougars (23-7, 11-7) and Jon Brockman missed a layup at the other end for UW. Robbie Cowgill was fouled at 0:14 on a layup that evened the score. His missed the subsequent free throw and Weaver missed a short jumper after a steal. Cowgill also forced the second overtime as Rochestie's missed trey eluded two UW rebounders and fell into his hands for an easy layup at 0:04. WSU scored the first four points of the second overtime and went ahead 76-70 on two Rochestie free throws with 58 seconds left. Ryan Appleby scored 10 points for UW, including a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in the second overtime to set the final score. His potential game-tying trey at the buzzer caromed off the rim. Weaver scored 20 points to pace the Cougars and Derrick Low added 16. Brockman, who sprained his left ankle with 1:56 left in the final overtime, led UW with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
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.
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.
In their last 24 games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 68.9 points with only six teams (Arizona, Cal, ASU, Stanford, Cal, Washington State) scoring more than 75 points. This year's first seven opponents averaged 75.0 points, with four of them surpassing the 75-point plateau.
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 104-45 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.
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