Husky Basketball Hosts Big Sky Favorites
Dec. 11, 2008
SEATTLE - The University of Washington men's basketball team welcomes several former Huskies back to campus Sunday when it hosts Portland State in a non-conference matchup in Bank of America Arena.
The game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. tipoff and will be televised live by FSN Northwest with Todd Mansfield, Francis Williams and Jen Mueller calling the action. The contest will also be broadcast live on the radio throughout the PacificNorthwest via the Washington ISP Sports Network. The Seattlebased flagship station for the network is KJR 950 AM. The radio broadcast and a statistical GameTracker will also be available live on the Internet via GoHuskies.com.
Tickets are available by calling the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200 or by clicking the tickets link on GoHuskies.com.
Washington enters Sunday's game with a 5-3 overall record and three-game win streak following an 88-52 home win against Texas Southern last weekend. The Huskies did not play this week due to final exams. Senior forward Jon Brockman is the team's leading scorer and rebounder with averages of 16.8 points and 11.4 rebounds. Thebackcourt duo of freshman Isaiah Thomas (13.5 ppg) and Justin Dentmon (12.8 ppg) combine to average 26.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game.
Washington opened the season with a surprising loss at Portland, then rebounded with home wins over Cleveland State and Florida International before dropping a pair of games against #22 Kansas and #17 Florida in Kansas City. The Huskies have won three-straight (by an avg of 20.7 pts) since with convincing victories over Pacific, Oklahoma State and Texas Southern.
Sophomore Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored a career-high 18 points, while senior Jon Brockman added his usual double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Washington to its convincing victory over Texas Southern. Four Huskies scored in double-figures and the team forced 24 Tiger turnovers to extend the UW's win streak to three games and its home win streak to five.
The Vikings enter Sunday's game with a 7-1 overall record and three-game win streak following their 77-66 home win over Lewis and Clark on Tuesday night. PSU won its first four games of the season, including an 81-76 victory against Portland, before dropping a disappointing 77-71 decision against Hampton in the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage.
Junior forward Jamie Jones leads five PSU double-figure scorers with an average of 12.6 points while grabbing a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game. Junior guard Dominic Waters is scoring at an 11.6 per-game pace, while senior guard Andre Murray is adding 11.4 points and a team-leading 3.0 assists per game. Former UW forward Phil Nelson is averaging 10.1 points per game for the Vikings. Senior guard Jeremiah Dominquez, last year's Big Sky player of the year, suffered an injured finger against Portland and is questionable for Sunday's game.
Washington owns a perfect 7-0 record against Portland State all-time. The firstmeeting between the two teams took place in 1972. Following a 1973 meeting, UW and PSU did not play again until 1997 (24 yrs). Sunday's game will be the fifth game between the two teams since 2001 and the last in a current three-year contract. All seven meetings have taken place on the UW campus.
PSU head coach Ken Bone is in his fourth season as the leader of the Vikings'program after spending 15 seasons in the Seattle area (12 as head coach at Seattle Pacific, 1990-2002, and three as an assistant at Washington, 2002-05). He has a record of 61-40 at PSU and 319-158 as a head coach. Bone is 0-2 against Washington as PSU's head coach with losses in 2007 (105-73) and 2008 (67-63). In 2001, his Seattle Pacific squad nearly upended UW in an exhibition game - losing 83-81 in overtime.
Viking assistant coach Curtis Allen played at Washington from 2000-04 and still owns the school's career free throw shooting record. He made 202-of-233 attempts for a .867 percentage.