Rejuvenated Huskies Head To L.A. To Exorcise Road Demons
Jan. 19, 2010
SEATTLE - After losing consecutive road games by 17 points each, Washington returned home to beat the Bay Area schools by a combined 48 points. The Huskies will try again for their first win away from home against the L.A. school, taking on UCLA first at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 pm.
Time: 7:30pm PT
Arena: Pauley Pavilion
Broadcasters: Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson
Radio: ISP Sports Network
Thursday's game will be broadcast to most homes nationally on FSN with Steve Physioc calling play-by-play and Marques Johnson providing color. The ISP Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game with Bob Rondeau supplying the play-by-play and Jason Hamilton providing color commentary. Live Gamertracker is available for free and audio is available by paid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
The Bruins (7-10, 1-3 Pac-10) made national headlines early in the season with losses to Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State in Los Angeles and have yet to truly find their groove this year. UCLA is 6-4 at Pauley Pavilion, with losses coming against previously top ranked Kansas and conference foes Arizona and USC. The Bruins feature a balanced offensive attack to go along with the gritty defensive mindset that is Coach Ben Howland's trademark style. On the offensive end, UCLA has four players in double figures, including leading scorer Malcolm Lee (13.8 pgg). The others are Michael Roll (13.4 ppg), Nikola Dragovic (10.5 ppg) and Nelson Reeves (10.2 ppg). Reeves, Dragovic, Lee and freshman Tyler Honeycutt handle the boards for UCLA, all averaging around five rebounds a game. Howland is in his seventh season at UCLA, and has a record of 159-64 at Westwood, including 6-7 all-time against Washington. Howland's career record 327-163.
UW And UCLA History...
UCLA owns a 90-36 overall record in the all-time series with Washington since they first met in 1937. Despite UCLA historical dominance in basketball, Washington won the first six games of the series, and seven of the first nine. The Huskies have won five straight at home, but their last win at Pauley Pavilion came in 2006 when four Huskies scored in double digits, including Brandon Roy with 10 points. Washington won 69-64. Coach Lorenzo Romar, who was an assistant at UCLA when they won the 1995 NCAA Tournament, holds a 7-8 record at Washington against the Bruins.
Last Time They Met...
Washington last played the Bruins on Feb. 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, when UCLA won 85-76. The game was marked by strong performances from the upperclassmen on both teams. The Bruins were led by seniors Josh Shipp and Darren Collison, who scored 20 and 17 respectively. Washington got big games from seniors Jon Brockman and Justin Dentmon. Brockman scored 16 and grabbed 14 rebounds and Dentmon added 22 points. The Huskies pulled to within two of UCLA with under four minutes to play on a Quincy Pondexter basket. They wouldn't get any closer the rest of the way, and the Huskies dropped their fourth and final conference game on the season.
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
The 2009 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lorenzo Romar is entering his eighth season as the 18th head men's basketball coach at Washington. He tallied win number 150 for his UW career, just the fourth coach to reach that mark, against Montana on Nov. 29. He owns a 157-86 (.646) record at Washington and is 250-174 (.590) in 13 seasons as a head coach. The first African-American head basketball coach at UW, he moved to third all-time in victories at UW after passing Tippy Dye against Cal on Jan. 16. That win was also the 250th overall during his coaching career. Romar led Washington to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2004, 05, 06) and the school's first back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances (2005 & 06). He was the 2005 Pac-10 and Black Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Romar played point guard for Marv Harshman's 1979 and 1980 teams and spent five years in the NBA after college. Prior to UW, Romar served as the head coach at Saint Louis (1999-02) and Pepperdine (1996-99) and was an assistant coach at UCLA (1992-96) - He helped lead the Bruins to the 1995 national title. A native of Compton, Calif., he graduated from Pius X High School. Romar and his wife, Leona, have three daughters: Terra, Tavia and Taylor - a current UW cheerleader.
Last Time Out For Washington
Quincy Pondexter scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half, Isaiah Thomas added 20 and Washington put itself back in the Pac-10 race with an impressive 84-69 win over conference-leading California. Thomas and Pondexter were the culprits at the offensive end, but it was Washington's defense that helped them build a 24-point lead in the first half. Washington forced 15 turnovers in the half, held the Bears to just 37 percent shooting and kept leading scorer Jerome Randle scoreless with just two shot attempts and seven turnovers in the first 20 minutes. The result was a 50-31 Washington halftime lead that the Bears couldn't overcome. Patrick Christopher led California with 28 points, but was the only one of Cal's top four scorers to reach double figures. Randle, who had a career-best 39 points the previous game at Washington State, finished with five points. Jamal Boykin and Theo Robertson were non-factors in the game. Washington forced 22 California turnovers, making up for the 50 times the Huskies sent Cal to the free-throw line. But the fouls served their purpose, displaying the Huskies' aggressive, physical tone on defense, something missing in the previous weeks. The aggressive defense kept Cal's offense from ever getting started. Christopher scored 17 in the first half, but no other Bears player had more than four.
Three Pac-10 POW Honors
Quincy Pondexter became this year's first three-time Pac-10 Player of the Week when he got the nod on Jan. 18. He averaged 26.0 points and 7.5 rebounds and was a perfect 12-of-12 from the charity stripe in a sweep over Stanford and Cal. Pondexter earned his second honor on Dec. 7. He averaged 25.5 ppg, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 3.0 steals as UW split their games against Texas Tech and Cal State Northridge. In Washington's 99-92 overtime loss to the Red Raiders, Pondexter scored a career-high 31 points, shooting 10-of-17 from the field and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. He also contributed five rebounds and three steals. For the week, he shot a combined 16-of-31 (51.6%) from the field and 18-of-21 (85.7%) from the free throw line. He also won the award for the week of Nov. 9-15 after earning co-MVP honors with Isaiah Thomas at the Athletes in Action Classic. He averaged 22.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg and shot 63.9 (23-of-36) percent from the field and .952 from the free throw line, including hitting 20-straight from the charity line. These were the first three weekly honor for Pondexter and gives UW 36 all-time Player of the Week nods.
What A Difference A Week Makes
The sky appeared to be falling after Washington was dominated in Arizona from Jan. 8-10 by the Sun Devils and Wildcats, losing each game by 17 points. But, proving their mettle, the Huskies were able to bounce back with a 33-point win over Stanford and 15-point victory over California. Not only was the reversal of fortune an oddity, it was a rarity. The last time UW recorded back-to-back double digit victories after suffering consecutive double-digit losses was in 1972. Moreover, the only other time UW recorded back-to-back wins by 15 points or more after suffering consecutive losses by 15 points or more was in 1961. That year, the Huskies lost by 19 points to Oregon and 28 to Oregon State in late January before rebounding with a 24 point victory over Stanford and 20 point win over California.
Paint The Bank Black
The Huskies game at Bank of Arena against Washington State on Jan. 30 will be Black Out Cancer Day at UW. The UW will wear black uniforms as part of the event and all fans are encouraged to wear black to the 12:30 game to show support for cancer awareness. All fans seated in the lower bowl will receive a black Husky t-shirt, while the first 1,000 fans into their upper bowl seats will also receive a t-shirt. The American Cancer Society will have a table in the concourse to accept donations and will be holding a silent auction where fans can bid on Coach Romar's shoes and an autographed Husky basketball. In addition, the black jersey worn by Harry the Husky will be autographed by the entire team and auctioned off on GoHuskies.com on Monday, Feb. 1.
ESPN College Gameday Coming To BOA
ESPN College Gameday will be in Seattle for the UW-UCLA game on Saturday, Feb. 20. Doors open at 6:00 a.m. and the show starts at 8:00 a.m. Admission is free to fans for the morning event.
Nate-Rob To Defend NBA Slam Dunk Title
Former Husky guard Nate Robinson will attempt to become the first three-time winner of the NBA Sprite Slam Dunk championship when he attempts to defend his title on NBA All-Star Saturday Night, Feb. 13, at American Airlines Center (5 p.m. PT on TNT) in Dallas. Robinson will compete against the Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Wallace and Los Angeles Lakers' Shannon Brown. In addition, one more participant will be added after the Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan and the Los Angeles Clippers' Eric Gordon compete in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk-In, a single-round slam dunk competition that will be held at halftime of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam on Friday, Feb. 12.
Huskies Raise $$ For Haiti
During the Washington and California game on Jan. 16, World Vision was on hand to help collect money to aid in Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Thanks to generous donations from fans in attendance, World Vision was able to collect $13,400. Fans wishing to find out more info about donating may visit: http://www.worldvision.org.