UW Men's Hoop Squad Travels for the First Time in 2000-01 Season

Nov. 29, 2000

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Thurs., Nov. 30 -
UW at Wichita State, 7:00 pm CST (5:00 pm Pacific Time)

Levitt Arena (10,527), Wichita, Kansas

Sat., Dec. 2 -
UW at Gonzaga, 5:00 pm PST
(Fox Sports Net Northwest)
Martin Centre/The Kennel (4,000), Spokane, Wash.

The Washington Huskies (2-1) hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Wichita State (2-0) for a game on Thursday, Nov. 30. Tip-off is 7 p.m. Central Time (5 p.m. Pacific Time) at Levitt Arena. Washington defeated the Shockers 61-47 last season in Seattle to even the all-time series at 2-2. The Huskies conclude their brief two-game road trip on Saturday at Gonzaga. Tip-off is 5 p.m. Pacific Time for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Northwest. The game will be played on the Gonzaga campus at the Martin Centre, also known as the Kennel. The Zags have a stunning 105-9 record over the last nine seasons in games played at the 4,000-seat Kennel. Washington returns home next week to host Saint Louis on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

The Season So Far:
Washington capped a three-game homestand Tuesday with a 94-63 victory over Portland State. UW registered its most points in its last 67 games and its largest margin of victory (31 points) in 61 games. The Huskies returned to their on-campus venue in triumphant fashion on Saturday (Nov. 25), defeating New Mexico State 81-77. Washington played all of its home games last season, and this year's season opener, at KeyArena in downtown Seattle. UW opened the season with a 73-61 loss to Texas-El Paso (Nov. 21). The season-opening, three-game homestand was a welcome change for the Huskies who were on the road for the first 22 days of the 1999-2000 season. They played their first six games on the road last season and didn't play in Seattle until Dec. 13. Washington won both of its exhibition games this season, rallying for an 83-81 overtime victory at Seattle Pacific (Nov. 10) before beating Brewster Packing 84-80 (Nov. 14).

TV/Radio Coverage:
There is no television coverage of Thursday's game. Saturday's game at Gonzaga will be broadcast live at 5 p.m. on Fox Sports Net Northwest. Rich Waltz calls the action with color commentary from Dave Harshman. All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on KOMO Radio (AM 1000) and its affiliates by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau. The radio broadcasts can be accessed via the internet at: http://www.audionet.com/schools/washington/

Projected Husky Starting Lineup:
Washington Huskies (2-1, 0-0 in Pacific-10 Conference)
Pos.-No. , Name, Hgt., Wgt., Yr., Hometown, Points, Rebs.

F - 1 Will Perkins
6-8, 195, Sr., Omaha, Neb., 13.3, 10.7

F - 21 Greg Clark
6-7, 225, Sr., San Diego, Calif., 8.3, 2.7

C - 50 David Dixon
6-11, 300, Jr., Houston, Texas, 2.0, 3.3

G - 23 Michael Johnson
6-4, 195, Sr., Seattle, Wash., 10.3, 4.3

G - 32 Bryan Brown
6-3, 205, Sr., Seattle, Wash., 7.3, 2.3

o Senior forward Will Perkins has double-doubles in all three games. No UW player had a double-double last season.

o The Huskies had a 6-9 record at enemy arenas last season, posting a better road record than home mark for the third time ever and the first time since 1965. UW had a 4-9 record last year at KeyArena.

o Bob Bender coached his 200th Husky game on Nov. 21. Only Hec Edmundson (683), Marv Harshman (392) and Tippy Dye (247) coached more games at UW.

Hoopsters Honor CW:
Like their football counterparts, the Husky basketball team is wearing patches on their jerseys to support senior Curtis Williams who suffered a spinal cord injury during an Oct. 28 football game at Stanford. The UW basketball players will display the initials 'CW' to honor Williams who is in a San Jose, Calif. rehabilitation center.

Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies returned to campus after a one-season absence, playing home games at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena possesses a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 748 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. Washington compiled a 49-9 record in its final four seasons (1996-99) at the old Pavilion before playing last season at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during renovations.

The Wichita State Series:
> The all-time series between Washington and Wichita State is tied at 2-2.

> The Huskies won in their only previous visit to Wichita.

> Washington won the inaugural meeting 102-68 on Dec. 15, 1972 in Wichita. The Shockers posted an 87-79 overtime decision on Dec. 1, 1973 in Seattle and a 92-72 victory on Dec. 28, 1988 in the first round of the Palm Beach Classic in Florida.

> The Huskies won the most recent matchup, a 61-47 decision last season on Dec. 17, 1999 at Seattle's KeyArena.

> The UW has a 4-4 all-time record against Missouri Valley Conference members.

> Bob Bender has a 6-3 all-time coaching record against Wichita State, the first eight games played while he was at Illinois State of the Missouri Valley Conference.

The Last Meeting:
UW 61, Wichita State 47 (Dec. 17, 1999, Seattle)
- Senque Carey scored 12 points and ignited a 12-2 run to open the second half in Washington's 61-47 victory over Wichita State at KeyArena. Washington (4-4) extended a 31-24 halftime advantage to 43-26 in the first five minutes of the second half. Carey had four points in that stretch and capped the run with a lob pass that Deon Luton dunked. The Huskies never led by fewer than 11 points the rest of the game. Luton finished with 12 points for the Huskies who also got 10 from Michael Johnson. Will Perkins led a 38-30 UW rebounding margin with 10 boards. Wichita State (3-3) was led by the 24 points of Jason Perez. After a layin by Johnson with 7:00 remaining, the Huskies did not score another field goal until Jon DeWolfe's layin at 0:15. UW hit 8-of-10 free throws during that span while limiting the Shockers to only 12 points. Wichita shot only 33 percent (17-52) from the field and only 26 percent (8-31) after intermission. Washington won despite hitting only 1-of-8 treys and a sub-par 4-for-15 shooting effort from the field by Luton. The Huskies blocked eight shots, two by freshman Ben Coffee.

Injury Report: The status of Washington players for Thursday's game
o Will Play- Thalo Green, Played the last two games after missing the season opener and both exhibitions. Green underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Nov. 1 to remove some loose fragments.

o Questionable - DeMarcus Williams, Missed last week with sore right Plantar Fascia (foot).

Last UW Game:
UW 94, Portland State 63 (Nov. 28, 2000, Seattle) - Will Perkins posted his third straight double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, helping Washington turn a one-point halftime deficit into a 94-63 rout of Portland State at Bank of America Arena. The Vikings (0-3) held UW scoreless for nearly four minutes, opening a 6-0 lead. The Huskies hit only three of their first 18 shots from the field en route to a 36-35 halftime deficit. Washington (2-1) scored the first 10 points of the second half, including four from Perkins, to take the lead for good at 45-36 with 16:51 left to play. Greg Clark scored seven of his nine points in a three-minute stretch late in the game, fueling a 13-point UW run that put the game out of reach. The 31-point margin was the Huskies' largest in 61 games while the 94-point output was their biggest in 67 games dating to March of 1998. PSU made only 11 field goals in the second half and shot just 34-percent (25-73) for the game. The Vikings were led by the 21 points of Charles Madison. Jamaal Thomas added 14 points for PSU. Joining Perkins in double-figure scoring were Thalo Green with 14 points, Michael Johnson with 12 and Bryan Brown with 11.

Double Trouble:
Senior forward Will Perkins registered double-doubles in all three of Washington's season-opening games. The Omaha, Nebraska native had 15 points and 10 rebounds against Texas-El Paso on Nov. 21 followed by a 14-point, 10-rebound performance against New Mexico State on Nov. 25 and an 11-point, 12-rebound outing against Portland State on Nov. 28. No Husky player recorded a double-double during the entire season last year. Perkins leads the team with 10.7 rebounds per game and is second in scoring with a 13.3-point average. Last year, he led the Huskies in rebounds (5.9 rpg), field goal percentage (47.9%) and blocked shots (39). He is currently shooting 57-percent (17-30) from the field.

Hair Raising Experience:
Senior forward Thalo Green avoided the barber's shears for 16 months before taking his place in the chair at the Montlake Cut barbershop on July 12, 2000. Green had his hair cut for the first time since March of 1999 and donated his hair to the Wigs for Kids, a national, non-profit organization that solicits donations in an effort to provide relief for children in situations of hair loss. Hair donations are woven into wigs and given to children affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy, burns and other medical conditions. 'I'm in a position, playing basketball at Washington, to give exposure and promote the Wigs for Kids program,' Green explains. 'I decided to grow my hair out throughout the whole season and try to raise awareness for the program. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something good for a good cause.' Green regularly drew taunts from spectators at opposing arenas last season as his curly, red hair frequently flopped into his eyes and eventually required a headband to control it. That shaggy coif was in stark contrast to his sophomore season in 1998-99 when Green's head was almost completely shaven.

Sonics & Sons:
Two former Seattle SuperSonics have sons on the 2000-01 Washington basketball roster. The list of former NBA players (and sons) includes, Fred Brown (Bryan) and Lonnie Shelton (Marlon). A graduate of Iowa, Fred Brown is the Sonics' all-time leading scorer with 14,018 points. Brown played his entire 13-year NBA career in Seattle and was a 1976 all-star. Lonnie Shelton was a 1975 All-Pac-8 Conference selection at Oregon State. He played 15 NBA seasons and was a 1982 all-star. Shelton played from 1979-83 in Seattle. Brown and Shelton were members of Seattle's 1979 NBA Championship squad. Two other former sons of Sonics were on the team in 1999, Donald Watts (father Slick) was a four-year letterman and walk-on Michael Westphal (father Paul) transferred after his freshman year to Bellevue (Wash.) Community College. An additional tie to the Sonics is first-year Husky assistant coach Al Hairston who played with Seattle's NBA team in 1969 and 1970.

Bender Bio:
Bob Bender has participated in the NCAA Tournament at every school with which he has been affiliated, including back-to-back berths with Washington in 1998 and 1999. He has an eight-year record of 97-105 with the Huskies. The UW tied for eighth in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 record in 2000 and had a 10-20 overall record that snapped a string of four consecutive winning seasons. In 1999, Washington was 17-12, capped by an NCAA Tournament appearance. The 1998 Huskies posted a 20-10 record that marked the school's finest winning percentage since 1985. Among the 1998 Husky highlights were their first 20-win season since 1987, their first NCAA berth since 1986 and their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1984. The 1997 UW team posted a 17-11 record, capped by the Huskies' second straight National Invitation Tournament appearance. Washington's record improved four straight seasons under Bender, including a 16-12 mark in 1996 after which he was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The UW was 5-22 in 1994 and 10-17 in 1995. His 97 victories rank fourth among all-time Washington coaches. Bender, who began his career with a four-year stint at Illinois State (1990-93), has a 12-year career record of 157-162. His Illinois State squads were 60-57, earning two Missouri Valley Conference championships, one conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1990. Prior to his inaugural head coaching assignment at ISU, Bender served as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski's Duke staff (1983-1989). The Blue Devils qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of Bender's six seasons on the staff, including four trips to the Final Four. Bender, 43, is the only individual to play on two different teams in the NCAA Championship game. He was a freshman on Bobby Knight's undefeated 1976 Indiana team and played point guard at Duke from 1977-80, including an appearance in the 1978 title game against Kentucky.

Coaching Staff:
Bob Bender's staff is comprised of associate head coach Byron Boudreaux along with assistant coaches Eric Hughes and Al Hairston. Boudreaux begins his sixth season on the staff, his second as the associate. Hughes has been with Bender during his entire seven-year tenure at UW. Hairston, a former Seattle Sonic and legendary prep coach at Seattle's Garfield High School, begins his first season. He replaces Jason Hamilton who left to pursue interests outside of coaching.

Campaign 2000-01:
A five-man senior class is the nucleus around which eighth-year coach Bob Bender seeks to form a winning unit. Washington finished with a 10-20 record last season, snapping a string of four consecutive winning seasons that culminated in postseason berths. The Huskies tied for eighth place in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 5-13 record. In addition to the five seniors, who collectively have played 317 career games, the roster includes four other returning lettermen (9 total), four scholarship newcomers and two walk-ons. Two primary starters return, seniors Will Perkins and Michael Johnson along with senior forward Thalo Green who has been a part-time starter for three seasons. No returning player averaged double-figure points last season. Johnson is the leading returning scorer with a 9.9-point average last year while Perkins averaged 7.8 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds. Green averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 1999-2000. Highlighting the season is the return to the on-campus arena that has Husky hopes hovering. The 17,072-seat KeyArena in downtown Seattle never really felt like home despite an average attendance of 7,851. As a result, Washington finished with a better record in enemy arenas (6-9) than at home (4-9) last season for only the third time in school history.

Returning Talent:
Two starters and nine lettermen return from last year's team, including senior guard Michael Johnson, UW's top statistical returnee in points (9.9 ppg), assists (64), 3-pointers (34) and 3-point accuracy (34%). Forward Will Perkins led all Huskies in rebounds (5.9 rpg), field goal accuracy (48%) and blocked shots (39) last season. They are joined by forward Thalo Green who led UW in steals (35) and was second in rebounds (4.9 rpg). Juniors David Dixon and Marlon Shelton return to battle for the starting center spot. The 6-11 Dixon started twice in 2000 while the 6-10 Shelton drew four starts. Senior Bryan Brown has experience at the point guard position after playing as Senque Carey's backup last season. With Carey's transfer to New Mexico, Brown has the inside track on the starting role. He will be pressed by a pair of incoming freshmen point guards from Tacoma, Wash., Curtis Allen and C.J. Massingale. Expect senior swingman Greg Clark to play a major role with increased minutes. The UW's defensive stopper should display his offensive prowess this year. Junior Grant Leep seeks to return from a knee injury that sidelined him for the final 19 games in 2000. Leep possesses a solid inside game with range out to the 3-point line. Sophomore Ben Coffee is an athletic small forward who is a capable rebounder and looks to surface as an offensive threat. Third-year walk-on Travis Duty provides depth for the guard corps.

The Washington roster is bolstered by the addition of three scholarship recruits, including a pair of guards from Tacoma, Wash. Both Curtis Allen, from Wilson High School, and C.J. Massingale, from Mount Tahoma High School, will battle for playing time at point guard as they ranked Nos. 7 and 8 among prospects in the West at that position by Pac-West Hoops. They are the first Tacoma natives to receive scholarships from the Washington basketball team since Steve Matzen who lettered from 1977 to 1980. Allen was the state Class 4A player of the year, averaging 25.2 points and 4.0 assists per game. Massingale averaged 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to win his second straight Narrows League Bridge Division MVP award. Bolstering the frontcourt is 6-9, 270-pound DeMarcus Williams from Upland (Calif.) High School. Williams was rated the West's No. 12 center prospect by Pac-West Hoops and was an honorable mention All-America pick by Blue Ribbon magazine. Invited walk-on freshmen Sterling Brown (Woodinville HS) and David Hudson (Rainier Beach HS) are also new to the team. Sophomore Doug Wrenn, a transfer from Connecticut, will red-shirt this season.

Four players departed from last year's team, including three starters and reserve guard Andrew Moritz. The biggest loss is guard Deon Luton who completed his career as the Huskies' No. 8 all-time scorer with 1,488 points. Luton owns every UW 3-point record, including career (212), season (75) and single-game (7) treys. Forward Chris Walcott started 20 games and was a solid inside-outside presence for Washington. Senque Carey started two years at point guard before transferring during the summer to New Mexico. Carey led the team last year with 137 assists, the third-best season total in UW history.

Husky Tickets:
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including season tickets and other special packages. New this season is the Pepsi 'Fun for Four' Family Pack for quartets of all ages. Get four general admission game tickets, four Pepsi drinks and four hot dogs for only $25. Reserved seats for individual Husky games are $16 while general admission seats are $6 for adults and $3 for high school students, senior citizens and children. University of Washington students with current student identification can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call (206-543-2200) for information. Individual game reserved tickets will also be available for sale through all TicketMaster outlets, phone centers (206-628-0888) or via the internet at www.ticketmaster.com.

The Gonzaga Series:
> Washington owns a 28-8 lead in the all-time series despite losing in the last two meetings with Gonzaga.

> The Huskies have registered an 11-5 record against the Zags in Spokane.

> Gonzaga won the last two encounters, defeating UW 76-66 last season (Dec. 13, 1999) in Seattle and 82-71 on Dec. 8, 1998 at the Spokane Arena.

> Washington has a 48-11 all-time record against West Coast Conference teams.

> Starting at point guard for the Zags is junior Dan Dickau, a transfer from Washington. Dickau transferred following the 1998-99 season and sat out last year as a red-shirt. He was a member of two UW NCAA Tournament teams.

> Second-year Gonzaga coach Mark Few won last year in his first head coaching stint against the Huskies.

> In his eighth season at Washington, Bob Bender has a 2-2 coaching record against Gonzaga.

The Last Meeting:
#22 Gonzaga 76, UW 66 (Dec. 13, 1999, Seattle)
- Matt Santangelo scored five of his 14 points in the decisive 11-0 second-half run, leading 22nd-ranked Gonzaga to a 76-66 win over Washington in the Huskies' home opener at KeyArena. The Bulldogs (6-2) won their second straight game over Washington (3-4). Gonzaga raced to an 8-0 lead, holding UW scoreless for the opening three minutes. The Huskies rallied to take an 18-14 lead led by Deon Luton who hit his first five shots en route to a 23-point performance. Gonzaga reclaimed the lead and took a 37-33 halftime advantage on a 3-pointer by Santangelo at the buzzer. The Bulldogs broke a 47-47 tie at 14:07 in the second half with 11 unanswered points. Washington drew with 70-66 with 0:53 remaining, but Gonzaga converted all six free throws inside the final minute to seal the win. Richie Frahm scored 19 points to lead the Bulldogs who also got 11 points from Ryan Floyd. Casey Calvary grabbed 11 rebounds to spark a 41-32 Gonzaga advantage. Washington's Senque Carey scored 11 points and Michael Johnson had 10.

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