UW Men's Hoop Team Visits the Willamette Valley

Jan. 15, 2001

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Thurs., Jan. 18-
UW at Oregon, 7:00 p.m. PST

McArthur Court (9,087), Eugene, Ore.

Sat., Jan. 20-
UW at Oregon State, 7:00 p.m. PST
(Fox Sports Northwest)
Gill Coliseum (10,400), Corvallis, Ore.

The Washington Huskies (7-9, 1-3) make their annual bus trip south to the Willamette Valley to meet their Northwest rivals from the state of Oregon. Washington visits Eugene to play the Oregon Ducks (10-3, 1-2) on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. The Huskies won 67-58 on Feb. 19 last year at McArthur Court. On Saturday, Jan. 20 Coach Bob Bender clashes with one of his former assistant coaches for the first time as the Huskies take on first-year coach Ritchie McKay's Oregon State Beavers (6-9, 0-3). Tip-off if 7 p.m. for the game at Gill Coliseum that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Northwest. Last year, Oregon State swept the season series from the Huskies for the first time since 1992. Washington, which lost five of its last six games, split a pair of Pac-10 home games last week, defeating Arizona State 70-68 in overtime on Jan. 11 and losing 89-64 to 21st-ranked Arizona in its last outing on Saturday.

TV/Radio Coverage:
Thursday's game at Oregon will not be televised. Saturday's Washington game at Oregon State will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Northwest. 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/

Senior forward Will Perkins has seven double-doubles. No UW player registered a double-double last season ... C.J. Massingale scored 25 points at UCLA on Jan. 4, the highest total by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points vs. Arizona State on March 2, 1995. Massingale leads UW in scoring over the last three games (16.0 ppg) ... Will Perkins (7) and Marlon Shelton (2) have combined for nine double-digit rebound games, eclipsing last year's entire UW team season total of seven ... Senior forward Will Perkins is one of four players to rank among the top-10 Pac-10 players in scoring and rebounding. He ranks ninth with 14.8 points per game and is fourth with 8.2 rebounds per game ... Washington has a 5-1 record in games decided by four or fewer points, including last-second baskets by Greg Clark at Florida International (Dec. 16) and Michael Johnson versus Clemson (Dec. 22) ... The Huskies made six straight second-half 3-pointers Jan. 11 against ASU. They finished with 11 treys, the highest total since they hit a school-record 14 at USC on Jan. 2, 1998.

Projected Husky Starting Lineup:
Washington Huskies (7-9, 1-3 in Pac-10)

Pos.-No. Name         Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Hometown         Points  Rebs.
F - 1 Will Perkins 6-8 195 Sr. Omaha, Neb. 14.8 8.2
F - 42 Thalo Green 6-7 220 Sr. Salem, Ore. 10.9 4.6
C - 44 Marlon Shelton 6-10 260 Jr. Rochester, Mich. 5.6 5.3
G - 20 C.J. Massingale 6-3 195 Fr. Tacoma, Wash. 5.4 1.4
G - 32 Bryan Brown 6-3 205 Sr. Mercer Island, Wash. 6.5 2.1

Homeward Bound:
This week's road trip is a homecoming of sorts for a pair of Huskies. Senior Thalo Green and sophomore Ben Coffee both hail from the state of Oregon. Green was named the 1996 Oregon player of the year after leading South Salem High School to the state championship. He tallied a then career-high 16 points along with four rebounds, four assists and four steals last year in a 67-58 UW win last year at Oregon. Coffee played at Portland's Benson Tech High School which won the 1999 Interscholastic League title and was ranked No. 1 in the state for a month during his senior season. The Techmen placed third in the state in 1999 after finishing as runners-up in Coffee's junior year in 1998.

Shooting Tells the Story:
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has a 6-1 record when posting a superior field goal percentage then its opponent and is 1-8 when being outshot. Recent shooting woes have led to five losses in the last six UW games. Washington was outshot in each of its last six games. During that span, the Huskies' field goal percentage has dropped nearly 10 percent. UW shot 45 percent (266-598) from the field in its first 10 games and 36 percent (135-374) in its last six outings. The 32-percent 3-point accuracy (57-180) of the opening 10 games dropped to 25 percent (26-104) in the last 10 games. Washington hit just 29-percent of its field goal attempts on Saturday against Arizona, the lowest shooting percentage since a 27-percent effort against Oregon State on Jan. 11, 1995.

Injury Report: The status of UW players for the next game:
o Questionable- Greg Clark, Sprained right ankle in the second half vs. Alabama (Dec. 21) and missed four games, including the last two. He was limited to six minutes vs. San Diego (Dec. 30), 10 minutes at UCLA (Jan. 4) and 16 minutes at USC (Jan. 6).

o Probable- Michael Johnson, Sprained his right ankle during the second half at UCLA (Jan. 4) and missed the USC game (Jan. 6). He played 23 minutes vs. Arizona State (Jan. 11) and 11 minutes in the last game (Jan. 13) vs. Arizona.

o Out - DeMarcus Williams, Sidelined since the exhibition opener with a sore right plantar fascia (foot). Also has a sore back and will likely apply for a medical red-shirt.

The Oregon Series:
> Washington has a 170-94 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies have a 67-62 advantage against the Ducks in Eugene.

> The two teams split the season series last year, each winning on the other's home court. Oregon claimed a 76-74 overtime decision on Jan. 20 at KeyArena while the Huskies were 67-58 victors on Feb. 19 at McArthur Court.

> Fourth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 3-3 coaching record against the UW.

> Eighth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 6-9 record against Oregon, the only Pac-10 school he met during his initial head coaching assignment at Illinois State. His inaugural Redbird squad lost 81-79 on Dec. 29, 1989.

> Bob Bender was recruited by then-Oregon head coach Dick Harter and took a recruiting visit to Eugene in 1975 while he was a high school senior. Bender signed with Indiana University.

> Husky senior forward Thalo Green was the 1996 Oregon Player of the Year from state champion South Salem High School.

The Last Meeting:
UW 67, Oregon 58 (Feb. 19, 2000, Eugene, Ore.):
- Thalo Green scored 14 of his then career-high 16 points in the second half, helping Washington overcome an eight-point halftime deficit en route to a 67-58 win over Oregon at McArthur Court. The Ducks (18-6, 9-4) built a 31-23 halftime lead as Washington (9-16, 4-9) committed 12 turnovers and converted only 1-of-8 free throws attempts before intermission. Oregon went ahead 35-28 on a layup by A.D. Smith with 16:32 left in the game, but did not hit another field goal for nearly 12 minutes. Washington outscored the Ducks 23-10 before Alex Scales ended a string of 13 straight UO misses with a 3-pointer at 4:41 that cut the Husky margin to 53-48. Scales made a free throw with 1:25 remaining to trim the deficit to 58-56, but Green answered with a three-point play at 0:56. Green and Bryan Brown each made three free throws inside the final 39 seconds to complete a UW run of nine unanswered points that sealed the victory. Along with scoring, Green also led the Huskies in rebounds (8), assists (4) and steals (4). Will Perkins scored 13 points for Washington while Deon Luton and Michael Johnson each had 10. Scales tallied 13 points for the Ducks who also got 12 from Flo Hartenstein and 10 from David Jackson. Oregon shot a season-low 30 percent (17-57) from the field. The Huskies won despite 22 turnovers and 10-of-22 free throw shooting.

Sizzling C.J.:
Freshman guard C.J. Massingale stepped up his level of play once the Pac-10 season began. He ranks second on the team in scoring during conference games, averaging 12.8 points per game on 46-percent shooting (16-35). He hit 56-percent (9-16) of his 3-point shots against Pac-10 foes. In the 10 non-conference games he played, Massingale averaged 2.4 points on 37-percent shooting (10-27) and was just 1-of-4 from 3-point range. He did not register double figures in the first 12 games. Massingale tallied double-figure points in three of the last four games, beginning with a 25-point performance at UCLA (Jan. 4) that was the highest point total by a Husky this season. He entered the UCLA game with 24 total points before posting the highest single-game outburst by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points against Arizona State on March 2, 1995.

Shuffling Starters:
Washington has implemented six different starting lineups this season with nine players drawing at least one starting assignment. The Huskies used the same starting lineup for first five games of the season, but have utilized five different rotations in the last 11 outings due to a recent rash of injuries. Senior guard Bryan Brown is the only player to start every UW game this season.

Last UW Game:
#21) Arizona 89, UW 54 (Jan. 13, 2001, Seattle)
- Loren Woods registered the 13th triple-double in Pac-10 history with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots to lead 21st-ranked Arizona to an 89-64 win at Bank of America Arena. The triple-double was the second in Woods' career and the first ever against Washington (7-9, 1-3). His 10 blocks were three more than any other opponent ever had against the Huskies. Arizona (10-5, 3-1) also got a double-double from Michael Wright who had 26 points and 10 rebounds. The Wildcats were playing their fifth game under interim coach Jim Rosborough during Coach Lute Olson's leave of absence. Will Perkins posted a double-double for UW with a career-high 21 points and 13 rebounds. The Huskies out-rebounded Arizona 54-49, including 30 offensive rebounds. The Wildcats' 41-29 halftime advantage was trimmed to 42-34 with 17:28 left to play on a 3-pointer by Thalo Green. The UA lead was 75-62 with 5:04 remaining before a 14-2 game-closing run by the Wildcats. Neither team shot well from outside. Arizona hit 1-of-12 treys and Washington was 2-of-17 from 3-point range. The Huskies shot just 29 percent (24-84) from the field, their poorest shooting game since Jan. 11, 1995.

The Season So Far:
Arizona dealt UW an 89-64 defeat (Jan. 13) behind the triple-double of Loren Woods (13 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks ... Washington snapped a four-game losing streak with a 70-68 overtime decision over Arizona State (Jan. 11) ... The Huskies were swept in Los Angeles, capped by an 87-61 setback at USC (Jan. 6). They opened Pac-10 play with an 86-64 loss at UCLA (Jan. 4) despite the 25-point output of freshman C.J. Massingale ... Washington completed its non-conference schedule with a 6-6 record and suffered back-to-back non-conference home losses for the first time since Dec. 1992. The Huskies lost 72-54 to San Diego (Dec. 30) following a 56-55 setback against UC Irvine (Dec. 28) ... UW clinched third-place in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic with a 77-76 win over Clemson (Dec. 22) on a last-second shot by Michael Johnson ... The Huskies lost 69-60 to No. 17 Alabama in the semifinals (Dec. 21) ... Coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington with a 67-47 first-round victory over host American (Dec. 20) ... UW began a four-game road trip with a 63-61 victory at Florida International (Dec. 16) on Greg Clark's late basket ... Former Husky Lorenzo Romar, the coach at Saint Louis, dealt his alma mater a 69-61 loss in Seattle (Dec. 5) ... Washington achieved a split on its first road trip of the season, winning 69-66 at Wichita State (Nov. 30) before an 86-74 loss at Gonzaga (Dec. 2) ... UW capped a three-game homestand with a 94-63 victory over Portland State (Nov. 28), registering the 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 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 ... UW won both of its exhibition games, rallying for an 83-81 overtime victory at Seattle Pacific (Nov. 10) before beating Brewster Packing 84-80 (Nov. 14).

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.

Double Trouble:
Senior forward Will Perkins registered double-doubles in seven of the 15 games he's played. No Husky player recorded a double-double during the entire season last year. Perkins had double-figure points and rebounds against Texas-El Paso (15/10), New Mexico State (14/10), Portland State (11/12), Gonzaga (18/11), Clemson (20/10), Arizona State (13/10) and Arizona (21/13). The Omaha, Nebraska native leads the team in scoring (14.8 ppg) and rebounds (8.2 rpg), ranking ninth and fourth, respectively among Pac-10 players. Perkins is shooting 53 percent (88-165) from the field. Last year, he led UW in rebounds (5.9 rpg), field goal percentage (47.9%) and blocks (39).

Sonics & Sons:
Two former Seattle SuperSonics have sons on the 2000-01 Washington basketball roster. The former NBA players (and sons) are: Fred Brown (Bryan) and Lonnie Shelton (Marlon). A graduate of Iowa, Fred Brown was the Sonics' all-time leading scorer with 14,018 points. That record was broken this season by Gary Payton. Brown played his entire 13-year NBA career (1972-84) in Seattle and was a 1976 all-star. Bryan wears the same jersey No. 32 that his father had retired by the Sonics. Shelton was a 1975 All-Pac-8 Conference selection at Oregon State. He played 10 NBA seasons (1977-86) 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 1999 team, Donald Watts (father Slick) was a four-year letterman and walk-on Michael Westphal (father Paul) left after his freshman year. Another tie to the Sonics is first-year UW 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 102-113 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 102 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 162-170. 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, UW had with a better record in enemy arenas (6-9) than at home (4-9) for only the third time in school history.

The Oregon State Series:
> Washington has a 138-129 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies had a seven-game series winning streak snapped on Jan. 23, 2000 with a 74-57 Beaver win in Seattle. The seven-game winning streak was Washington's longest in the series since 1953.

> Oregon State swept the season series last year, winning 74-57 on Jan. 23 at KeyArena in Seattle and 71-47 on Feb. 17 in Corvallis.

> The Huskies won in their three of their last four visits to Gill Coliseum, but still trail Oregon State 91-42 in the all-time series over games played in Corvallis.

> First-year Oregon State Coach Ritchie McKay is the first former assistant to play against Bob Bender. McKay was a graduate assistant coach at Washington under Andy Russo during the 1988-89 season and returned to serve as an assistant on Bender's UW staff for two seasons from 1994-95. McKay left Washington to become the head coach at Portland State. He then went to Colorado State before his arrival at Oregon State.

> Eighth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 10-4 record against OSU.

The Last Meeting:
Oregon State 71, UW 47 (Feb. 17, 2000, Corvallis, Ore.)
- Brian Jackson scored seven of his 13 points during the final 2:01 of the first half, helping Oregon State take control of the game in a 71-47 victory over Washington at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (11-12, 3-9) swept the season series from Washington (8-16, 3-9) for the first time since 1992. The Huskies took their only lead of the game at 5-4 on a layup by Thalo Green at 17:21 of the first half. Oregon State responded with 10 unanswered points, claiming a 14-5 advantage with 15:11 left in the first half. The Beavers later extended a 29-22 lead with a 13-2 run over the final 2:45 of the half. Jackson had seven points along with an assist, steal and rebound during the surge to help push the margin to 42-24 at halftime. The lead grew to as many as 32 points after intermission. Will Perkins scored eight of his 10 points inside the final four minutes, sparking a 10-2 game-closing run for the Huskies. Green led Washington with 13 points. Josh Steinthal paced OSU with 16 points while Jason Heide had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Deaundra Tanner was held to five points, but contributed eight assists and six rebounds. The Beavers shot 52 percent (27-52) while limiting UW to 33-percent field goal shooting (20-61). The Huskies hit only one of 11 shots from 3-point range and Oregon State converted 7-of-19 treys.

Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies returned to their on-campus basketball venue after a one-season absence. They are 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 749 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. Washington compiled a 47-9 record in its final four seasons (1996-99) at the old Pavilion before playing last season at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during renovations.

Century Mark:
Eighth-year coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington on Dec. 20 with a 67-47 decision at American-Puerto Rico. He has led the Huskies to 102 victories. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the Husky coach.

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.

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.

Puerto Rico Recap:
Washington completed a 10-day, 7,658-mile trip in December with a 3-1 record. UW capped the road trip in fine fashion with a 77-76 overtime triumph over Clemson (Dec. 22) on a last-second shot by Michael Johnson that secured the third-place trophy in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic. The Huskies defeated host American University-Puerto Rico 67-47 (Dec. 20) in the opening round before falling 69-60 to then 17th-ranked Alabama in the semifinals. Washington led the Tide for much of the game despite playing without leading scorer and rebounder Will Perkins.

Husky Talk:
Tune in to KOMO (1000 AM) every Monday night at 6 p.m. for 'Husky Talk,' a half-hour call-in and interview show featuring head coach Bob Bender and KOMO Radio's Bob Rondeau who does play-by-play for all UW games.

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