UW Men's Hoop Squad Entertains Cal on Saturday

Jan. 26, 2001

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Sat., Jan. 27 -
UW vs. California, 2:00 p.m. PST

Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.

Sat., Feb. 3 -
UW vs. Washington State, 3:00 p.m. PST
(Fox Sports Net)
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.

The Washington Huskies (8-11, 2-5) seek to rebound from their largest loss of the season as they host California (13-5, 4-2) on Saturday, Jan. 27. Tip-off is 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Huskies won three of the last four meetings with California. Washington suffered a 94-63 setback against top-ranked Stanford on Thursday while the Golden Bears claimed a 75-71 overtime decision at Washington State. The win was the 12th in the last 14 games for California whose only losses were to highly ranked Arizona and Stanford. Following Saturday's game it is rival week for the Huskies who entertain Washington State on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m.

TV/Radio Coverage:
Saturday's game against California will not be televised. 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/

Double Trouble:
Senior forward Will Perkins registered double-doubles in seven of the 17 games he's played to lead all Pac-10 players. 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), Arizona (21/13) and Stanford (12/11). The Omaha, Nebraska native leads the team in scoring (14.3 ppg) and rebounds (7.8 rpg), ranking 10th and fifth, respectively among Pac-10 players. Perkins is shooting 53 percent (102-192). He led UW last year in rebounds (5.9 rpg), field goal percentage (47.9%) and blocks (39).

Projected Husky Starting Lineup:
Washington Huskies (8-11, 2-5 in Pacific-10 Conference)

Pos.-No. Name         Hgt.  Wgt. Yr.  Hometown         Points   Rebs.
F - 1 Will Perkins 6-8 195 Sr. Omaha, Neb. 14.3 7.8
F - 42 Thalo Green 6-7 220 Sr. Salem, Ore. 11.3 4.5
C - 50 David Dixon 6-11 300 Jr. Houston, Texas 3.3 2.8
G - 23 Michael Johnson 6-4 195 Sr. Seattle, Wash. 7.8 3.2
G - 32 Bryan Brown 6-3 205 Sr. Mercer Island, Wash. 6.1 1.9

Shooting Story:
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has a 7-1 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 1-10 when being outshot. The Huskies are shooting over 10 percent better from the field in their victories (47.8 - 37.0) and nearly 13 percent better from 3-point range (36.4 - 23.6). UW is outscoring opponents 74.1 to 66.1 in eight wins and has been outscored 76.7 to 61.2 in 11 defeats.

Will Perkins leads the Pac-10 with eight double-doubles. No UW player registered a double-double last season ... Washington lost seven of its last nine games immediately following a stretch in which it won six of nine games ... The Huskies have a 6-1 record in games decided by four or fewer points and are 3-0 in overtime contests this season ... Thursday's loss dropped Washington's record to 1-25 in all-time meetings against No. 1 ranked opponents ... Freshman guard Curtis Allen registered double-figure points in two of the last three games with 12 points at Oregon (Jan. 18), including the game-winner, and 10 on Thursday against Stanford ... Each of Washington's last three wins were overtime decisions ... The Huskies have a 3-0 record in overtime games, the first season they won three overtime contests since the 1984 squad was 3-0 ... Washington, which won 67-58 at Oregon in 2000, posted back-to-back wins at McArthur Court for the first time since the 1981 & 1982 seasons ... UW has a trio of game-winning baskets within the final 0:06 this season: Greg Clark with 0:03 left at Florida International (Dec. 16), Michael Johnson at the buzzer versus Clemson (Dec. 22) and Curtis Allen with 0:06 left at Oregon (Jan. 18) ... Senior forward Will Perkins is one of four players to rank among the top-10 Pac-10 players in both scoring and rebounding.

Injury Report: The status of UW players for the next game:
o Probable- Greg Clark, Sprained right ankle in the second half vs. Alabama (Dec. 21) and missed four games. Participated in each of the last three games.

o Probable- Bryan Brown, Injured left foot and knee at Oregon (Jan. 18). Didn't start, but played 23 minutes at Oregon State (Jan. 20). An MRI on Wednesday revealed a stretched knee ligament. Started and played 18 minutes Thursday against Stanford.

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 California Series:
> Washington won three of the last four meetings with California and has a 67-63 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916.

> The two teams split the season series last year, each winning on the other's homecourt. A buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Senque Carey in the first meeting lifted Washington to a 54-52 win on Jan 29 in Berkeley. The Golden Bears won the rematch 75-64 on Feb. 24 at KeyArena in Seattle.

> The Huskies own a 43-23 series advantage over Cal during games played in Seattle.

> Fifth-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 4-4 record against the Huskies.

> Eighth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 6-8 record against Cal.

> Eighth-year UW assistant coach Eric Hughes served on the staff at Cal in 1992 and 1993, helping the Bears reach the Sweet 16 in 1993.

The Last Meeting:
California 75, UW 64 (Feb. 24, 2000, Seattle):
Sean Lampley scored 28 points and ignited a decisive 10-point run midway through the second half of California's 75-64 win over Washington at KeyArena. The Golden Bears (15-10, 6-7) rebounded from the worst defeat in school history, a 51-point loss at Stanford five days earlier. Washington (9-17, 4-10) rallied from a 32-26 halftime deficit to take the lead 50-47 on a pair of free throws by David Dixon with 9:14 left in the game. Lampley hit a spinning layup, was fouled and sank the subsequent free throw to begin a run of 10 unanswered points. The surge produced a 57-50 advantage the Bears would not relinquish. The Huskies drew within 59-57, but Lampley responded with a driving layup and Cal converted 10-of-12 free throws over the final 3:03 to secure the victory. Joe Shipp added 15 points for the Bears who also got 10 points and nine rebounds from Nick Vander Laan. Deon Luton led Washington, scoring 13 of his 16 points during the first seven minutes of the second half. Luton was scoreless over the final 13:13 of the game. Chris Walcott tallied 11 points and Thalo Green added 10 for UW. Senque Carey, who hit the game-winning 3-pointer for Washington at Berkeley in the season's first meeting with Cal, was held to seven points. Carey distributed five assists, but committed eight of the Huskies' 21 turnovers.

Fabulous Frosh:
The Washington roster features a pair of freshmen guards from Tacoma, Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). They are the first UW scholarship players in 21 years from Tacoma, since Steve Matzen (1977-80). Both rookie guards have raised their level of play during the Pac-10 season. Massingale ranks third on the team in scoring during conference games, averaging 9.3 points per outing while shooting 47 percent (9-19) from 3-point range. He entered the Pac-10 opener at UCLA (Jan. 4) with 24 total points in 10 non-conference games and erupted for 25 against the Bruins, the highest single-game total by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points against ASU on March 2, 1995. Massingale started three games while Allen drew his first starting assignment on Saturday at Oregon State (Jan. 20). Allen hit a pair of spinning shots in the lane at Oregon (Jan. 18), forcing overtime with the first and hitting the game winner with 0:06 left with the second. Allen tallied double-figure points in two of the last three games with 12 points at Oregon and 10 against Stanford.

Shuffling Starters:
Washington has implemented nine different starting lineups this season with 10 players drawing at least one starting assignment. The Huskies used the same starting lineup for first five games of the season, but have utilized eight different rotations in the last 14 outings due to a rash of injuries. No UW player has started every game this season.

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.

Last UW Game:
(#1) Stanford 94, UW 63 (Jan. 25, 2001, Seattle)
- Four different players hit 3-pointers during a 17-point run as top-ranked Stanford took control early en route to a 94-63 victory over Washington at Bank of America Arena. Stanford (18-0, 6-0) remained the only undefeated team in the nation, tying school records for winning streak and best start to a season. The win was Stanford's seventh straight over Washington. The Huskies (8-11, 2-5) made five of their first six shots and led 12-11 with 15:39 in the first half. They shot 5-of-23 the rest of the half. Jarron Collins' three-point play ignited a 17-0 run that included 3-pointers from brother Jason Collins, Ryan Mendez, Casey Jacobsen and Michael McDonald. Stanford held UW scoreless for over four minutes while taking a 28-12 lead at 11:39 of the first half. Mendez and McDonald each scored 12 of their 14 points in the first half. UW's Bryan Brown drained a trey at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 53-27 at halftime. McDonald hit 4-of-5 shots from 3-point range and the Cardinal shot 11-for-26 as a team. Jacobsen finished with 16 points and Jarron Collins had 10. Washington's Will Perkins registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Thalo Green chipped in 12 points for the Huskies who also got 10 from Curtis Allen. Most statistics were even, except for shooting which heavily favored the Cardinal. Stanford shot 57 percent (37-65) from the field compared to 39 percent (23-59) for the Huskies.

The Season in Review:
In their last outing the Huskies suffered a 94-63 setback against No. 1 Stanford which tied a school record with its 18th consecutive victory ... Washington lost 63-56 at Oregon State (Jan. 20) and first-year coach Ritchie McKay, a former Husky assistant coach ... The Huskies won 72-71 at Oregon (Jan. 18) on a spinning layup by Curtis Allen with 0:06 left in overtime. They won 67-58 last year, marking UW's first back-to-back wins at McArthur Court since 1981 & 1982 ... Arizona dealt UW an 89-64 defeat (Jan. 13) behind the triple-double of Loren Woods (13 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks) ... UW 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 Huskies won both of their exhibition games, rallying for an 83-81 overtime win 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.

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 103 victories. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the Husky coach.

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 103-115 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 103 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 163-172. 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.

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.

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.

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. Thalo Green was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 17.7 points, including a then career-high 20 points in the opener.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered:
Washington received commitments during the early signing period (Nov. 8-15) from a five-man group that has been ranked among the best recruiting classes in the nation by several analysts. The signing class includes junior college standout Josh Barnard and four prominent high school recruits. Heading the list of prep players is Kentwood's Mike Jensen who was rated by Pac-West Hoops as the top power forward in the West. A trio of players from high schools in Seattle signed with the Huskies. Those three are Jeffrey Day, from state Class AAA champion Seattle Prep, Chief Sealth's Erroll Knight, one of the nation's finest scoring guards, and Anthony Washington, a rising power forward prospect from Garfield. 'We accomplished what we wanted to do in a very big way,' said Coach Bob Bender. 'We are very proud of the fact they are all from right here in state. Every single player is a Washington player and that is our priority. We really emphasized how they could be the greatest class that we have ever had the opportunity to recruit and that coming in together would put them in position to be one of the top classes in the nation. They all are very, very talented, but collectively they're very special.' The Huskies do not have any remaining scholarships to offer during the spring letter of intent period that runs from April 11 through May 15.

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.

The Washington State Series:
> Washington won seven of the last eight meetings and owns a 160-88 advantage in the series that began in 1910.

> The Huskies swept the season series in 2000 for the third time in the last four years. UW won 74-68 in overtime on Feb. 5 in Pullman and 64-60 on March 4 in Seattle.

> Washington boasts a 92-31 series advantage over the Cougars during games played in Seattle.

> The Cougars lost in their last six visits to Seattle, last winning in 1994.

> Second-year Washington State coach Paul Graham has an 0-2 record against the Huskies.

> Eighth-year Husky coach Bob Bender has a 9-5 record against WSU.

The Last Meeting:
UW 64, Washington State 60 (March 4, 2000, Seattle)
- Deon Luton scored 12 of his 15 points during the second half, including four during a decisive nine-point run that lifted Washington to a 64-60 victory over Washington State at KeyArena. Washington (10-18, 5-11) completed a sweep of the season series from the Cougars (6-20, 1-15) for the third time in the last four seasons. The Huskies stopped their seven-game home losing streak, completing their home schedule with a 4-9 record. Washington State led by as many as six points in the first half before settling for a 30-28 halftime advantage. Trailing 54-52 inside the final five minutes, the Huskies reeled of nine unanswered points, including back-to-back layups by Luton. The surge put UW ahead 61-54 with 1:04 remaining. Chris Crosby and Mike Bush each hit a 3-pointer for WSU, but Bryan Brown converted 3-of-4 free throws inside the final 0:41 to secure the Husky win. Crosby scored 18 points to lead the Cougars who also got 14 from Bush. Luton was the lone double-figure scorer for Washington which got nine points apiece from Chris Walcott, Will Perkins, Senque Carey and Greg Clark. The Huskies outrebounded WSU 32-25 behind the eight boards of Walcott. It was only the second time in 16 Pac-10 games that UW outrebounded the opposition. UW outscored the Cougars 25-10 at the free throw line.

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