UW Men's Basketball Team Hosts UNLV Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Nov. 26, 2001

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UW vs. Nevada-Las Vegas, 7:00 p.m. PST

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

UW at San Diego, 7:00 p.m. PST

Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100), San Diego, Calif.

The Washington Huskies (3-1) complete a brief, two-game homestand on Wednesday, Nov. 28 against Nevada Las Vegas (2-1). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. These two teams have met only once before with the Runnin' Rebels claiming a 93-73 decision on March 7, 1980 in Las Vegas during the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Huskies won their home opener on Saturday, defeating Santa Clara 69-49. Washington opened the season with three games in Fairbanks, Ak. and finished second at the Top of the World Classic. UW defeated host Alaska Fairbanks 82-70 and Bowling Green 81-74 before losing in the championship game to Butler by a 67-64 count. UNLV opened the season with home wins over Wisconsin (96-68) and Nicholls State (74-69) before losing at Cincinnati (74-61) on Saturday. Washington played the season opener without the services of head coach Bob Bender or sophomore forward Doug Wrenn. During that Nov. 15 opening game, Bender was in Seattle nursing a bruised rib while Wrenn was serving a one-game suspension for a minor NCAA violation. The youthful Huskies, who have nine athletes competing for the first time at UW, play six of their first eight games on the road. They embark on a three-game road trip following the UNLV contest, beginning Saturday, Dec. 1 at San Diego.

Block Party
On in every four shots Santa Clara attempted on Saturday (Nov. 24) was rejected as Washington shattered its school single-game record with 14 blocked shots. The Huskies bettered the UW record of 10 blocks established on Dec. 3, 1991 against Chico State. The leading shot blocker was senior center David Dixon whose seven blocks broke the individual UW record of six blocks accomplished twice by Chris Welp in 1986. Five different Huskies blocked shots against Santa Clara, including Jeffrey Day (3), Doug Wrenn (2), Curtis Allen (1) and C.J. Massingale (1). Washington has 29 blocked shots this season, an average of 7.25 blocks per game. The 1993 Husky squad averaged 4.37 blocks en route to the school's season record of 118.

Bender is Back
Men's basketball coach Bob Bender returned to the Washington bench Nov. 17 against Bowling Green. He missed the Nov. 15 regular-season opening game at Alaska Fairbanks due to a bruised rib that kept him in Seattle. Bender arrived in Fairbanks on Friday afternoon (Nov. 16), during an off-day for the Huskies. Bender was scheduled to fly to Fairbanks with the team on Wednesday morning, but was at University of Washington Medical Center instead undergoing tests. He slipped and fell outside his house on Nov. 12 and developed severe back pain. Bender was diagnosed with a bruised rib on Nov. 14 and released that afternoon. The team arrived in Fairbanks on Wednesday afternoon. Bender spoke to the team via speakerphone on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 15) and expressed his regrets about missing the game. Bender is beginning his ninth season at Washington, having compiled a 107-124 record. His 107 victories rank No. 4 among all-time UW coaches.

TV/Radio Coverage
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/. Wednesday's game against UNLV will be televised to Nevada on ESPN Regional. The first scheduled Northwest television appearance for Washington is Dec. 11 against Gonzaga. That game airs at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net.

The UNLV Series
> The Rebels won the only previous meeting with Washington, a 93-73 decision on March 7, 1980 during the first round of the National Invitation Tournament in Las Vegas.

> The Huskies have a 20-18 all-time record against Mountain West Conference opponents, including Air Force (1-0), Brigham Young (10-8), Colorado State (1-1), UNLV (0-1), New Mexico (2-2), Utah (2-1) and Wyoming (4-5).

> First-year UNLV coach Charlie Spoonhour has a 1-1 record against Washington. His Southwest Missouri State team defeated UW 68-61 on Dec. 28, 1990 in El Paso, Texas and the Huskies beat his Saint Louis squad 69-60 on Nov. 28, 1998 in Hilo, Hi.

> In his ninth season at UW, Bob Bender has never coached against UNLV.

The Last Meeting
UNLV 93, UW 73, NIT (Mar. 7, 1980, Las Vegas, Nev.) -

Michael Johnson and Sidney Green combined for 29 first-half points as UNLV took control early en route to a 93-73 victory over Washington in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Johnson scored 15 of his 23 points in the first half, including back-to-back jumpers that capped a 10-3 Rebel run. That surge pushed the lead to 35-20 for UNLV which held a 49-30 halftime advantage. Green netted 14 of his 18 points in the first half. The Rebels shot 55 percent (38-69) from the field while limiting Washington to 39-percent (30-78) accuracy. Flintie Ray Williams did not score, but distributed 10 assists as 31 of the Rebels' 38 field goal were set up by assists. Bob Fronk was the only Husky in double figures with 12 points. Larry Anderson added 17 points for UNLV and Michael Burns had 11.

The Huskies won their home opener on Saturday, defeating Santa Clara 69-49. That improved their all-time record in home openers to 81-18. It was the 99th all-time home opener for UW which did not play any home games during the 1905 season ... Four Huskies received all-tournament honors at the Top of the World Classic: Curtis Allen, David Dixon, Erroll Knight and tournament MVP Doug Wrenn ... Washington reached the 80-point plateau in its first two games this season, only one time fewer than last season's team that scored 80 points on three occasions ... On Nov. 15 Erroll Knight scored a UW freshman debut record 23 points. He topped the mark of 22 points set by Deon Luton on Nov. 26, 1996 in his collegiate debut against BYU ... For the fourth straight season, Washington dispatched the host school in a tournament with the 82-70 win over Alaska Fairbanks on Nov. 15. UW beat Hawaii-Hilo in the first round of the 1998 Big Island Invitational, defeated Alaska-Anchorage in the 1999 Great Alaska Shootout and topped American-Puerto Rico at the 2000 Holiday Classic ... Nine of the 15 players on the roster had never played a game at Washington prior to this season.

Home Sweet Home
For the first time in two years, the Huskies will play all of their home games in their on-campus arena, the newly renovated Bank of America Arena at 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 is more intimate with a basketball-only configuration. Washington has won 752 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. The Huskies played two exhibitions and the regular-season opener last year at different venues before playing the remaining games at The Pavilion.

Less is More
Fans will be seeing a lot less of 6-foot-11 senior center David Dixon this season. He shed over 30 pounds from last year and his current 270-pound weight enables him to be more active and average 29 minutes per game. Last season, Dixon played 14.7 minutes per contest and averaged 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest. He has been more effective this year, leading the team with 8.3 rebounds per game while ranking third with a 11.3-point scoring average. Dixon blocked a school-record seven shots against Santa Clara (Nov. 24), bettering the single-game mark of six accomplished by Chris Welp during the 1986 season. Dixon tallied double-figure points in three of four games and posted his first double-double on Nov. 18 with a 15-point, 13-rebound effort against Butler.

Dynamic Debut
Freshman guard Erroll Knight's collegiate debut was delayed, but it was worth the wait. Knight amassed a team-high 23 points at Alaska Fairbanks on Nov. 15, the highest point total for a freshman in a debut game at Washington. He eclipsed the record of 22 points set by Deon Luton against Brigham Young on Nov. 26, 1996. Knight underwent arthroscopic surgery in his left knee on Nov. 2. He had swelling in his knee during preseason practice and underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test on Oct. 30 that revealed a loose fragment of cartilage. The projected rehabilitation time was approximately three weeks, but Knight returned to practice on Nov. 12. He played 28 minutes in his inaugural collegiate outing, hitting 9-of-16 shots from the field that included 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range. That was the collegiate debut for Knight who did not play in either of UW's exhibition games. Knight started the last three UW games and was named to the Top of the World Classic all-tournament team. He was one of the nation's premier prep shooting guards last year. The athletic 6-7 swingman averaged 19.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a senior at Seattle's Chief Sealth High School. He was a consensus top-100 national prep pick by the recruiting services, including Prep-West Hoops which ranked him as the No. 2 shooting guard in the West.

Doug's Debut
One of the most eagerly anticipated debuts in Husky history was that of sophomore Doug Wrenn, a supremely athletic 6-8 forward who red-shirted last season after transferring from Connecticut. Wrenn fulfilled expectations with a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game. He followed that with a 10-point, six-rebound effort against Butler (Nov. 18) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Top of the World Classic. Wrenn leads the team with an average of 17.0 points per game, including a season-high 22-point effort in the home opener against Santa Clara (Nov. 24). Wrenn did not participate in the Nov. 15 regular-season opener against Alaska-Fairbanks while serving a one-game suspension due to a minor NCAA rules violation. He played in an unsanctioned competition during May in violation of an NCAA rule prohibiting Division I student-athletes from participating in outside competition during the academic year. Wrenn played three minutes in the Emerald City All-Star Tournament at Seattle's Rainier Beach High School. Three players from other NCAA Division I schools participated in the same tournament and were held out of one game as well. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn sat out last season at UW after transferring from Connecticut. He was projected by Basketball News as the Pac-10's top newcomer. Wrenn, who prepped at Seattle's O'Dea High School, attended two East Coast prep schools in 1998-99 and played at UConn in 1999-2000.

Tacoma Trio
The Husky roster features three players from Tacoma, Washington. Junior guard Josh Barnard (Bethel HS), a transfer from Tacoma Community College, joins sophomore guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having three players from Tacoma is remarkable considering UW went 21 years without a Tacoma native on the men's basketball roster. The last Tacoma native to play at UW was Steve Matzen (Lincoln HS) who lettered from 1977-80.

'Washington freshman point guard Curtis Allen is the latest technology in Pac-10 point guards. He's got a microchip that Earl Watson and Mike McDonald and Jason Gardner don't have. Hit the mouse and see nothing but blur.'
-- Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star

Conroy Declared Eligible
Freshman guard Will Conroy was ruled eligible to play on Nov. 14, one day before the season opener. He participated in all four games, averaging 13.5 minutes per contest while backing up starting point guard Curtis Allen. Conroy is averaging 4.3 points per game. The school received written confirmation from the NCAA Clearinghouse on Nov. 14 that his transcript had been approved. Conroy had been ruled ineligible on Nov. 1 by the NCAA Clearinghouse that was examining his high school transcript. He was unable to participate in games or practice with the team until the Clearinghouse determined that a course he took at Seattle's Garfield High School qualified under the 'core course' criteria.

Hoopsters Honor Erickson
The Washington basketball players are wearing a black patch on the front of their jerseys with the initials 'D.E.' They are wearing those in remembrance of Dick Erickson, a friend of the basketball program who died in July. Erickson was involved for nearly 50 years with UW athletics. He participated as an athlete then a coach with the Husky rowing team before serving as the Facilities Manager for the athletic department. Erickson was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame on two occasions, in 1984 as part of the 1958 national championship crew and in 1994 as the head coach of the men's crew from 1968-82.

2002 Season in Review
The Huskies finished second at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Ak. They defeated host Alaska Fairbanks 82-70 and Bowling Green 81-74 before losing in the championship game to Butler by a 67-64 count. Washington played the season opener without the services of head coach Bob Bender or sophomore forward Doug Wrenn. Bender was in Seattle nursing a bruised rib while Wrenn was serving a one-game suspension for a minor NCAA violation. UW won its home opener 69-49 over Santa Clara (Nov. 24) and blocked a school-record 14 shots in the process.

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.

'We have the most athletic team that we've ever had at Washington. It's an athletic team that is more than capable of competing in the Pac-10 where athleticism has always been a necessity.'
-- Bob Bender, Washington head coach

A young team represents an old basketball program during the upcoming 2001-02 season. The Washington Huskies celebrate their 100th season of men's basketball competition this year with a collection of players the majority of which have never before worn a UW jersey. Nine new players fill the Husky roster, including a recruiting class that was ranked among the best in the nation. Only five athletes will play who were on last year's team that finished with a 10-20 record for the second straight season. The Huskies tied for ninth place in the Pac-10 Conference standings with a 4-14 record.

Season Preview
An infusion of talent that rivals any in Washington's history provides the spark that ninth-year Coach Bob Bender hopes will ignite a winning campaign. The Huskies are coming off back-to-back 10-20 seasons, but are just two years removed from a string of four consecutive postseason appearances. Two starters return for Washington, senior center David Dixon (4.7 ppg/3.2 rpg) and sophomore point guard Curtis Allen (7.0 ppg). Dixon, who has dropped more than 30 pounds from last season, now weighs 270. The lightning-quick Allen was an All-Pac-10 Freshmen Team selection in 2001. Sophomore C.J. Massingale, an honorable mention freshmen team pick, displayed his scoring ability in a 25-point outburst at UCLA. Sharpshooting senior forward Grant Leep is the team captain. Sophomore walk-on Sterling Brown is a capable scorer who will see more time.

Returning Talent
Two starters and six total lettermen return from last year's team, including All-Pac-10 freshmen team guards Curtis Allen and C.J. Massingale. Allen started at point guard last season and is the top returning scorer with a 7.0-point average in 2001. Massingale will move to shooting guard full-time this season after backing up Allen at the point at times last season. He averaged 5.9 points per game, topped by a 25-point outburst at UCLA. Senior David Dixon returns in the starting center role in which he averaged 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 2001. He should be more effective this season while carrying 30 less pounds. Senior forward Grant Leep is arguably the team's best outside shooter. Another outstanding outside marksman is sophomore walk-on Sterling Brown who joined the team last season as a walk-on. Brown hit 38-percent of his 3-point shots in spot duty and should thrive with additional playing time.

'No school did a more thorough job of addressing its overall weakness and building for the future.'
-- Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News

Washington's recruiting class was ranked among the nation's best. Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News ranked the Husky class as the nation's best recruiting haul with one of his primary criteria being 'which teams got the players they needed.' The celebrated class features three players who were among the 100 national finalists for the 2001 McDonald's All-American Game -- Charles Frederick, Mike Jensen and Erroll Knight. The signing class also includes junior college sharpshooter Josh Barnard (Tacoma CC) and 6-9 forward Jeffrey Day from 2000 state champion Seattle Prep. Jensen was rated the top power forward in the West by Pac-West Hoops which selected Knight as the No. 2 shooting guard. '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.' A consensus top-50 prep basketball player, Frederick signed a football scholarship and will join the basketball team after football season. He returns punts, including an 87-yard return for a touchdown against Michigan. Also joining the team is freshman point guard Will Conroy, a product of Seattle's Garfield High School. Conroy intended to walk-on, but was awarded a scholarship when one became available on Oct. 1. Rounding out the roster is sophomore walk-on Ian Gibbs (Sehome HS).

Seven players departed from last year's team, including five who were seniors. Those five left an indelible mark during the final game of the 2001 season as they all started and led Washington to a 96-94 home upset of 13th-ranked UCLA. Michael Johnson scored a career-high 29 points, including a 3-pointer as time expired. Johnson, Thalo Green and Will Perkins were full-time starters. Perkins led the Huskies in both scoring and rebounds in each of the last two seasons. He averaged 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season with 10 double-doubles. Green ranked second on the team with 10.9 points per game and Johnson was third at 8.9. Bryan Brown started 21 games and led the team with 86 assists. Also gone are Ben Coffee and DeMarcus Williams. A reserve guard who averaged 1.6 points per game, Coffee transferred to Portland State. Williams, a red-shirt last year who never played at UW, transferred to Cal State Riverside and is no longer playing basketball.

Last Husky Game
UW 69, Santa Clara 49 (Nov. 24, 2001, Seattle) -

Reserve guard C.J. Massinagle scored 12 of his 15 points during a 5:28 span in the second half when Washington took control en route to a 69-49 win over Santa Clara in the home opener at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies led 42-39 with 10:19 left to play when Massingale entered to shoot free throws for the injured Doug Wrenn. He hit one of the two free throws to begin a 16-5 run that netted a 58-44 margin for Washington (3-1) with 4:51 remaining. The Broncos (0-3) led 28-26 at halftime led by Kyle Bailey who scored seven of his nine points before halftime. Justin Holbrook and Steve Ross also had nine points for Santa Clara. David Dixon blocked a school single-game record seven shots for Washington which shattered its single-game team standard with 14 rejections. The previous records were six blocks by Chris Welp in 1986 and 10 blocks by the 1991-92 Husky squad. Wrenn returned from the brief injury and led the Huskies with 22 points while Erroll Knight added 12. Point guard Curtis Allen led UW in two categories with six rebounds and six assists.

Shelton Sidelined
Washington senior center Marlon Shelton re-injured his left knee and will miss the entire 2001-02 men's basketball season. Shelton suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee against USC on March 8 during the second-to-last game of the 2001 season. He had been rehabilitating his knee after undergoing surgery in April. Shelton re-injured his knee during mid-September had another surgery on Oct. 16 to repair his ACL and medial meniscus. Shelton is expected to utilize his red-shirt season and return next year as a fifth-year senior. A 6-10 product of Rochester (Mich.) High School, Shelton is a three-year letterman at Washington. He led the team with 38 blocked shots last season while averaging 4.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Shelton is planning to return for the 2002-03 season in what would be his fifth year with the program. He played 29 games last season and started 13 of them while sharing time at center with David Dixon.

The San Diego Series
> This is the second matchup between Washington and the Toreros who won the previous meeting 72-54 last season in Seattle.

> The Huskies have a 50-12 all-time record against West Coast Conference opponents: Gonzaga (28-9), Loyola-Marymount (2-1), Portland (10-1), Saint Mary's (6-0) and Santa Clara (4-1).

> Eighth-year Torero coach Brad Holland, who won four conference championships as a player at UCLA (1976-79), has a 1-0 record against Washington.

> In his ninth season at Washington, Bob Bender has an 0-1 record against USD.

The Last Meeting
San Diego 72, UW 54 (Dec. 30, 2000, Seattle) -

Reserves Andre Laws and Sam Adamo paced San Diego with 11 and 10 points respectively, leading the Toreros to a 72-54 victory over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies closed out their non-conference schedule with a 6-6 record. They suffered back-to-back non-conference home losses for the first time since December of 1992. San Diego (8-3) never trailed, scoring the game's first four points en route to a 43-28 halftime lead. The margin grew to as many as 24 points in the second half. The Toreros shot 48 percent (29-60) while capitalizing on 36-percent UW shooting (23-64). The Huskies hit only 2 of 16 shots from 3-point range, including misses in their first 13 tries. Grant Leep's 3-pointer with 2:50 left in the game was the first trey for UW in three games since their Dec. 21 game against Clemson, snapping a string of 24 consecutive misses. Will Perkins tallied 15 points to lead the Huskies who also got 11 points from Michael Johnson. Reserve center David Dixon contributed 12 points in only 12 minutes for UW.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Washington received commitments during the early signing period (Nov. 14-21) from two prep standouts, both from Seattle's Garfield High School. Brandon Roy, a 6-5 wing player, is one of the premier prep players in the nation and Anthony Washington is a 6-9 rising power forward prospect who initially signed last year with the Huskies, but returned to Garfield to complete some coursework. Those two will join the team in the fall of 2002 and be reunited with former prep teammate Will Conroy who is currently a freshman point guard at UW. The Huskies have one remaining scholarship to offer during the spring letter of intent period that begins April 15.

Brandon Roy-6-5, 195, guard/forward, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)
The No. 2-ranked small forward in the West by Prep-West Hoops ... Rated No. 47 nationally among all positions by CNN/SI ... Averaged 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds last year at Garfield High School ... A first-team 2001 All-Washington state selection in the 4A classification ... The 2001 KingCo Conference MVP.

Anthony Washington-6-9, 220, forward, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)
The ninth-rated power forward in the West last year by Prep-West Hoops ... Listed as the No. 100 player nationally by The Sporting News last year... Emerged on the recruiting scene with stellar performances during the spring and summer camp sessions of 2000 ... Averaged 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as senior at Garfield High in 2001 ... Blocked 21 shots in four games to set a new state tournament record ... Had more blocks than the previous tournament team record of 20.

2001 Review
The Huskies battled numerous injuries and the nation's 20th-toughest schedule en route to a 10-20 record in 2001. Eight losses came against teams that played in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Washington tied for ninth place in the Pac-10 with a 4-14 mark. The season was not without its highlights as UW had an 8-1 record in games decided by six or fewer points, posted three overtime victories and won four games on buzzer-beaters. The Huskies secured third place at the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic with an overtime win over Clemson that was capped by a last-second shot by Michael Johnson. Greg Clark hit the game-winning basket with 0:03 left at Florida International. Curtis Allen forced overtime with a last-second basket at Oregon and then nailed the game winner with 0:06 remaining in the extra session. Johnson hit another game-winner in the final game of the season, a 3-pointer from the right sideline that lifted UW to a 96-94 upset of 13th-ranked UCLA. Individually, Allen and C.J. Massingale were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team and senior forward Will Perkins ranked third among conference players with 10 double-doubles.

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