UW Men Play Final Non-Conference Basketball Game

Dec. 28, 2001

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Sat., Dec. 29 -
UW at Saint Louis, 5:00 p.m. PST (7:00 p.m. CST)

Savvis Center (20,000), St. Louis, Mo.

Fri., Jan. 4 -
UW at #19 UCLA, 7:30 p.m. PST

Pauley Pavilion (12,800), Los Angeles, Calif.

The Washington Huskies (6-5, 0-2) conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule on Saturday, Dec. 29 at Saint Louis (5-6). Tip-off is 5 p.m. Pacific Time (7 p.m. Central Time) at the Savvis Center for the Huskies' final game of the 2001 calendar year. They lost their last three games, including an 87-65 setback Thursday against USC (Dec. 27). Pacific-10 Conference play resumes next week for the Huskies who travel south to complete their season series with the Los Angeles schools. UW plays at No. 15 UCLA on Friday, Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The Huskies then meet USC at The Forum on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 6 p.m.

Non-Conference Conquests
Washington has a 6-3 non-conference record with only one game remaining outside Pac-10 play, Saturday at Saint Louis. The Huskies have clinched a winning non-conference record for the first time since the 1998-99 team posted a 7-3 record. UW had a 5-7 non-conference record in 1999-2000 and was 6-6 last season.

Two-Sport Player
Freshman Charles Frederick has not practiced with the basketball team, but is expected to join the Huskies in St. Louis in time to suit up for Saturday's game. He was scheduled to fly from San Diego after the football season concluded with Friday's Holiday Bowl against Texas. A receiver, Frederick is the leading punt returner for the Husky football team. He averaged 14.6 yards on punt returns, including an 87-yard touchdown against Michigan (Sept. 8). He was a Sporting News Freshman All-America special team selection. A top-50 basketball recruit out of Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Fla., Frederick averaged 19 points and eight steals from his point guard position in 2001.

TV/Radio Coverage
All Husky men's basketball regular-season games are broadcast live on KOMO Radio (AM 1000) and its affiliates. Paul Duckworth will call the Saint Louis game before regular play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau returns. Rondeau also calls UW football games and had a conflict with Friday's Holiday Bowl. The broadcasts can be accessed via the internet at: http://www.audionet.com/schools/washington/ The next scheduled local television appearance for Washington is Jan. 12 against Arizona. That game airs at 7:00 p.m. on Fox Sports Northwest.

After holding their first nine opponents under 48 percent from the field, the Huskies allowed UCLA (54%) and USC (55%) to top the 50-percent plateau in their last two games ... UW topped the 50-percent field goal shooting plateau in three games this season after shooting 50 percent on only five occasions all last season ... Washington reached the 80-point barrier in three games this season, equaling last season's team that scored 80 points on three occasions ... The Huskies are shooting 71.5 percent from the free throw line (196-274), a drastic improvement from last season's 57.5-percent figure (355-617) that ranked last in the Pac-10. Sophomore Curtis Allen ranks third among Pac-10 players, hitting 90-percent of his free throws (43-48).

Injury Report
Freshman guard Erroll Knight twisted his left ankle in practice Dec. 22 and did not start Thursday against USC. He played 21 minutes in a reserve role while Josh Barnard started. Freshman forward Mike Jensen, who dislocated his left shoulder during practice on Dec. 3, underwent surgery on Dec. 10 and will miss the rest of the season. Jensen suffered a torn labrum. He is the second Husky big man to suffer a season-ending injury, joining 6-10 senior center Marlon Shelton who had surgery on his left knee on Oct. 16.

The Saint Louis Series
> Saint Louis evened the all-time series with Washington at 6-6 with a 69-61 win last season in Seattle on Dec. 5, 2000.

> Washington won the previous meeting with a 69-60 win over the Billikens on Nov. 28, 1998 in the semifinal round of the Big Island Invitational in Hilo, Hawai'i.

> Prior to the 1998 clash, UW and Saint Louis had not met since Dec. 27, 1966 when the Huskies posted a 91-82 decision at the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore. That UW victory halted a four-game Billiken series winning streak.

> Saint Louis has a 3-1 advantage against UW in St. Louis where the Huskies have not visited since Dec. 23, 1957 when the Billikens won 89-63.

> Washington has a 14-16 all-time record against teams from Conference USA.

> In his third season as head coach at Saint Louis is Washington graduate Lorenzo Romar who lettered at UW in 1979 and 1980. Romar led the team in assists both seasons and was the Husky team captain in 1980. He was a seventh-round 1980 NBA draft pick by Golden State where he played from 1980-83 before playing with Milwaukee (1984) and Detroit (1984-85).

> Romar, who began his collegiate head coaching career at Pepperdine, has a 1-0 record against his alma mater Washington.

> In his ninth season at Washington, Bob Bender has a 3-2 coaching record against Saint Louis, including a 2-1 mark while at Illinois State (1990-92) and 1-1 with the Huskies.

The Last Meeting
Saint Louis 69, UW 61 (Dec. 5, 2000, Seattle) -

Maurice Jeffers scored 10 of his career-high 18 points from the free throw line where Saint Louis posted a 15-point advantage in dealing Washington its first loss at newly-renovated Bank of America Arena, 69-61. The Billikens (5-1) converted 26-of-39 free throws compared with 11-of-19 for the Huskies (3-3). Trailing 19-15, Saint Louis closed the first half with a 15-3 run as Washington's only points over the final seven minutes came on a Thalo Green 3-pointer at 5:41. Jeffers hit four free throws inside the final five minutes as SLU capped the run with nine unanswered points to claim a 30-33 halftime lead. Jeffers along with starting frontline teammates Matt Baniak (16) and Chris Heinrich (12) accounted for 46 points and 25 rebounds. Will Perkins scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the second half after playing only five first-half minutes due to foul trouble. The Huskies shot only 35 percent from the field (23-66), including a 4-for-22 effort from 3-point range. The Billikens led by as many as 14 points in the second half. Greg Clark added 11 points for UW which in the second half never drew closer than the final eight-point margin.

Block Party
The Huskies have blocked at least five shots in eight games this season after reaching the five-block plateau in only five games all last season. Washington has 57 blocked shots this season, an average of 5.18 blocks per game. The 1993 Husky squad averaged 4.37 blocks en route to the school's season record of 118. Senior center David Dixon leads the team with a Pac-10-leading 23 blocks. Freshman Jeffrey Day ranks second on the Huskies with 19 blocked shots. Nearly one in every four shots Santa Clara attempted on Nov. 24 was rejected as Washington shattered its school single-game record with 14 blocked shots. The Huskies bettered their 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 had blocks against Santa Clara.

Less is More
Fans will be seeing a lot less of 6-foot-11 senior center David Dixon this season. He shed 40 pounds from last year and his current 270-pound weight enables him to be more active and average 28.1 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 8.0 rebounds per game while ranking third with an 8.6-point scoring average. Dixon has 23 blocked shots after registering 24 all last season. Dixon blocked a school-record seven shots against Santa Clara (Nov. 24), bettering the single-game mark of six set by Chris Welp during the 1986 season. Dixon tallied double-figure points five times. He has two double-doubles with a 15-point, 13-rebound performance against Butler (Nov. 18) and a 12-point, 15-rebound effort at New Mexico State (Dec. 8).

Triple Threats
The Huskies are shooting 41.5 percent (71-171) from 3-point range, a drastic improvement from last season's 30.6-percent figure. Senior Grant Leep leads the 3-point parade, having converted 16-of-26 treys (62%). Sophomore Curtis Allen is shooting 43 percent (17-40) from beyond the arc. The school's single-season 3-point shooting record is 40.1 percent, established by the 1988-89 UW squad.

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.

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 16.4 points per game, including a season-high 23-point effort against UCLA on Dec. 20. He hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with six seconds left. Wrenn topped all Husky scorers on seven occasions. He posted eight double-figure scoring games, including three 20-point outings. He 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. Wrenn 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. He 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.

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 an MRI on Oct. 30 that revealed a loose fragment of cartilage. The projected rehabilitation time was approximately three weeks, but Knight returned to practice just 10 days later (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 next nine UW games before injuring his left ankle Dec. 22, forcing him to play the last game as a reserve. He ranks fourth on the team with an 8.3-point scoring average. He was named to the Top of the World Classic all-tournament team. Knight 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.

'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

Amazing Allen
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, sophomore point guard Curtis Allen is improving upon last season's performance when he was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshmen team. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. He posted career highs with 21 points and eight assists in Washington's 77-64 home victory over UNLV (Nov. 28). At San Diego (Dec. 1), Allen increased his single-game scoring best to 27 points and added four assists in UW's 98-94 win. His playmaking skills have improved dramatically. Allen was the Huskies' team leader in assists during nine of 11 games with a total of 48, an average of 4.4 per game. Last season he distributed 65 assists, an average of 2.2 per contest. His shooting is also vastly better. Allen is shooting 45 percent from the field (38-84), including 43 percent from 3-point range (17-40). Those numbers are up from his 39-percent and 25-percent figures from last year. His 17 made 3-pointers are just three fewer than the 20 he had all last season. Last season, Allen had one of the finest campaigns for a Husky rookie, ranking third among all-time UW freshmen in steals (29) and No. 4 in assists (65).

Last Husky Game
USC 87, UW 65 (Dec. 27, 2001, Seattle) -

Brandon Granville scored 20 of his career-high 27 points in the first half as USC took control early en route to an 87-65 victory over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The win was USC's sixth straight over the Huskies, matching the longest streak in the series. The Trojans also registered six consecutive wins against UW between 1967-69. Granville scored seven early points, sparking a 13-4 Trojan surge during the opening 3:09. USC (9-2, 1-0) extended the lead to as many as 19 points before settling on a 48-32 halftime advantage. The Trojans, whose biggest lead of the game was 26 points, converted 25 Washington turnovers into 28 points. Sam Clancy scored 25 points for USC which also got 14 from David Bluthenthal and 12 from Errick Craven. Washington (6-5, 0-2) was led by the 13 points of Erroll Knight who didn't start due to an injured ankle that limited him to 21 minutes. Josh Barnard started in place of Knight and tallied 10 points.

Recapping the Current Campaign
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. The Huskies beat UNLV 7-64 in Seattle (Nov. 28) behind the career-high 21 point, eight-assist effort of Curtis Allen. Allen increased that career-high total to 27 points in the next outing, a 98-94 win at San Diego (Dec. 1) in which UW hit 37-of-43 free throws. UW drew a split on a road trip to the Southwest, losing 74-62 at UTEP (Dec. 6) before edging New Mexico State 75-74 (Dec. 8) on a Doug Wrenn basket with 0:06 remaining. The Huskies shot a season-low 28 percent in losing 67-47 to No. 25 Gonzaga (Dec. 11) in front of a sellout crowd of 10,000 at Bank of America Arena. UW lost 85-79 at home to No. 19 UCLA in the Pac-10 opener. That was the Bruins first win in Seattle since 1997. USC matched its longest winning streak against UW, claiming its sixth straight victory by an 87-65 count in Seattle (Dec. 27). That loss dropped the Huskies' Pac-10 record to 0-2.

Husky Highlights
The Huskies won their home opener on Nov. 24, 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 ... 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 ... The Huskies blocked a school single-game record 14 shots against Santa Clara (Nov. 24), bettering by four the UW record of 10 blocks established on Dec. 3, 1991 ... Sophomore point guard Curtis Allen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, the first time a Washington player received the weekly conference honor since Deon Luton was honored on Feb. 8, 1999 ... Nine of the 15 players on the roster had never played a game at Washington prior to this season ... 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 ... Washington's Dec. 11 home game against Gonzaga was a sellout, the second sellout since Bank of America Arena re-opened in November 2000 with a new 10,000-seat configuration. The first sellout was on Jan. 13, 2001 against Arizona.

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.

Husky Tickets
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including season tickets and other special packages. The Pepsi 'Fun for Four' Family Pack is perfect 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. 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 on-line via the athletic department website: www.gohuskies.com

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.

The UCLA Series
> UCLA owns an 81-29 series lead and won 25 of the last 31 meetings with UW.

> The Bruins won the most recent matchup, claiming an 85-79 decision on Dec. 20 to halt a four-game road losing streak against the Huskies in Seattle.

> UCLA's Pauley Pavilion and Stanford's Maples Pavilion are the only two Pac-10 arenas at which UW Coach Bob Bender has never won.

> The Bruins boast a 51-5 advantage over Washington in Los Angeles, including a 36-2 record since UCLA moved into Pauley Pavilion in 1965.

> Washington lost its last 15 visits to Pauley, last winning 95-87 on Jan. 29, 1987.

> The Huskies and Bruins split the season series in each of the last four seasons with the home team winning eight of the last nine meetings.

> Sixth -year UCLA Coach Steve Lavin has a 7-4 record against the Huskies.

> In his ninth season at UW, Bob Bender has a 4-13 coaching record against UCLA.

The Last Meeting
#19 UCLA 85, UW 79 (Dec. 20, 2001, Seattle) -

Dan Gadzuric tallied 15 of his career-high 23 points in the second half as 19th-ranked UCLA rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat Washington 85-79 at Bank of America Arena. The Bruins (6-2, 1-0) won in Seattle for the first time since 1997, halting a four-game road losing streak at Washington. Gadzuric also finished with 13 rebounds, dominating the inside while Husky centers David Dixon and Jeffrey Day each fouled out after each playing 12 minutes. The Huskies (6-4, 0-1) scored eight straight points before Dijon Thompson made a jumper at the buzzer to draw UCLA within 37-30 at halftime. The Bruins opened the second half with a 13-4 run fueled by six Gadzuric points. Jason Kapono scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half, including a 10-footer with 14:27 left in the game that put UCLA ahead for good at 49-47. The Bruins extended the lead to as many as 11 points. Doug Wrenn came off the bench to score a career-high 23 points for UW. He was held out of the starting lineup due to a violation of team policy. Josh Barnard scored 14 points for the Huskies who also got 13 from Curtis Allen and 10 from Grant Leep. Billy Knight contributed 17 points for UCLA while Matt Barnes had 12 and T.J. Cummings 10. The Bruins shot 54 percent (30-56) from the field.

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