Huskies Entertain Arizona State on Saturday

Feb. 7, 2003

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UW vs. Arizona State, 4:00 p.m. PST
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Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
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UW at Stanford, 7:00 p.m. PST

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Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area

The Washington Huskies (8-11, 3-7) seek to rebound from Thursday's heart-breaking overtime loss to second-ranked Arizona when they host Arizona State (14-7, 6-4) on Saturday, Feb. 8. Tip-off is 4 p.m. Pacific Time at Bank of America Arena. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. ASU won the last two meetings with the Huskies, including an 89-57 win on Jan. 9 in Tempe. The Sun Devils, who won 87-54 at Washington State on Thursday, lost in six of their last seven visits to Seattle. A Bank of America Arena record crowd of 10,028 witnessed the Huskies take Arizona into overtime before falling 88-85. The Husky-Sun Devil contest caps a three-game homestand for Washington which has a 7-5 home record, but is only 1-6 on the road. Next week, the Huskies make a two-game swing through the Bay Area, beginning Thursday, Feb. 13 at Stanford.

TV Tidbits
Saturday's UW game against Arizona State will be televised live at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Fox Sports Net. Barry Tompkins calls the action with color commentary from Dan Belluomini. At least 12 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on Fox Sports Net.

Radio Coverage
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game against Arizona State will be broadcast on KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season. He is joined on home broadcasts by color commentator Jason Hamilton, a UW point guard from 1994-96. Fans may now subscribe to an on-line service that allows them to listen to numerous college basketball broadcasts, including Washington's, over the internet for a monthly subscription fee. For more information go to:

Anthony Ailing
Freshman center Anthony Washington had a streak of 12 straight starts stopped Thursday (Feb. 6) when he did not play against Arizona. He is out indefinitely with a sprained left foot. The injury has worsened since it originally occurred Jan. 2 against UCLA.

Lorenzo's Ledger
In his first year, Lorenzo Romar has eight coaching victories at Washington. He has a ways to go to match the 29 wins UW posted during his two seasons as a player. Romar was a two-year starting point guard for the Huskies in 1978-79 (11-16 record) and 1979-80 (18-10 record). His senior squad participated in the 1980 NIT. Romar posted his 100th coaching victory vs. Stanford (Jan. 18). His seven-year record is 101-99.

Youth Movement
The youthful Washington roster features six freshman, three sophomores and three juniors. The lone senior is Marlon Shelton. Friday (Jan. 31) against Washington State, UW started four freshmen alongside sophomore point guard Will Conroy. Four of UW's top seven scorers are freshmen, led by Nate Robinson (11.7 ppg).

Washington has a 7-1 record when its field goal percent is better than its opponents, but is 1-10 when being outshot from the field ... Will Conroy leads the team with 31 steals, four more than any UW player had all last season ... Curtis Allen has 38 treys this season, 17 more 3-pointers than any of his teammates ... The Huskies boast an 8-2 record in games when they score more than 70 points and have an 0-9 mark when held under 70 points.

The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 32-20 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.

> The Sun Devils won this year's first meeting, an 89-57 win on Jan. 9 in Tempe that was their sixth straight home win over Washington.

> ASU swept the season series from Washington 11 times, most recently in 2000.

> The Huskies defeated ASU 81-68 last season in Seattle, giving UW a 13-12 home edge in the series.

> Washington won six of the last seven meetings with the Sun Devils in Seattle from 1996-2002, following a string of six straight ASU victories at UW from 1990-95.

> Fifth-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 6-3 record against Washington.

> First-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-1 record against ASU.

The Last Meeting
Arizona State 89, UW 57 (Jan. 9, 2003; Tempe, Ariz.)

Tommy Smith tallied 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead Arizona State to an 89-57 win over Washington at Wells Fargo Arena. Curtis Millage scored 16 points and Ike Diogu and Jamal Hill had 14 apiece for Arizona State (10-4, 2-1) which defeated the Huskies at home for the sixth straight time. Smith also tied his career high with six blocks and had five assists. ASU blocked 13 shots, a single-game record for a UW opponent. Diogu pulled down nine rebounds, helping Arizona State to a 47-28 advantage on the boards. The teams were tied at 13 before Diogu started a 17-5 surge that gave ASU the lead for good. Will Conroy led Washington (6-6, 1-2) with 13 points while Doug Wrenn and Bobby Jones had 10 each. Conroy had five points inside the opening two minutes of the second half as UW, which trailed by 43-32 at halftime, drew within 46-41on a basket by Mike Jensen with 17:43 left in the game. The Sun Devils scored the next seven points to take control and steadily increased the lead to as many as 33 points.

Roy is Eligible
The University of Washington received notice Jan. 16 that freshman Brandon Roy was immediately eligible to compete in basketball. The 6-foot-5 swingman was declared a full qualifier by the NCAA. Roy officially enrolled at Washington Jan. 16 after auditing classes since the winter quarter began on Jan. 6. Roy suited up Jan. 16 against California, but did not play. He saw his first game action on Jan. 18 against Stanford, entering with 2:28 left in the first half. Roy played five minutes against the Cardinal. He has played five games, including a six-rebound, two-assist effort at Oregon (Jan. 23). Roy scored his first points in his fourth outing Jan. 31 against Washington State. He tallied six points against the Cougars. One of the nation's premier prep players last season, Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the high school senior class of 2002. He was rated the No. 2 small forward prospect in the West by Prep West Hoops. Roy is the third product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current Husky basketball roster, joining sophomore guard Will Conroy and freshman center Anthony Washington. Roy averaged 22.3 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior in 2002, including a career-best 38-point performance on Mar. 9 in his final prep outing. His effort helped the Bulldogs claim the state's fourth-place trophy with a 71-70 victory over Snohomish. Roy was a two-time All-Washington state selection in 2001 and 2002 and was named the KingCo Conference Most Valuable Player after both of those seasons. Last spring, Roy applied for the 2003 NBA Draft, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.

Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. From March of 1999 to November of 2000, the Pavilion's 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 has a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 764 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. A capacity crowd of 10,028 showed up Feb. 6 against Arizona to set an Arena attendance record under the current configuration. That was the third sellout since the renovated Arena opened in November of 2000.The previous two crowds, listed at 10,000, came Jan. 31, 2001 (Arizona) and Dec. 11, 2001 (Gonzaga).

Turnover Turnaround
While the Huskies average nearly as many turnovers as last year (16.4 to 17.3), they are at plus-2.1 in the turnover category by virtue of nearly five more opponent miscues per game. Washington forces 18.5 turnovers this season, up significantly from last year's figure of 13.7. The Huskies use more frequent full-court pressure that has resulted in 7.1 steals per game, an increase from a 5.6-steal average in 2002.

Will Power
A strong case can be made for UW sophomore point guard Will Conroy as the most improved player in the Pac-10. His team-leading 13.2-point scoring average is 10.8 better than last season's average of 2.5 points, the largest improvement by any Pac-10 player. Despite playing all 29 games in 2002 and starting the final seven, Conroy did not have a double-figure scoring game. He has 13 double-figure performances this season and led all Husky scorers in seven games. Conroy ranks 17th among Pac-10 scorers (13.2 ppg) and distributed a team-high 84 assists to rank fifth among Pac-10 playmakers (4.4 apg). He amassed a career-high 32 points at Gonzaga, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime. His game-high total last year was nine points. Conroy ranks eighth among Pac-10 players with 31 steals, four more than any Husky had in 2002.

Nate the Great
High-flying freshman point guard Nate Robinson has had an immediate impact on the hardwood after an impressive campaign on the gridiron. He had eight points in 23 minutes Jan. 2 against UCLA after competing two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. He grabbed nine rebounds against USC (Jan. 4) and led UW scorers with 19 points against No. 2 Arizona (Feb. 6). Robinson has nine double-figure outings and topped all UW scorers seven times in his 15 games. His collegiate basketball debut was a six-minute stint against Wyoming (Dec. 5) in Seattle and he had one rebound and one assist. The 5-8 leaper was spectacular in his second outing, amassing 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes at Santa Clara (Dec. 7). He followed that up with another 19-point performance, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14). He led all Huskies with 18 at Oregon (Jan. 23). Robinson suited up, but did not play in the Nov. 24 season opener, one day after grabbing a critical interception for the Husky football team that upset No. 3 Washington State 29-26 in Pullman. Robinson was a prep All-American in both football and basketball. He started at cornerback in the final six Husky football games and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. His first practice with the basketball team was on Nov. 26. Robinson is attending UW on a football scholarship. He was the 2002 Washington Class AAA state basketball player of the year after averaging 17.9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals for state champion Rainier Beach of Seattle. His father, Jacque Robinson, was a standout running back on the UW football team and ranks seventh among all-time Huskies with 2,300 career yards. Jacque is the only player to earn MVP honors in both the Rose (1982) and Orange (1985) Bowls.

Dynamic Doug
Junior Doug Wrenn tallied double-figure points on 15 occasions, tops on the team. He ranks 19th among Pac-10 players in scoring (12.9 ppg), 11th in rebounds (6.3 rpg) and 10th in blocked shots (20). Last year, Wrenn had one of the most impressive debut seasons in Washington history. The supremely athletic 6-6 forward was a 2002 all-conference selection and was the first UW recipient of the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award. His team-leading 19.5-point scoring average included four 30-point games with a high of 35 points at Arizona (Feb. 7). He tallied 30 points on four occasions, including a streak of three straight 30-point performances that tied the school record held by Louie Nelson (1973) and Bob Houbregs (1953). His 546 points were the 10th-highest figure among UW single-season scorers. Wrenn was the No. 3 scorer in the Pac-10 last season and his 19.5-point average is the No. 2 figure among returning players behind only the 20.4 mark of Arizona's Jason Gardner. He also ranked 13th among Pac-10 rebounders (6.4 rpg). Wrenn registered a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game en route to Top of the World Classic MVP honors. He hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with 0:06 left. Wrenn had three double doubles and ranked second on the team with 57 assists. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn red-shirted in 2001 after transferring from Connecticut.

Amazing Allen
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, junior Curtis Allen ranked sixth among Pac-10 point guards with 4.3 assists per game last season. His 126 assists were the seventh-highest total in Husky history. A three-year starter, Allen was voted to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2001. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, 2001 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. Allen was the Huskies' team leader in assists during 21 of 29 games. He distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in UW history. Allen fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970. Allen leads this year's UW team with 38 treys, 17 more 3-pointers than any of his teammates.

Instant Offense
Sophomore David Hudson has 37 points in 48 minutes this season, coming on 12 treys and one free throw. Hudson leads all Pac-10 marksmen in 3-point accuracy, but is one trey shy of the one-per-game needed to officially qualify. He is shooting 57.1 percent (12-21) from 3-point range where all but two of his attempts have come. Hudson missed his only two shots from inside the arc. He had back-to-back games with three 3-pointers, against Florida International (Dec. 21) and Houston (Dec. 23). All 15 of Hudson's career field goals are 3-pointers.

Day Returns
Sophomore Jeffrey Day was reinstated academically on Jan. 8 and played in each of the last seven games. The 6-foot-9 forward missed three UW games after being declared ineligible on Dec. 27. The Huskies had a 2-1 record in his absence.

Shuffling Starters
Washington started seven different lineups this season, including the group of Jensen/Jones/Wrenn/Conroy/Robinson that opened the last outing. That lineup featured three freshmen. Against Washington State (Jan. 31), four Husky freshmen started along with sophomore point guard Will Conroy who is the only Husky to start every game.

Last Husky Game
#2 Arizona 88, UW 85 ot (Feb. 6, 2003; Seattle)

Salim Stoudamire scored 25 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:18 left in overtime to lift second-ranked Arizona to an 88-85 win over Washington before a Bank of America Arena record crowd of 10,028. The Wildcats (17-2, 9-1) defeated UW for the eighth straight time. The Huskies (8-11, 3-7) stretched a 41-39 halftime lead to 57-47 on a Will Conroy layup with 13:11 left in regulation. Arizona responded with a 16-3 run, fueled by eight Stoudamire points, to go ahead 63-60 with 8:47 remaining. UW trailed 78-73 with 1:23 left in the second half, but Conroy hit a 3-pointer at 1:03 and Nate Robinson forced overtime with a scoop shot in the lane at 0:38. Bobby Jones hit four free throws in three consecutive trips to the line to put UW ahead 84-82 with 1:35 left in overtime. Stoudamire hit his decisive trey and Channing Frye followed with a layup at 0:22 to seal the win. Frye finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, taking advantage of the injury absence of starting Husky center Anthony Washington. Two other UW big men, Doug Wrenn and Jeffrey Day, fouled out. Despite the depleted frontline corps, the Huskies collected 21 offensive rebounds and out-boarded the Pac-10's top rebounding team by a 44-39 margin. Jones registered his first double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Robinson scored 19 points to lead the Huskies who also got 15 from Curtis Allen and 11 from Conroy. Luke Walton added 13 points for the Wildcats.

Did You Know?
Despite possessing a common name, freshman Anthony Washington is the first player with the surname 'Washington' to play basketball for the Huskies.

Tacoma Twosome
The Husky roster features two players from Tacoma, Washington; junior guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having a pair of players from Tacoma is remarkable considering Washington 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) a 1977-80 letterman.

2003 Husky Highlights
A capacity crowd of 10,028 showed up Feb. 6 against Arizona to set an Arena attendance record under the current configuration. That was the third sellout since the renovated Arena opened in November of 2000 ... First-year coach Lorenzo Romar registered his 100th career victory with a 73-68 decision over Stanford on Jan. 18 in Seattle ... Washington stopped a pair of losing streaks against Pac-10 opponents. UW halted a seven-game skid vs. USC with a 76-72 home win on Jan. 4 and stopped a 10-game streak against Stanford with a 73-68 home win on Jan. 18 ... The Huskies forced 29 UCLA turnovers (Jan. 2), the highest figure by an opponent since BYU turned the ball over 30 times on Nov. 26, 1996 ... UW won consecutive games by margins of 35 points (83-48 vs. Florida International) and 24 points (85-61 vs. Houston). Their largest margin of victory last season was 20 points vs. Santa Clara ... The last time UW had posted back-to-back 20-point wins was Dec. 5 & 8, 1990 ... Washington limited Florida International to only 48 points, the lowest scoring output by an opponent since Dec. 20, 2000 ... The Huskies hit 32 treys in a three-game stretch from Dec. 13-23, marking their highest three-game 3-point output ever. They had consecutive double-digit 3-point performances (10 vs. Florida International on Dec. 21 & 13 vs. Houston on Dec. 23) for the first time in school history. The 13 treys against Houston were one shy of UW's single-game record ... UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 61-54 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916.

> Washington snapped an 11-game Cardinal winning streak in the series with a 73-68 victory in this year's first meeting on Jan. 18 in Seattle. That 11-game stretch was Stanford's longest winning streak in the history of the series.

> Prior to the win earlier this season, the last Washington win over the Cardinal was a 75-61 decision on Feb. 22, 1997 in Seattle.

> The Huskies have not swept a season series vs. Stanford since 1993.

> Stanford has a 42-14 advantage over the Huskies during games played in Palo Alto. The Huskies lost in their last nine visits to Maples Pavilion, last winning at Stanford 68-67 on Jan. 30, 1993.

> The Cardinal routed Washington 105-60 last season at Maples, the third largest loss in UW history and the most lopsided defeat in the series with Stanford.

> 17th-year Cardinal Coach Mike Montgomery has a 26-8 mark against the Huskies.

> First-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-1 record against Stanford.

The Last Meeting
UW 73, Stanford 68 (Jan. 18, 2003; Seattle)

Will Conroy tallied 12 of his 19 points in the second half as Washington defeated Stanford for the first time since 1997 with a 73-68 win at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (7-8, 2-4) stopped a 10-game losing streak against Stanford (12-5, 3-2) and gave first-year Coach Lorenzo Romar his 100th career victory. UW trailed 25-19 before reeling off nine straight points to claim a 28-25 margin. Stanford reclaimed the lead 32-31 at halftime. The game was tied 58-58 before the Huskies went ahead for good with an 11-4 run. Nate Robinson capped the surge with a jumper that put UW ahead 69-62 with 2:37 left to play. Stanford responded with a 6-1 run, cutting the margin to 70-68 on a Nick Robinson jumper with 20 seconds remaining. The Huskies converted 3-of-4 free throws inside the final 0:20 to secure the victory. Doug Wrenn scored 16 points for UW and Robinson finished with 13. Stanford's Matt Lottich scored 12 of his 15 points before halftime, but was sidelined early in the second half with four fouls that included one technical. Josh Childress scored 18 points to lead the Cardinal who also got 12 apiece from Julius Barnes and Rob Little. Freshman Brandon Roy made his UW debut two days after being declared eligible by the NCAA. He was scoreless in five minutes.

Last Year's Meeting at Maples
#19 Stanford 105, UW 60 (Jan. 19, 2002; Palo Alto, Calif.)

Casey Jacobsen scored 21 points and Curtis Borchardt added 19 as 19th-ranked Stanford dealt Washington its third-worst defeat ever, a 105-60 decision at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal (11-4, 4-2) extended their winning streak over Washington (7-11, 1-7) to nine straight, the longest in the series. David Dixon blocked five shots for the Huskies and had his fourth double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Doug Wrenn and Curtis Allen each had 13 points for UW which allowed 100 points for the first time since Feb. 5, 1998. The Huskies led 10-8 five minutes into the game before Stanford took control with a 25-12 run. Julius Barnes scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half as Stanford opened a 49-29 halftime margin. The Cardinal went on a 27-7 run in the opening eight minutes of the second half and led by as many as 48 points. Stanford shot 56 percent (38-68) while limiting the Huskies to 31% field goal shooting (23-74).

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