Huskies Host USC in Pac-10 Home Opener
Jan. 6, 2004
THURSDAY, JANUARY 8 --
Washington vs. USC; 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. - No TV
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 10 --
Washington vs. UCLA; 7:30 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Northwest TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
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The Washington Huskies (5-5, 0-2) host their Pac-10 rivals from Los Angeles this weekend in their conference home openers. Washington entertains the USC Trojans (6-5, 1-1) on Thursday, Jan. 8. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Huskies swept the season series from USC last year for the first time since 1998. On Saturday, Jan. 10 first-year Coach Ben Howland bring his UCLA Bruins (6-3, 2-0) to Seattle for a game that will televised live at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net Northwest. The Bruins won their last four meetings with UW. This week's encounters are the only two home games in the first seven Pac-10 outings for the Huskies who have a 4-1 record at home and are 1-4 in road contests. Washington plays a pair of games next week in the state of Oregon, Jan. 15 at Oregon and Jan. 17 at Oregon State. The Huskies play at cross-state rival Washington State on Jan. 24. Washington opened Pac-10 play Friday with a 76-62 loss at California in a game that was tied with 5:30 to play before the Bears hit six straight 3-pointers. UW dropped to 0-2 in conference with an 85-72 setback Sunday at fifth-ranked Stanford.
Thursday's game against USC will not be televised. Saturday's UW game against UCLA will be televised live at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Fox Sports Net Northwest.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Thursday's game against USC will be broadcast on KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 17th season. He is joined on home broadcasts by color commentator Jason Hamilton, a UW point guard from 1994-96. Fans may subscribe to an on-line service that allows them to listen to UW games over the internet. For more information go to: www.collegesports.com Game play-by-play and stats can be followed live in a text format via the internet at: www.gohuskies.com
Seven different players have led UW in scoring during the 10 games this year ... Tre Simmons registered double-figure points in his last four games, averaging 14.3 points in that span. He averaged 6.8 points in this season's first six games ... Through 10 games, the Huskies have scored 784 points, exactly the same as their opponents. UW has been outscored 397-383 in the first halves and is outscoring foes 401-387 after halftime ... The team that led at halftime won all 10 Washington games this season ... In all five of UW's victories, four Huskies tallied double-figure points.
High School Reunion
Every time the Huskies take the floor it amounts to a reunion of alums from Seattle's Garfield High School. Four former prep teammates are listed on the Washington roster; juniors Will Conroy and Tre Simmons along with sophomores Brandon Roy and Anthony Washington. The quartet of former Bulldogs has combined to score 347 of UW's 784 points in the 10 regular-season games, accounting for 44 percent of the total offensive output. Their Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback a red-shirt freshman who plays on the Husky football team.
Season in Review
The Huskies opened the season with four consecutive home games. They defeated Portland State 73-65 (Nov. 21), UC Riverside 91-78 (Nov. 24) and Eastern Washington 104-91 (Nov. 29) before losing 86-62 to 17th-ranked Gonzaga (Dec. 3). Washington hit the road and lost 92-76 at Wyoming (Dec. 6) and 79-64 at Houston (Dec. 20) before a 92-81 triumph at San Diego State (Dec. 27). The Huskies defeated Columbia (Dec. 30) 81-55, their first home game in 27 days. UW opened Pac-10 play with a 76-62 loss at California in a game that was tied with 5 1/2 minutes to play before the Bears hit six straight 3-pointers. The Huskies lost 85-72 at No. 5 Stanford on Sunday in their last outing.
The USC Series
> USC holds a 61-57 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.
> The Huskies swept the season series last year for the first time since 1998. UW's 76-72 win on Jan. 4, 2003 in Seattle snapped a seven-game losing skid against the Trojans. The Huskies won 95-89 on Mar. 6 in Los Angeles.
> Washington owns a 33-26 advantage over USC during games played in Seattle.
> Ninth-year USC coach Henry Bibby has an 8-8 record against Washington.
> Second-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 2-0 record against USC.
The Last Meeting
UW 95, USC 89 (Mar. 6, 2003; Los Angeles, Calif.)
Curtis Allen scored 17 points and sank six free throws that capped the scoring for Washington which defeated USC 95-89 at the Sports Arena. The Huskies (10-16, 5-12) halted an eight-game Pac-10 road losing streak and completed their first season sweep of USC since 1998. Nate Robinson scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the first half as UW led by as many as nine points before settling for a 45-43 halftime advantage. The Trojans (10-16, 5-12) lost their seventh straight game. USC trailed 73-64 with 11:19 left to play, but went on a 19-6 run over the next five minutes to take a 83-79 lead. Errick Craven scored 11 of his 19 points during the run. UW answered with a 6-0 surge. The game was tied 87-87 before Brandon Roy, making his first start, put the Huskies ahead for good with a layup at 1:02. Allen secured the win, shooting 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 26 seconds. Roy finished with 16 points for the Huskies who also got 14 from Will Conroy and 11 from Doug Wrenn. USC was led by Desmon Farmer's 23 points while reserve Jerry Dupree had 17. The Huskies shot 55 percent for the game (32-58), including a torrid 74-percent second half (17-23). UW won despite 23 turnovers the resulted in 34 Trojan points.
Sophomore Bobby Jones leads the Huskies in four major statistical categories. He tops the squad in points (12.6), rebounds (11.9), steals (15) and field goal percentage (56.5%). Jones tallied 10 or more points in nine of 10 games this season after reaching double figures just five times all last season. He is averaging 14.6 points and 6.6 rebounds during the last five games after joining the starting lineup. A defensive specialist last season, Jones started the season's final 15 games in 2003 and ranked seventh on the team with 5.7 points per game. He increased that total by 6.9 points to 12.6 this year.
Sophomore swingman Brandon Roy is a rising star in his first full collegiate season. He is averaging 11.9 points per game, including a career-high 22 points and five assists against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). At Houston on Dec. 20 he became the first player in UW history to lead the team in the five major statistics during a single game. Roy amassed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the prep class of 2002, but was not declared eligible by the NCAA until Jan. 16, 2003. He played 13 games with two starts last season, averaging 6.1 points per game. He averaged 13.8 points and 5.5 rebounds during the final four games of 2003. Roy applied for the 2002 NBA Draft out of high school, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft. He is the fourth product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current UW roster, joining Will Conroy, Tre Simmons and Anthony Washington.
Producing Point Guards
UW point guards Will Conroy (Garfield HS) and Nate Robinson (Rainier Beach HS) both hail from the city of Seattle. The Emerald City has produced some jewels on the hardwood, a legacy of point guards that is highlighted by former Arizona standout Jason Terry and Michigan's Jamal Crawford. Three Pac-10 schools may start Seattle natives at the point this season, including Aaron Brooks (Franklin HS) at Oregon and Rodrick Stewart (Rainier Beach HS) at USC along with the UW duo. Other prominent point guards from the state of Washington include Gonzaga's John Stockton (Spokane) and Dan Dickau (Prairie), Oregon's Luke Ridnour (Blaine) and current Florida freshman Ryan Appleby (Stanwood).
This is Washington's second season under head coach Lorenzo Romar, a two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80. Romar was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach. He served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to UW. Romar has a 108-1010 all-time record in eight seasons with a 15-22 mark at Washington.
Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar airs weekly from 7:30-8:00 p.m. on KJR (AM-950). The day of the week varies. The show is hosted by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau along with KJR Radio personality David Locke. The next broadcasts are Tuesday, Jan. 6 and Monday, Jan. 12.
The most improved player in the Pac-10 last season was point guard Will Conroy, now a junior at Washington. His 12.7-point sophomore scoring average was 10.2 better than his freshman 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 had 19 double-figure performances last season and led all Husky scorers in eight games. Conroy ranked 21st among Pac-10 scorers (12.7 ppg) and distributed a team-high 108 assists to rank fifth among Pac-10 playmakers (4.0 apg). He currently leads the team and ranks seventh among Pac-10 players with 4.4 assists per game. His assist/turnover ratio of 1.91 is the sixth best among Pac-10 players. Conroy has distributed 44 assists while committing only 23 turnovers.
Washington has started three different lineups. The most recent opened the last five games, featuring three sophomores (Mike Jensen, Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy) and two juniors (Will Conroy, Tre Simmons). Last year, the Huskies implemented nine unique lineups and Will Conroy was the only player to start every game. Conroy did not start this year's season opener against Portland State, stopping a streak of 34 consecutive starting assignments. Brandon Roy and Mike Jensen are the only two Huskies to start all 10 games.
Nate the Great
High-flying sophomore guard Nate Robinson will concentrate on basketball this season after having an huge impact last year on both the hardwood and the gridiron. He tallied a season-high 16 points at San Diego State (Dec. 27) and matched that figure at Stanford (Jan. 4). Robinson garnered Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors after leading UW with a 13.0-point scoring average. He had eight points in 23 minutes Jan. 2, 2003 against UCLA after starting two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. Robinson registered 17 double-figure outings and topped all UW scorers a team-high 11 times in his 23 games. The 5-9 leaper was spectacular in his second collegiate 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 effort, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14). 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 the final six Husky football games at cornerback and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. His first practice with the basketball team was Nov. 26. Robinson entered UW on a football scholarship, but switched to basketball. 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.
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, guard Curtis Allen is the lone senior on the Washington roster. He ranks second among all-time Huskies with 138 career 3-pointers. Allen has 19 of UW's 64 treys this season, including six at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He led the team last season with 52 treys, 23 more 3-pointers than any of his teammates. Allen has amassed 897 points during his career and needs 103 more to become the 28th player in UW history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. He missed only two free throws in 46 attempts last season, a 95.7-percent figure that would have easily led the conference except he was 10 free throws shy of the minimum standard for the Pac-10 statistical rankings. Allen's current career free throw mark of 87.3 percent (192-220) is the best in school history. He ranks second among all-time Pac-10 players behind only former UCLA standout Rod Foster who shot 88.0% from the line between 1980-83. Allen distributed 126 assists in 2002, the seventh-highest total in Husky history. Allen was voted to the 2001 Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was the Dec. 3, 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Week. Allen distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10, 2002), the second-highest total in UW history. He fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 set by Rafael Stone in 1970.
Last UW Game
(#5) Stanford 85, UW 72 (Jan. 4, 2004/Palo Alto, Calif.)
Justin Davis scored 10 of his 17 points during a pair of 10-point runs early in each half, leading fifth-ranked Stanford to an 85-72 win over Washington. The Huskies (5-5, 0-2) lost their 11th consecutive game at Maples Pavilion. Stanford (11-0, 2-0) raced out to a 10-0 lead, including four points from Davis. The Cardinal lead was a large as 10 points en route to a 41-34 halftime advantage. UW scored five points in the opening 36 seconds of the second half, capped by a 3-pointer from Tre Simmons that cut the deficit to 41-39. Davis scored six points to spark a 10-point Stanford surge that pushed the lead to 51-39 with 16:45 left to play. The Huskies never drew closer than 10 points the rest of the way. Davis grabbed 13 rebounds and was one of five Cardinal double-figure scorers. Nick Robinson and Chris Hernandez scored 13 points apiece, Rob Little had 12 and Matt Haryasz added 10. Nate Robinson scored 16 points to lead the Huskies who also got 13 from Tre Simmons and 10 from Bobby Jones. Stanford shot 73 percent (16-22) in the second half and finished at 60 percent (34-57) for the game.
2004 Season Highlights
Junior Hakeem Rollins blocked six shots at California (Jan. 2), the highest single-game total by a Husky since David Dixon had a school-record seven blocks against Washington State on Jan. 31, 2002 ... UW's 37-point win over Columbia (88-51) was its largest margin of victory since defeating Brigham Young 95-44 on Nov. 26, 1996 ... The 58-point first-half outburst against Columbia (Dec. 30) was the highest scoring half by Washington since it had 59 the second half against Portland State Nov. 28, 2000 ... Sophomore Brandon Roy became the first player in school history to be the Huskies' sole leader in the five major statistical categories with his 19-point, 12-rebound, 5-assist, 2-steal and 1-blocked shot performance at Houston (Dec. 20). Two former players (Thalo Green on 2/19/00 & Dion Brown on 1/28/89) paced UW in those five stats, but tied with a teammate in at least one category. (Note: blocks & steals were not officially recorded prior to 1976) ... At Houston, Brandon Roy (12) and Bobby Jones (10) became the first UW teammates to grab double-figure rebounds during the same game since Jan. 19, 2002 when Doug Wrenn (12) and David Dixon (11) accomplished the feat ... The 104-91 win over Eastern Washington (Nov. 29) marked UW's highest point total in 311 games, dating to a 130-67 win over Chico State on Dec. 1, 1992. It was UW's first 100-point effort in 159 games, dating to a 101-86 win at USC on Jan. 29, 1998.
A young, extremely athletic group of players pursues Washington's first winning season and post-season appearance since 1999. Four primary starters return from last season's 10-17 squad. Seven of the top-eight scorers are back, including freshman All-American Nate Robinson who topped all UW players in 2003 with a scoring average of 13.0. Only one senior (Curtis Allen) is listed on the Husky roster that features just two players (Allen, Will Conroy) who have played more than one full season in a Husky uniform. The backcourt will be strong with future star Brandon Roy available for a full season and the addition of high-scoring junior college transfer Tre Simmons who averaged nearly 30 points at Green River (Wash.) Community College. The frontcourt features the talented trio of sophomores Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones and Anthony Washington. Muscular transfer Hakeem Rollins (Mesa JC, Ariz.) will contribute physical post play.
Over half (8) of Washington's 15-player roster is comprised of first-year Huskies, including three transfers, one scholarship freshman and four walk-ons. The newcomers most likely to contribute immediately are junior college transfers Tre Simmons (Green River CC) and Hakeem Rollins (Mesa JC). Simmons is a prolific scorer who averaged 29.8 points last season with two 50-point performances. Rollins is a physical inside presence who will challenge sophomore Anthony Washington for playing time at the post position. Freshman Hans Gasser is a versatile 6-9 forward from Issaquah (Wash.) High School who also could see early playing time.
Five players are gone from last year's UW team, including 2002 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year Doug Wrenn who declared for the 2003 NBA Draft after his junior season. Wrenn averaged 19.5 points in 2002, a figure that dipped to 12.4 last season. He started 23 games last year and led the team with 5.8 rebounds per game. Also departing was center Marlon Shelton who graduated. Guard C.J. Massingale transferred to Metro State in Denver, Colo. and walk-on David Hudson decided not to play basketball. Forward Jeffrey Day was dismissed from school and planned to transfer to a junior college.
Sophomore Ben Devoe left the UW team Dec. 18 after final exams concluded. The 6-foot-11 center sought increased playing time and transferred to first-year NCAA Division I member Utah Valley State in Orem. Devoe played one game this season, a three-minute stint against UC Riverside on Nov. 24, and scored on his only shot. The Olympia (Wash.) High School product originally joined the Huskies as a walk-on in January of 2002 and was awarded a scholarship prior to the 2002-03 campaign. He played six games last year, averaging 0.3 points and 0.7 rebounds.
The UCLA Series
> The Bruins boast an 84-29 series lead after winning the last four, and 28 of the last 34 meetings against Washington.
> UCLA swept the 2003 season series with the Huskies for the 29th time, winning 77-67 in Seattle and 83-72 in Los Angeles.
> The Bruins own a 30-24 advantage over UW in Seattle games, including wins in their last two visits. Prior to the current two-game winning streak at UW, UCLA had lost four straight games in Seattle between 1998-2001.
> Washington assistant coach Cameron Dollar was a four-year letterman point guard at UCLA from 1994-97, helping the Bruins to three Pac-10 championships and the 1995 NCAA title. He played three seasons for Jim Harrick and one for Steve Lavin. Dollar hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer against Washington, lifting UCLA to a 91-88 overtime win on Mar. 7, 1996 at Pauley Pavilion.
> In his first year at UCLA, Ben Howland has never coached against the Huskies.
> Second-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-2 record against UCLA. Romar served four seasons as an assistant on Jim Harrick's UCLA staff from 1993-96, including the 1995 NCAA Championship year.
The Last Meeting
UCLA 83, UW 72 (Mar. 8, 2003; Los Angeles, Calif.)
Dijon Thompson scored a career-high 26 points and the Bruins defeated Washington 83-72 to earn the last berth in the Pac-10 tournament. The Bruins (9-18, 6-12) were paced by Jason Kapono and Ray Young who each had 20 points. The rest of the Bruins combined for just six points in the second half. The Huskies (10-17, 5-13) could have made the tournament with a victory. Instead, they lost their 17th straight at Pauley Pavilion where they haven't won since 1987. Washington was led by the 14 points of Nate Robinson. Doug Wrenn, Bobby Jones and Will Conroy added 10 points each. The Huskies shot just 36 percent in the second half. The Bruins were clinging to a three-point lead when T.J. Cummings missed two free throws with 2:17 remaining. Young tipped in the second miss to keep the Bruins ahead 75-70. Young made two free throws and Thompson hit a basket as UCLA led 79-70. UW led by as many as 14 points before settling on a 36-26 halftime margin. UCLA opened the second half with a 39-16 run, including six straight points by Kapono, to take a 65-52 lead with 6:51 remaining. The spurt featured 14 unanswered points, including consecutive 3-pointers by Thompson and Kapono. Thompson's 3-pointer gave UCLA its first lead of the game with 11:19 remaining. The Bruins shot 74 percent in the second half.
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A lot was new last season, the first under head coach Lorenzo Romar. The 2003 roster listed six freshmen and only one senior (Marlon Shelton). Five of those freshmen, including red-shirt frosh Mike Jensen, started at least two games. The Huskies opened three games with four freshmen and a sophomore (Will Conroy) in the starting lineup. The abundance of youth produced inconsistent results. Washington posted impressive victories against NCAA Tournament-bound teams Stanford and Oregon, but also suffered several narrow defeats and did not qualify for the Pac-10 Tournament. UW lost 10 games by 10-or-fewer points and dropped three overtime contests en route to a ninth-place conference finish. The Huskies had a 10-17 record with a 5-13 Pac-10 ledger.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently 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 features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 769 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They have a 4-1 home record this season.
The Dec. 3 game against Gonzaga marked the fifth sellout since Bank of America Arena re-opened for the 2000-01 season after renovations. Three of the sellouts came during second-year Coach Lorenzo Romar's tenure. On Feb. 6, 2003 a record crowd of 10,028 attended UW's 88-85 overtime loss to Arizona.
Washington completed its 15-game 2002-03 home schedule averaging 6,799 spectators per game. That was the largest attendance figure at the Huskies' on-campus arena since the 1984-85 season drew an average of 6,979. UW averaged 7,851 fans during the 2000 season while playing at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during the Edmundson Pavilion renovation. The Huskies drew an average of 7,840 fans last year during nine home Pac-10 contests, an increase of 1,231 from the 2001-02 season's conference average of 6,609. Washington is averaging 6,684 spectators this season in five home games to date.
Washington clinched its third consecutive winning non-conference record, posting a 5-3 mark before the Pac-10 season started. UW has one non-conference game remaining, a Feb. 22 visit to North Carolina State. Last year the Huskies finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4 record following a 6-5 ledger in 2001.
Washington received a letter of intent on Nov. 17, 2003 from prep school wing player Joel Smith. 'Joel is athletic and he knows how to play. He plays hard all the time. Put him out there and he will do something to help your team,' says Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar. Smith is currently a senior at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. who will join the Huskies in the fall of 2004. Washington has another scholarship to offer during the late signing period (April 14-May 19).
Joel Smith, 6-5, 190, guard/forward, Lompoc, Calif.
(Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, N.H. / Lompoc HS, Calif.)
The No. 18-rated small forward among the high school class of 2004 by TheInsidersHoops.com ... An honorable mention prep All-America selection by Street & Smith's ... Averaged 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 2003 at Brewster ... The Bobcats advanced to the league semifinals and were ranked 10th in the final 2003 Prep School Poll ... Was the 2002 Northern League MVP his final year at Lompoc (Calif.) High School after leading the team with 22 points and 13 rebounds per game.
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