Hot Huskies Embark on Two-Game Road Trip
Feb. 2, 2004
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5 --
Washington at USC; 7:30 p.m. PST (No TV)
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (16,161); Los Angeles, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (AM 850) in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7 --
Washington at UCLA; 6:00 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Northwest TV
Pauley Pavilion (12,800); Los Angeles, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
Two teams locked in a sixth-place tie in the Pac-10 standings clash Thursday, Feb. 5 when the Washington Huskies (9-8, 4-5) visit USC (9-9, 4-5). Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The Trojans won this season's first meeting, an 88-80 decision Jan. 8 in Seattle. The Huskies, who won last year's encounter 95-89 in Los Angeles, have not won back-to-back games at USC since 1986 and 1987. UW opened Pac-10 play with five losses before winning its last four games, including last week's sweep of the Arizona schools. On Saturday, Feb. 7, the Huskies play at third-place UCLA (9-8, 5-4). Tip-off is 6 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion where UW lost in its last 17 visits. The Huskies last won at UCLA on Jan. 29, 1987.
The pivotal point in Washington's season came Jan. 17 in Corvallis, Ore. The Huskies were 0-5 in Pac-10 play and trailed Oregon State 70-54 with six minutes remaining. They rallied with Nate Robinson hitting a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and UW won 103-99 in overtime. That started UW's current string of four consecutive victories.
Party Like it's 1999
Turn the clock back five years to 1999. That's the last time Washington had a winning season and participated in the NCAA Tournament. That's also the last time UW performed some feats they have accomplished this season. UW has a winning record (9-8) at the latest point in the season since the 1999 squad had a 10-7 record after 17 games. The Huskies are in the midst of their first four-game winning streak since 1999, including Thursday's upset of No. 9 Arizona. The last time UW beat a top-10 ranked foe was on Feb. 4, 1999 with a 90-84 win over No. 10 Arizona. The Huskies beat Arizona State Saturday to complete their first weekly series sweep against a pair of Pac-10 travel partners since 1999 when they also defeated both Arizona and Arizona State in Seattle.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Thursday's game at USC will be broadcast on KHHO (AM 850) 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. Follow the game live via the internet at: www.gohuskies.com
Thursday's Husky game will not be televised. Saturday's UW game at UCLA will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Northwest at 6 p.m. Pacific Time.
Player of the Week
UW sophomore guard Nate Robinson, who erupted for a career-high 31 points in Thursday's upset of ninth-ranked Arizona, was named the Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball Player of the Week Monday. A product of Seattle's Rainier Beach High School, Robinson averaged 19.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals while shooting 59 percent (13-of-22) from the field as the Huskies defeated Arizona and Arizona State last week in Seattle. Robinson scored 20 of his career-high 31 points in the second half of UW's 96-83 victory over Arizona. He also contributed five steals, five rebounds and three assists. The 5-foot-9 guard converted 11-of-15 shots from the field against the Wildcats, including a spectacular alley-oop dunk in the second half that was named the No. 1 play of the night on ESPN SportsCenter. The Huskies defeated Arizona State 90-81 Saturday as Robinson tallied eight points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals.
The USC Series
> USC holds a 62-57 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.
> The Trojans forced 29 turnovers to win this year's first meeting 88-80 on Jan. 8 in Seattle. They swept three straight season series from 2000 to 2002 before UW won both games last year.
> USC owns a 35-22 series advantage over UW during games played in Los Angeles. The Huskies won 95-89 last season to halt a four-game losing streak in visits to USC.
> The Huskies have not won consecutive games at USC since 1986 and 1987.
> Ninth-year USC coach Henry Bibby has a 9-8 record against Washington.
> USC twin freshmen Rodrick and Lodrick Stewart were teammates of UW sophomore Nate Robinson at Seattle's Rainier Beach High School which won the 2002 state title.
> Second-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 2-1 record against USC.
The Last Meeting
USC 88, UW 80 (Jan. 8, 2004/Seattle)
Errick Craven led five double-figure scorers with 20 points and hit a 3-pointer at the end of halftime that capped an 18-2 run that fueled USC's 88-80 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (5-6, 0-3) claimed their last lead at 24-22 on a jumper by Anthony Washington with 6:07 left in the first half. The Trojans (7-5, 2-1) scored 18 of the next 20 points to go ahead 40-26 at halftime. UW committed 17 first-half turnovers and 29 for the game. Washington fell behind 55-38 before storming back within three points at 61-58 on a Nate Robinson jump shot with 7:37 remaining. Craven answered with a 3-pointer and added another basket to fuel a seven-point USC run. Robinson, who scored 13 points, played at Seattle's Rainier Beach High School alongside twins Rodrick and Lodrick Stewart who are freshmen at USC. Rodrick tallied 14 points and Lodrick added nine. The Huskies, who swept USC last season, got 21 points from Will Conroy, including three 3-pointers and 13 points in the final 2:48. Conroy cut the deficit to 85-80 on two free throws with 0:48 left before USC scored the final three points on free throws. Desmon Farmer scored 13 points for USC which also got 10 apiece from Gregg Guenther Jr. and Jeff McMillan. Bobby Jones contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Huskies.
The Last Meeting In Los Angeles
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.
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has a 6-0 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 3-8 when being outshot. The Huskies are shooting over 10 percent better from the field in their nine victories (50.6% - 40.0%) and more than seven percent better from 3-point range (40.4% - 33.1%).
Thirteen is usually considered an unlucky number. Not for the Huskies who have registered nearly half (four) of their nine victories this season by exactly 13 points. Washington upset No. 9 Arizona (Jan. 29) by a 96-83 tally and registered a 75-62 win at Washington State (Jan. 24), a 104-91 win over Eastern Washington (Nov. 29) and a 91-78 victory over UC Riverside (Nov. 24).
Washington is averaging 81.5 points per game, the highest scoring output since the 1972 Huskies finished with a school record 84.8-point average. UW ranks second among Pac-10 teams in scoring and last week was listed 20th among NCAA Division I teams. The Huskies have reached the 100-point plateau twice for the first time since the 1980-81 season. The 103-99 overtime decision at Oregon State (Jan. 17) matched the highest total ever for UW in an enemy arena. It equaled a 103-70 win at Washington State on Feb. 1, 1975. 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. The Huskies reached the 90-point plateau six times this season, a figure they reached only once last year. That is the most 90-point plus performances for a Washington team since the 1997-98 squad had six. The last time a Husky team had more than six 90-point games was during the 1976 campaign when they had seven.
The Huskies, who won 95-89 last year in Los Angeles, have not won consecutive games at USC since 1986 and 1987 ... UW followed a five-game losing streak with four consecutive wins for only the second time in its history (1986 was the other), the first time in Pac-10 play ... The Huskies reached the 90-point plateau six times this year, topping the total of five 90-point outings from the previous four seasons (2000-03) combined ... Washington overcame halftime deficits and won in two of its last four games. UW trailed 45-40 against Arizona and 40-34 at Oregon State before winning both games. Those were the only two times in a UW game this season that the team that trailed at halftime won. The team that leads at halftime has a 15-2 record in Husky games ... Sophomore forward Mike Jensen hit 10 of 19 treys this year and shot 51% on career 3-pointers (20-39) ... Seven different players have led UW in scoring this year and seven different Huskies topped the team in rebounds ... UW players have six double-figure rebound games after registering only three in 2003.
Washington has started four different lineups. The most recent unit opened the last three games, featuring four sophomores (Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy) and one junior (Will Conroy). 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 17 games.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson raised his game to a higher level during Pac-10 play. The 5-9 guard leads UW with a 17.1-point scoring average in conference games, an increase of 9.7 points from his average of 7.4 points against non-conference competition. Robinson tallied double-figure points in eight of nine Pac-10 games after posting only two double-digit efforts in eight non-conference outings. He poured in a career-high 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added five rebounds and five steals during UW's 96-83 upset of ninth-ranked Arizona (Jan. 29). Robinson tallied 23 of his 25 points after halftime at Oregon State (Jan. 17), including a 3-pointer inside the final second that forced overtime in UW's 103-99 win. He ranks third among Pac-10 players in free throw percentage (87.8%), fourth in steals (32), ninth in 3-point percentage (39.4%) and 19th in scoring (12.5).
Sophomore Nate Robinson and his 40-inch vertical leap will concentrate on basketball this season after having a huge impact last year on both the hardwood and the gridiron. In 2003, Robinson garnered Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors in basketball 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, 2002 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 of 2002 and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. He entered UW on a football scholarship, but switched to basketball prior to this season. 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.
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 656 of UW's 1,386 points in the 15 regular-season games, accounting for 47 percent of the total offensive output. Conroy (13.1) is UW's top scorer and Roy (12.6) is second. Their Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback a red-shirt freshman who plays on the Husky football team.
Sophomore Bobby Jones is tied for the Huskies' team lead in rebounds with 5.4 per game, a figure that ranks 16th among Pac-10 players. He ranks 10th among conference competitors with a team-leading field goal accuracy of 53.0 percent. Jones ranks second among UW players with 25 steals. Jones tallied 10 or more points in 12 games this season after reaching double figures just five times all last season. A defensive specialist last season, Jones started the final 15 games in 2003 and ranked No. 7 on the team with 5.7 points per game. He nearly doubled that total to 11.1 points per game this year.
Quicksilver guard Curtis Allen is the lone senior on the Washington roster. He ranks second among all-time Huskies with 143 career 3-pointers. The record is 212 treys by Deon Luton (1997-2000). Allen hit six treys at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He has amassed 919 points during his career and needs 87 more to become the 28th player in UW history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. 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 former UCLA standout Rod Foster who shot 88.0% between 1980-83.
Sophomore swingman Brandon Roy is a rising star in his first full collegiate season. He ranks second on the team in points (12.6) and tied for first in rebounds (5.4), figures that rank No. 18 and No. 16 among Pac-10 players. Roy tallied a career-high 22 points along with five assists against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). He had 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting at Oregon (Jan. 15) followed by a 17-point performance in the overtime victory at Oregon State (Jan. 17). 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.
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 in 2003. Conroy currently leads all Husky scorers with 13.1 points per game, a figure that ranks 14th among Pac-10 players. He is averaging 16.1 points in conference games. Conroy is UW's top playmaker. He distributed 78 assists, an average of 4.6 per game that ranks seventh among Pac-10 players. Conroy's assist/turnover ratio of 1.66 is the ninth best among Pac-10 players.
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 112-113 all-time record in eight seasons with a 19-25 mark at 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).
Last UW Game
UW 90, Arizona State 81 (Jan. 31, 2004/Seattle)
Tre Simmons came off the bench to score 17 of his career-high 21 points in the first half as Washington led the entire way during a foul-plagued 90-81 victory over Arizona State at Bank of America Arena. The game featured 58 total fouls, including five technicals. UW's Anthony Washington was ejected with six minutes left in the game with a flagrant technical foul. The Huskies (9-8, 4-5) won their fourth straight Pac-10 game for the first time since 1999 which was also the last time they swept two games from the Arizona schools. UW opened the game with a 12-0 run, holding ASU without a basket for the opening 4:54. The Sun Devils (8-10, 2-7) drew within 41-36 at halftime before the Huskies began the second half with an 11-4 surge. ASU's Allen Morill hit two free throws after the ejection and Ike Diogu followed with two more to trim the deficit to 73-67 with 5:08 remaining. UW answered with five straight points, beginning with a 3-pointer by Will Conroy who scored 11 of his 17 points inside the final 4:41. Simmons hit 7 of 10 shots from the field to pace the Huskies who got 15 points from Brandon Roy and 11 from Bobby Jones. Diogu led ASU with 23 points while Jamal Hill had 21 and Stevie Moore 12. UW out-rebounded the Sun Devils 40-29.
2004 Season Highlights
UW swept the Arizona schools in Seattle for the first time since 1999 ... The Huskies upset ninth-ranked Arizona 96-83 (Jan. 29), their first win over a top-10 foe since 1999 ... The win snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Wildcats that was the longest current streak against UW. The Huskies longest current series losing streak is now a six-game skein against Gonzaga ... UW won back-to-back Pac-10 road games for the first time since the 2000 season with wins at Oregon State (Jan. 17) and Washington State (Jan. 24) ... UW has multiple Pac-10 road wins for the first time since 2000 after posting only one conference away victory during each of the last three seasons ... The Huskies reached the 100-point plateau more than once for the first season since 1980-81 ... 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.
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 in the Bay Area 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 ... UW suffered an 85-72 setback at fifth-ranked Stanford (Jan. 4) before returning home ... The Huskies turned the ball over 29 times in an 88-80 loss to USC (Jan. 8) and rallied from 17 points behind to force overtime before losing 86-84 to UCLA (Jan. 10) ... UW attempted 13 fewer free throws in an 84-74 loss at Oregon (Jan. 15) ... The Huskies overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to post a 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State (Jan. 17) that snapped a five-game losing streak ... UW completed back-to-back Pac-10 road wins for the first time in four years with a 75-62 win at Washington State (Jan. 24), its first win in Pullman since 2000 ... Nate Robinson amassed 31 points to lead UW to a 96-83 home triumph over No. 9 Arizona and snap an eight-game losing streak against the Wildcats ... Tre Simmons scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half of the Huskies' 90-81 win over Arizona State (Jan. 31).
The UCLA Series
> The Bruins boast an 85-29 series lead after winning the last five, and 29 of the last 35 meetings against Washington.
> UCLA won the first meeting this year, an 86-84 overtime decision in Seattle.
> The Bruins swept the 2003 season series with the Huskies for the 29th time, winning 77-67 in Seattle and 83-72 in Los Angeles.
> UCLA boasts a 53-5 advantage over Washington in Los Angeles, including a 38-2 record since UCLA moved into Pauley Pavilion in 1965.
> Washington lost its last 17 visits to Pauley, last winning 95-87 on Jan. 29, 1987.
> 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 a 1-0 record against the Huskies.
> Second-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-3 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 86, UW 84 ot (Jan. 10, 2004/Seattle)
Dijon Thompson sank two free throws with 10.5 seconds left in overtime, lifting UCLA to an 86-84 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. T.J. Cummings scored 12 of his 22 points in the first half, helping the Bruins (8-3, 4-0) build a 38-27 halftime advantage. The margin grew to as many as 17 points in the second half. UCLA led 70-57 before Washington (5-7, 0-4) started an 18-4 run on two Nate Robinson free throws with 3:14 left in regulation. Tre Simmons capped the run with a layin at 0:44 the put the Huskies ahead 75-74. UCLA's Trevor Ariza forced overtime on a free throw with 38 seconds remaining. Ariza tallied five of his 21 points during the extra session. UW had a chance to tie the game after Thompson's decisive free throws. Will Conroy missed a shot, leaving only .02 seconds for an inbounds play to Brandon Roy who was unable to tip in the ball in traffic. Conroy scored a season-high 29 points, hitting 9 of 15 shots while also contributing seven rebounds and five assists. Robinson had 18 for UW and Roy 16. Thompson finished with 13 points for UCLA which also got 12 from Michael Fey. The Bruins shot 52 percent (35-68) from the field while limiting UW to 41 percent (29-71).
The Last Meeting in Los Angeles
UCLA 83, UW 72 (Mar. 8, 2003; Los Angeles, Calif.)
Dijon Thompson scored 26 points and UCLA 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) would have made the tournament with a victory. Instead, they lost their 17th straight at Pauley Pavilion where they haven't won since 1987. UW 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.
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 771 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They have a 6-3 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 averaged 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 7,156 spectators this season in nine home games to date, including an average of 7,746 in three Pac-10 games.
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.
Wait 'til Next Year
A pair of Huskies are not competing in games this year, waiting until next season until they are eligible. Jamaal Williams, a 6-5 forward with a powerful inside presence, is red-shirting this season after transferring from New Mexico. He averaged 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 2003 for the Lobos, including a 25-point, 15-rebound performance at UNLV on Feb. 23. Walk-on Matt Fletcher joined the team in the fall as a transfer from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The Maize (Kansas) High School product played at Butler County Junior College in 2002.
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 broadcast is Monday, Feb. 9.
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