Hot Huskies Seek Sixth Straight Pac-10 Win
Feb. 6, 2004
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
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12 --
Washington vs. Oregon; 7:30 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Northwest TV
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
Two teams locked in a fifth-place tie in the Pac-10 standings clash Saturday, Feb. 7 when the Washington Huskies (10-8, 5-5) visit UCLA (9-9, 5-5). Tip-off is 6:00 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion where UW lost in its last 17 visits. The Huskies last won at UCLA on Jan. 29, 1987. The two teams took completely opposite routes to 5-5 conference records. Washington lost is first five Pac-10 games before going on its current five-game winning streak. The Bruins opened Pac-10 play with five wins before losing their last six games, five of them conference contests. UCLA won this year's first meeting, an 86-84 overtime triumph Jan. 10 in Seattle. Washington won 93-82 Thursday to complete back-to-back victories at USC for the first time since 1986 and 1987. A win Saturday at UCLA would give the Huskies their first sweep in Los Angeles since the 1987 season. After Saturday UW plays five of its final seven Pac-10 games at home. A three-game homestand begins Thursday, Feb. 12 against Oregon.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game at UCLA will be broadcast on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 17th season.
Saturday's UW-UCLA will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. on Fox Sports Northwest.
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 won 103-99 in overtime. That ignited UW's current string of five 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 (10-8) at the latest point in the season since the 1999 squad had an 11-7 record after 18 games. The Huskies are in the midst of their first five-game winning streak since 1999, including a Jan. 29 upset of No. 9 Arizona. The last time UW had beaten a top-10 ranked foe was on Feb. 4, 1999 with a 90-84 win over No. 10 Arizona. The Huskies beat Arizona State last 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.
The current five-game winning streak is UW's longest since 1999. The last Pac-10 winning streak for UW longer than five was a seven-game stretch in 1986 ... The Huskies lost their last 17 games at Pauley Pavilion, last winning on Jan. 29, 1987. UCLA owns a 53-5 record vs. UW in L.A. with a 38-2 mark at Pauley ... The current three-game road win streak ties the longest for UW in Pac-10 play. The last time the Huskies won four straight conference road games was in 1959 ... The Huskies reached the 90-point plateau seven times this season, topping the total of five 90-point outings from the previous four years (2000-03) combined ... Washington overcame halftime deficits to win in two of its last five 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 12 of 22 treys this year and shot 50% on career 3-pointers (22-44) ... 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.
Player of the Week
UW sophomore guard Nate Robinson, who erupted for a career-high 31 points in last 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 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 with 11:19 left.
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has a 7-0 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 10 victories (51% - 40%) and nearly seven percent better from 3-point range (40% - 33%).
Thirteen is not an unlucky number for the Huskies who have registered four of this season's 10 victories 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 82.2 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 seven 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 1975-76 squad had seven.
Washington has started four different lineups. The most recent unit opened the last four 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 18 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 16.4-point scoring average in conference games, an increase of 9.0 points from his average of 7.4 points against non-conference competition. Robinson tallied double-figure points in eight of 10 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 (86.8%), fourth in steals (33), ninth in 3-point percentage (38.7%) and 19th in scoring (12.4).
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 706 of UW's 1,479 points in the 18 regular-season games, accounting for 48 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 ranks second on the Huskies' in rebounds with 5.2 per game, a figure that ranks 17th among Pac-10 players. He ranks 10th among conference competitors with a team-leading field goal accuracy of 52.9 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 145 career 3-pointers. The record is 212 treys by Deon Luton (1997-2000). Allen hit six treys at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He has amassed 928 points during his career and needs 72 more to become the 28th player in UW history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Allen's current career free throw mark of 86.3 percent (195-226) 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 (12.8) and 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 13.3 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 83 assists, an average of 4.6 per game that ranks seventh among Pac-10 players. Conroy's assist/turnover ratio of 1.63 is the ninth best among Pac-10 players.
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 93, USC 82 (Feb. 5, 2004/Los Angeles)
Brandon Roy led five double-figure scorers with 17 points as Washington extended its winning streak to five games with a 93-82 victory over USC. The Huskies (10-8, 5-5) won back-to-back games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena for the first time since 1986 and 1987. USC (9-10, 4-6) went ahead early and took a 33-22 lead on a Derrick Craven layin with 5:06 left in the first half. Washington closed the half with a 21-4 run to claim a 43-37 advantage. Roy, Mike Jensen and Tre Simmons each scored five points during the surge during which UW scored 15 points off USC turnovers. The Huskies shot 54 percent (13-24) in the second half while hitting 21-of-30 free throws to maintain the lead. UW scored its last 14 points over the final five minutes from the free throw line. Jensen and Will Conroy each scored 16 points for the Huskies, Simmons had 14 and Nate Robinson 10. Desmon Farmer paced the Trojans with 31 points while reserve Rory O'Neil added 12.
2004 Season Highlights
UW matched its longest Pac-10 road winning streak with wins at Oregon State, Washington State and USC. There have been five previous three-game road winning streaks since Pac-10 play began in 1979 ... The Huskies beat USC 93-82 on Feb. 5 to win back-to-back games at the Sports Arena for the first time since 1986 & 1987 ... 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.
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 173-99 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Ducks won four of the last five meetings.
> Oregon won this season's first meeting, an 84-74 decision on Jan. 15 in Eugene.
> The Huskies have a 102-33 series lead against Oregon over games played in Seattle, including victories in the Ducks last two visits to Bank of America Arena.
> The Northwest rivals split the season series last year, each defending its own homecourt. Oregon won the first meeting 91-66 in Eugene and the Huskies were 78-66 victors in Seattle during the most recent matchup.
> Seventh-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 7-7 coaching record against UW.
> Second-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-2 record against Oregon.
The Last Meeting
Oregon 84, UW 74 (Jan. 15, 2004/Eugene, Ore.)
James Davis scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half when Oregon built a lead it would never relinquish during an 84-74 win over Washington at McArthur Court. Washington (5-8, 0-5) dropped to 0-5 in Pac-10 play for the first time since the 1994 season. The Ducks (7-4, 2-2) hit five consecutive 3-pointers midway through the opening period, including four from Davis, to build a 45-38 halftime advantage. The Huskies drew within 52-51 on a layup by Nate Robinson with 12:26 left to play. Oregon responded with a 23-7 run, fueled by Luke Jackson's 13 points. Jackson tallied 16 of his game-high 24 points after halftime. The Oregon lead grew to as many 17 points before UW scored eight straight points to narrow the final margin. Brandon Roy scored 18 points to lead the Huskies while Robinson added 16, Will Conroy 15 and Bobby Jones 11. The Ducks shot 52 percent from the field (26-50) and 45 percent from 3-point range (9-20). Oregon outrebounded UW 33-23. The Huskies had 13 offensive rebounds and just 10 on the defensive end. The Ducks attempted 13 more free throws and outscored UW by nine points from the line.
Last Season in Seattle
UW 78, Oregon 66 (Feb. 22, 2003; Seattle)
Curtis Allen came off the bench to score 17 points, including five that capped a decisive nine-point run in Washington's 78-66 win over Oregon at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (9-15, 4-11) outscored Oregon 40-14 in the paint to help snap a five-game losing streak. Washington tallied 14 unanswered points three minutes into the game to take an 18-6 lead. The Ducks (18-7, 8-6) chipped away at the lead, drawing within 36-31 at halftime. Oregon scored the first six second-half points to go ahead 37-36. The lead changed hands five times until Brandon Roy ignited a 9-0 run with a put-back dunk with 5:43 left to play. Allen capped the surge with a fastbreak layin and 3-pointer that give UW control of the game with a 64-54 advantage at 3:11. Roy finished with career highs in points (13), rebounds (7) and assists (3). Will Conroy was one of five Husky double-figure scorers with 15 points while Nate Robinson had 14 and Doug Wrenn 10. Luke Ridnour paced Oregon with 20 points and six assists, but he also had eight turnovers and had his Pac-10 record streak of consecutive free throws halted at 62. James Davis scored 15 points for the Ducks who also got 14 from Ian Crosswhite. The Huskies shot 50 percent (30-60) from the field while limiting Oregon to a season-low 33 percent (21-63).
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.
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.
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