Hot Huskies Seek to Secure Second Place
March 2, 2004
THURSDAY, MARCH 4 --
Washington vs. California; 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, MARCH 6 --
Washington vs. (#1) Stanford; 3:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
Winners of 10 of their last 11 Pac-10 games, the Washington Huskies (15-10, 10-6) conclude the regular season this week with a momentous two-game homestand. The Huskies host California (13-12, 9-7), Thursday, Mar. 4 in a game that has major implications on second place in the Pac-10 standings. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Huskies could clinch at least a share of second place with a victory while Cal could at least share second with two wins this week. Top-ranked Stanford (25-0, 16-0) invades Seattle, Saturday, Mar. 6 at 3 p.m. for a game that will be televised regionally on ABC. The Cardinal seek to become the first team to go undefeated in conference play since the Pac-10 began playing an 18-game schedule in 1979. The Huskies were swept by Cal (62-76) and Stanford (72-85) when they began the Pac-10 season in the Bay Area Jan. 2 and 4.
Like the Phoenix of mythology, the Huskies have risen from the ashes of an 0-5 conference start. Just 41 days after residing in last place Washington vaulted into sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 standings with last Thursday's 89-84 victory at Arizona. A win this Thursday over Cal would clinch no worse than a second-place tie for the Huskies who have not been this high in the standings at this point in a season in 18 years. The last time Washington was in second place this late in the conference campaign was 1986 when UW finished as the Pac-10 runner-up to Arizona in the final regular-season standings.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Both games this week 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. He is joined on home broadcasts by color commentator Jason Hamilton, a UW point guard from 1994-96. Game stats can be followed live via the internet at: www.gohuskies.com
Thursday's game against California will not be televised. Washington's game against No. 1 Stanford will be televised live on ABC (KOMO 4 in Seattle) at 3 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, Mar. 6. Brent Musburger and Jimmy Dykes call the action.
Washington boasts four double-figure scorers and a fifth at 9.9 points per game. The 1982 UW team was the last to finish with four double-figure scorers. The last time five Huskies finished in double figures was the 1975 campaign. Seven different players have led UW in scoring during a game this season and five have recorded a 20-point scoring game.
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 a string of five consecutive victories that ended Feb. 7 at UCLA. The five-game winning streak was the longest for the Huskies since 1999.
Player of the Week
Sophomore swingman Brandon Roy, who led Washington to its first road sweep of the Arizona schools in 20 years, was named the Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball Player of the Week Monday. A product of Seattle's Garfield High School, Roy averaged 15.0 points on 11-of-18 shooting (.611), 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals. UW's last road sweep in Arizona was in January of 1984, six months before Roy was born.
The Huskies are in second place at the latest point in the season since 1986 when they finished as runner-up to Arizona ... UW has double-digit Pac-10 wins (10) for first time since 1999 ... The Huskies had four points this week, receiving a vote(s) in the Associated Press poll for the first time since Feb. 22, 1999. They were last ranked on Dec. 7, 1998 in the No. 22 position ... UW's current streak of 10 wins in the last 11 conference games matches the school's best ever stretch in Pac-10 play. The 1982 and 1984 UW teams had similar streaks, but neither went 11-of-12 ... The Huskies were credited with a remarkable 27 assists on their 33 field goals at Arizona (Feb. 26) ... UW swept a road series in Arizona for the first time since 1984, before Nate Robinson and Brandon Roy were born ... The Huskies have rallied from double-digit deficits in four victories this season: at Oregon State (16), vs. Arizona (11), at USC (11) and vs. Oregon (13) ... Bobby Jones' career-high 22-point output at North Carolina State (Feb. 22) made him the fifth Husky to reach the 20-point plateau in a game this season ... Washington's loss at N.C. State was its first in the 11 games this season when they led at halftime ... UW overcame four halftime deficits to win games ... The team that leads at halftime has a 20-5 record in Husky games ... Sophomore forward Mike Jensen hit 16 of 39 treys this year, including the game-winner with 0:21 left against Washington State (Feb. 19). He is shooting 43% on career 3-pointers (26-61) ... Brandon Roy tallied 30 points at UCLA (Feb. 7) and Nate Robinson had 31 vs. Arizona (Jan. 29), marking the first season two Huskies had 30-point games in six years. In 1998, Todd MacCulloch and Deon Luton were the last 30-point duo ... Seven different players have led UW in scoring this year , seven different Huskies topped the team in rebounds and five different Huskies paced the team in assists ... UW players combined for seven double-figure rebound games after registering only three in 2003.
The California Series
> California won this season's first meeting by a score of 76-62 on Jan. 2 in Berkeley during the Pac-10 opener for both teams.
> The Golden Bears won six of the last seven meetings and own a slim 69-68 edge in the all-time series that began in 1916.
> California, which won both meetings last year, has not swept the series in back-to-back seasons since 1993 and 1994.
> Washington owns a 44-25 advantage against Cal over games played in Seattle despite losing in three of the Bears' last four visits.
> Eighth-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 10-5 record against the Huskies.
> Second-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-4 record against Cal. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears during the 2001-02 season after winning in 2000-01.
The Last Meeting
California 76, UW 62 (Jan. 2, 2004/Berkeley, Calif.)
Amit Tamir scored 21 points, including four 3-pointers inside the final 5:26 that lifted California to a 76-62 victory over Washington at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears (5-5, 1-0) led by 13 points before UW drew within 38-28 at halftime on a 50-foot heave by Tre Simmons at the buzzer. The Huskies (5-4, 0-1) staged a 13-2 run and tied the score 48-48 on a jumper by Simmons with 10:38 left to play. With the scored tied for the third time at 53-53, Cal went ahead for good on a trey from Tamir. That started a streak of six straight 3-pointers for Cal who hit only 2-of-14 up to that point. The Bears scored 11 unanswered points to put the game away. Freshman Leon Powe amassed 19 points and 15 rebounds for Cal which outrebunded UW 42-29. Another Bear freshman, Ayinde Ubaka, contributed 13 points and eight assists. Simmons scored 16 points to pace the Huskies who also got 15 from Bobby Jones and 10 from Nate Robinson. UW's Hakeem Rollins had 10 rebounds and six blocks.
Last Season in Seattle
California 73, UW 66 (Jan. 16, 2003; Seattle)
Amit Tamir scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half, lifting California to a 73-66 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Golden Bears (11-2) posted a 4-0 conference start for the first time since 1957. Tamir shot 6-of-7 from the field in the second half, hitting all four of his 3-pointers as Cal pulled away from a 29-29 halftime tie to win its fifth in a row. Washington (6-8, 1-4) took a 44-41 lead on a layin by Nate Robinson with 11:53 left to play. The Bears captured the lead for good with seven unanswered points for a 48-44 margin. Tamir then scored 13 of the next 15 Cal points to stave off any UW rallies. Robinson tallied 15 points to lead the Huskies who also got 13 points and 10 rebounds from Doug Wreen. The Huskies outrebounded Cal 40-31 on the strength of 23 offensive rebounds that sparked a 13-0 UW advantage in second-chance points. The Huskies were as close as 63-60 with 2:09 remaining, but Joe Shipp made six free throws in the final 32 seconds to preserve the win, Cal's fifth in the last six games against the Huskies. Shipp finished with 19 points, while Brian Wethers scored 11.
Streaky Washington (3 wins ... 3 losses ... 2 wins ... 5 losses ... 5 wins ... 1 loss ... 3 wins ... 1 loss ... 2 wins) won 10 of its last 12 games immediately following a five-game losing streak. The Huskies lost their opening five Pac-10 games before embarking on their first five-game winning streak since the 1999 season. Included in that stretch were three consecutive road victories that matched UW's longest such streak ever since Pac-10 play began in 1979. The 1998 UW team that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 was the last to string three Pac-10 road wins together. The Huskies current streak of 10 wins in their last 11 games matches the school's best streak in conference play (1982 & 1984).
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has a perfect 11-0 record in games during which it shot 50 percent or higher. UW is 4-10 when its field goal mark is below 50 percent. The Huskies have a 12-1 record when their field goal percentage it superior or equal to its opponent, the only setback coming Feb. 22 at North Carolina State. UW is 3-9 when being outshot from the field. The Huskies shot 50 percent or higher in eight of their last 12 games and just three times in the first 13 games. UW is shooting 10 percent higher from the field in the 15 victories and nearly seven percent better from 3-point range.
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 the Huskies performed some feats they have accomplished this season. UW has a winning record (15-10) at the latest point in the season since the 1999 squad had a 16-9 mark after 25 games. UW has double-figure Pac-10 wins (10) for the first time since UW went 10-8 in 1999. The Huskies registered 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 (Jan. 31) to complete their first weekly sweep against a pair of Pac-10 travel partners since 1999.
The road had been unkind to Washington ... until this season. The Huskies have a 6-7 overall record away from home, with a 5-4 conference ledger that marks their first winning Pac-10 road record since 1986 (6-3). The Huskies posted only one Pac-10 road win in each of the previous three seasons: at Oregon (2001), at Oregon State (2002) and at USC (2003). They had a 3-29 record in their previous 32 conference road contests before finishing this season with victories in five of their last six away contests. Last week's two wins at the Arizona schools marked UW's first sweep of a road trip since 1998 and the first sweep at Arizona and ASU since 1984. The 89-84 win at No. 17 Arizona stopped a streak of 24 straight UW road losses against ranked teams. The Arizona trip capped a trying 10-day span from Feb. 20-29 during which the Huskies traveled over 7,500 miles. That journey included a trip to 13th-ranked North Carolina State which rallied to edge UW 77-72 on Feb. 22 in Raleigh. UW matched its longest Pac-10 road winning streak with wins at Oregon State, Washington State and USC. UW had five previous three-game road winning streaks since Pac-10 play began in 1979.
Washington is averaging 81.8 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 was listed 13th last week among NCAA Division I teams at 80.9 points per game. 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 eight times this season, a figure they reached only once last year. This is the most 90-point plus performances for a Washington team since the 1972 squad registered 12.
Washington has started four different lineups. The most recent unit opened the last 11 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 25 games.
Thirteen is not an unlucky number for the Huskies who have registered four of this season's 15 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).
Sophomore Bobby Jones ranks second among Huskies in rebounds with 5.1 per game, a figure that ranks 18th among Pac-10 players. He ranks fourth among conference competitors with a team-leading field goal accuracy of 57.7 percent. Jones ranks third among UW players with 30 steals. He amassed a career-high 22 points, on 10-for-13 shooting, at North Carolina State (Feb. 22). Jones tallied 10 or more points in 17 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 11.2 points per game this year.
Sophomore Brandon Roy is a rising star in his first full collegiate season. The 6-6 swingman received the March 1 Pac-10 Player of the Week award after leading UW to a sweep in the state of Arizona. The last time the Huskies had a road sweep in Arizona was during January of 1984, six months before Roy was born. He leads the team in points (13.6) and rebounds (5.3), figures that rank No. 12 and No. 17 among Pac-10 players. Roy ranks second on UW in both assists (87) and steals (34). He amassed a career-high 30 points in 29 minutes at UCLA (Feb. 7), eclipsing his previous high of 22 points registered against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). At Houston on Dec. 20 Roy 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.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson raised his game to a higher level during Pac-10 play. He won the Feb. 2 Pac-10 Player of the Week award after leading UW to a home sweep of the Arizona schools. Robinson scored 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). The 5-9 guard leads UW with a 15.1-point scoring average in conference games, an increase of 7.1 points from his average of 8.0 points against non-conference competition. Robinson posted double-figure points in 13 of 16 Pac-10 games after posting only three double-digit efforts in nine non-conference outings. 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 second among Pac-10 players in free throw percentage (86.8%), third in steals (45), 10th in 3-point percentage (37.1%) and 17th 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 977 of UW's 2,045 points in the 25 regular-season games, an average of 39.1 points per game. They have accounted for 48 percent of the Huskies' total offensive output. A Garfield grad has led or tied the team in scoring during 16 games this season. Roy (13.6) and Conroy (12.3) are UW's No. 1 and No. 3 scorers. Their Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback a red-shirt freshman who plays on the Husky football team.
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 ranks third among all Husky scorers with 12.3 points per game, a figure that ranks 19th among Pac-10 players. Conroy is UW's top playmaker. He has distributed 115 assists, an average of 4.6 per game that ranks seventh among Pac-10 players. He is tied for 11th among single-season UW playmakers. Conroy has registered the 23rd 100-assist season in Husky history. He had 108 assists last season and is the sixth Husky to post back-to-back 100-assist seasons, the first since Jaime Booker in 1996 and 1997. Conroy's assist/turnover ratio of 1.72 (115 assists/67 turnovers) is the eighth 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 96, Arizona State 72 (Feb. 28, 2004/Seattle)
Brandon Roy led five double-figure scorers with 18 points as Washington completed its first road sweep of the Arizona schools since 1984 with a 96-72 rout of Arizona State. The 24-point margin was the Huskies' largest in their series with ASU. Washington (15-10, 10-6) won at Wells Fargo Arena for the first time since 1997 with only its second win in Tempe since 1988. The Huskies scored the game's first nine points en route to a 44-29 halftime advantage. That lead grew to as many as 26 points after halftime. The Sun Devils (10-16, 4-13) were paced by the 27 points of Ike Diogu. Jamal Hill added 14 points for ASU and Stevie Moore had 10. Nate Robinson tallied 13 points for the Huskies who also got 12 from Hakeem Rollins, 11 from Tre Simmons and 10 from Bobby Jones. The teams combined for 56 fouls and 75 free throw attempts. UW shot 30-of-36 from the line and ASU was 24-of-39.
Quicksilver guard Curtis Allen is the lone senior on the Washington roster. He ranks second among all-time Huskies with 148 career 3-pointers. The record is 212 treys by Deon Luton (1997-2000). Allen hit six treys at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He has amassed 949 points during his career and needs 51 more to become the 28th player in UW history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Allen's current career free throw mark of 86.5 percent (199-230) 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.
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 774 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They have a 9-3 home record this season.
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 63-54 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916.
> The Cardinal won the last two meetings, both of them at Maples Pavilion. They were 85-72 victors earlier this season on Jan. 4.
> Washington snapped an 11-game Cardinal winning streak in the series with a 73-68 victory last year on Jan. 18 in Seattle. That 11-game stretch was Stanford's longest winning streak in the history of the series.
> The Huskies have a 39-18 series advantage over Stanford in Seattle despite losing in five of the last six meetings.
> 18th-year Cardinal coach Mike Montgomery has a 27-9 mark against the Huskies.
> Second-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-2 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting
(#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.
Last Season in Seattle
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 and cut 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.
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.
The University of Washington is serving as host to first- and second-round action of the 2004 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Games will be played, Thursday, March 18 and Saturday, March 20 at KeyArena in Seattle. The NCAA announced Feb. 6 that the two rounds at the Seattle site were sold out.
Season in Review
The Huskies opened the season with four consecutive home games. They defeated Portland State (Nov. 21), UC Riverside (Nov. 24) and Eastern Washington (Nov. 29) before losing 86-62 to 17th-ranked Gonzaga (Dec. 3) ... Washington lost road games at Wyoming (Dec. 6) and 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 five-game losing streak ... That streak was followed by a five-game winning streak that began when the Huskies rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to post a 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State (Jan. 17) ... 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) ... Five players scored in double figures as UW won 93-82 at USC (Feb. 5) ... The five-game winning streak was halted at UCLA (Feb. 7) as UW lost 80-75 despite the career-high 30 points from Brandon Roy ... The Huskies rallied from a 13-point deficit with just over nine minutes to play, defeating Oregon 83-74 (Feb. 12) in Seattle ... Nate Robinson completed a three-point play with 0:12 remaining, lifting UW to an 80-79 win over Oregon State (Feb. 14). The Huskies swept the Beavers for the first time since 1999 ... Mike Jensen hit a 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining, leading UW to a 71-67 win over Washington State and a sweep of the season series ... The Huskies capped their non-conference schedule with a 77-72 loss at No. 13 North Carolina State, finishing with a 5-4 mark outside of Pac-10 play ... UW snapped a 13-game losing streak in the state of Arizona by defeating No. 17 Arizona 89-84 (Feb. 26) for its first win at McKale Center since 1996 ... The Huskies routed Arizona State 96-72 (Feb. 28) to complete their first road sweep in Arizona since 1984.
Saturday's game against Stanford is the sixth sellout since Bank of America Arena re-opened for the 2000-01 season after renovations. Four 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 is averaging 7,391 spectators this season in 12 home games to date, including an average of 7,897 in seven Pac-10 home games. UW 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 conference contests, an increase of 1,231 from the 2001-02 season's Pac-10 average of 6,609.
Washington's regular-season finale against top-ranked Stanford is sold out. Less than 1,000 tickets are available for Washington's only other remaining regular-season home game, March 4 against California. For ticket information please contact the Husky Ticket Office by phone (206-543-2200) or on-line at (Husky Basketball Tickets)
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