Jensen Shines in Second-to-Last Home Game
Feb. 23, 2006
SEATTLE - After beating Stanford on Thursday night, Washington Director of Athletics Todd Turner joked to Mike Jensen that he, 'thought he was a guard out there.'
'No, I just think I'm a shooter,' was Jensen's response.
Jensen torched the Stanford Cardinal and the bottom of the net, pouring in six of eight 3-pointers en route a career-high 18 points and a huge Washington win at Bank of America Arena.
His previous career-high was 17 points last season, also against the Cardinal.
'Mike's the kind of guy that if he hits his first couple, he doesn't think he's going to miss...ever...for the rest of his life,' head coach Lorenzo Romar said.
Jensen nailed his first four treys and 5-of-7 as Washington raced out to an 11-point halftime lead.
'They were definitely trying to eliminate our guard play,' he said about the Cardinal's zone defense. 'But we were able to shoot our way out of it and force them into man.
'Coach just said `let it fly,' and they just fell tonight.'
For the senior, this game has been a long time coming as he has endured an up and down year after shoulder surgery. The Huskies haven't lost since Jensen was inserted into the starting lineup following the last Stanford game in Paulo Alto.
'I think confidence is huge in basketball,' Jensen said. 'Anytime you have a serious injury of surgery like I did, it takes a while to get your confidence back.'
He found it somewhere outside the arc.
'Mike Jensen was very good,' Romar said. 'This was probably his best game here.'
-- Jensen wasn't the only Husky lighting it up from dowtown as the Huskies were 10-of-18 from long range, including two huge ones from sophomore Joel Smith, in the midst of an early 9-0 run, with the other three points coming on one of Jensen's baskets. The run put Washington up by 10 points and they never led by less that seven the rest of the night.
-- Senior Brandon Roy notched his eighth-straight 20-point effort in an all-around solid performance. He scored 23 points, 16 in the second half, adding six rebounds and seven assists. He is making his case for Pac-10 player of the year after winning the Player of the Week award for the second time this season last week.
'Brandon is just tall, athletic, strong and smart,' Romar said. 'He's just playing phenomenal basketball.'
He did it tonight in front of two of his high school head coaches as Wayne Floyd, now a high school principal, sat behind the Stanford bench along with one-time assistant David Belmonte.
-- Sitting just a few seats down the bench from the two coaches was ex-Sonic John 'J.J.' Johnson. Johnson is the father of Stanford freshman Mitch Johnson, a guard that has been starting during much of the second half of the Pac-10 season for Trent Johnson's (no relation) club.The last time Mitch suited up in Seattle was when he led his O'Dea Fighting Irish to its second-straight State Championship at the Tacoma Dome.Johnson had a rough night in Seattle, scoring just four points on one of five shooting, and adding five turnovers.