UW Men Clash with Portland State, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 17, 2007
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 --
Portland State at Washington, 7:30 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 --
Cal State Northridge at Washington, 3:00 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
The Washington Huskies (5-4) play their third of four consecutive home games, Tuesday, Dec. 18 when Portland State (7-4) visits Seattle. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. Washington won all six previous meetings against the Vikings, who enter the game having won four of their last five contests. The Huskies halted a two-game skid, Saturday (Dec. 15) with a 67-63 win over Portland. Three UW defeats came against ranked foes, including a heart-breaking 75-74 loss to No. 12 Pittsburgh (Dec. 8) in which Justin Dentmon's final basket was overturned on review by the referees. On Saturday, Dec. 22, UW plays its final pre-Christmas game, entertaining Cal State Northridge (6-2) at 3 p.m. After Christmas, the Huskies travel to LSU for a Dec. 29 game before closing out their non-conference slate at home on Dec. 31 against Idaho State.
The visiting Portland State squad has two former Huskies on its coaching staff. Third-year head coach Ken Bone served as an assistant on Lorenzo Romar's first three UW teams, from 2003-2005. Viking assistant coach Curtis Allen was a four-year letterman for the Huskies from 2001-04. He still holds the school's career free throw percentage record, converting 86.7 percent of his free throws (202-of-233). Allen ranks 10th among all-time Huskies with 286 career assists. The PSU roster includes sophomore forward Phil Nelson, who is ineligible to play this season while sitting out after his transfer from Washington.
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Tuesday's game against Portland State airs live at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN Northwest. Brian Davis calls the action with commentary from Bob Weiss.
Every Husky game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network that airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play with analysis from Jason Hamilton.
Coach Lorenzo Romar unveiled a new starting lineup in each of the last two games. He recently put all positions up for grabs to be claimed by those players that exhibited the most defensive effort during practices. The same philosophy applies this week, so Tuesday's starting five is anyone's guess. Jon Brockman is the only player to start every game.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington junior Jon Brockman is a Wooden Award candidate for the second straight season. He leads the Huskies in scoring (18.1) and rebounding (10.9 rpg). The 6-foot-7 forward was honored Nov. 19 as the Pac-10 Player of the Week. Brockman posted double-figure points in all nine games with four 20-point performances. He registered four double-doubles. Against Utah (Nov. 14), Brockman tallied a career-high 31 points and 18 rebounds, many of them against 7-foot-1 Ute center Luke Nevill. The 18 boards were the most by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had 21 on Jan. 31, 1999. It was the first 30-point performance by a UW player since Brandon Roy on Mar. 9, 2006. Brockman is hitting 52 percent of his shots from the field (66-of-128). A 2005 McDonald's All-American out of Snohomish (Wash.) High School, Brockman was selected to the 2007 All-Pac-10 Team and was a Pac-10 All-Freshman team honoree in 2006.
Season tickets are still available for fans wanting to guarantee themselves a seat for every home Husky men's basketball game. Individual game tickets are currently available for all games. They can be purchased online 24 hours a day at GoHuskies.com, in person from 8:30am-5pm at the Husky Ticket Office or by contacting the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Portland State Series
> Washington won all six previous meetings against Portland State, all of them were played in Seattle.
> The Huskies won the most recent matchup 105-73 on Dec. 16, 2006. UW won 73-65 on Nov. 21, 2003. UW posted a 94-63 victory on Nov. 28, 2000. The Huskies won 83-70 on Nov. 30, 1996 in a game that game broke a 23-year hiatus in the series that was due to Portland State disbanding its basketball program from 1981 until 1996.
> Washington won 101-85 on Dec. 3, 1971 in the inaugural meeting with the Vikings and was victorious 64-59 on Jan. 27, 1973.
> The UW has a 69-15 all-time record against current Big Sky Conference teams.
> Third-year Viking Coach Ken Bone has an 0-1 record against Washington in regular-season competition. Bone is a former Seattle Pacific head coach who served three years as an assistant on the Washington staff from 2003-05
> Third-year PSU assistant coach Curtis Allen was a four-year letterman at Washington from 2001-04.
> In his sixth year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has a 2-0 record against Portland State.
The Last Meeting
#17 UW 105, Portland State 73 (Dec. 16, 2006; Seattle)
Justin Dentmon scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to lead the Huskies to a 105-73 victory over Portland State at Bank of America Arena. Coming off its first lost of the season, UW (8-1) tied the game at 5-5 with 16:38 left in the first period, and never looked back. Spencer Hawes scored 12 points in the first period, sparking the Huskies with a spectacular fast break dunk, which put them up 16-6. The Vikings (7-4) trailed 48-35 at the half, and couldn't put a dent in the Huskies lead; trailing at one point by 38 points in the second half. Hawes finished with 16 points, five blocks and four rebounds. The Vikings were led by Ryan Sommer's 14 points.
Washington's roster lists just 12 players, all of them scholarship athletes. Of those, only 11 will play this year as Coach Lorenzo Romar announced Nov. 13 that 6-foot-8 freshman forward Darnell Gant (Los Angeles, Calif./Crenshaw) will red-shirt this season. Gant continues to practice with the team. Senior guard Ryan Appleby (Stanwood, Wash./Stanwood) injured his right thumb during practice on Oct. 31 and underwent surgery Nov. 2 to repair the fracture. He saw his first game action Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh, hitting 6-of-12 treys as a reserve. The Huskies opened the season with 13 players, but sophomore Adrian Oliver (Modesto, Calif.) announced on Dec. 4 that he was going to transfer. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 3.4 points in five games.
Washington strung together 31 consecutive non-conference home games without a loss before a 75-74 loss to Pittsburgh on Dec. 8. UW's previous non-conference home defeat was an 86-62 setback against then-No. 17 Gonzaga on Dec. 3, 2003. The Huskies won 38 of their last 40 non-conference games at Bank of America Arena.
The Huskies embarked on a five-game tour of Greece from Aug. 27 to Sept. 6. UW posted a 2-3 record on the trip while working three players into the lineup who did not play last season (Tim Morris, Joel Smith, Joe Wolfinger). The team also visited historic sites like the Acropolis, Parthenon and Olympic Stadium in Athens, the Royal Tombs near Thessaloniki and the cliffs of Meteora. Games and tours weren't the only thing on the agenda. The Huskies took advantage of the journey to learn more about one of the most famous Greeks, Socrates. The Husky players enrolled in a classics course with James Clauss, the former chair of the UW classics department and now director of the Honors Program. Clauss taught the course the week prior to the team's departure and continued his instruction in Greece as a member of the travel party. Along with Socrates, the Huskies studied architecture and Greek history.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Senior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby made a dramatic return on Dec. 8 against 12th-ranked Pittsburgh. In the first game back after fracturing his right thumb during practice on Oct. 31 Appleby hit six 3-pointers, including 4-of-5 in the first half. That was the fifth time he made six treys in a game. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of his last 33 games. He set a new school single-season record for 3-pointers with 84 last season. Appleby compiled 164 career 3-pointers as a Husky, 48 shy of the school record of 212 held by Deon Luton (1997-2000). The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby netted 169 of his 211 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
In Appleby's absence during the first seven games, two athletes who did not play last season picked up the slack from behind the arc. Junior Joel Smith leads all Pac-10 players, hitting treys at a 59-percent rate (11-of-19). He hit all four of his 3-point attempts against Long Beach State (Nov. 26). Sophomore center Joe Wolfinger is shooting 3-pointers at a 53-percent clip (8-15), the sixth-best figure among Pac-10 players.
The Huskies' loss to Pittsburgh (Dec. 8) dropped them to the .500 mark for the first time since they were 8-8 entering a game vs. Arizona State on Jan. 31, 2004. UW returned to a winning record with Saturday's win over Portland. The last time the Huskies had a losing record was when they were 7-8 entering a Jan. 29, 2004 game against Arizona ... UW out-rebounded Syracuse 54-33 on Nov. 23. That was the most rebounds for the Huskies since they had 54 boards against Arizona on Jan. 13, 2001 ... Sophomore Quincy Pondexter recorded his first career double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds against Syracuse (Nov. 23).
Start Me Up
The Huskies have implemented four different starting lineups this season. Ten players have drawn at least one start with Justin Holiday the only active Husky who hasn't started. The most recent lineup (Brockman, Wallace, Smith, Appleby, Morris) was used for the first time in the last game (Dec. 15 vs. Portland). That gave Artem Wallace and Ryan Appleby their first starting assignments this season. Jon Brockman is the only player to start every game. He was the only Husky to start all 32 games last season. Brockman has started 72 of his 73 career games at UW, missing only the final regular-season game in 2006 to allow for a Husky senior to start. Brockman's consecutive games streak stands at 47 games. The Huskies utilized seven different starting lineups last season with a primary lineup that was comprised of two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior.
Freshman Venoy Overton is off to a terrific start in his collegiate career. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard ranks No. 3 among Pac-10 players in steals per game (1.78 spg) and No. 7 in assists (4.3 apg). He distributed six assists in his first two collegiate contests and had four steals against Texas A&M (Nov. 21). Overton tallied a career-high 11 points and six rebounds against Syracuse (Nov. 23). He is the latest in a long line of prolific point guards from Seattle's Franklin High School. Franklin products Jason Terry and Aaron Brooks are currently in the NBA after starring at Arizona and Oregon, respectively, in college.
Senior Tim Morris scored more points in his Washington debut than in any of 42 games during his career at Stanford. The 6-foot-4 guard led the Huskies with 16 points against New Jersey Tech (Nov. 13). Morris transferred to UW prior to last year and sat out the 2006-07 season. He played the previous two years at Stanford where his game-high total was 15 points against UC Davis on Dec. 4, 2005. Morris was a two-time Georgia State Class A Player of the Year (2002 & 2003). He is the second cousin of Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar.
The Huskies encounter a difficult schedule with 12 games against opponents ranked in the current Associated Press poll, including four with top-10 teams. UW's seven ranked opponents are: No. 7 Washington State, No. 8 UCLA, No. 11 Pittsburgh, No. 14 Texas A&M, No. 19 Arizona, No. 23 Oregon and No. 25 USC. Eight teams that played in the 2007 NCAA Tournament appear on the UW schedule.
UW's Last Game
UW 67, Portland 63 (Dec. 15, 2007; Seattle)
Ryan Appleby scored 14 of his 18 points after halftime, including three 3-pointers in the opening two minutes of the second half of Washington's 67-63 win over Portland at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (5-4) broke a 57-57 tie with five unanswered points to take the lead for good at 62-57 with 3:41 left to play. Appleby scored on a runner in the lane at 0:07 to seal the victory. Jon Brockman scored 11 points for UW and Tim Morris added 10. Nik Raivio tallied 13 of his 23 points in the first half, helping the Pilots (3-7) take a 30-26 halftime advantage. Portland shot 50 percent in the first half (12-24), but was limited to 32-percent accuracy in the second period (9-28). It was the opposite for the Huskies who followed a 33-percent first half (10-30) with 74 percent second-half shooting (14-19). Appleby sparked the second-half surge, hitting 4-of-5 treys after the team missed all seven of its 3-point tries before halftime.
Washington finished fourth in the NIT Season Tip-Off that concluded Nov. 23 with Texas A&M defeating Ohio State 70-47 in the championship game at Madison Square Garden. The Huskies fell to 21st-ranked Syracuse 91-85 in the consolation game after losing 77-63 to No. 16 Texas A&M on Nov. 21. UW advanced to the NIT semifinals in New York by defeating Utah 83-77 in the West Regional title game (Nov. 14) after opening the tournament in Seattle with an 88-47 victory over New Jersey Tech (Nov. 13).
The sixth season of the Lorenzo Romar era begins for the Washington men's basketball team, which is in the midst of one of the most successful stretches in school history. The Huskies registered a 93-38 record over the previous four seasons, more victories than any other Pac-10 team during that span. The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005, 26-7 in 2006 and 19-13 last season. The 93 combined wins are the second-highest four-year total in school history, topped only by a 96-win run from 1950-53. UW competed in three straight NCAA Tournaments (2004-06), advancing to the third round in both 2005 and 2006. Those were UW's first ever back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.
2008 UW Preview
The Huskies return four starters from the 2007 team that registered a 19-13 record and capped the regular-season with a 61-51 victory over second-ranked UCLA. The Huskies finished seventh in the Pac-10 with in 8-10 record. Heading the list of returnees is first-team All-Pac-10 selection Jon Brockman, a 6-foot-7 junior forward who led the conference last season with an average of 9.6 rebounds per game. UW's other returning starters are senior Ryan Appleby, junior Justin Dentmon and sophomore Quincy Pondexter. All four returning starters averaged double-figure points in 2007. The returning Huskies got a head start on the season when they ventured to Greece from Aug. 27 to Sept. 6 for a five-game tour. The team sandwiched several sightseeing excursions and other bonding experiences around five games that yielded a 2-3 record against Greek pro teams. The four incoming freshmen were not allowed on that trip, but three players who did not see game action last season did participate. Senior Tim Morris, who sat out last season after transferring from Stanford, made the most of the games in Greece. He was second on the team with a 12.8-point scoring average and hit 6-of-8 shots from 3-point range. Athletic junior Joel Smith returned after red-shirting last season due to a foot injury. Despite missing the entire season, Smith is still the most experienced Husky with a team-high 66 career games in a UW uniform. Sophomore Joe Wolfinger played well in Greece after missing the previous two seasons with a foot injury. The 7-foot center is an excellent shooter, with range past the 3-point line. Another returning veteran with starting experience is junior center Artem Wallace.
One starter and three other lettermen have departed, led by All-Pac-10 Freshman team and honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection Spencer Hawes. He was the 10th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. Also gone are four-year lettermen Brandon Burmeister and Hans Gasser along with Phil Nelson, who transferred to Portland State after one year at UW.
Another outstanding freshman class joined the Huskies this season, including Matthew Bryan-Amaning, a 6-9 forward from South Kent School who was the Connecticut state player of the year. The signing class includes a pair of California prepsters. Darnell Gant, a 6-8 forward from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, was the nation's No. 50 recruit and the No. 12 prospect in the annual Best in the West poll. Ranked No. 23 on that Best in the West list was 6-6 forward Justin Holiday from Campbell Hall High School. The lone local signee was 6-foot point guard Venoy Overton, the state Class 4A player of the year from Seattle's Franklin High School. The quartet of stellar recruits is another boost for a Washington program that brought in classes rated among the nation's best in each of the previous two years.