Huskies Close Out First Pac-10 Road Trip at USC
Jan. 11, 2008
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 --
Washington at USC, 3:30 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest)
Galen Center (10,258) / Los Angeles, Calif.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17 --
Oregon at Washington, 6:00 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
Two teams still in search of their first Pac-10 victory meet Saturday, Jan. 12 when Washington (9-6, 0-2) clashes with USC (9-6, 0-3) in Los Angeles. Tip-off is 3:30 p.m. at the Galen Center. The Huskies were victorious in four of their last five visits to USC, the lone loss being last year's 86-79 double-overtime setback. UW lost its last two games, both against top-five ranked opponents. Thursday, No. 5 UCLA dealt the Huskies a 69-55 defeat while the Trojans lost 73-58 to No. 4 Washington State. The Huskies return to Seattle next week to host Oregon (Jan. 17) and Oregon State (Jan. 19).
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's game at USC airs live at 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN Northwest. Jim Watson calls the action with commentary from former Stanford coach Mike Montgomery.
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.
Did You Know?
In their last eight games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 63.6 points with no team scoring more than 75 points. This year's first seven UW opponents combined to average 75.0 points per game, with four of them surpassing the 75-point plateau.
Coach Lorenzo Romar implemented five different starting lineups. He put all positions up for grabs in early December, to be claimed by those players that exhibited the most defensive effort during practices. The current group, including four players who started the last seven games, is the result of that tactic. Justin Dentmon re-joined the starting lineup Thursday at UCLA for the first time since Dec. 1 at Oklahoma State. Jon Brockman is the only UW player to start every game.
Defeats vs. Elites
Five of UW's six defeats this season came against ranked foes, including a heart-breaking 75-74 loss to No. 12 Pittsburgh (Dec. 8) in which Justin Dentmon's final basket at the buzzer was not allowed after a lengthy review by the referees. UW also lost to No. 5 UCLA, No. 4 Washington State, No. 21 Syracuse and No. 16 Texas A&M.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington junior Jon Brockman is a Wooden Award candidate for the second straight season. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 24. Brockman also garnered that honor on Nov. 19. The 6-foot-7 forward leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (11.2 rpg) and ranks No. 4 in scoring (18.3 ppg). Brockman posted double-figure points in all 15 games this season with seven 20-point performances. He registered nine 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 54 percent of his shots from the field (105-of-194). 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.
The USC Series
> Washington won the most recent meeting to forge a 63-63 tie in the all-time series that began in 1925. The Huskies posted a 85-70 win on Mar. 1, 2007 in Seattle.
> Washington won six of the last seven meetings against USC, dating back to 2004.
> The Trojans own a 36-25 edge over UW during games played in Los Angeles.
> UW won four straight at USC before an 86-79 double overtime loss last year.
> In his third year at USC, Tim Floyd has a 1-3 record against Washington.
> Sixth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has an 8-2 record against USC.
The Last Meeting
UW 85, #23 USC 70 (Mar. 1, 2007; Seattle)
Ryan Appleby scored 22 points and hit four of his five 3-pointers in the first half when Washington took control en route to an 85-70 win over No. 23 USC at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (17-12, 7-10) made six consecutive treys late in the first half to claim a 48-37 halftime lead. The Trojans (21-9, 11-6) trimmed the margin to five points, but Spencer Hawes scored eight of his 13 points to fuel UW's 16-6 run over the final 6:27 that secured the win. Jon Brockman tallied 17 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies. Nick Young led the Trojans with 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting and Gabe Pruitt had 13. UW hit 10-of-18 treys.
The Last Meeting in Los Angeles
USC 86, #14 UW 79, 2ot (Dec. 28, 2006; Los Angeles)
Nick Young scored six of his 25 points during the second overtime, lifting USC to an 86-79 win over 14th-ranked Washington in the Pac-10 opener for both teams at the Galen Center. The Trojans (11-3, 1-0) stopped a five-game losing streak against Washington (10-2, 0-1). Neither team led by more than six points during regulation. UW led 36-31 at halftime, but went behind 64-62 on a Taj Gibson layup with 1:48 left in the second half. UW's Jon Brockman sent the game into overtime on a pair of free throws with five seconds remaining. USC led by three before Spencer Hawes forced the second overtime at 73-73 with a 3-pointer on his first career attempt, off an inbounds play. The Trojans took the lead for good on a Gabe Pruitt 3-pointer with 2:49 left and secured the win by netting the game's final five points. Pruitt finished with 18 points and Gibson had 22. Hawes led UW with 24 points while Ryan Appleby had 18.
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.) will red-shirt this season. Gant continues to practice with the team. Senior guard Ryan Appleby (Stanwood, Wash.) 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. Appleby was limited to 14 minutes against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22) due to back spasms, but he saw full-time duty the last four games. Senior Tim Morris (Atlanta, Ga.) broke his nose in practice Dec. 27 and played the last four games wearing a mask. 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, who averaged 3.4 points in five games, said that he will attend San Jose State.
Senior Tim Morris tallied double-figure points in seven of his last eight games, since moving into the starting lineup on Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh. He is averaging 11.5 points during that span, shooting 59 percent (37-63) from the field and 53 percent (8-15) from 3-point range. 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). He has eight double-figure scoring games this year. Morris transferred to UW 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). Morris is the second cousin of Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar.
Individual game tickets are currently available for all men's basketball 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: email@example.com).
Junior Jon Brockman became the 32nd player to join UW's 1,000-point club after scoring 16 at UCLA. He has amassed 1,005 career points, scoring at a 12.7-point clip in 79 games ... Washington, which won only one of its last 22 games at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, has a 12-12 record in its last 24 visits to USC. Included in that ledger was a four-game winning streak at the Los Angeles Sports Arena from 2003 to 2006 ... Thursday at UCLA, senior Ryan Appleby played 18 minutes and was held scoreless for the fifth time in his 73-game UW career ... The Huskies' loss to WSU was the first in nine games this season when they out shot the opposition from the field ... Washington posted a 9-4 record to finish with a winning non-conference record for the sixth straight season, since the 2000-01 squad was 6-6 outside Pac-10 play. The last losing non-conference record for UW was a 5-7 mark in 1999-2000 ... Washington came from 16 points behind to win at LSU, its biggest rally in a win since overcoming a 16-point deficit to post a 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004 ... The Huskies outrebounded Portland State (Dec. 18) 34-14. The UW record books do not have any information on an opponent collecting fewer rebounds in a game against the Huskies ... 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 the winning side of the ledger with a Dec. 15 victory 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.
Start Me Up
The Huskies implemented five different starting lineups this season. Ten players have drawn at least one start with Justin Holiday the only active Husky who hasn't opened a game. The most recent lineup (Brockman, Wallace, Dentmon, Appleby, Morris) was used Thursday at UCLA for the first time. 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 78 of his 79 career games at UW, missing only the final regular-season home game in 2006 to allow for a Husky senior to start. Brockman's consecutive games streak stands at 53 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.
The Huskies have already played five ranked teams with four more games on the schedule against opponents ranked in the current Associated Press poll. UW's five currently ranked opponents are: No. 4 Washington State, No. 5 UCLA, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 20 Pittsburgh and No. 23 Stanford. Eight 2007 NCAA Tournament teams appear on the UW schedule.
Senior guard Ryan Appleby is making up for lost time. He missed this season's first seven games due to a broken right thumb. In eight games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 24 treys and shot 50 percent (24-48) from 3-point range. He shot 4-of-5 beyond the arc in the first half against the Panthers and made six 3-pointers for the game. Appleby tied the school single-game record with seven treys against Portland State (Dec. 18), equaling the mark held by Senque Carey (12/4/99 at Old Dominion) and Deon Leon (1/29/98 at USC). Appleby adds that record to the single-season standard of 84 that he established last year. He is averaging a Pac-10-leading 3.00 treys per game this season. Back spasms limited Appleby to 14 minutes and just one shot against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22), halting his 34-game streak of games with at least one 3-pointer.
Freshman Venoy Overton is off to a terrific start in his collegiate career. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard ranks No. 9 among Pac-10 players in steals per game (1.33 spg) and leads UW with 3.3 assists per game. 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 14 points against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22) and hit all five of his shots, including four 3-pointers. 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 in college at Arizona and Oregon, respectively.
UW's Last Game
#5 UCLA 69, UW 55 (Jan. 10, 2008; Los Angeles)
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored 11 of his 17 points during the first half, helping fifth-ranked UCLA jump ahead early en route to a 69-55 win over Washington. The Bruins (15-1, 3-0) beat UW (9-6, 0-2) for the 21st time in the last 22 meetings at Pauley Pavilion. The game was tied four times in the first 10 minutes before UCLA broke it open with a 27-11 run that ended the half with the Bruins ahead 41-23. The spurt began with nine consecutive points, and Mbah a Moute scored seven in a row in one stretch. The Huskies committed 11 of their 15 turnovers in the first half. The UCLA lead grew to as many as 22 points before UW's Jon Brockman tallied seven of his 16 points during a 14-3 second-half run that closed the margin to 57-46 with 10:21 remaining. The Bruins answered with an 8-1 run to repel the UW rally. Russell Westbrook scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half for UCLA and Kevin Love added 11. Quincy Pondexter netted 10 points for UW. The Bruins shot 52 percent (24-46) for the game and outscored UW 19-7 at the free throw line.
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.
Home Streak Halted
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 40 of their last 42 non-conference games at Bank of America Arena.
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 179-101 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904, including wins in six of the last eight meetings.
> The Huskies have a 106-33 series lead against Oregon over games played in Seattle, including victories in the Ducks' last six visits to Bank of America Arena.
> Washington posted an 89-77 victory over then seventh-ranked Oregon on Jan. 25, 2007 in the most recent clash in Seattle.
> The Ducks last win in Seattle was an 85-73 decision on Feb. 17, 2001.
> 11th-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 9-13 coaching record against UW.
> Sixth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 7-4 record against Oregon.
The Last Meeting
#23 Oregon 93, UW 85 (Feb. 24, 2007; Eugene, Ore.)
Aaron Brooks scored 20 of his 30 points during the second half, leading 23rd-ranked Oregon to a 93-85 win over Washington at McArthur Court. The Huskies (16-12, 6-10) used an 11-2 run to take its largest lead at 30-19 with 9:35 left in the first half. Oregon (22-7, 10-7) responded with a 21-3 surge, capped by a run of 15 unanswered points, to go ahead 40-33. The Ducks led 46-40 at halftime, but UW went ahead 58-56 on four free throws by Ryan Appleby following technical fouls on Bryce Taylor and Coach Ernie Kent. The Huskies' last lead was 65-64 before Oregon broke away with a 13-2 run. Tajuan Porter tallied 19 points for the Ducks and Taylor had 15. Appleby scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half, hitting five 3-pointers. Spencer Hawes added 20 points for UW.
The Last Meeting in Seattle
UW 89, #7 Oregon 77 (Jan. 25, 2007; Seattle)
Justin Dentmon amassed 24 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals, leading Washington to an 89-77 upset of seventh-ranked Oregon at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (12-7, 2-6) shot 53 percent (32-61) from the field and 43 percent (6-14) from 3-point range. UW's Ryan Appleby scored 16 points, most of them on 4-of-7 shooting beyond the arc. Oregon (18-2, 6-2) shot even better at 55 percent (29-53), but turned the ball over 18 times. The Ducks were without the services of Aaron Brooks who was suspended for the game due to an incident in the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament. Bryce Taylor scored 19 points to pace six Oregon double-figure scorers. The Huskies opened leads of 7-0 and 12-2 en route to a 51-40 halftime advantage. The Ducks rallied, taking a 65-63 lead with 13:27 left to play on two Taylor free throws after a technical foul was whistled on UW coach Lorenzo Romar. The Huskies responded with five straight points, taking the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Hans Gasser and a Spencer Hawes dunk.