UW Men Host Northwest Rivals from the State of Oregon

Jan. 14, 2008

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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)

Oregon State at Washington, 3:00 p.m. PST (FSN)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)

The Washington Huskies (9-7, 0-3) seek to pick up their first Pac-10 win and halt a season-high three-game losing streak this week when they host their Northwest rivals from the state of Oregon. The Oregon Ducks (12-4, 3-1) invade Bank of America Arena, Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. Oregon lost in its last six visits to Seattle. On Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m., UW entertains Oregon State (6-10, 0-4). The Huskies won their last four home games against the Beavers. UW has played Oregon State more than any other opponent, with Saturday being the 282nd all-time meeting. The Huskies were swept in Los Angeles last week, losing 69-55 at No. 5 UCLA (Jan. 10) and 66-51 at USC (Jan. 12). Next week, the Huskies return to the road to play at No. 22 Arizona State (Jan. 24) and Arizona (Jan. 26).

TV Tidbits
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Thursday's game against Oregon airs live at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN Northwest. Brian Davis calls the action with commentary from Bob Weiss.

Radio Coverage
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.

Developing D
In their last nine games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 63.9 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.

Shuffling Starters
Coach Lorenzo Romar implemented six 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 eight games, is the result of that tactic. Venoy Overton re-joined the starting lineup Saturday at USC for the first time since Dec. 8 vs. Pittsburgh. Jon Brockman is the only UW player to start every game.

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 the conference's weekly honor on Nov. 19. The 6-foot-7 forward leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (11.1 rpg) and ranks No. 6 in scoring (18.1 ppg). Brockman posted double-figure points in all 16 games this season with seven 20-point performances. He registered 10 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 (119-of-220). 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.

Did You Know?
Jon Brockman ranks No. 6 nationally with 11.1 rebounds per game.

Ticket Talk
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: tickets@u.washington.edu).

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.

> The current six-game home winning streak is UW's longest over the Ducks since winning seven straight in Seattle from 1983 to 1989.

> 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.

Defeats vs. Elites
Five of UW's seven 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,

Personnel Matters
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 five games. Senior Tim Morris (Atlanta, Ga.) broke his nose in practice Dec. 27 and played the last five 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.

Junior Jon Brockman became the 32nd player to join UW's 1,000-point club after scoring 16 at UCLA. He has amassed 1,021 career points, scoring at a 12.6-point clip in 81 games ... Brockman and Oregon's Maarty Leunen share the Pac-10 lead with 10 double-doubles each ... The Huskies lead all Pac-10 teams in 3-point percentage (38.7) and offensive rebounds (15.3 pg) ... Despite not making a basket in either game last week in Los Angeles, senior Ryan Appleby still ranks No. 2 among Pac-10 players in 3-point average (2.67 per game) and No. 8 in 3-point percentage (45.3%) ... 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 six 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, Overton, Appleby, Morris) was used Saturday at USC 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 80 of his 81 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 54 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.

Magnificent Morris
Senior Tim Morris tallied double-figure points in seven of his last nine games, since moving into the starting lineup on Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh. He is shooting 57 percent (39-68) from the field during that span and 47 percent (8-17) from 3-point range. Morris ranks No. 7 among Pac-10 player in field goal percentage, converting 56 percent of his shots (60-107). He 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. He transferred to UW and sat out the 2006-07 season. Morris played the previous two years at Stanford where his game-high total was 15 points against UC Davis on Dec. 4, 2005. He 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.

Triple Threat
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 nine games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 24 treys and shot 45 percent (24-53) 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 ranks No. 2 among Pac-10 players with 2.67 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.

Washington leads the Pac-10 in 3-point percentage, shooting a combined 38.7 percent from beyond the arc. That is the team's best mark since the UW season record of 40.1 percent was established in 1989. Two Huskies rank among the conference leaders in trey accuracy. Junior Joel Smith ranks No. 2 at 51.4 percent (19-37) and senior Ryan Appleby is No. 8 at 45.3 percent (24-53). Smith hit all four of his 3-point attempts against Long Beach State (Nov. 26). Appleby tied a school record with seven 3-pointers against Portland State (Dec. 18). Freshman Venoy Overton shot a perfect 5-of-5 on treys against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22).

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies have already played five ranked teams with four more games on the schedule against opponents ranked in the current Associated Press poll. Teams on the UW schedule listed in the current (Jan. 14) A.P. rankings are: No. 4 UCLA, No. 8 Washington State, No. 10 Texas A&M, No. 15 Pittsburgh and No. 22 Arizona State. Eight 2007 NCAA Tournament teams appear on the UW schedule.

Outstanding Overton
Freshman Venoy Overton is off to a terrific start in his collegiate career. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard ranks No. 8 among Pac-10 players in steals per game (1.31 spg) and leads UW with 3.2 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
USC 66, UW 51 (Jan. 12, 2008; Los Angeles)

O.J. Mayo scored 14 of his 15 points in the second half, five of them during the decisive stretch in USC's 66-51 win over Washington at the Galen Center. The Trojans (10-6, 1-3) forced 12 first-half turnovers and led by as many as 11 points before settling on a 29-23 halftime edge. Mayo missed all six of his shots and had one point in the opening period. USC was ahead 36-25 before the Huskies (9-7, 0-3) staged a 16-4 run. Joel Smith capped the surge with a 3-pointer that gave UW its first lead of the game at 41-40 with 11:19 left to play. USC soon responded with 14 unanswered points, including a jumper and 3-pointer from Mayo, to go ahead for good at 56-43 with 5:31 remaining. Dwight Lewis paced the Trojans with 17 points. Jon Brockman had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies, who also got 11 points and 11 boards from Quincy Pondexter. UW grabbed 22 offensive boards en route to a 42-28 rebounding advantage. The Trojans hit 20-of-24 free throws, outscoring UW (7-of-13) by 13 points from the stripe The Huskies shot a season-low 33 percent (20-of-60) from the field and tied their high with 20 turnovers.

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.

Academic Pursuit
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.

NIT Recap
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).

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 80 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 forward Artem Wallace.

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.

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.

Four-Year Run
The sixth season of the Lorenzo Romar era is underway for Washington, 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 back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.

The Oregon State Series
> Washington has a 145-136 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.

> UW won six of the last eight games in the series with Oregon State.

> The Huskies have a 97-40 record during games played in Seattle, including wins in the Beavers' last four visits.

> Sixth-year OSU coach Jay John has a 4-6 record against UW. John left at halftime of the 2005 game in Seattle and stayed overnight at UW Medical Center due to hypertension.

> Sixth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-4 record against Oregon State.

The Last Meeting
Oregon State 73, UW 65 (Feb. 22, 2007; Corvallis, Ore.)

Josh Tarver scored 16 points, including a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer that gave Oregon State the lead for good in a 73-65 win over Washington at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (11-18, 3-13) jumped out to a 9-2 lead that gradually eroded. Washington (16-11, 6-9) claimed a 20-19 lead on a Spencer Hawes jumper with 3:16 left in the first half. The lead was still at one point when Tarver stole an outlet pass and hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key, giving OSU a 24-22 halftime margin. The Beavers never trailed again, extending their lead to as many as 14 points in the second half. OSU shot just 64 percent (27-42) from the free throw line, but made them when it counted. The Beavers' final 22 points came from the line as they converted 22-of-28 free throws in the closing 2:29. The Huskies lost despite a 42-23 rebound advantage. Jon Brockman had 14 points and 14 rebounds for UW, which also got 22 points from Hawes. Tarver dished seven assists for OSU while Marcel Jones tallied 15 points and Wesley Washington added 14.

The Last Meeting in Seattle
UW 91, Oregon State 74 (Jan. 27, 2007; Seattle)

Jon Brockman matched his career high with 25 points and led all rebounders with eight, leading Washington to a 91-74 win over Oregon State at Bank of America Arena. Justin Dentmon scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half, helping the Huskies (13-7, 3-6) build a 41-38 halftime edge. After the Beavers (9-13, 1-8) scored the first basket of the second half, UW staged a 26-7 surge to go ahead 67-47 with 12:52 left to play. Brockman tallied 10 points during the run. The lead grew to as many as 26 points, but narrowed when OSU scored the game's final six points. Josh Tarver paced the Beavers with 22 points and Kyle Jeffers added 14. Spencer Hawes came off the bench to score 13 points and Phil Nelson had 12. OSU shot 52.8 percent (28-53) from the field and 40 percent (6-15) from 3-point range, but hit just 12 of 32 free throws (38%). UW shot 52.5 percent (32-61) and made 22 of 25 free throws (88%).

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