UW Men Embark on Two-Game Trip to the Desert

Jan. 21, 2008

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Washington at (#24) Arizona State, 6:00 p.m. PST / 7:00 p.m. MST (No TV)
Wells Fargo Arena (14,141) / Tempe, Ariz.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)

Washington at Arizona, 12:00 p.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. MST (FSN)
McKale Center (14,545) / Tucson, Ariz.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)

The Washington Huskies (11-7, 2-3 Pac-10) embark on a two-game trip to the state of Arizona this week. The Huskies visit Tempe to play 24th-ranked Arizona State (14-3, 4-1), Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time (7 p.m. Mountain). Washington's current 10-game winning streak is its longest in the series with the Sun Devils and the longest current skein between Pac-10 teams. UW's last loss to ASU came on Feb. 8, 2003. When the Huskies visited Tempe last season the Sun Devils were in last place and this year they are tied for first. On Saturday, Jan. 26 the Huskies clash with Arizona (12-6, 2-3) at noon Pacific Time (1 p.m. Mountain). UW was victorious in just three of his last 23 visits to Tucson's McKale Center. The Huskies open a four-game homestand, Jan. 31 against No. 20 Stanford.

TV Tidbits
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. The next broadcast is Saturday at Arizona, airing live at noon Pacific Time (1 p.m. Mountain) on FSN. Barry Tompkins calls the action with commentary from Dan Belluomini.

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 11 games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 65.4 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 10 games, is the result of that tactic. Venoy Overton re-joined the starting lineup at USC (Jan. 12) for the first time since Dec. 8 vs. Pittsburgh. Jon Brockman is the only UW player to start every game.

Player of the Week
Washington junior Jon Brockman was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 21 for the third time this season, the fourth time overall. He also garnered that honor on Dec. 24 and Nov. 19. The 6-foot-7 forward leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (11.6 rpg) and ranks No. 4 in scoring (18.7 ppg). Brockman posted double-figure points in all 18 games this season with nine 20-point performances. He registered 12 double-doubles to lead the Pac-10. 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 55 percent of his shots from the field (137-of-249). 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. He became UW's 32nd 1,000-point scorer on Jan. 12 at USC and currently ranks No. 26 with 1,068 career points.

Huskies vs. Ranked Foes (Associated Press poll)
• This Season's Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 0-5 (0-2 at home, 0-1 on the road, 0-2 at neutral sites)

• All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 79-209

• Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 61, #2 UCLA 51 (Mar. 3, 2007, Seattle)

The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 33-30 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.

> The Huskies won the last 10 meetings, their longest streak in the series. Previously, UW's longest winning streak against ASU was a seven-game stretch between 1984 and 1987.

> UW swept the last four season series, including three-game sweeps in 2005 and 2007 that included Pac-10 Tournament wins.

> The Sun Devils won 20 of 30 meetings against Washington in Tempe.

> UW won its last four games at ASU after losing 15 of the previous 16 trips to Tempe.

> Second-year Sun Devil Coach Herb Sendek has a 1-4 record against Washington, the first two meetings coming while he was at North Carolina State.

> Sixth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 10-2 record against ASU.

The Last Meeting
UW 59, Arizona State 51 (Mar. 7, 2007; Los Angeles)

Jon Brockman had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Spencer Hawes and Justin Dentmon added 13 points each, and Washington rallied for a 59-51 victory over Arizona State at Staples Center in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament. The Huskies beat ASU for the 10th straight time, and the victory was their third straight following a four-game losing streak. Jerren Shipp scored 13 points and Jeff Pendergraph had nine points and seven rebounds for the Sun Devils. Three-pointers by Shipp and Derek Glasser capped a 15-6 run to start the second half and gave the Sun Devils a 39-38 lead, and two foul shots by Glasser with 8:28 remaining put ASU on top 45-41. The Huskies took over at that stage, outscoring the Sun Devils 18-6 to finish the game. A short jumper by Dentmon with 3:53 left put UW ahead for good, and Brockman made another with 2:04 to play, making it 52-48. Ryan Appleby, who made two 3-pointers to give him a school-record 81 this season, made five foul shots in the final 54 seconds to clinch the victory. ASU made 8-of-13 shots to start the game for an 18-8 lead in the opening seven minutes. UW was 4-of-16 from the floor and trailed 21-10 before Dentmon made a 3-pointer with 7 1/2 minutes left before halftime, triggering a 22-3 run that gave the Huskies a 32-24 halftime lead.

The Last Meeting in Tempe
UW 66, Arizona State 61 (Feb. 1, 2007; Tempe, Ariz.)

Spencer Hawes scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half as Washington built a 25-point halftime lead and held off a late Arizona State charge to post a 66-61 win at Wells Fargo Arena. The win was the first in seven road games for the Huskies (14-7, 4-6). Arizona State (6-15, 0-10) lost its ninth straight game to UW. The Huskies shot 65 percent (17-26) in the first half and used a 26-5 run to go ahead 44-21 at halftime. UW shot just 24 percent in the second half (5-12) enabling ASU to rally. The Sun Devils opened the second half with a 17-4 surge to draw within 48-38 with 13:26 left to play. ASU coach Herb Sendek then was ejected after back-to-back technicals, leading to four Husky free throws. The Sun Devils drew within 61-58 on two Allen Morill free throws with 1:14 remaining. UW's Justin Dentmon responded with a jumper at 0:41 and two free throws at 0:24 to secure the win. Jon Brockman led UW with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Dentmon and Ryan Appleby added 13 points for the Huskies. Christian Polk paced ASU with 18 points.

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,

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies have already played five ranked teams with six more games on the schedule against opponents ranked in the current Associated Press poll. Teams on the UW schedule listed in the current (Jan. 21) A.P. rankings are: No. 6 Washington State, No. 8 UCLA, No. 13 Pittsburgh, No. 18 Texas A&M, No. 20 Stanford and No. 24 Arizona State. Eight 2007 NCAA Tournament teams appear on the UW schedule.

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

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) opened the last three games, beginning Jan. 12 at USC. 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 82 of his 83 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 56 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.

Washington won its last 10 games against Arizona State, the longest current streak between Pac-10 teams. The second-best is UCLA's seven-game winning streak over Washington State ... UW lost its last six road games against ranked teams, last winning Jan. 14, 2006 at #11 UCLA ... Junior Jon Brockman leads all Pac-10 players in rebounds (11.6 rpg) and double-doubles (12) ... The Huskies recorded their seventh straight home win over Oregon (Jan. 12). The last time UW had a longer Seattle streak was a nine-game stretch over the Ducks from 1966 to 1974 ... The Huskies' loss to WSU was the only defeat in 11 games this season when they had a better shooting percentage than opponents 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.

Two Huskies rank among the conference leaders in 3-point accuracy. Junior Joel Smith ranks No. 1 at 50 percent (19-38) and senior Ryan Appleby is No. 7 at 43.5 percent (30-69). 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).

Magnificent Morris
Senior Tim Morris tallied double-figure points in eight of his last 11 games, since moving into the starting lineup on Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh. He is shooting 53 percent (47-88) from the field during that span and 40 percent (8-20) from 3-point range. Morris scored more points in his Husky debut than in any of 42 games during his Stanford career. The 6-foot-4 guard led the UW with 16 points against New Jersey Tech (Nov. 13). He has nine double-figure scoring games this year. He transferred to UW and sat out the 2006-07 season. In two years at Stanford, 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.

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 11 games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 30 treys and shot 44 percent (30-69) from 3-point range. He was 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 leads all Pac-10 players with 2.90 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.

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 (1.39 spg) and leads UW with 3.5 assists per game. He distributed a career-high seven assists against Oregon State (Jan. 19). He had 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
UW 83, Oregon State 74 (Jan. 19, 2008; Seattle)

Jon Brockman had a 26-point, 14-rebound performance and fueled the decisive run late in Washington's 83-74 win over Oregon State. The Huskies (11-7, 2-3) posted their fifth consecutive win over Oregon State (6-12, 0-6) at Bank of America Arena. UW led by as many as eight points in the first half before settling on a 36-32 halftime edge. The Beavers rallied and took a 58-53 margin on two Marcel Jones' free throws with 4:59 left to play. The OSU lead was 63-62 before Brockman factored into every point in an 11-4 run that put the Huskies in control. He tallied seven points and distributed two assists in the surge that lasted just over two minutes, resulting in a 73-67 advantage. Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Quincy Pondexter each scored 12 points for UW. The Beavers were led by the 16 points of Calvin Hampton and 12 from Omari Johnson, who hit the team's only 3-pointer in 14 tries.

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).

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.

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.

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. He tied the school record with seven 3-pointers against Portland State (Dec. 18). Appleby set a new school single-season record for 3-pointers with 84 last season. Appleby compiled 184 career 3-pointers as a Husky, 28 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 189 of his 236 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.

The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 40-21 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.

> Washington won six of the last 10 meetings, equaling the number of UW wins over Arizona in the previous 18 years combined.

> The Wildcats own a 23-6 record against UW in Tucson. The Huskies' last win at McKale Center was a 70-67 decision on Mar. 4, 2006.

> Arizona won nine of the last 11 and 20 of the last 23 meetings at McKale Center. The only Husky wins in the last 23 years came in 1996, 2004 and 2006.

> Arizona Interim Head Coach Kevin O'Neill has never coached against UW.

> Sixth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-6 record against Arizona.

The Last Meeting
(#20) Arizona 84, UW 54 (Feb. 3, 2007; Tucson, Ariz.)

Jordan Hill tallied a career-high 16 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots, leading 20th-ranked Arizona to an 84-54 rout over Washington at McKale Center. The margin of defeat was the largest for the Huskies (14-8, 4-7) since an 89-57 loss at Arizona State on Jan. 9, 2003 during Coach Lorenzo Romar's first season. The Wildcats (15-7, 6-5) stopped a two-game home losing streak, shooting 57 percent (31-54) from the field while limiting Washington to 38 percent (24-63). Chase Budinger scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half and Arizona utilized an 11-point run to go ahead 45-26 at halftime. The Wildcats led by as many as 33 point, fueled by a surge of 13 unanswered points early in the second half. Hill netted six points during the run. Jawann McClellan scored 15 points off the bench for Arizona, which swept the season series for the first time since 2003. The Huskies were led by the 12 points of Artem Wallace and 10 from Jon Brockman.

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