Husky Basketball Hosts Cleveland State

Nov. 17, 2008

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SEATTLE - The University of Washington men's basketball team will open its 19-game home schedule Tuesday when it hosts Horizon League favorite Cleveland State in its first game of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic in Bank of America Arena.

The game, which is the second of the season for both teams, will tip at 7 p.m. (Pacific). Tickets are available by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 202/543-2200 or by clicking here. The game will available on the radio throughout the Northwest on the Washington ISP Sports Network and via the Internet on There will be no telecast of the game.

Following the Cleveland State contest, the Huskies will host Florida International in the second game of the CBE Classic before traveling to Kansas City, Mo. for games against defending national champion Kansas, Florida and/or Syracuse. The final two games of the CBE Classic will be televised by ESPN2 and/or ESPNU.

Last week, Washington suffered a disappointing 80-74 road loss in its season opener at the University of Portland. Senior forward Jon Brockman led all scorers and rebounders in the game and registered his 43rd career double-double with 30 points and 14 rebounds. However, the Huskies shot just .188 (3-for-16) from the three-point line and .594 (19-of-32) from the free throw line and committed 23 turnovers in the program's first season opener on the road since Lorenzo Romar became the UW's head coach in 2002-03.

'The Portland game was very disappointing for a lot of reasons,' said Brockman. 'But, we have a very good Cleveland State coming in and we have to put it past us. We certainly don't want to forget about Saturday's game, but we do need to move on, learn from it and come out ready to play on Tuesday. We have a very good group of players and I think we've got the make-up to come out and play a good game.'

Cleveland State is 1-0 on the season, taking a closely-contested 58-55 home win over Oakland on Saturday night. The Vikings trailed the entire game until Norris Cole hit a jumper with 3:12 left to give the Vikings a 55-53 lead. Cole then hit a three-pointer with 1:58 left to push the lead to five, but a jumper by Oakland's Jonathon Jones sliced the CSU lead back to the final margin. Last season, the Vikings registered a 21-13 record and advanced to the NIT under coach Gary Waters. Cleveland State returns a veteran club that features four returning senior starters and eight letterwinners.

Florida International enters Thursday's game with a 2-0 mark after earning well-deserved victories against Eastern Kentucky last weekend and Monmouth College on Monday night.

Washington has never played Cleveland State or Florida International. The Huskies are 1-2 against teams from the Horizon League and 3-1 against teams from the Sun Belt Conference.

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