UW Hoops Hosts Cross-State Rival

Dec. 16, 2008

SEATTLE - The Washington men's basketball puts its four-game win streak on the line Saturday when it hosts cross-state rival Eastern Washington in a 7 p.m. tipoff in Bank of America Arena.

Tickets to the game are available by calling the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200 or by clicking here. The game will be televised live by FSN Northwest and can be heard live on the radio via the Washington ISP Sports Network. A complete list can be found by clicking here. The radio broadcast, in addition to a live statistical GameTracker can be found at GoHuskies.com.

Single game tickets to Washington's Pac-10 contests are on sale now through the Husky Ticket Office by calling (206) 543-2200 or by clicking here.

Washington enters the game with a 6-3 overall record and four-game win streak following a nail-biting 84-83 home victory over Portland State on Sunday. Sophomore forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning registered career-highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the UW. But, it was senior guard Justin Dentmon's two free throws with :05 seconds remaining that sealed the victory.

Senior All-America candidate Jon Brockman missed the Portland State contest due to an ankle injury suffered during practice over the weekend. He did not participate in practices early in the week, but is expected to be available for Saturday's game against Eastern Washington.

Brockman is the team leader in points (16.8), rebounds (11.4) and minutes per game(30.1). He has 48 career double-doubles and enters the game needing just 16 points to equal Detlef Schrempf for 11th on the school's all-time scoring list. He is also just 12 rebounds shy of Chris Welp for third on the UW career rebounding list. Brockman is ninth in the nation in rebound average and leads a Husky squad that ranks second nationally in rebound margin (+14.1).

Freshman guard Isaiah Thomas has scored in double-figures in seven of the UW's nine games this season and is the team's second-leading scorer with a 13.8 per-game average. He is also second on the team in minutes per game (27.3) and is the team's assist leader (3.4).

Senior Justin Dentmon and junior Quincy Pondexter join redshirt freshman Darnell Gant as the only Huskies to start all nine games for the UW this season. The veteran Dentmon has scored in double-figures in four of the last five games, while the versatile Pondexter has averaged 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds and is shooting .563 over the last four contests.

Bryan-Amaning has broken-out of late, scoring 41 poitns with 17 rebounds and four steals in his last two outings. He has also connected on 18-of-20 field goal attempts during that span. Bryan-Amaning set career-highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds last weekend against Portland State.

Eastern Washington enters a Thursday night home game against Missouri-Kansas City with a 6-3 overall record. The Eagles won six of their first eight games of the season with their only losses coming on the road at Big Ten Conference opponents Illinois and Minnesota. Their only other loss was last week at Hawai'i.

EWU welcomed returning starter Adris DeLong and JC transfer Chris Busch to the team just prior to the Hawai'i contest. DeLong led the Eagles against Washington last season with 16 of his team-high 22 points in the second half in the 82-68 Husky victory. Guard Benny Valentine leads EWU in scoring with an average of 18.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He has led the Eagles in scoring in seven of their nine games.

Following the Eastern Washington contest, the UW will host Lehigh on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. in Bank of America Arena.

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