Huskies Welcome Grizzlies To Bank of America Arena
Dec. 22, 2008
SEATTLE - After the Pacific Northwest was battered with one of the worst winter storms in recent history that forced the postponement of Tuesday's game against Lehigh, the Washington men's basketball team conducted an extended practice session Monday and began preparations for Sunday's contest against Montana.
Single-game tickets to Sunday's game, as well as the remainer of UW's season, are available by calling the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200 or by clicking here.
The Huskies planned to face the Mountain Hawks on Tuesday night before taking a short break for the holidays. But, the heavy snows in the area prevented Lehigh from concluding its Sunday evening flight to Seattle and the team returned to Newark (N.J.) International Airport and bussed back to its Bethlehem, Pa. campus.
So, Washington will conduct a shortened practice on Tuesday morning then the players and coaches will take a couple of days off to spend with family and friends before reporting back to duty on the evening of the 26th. The Huskies will return to action on Sunday with a noon tipoff against the University of Montana.
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 affiliate list can be found by clicking here. The radio broadcast, in addition to a live statistical GameTracker can be found at GoHuskies.com.
Washington enters the game with a 7-3 record and five-game win streak following Saturday night's convincing 83-50 victory over Eastern Washington. Jon Brockman scored a game-high 17 points after missing the Huskies' previous game with an ankle injury.
Sophomore Matthew Bryan-Amaning was impressive for the third-straight outing. Despite playing just 15 minutes against EWU, the London, England native scored nine points on 4-for-5 shooting, grabbed a game-high seven rebounds, blocked three shots and registered three steals.
Brockman, the team's leading scorer (16.8) and rebounder (10.7) said Monday that his ankle was responding well to treatment but needed more rehabilitation before it would return to 100 percent.
'My ankle feels a lot better,' said Brockman. 'It is still a little swollen so I just need to do the things necessary to get the swelling out and get it strengthened. I haven't taken any steps backward in terms of how it feels, so that is a good sign. I'm just trying to take it day-by-day, do what the trainers ask me to do and get it back into full strength. Maybe this break will help me do that.'
UW coach Lorenzo Romar is expected to feature the same starting lineup that has been used in eight of UW's 10 games this season - Justin Dentmon, Isaiah Thomas and Quincy Pondexter on the perimeter with Brockman and Darnell Gant at the forward positions.
The Montana Grizzlies enter Sunday's game with a 6-6 overall record but have lost their last two games, both on the road. Montana dropped a 58-53 decision at UC Riverside on Dec. 18, then lost 72-45 at Portland State on Saturday, Dec. 20. The Grizzlies were scheduled to play a Dec. 22 home game against Utah Valley State but the game was cancelled due to weather conditions that prevented the team's return to Missoula following the PSU contest. UM owns a 5-1 home record but has managed just a 1-5 mark on the road.
Prior to the UC Riverside game, Montana had won four-straight games, including a 69-65 victory at Fresno State. Tacoma native Anthony Johnson leads the team in scoring despite coming off the bench in nine of the team's 12 games. He averages 12.7 points per contest, is second on the team in steals and assists and is shooting .536 from the field. Senior Jordan Hasquet leads the team in rebounding with an average of 5.8 per game.
Washington owns a 40-9 overall series edge against Montana dating back to the first meeting between the two schools in 1924. Recently, the Huskies had dropped three-straight to the Grizzlies before taking an 88-77 first round NCAA Tournament win in Boise, Idaho in 2005, which also happens to be the only time Romar has faced Montana as a coach. Washington dropped an 80-73 overtime decision in 1994, the last time the two schools played in Seattle. Five of Montana's nine wins in the series have come within the last seven meetings, but the two schools have only met once (2005) in the last 13 seasons.
Montana assistant coach Nate DuChesne (doo-shane) is familar with the Husky program, having coached former UW sharpshooter Ryan Appleby at Stanwood High School. He also served as the head coach at Edmonds Community College before moving to UM.
Following the Montana game, Washington will play its final scheduled regular-season contest of the season when it hosts Morgan State on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
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