Husky Hoops Open Against Wright State on Friday

Nov. 12, 2009

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The University of Washington men's basketball team (0-0, 0-0Pac-10) will host the Athletes In Action Classic from Friday, Nov.13 through Sunday, Nov. 15. The Huskies, ranked 14th by the APand 13th in the ESPN/Coaches Poll, opens against Wright State onFriday at 7 p.m. (FSN NW) in Bank of America Arena. In the first game of the day, Belmont and Portland State will tip off at 4:30 pm.

Washington will face Belmont on Saturday at 7 p.m. (no TV) and finish thetournament against I-5 rival Portland State (FSN NW) at 7 p.m.on Sunday. The ISP Sports Radio network will broadcast all threeHusky games. Audio and live Gamertracker are available

Huskies Vs. The AIA Field
Washington has never played Wright State or Belmont. Sunday'smatch up will be the ninth between the Huskies and PortlandState. The Huskies are 8-0 all-time against the Vikings, with alleight victories coming at home. The 2008 match up saw the Huskiesescape with an 84-83 win. The UW held a 17-point lead with7:20 left in the game before PSU went on a 22-9 run to close outthe game. Quincy Pondexter hit a putback layup with :25 secondsleft to give the Huskies a three point lead and the UW iced thegame from the line. Matthew Bryan-Amaning started in place ofan injured Jon Brockman and had a career-night with 23 pointsand 12 rebounds. Pondexter added 21 points, Justin Dentmon 20and Isaiah Thomas 16. Dominic Waters led the Vikings with 19points and hit two of his team's 10 three-pointers.

Last Time Out For Washington
Washington posted a lopsided 77-48 victory over Central Washingtonin the team's lone exhibition game of the season. Isaiah Thomas led theway for the Dawgs with 18 points and Quincy Pondexter added 15. VenoyOverton contributed 11 points and four Huskies scored six. MatthewBryan-Amaning and Darnell Gant each had 10 rebounds. Washingtonjumped out to a 43-18 halftime lead and never looked back. UW was ableto win by a large margin despite shooting just 38 percent from the fieldand 48.6 percent from the free throw line.

Romar And AIA Connection
Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar joined the Athletes in Action (AIA), the athletic division of Campus Crusadefor Christ, in 1985. He played in 233 games, starting 224, during seven years as a player for AIA. Romarserved as player-coach in 1989 and directed the team to 21 wins in 1991-92, including a victory over NCAAFinal Four participant Florida. That year he averaged 24.4 points, 5.9 assists and 1.8 steals while shooting54.5 percent from the field, including 49.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 83.7 percent from the freethrow line. In 1992, the 34-year-old Romar scored 45 points against Michigan's 'Fab Five' freshmen, whowent on to reach the NCAA championship game. Romar set single game records while an AIA player for mostpoints (54) and assists (21). He remains the team's all-time assist leader (1,689) and No. 2 in all-time scoring(4,244).

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