Washington vs. Washington State preview

The state of Oregon was not too kind for the Huskies and left them licking their wounds all the way up Interstate 5. The losses leave Washington still looking for their first conference win on the road this season and in the midst of another losing streak. On Thursday, January 31st, they will entertain Washington State at home, the first of a three game home stand, hoping to put something together in hopes of getting just their third conference win in nine attempts.

Oregon State Revisted

The Beavers' outspoken Jimmy Haywood led a scoring frenzy in the second half to lead Oregon State to a 82-62 win. Haywood, out of Seattle's Franklin High School, was one of six Beavers to score in double figures and led all scorers with 16 points.

The Huskies and Beavers were tied at halftime (37-37), but a lack of finding the bottom of a net in the second half eventually let the Beavers win the game by 20 points. Washington also suffered on the free throw line by getting to the charity stripe only 13 times, but making only six of those shots. The Beavers on the other hand had the benefit of getting to the line 36 times for 26 freebies.

Washington's Doug Wrenn, who came off the bench for the first time this season, played the most minutes and was the only Husky to score in double figures. Wrenn scored 15 points, and had seven rebounds for his efforts.

Head Coach Lorenzo Romar was none too pleased with his team's efforts and let them know about it after the game. His post-game speech was loud enough people outside could hear what the angry head coach in the hallways of Gill Coliseum.

Looking at Washington State

Washington State Head Coach Paul Graham has seen better days. Amongst rumors of his inevitable dismissal, Graham and Washington State (5-12, 0-8) are still looking for their first conference win and will have to do so without the help of their best player.

Junior guard Marcus Moore had surgery to remove bone chips in his ankle on January 24th and is out for the season. The loss of Moore puts a huge dent to the Cougars offense. Moore was leading the team in scoring and rebounding at 19.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, and was third in the Pac-10 in scoring. Senior forward Milton Riley has missed the last three games due to an aggravated back injury. Junior forward Ezenwa Ukeagu has missed four games due to appendicitis, and a strained ligament in the foot has cause senior guard Justin Lyman to miss five games.

Sophomore Thomas Kelati is the only Cougar that started opening night and is currently healthy.

The injury-ridden Cougars have found other players to come up and step up for the lack of production. Playing without their top players in their last game against Oregon, Washington State led at halftime by a score of 32-31 before the Ducks came back in the second half to get the win.

Kelati led the team with 18 points, while freshmen Randy Green out of Rainier Beach High School, and senior Jerry McNair came off the bench to add 12 and 11 points respectively.

The Cougars are 0-8 on the road this season, and have not won a game on another team's home court since February 8, 2001 when the defeated Arizona State at Tempe by a score of 58-57. In that span, they lost 23 straight road games, and 16 in conference play. Going back even further, Washington State has lost 46 of their past 47 Pac-10 road games.


Notes:

Brandon Roy is still looking for his first career points. In three games thus far, the swingman out of Seattle's Garfield High School has played a total of 23 minutes on 0 for 7 shooting. Roy also has seven rebounds, and two assists to his credit.

This will be the 253rd meeting of the two schools, with Washington holding a 162-90 lead in the all-time series.

According to the Washington State Media Guide, of the 17 members on the Cougars roster, only three players are from the state of Washington. Kelati is from Walla Walla, Green is from Seattle, and Aaron Fitzgerald, a transfer from Portland State who is sitting out this season, is from Seattle. Washington State's roster is very diverse, with players from Arkansas, Florida, Texas, California, Oregon, and Canada along with Poland.


Expected Starters
Washington
F	Bobby Jones             Fr
F	Mike Jensen             Fr
C	Anthony Washington      Fr
G	Will Conroy             So
G	Curtis Allen            Jr

Washington State
F	Chris Schatter          So
F	Thomas Kelati           So
C	Justin Kordsmeier       Jr
G	Nick Graham             Jr
G	Cedrick Hughey          Sr
Game Time
Friday, January 31st 2003
Bank of America Arena @ Hec Ed Pavilion – Seattle, WA
7:30pm – TV: Fox Sports NW

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