December 18, 2013 at 9:37 AM
The death of former Washington two-sport standout Reggie Rogers has been linked to substance abuse.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday that Rogers’ death in October was due to a combination of cocaine and alcohol intoxication. Officials determined his death was accidental.
Rogers was was an All-American defensive lineman who played football at UW from 1984-86. The 6-6, 278-pounder also starred on the men’s basketball team for three seasons.
In 1987, Rogers was a first-round draft pick (seventh overall) by the Detroit Lions, but his career was shortened due to substance abuse and tragedy. In 1988, he killed three teenagers in a drunk driving accident and spent 16 months in prison for vehicular homicide. Rogers suffered a broken neck in the accident, but returned to play two more seasons in the NFL with Buffalo and Tampa Bay. His last season was 1992.
One of Rogers’ children is daughter Regina Rogers, who was an All-American center for the Huskies women’s basketball team as a senior in 2012.
Rogers was the younger brother of Don Rogers, an All-American safety at UCLA and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year with the Cleveland Browns, who died in 1986 at age 23 of a heart attack caused by cocaine overdose while Reggie was attending the UW.
December 18, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Washington took an early lead and despite a sloppy performance that included a season-high 18 turnovers, the Huskies hung on in the second half for a 73-62 win against Tulane in front of an announced crowd of 1,646 at Devlin Fieldhouse.
“In the second half we couldn’t put the ball in the basket,” coach Lorenzo Romar told the Associated Press. “We had three people in foul trouble in the first half and when we subbed (the offense struggled). We had to mix and match and kind of survive it. … We made it a lot harder than it needed to be.”
It’s the first road victory for Washington, which had been 0-3 away from home, including a pair of neutral-site defeats in New York against Indiana and Boston College. The Huskies also lost at San Diego State.
Tuesday’s contest is the only one for UW that will not be televised.
C.J. Wilcox captured headlines and plenty of attention after eclipsing the 1,500-point plateau. The senior guard moved into 11th place on Washington’s all-time scoring list with 1,502 points. He needs two points to catch No. 10 Louie Nelson (1,504) and 14 to chase down No. 9 Steve Hawes (1,516).
Other than Wilcox’s milestone, Tuesday’s outing was somewhat forgettable.
The Huskies were fantastic at the free throw line (22 of 28) and they held the Green Wave to 39.3 percent shooting, including 1 for 14 (7.1 percent) on three-pointers.
However, Washington’s defense wasn’t always stellar. The Huskies committed 23 fouls, which sent Tulane to the charity stripe 27 times. The Green Wave made 17 at the line. UW’s transition defense was also repeatedly burned and allowed 12 fast break points.
The Huskies led by as much as 12 points, but Tulane closed to within three points in the second half.
“We did a good job on defense early then kind of relaxed,” Wilcox told the AP. “We got in foul trouble and they took advantage. We came out a little flat in the second half and they stayed close.”
Prosperity didn’t come easy for the Huskies who improved to 6-4. They’ll to sharpen up the defense if they’re going to upset No. 10 Connecticut on Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena in a game that could boost their sagging RPI.
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December 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM
[Programming alert: We're covering tonight's game with a stringer. Check back later for a post-game wrap-up.]
Only a few participants in last Saturday’s Guess the UW Score contest, but several folks had a good read on Washington’s 85-66 victory over Idaho State.
RossB summed it up when he wrote: “We finally play a team our own size.” He nearly nailed the score with an 85-62 prediction that was closer than anyone else.
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Just a couple of games on tap so let’s get to it.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Washington (5-4) at Tulane (5-5), 5 p.m. ………………… No TV
UC Irvine (6-5) at No. 13 Oregon (9-0), 7:30 p.m. ………. Pac-12 Networks
Season tally: 75-16
AND THE UW-TULANE WINNER IS …
December 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Scouting report: Tulane
Game info: 5 p.m. Tuesday at Devlin Fieldhouse (3,600 capacity).
TV: Not available.
Radio: 950-AM KJR (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
2012-13 record: 20-15overall, 6-10 (tied ninth in Conference USA).
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Ed Conroy is 53-52 in his fourth season with the Green Wave. He’s 102-128 as a Division I coach, which includes a 49-76 mark during a four-year tenure at Citadel. Conroy began his coaching career at Division II Francis Marion in 1997 and posted a 41-40 record in three years. His overall record is 143-186.
Prediction: Due to the addition of eight newcomers, C-USA men’s basketball coaches decided not to participate in a preseason poll this year. The Green Wave was picked to finish 12th in the 16-team conference by NBCSports.com.
Series: First meeting.
Previous game: Tulane beat Jackson State 70-65 on Dec. 7 at Devlin Fieldhouse.
December 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Washington’s 70-63 defeat at then-No. 24 San Diego State on Dec. 8 was the last time a Pac-12 team lost a game. Since then, conference teams have been perfect.
The Pac-12 is riding an 18-game winning streak into tonight’s action, which includes two games. Washington is at Tulane and No. 13 Oregon hosts UC Irvine.
Pac-12 teams have won 28 of the last 31 games against non-conference competition. The Pac-12 has posted a 94-23 (.803) record this season.
However, Pac-12 teams are 3-5 against ranked opponents.
TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Arizona’s McKale Center will undergo a $30 million renovation that will the McKale Center that will include new seating, upgraded lighting and a new floor in time for next season. The improvements also include a new video board.
— Kyle Anderson returns home when UCLA plays No. 8 Duke on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
— Part of the reason why Utah is 9-1 is because Brandon Taylor didn’t go in the tank when Delon Wright took over at point guard and moved the 5-8 sophomore to shooting guard.
— Utah’s Jordan Loveridge won the Pac-12 player of the week award and was named the national player of the week by CBSSports.com.
— It’s been an up-and-down season for Colorado freshman Dustin Thomas.
— Here’s a top 20 ranking the best teams in the west. Spoiler alert: Washington didn’t make the cut.
December 16, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Before the season not sure how many people picked Jordan Loveridge to win a spot on the all-Pac-12 team, but the Utah sophomore forward is going to contend for all-conference honors.
He won the Pac-12 Player of the Week award today and unofficially threw his name in the league’s MVP race.
Last week Loveridge averaged 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 blocks to lead the Utes to a pair of wins. He shot 53.1 percent (17 of 32) from the field, including 7 of 16 (43.8 percent) on three-pointers in both games. He also made 7 of 9 (77.8 percent) free throws.
Loveridge led Utah to a 74-66 win over Idaho State with a career-high 27 points. He also had seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
In the next game, he tallied 21 points and a personal-best five assists in a big 81-64 victory over BYU, which snapped an eight-game losing streak to Utah’s cross-state rival.
At 9-1, the Utes are off to their best start since the 1997-98 season when they raced out to a 17-0 record before finishing 30-4.
Loveridge is the first Utah player to win the Pac-12 weekly award since joining the conference.
Washington nominated Perris Blackwell, who had 20 points and seven rebounds in a win over Idaho State.
Others nominated include: Arizona’s Brandon Ashley, Arizona State’s Jordan Bachynski, California’s Richard Solomon, Colorado’s Xavier Johnson, Oregon’s Mike Moser, Oregon State’s Devon Collier, Stanford’s Dwight Powell and UCLA’s Jordan Adams.
If the first six weeks of the season are any indication, it’s going to be a wide-open race for the Pac-12 MVP award. Here’s a look at the previous winners of the Pac-12 Player of the Week award.
2013-14 Pac-12 Players of the Week
Nov. 11 ….. Tyrone Wallace, So., California
Nov. 18 ….. Roberto Nelson, Sr., Oregon State
Nov. 25 ….. Jahii Carson, So., Arizona State
Dec. 2 …… Nick Johnson, Jr., Arizona
Dec. 9 …… Askia Booker, Jr., Colorado
December 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM
ESPN’s Joe Lunardi released his latest NCAA tournament projections and the bracket guru has five Pac-12 teams making the tourney.
Here’s a look at conference teams in Lunardi’s bracket: Arizona (No. 1 seed, West), Oregon (No. 5, South), UCLA (No. 6, Midwest), Colorado (No. 6, South) and Arizona State (No. 11, West).
Lunardi believes ASU is a bubble team that squeezes into the tourney while Stanford is among the first four left out.
Here’s a look at the where the Pac-12 teams stand in the CBSSports.com RPI: Oregon (6), Arizona (8), Colorado (9), UCLA (44), California (69), Stanford (73), USC (74), Arizona State (82), Utah (111), Washington State (118), Oregon State (191) and Washington (200).
December 15, 2013 at 9:57 AM
SUNDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Arizona will hold on to its No. 1 ranking after a gritty 72-70 comeback win at Michigan. Brandon Ashley scored 18 points while Nick Johnson, Aaron Gordon and Kaleb Tarczewski each had 14 points for the Wildcats (11-0).
— No. 15 Oregon needed a second-half rally to beat Illinois 71-64 remain perfect at 9-0, which is the Ducks best start since 2006. Mike Moser and Joseph Young each had 14 points to lead five UO players who scored in double figures.
— Just maybe Utah is a serious Pac-12 title contender. The Utes crushed cross-state rival BYU 81-64 last night at Huntsman Center. Jordan Loveridge led the way with a game-high 21 points and Delon Wright had 16. Utah (9-1) snapped a seven-game losing streak to BYU. The Cougars (8-4) smashed Stanford 112-103 on Nov. 11.
— Jordan Adams scored 18 points while Norman Powell and Kyle Anderson added 13 to lead UCLA to a 95-71 win over Prairie View A&M.
— Junior college transfer Shaquielle McKissic, the former Kentridge High star, scored a career-high 19 points, including 3 for 3 on three-pointers and Arizona State routed Grambling State 97-55. Jordan Bachynski had 15 points and 14 rebounds, Jermaine Marshall added 16 points and Jahii Carson 14 for the Sun Devils (9-2).
— Richard Solomon had his third double-double of the season with a season-high 17 points and a team-high 14 rebounds, leading California to a 67-56 victory Saturday against Fresno State. Justin Cobbs scored 13 points, Tyrone Wallace 12 and Ricky Kreklow 11 for the Golden Bears (8-3).
— Josh Huestis had 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and matched his season high with four blocked shots as Stanford routed UC Davis 83-56 to win its second straight game. Dwight Powell had 15 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals for his second double-double this season. Chasson Randle scored a team-high 16 points and Anthony Brown added 15 for the Cardinal (7-2).
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Maryland Eastern-Shore (2-4) at Oregon State (4-2), 3 p.m. ……….. Pac-12 Networks
Pepperdine (6-4) at Washington State (4-4), 5 p.m. …………………. Pac-12 Networks
Cal State Bakersfield (5-5) at USC (6-3), 7 p.m. ……………………… Pac-12 Networks
Picks: OSU, Pepperdine and USC
Season tally: 73-15
December 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM
What’s not to like about a 19-point win in which Washington shot 55.2 percent from the field, made 10 of 21 three-pointers, delivered 19 assists, outrebounded their opponent by 10, never trailed after the opening five minutes and played spectacular defense in the final 10 minutes?
Hard to find any fault with Saturday’s performance.
The Huskies did exactly what they had to do in their 85-66 win over Idaho State. They showed improvements on both ends of the court. Against IDSU’s peculiar 1-1-3 zone, Washington scored 46 points in the first half and 39 in the second. They shot better than 53 percent from the field in both halves.
They dominated inside (Perris Blackwell had five offensive rebounds and a career-high 20 points) and outside (C.J. Wilcox drained five three-pointers for 19 points). They did a pretty good job of taking care of the ball (13 turnovers) against a team that was second in the nation in steals per game.
Washington didn’t play as well as it did six days earlier in a 70-63 defeat at San Diego State. However, for the first time this season the Huskies took control of a game early and never let their opponent get back into the game. It was a very mature and satisfying win for a team that has been pushed to the max in every game this season. For the first time, the Huskies cruised to a victory and benched many of their starters in the final minutes to allow the reserves a chance to play.
The Huskies depart for New Orleans on Sunday morning for Tuesday’s game at Tulane. They arrive around midnight ET.
They’ll have Monday to get acclimated to the Big Easy and will have dinner at Jernard Jarreau’s home.
“I can’t wait, I’ll be first in line for that,” Romar said. “We have a little something else planned. We’ll talk about it when we get back. It should be fun.”
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December 14, 2013 at 5:23 PM
Here’s video (above) of coach Lorenzo Romar after Washington’s 85-66 win over Idaho State.