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August 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

UW to play in inaugural Marv Harshman Classic

Marv Harshman is shown with the game ball in Edmundson Pavilion at his last home game as the University of Washington basketball coach in 1985. (Photo credit: Harley Soltes - Seattle Times)

Marv Harshman is shown with the game ball in Edmundson Pavilion at his last home game as the University of Washington basketball coach in 1985. (Photo credit: Harley Soltes – Seattle Times)

Washington will play Pacific on Sunday, Nov. 23 in the inaugural Marv Harshman Classic at KeyArena.

The game will be the second in a double header also featuring Seattle U against Montana.

Harshman, a Northwest icon who passed away last year at age 95, began his college coaching career at his alma mater, Pacific Lutheran University. He led the Lutes to four NAIA District I titles in basketball and four national tournament appearances. He was 236-117 in 13 years (1945-58) at PLU.

Harshman moved on to Washington State, where he compiled a 155-181 record during a 13-year tenure from 1958-71. His best teams finished second in the Pac-8 conference three times behind powerhouse UCLA.

At Washington, he recorded a 246-146 mark. He’s second on the school’s all-time wins list.

In 14 years with the Huskies (1971-85), he led them to four 20-win seasons and five postseason appearances, including three NCAA tournaments berths (1976, 1984 and 1985) and two National Invitation Tournament appearances (1980 and 1982).

In other nonconference scheduling news, Washington will play San Jose State in the first round of the Wooden Legacy at 8 p.m. Nov. 27 on ESPN2. The game will be played at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Gym.

The winner advances to face either Long Beach State or Western Michigan in the semifinals. The eight-team tournament also includes UTEP vs. Princeton and Xavier vs. San Diego on the other side of the bracket.

 

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