Washington Downs American-Puerto Rico, 67-47

Dec. 20, 2000

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) - Thalo Green scored a career-high 20 points andWashington started each half with a 9-0 run in a 67-47 victory over AmericanUniversity of Puerto Rico on Wednesday night in the opening round of the PuertoRico Holiday Classic.

The Huskies (5-3) will play No. 17 Alabama, which beat Northern Iowa 64-56,in the semifinals Thursday.

The run at the start of the second half gave Washington its biggest lead ofthe game, 44-23, with 16:47 to play.

The Pirates (1-3), the Division II school that serves as host to thetournament, then went on a 17-4 run to get within 48-40 as the Huskies went4:15 without a field goal.

Green, whose previous best was 17 points against New Mexico earlier thisseason, then scored down low to start a 13-3 run that gave the Huskies controlagain.

The senior forward, who came in averaging 11.7 points, was 7-for-9 from thefield in becoming the first Washington player to score 20 points in a game thisseason.

Greg Clark of the Huskies added 10 points, all in the second half, and alsohad eight rebounds.

Joan Hernandez and Joseph Rodriguez each had 11 points for the Pirates, whoshot 27.5 percent (14-for-51), including going 0-for-11 from 3-point range.

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