Huskies Climb Over .500 With Win Over Matadors

Dec 28, 2002

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SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's Will Conroy scored 26 points as the Huskies beatCal State Northridge 89-80 on Saturday.

Conroy hit 8 of 10 from the floor with nine assists and six rebounds as theHuskies recorded their fifth win in six games.

Washington (5-4) went over .500 for the first time under new head coachLorenzo Romar.

Conroy, who averaged just 2.5 points last season, leads the team this seasonwith a 15-point average.

Cal State Northridge (6-4) scored the first basket of the second half, butthen went the next six minutes without making a field goal. During thatstretch, Washington went on a 15-5 run and from that point its lead was neverthreatened.

Washington's Doug Wrenn had 19, and Curtis Allen added 17. AnthonyWashington had seven points and four blocked shots.

After a five-game winning streak, Cal State Northridge, has lost two in arow. John Clark scored nine of the Matadors' first 11 points and finished witha career-best 22. Lionel Benjamin and Justice Graham added 15 and 14.

The Huskies were playing without freshman guard Nate Robinson and sophomoreforward Jeffrey Day. Robinson is in El Paso preparing with the Washingtonfootball game for Tuesday's Sun Bowl. Day was ruled academically ineligible onFriday and will be out of action indefinitely. The two combined average 17.9points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

The Matadors hit 11 of their first 13 shots, but only held a 25-20 advantagebecause of their nine turnovers.

The pace of the play picked up as both teams battled back and forth for theremainder of the half, which ended in a 33-33 tie. In the game's first 20minutes, there were four ties and seven lead changes.

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