Washington Crushes Columbia 88-51
Dec 31, 2003
By JIM COUR
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - Bobby Jones scored 18 points, all in the first half, and TreSimmons added 15, leading the Washington Huskies to a 88-51 victory overColumbia Tuesday night.
The Huskies (5-3), facing the Ivy League Lions from New York for the firsttime since 1949, got 13 points from Brandon Roy and 11 from Curtis Allen.Hakeem Rollins had nine rebounds for Washington, which outrebounded Columbia37-28.
Dodson Worthington led Columbia with 12 points.
The Huskies were ahead 58-21 at halftime, with Jones leading the way on6-for-8 shooting and Allen scoring 11 on 3-for-6. The 58 points was the most ina half by Washington since it had 59 the first half against Portland State Nov.28, 2000.
Roy hit a 14-footer from the wing and Will Conroy made a 3-pointer in thefirst 2:10 before Worthington sank two free throws with 3:13 gone. Then theHuskies outscored the Lions 19-2 to take a 21-4 lead with 6:42 gone.
Columbia (3-7) didn't get its first basket and first official shot until4:38 was gone when Dragutin Kravic made a layup. The Lions shot 6-for-23 in theopening half.
The closest Columbia got in the second half was 60-27 after a layup by MattPreston with 3:39 gone.
Washington will open its Pac-10 season in the Bay Area this week. TheHuskies are at California on Friday and at Stanford on Sunday.
First-year coach Joe Jones, who got the Columbia job after six seasons as anassistant at Villanova, inherited a program that went 2-25, including 0-14 inthe Ivy League, last season.