No. 16 Washington Dispatches San Diego State, 98-69
Dec. 8, 2004
Seattle (AP) - Nate Robinson scored 24 points and Tre Simmons added a career-high 23 in a shooting clinic that led 16th-ranked Washington to a 98-69 victory Tuesday night over San Diego State.
They combined to make 13 of their first 17 shots, including eight of 11 3-pointers. Robinson finished 9-for-16 overall and 3-for-7 from beyond the arc. Simmons was 9-for-13 for the game and 5-for-7 on 3-pointers.
Jamaal Williams added with 13 points, and Bobby Jones had 10 to go with nine rebounds for the Huskies. Washington (6-1) is off to its best start since the 1997-98 squad also won six of its first seven games.
The loss ended a four-game winning streak by the Aztecs (4-2), who had their best start in 20 years.
Washington led by as much as 37-12 in the first half and never slowed down.
Marcus Slaughter had 21 points for San Diego State, and Brandon Heath had 16 in his first game since earning Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors. Matt Thomas added a career-best 14 points.
Since losing at Gonzaga on Dec. 1, Washington focused on improving its defense, and the results are evident. The Huskies forced Eastern Washington into 30 turnovers on Sunday.
San Diego State had the same problems. It didn't even take a shot over the first 2:28, and by that time Aztecs were trailing 8-0 and had committed five turnovers.
Washington held a 56-34 halftime lead and forced San Diego State 26 turnovers for the game.