No. 12 Washington Overpowers Sacred Heart
Dec. 22, 2004
SEATTLE - Jamaal Williams scored a career-high 22 points to lead a school-record eight Washington players in double figures and the 12th-ranked Huskies routed Sacred Heart 114-53 on Wednesday night.
Freshman Joel Smith had 15 points for the Huskies (9-1) and Bobby Jones had 14.
Tre Simmons and Nate Robinson each scored 13 points, Mike Jensen had 12, Will Conroy 11 and little-used reserve Brandon Burmeister 10 for Washington, which won its fifth straight since losing to No. 13 Gonzaga.
Freshman Luke Granato had 15 points - all on 3-pointers - for the Pioneers (1-7), who dropped their sixth straight.
The game was over early after the Huskies got off to a sputtering start and missed their first seven shots.
After Ryon Howard hit a 3-pointer to put Sacred Heart ahead 7-3 with 2:59 gone, the Huskies went on a 24-0 run over the next 5:04 to take a 27-7 lead. The Pioneers never got closer than 16 points after that.
Smith capped Washington's spurt with a fastbreak 5-footer, a 3-pointer and a dunk after a steal. Williams made a fastbreak dunk and a 10-footer in the key in the run. The Huskies led 37-11 after a layup by Jones with 9:24 gone.
The Huskies led 55-31 at halftime.
Kibwe Trim added 11 points for the Pioneers.
In the second half, Washington had another withering run, scoring 21 straight points to go ahead 93-40 with 8:31 left.
It was the first meeting between the schools. Sacred Heart, from Fairfield, Conn., has two players from the Puget Sound area on their roster: Brice Brooks and Joey Henley.
The Huskies did not play junior swingman Brandon Roy, who played 18 minutes for the Huskies in their victory over North Carolina State last Sunday in Seattle. Roy missed the previous five games following arthroscopic knee surgery.
By JIM COUR
AP Sports Writer