No Letdown as Balanced Huskies Win in Rout
By André Bayard
The 12th-ranked Huskies didn't overlook Sacred Heart Wednesday. Coming off an emotional 68-64 win Sunday over then No. 12 North Carolina State, Washington could have been primed for a letdown.
Instead, the Huskies came ready to play as if they were going up against a highly rated team. With all but two players putting points on the board, a balanced attack did he damage with an unprecedented eight players registering double-figure points.
'There were some things we wanted to get accomplished, and that was to play the right way for 40 minutes, and not be bored with success if we were to have success tonight,' Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar said after his team's 114-53 win over the Pioneers of the Northeast Conference.
Washington etched some new numbers in the record book.
The Huskies tied for the fourth-highest point total in school history, and it was the most points scored since the school record of 130 points against Chico State in 1992. It tied for the 10th largest margin of victory in Husky history.
'I think our guys did a marvelous job,' said Romar. 'We got up, and instead of being content, we continued to play, and we continued to work. I'm proud of our guys' effort tonight.'
The Huskies improved to 9-1 with one more non-conference game left on the schedule. UW entertains Houston, Friday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday's game was a breakthrough performance for junior forward Jamaal Williams. He hit 11-of-12 field goals en route to a career high of 22 points.
'It was good for him to have a game like this going into Houston, because they will not be a walk in the park,' says Romar. 'We're going to need every bit of everything we've got to win that game.'
Other spectacular performances from the Huskies came from freshman guard Joel Smith, who tied his career best of 15 points, and junior forward Bobby Jones who established a new career high in rebounds with 14. Jones posted the third double-double of his career.
Senior point guard Will Conroy tied his career high with 13 assists.
It was a team effort, and Coach Romar couldn't be more pleased with his players.
'We scored 70 points in the paint--that's a lot of points in the paint. Will Conroy was finding guys; the rest of our team was finding guys. A lot of guys played well. We didn't have anyone score 40, but the points were distributed pretty evenly, I think,.'