No. 14 Washington Dismantles Oregon State, 108-68
Jan. 15, 2005
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE - Tre Simmons matched a career high with 26 points, going6-of-7 from 3-point range, and Jamaal Williams added a career-high 24 points tohelp No. 14 Washington beat Oregon State 108-68 on Saturday night.
Beavers coach Jay John left the arena in an ambulance at halftime aftercomplaining of chest pains and shortness of breath. The 46-year-old coach wasexamined by an on-site doctor before paramedics were called.
Nate Robinson had 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as Washington(15-2, 5-1 Pac-10) extended its home winning streak to 17 games and tied a20-year-old school record with 11 straight Pac-10 wins at home.
Bobby Jones added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies, who are offto their best start in 29 years.
Nick DeWitz led Oregon State (10-6, 2-3) with 17 points and nine rebounds,while J.S. Nash scored 12 in his return from a one-game disciplinary absence.
John shuffled his starters, putting a quicker lineup on the floor in apre-emptive strike against Washington's quick feet, turnover-fueled defense andfluid fast-break offense. It only delayed the inevitable.
Instead of falling behind right after tipoff, as Oregon did two nights ago,the Beavers led early, going ahead 12-8 and 17-14 through the first 8 minutes.Then the Huskies tightened the defense and forced seven turnovers during a 24-0run.
All told, the Huskies outscored Oregon State 30-2 over a span of 8:50 andkept them without any points for 7:52.
The Huskies made it a playground contest.
The burst started when Robinson soared through the lane to tip in a missed3-point try by Will Conroy. Robinson added a jumper, Jones scored twice onfeeds from Robinson and then threw down a fast-break dunk.
Williams scored twice to put the Huskies ahead 44-22, and the rout was on.
John didn't come out for the second half, but the Beavers seemed focused anddetermined. They cut it to 51-30 in the opening moments after two quick basketsby David Lucas.
But the Huskies hit hard when they answered, using a 14-4 run to erase anydoubt about the outcome. Simmons, who swished a 3-pointer just before halftime,made a string of three straight 3-pointers at one stretch, and soon the leadwas 85-45.