Simmons' Sweet Shooting Leads Huskies over Oregon State
Jan. 15, 2005
Seattle - Senior guard Tre Simmons scored a career-high 26 points tonight in the Washington Huskies Men's Basketball team's 108-68 victory over the Oregon State Beavers. Simmons also logged career-high six three pointers, the most by any Husky this season. His previous high was five treys, done against San Diego State on Dec. 7, 2004. The game marked the 14th time this season that Simmons has logged double figures, and the seventh that he has been the leading scorer. The team's leading rebounder for the season, Simmons grabbed seven boards for the Huskies and had four assists.
Contrary to the final statistics, Simmons was not off to a great start tonight. Simmons started the game only shooting one-for-five, scoring the UW's first points of the game at 18:02, but not scoring again until hitting a foul shot ten minutes later. Down early, the Huskies went on a quick 22-0 run, including two of his six three pointers. Going into the second half, Simmons had only nine points on three-for-eight shooting.
The second half was a different story. Simmons lit up the Beaver defense, hitting three consecutive three pointers, amassing 15 points in the first seven minutes of the second half. His 15 points were two more than the entire Oregon State team had scored in the second half. His six three-pointers was more than the whole Beaver team had combined on the game. Simmons is tied for the lead on the Husky team with 31 three pointers for the season.
'He got going and our guys began to look for him right away,' said head coach Lorenzo Romar. 'They know that when he gets one, he is capable of getting another three or four in a row. It makes us a better team when he plays that well. Tre is playing with a lot of confidence and it just makes us a better basketball team.'