Surging Washington Tops Washington State, 66-48
Jan. 23, 2005
By JIM COUR
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE - Nate Robinson scored 13 points and the No. 10 WashingtonHuskies moved into a tie for the Pac-10 lead with a 66-48 victory overWashington State on Sunday.
Jamaal Williams and freshman Joel Smith came off the bench to each score 10points for the Huskies (16-2, 6-1), who won their 18th straight at home.
The Huskies are tied for first with Arizona (6-1), which beat Oregon State92-83 on Saturday night.
It wasn't a classic Washington offensive performance. The Huskies shot .359percent from the field (23-for-64) and 3-for-13 from 3-point range, but coachDick Bennett's ball-control Cougars had a lot to do with that.
The purple-clad student section didn't appreciate the Cougars' deliberate,slowdown tactics, chanting, 'Boring, boring, boring,' in the second half.
Washington came into the game averaging 89.4 points a game, tops in thePac-10 and second in the nation. The Huskies had their lowest point total ofthe season. They have scored 100 or more points in four games this season.
Thomas Kelati led Washington State (8-8, 3-4) with 12 points.
Washington led 31-18 at halftime. The Huskies took the lead for good earlyon a three-point play by Williams, starting a 14-0 run that Tre Simmons cappedwith a 3-pointer to put them ahead 18-5.
That was the first of four 13-point leads for the Huskies in the openinghalf.
Mike Jensen opened the second half with a 3-pointer for Washington in thefirst minute and, after a 3-pointer by Derrick Low of Washington State,Robinson made a 3-pointer and Will Conroy followed with a layup after a stealunder the basket to put the Huskies ahead 39-21.
The Huskies got Brandon Roy back for the game, and he scored five points in20 minutes. Roy, considered Washington's best all-around player, was held outof the previous two games after surgery on his right knee Nov. 30.
Washington beat Washington State for the 11th consecutive time at home. Thelast time the Cougars won in Seattle was Jan. 29, 1994. The teams play again inPullman Feb. 19.
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