13th-Ranked Huskies Host Nemesis UCLA
Feb. 4, 2005
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5 --
#13 Washington vs. UCLA; 2:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. -- FSN TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 --
#13 Washington at Oregon; 7:30 p.m. PST
McArthur Court (9,087); Eugene, Ore. -- FSN TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KKNW (AM 1150) in Puget Sound Area
Off to their best start in 29 years, the 13th-ranked Washington Huskies (18-3, 8-2) seek to avenge a pair of recent losses to visiting UCLA (12-6, 6-4). The Bruins, the last team to defeat the Huskies in Seattle, invade Bank of America Arena, Friday, Feb. 5. Tip-off is 2 p.m. for the game that will be televised live on FSN. Since the Bruins' 86-84 overtime decision on Jan. 10, 2004, UW won 19 straight home games. UCLA won this year's first meeting, rallying from a 21-point first-half deficit for its 19th straight win over the Huskies at Pauley Pavilion. That was the Bruins' seventh win in the last eight games against UW. Both teams are coming off victories Thursday. Washington routed USC 99-69 while UCLA posted a 58-56 overtime win at Washington State. Following Saturday's game, the Huskies play five of their final seven regular-season games on the road. They visit the Willamette Valley next week, playing at Oregon on Thursday, Feb. 10 and at Oregon State on Sunday, Feb. 13. The Huskies are off to their best start in conference play since the 1984 team was 9-1. The current 18-3 overall record marks their best season start since the 1976 squad was 19-2.
Atop the Standings
Washington, which is tied for first place with Arizona, is vying for its first conference championship since tying for back-to-back Pac-10 titles in 1984 (Oregon State) and 1985 (USC). The last time UW won the conference title outright was in 1952-53 when the Huskies won the Northern Division crown and swept California in a best-of-three playoff en route to the school's only Final Four appearance.
At least 19 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's UW-UCLA game, which airs on FSN at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson provide the commentary.
Saturday's UW-UCLA game airs on the Husky Radio Network. The game will be broadcast on flagship station KJR (AM 950) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the action with analysis from Jason Hamilton.
Junior Nate Robinson ranks 27th among all-time Huskies with 1,052 career points. Robinson is vying to become the first player to lead UW in scoring over three straight seasons since Eldridge Recasner from 1988-90. Robinson led the Huskies with a 13.0-point average in 2003 and 13.2 in 2004. He will soon be joined by the 29th member of UW's 1,000-point club as senior Will Conroy has 989 career points.
At 18-3, the Huskies have their best 21-game record since the 1975-76 squad had a 19-2 mark. That fast starting UW team didn't encounter the difficult schedule the current unit was confronted with. This year's Huskies were victorious in their opening four games for the first time since the start of the 1998-99 campaign, capped by a 79-76 victory over No. 19 Alabama (Nov. 27) in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout. The Huskies, who also defeated Utah and Oklahoma in Anchorage, were declared ESPN.com's national Team of the Week on Nov. 29. UW won 14 of its last 16 games, including a 68-64 win over then No. 12 N.C. State.
Junior forward Jamaal Williams has paid immediate dividends in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted last year after transferring from New Mexico. Williams' 6-foot-5 frame belies that fact that he is a sensational interior scorer. He leads all Pac-10 players by converting 60 percent of his shots from the field, including a 9-for-10 effort Thursday against USC (Feb. 3). Williams tallied 21 points in only 16 minutes off the bench against the Trojans. That was the third 20-point game for the Corona, Calif. native who prepped at Centennial High School. Williams ranks 19th among Pac-10 players with an 11.4-point scoring average.
Washington has won a school-record 13 consecutive Pac-10 home games. The last home loss was Jan. 10, 2004 vs. UCLA ... The current streak of 19 straight overall home wins is tied for UW's 6th longest. The Huskies' last longer streak was 23 games in 1952-53. The UW record is 25 (1930-31) ... UW has a 7-0 record when scoring more than 90 points and a 16-0 mark when holding opponents under 90 points ... Washington leads the Pac-10 with 87.9 points per game, nearly 10 more than the No. 2 team, Arizona at 78.3 ... UW built a double-digit lead at some point in all 10 of its Pac-10 games ... The Huskies were credited with assists on 32 of their 42 field goals against USC (Feb. 3) ... Will Conroy (6.7) and Nate Robinson (5.2) rank one-two among Pac-10 assist leaders. Conroy has 134 assists and Robinson has 109. They are the fifth pair of Huskies to reach the 100-assist plateau during the same season, joining a list that includes Conroy (142) and Brandon Roy (102) in 2004 ... Washington sold out seven home games this year, breaking the previous season record of four in 1999 ... UW's 108-68 defeat of Oregon State on Jan. 15 marked the highest point total ever against a Pac-10 opponent and the 40-point differential was the Huskies' second largest against a Pac-10 foe, trailing only a 45-point victory (86-41) over Washington State on Mar. 3, 1951.
The UCLA Series
> The Bruins boast an 87-30 series lead after winning seven of the last eight, and 31 of the last 38 meetings against Washington.
> UCLA overcame a 21-point first-half deficit to beat the Huskies 95-86 earlier this season in Los Angeles, UW's 19th consecutive setback at Pauley Pavilion.
> UCLA swept the regular-season series in 2004 for the 30th time.
> The Huskies won last year's third meeting, 91-83 on Mar. 11, 2004 in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament. That result halted a six-game losing streak against UCLA.
> The Bruins boast a 31-24 advantage over Washington during games played in Seattle, including victories in their last three visits.
> Washington assistant coach Cameron Dollar was a four-year letterman point guard at UCLA from 1994-97, helping the Bruins to three Pac-10 championships and the 1995 NCAA title. He played three seasons for Jim Harrick and one for Steve Lavin. Dollar hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer against Washington, lifting UCLA to a 91-88 overtime win on Mar. 7, 1996 at Pauley Pavilion.
> In his second year at UCLA, Ben Howland has a 3-1 record against the Huskies.
> Third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-5 record against UCLA. Romar served four seasons as an assistant on Jim Harrick's UCLA staff from 1993-96, including the 1995 NCAA title year.
The Last Meeting
UCLA 95, #12 UW 86, (Jan. 8, 2005/Los Angeles)
Dijon Thompson and Brian Morrison each scored 19 second-half points, helping UCLA rally from a 21-point first-half deficit to beat 12th-ranked Washington 95-86 at Pauley Pavilion. The Huskies (13-2, 3-1) burst out to leads of 30-9 and 36-15 before UCLA (9-3, 3-1) drew within 52-42 by halftime. UW led 65-51 with 14:25 remaining before the Bruins staged a 21-7 run to tie the score 72-72 with 8:41 left to play. UCLA took the lead for good on a jumper by Morrison with 2:31 remaining that ignited a 10-1 game-closing run. Thompson finished with 29 points and Morrison tallied all of his points after halftime. Nate Robinson scored 21 points to pace the Huskies who also got 19 from Tre Simmons. UW shot 68 percent (21-31) in the first half and 54 percent overall. UCLA shot 66% in the second half (19-29) and 52 percent for the game (33-63).
Washington's offense scored 100 points four times this season, matching he 1972 and 1975 Husky teams for the most 100-point outings in a season. The Huskies amassed an unprecedented combined total of 224 in back-to-back games against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22) and Houston (Dec. 24). UW entered this week ranked second nationally, scoring at an 87.3-point clip. That figure now stands at 87.9. North Carolina opened the week leading the NCAA at 92.7 points per game.
Senior point guard Will Conroy entered this week ranked No. 19 nationally and leads the Pac-10 with 6.7 assists per game. That figure is ahead of the school-record pace of 5.8 that led to a single-season record 163 assists for Chester Dorsey in 1976. Conroy has distributed 134 assists this season to become the first player in UW history to post three 100-assist seasons. He delivered 142 assists in 2004 and 108 in 2003. As a team, the Huskies are averaging 20.1 assists per game, their best mark since the 1976 squad averaged 22.6 en route to a school-record total of 632. Washington leads the Pac-10 and ranks No. 3 nationally in assists per game.
Conroy has distributed 430 career assists, including a career-high 13 twice this season. He had 13 assists against Loyola Marymount (Dec. 12) and Sacred Heart (Dec. 22). That tied for the fourth-best single-game performance in school history. Rafael Stone established the UW record of 16 assists in 1970. Conroy currently ranks No. 2 among all-time Husky playmakers and needs 36 more assists to tie Chester Dorsey's (1974-77) school record of 466. Only five other Huskies have posted back-to-back 100-assist seasons and Conroy is the first to reach the century mark three times. Conroy ranked fifth among Pac-10 playmakers in 2004 with 4.58 assists per game.
UW's Last Game
#13 UW 99, USC 69 (Feb. 3, 2005/Seattle)
Tre Simmons poured in a career-high 29 points and Jamaal Williams added 21 off the bench, lifting 13th-ranked Washington to a 99-69 victory at Bank of America Arena and a sweep of the season series over USC. The Trojans (9-12, 2-8) jumped out to a 15-10 lead seven minutes into the game before UW went on a 19-3 run. Williams tallied nine points during the surge that put the Huskies (18-3, 8-2) ahead 29-18. He hit 9-of-10 shots from the field for the game, helping UW to a 60-percent performance (42-70). The Huskies scored the final 12 points of the period to take a 47-29 halftime margin that would grow to as many as 41 points in the second half. Simmons netted 18 second-half points, including three consecutive 3-pointers. He finished with six treys. Will Conroy had a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists for UW which was credited with assists on 32 of its 42 field goals. Seattle native Lodrick Stewart paced the Trojans with 13 points and Nick Young had 11.
Washington, which is averaging 87.9 points per game, entered this week ranked No. 2 in the nation in scoring. The Huskies averaged 82.0 points per game last season, their highest scoring output since the 1972 squad finished with a school record 84.8-point average. UW finished the 2004 season ranked second among Pac-10 teams and No. 6 among NCAA Division I teams in team scoring average. The Huskies reached the 90-point plateau 11 times last season, a figure they reached only once in 2003. That was the most 90-point performances for a UW team the 1972 squad posted 12.
Five players are averaging double-figure points for Washington and a sixth, Will Conroy, has a 9.7-point scoring average. An unprecedented eight Huskies tallied double-figure points in the win over Sacred Heart (Dec. 22). Seven different players have led UW in scoring during a game this season and five turned in a 20-point performance. UW boasted a balanced offense last season with five players averaging double-figure points. All five return this season. Previously, the last time five Huskies had finished a season in double figures was the 1975 campaign.
Washington reached the 100-point plateau in four games, tying the single-season school record established in 1972 and 1975. UW's 108-point effort against Oregon State (Jan. 15) marked its highest total against a Pac-10 opponent. The 114-point outburst against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22) tied for the fourth-highest total in school history and was the most points scored by a UW team since 1991. That was followed by a 110-point performance against Houston (Dec. 24), giving UW a school-record for points in consecutive games with 224. Washington netted 100 points at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 12). The Huskies have reached the 100-point mark seven times during Coach Lorenzo Romar's three seasons. Romar's seven 100-point outings are more than UW accumulated in the previous 27 seasons combined. Only Marv Harshman, who team's posted 14 such efforts from 1972-85, coached more 100-point games for the Huskies than Romar. UW's 100-point NCAA Tournament outburst against UAB (Mar. 19, 2004) was its highest scoring total in a postseason game. The Huskies reached the 100-point plateau three times last season. The 103-99 overtime decision at Oregon State (Jan. 17, 2004) matched the highest total ever for UW in an enemy arena.
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 241 points (905-664) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 43-32 for UW which built a double-digit lead in every Pac-10 game. In the second half, Washington is outscoring foes by a smaller 103-point count (941-838). The Huskies stifled opposing offenses early in several of their recent games. They held Arizona scoreless for the opening 1:53, Washington State for 2:16, Oregon for 3:54, USC for 5:30, Stanford for 1:59, California for 3:02 and Houston for 6:53. UW trailed just twice at halftime, by one point at Gonzaga and one point against N.C. State.
Coming off an appearance in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, Washington was ranked in the preseason polls for the first time in six years, opening at No. 22 in the Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. The Huskies dropped three spots to No. 13 in this week's AP poll and are No. 12 in the ESPN rankings. UW spent the past two weeks at the No. 10 spot, it's first top-10 appearances since Dec. 18, 1984. This year marked the Huskies' first mention in the preseason rankings since November of 1998 when they were coming off a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. That was only the second time UW appeared in the preseason national rankings since 1985. The Huskies opened the 1998-99 campaign ranked No. 14 in both the coaches' and Associated Press polls. They remained ranked for five weeks before dropping out of the polls after being ranked No. 22 on Dec. 7, 1998. That was UW's last appearance in the polls until this season. That five-week run also marked UW's only national ranking since Jan. 1, 1985. Five opponents on the UW schedule are currently ranked in the Associated Press poll; No. 11 Alabama, No. 14 Arizona, No. 15 Oklahoma, No. 17 Gonzaga and No. 21 Utah.
Romar on the Rankings
'I hear coaches ranked No. 1 say that what counts is where you are ranked at the end of the season. I agree with that part, but a lot of times coaches that say that are ranked every year,' Washington coach Lorenzo Romar explains. 'We have not been ranked since we've been here, so that would be a compliment to our program at this point. It shows that things are moving in the right direction.'
There is no 'y' in his first name, but he is known for hitting the trey. Senior Tre Simmons made a 3-pointer in 18 of 19 games this season and has 10 multiple trey outings. He leads the team with 46 treys this season and is No. 3 among Pac-10 players with a 46.0-percent accuracy. Simmons hit six 3-pointers against Oregon State (Jan. 15), six against USC (Feb. 3) and five against San Diego State (Dec. 7). He led all Washington scorers eight times. Simmons is the Huskies' leading scorer (17.1) and No. 2 rebounder (5.5), ranking No. 3 and No. 14, respectively among Pac-10 players. He topped all Huskies in rebounds during a team-high nine games. Simmons registered his only double-double on Jan. 13 against Oregon with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Simmons ranked eighth among Pac-10 players in 3-point percentage in 2004, hitting 40 percent (48-119) of his attempts beyond the arc. He amassed 14 treys in the final five games of 2004, including five during a Pac-10 Tournament semifinal win over Arizona. Simmons broke open a one-point game in the second half of the 75-62 win over No. 1 Stanford with three straight 3-pointers. Simmons hit at least one 3-pointer in nine of the final 11 games and had 14 multiple-trey outings last year.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. The pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 788 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They registered an 11-3 home record last season. Washington is 12-0 at home this season. The Huskies' current 19-game home winning streak is tied for the sixth longest in school history.
Husky fans hoping to catch the Washington men's basketball team in person this year can still purchase tickets for home games. Fans can order tickets online at gohuskies.com or purchase in person through the Husky Ticket Office, or order by phone at 206-543-2200. For all remaining home games, a limited number of tickets, currently on hold for departmental use, will be released the Monday prior to each home game. Inventory will be available on gohuskies.com as soon as it is released for sale to the public. The Husky Ticket Office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Game day sales windows open 90 minutes prior to tipoff.
Washington is one of just six participants from the 2004 NCAA Tournament that return all five starting players in 2005. Also returning its entire starting lineup from last year are Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
Washington has started three different lineups. The most recent unit opened the last 18 games, featuring two seniors (Will Conroy, Tre Simmons) and three juniors (Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson). Jensen and Robinson are the only players who started every game. The experienced lineup is in stark contrast to the last two seasons when there were no regular senior starters and few juniors. Last year, the Huskies implemented six unique lineups and Mike Jensen and Brandon Roy were the only players to start every game.
UW features a bevy of sharpshooters who combine to average 6.76 treys per game. That is ahead of the pace of last season's squad that accumulated a school-record 201 treys at a 6.5-per-game clip. Seven Huskies have had multiple 3-point games this season, including Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons who each posted a five-trey performance. Simmons also has a pair of six-trey performance to his credit, against Oregon State (Jan. 15) and USC (Feb. 3). UW is shooting 49.5 percent from the field and 39.6 percent on 3-pointers.
Producing Point Guards
UW point guards Will Conroy (Garfield HS) and Nate Robinson (Rainier Beach HS) both hail from the city of Seattle. The Emerald City has produced some jewels on the hardwood, a legacy of point guards that is highlighted by former Arizona standout Jason Terry and Michigan's Jamal Crawford. Aaron Brooks (Franklin HS) is currently starting at the point at Oregon. Other prominent point guards from the state of Washington include Husky sophomore Ryan Appleby (Stanwood) who will red-shirt after transferring from Florida, Gonzaga's John Stockton (Spokane) and Dan Dickau (Prairie) and Oregon's Luke Ridnour (Blaine).
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson ranks second among Washington players with a 16.3-point scoring average that ranks sixth among Pac-10 players. The 5-foot-9 Robinson ranks No. 2 among Pac-10 players with 5.2 assists per game and leads UW with 36 steals. He distributed a career-high eight assists in a win over Oklahoma (Nov. 26) and matched that figure at Gonzaga (Dec. 1). Robinson has posted eight 20-point games after reaching the 20-point plateau five times all of last season. He was named the Nov. 29 Pac-10 Player of the Week after being voted the Most Outstanding Player of the Great Alaska Shootout where he led all UW scorers against Utah (29) and Oklahoma (19). Robinson garnered first-team All-Pac-10 accolades in 2004. He should be in line for even more honors in 2005. Robinson is a Wooden Award nominee and received All-America acclaim in several preseason publications. He led UW and ranked 13th among Pac-10 players in 2004 with 13.2 points per game. Robinson was third among the conference leaders in steals (53) and free throw accuracy (85.3%). He amassed a career-high 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added five rebounds and five steals during UW's 96-83 home win over No. 9 Arizona on Jan. 29. That effort helped him receive the Feb. 2 Pac-10 Player of the Week award. The 5-9 guard tallied 23 of his 25 points after halftime at Oregon State (Jan. 17), including a 3-pointer inside the final second that forced overtime in UW's 103-99 win. Robinson led all scorers with 27 points in the 2004 NCAA Tournament game against UAB. In his first season, Robinson was named to the 2003 All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after leading the Huskies with a 13.0-point scoring average. He joined the basketball team after competing as a freshman in 2002 on the Husky football team. Robinson played in all 13 football games, including the Sun Bowl, and started the final six at cornerback.
Nate Robinson applied to be eligible for the 2004 NBA Draft after his sophomore season, but withdrew on June 17 to preserve his collegiate eligibility. Before withdrawing, he attended the pre-draft camp in Chicago from June 8-10 where he was evaluated by NBA scouts and general managers from whom he received feedback. At the pre-draft camp, Robinson had a 22-point performance on the first day. It was the highest single-game output by any of the 59 participants during the three-day sessions.
The pivotal point in Washington's 2004 season came Jan. 17 in Corvallis, Ore. The Huskies were 0-5 in Pac-10 play and trailed Oregon State 70-54 with six minutes remaining. They rallied with Nate Robinson hitting a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and won 103-99 in overtime. That ignited a string of five consecutive victories that ended Feb. 7 at UCLA. The five-game winning streak against Pac-10 opponents was the longest for the Huskies since 1999.
Last year marked the Huskies' biggest turnaround in an NCAA Tournament season. They had a 5-8 record before winning 14 of their final 18 games. UW opened 0-5 in Pac-10 play before winning 12 of its final 13 conference games, vaulting from last place to second. Only twice before did a postseason-bound UW team have a losing record at any point in the season. The 1984 and 1986 teams started the season with 1-2 records before maintaining winning ledgers the rest of the way.
Junior forward Bobby Jones was named to the Great Alaska Shootout all-tournament team. He has five career double-doubles, two of them this season. He amassed 13 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona (Jan. 27) and 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22). Jones has dramatically improved his long-distance shooting, hitting 10-of-28 shots from 3-point range this season. Last year, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones is the league's 11th-leading rebounder with 5.8 boards per game. A defensive specialist as a freshman, Jones started the final 15 games in 2003 and ranked No. 7 on the team with 5.7 points per game. He nearly doubled that total to 11.2 points in 2004.
High School Reunion
Every time the Huskies take the floor it amounts to a reunion of alums from Seattle's Garfield High School. Three former prep teammates are listed on the UW roster; seniors Will Conroy and Tre Simmons along with junior Brandon Roy. Last year UW had four former Garfield players, including Anthony Washington who transferred to Portland State prior to the 2004-05 season. A Garfield grad led or tied UW in scoring during 19 games in 2004. Their Garfield team also featured recent USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback, a quarterback on the Husky football team.
Washington junior Brandon Roy played in nine of the last 13 games while rehabilitating after surgery in his right knee. He made a triumphant return Dec. 19, scoring 10 points in 18 minutes as a reserve in the 68-64 win over North Carolina State. Roy had missed the previous five games. His return was a week earlier than expected. Roy underwent arthroscopic surgery Nov. 30 to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and was projected to miss from four to six weeks. The 6-foot-6 guard suffered the knee injury Nov. 26 in the first half of the Huskies' victory over Oklahoma.
Junior Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was named to the National Basketball Writer's Association all-district team in 2004. He led all scorers with 23 points in UW's 2005 season opener against Seattle Pacific on Nov. 19 and scored 25 points in Washington's win over Utah (Nov. 25). The 6-6 swingman received the March 1, 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Week award after leading UW to a sweep in the state of Arizona. The last time the Huskies had a road sweep in Arizona was during January of 1984, six months before Roy was born. He led the 2004 Huskies in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and was second in scoring (12.9 ppg). Roy's career-high of 30 points came Feb. 7, 2004 at UCLA. At Houston on Dec. 20 Roy became the first player in UW history to lead the team in the five major statistics during a single game. Roy amassed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Roy played 13 games with two starts in 2003, averaging 6.1 points per game. Roy applied for the 2002 NBA Draft out of high school, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 175-99 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies won the last two meetings, both of them in Seattle.
> The Huskies have not swept the regular-season series from Oregon since 1998.
> The Northwest rivals split the season series in 2004 for the sixth straight year. Oregon won the first meeting 84-74 in Eugene and UW won the rematch 83-74 in Seattle.
> The Huskies have a 68-65 series lead against Oregon over games played in Eugene despite losing in their last three visits to McArthur Court.
> Eighth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 7-9 coaching record against UW.
> Third-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 3-2 record against Oregon.
The Last Meeting
#14 UW 77, Oregon 56 (Jan. 13, 2005/Seattle)
Tre Simmons scored six of his 15 points in the opening four minutes as 12th-ranked Washington jumped out early en route to a 77-56 triumph over Oregon at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (14-2, 4-1) held Oregon scoreless for the first 3:54, taking a 12-0 lead in the process. Simmons had two dunks and capped the run with a steal and layin at 16:28. UW held leads of 19-2 and 25-5 before the Ducks (10-3, 2-2) closed within 40-29 at halftime. Oregon scored the first seven points of the second half, closing the deficit to 40-36 with 19:02 remaining. Bobby Jones banked in a 3-pointer at 18:48, starting a 15-2 surge that enabled the Huskies to take control. Jones scored 13 of his 15 points after halftime. Nate Robinson and Jamaal Williams each netted 14 points for UW. Simmons completed his first double-double with 12 rebounds. Bryce Taylor was the only Oregon player in double figures with 16 points. Seattle native Aaron Brooks scored nine points, but fouled out with 8:55 left after playing 18 minutes.
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