No. 13 Washington Handles UCLA, 82-70
Feb. 5, 2005
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - Brandon Roy scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half,and No. 13 Washington collected 22 offensive rebounds to survive one of itsworst shooting performances of the season to beat UCLA 82-70 on Saturday.
Washington (19-3, 9-2 Pac-10) extended its home winning streak to 20 games,the school's longest run since winning 23 straight in 1952-53. The Bruins werethe last team to win in Seattle, back on Jan. 10, 2004.
It gets tougher from here, since the Huskies play five of their final sevenregular-season games on the road.
Bobby Jones scored 17 points, Nate Robinson added 16 and Tre Simmons 11. Royhad 13 rebounds with five assists, his best game since returning fromarthroscopic surgery for a torn knee ligament he sustained in the Great AlaskaShootout.
The Huskies shot 37.8 percent (28-of-74) from the floor, missing dozens ofshots that just seemed to roll off the rim. Their season-low was 35.9 percentin a 66-48 win over Washington State on Jan. 23.
It never slowed Washington. The Huskies shot 35 percent (14-of-40) in thefirst half but still led 36-32 at the break. On the game, Washingtonoutrebounded UCLA 43-34.
Dijon Thompson, who matched his career high in the first game againstWashington with 29 points, scored 22 points this time for the Bruins (12-7,6-5) on 9-of-16 shooting. Freshman Josh Shipp added 20.
If anyone was going to disrupt things for Washington, it figured to be UCLA.The Bruins had won seven of the last eight in the series, and the Huskies blewa 21-point lead in a 95-86 loss at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 8.
UCLA was as close as 40-37 after a 3-pointer by Shipp early in the secondhalf, but Washington used runs of 9-2 and 8-2 to build a 60-46 lead afterSimmons soared for a rebound and scored with 11:38 remaining.
UCLA took advantage of several unproductive Washington possessions, trimmingthe deficit to 62-58 with 7:24 to play by scoring 11 straight points. TheHuskies' lead was down to 65-60 after Thompson scored again.
That's when Roy went to work.
He drove for a bucket, made two free throws and then hustled back on defensequickly enough to swat an attempted fast-break layup by Jordan Farmar. Then Royfound Jones open for a 3-pointer, putting Washington up 72-62 with 4:13 to go.