Simmons' Sweet Shooting leads Huskies over Sun Devils

Feb. 24, 2005

Seattle - After suffering through a mid-season shooting slump, Husky senior Tre Simmons picked the perfect time to have his best game of the season. Simmons led the Washington men's basketball team to a 90-82 victory against Arizona State with his 29 points.

The hot-shooting Simmons deposited a pair of three-pointers to start Washington scoring, but it was his second-half performance that helped to cool off the upset-minded Sun Devils. The Seattle native poured in 21 points during the final 20 minutes to help UW improve to 12-3 in conference play and 21-4 overall.

Matching Arizona State center Ike Diogu point-for-point in the second half, Simmons tied his career high in both total points (29) and three pointers (6). The game marked the tenth time Simmons has led the team in scoring, the most of any players. Simmons broke out of a relative three point shooting slump tonight, after only hitting a combined seven of 30 shots in the last four games.

'Tre Simmons had a phenomenal offensive game for us,' said Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar. 'Tre Simmons came out real hot from the beginning. The seniors have definitely been playing well for us.'

Will Conroy continued his assault on the Husky all-time assists record tonight, moving within one of leader Chester Dorsey. Conroy dished seven assists tonight, and was one of four Huskies in double figures with 13 points. Joining Conroy and Simmons in double figures were Bobby Jones with 12 and Nate Robinson with 21.

The Huskies take on the No. 9 Arizona Wildcats on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a battle for the Pac-10 conference lead.

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