No. 25 Washington Storms Past Idaho, 90-67
Nov. 23, 2005
SEATTLE (AP) - Jamal Williams scored 16 points and Brandon Roy added 14 to help No. 25 Washington extend the nation's longest home-court winning streak in a 90-67 rout of Idaho on Tuesday night.
Washington (5-0) had five players reach double-figures in scoring and the Huskies were never threatened. Igor Vrzina and Tanoris Shepard each had 14 points to lead the Vandals (0-2), who looked nothing like a team that could have led No. 8 Gonzaga by three early in the second half last week before losing by nine. Idaho, 8-22 in the Big West Conference last season, lost its 10th straight game dating to Feb. 5.
Washington's 27-game winning streak at Bank of America Arena is one ahead of Gonzaga's. Ten of its 11 non-conference games are at home, including a matchup with Gonzaga on Dec. 4.
The Huskies looked like a more motivated team than the one that slogged through the first half on Saturday against American, before finally pulling away to win by 17. Different, too, from the team that trailed Air Force by 12 last Tuesday before rallying late to win the Black Coaches Association Classic it hosted.
Washington scored the first 11 points and grabbed the first eight rebounds of the game against Idaho. After Washington took a 16-4 lead, Idaho got no closer than 11 the rest of the game - and that was on the next possession, with a Brett Ledbetter 3-pointer.
From there, Williams either beat Idaho defenders down the floor or he repeatedly curled around and jumped over the Vandals' slower, low-post, half-court defense. The 2004 transfer from New Mexico scored five of his seven first-half field goals within five feet of the basket.
The second half saw the Huskies increase their 22-point halftime lead to 37, 74-37, on a basket by freshman Artem Wallace.