Washington Overpowers Cornell, 87-71
Jan. 3, 2006
SEATTLE (AP) - Freshman Jon Brockman scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half and had a season-high 12 rebounds to help No. 10 Washington beat overmatched Cornell 87-71 on Monday night.
Justin Dentmon, also a freshman, added 15 points for Washington (12-1), which dominated the Big Red (4-8) inside with a 46-27 rebounding advantage in its final nonconference game.
The Huskies looked tired and almost uninterested initially following their 96-95 double-overtime loss to Arizona on Saturday. That defeat ended the nation's longest home winning streak at 32.
Brandon Roy, coming off consecutive 35-point games against Arizona State and Arizona, had only 11 points.
Jason Hartford scored a career-high 17 points for Cornell, which fell behind by 22 in the second half but twice rallied within 13 late in its first game in the state of Washington.
The Big Red lost their 12th straight to a ranked team. Their last win over a ranked team was Dec. 30, 1992, against then-No. 19 California. Cornell also has lost all seven of its road games this season.
The game was tied at 12 after 7 1/2 minutes, after airball shots from Roy and Jamaal Williams, Washington's two leading scorers. Roy also missed everything on a 3-point jumper midway through the second half.
But Washington scored 14 of the next 18 points in a decisive spurt - with nothing from its two top scorers. Reserve Hans Gasser had five points and Brockman four in the run. When Roy made his first basket off a fast-break layup with 5:15 left in the opening half, the Huskies led 35-23.
Brockman then became the catalyst for the expected rout with six straight points. The last two came after he tapped an offensive rebound to himself for a put-back score that put Washington ahead 45-30. Cornell never got closer than 13 after that.