No. 17 Huskies Top Sacramento State, Improve To 4-0

Nov. 19, 2006

SEATTLE (AP) - Ignited by freshman Quincy Pondexter's 22 points, No. 17 Washington overcame a sluggish first 10 minutes to beat Sacramento State 83-74 on Sunday afternoon.

Pondexter, an athletic swingman, has been overshadowed by 7-foot center Spencer Hawes as part of Washington's heralded freshman class. But the native of Fresno, Calif. displayed a well-rounded game, making 6 of 11 shots, pulled down nine rebounds and added four assists.

Jon Brockman added 13 points and nine rebounds, and Hawes made all seven of his shots for 14. A different player has led Washington (4-0) in scoring in all four games.

Alex Bausley led Sacramento State with 19 points and Loren Leath added 17 points, but made just 6 of 23 shots.

Sacramento State (2-3) beat Bethany and Denver in its first two games, and then lost to New Mexico and San Francisco by a combined 61 points.

But the Hornets started quickly, outhustling the Huskies and building a 29-16 lead midway through the first half.

Pondexter took over from there, scoring 11 points as part of a 32-9 Washington run to close the first half. Pondexter hit a pair of 3-pointers to start the run.

Ryan Appleby capped the run with a pair of 3-pointers in the final 90 seconds of the half for a 48-38 lead.

Washington added to its advantage, scoring the first six points of the second half - capped by the bruising Brockman dribbling the length of the floor and throwing down a one-handed jam. The Huskies' lead grew to 18, and even with some sloppy ball management that had coach Lorenzo Romar flustered on the bench, Sacramento State never got closer than nine in the final seconds.

Washington committed 24 turnovers, the third time in four games they've eclipsed 20.

With 3:59 left, and Washington leading 77-61, the horn in the arena malfunctioned and would not shut off. Instead of waiting for it to be fixed, the two teams decided to play out the final minutes with the horn blaring in the background.

It was the second-time Washington has ever faced Sacramento State. In 1979, Romar, then a Husky player, scored nine points in a 94-57 Washington win over the Hornets.

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