No. 17 Washington Whips Portland State, 105-73
Dec. 17, 2006
SEATTLE (AP) - Justin Dentmon scored 18 points and had a career-high nine rebounds, Spencer Hawes had 16 points and five blocked shots and No. 17 Washington dominated Portland State throughout in a 105-73 victory Saturday night.
The Huskies (8-1) responded from a 20-point humbling at No. 16 Gonzaga last weekend by restoring some confidence before 12th-ranked LSU arrives on Wednesday night. They set season highs in points and victory margin in their 25th consecutive nonconference home win, dating to a 2003 loss to Gonzaga.
Portland State (7-4) won at Arizona State earlier this season but led just twice on Saturday - 2-0 and 5-3. Seattle-area native Ryan Sommer led the Vikings with 14 points.
Scott Morrison, the Vikings' leading scorer coming in at 15 points per game, scored just seven. Second-leading scorer Juma Kamara was 4-for-16 shooting and scored 11.
Washington led by as many as 38 - 99-61 on Dentmon's layup with 3 1/2 minutes left.
Washington took an immediate, 10-point lead when Hawes dunked on a drive down the middle of the lane six minutes in. The 7-foot center wowed the quoetless-than-capacity crowd - and the Vikings - by dribbling from midcourt on a fast break before his slam.
The lead grew to 35-16 lead eight minutes later, following a finger-roll lay up and deep jump shot by Pondexter. He punctuated his jumper by punching the air, the only raw emotion of an otherwise methodical first half.
The Huskies spent the time between Saturday's game and last weekend's 97-77 loss at Gonzaga stressing the need for better, more intense defense.
Presto! Portland State missed 18 of its first 24 shots and shot just 36 percent for the game as Washington's man-to-man defense continually pushed the Vikings' offense farther away from the basket.
Hawes scored 12 and Pondexter 11 in the opening period. It ended with Washington ahead 48-35 only because Portland State's Deonte Huff threw in a rushed shot from near halfcourt and off the glass at the halftime buzzer.
That was as close as the Vikings would get. They went 2-for-10 to begin the second half. Appleby's steal and layup and then a deep 3-pointer, plus a bank shot in from Hawes, ending a 10-0 run that gave Washington a 63-39 lead with 14 minutes to go.
And it got much worse from there.