No. 17 Huskies Upend No. 12 Tigers, 88-72
Dec. 20, 2006
SEATTLE (AP) -Spencer Hawes, Washington's heralded freshman center, dominated preseason All-American Glen Davis with 23 points and 12 rebounds - both season highs - and led the 17th-ranked Huskies to an 88-72 runaway victory over No. 12 LSU on Wednesday night.
Hawes, a high school All-America last season from Seattle who turned down North Carolina to stay home, was 10-for-16 from the field, shooting fadeaways, hook shots, jumpers and spinners - most against the bewildered Davis.
Jon Brockman added 19 points and 14 rebounds for Washington (9-1), which won its 26th consecutive nonconference home game while hosting an SEC team for the first time since 1985.
Davis scored eight points on 3-for-11 shooting, ending a streak of 48 consecutive games of scoring in double figures. He and Brockman traded elbows and jersey grabs for much of Davis' lowest-scoring game since he had eight points at Mississippi as a freshman two seasons ago.
Last season's SEC player of the year went 21:24 between his first field goal and a putback with 7:56 left that cut Washington's lead to 77-56.
Tasmin Mitchell scored 20 points for LSU (6-2), which dropped to 1-2 against ranked teams this season.
Davis' streak of four consecutive games scoring over 20 points and four consecutive double-doubles also ended with a huff and a thud.
On his way off the floor for a first-half timeout, Davis talked to an official with hands on both hips.
'They are holding me,' he said. The official shook his head to disagree.
The Huskies led by as many as 19 points during a frenetic first half, which ended with Washington up 50-36. Hawes scored 14 points, almost all over Davis on his array of beyond-his-years post moves.
When Hawes spun to the baseline and hit a hook over Davis with his right hand to give Washington a 29-14 lead 11 minutes in, Davis stood, momentarily stunned. He then shook his head at his younger challenger.
Brockman was there to follow much of what Washington missed during its 53-percent shooting half. Brockman matched Hawes' 14 points and seven rebounds - and far surpassed the energy of Davis or any other Tiger, who had won at Oregon State on Sunday night.
Davis didn't score until 11 minutes had elapsed and LSU was down 13 by then.
Washington scored on seven of its first nine possessions of the second half to maintain its lead. When Hawes swished a fadeaway from 18 feet over Davis, Davis smiled at Hawes and Hawes returned the grin. Hawes then made consecutive jumpers with Magnum Rolle's hand in his face at the top of the key. They put Washington ahead 57-43.
After the second one, Hawes got into Rolle's face at the other end and twice told him, 'You can't guard me!'