Huskies Down Alaska-Fairbanks, 82-70

Nov 15, 2001

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Reserve Erroll Knight scored 23 points to leadWashington to an 82-70 victory over Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday night in theopening round of the Top of the World Classic.

Washington was without the services of coach Bob Bender, who slipped andfell outside his home Monday and bruised a rib. He was scheduled to fly toFairbanks on Friday, and associate head coach Byron Boudreaux replaced him.

Washington will meet Bowling Green insemifinal action Saturday. That game will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. Pacific Time on KVI Radio (AM 570) rather than KOMO which has a conflict at that time with the Husky football game.

Steve Early led Alaska Fairbanks with 24 points and six rebounds. SteveTowne added 16 points, and Joe Jones 15 for the Nanooks.

The Huskies led 41-37 at the end of the first half on the strength of 16points by Knight, who underwent knee surgery Nov. 2 and returned to practiceMonday. His 23 points were a new school record for a freshman in his Washington debut, eclipsing the mark of 22 points of Deon Luton established Nov. 26, 1996 against Brigham Young.

The Huskies led by as many as nine in the first half but could not pull awayfrom Division II Alaska Fairbanks (0-3), which outrebounded Washington 18-16.

After halftime, the Huskies began pounding the ball inside to center DavidDixon, who muscled through for 12 second-half points and a double-digitWashington lead. He finished with 16.

Alaska Fairbanks closed to 69-61 with 4:49 left on a basket by Early. ButJosh Barnard hit a 3-point shot and started a fast break to stop the comeback.

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