Athletes in Action Come from Behind to Beat Washington, 85-76

Nov. 12, 2003

SEATTLE - Former Penn State star Joe Crispin scored 23 points, and California alum Solomon Hughes added 13 points and 10 rebounds as Athletes in Action (4-5) rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit to beat Washington, 85-76, before 4,233 fans at Bank of America Arena in the Huskies' final exhibition contest of the 2003-04 season.

Washington (1-1), which won its only other exhibition game, 89-78 over EA Sports on Nov. 8, hosts Portland State in the regular-season opener Nov. 21 at Bank of America Arena.

Junior guard Will Conroy (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) scored a team-high 14 points for Washington, which saw five players score in double figures for the second-consecutive game.

Washington (1-1) forced the visitors into 24 turnovers, including 15 in a first half during which the Huskies combined pressure defense and up-tempo offense to take a 14-2 lead just eight minutes into the game. Ten first-half points from sophomore Nate Robinson (Seattle, Wash./Rainier Beach HS) helped Washington extend its lead to 14, at 31-17, with just 5:38 remaining in the half.

A quick pair of threes from Crispin ignited a 16-5 AIA run to end the half, however, cutting the Huskies' lead to three, at 36-33, at the break.

The second half started much the same way the first half ended, with AIA scoring 20 points in the period's first seven minutes to take a 53-47 lead. A pair of layins by sophomore Anthony Washington (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) and Conroy cut the AIA lead to two, and after the two teams swapped baskets, seven quick points by newcomer Tre Simmons (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS/Odessa JC/Green River CC) put the Huskies up five with just under nine minutes to play.

Just as quickly as Washington took the lead, however, it gave it away, combining turnovers with missed shots to score just four points in the game's next seven minutes, including a five-minute scoring drought during which AIA scored 15 consecutive points to take a 10-point lead it would not relinquish.

Simmons finished with 13 points for Washington, while sophomore Brandon Roy (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) added 12, senior Curtis Allen (Tacoma, Wash./Wilson HS) had 11 and Robinson scored 10, the latter all before halftime.

Washington outrebounded its opponent, 40-36, but missed 54 shots - three more than Athletes in Action attempted the entire game. The Huskies finished with 39 percent shooting on 87 attempts, including a 6-of-22 mark behind the three-point arc.

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