Roy Shines for Short-Handed Huskies

Nov. 19, 2004

SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies cruised by the Seattle Pacific Falcons in their home opener and first game of the regular season with an 89-71 win. In a game that featured four Huskies in double figures, Brandon Roy lead all scorers with a total of 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field. Other double digit scorers included Nate Robinson with 22, Joel Smith with 15 and Mike Jenson with 14.

'Our team motto hasn't changed,' says Roy. 'We need at least four or five guys in double figures to win. We are going to have to do an even better job of scoring when we start playing Pac-10 games.'

With the Huskies missing Tre Simmons, Will Conroy, Jamal Williams and Bobby Jones due to a one game suspension for participating in unsanctioned competition, Roy felt confident that the team could manage and the younger guys on the team would step up.

'I thought that we looked good and I think that we showed people that we are a lot deeper then they thought,' Roy says. 'Guys like Tre Simmons and Jamal Williams that usually come off the bench were not playing tonight. We had Joel (Smith) really step up tonight along with a lot of the younger guys.'

The Huskies opened their much anticipated season in front of a crowd of 9,851 people. Roy felt like a nearly sold out crowd was just a preview of things to come this year and a big reason why the Huskies were able to win so convincingly.

'This crowd was even better than advertised,' says Roy enthusiastically. 'We played UCLA here last year and it wasn't that packed. We play SPU and it is almost a sold out crowd. If the fans keep coming in like that, it is going to be hard to beat us at home.'

The Huskies now head to Alaska for the Great Alaska Shootout (Nov.25-27). They return home to Bank of America Arena on December 5 to take on Eastern Washington at 1 p.m. Pacific Time.