No. 22 Washington Downs Oklahoma, 96-91

Nov. 27, 2004

Associated Press Writer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Nate Robinson scored 19 points and had eightassists, leading No. 22 Washington past Oklahoma 96-91 Friday night in thesemifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout.

Reserve Jamaal Williams had 18 points and six rebounds, Bobby Jones had 13points and six rebounds, and Tre Simmons also had 13 points for the Huskies(3-0), who will play No. 19 Alabama in the championship Saturday. The CrimsonTide beat Minnesota 78-72 earlier in the day.

Kevin Bookout had 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field for Oklahoma(2-1). Terrell Everett added 19 points and Taj Gray scored 17 and pulled downsix rebounds.

Washington broke open a close game when Bookout went to the bench early inthe second half and used a balanced scoring attack to stave off an Oklahomacomeback.

Bookout picked up his fourth foul with just under four minutes gone in thesecond half and Hakeem Rollins converted both free throws to start a 18-6 runand give Washington a 70-59 lead with 11:11 remaining.

A 3-pointer by Everett closed the gap to 86-80 with 4:14 remaining, butWilliams followed with a dunk and the Huskies made six straight free throws inthe last three minutes to hold off the Sooners. Washington converted 22-of-24free throws for the game.

Both teams shot well in the first half and combined to make all 11free-throw attempts. The Huskies shot 60 percent, including 6-for-7 byWilliams, who scored 14 points in the half.

Oklahoma, which trailed 26-16 with 9:30 remaining, fought back behind 12first-half points by Bookout and was behind 47-43 at the break.