No. 9 Washington Wins Tenth Straight with 54-37 Victory Against Lehigh
Dec. 23, 2005
SEATTLE (AP) - Bobby Jones scored 12 points -- including the 1,000th of his career -- and No. 9 Washington extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 31 games with a 54-37 victory over Lehigh on Friday night.
The ragged game -- with 38 total turnovers -- led to the Huskies' lowest scoring night since Feb. 15, 2003, coach Lorenzo Romar's first season in Seattle. The run-and-gun Huskies (10-0), off to their best start in 30 years, entered the game averaging a national-best 95.8 points.
Lehigh shot 29 percent and finished with the fewest points for a Washington opponent since Feb. 29, 1952, when the Huskies beat Washington State 75-37.
That's how Washington coasted to its 800th win at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, more than any other NCAA team in its current arena. The University of Pennsylvania has won 729 games at The Palestra in Philadelphia.
Washington started 14-0 in 1975.
Jose Olivero had 13 points to lead Lehigh (5-7). This was the first time in school history Lehigh played two Top 10 teams in the same season. The Mountain Hawks' first foray Nov. 27 was worse -- then-No. 4 Villanova beat them 84-47.
The Huskies' in-your-face defense turned every Lehigh possession into a pained effort to get off a decent shot. And few went in. The Mountain Hawks made just seven of 29 shots in the first half -- only one beyond 5 feet -- to fall behind by 19.
Olivero and Kyle Neptune, Lehigh's two top scorers, combined to score 16 points on 7-for-22 shooting.
The Huskies seized the game 8 minutes in with a 20-4 run. Brandon Roy had all six of his points in the methodical sure that took over 11 minutes. Mike Jensen, making his debut after shoulder surgery in September, made the first two shots of his senior season. The second was a stationary 3-pointer with 1:50 left in the half. That left Jensen pumping his left arm, the crowd roaring and Washington cruising, 32-13.
The lead grew to 28 when the Huskies scored the first 11 points of the second half.