Roy Has Career Night in Pac-10 Opener
By Jonathan Price
SEATTLE -- Senior Brandon Roy made his imprint on the Husky record book Thursday.
He had a career-best scoring night with 35 points, leading seventh-ranked Washington to a 91-67 win over Arizona State in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. Only 16 other Huskies have ever reached the 35-point plateau in a game.
Roy's total is the highest for a Husky since Doug Wrenn tallied 35 points at Arizona on Feb. 2, 2002.
Roy joined another elite UW club as he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He has 1,006 points as the 31st Husky to reach the century mark in scoring. He is hot on the heels of teammate Bobby Jones who eclipsed the 1,000-point standard in UW's last game, Dec. 23 against Lehigh. Jones ranks 29th among all-time Huskies with 1,011 career points.
Roy registered the first 30-point game by a UW player in nearly two years. He was the last 30-point producer, hitting that figure on Feb. 7, 2004 at UCLA. The 6-foot-6 guard increased his team-leading scoring average to 17.7 points.
Thursday's outing marked the first Pac-10 game for the Huskies on the season and with the win the Dawgs move to 11-0 on the year.
In front of a sellout crowd of 10,000 people at Bank of America Arena, Roy stopped a Husky drought of nearly five minutes early in the game by hitting a five-foot jumper from the left side with 14:41 left in the first half. Roy would again respond two possessions later, hitting a 3-point field goal from the right baseline to give the Huskies their first lead of the game at 10-9. Roy finished the first half with a total of 16 points (5-11 from the field) and was the only consistent scorer on a Husky team that struggled from the field shooting 32.5 percent.
In the second half it was much of the same from Roy, setting up fellow senior Jamaal Williams for a left side lay-in to score the first points of the half and extend the Husky lead to four points. Roy hit the next two field goals for Washington, including a right side lay-in (18:24) and a 3-pointer (17:51) to push the Husky lead to 12 points. The Huskies never looked back as they would go on to win by a score of 91-67 behind Roy,s 19 second-half points.
Roy finished the game with five rebounds, four assists and two blocks. He shot 5-for-5 from 3-point range, hitting three more treys than he made in any previous game as a Husky.
Next up for the Huskies is Pac-10 rival Arizona on Saturday at 11 a.m. Pacific Time at Bank of America Arena. The game features a clash between last year's regular-season conference champion (Arizona) and the Pac-10 Tournament titlist (Washington). The Huskies won five of the last six meeting with the Wildcats.