Washington Uses Huge Second Half Rally to Defeat LSU

Dec. 29, 2007

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Tim Morris and Quincy Pondexter combined for 22 second-half points Saturday as Washington rallied to defeat LSU 73-65.

Washington (8-4) trailed by 16 points late in the first half and took their first lead of the day on a 3-pointer by Ryan Appleby that put the score at 49-47 with 11:10 left in the game.

The non-conference game went back-and-forth, and was tied three more times, before Washington took the lead for good.

A three-point play and field goal by Pondexter, followed by another 3-pointer from Appleby gave the Huskies a 61-53 edge. John Brockman added a foul shot before a short-lived LSU rally in the waning minutes of the game.

With 1:51 left, Washington led 70-59, and LSU (7-5) never got closer than within eight points the rest of the way.

Pondexter led Washington with 17 points, 11 of those coming in the second half. Morris scored all but four of his 15 points in the second half. Also scoring in the double digits were Brockman, with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Appleby, with 12 points.

Chris Johnson led LSU with 19 points, four of which were in the second half. Marcus Thornton scored 18 points, Terry Martin added 14 and Anthony Randolph had 10.

LSU started strong, making seven of its 11 field-goal attempts to go ahead 17-7. The Tigers led 41-27 at halftime.

Washington scored 12 straight points after the break, while LSU missed nine shots and turned the ball over three times during that stretch.