The Huskies took care of business in a game that could have found them a little distracted and sleepy.
They went 9-4 in nonconference play and begin Pac-10 competition Saturday, hosting Washington State.
Jon Brockman led the way again, with 21 points and 11 rebounds, both game highs. The Huskies also got nice place from their guards: Tim Morris, Venoy Overton and Justin Dentmon had 10 points each, and Ryan Appleby added nine.
Key stats: Washington dominated across the stats sheet. The Huskies hit 52 percent of their shots and limited the Bengals to 41 percent. UW outrebounded Idaho State, 36-24. Washington had 19 assists and 10 turnovers, while ISU had 12 assists and 18 turnovers.
Key run: There’s no real turning point in a game like this. But Idaho State hung around for about eight minutes, trailing only 17-13. Then a Joel Smith steal and an Atem Wallace dunk ignited an 11-3 UW run, and the Bengals never got within striking distance again.
Observations: UW ended its nonconference season 9-4, its sixth straight winning record outside of the Pac-10. … Brockman climbed to 975 career points, 25 short of becoming the 32nd Husky to reach 1,000. … Idaho State is 3-10 against an ambitious nonconference schedule that included Iowa, Brigham Young, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington State and Washington. "My philosophy is that if it doesn’t kill us it is going to make us better in the long run," coach Joe O’Brien said. … Idaho State forward Austin Kilpatrick, a sophomore from Puyallup High School, had six points in 23 minutes before fouling out. …. UW football coach Tyrone Willingham was in attendance. He received a nice hand when shown on the Hec Ed video screen.
Quotable: "They don’t even look at it any more. Tim (Morris) breaks his nose in practice and everybody rushes over to him and makes sure he’s all right. I get hit and the trainer doesn’t really even come over. He just gives me something to push up in there so the bleeding stops." – Brockman, who went to the bench briefly Tuesday after getting whacked in the nose yet again. (He said it with a smile.)
Next: 7 p.m. Saturday, vs. Washington State, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
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