Before clearing the deck for the Apple Cup, here’s an early look forward to the UW men’s return to the court Sunday evening against those Duck-slaying Griz:
AT NO. 14 WASHINGTON (4-0)
6 p.m. Sunday, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Series: Washington leads 42-9 overall and 28-4 at home. The most-recent meeting was a 75-53 home win by the Huskies last December.
Statistical leaders: For Montana – G Anthony Johnson, 22 ppg and 4 apg; C Brian Qvale, 7.6 rpg. For UW – F Quincy Pondexter, 24 ppg and 12 rpg; G Venoy Overton, 2.8 apg.
Scouting report: Lorenzo Romar’s next win will be the 150th of his UW coaching career. … Johnson played as Stadium High in Tacoma, went on to Yakima Valley Community College and last season was picked Big Sky Conference newcomer of the year. Another South Sounder on the Griz roster is Mathias Ward, a freshman from Gig Harbor High. … Montana was picked second behind Weber State in the Big Sky coaches’ preseason poll. … The Grizzlies have beaten Boise State, Loyola Marymount and Oregon. Their lone loss came at the University of Denver, 56-49. … Qvale is a 6-foot-11 center who has 27 points and 22 rebounds over his last two games. Johnson has hit 44 of 47 free throws (.932). … UW’s Quincy Pondexter has had a double-double in his last three games. Abdul Gaddy is third in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 3.5 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Next: 4 p.m. Thursday, at Texas Tech, United Spirit Arena; Lubbock, Texas; ESPN2.