Washington comes from 11 points down to beat Washington State, 92-64, before a sellout crowd at Hec Ed. (Here’s our game story. And here’s columnist John McGrath’s take on whether WSU celebrating early might have led to UW having something to celebrate at the end.)
Both teams are 14-7 overall and 4-5 after the first round of Pac-10 play.
A quick review:
Star of the game: Let’s say Quincy Pondexter, since there’s no arguing with 29 points and 12 rebounds … both game highs. But lots of credit also to Venoy Overton, who provided his usual defense along with seven assists and no turnovers. And Isaiah Thomas had 19 points … including 17 when his hot hand was as important as anything in putting the Cougars away. Meanwhile, WSU got a career high 15 points from Xavier Thames, and a double-double (13 points, 11 boards) from Nikola Koprivica.
Key stats: UW held Pac-10 scoring co-leader Klay Thompson to seven points on 2-of-15 shooting. … UW outscored WSU 56-24 in the second half. … UW held WSU to 32.3 percent shooting. … UW dominated the glass, 52-38.
Key run: Washington went on a 19-2 run to start the second half while WSU was missing its first 13 shots.
UW quotable: “So many heroes for us tonight. Justin Holiday defensively was very good, also gets 10 rebounds out there. He battled. I thought Tyreese Breshers and Matthew Bryan-Amaning in the middle just did a good job of playing smart defense down there. Venoy Overton obviously defensively, but seven assists and zero turnovers: That’s a great, great job. Isaiah got going in the second half and then Quincy gets a double-double again. So many contributors tonight. Scott Suggs comes off the bench and gives us a lift. It was a great, great team effort: 19 assists, 32 baskets. It just showed we were playing unselfishly on both ends of the floor.” — Lorenzo Romar
WSU quotable: “First of all, it’s a great environment for the home team, and second of all, they’re a very good team. They have some big-time talent, a great coaching staff and they’ve got what it takes to be extremely good. And they showed us.” — Ken Bone.
What fans will be talking about: Did WSU hot-dogging fire up the Huskies? (Several implied so.) … How about those black uniforms?
Next: UW continues its four-game homestand with a visit from Arizona on Thursday and Arizona State next Saturday. Both at 7:30 p.m. and on FSN.