Huskies blow out Red Raiders

Senior captain forward Justin Holiday scored a career-high 20 points to lead the University of Washington to a 108-79 victory over Texas Tech this afternoon in Seattle. The game was decided in the first half when Washington hung 61 points on the visitors from Lubbock, who had no answer for the Huskies speed and defensive pressure.

Washington was looking to avenge last year's overtime loss in Lubbock, a game they probably should've won had they hit their free throws at the end of regulation. They got it in spades today, as Holiday got off to a scorching hot start. The senior from Los Angeles scored 13 of Washington's first 14 points including a trio of three-pointers to push the Huskies out to an early lead.

Sophomore center Aziz N'Daiye once again made the start at center for Washington, being rewarded for his hustle on defense and on the boards. However, he picked up four fouls in 8 minutes of play, drawing whistles for his physical defense. Texas Tech repeatedly took the ball right at the Senegal native and took advantage.

After Holiday's early barrage, a three by Isaiah Thomas followed by a dunk in transition by Matthew Bryan-Amaning put the Huskies on top 18-10 as Washington attempted to run away. Tech took advantage of two Husky turnovers to stay close.

A John Roberson three-pointer at the 11:00 mark clipped the Husky lead to three at 24-21. At that point Washington went on a 10-1 run to push the lead to 12. When Justin Holiday hit a floater in the lane at the 7:33 mark, Washington led 40-25 and threatened to blow the visiting Red Raiders out of the gym.

Roberson responded to keep Tech in the game, scoring five straight, but a Thomas half court pass to MBA in transition led to a flying dunk and pushed the lead back to 15 and the Huskies were off and running.

A Terrance Ross long two and a driving Venoy Overton lay in finished an 8-0 run in pushing the Huskies to a 61-42 halftime lead and pretty much ending any suspense about the outcome.

Texas Tech tried to make it interesting, taking advantage of some cold shooting and some sloppy Husky offensive sets. When Roberson hit a three at the 12:00 mark, the visitors had the deficit down to 12. It didn't last long as Overton sparked the Husky offense with some nifty passes to MBA leading to easy baskets. A Bryan-Amaning dunk pushed it back to 19 and the route was on once again.

Brendan Sherrer scored on a Venoy Overton assist to bring the Hec-Ed crowd to its feet at the 2:00 mark.

Brad Reese led the Red Raiders with 19 points, followed by 14 each for Roberson and David Tairu.

Washington (5-2) next takes on Portland on Monday at Hec Ed.
WASHINGTON
Scoring: Holiday 20, Bryan-Amaning 18, Thomas 16, Wilcox 11, Overton 9, Gant 8, Suggs 8, Gaddy 6, Ross 6, N'Daiye 4, Sherrer 2.
Rebounding: Holiday 9, D'Daiye 7, Gant 4, Thomas 4, Suggs 4.
Assists: Overton 4, Gaddy 4, Thomas 4.
TEXAS TECH
Scoring: Reese 19, Tairu 14, Roberson 14, Lewandowski 8, Singletary 6, Roberts 6, Cooper 5, Outler 3, Crockett 2, Davis 2.
Rebounding: Singletary 7, Roberts 4, Davis 4.
Assists: Roberson 6.


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