Huskies Dupe Dons by 28

SEATTLE - Early on the shots weren't falling, so Washington stayed patient until they found a hot hand. On Saturday night against San Francisco, Scott Suggs was that player. His two quick three-point baskets sprung the Huskies into action, and they roared to a convincing 80-52 win at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Suggs finished with a career-high 15 points.

The Huskies (7-3) used a ridiculously efficient 19/1 assist-to-turnover ratio between their three guards - Abdul Gaddy, Isaiah Thomas and Venoy Overton - to break down the Dons early on when their shots weren't falling. They went 2-14 in the first half from three-point range, but both those makes were back-to-back from Suggs, and they helped propel UW to a 24-15 lead at the 7:26 mark of the first half.

"I didn't know until right now," Suggs said after the game of his career night. "I was able to hit shots. That's how it happened tonight. We were doing our same, usual offense. Guys were getting open looks, they just weren't going down for them. (UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar) told everybody, 'Keep shooting', because they were open looks and we're going to make 'em."

Defensively, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Aziz N'Diaye started together for the first time all season long, presumably in order to shore up the Huskies' rebounding woes. They did more than that. Not only did they help UW out-board the Dons 40-33, but they also clogged up the middle repeatedly and never allowed USF's Princeton-style attack to ever get on track. N'Diaye also finished the night with four blocks.

"Coach (Romar) has been trying to put us on the same team to play together," N'Diaye said. "As we keep working and playing together, by the end of the season we'll both be ready."

"I thought our guys did a good job tonight," Romar added. "I thought we did a better job of boxing out on the boards. In the first half especially we held them to one [offensive] rebound and the second half wasn't nearly as good, but I thought we made progress that way."

Thomas took over with 10-straight points to open the second half, bumping an already decent UW lead out of the Dons' range for recovery. After an emphatic Gaddy dunk that brought the 9807 at Hec Ed to their feet, USF Head Coach Rex Walters called time out with 16:07 left in the game and the Huskies' bulge had grown to 27 points.

After that point, it was simply a matter of trading baskets for the rest of the game. The Dons just couldn't get their offense going because of the relentless pressure by UW on the perimeter. And conversely, Washington held onto the ball really well, only turning the ball over once the entire second half - and four times overall - and mixing in their inside game with some timely outside strikes.

"The way Washington scores is by making you turn the ball over with their defense," Walters said. "Their aggressive defense is really like their first line of offense. Next they use their incredible skill as a perimeter shooting team. They are excellent at shooting behind the three point line, and they did not shoot that well tonight. Their third line of offense is their big, athletic, effort-minded players. Washington is just relentless, and you can't simulate that kind of tenacity in practice."

The Huskies' Human Victory Cigar - walk-on forward Brendan Sherrer - came on with 3:47 left and promptly hit a shot off glass after a give-and-go with Venoy Overton. The other UW walk-on, Antoine Hosley, entered the game with 2:14 remaining, and made two free throws, ensuring that every Husky in uniform scored.

Washington was led by the career-high 15 points of Suggs, also the first time that the Missouri native has lead the Huskies in the scoring column. Thomas had 12, Bryan-Amaning 10 and Gaddy 10 for UW.

"I felt there was progress," Romar said. "We don't always judge the opponent as much as what we were supposed to do, and we turned the ball over four times, had 21 assists on 33 baskets. When we're doing that we're doing a good job offensively."

San Francisco relied on two scoring threats - guard Michael Williams, who had 19, and forward Perris Blackwell, who chipped in 17 for the Dons. Their next-best scorer had four points.
Points: Suggs 15, Thomas 12, Bryan-Amaning 10, Gaddy 10, N'Diaye 9, Holiday 8, Ross 5, Gant 3, Overton 2, Hosley 2, Wilcox 2, Sherrer 2
Rebounds: Bryan-Amaning 9, Overton 6, N'Diaye 5, Suggs 5, Holiday 3, Gaddy 3, TEAM 3, Thomas 2, Gant 2, Wilcox 1, Ross 1
Assists: Gaddy 7, Overton 7, Thomas 5, Holiday 2
Blocks: N'Diaye 4, Bryan-Amaning 1, Holiday 1, Overton 1, Gant 1
Steals: Holiday 3, Bryan-Amaning 2, Thomas 2, Gaddy 1, Ross 1 Top Stories