Huskies road warriors once again

LOS ANGELES - Washington rode a 29-11 extended run to outlast UCLA Friday, giving UW their first 2-0 road start in Pac-10 play since 1976, as well as only their fourth win ever at vaunted Pauley Pavilion, in front of an announced crowd of 9049. It was also their third sweep ever all-time in Los Angeles.

The Huskies (10-3, 1-0) are the first Pac-10 team to make it to two wins, and only Arizona and Oregon State have a chance to match UW. They play each other Sunday in Corvallis, Ore.

Washington, who already had a 38-31 lead at halftime, reeled off a 14-4 run, their lead bulging to 17 points with 14:06 left in the game. They were led by the inside play of Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who paced UW in scoring with 21 points, as well as hauling in 10 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the year.

The Bruins were not going to be left for dead. Brought back off the ventilator by Reeves Nelson, UCLA cut the Huskies' advantage to four at 63-59 with 5:05 remaining. Nelson had 12 of UCLA's 21 points during that stretch, and finished the game with 19 points overall.

Isaiah Thomas added 17, and they were the only Huskies to score in double-figures, while Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee both chipped in 12 points apiece for the Bruins.

The Huskies leaned on Bryan-Amaning inside to stem the tide, as well as their co-captain Thomas to take care of the ball and make free throws. They combined for eight of UW's final 11 points, the other three coming from a dagger trey from Darnell Gant with 3:20 left in regulation. Thomas also had an excellent day as UW's provider, dishing out nine assists and only turning the ball over twice.

Gant's bomb extended UW's cushion to nine, and the Bruins were never able to come any closer than seven after a dunk by former Kent native Josh Smith just seconds before the 6-foot-10 freshman center fouled out of the game.

Washington used a zone defense - the same zone they brought out of mothballs to help them defeat USC in overtime Saturday - late to take advantage of a cold-shooting UCLA squad. The Bruins were only 2-11 from deep, and 35 percent overall on the day.

Unlike their starting effort against the Trojans, Washington came out of the blocks with energy and a scoring touch, matching UCLA stride for stride. Terrence Ross earned a reputation for instant offense with his 18 points at the Galen Center, and he scored five points during his first two trips for the Huskies, giving UW an 18-11 lead at the 12:34 mark of the first half.

The Bruins used their might inside to briefly push ahead of UW, 24-23 with 6:18 left in the half, but the Huskies then went to out-score UCLA 15-7 to take a seven-point lead at intermission, led by Thomas, who was able to drive the lane repeatedly and either lay the ball in, or find open shooters camped outside.
Points: Bryan-Amaning 21, Thomas 17, Holiday 9, Ross 7, N'Diaye 6, Gant 6, Overton 4, Gaddy 2, Wilcox 2
Rebounds: Bryan-Amaning 10, Holiday 8, N'Diaye 6, Thomas 3, Gaddy 2, Gant 2, Suggs 1, Ross 1, TEAM 1
Assists: Thomas 9, Holiday 3, Gaddy 2, Bryan-Amaning 1, Overton 1, Suggs 1
Blocks: Holiday 1
Steals: Thomas 2, Holiday 1, Gaddy 1 Top Stories