Huskies light up Stanford

The lights may have gone out at Alaska Airlines Arena for a spell, but it was Isaiah Thomas who turned out the lights on the visiting Stanford Cardinal. Thomas scored 14 points in a two-minute span to lead the Huskies to an 87-76 win tonight in front of a very full Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Thomas led all Huskies with 22 points. Three other Huskies reached double figures in scoring. Venoy Overton had 14, Matthew Bryan-Amaning had 13, and CJ Wilcox had 10.

Jeremy Green had 24 to lead the Cardinal. Anthony Brown added 15 and Josh Owens had 12.

The first five minutes went back and forth, as neither team could really get untracked offensively. Scott Suggs and Jeremy Green carried the action on both sides early.

The lights temporarily went out during the first time out at the 17:05 mark. Play resumed at a temporarily dim-lit environment. It didn't bother Matthew Bryan-Amaning as he hit a soft floater in the lane to give the Huskies their first lead at 8-6. A Justin Holiday trey followed that and got the Dawg Pack woofing.

Venoy Overton and Justin Holiday hit back to back three-point bombs to push the Husky margin to six at 19-13.

Out of the time out, CJ Wilcox had a big time rejection of a driving Green shot attempt. It was the most athletic Wilcox has looked since his hip infection.

When Venoy Overton was fouled on a driving lay-up attempt, he nailed both free throws and the Huskies were up 22-13. A driving baseline drive by Terrence Ross brought the crowd to its feet when he danced through the trees, around a Bryan-Amaning pick, and to the paint where he thundered down a one-hand jam to push the lead to 11.

Coach Johnny Dawkins called time out to stem the tide. It worked, as a three by John Gage got the Cardinal to within six and they tightened up their zone defense and forced the Huskies to launch deep shots late in the shot clock. When Jeremy Green hit a three off of an offensive rebound scramble, the Cardinal were with in five at 27-22.

The game turned for the Huskies in a big way with two minutes to go in the half. Isaiah Thomas got into the scoring column for the first time, burying back to back treys, and when Overton hit a driving layin and was fouled, Coach Dawkins had seen enough and was promptly given a technical foul. Thomas made both technical foul shots and Overton made the foul shot on the original play. The result was a 15-point Huskies lead that was never really threatened again.

Thomas would conclude his two-minute barrage to end the half with two more long three-point bombs and the Huskies finished the half with a commanding 48-31 lead.

Stanford made a 9-4 run to begin the second half, prompting Romar to call time out. The time out worked, as Aziz N'Diaye chipped in two short baskets off of some nifty passing by the Husky guards and the Huskies pulled back away by 16.

One last Cardinal comeback looked in the making when N'Diaye was whistled for a cheap technical for hanging on the rim after a monster jam off of a nifty pass from Wilcox.

Stanford made both technical foul shots to make it 70-55 but then Stanford drew a flagrant elbowing foul on the next offensive possession. Wilcox made both free throws and Thomas made two free throws after being fouled on a drive, and then IT followed that with another driving lay in to put the game out of reach.

Washington made 10 of 29 from beyond the arc and shot just under 50% for the game from the field. Stanford was not much better, hitting on 48% from the field and just 8 of 21 from three-point range.

Next up for Washington is a trip to the desert to play the Arizona schools starting Thursday in Tempe.

Husky Points - Overton 14, Thomas 22, N'Diaye 9, Hosley 2, Bryan-Amaning 13, Suggs 7, Holiday 6, Wilcox 10, Ross 4.

Rebounds - Overton 1, Thomas 2, N'Diaye 6, Bryan-Amaning 6, Holiday 2, Ross 6, Gant 5, Wilcox 2, Deadball 4.

Assists - Overton 4, Thomas 1, N'Diaye 1, Bryan-Amaning 1, Suggs 2, Holiday 1, Ross 3, Gant 2, Wilcox 1.

Blocks: - N'Diaye 3, Holiday 1, Overton 1, Wilcox 1.

Steals - Bryan-Amaning 1, N'Diaye 1, Overton 1, Wilcox 2, Gant 1.

Turnovers - Bryan-Amaning 6, N'Diaye 2, Thomas 5, Suggs 1, Wilcox 1.

Note: During a time out with 6:51 to go in the half, Jake Locker was introduced and the entire crowd gave him a minute-long deafening ovation. Locker was noticeably moved.
Video courtesy of Kyle McCormick and the UW Athletic Department


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