Huskies coast past Red Hawks

Key Arena, Seattle, WA – Matthew Bryan-Amaning had a dominating game, pouring in 24 points and grabbing 13 rebounds and he led the visiting Washington Huskies to a 95 – 74 victory tonight at Key Arena in from of 11,000 people in Seattle.

Six Huskies scored in double figures as the Huskies shot over 50% from the field for the game. Isaiah Thomas had 20 despite another rough night from the foul stripe. Aziz N'Diaye added 15 points and 10 boards, Terrence Ross had 13, and Darnell Gant and Justin Holiday added 10 apiece.

Cervante Burrell led the Red Hawks with 26 points and Sterling Carter added 20 and Aaron Broussard chipped in 14 more.

Washington got off to a fast start as N'Diaye opened the scoring with a follow-dunk put back. MBA then scored on a long outlet feed, putting the Huskies on top early 4-0. Cameron Dollar called time out in the first 56 seconds.

It was a good time out as the Red Hawks answered with four straight points to tie the game. From there Washington began to exploit their size advantage, and on the strength of Matthew Bryan-Amaning, the Huskies went on a 7-0 run to give the Huskies some breathing room.

Seattle U kept within striking distance as the Huskies kept attempting to open up a wider lead. The Red Hawks were out rebounded but not out-hustled. When Gilmore hit a put-back on an offensive rebound Seattle U was within seven at 21-14. Alex Jones hit a driving lay-in to cut the deficit to five. Justin Holiday finally ended the 10-2 Seattle run with a jumper from the free-throw line.

Both teams exchanged 5-0 runs, and when Isaiah Thomas shot an air ball on the front end of a one-and-one, Seattle University had a chance to knock the lead down to two. However Washington answered with a big time shot block, a fast-break lob dunk by Holiday from Overton, and then two MBA free throws pushed the lead back to 9. Two Darnell Gant free throws pushed it out to double digits.

Sterling Carter hit another bomb to cut the lead to 35-29. Aziz N'Diaye rebounded a missed MBA free throw and layed it in for the final points of the half.

Washington moved out to a 16-point lead early on in the second half on some stingy defense and some run out fast break dunks. It grew when Thomas nailed a long deuce and Terrence Ross followed it with a long trey and the Dawgs went up 20 and the game was never in doubt from that point.

The Huskies outrebounded the smaller Red Hawks 47 – 23. The Huskies next match up is an important rematch with the Cougars of Washington State. Washington will look to avenge a poor showing in Pullman.
Scoring: Bryan-Amaning 24, Thomas 20, Aziz 15, Ross 13, Gant 10, Holiday 10, Wilcox 3.

Rebounds: Bryan-Amaning 13, N'Diaye 10, Wilcox 6, Holiday 5, Thomas 4, Gant 4, Ross 3, Overton 2.

Assists: Thomas 4, Overton 3, Holiday 3, Ross 2, Gant 2, Wilcox 1, N'Diaye 1.

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