Huskies keep on dancin'

Washington used a tough man-to-man defense to race out to a double digit lead that stood up to a late Stanford run as the Huskies downed the previously undefeated and #1 ranked Stanford 75-62 this afternoon in front of 10,086 purple-crazed fans. The attendance was a new Bank of Arena record.

The first half was highlighted by a 17-6 Husky run that put the Huskies on top. They would never surrender the lead.

Washington looked as if they would put the game away after just 18 minutes, but three straight empty possessions allowed the Cardinal to hang tough. A Will Conroy three from the top of the key put the Dawgs on top by 10 with 2:15 left in the half, but the Huskies were unable to add to that despite two Cardinal turnovers. A Chris Hernandez drive past Robinson for a lay-in at the buzzer kept the Husky lead down to 10, 35-25.

The Husky man-to-man defense was stifling, forcing 13 Stanford turnovers in the first 20 minutes. Josh Childress had a terrible half, shooting two air balls and picking up three fouls. If it weren't for Rob Little and Hernandez, Stanford would've been buried.

A 9-0 Stanford run to begin the second half put the visitors from Palo Alto right back into the contest. The Huskies failed to score for the first five minutes of the half, finding the Cardinal defense cranked up a notch or two from the first half.

A Nate Robinson layin at the 13:52 mark finally put the Dawgs back on the board, but the Huskies continued to turn the ball over and Josh Childress finally came alive for the Cardinal.

Tre Simmons came to the rescue. He finished the game with a team-high 16 points, and chose a huge time to get hot. At the 9:00 mark, back to back three-balls by Simmons put the dawgs back on top 45-38 and gave the Huskies some breathing room. Hernandez kept the Cardinal close, answering Simmons with a driving layin and a long trey to make it 48-43 Huskies at the 7:30 mark.

At the 4:05 mark, Bobby Jones tipped in his own miss to give the Dawgs a 9 point lead, 57-48. Stanford wouldn't die as Childress grabbed on offensive rebound and nailed a trey, but it was answered by a Jensen three. Childress then put down another long trey. Bobby Jones answered it with a free throw and the Husky lead was seven with 2:00 to go.

Childress' next bomb was long off the back iron and Nate Robinson pulled down the rebound amongst the trees. He missed the front end of a one and one, however, leaving the door slightly ajar. However with 1:21 left Matt Lottich turned the ball over on the Cardinal's next possession and the Cardinal was effectively done.

Washington made 14 of 16 free throws down the stretch to ensure there would be no Couging it.

Lottich, the man who hit the unreal game-winner against WSU on Thursday, had perhaps the worst game of his career. He threw a shut-out from beyond the three-point arc, as he went 0-6 from three point range and was a non-factor for the entire game. He finished with two points on 1 of 11 shooting.

Besides Simmons, Washington also got double-figures scoring from Robinson (13), Mike Jensen (13), Will Conroy (12), and Brandon Roy (11) in a trademark Husky balanced attack. For Stanford, Hernandez carried the load with 22 points. Childress added 15, most of them late, and Rob Little added 10, most of them early on.

With the school's second victory over a #1 team in history, Washington finishes second in the Pac-10 and will most likely need a win in the first round to qualify for the NCAA tournament. They complete the season with a 17-10 record, 12-6 in the conference. They'll play Thursday evening at 6:15 PM against the #7 seed in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Interestingly enough, the last time the Huskies knocked off a top-ranked team, Lorenzo Romar was also involved. Against UCLA, point guard Lorenzo scored 10 points and had 6 assists.
Lorenzo Romar post game quotes and Husky player quotes will be posted later this evening on this site.'s Henry Han is in the Husky media room. Top Stories