Curtis Allen had 12 and both Doug Wrenn and Erroll Knight pitched in 10 to round out the double-digit scorers. Wrenn scored all of his points in the first half.
The Bulldogs shot themselves back into the game by shooting 7-14 from behind
the three-point arc in the second half. The Huskies had no answer.
"They are a real good team," said Dixon. "They hit the three point shot
when they really needed it. They're a real experienced team, and experience
will probably beat youth any day."
Dixon's performance was quite impressive, considering how far he's come
since his first days as a Husky two years ago.
"I'm really happy the way he's playing for the team," said Head Coach Bob
Bender said of his starting center. "There is a kid that really made a huge
change because of a commitment for wanting to go out positively in his
The Huskies turned the ball over 22 times in the ball game, and that proved
to be too much to overcome. It even overshadowed the Washington's wide
rebounding edge of 36-23 and cancelled out a great night at the free throw
line, where the Huskies shot nearly 80 percent by hitting 18-23 attempts.
Dixon felt that the team learned from tonight's game.
"We are a young team and we probably had to go through something like this
to help us down the road," he said. "Now we know what to do at the end of
the game. If this situation was to come up again on Saturday against Santa
Clara, we should be solid."
Bender's team came out on fire in the first half, using a 14-0 run to race
out to a comfortable early lead. Allen and Wrenn led the team with 10
points apiece heading into halftime. Knight had 7 and Will Conroy 5.
Several Huskies received awards after the game. Making the All-Tournament
team were Dixon, Allen, and Knight. Wrenn was named the Most Valuable
Player of the Top of the World Classic.
"I'm really proud of this group," said Bender. "This was a real important
test for us to come up here. Having gone through a game like this there
will be no doubt as to where our weaknesses are and where our strengths are.
There are things that we have to improve but there were positives. We got
better every time when we stepped on the floor up here."
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