Huskies surge by Westmont in exhibition play

Not that anyone's been counting, but it's been 235 days since the Washington Huskies were ousted from the 2003-2004 NCAA Tournament. So to the delight of Husky hoops fans, the 2004-2005 campaign got underway at Bank of America Arena with a 92-52 win over NAIA foe Westmont College in front of an estimated crowd of 3,300 in Seattle Tuesday night.

Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said that it was assistant coach Ken Bone's idea to bring in Westmont because the Warriors style of play closely matched the style the Huskies will see in some of their non-conference games.

"It was a group that came ready to play," said Romar. "They are well coached but I thought it was a great example for our guys in terms of an exhibition situation, where we get a glimpse of what will happen in the future."

The Warriors made the best of this game, a game that actually counts toward their season. WC actually matched the Huskies in terms of scoring and even took a 4-point lead near the middle of the first half.

They came out firing, nailing nearly 60 percent of their shots.

Romar said that he felt the team was too anxious coming into the game and might have been affected in the early going.

"I have never seen a team this anxious for an exhibition game," he said. "It was a strange deal."

Washington roared out of halftime with a 25-3 run to put Westmont away. Brandon Roy and Nate Robinson led the Huskies offensive attack with 22 and 15 points respectively. Roy was brilliant from the floor, shooting 10-of-12.

Joel Smith had a solid debut with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including two three-pointers. Jamaal Williams also showed ferocious intensity down low and grabbed 5 rebounds and scored 4 points in 14 minutes of play.

Brandon Burmeister also had a solid day off the bench with 7 points, 3 assists, and 4 rebounds in 12 minutes of action. As a team, the Huskies also passed the ball very well, accounting for 28 assists to just 11 turnovers.

Season Tickets sold out: The University announced that all of the 7,200 allocated season ticket packages have been sold out. Also, all of the Pac-10 regular season games at Bank of America Arena have been sold out with the exception of the California game on December 31st. Non-conference games against Eastern Washington and North Carolina State are also sold out.

Quote of the Day:
Brandon Roy told reporters that he moved in with Will Conroy over the summer so the two former high school teammates could spend extra time playing basketball.

"We played basketball everyday," said Roy. "The only time he played basketball without me, he got in trouble."

Conroy, along with Bobby Jones, Tre Simmons, and Jamaal Williams were suspended for one game for playing in a unsanctioned pickup basketball game last May.

Husky Scoring:
Points: Brandon Roy 22, Nate Robinson 15, Mike Jensen 11, Joel Smith 10, Tre Simmons 8, Hakeem Rollins 8, Brandon Burmeister 7, Bobby Jones 7, Jamaal Williams 4
Rebounds: Roy 6, Robinson 6, Williams 5, Burmeister 4, Jensen 3, Smith 3, Simmons 2, Rollins 2, Will Conroy 2
Assists: Conroy 7, Robinson 6, Roy 3, Simmons 3, Burmeister 3, Jensen 2, Smith 2, Rollins 1, Zane Potter 1 Top Stories