UW Advances Past Utah, 78-71

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Nate Robinson scored 19 of his 29 points in the first half, and No. 22 Washington held off Utah for a 78-71 victory Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Great Alaska Shootout. Robinson and Brandon Roy combined for 54 points in the win for the Huskies (2-0).

After the Utes tied the game at 66-all with 2:37 left, the Huskies scored nine straight points to ice the game. Robinson, held to two points for nearly 15 minutes of the second half, hit three big baskets down the stretch to thwart Utah's rally.

Andrew Bogut, Utah's 7-foot center and a member of Australia's Olympic team, scored 23 points, including 19 in the second half to help Utah erase an 11-point deficit. He also led the Utes with 12 rebounds. He was the big thorn in Washington's side all game with his all-around play.

The Huskies used a stifling full-court press to force three turnovers and two five-second violations in the first five minutes of the game and bolted to a 16-3 lead.

"You just can't unless you face it," Utah first-year Head Coach Ray Giacoletti, a former Washington assistant, said about the Huskies' quick, pressuring defense.

"Our only hope tonight was to try to pressure them as much as we could and not allow them to move the ball around the horn at will," added UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar. "That's a good basketball team."

Utah (1-1) attempted just six shots in the first eight minutes but used a 10-0 run to close within two at 21-19 midway through the half.

After a timeout, Washington answered. Brandon Roy hit a reverse layup and Robinson hit two 3-pointers to push the lead back to double digits. Robinson was 5-for-6 from beyond the arc in the first half.

A layup by Bogut with 2:50 remaining tied the score 66-all. But Robinson hit a layup, led a fast break and blocked a shot to close out the Utes.

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