Huskies down Sooners, 96-91

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Nate Robinson scored 19 points and had eight assists, leading No. 22 Washington past Oklahoma 96-91 Friday night in the semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout. Robinson spearheaded a strong, balanced offensive attack in which five Huskies scored in double digits.

Reserve Jamaal Williams had 18 points, Bobby Jones had 13 points, Tre Simmons had 13 points and Will Conroy 11 for the Huskies (3-0), who will play No. 19 Alabama in the GAS championship Saturday. The Crimson Tide beat Minnesota 78-72 earlier in the day on the strength of Earnest Shelton's 29 points.

Kevin Bookout had 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field for Oklahoma (2-1). Terrell Everett added 19 points and Taj Gray scored 17 and pulled down six rebounds.

Washington broke open a close game when Bookout went to the bench early in the second half and used a balanced scoring attack to stave off an Oklahoma comeback. They did this despite the services of Brandon Roy, who hurt his knee in the first half. Roy, a junior from Seattle, had 25 in the Huskies' first-round win over Utah.

Bookout picked up his fourth foul with just under four minutes gone in the second half and Hakeem Rollins converted both free throws to start a 18-6 run and give Washington a 70-59 lead with 11:11 remaining. He had 12 in the first half to keep the Sooners in the first half, trailing 47-43 in the opening twenty minutes of play.

They also surprised the Sooners on the boards, 34-24, led by six each by Jones, Simmons and Williams. Jones was the lone player for either team to foul out for the game.

A 3-pointer by Everett closed the gap to 86-80 with 4:14 remaining in the game, but Williams followed with a dunk and the Huskies made six straight free throws in the last three minutes to hold off the Sooners. Washington converted 22-of-24 free throws for the game.

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