Huskies bust down the Beavers' dam

It was cold and windy Seattle winter evening outside the arena doors, but the hot-shooting Washington Huskies scorched the cold-shooting and heavy-hearted Oregon State Beavers 108-68 at Bank of America Arena. Powered by multiple double-digit runs, the Huskies (15-2 overall, 5-1 Pac-10) jumped out on top early and didn't give the Beavers any chance of a comeback.

Oregon State (10-6, 2-3) played the second half without head coach Jay John on the bench. John was rushed to UW Medical Center at halftime after complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath. According to a statement released by the university, John was "stable and alert" when he left and may be held overnight at the hospital for precautionary reasons.

The game was closely contested in the opening minutes of the game. In the first 12 minutes of the game, there were eight lead changes and six ties. It looked as if the game would come down to the wire until Nate Robinson made a one-handed acrobatic tip-in off of a Will Conroy missed jumper at the 8:40 mark in the first half. And then the flood gates opened.

"It's good when you can address your team and not have a whole lot of complaints and I think that's how we were tonight," said Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar. "Once we got going, we just played with a lot of energy and intensity. Overall it was a very good performance by our team."

Washington didn't just open the flood gates. They power-rammed down the Beavers' dam of defense and overflowed Bank of America Arena with a barrage of offense from all points of the floor.

Paced by a 22-0 run, the Huskies steadily increased their lead with each passing minute. Junior forward Jamaal Williams was a force inside the paint scoring 16 points in the first half. Williams finished with a career-high 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting in just 17 minutes.

"The ball started falling early and it happens," said Williams. "I get in one of those rhythms and I pick and choose which way I want to turn and it's easy like that."

"(Williams) got going and guys found him on transition," said Romar. "We were excited about his effort. He gave a fantastic effort on the boards and he really hustled tonight. In terms of his intensity, that's been his best effort this year."

The Huskies closed out the first half on a 35-6 run and held the Beavers to just three field goals made in the final 10:54. With Williams patrolling the inside, the hot-shooting Tre Simmons secured the perimeter. The senior sharpshooter lit up the OSU perimeter defense with 26 points on 6-of-7 shooting from outside including a circus shot from way outside at the buzzer of the first half.

Washington also got a boost with a hot game from Nate Robinson. Robinson filled up the box scores and almost notched a triple-double with his 15 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.

"Coach told me about it (the triple-double)," said Robinson. "It's weird when you're trying to get it because it won't happen. I just needed two of each. If it comes it comes, if it don't, it don't."

The hot-shooting Huskies connected on a remarkable 57.1 percent from the floor while holding the Beavers to 42.1 percent. They were also able to contain David Lucas, who was held to just eight points while battling foul trouble all night.

Washington will get next Thursday off and welcome Washington State to Seattle next Saturday. It will be a clash of the top offense in the conference against the top defense.


Romar on John: "The Huskies coach mentioned that he was aware of John's situation at halftime but did not tell the team and waited until after the game."

"It makes it a little difficult to coach at that point," he said. "I understand that he is OK and that is great news to hear."

No Roy again: Brandon Roy was held out for the second straight game to give his surgically-repaired knee some more rest. With the next game not until a week away, Roy would have 15 days in between games played to rest his knee. Romar said that he expects Roy to be ready to go by the next game.

Washington Scoring:
Points: Simmons 26, Williams 24, Robinson 15, Jones 15, Conroy 9, Gasser 5, Rollins 4, Johnson 3, Smith 3, Jensen 2, Potter 2 Rebounds: Robinson 8, Jones 7, Simmons 7, Williams 6, Rollins 5, Jensen 4, Smith 3, Burmeister 2, Fletcher 1, Potter 1, Conroy 1
Assists: Robinson 8, Conroy 6, Simmons 4, Jones 2, Jensen 2, Smith 2, Fletcher 1, Williams 1
Steals: Williams 2, Several players tied at 1
Blocks: Jensen 2, Rollins 1 Top Stories