Huskies use balanced effort to upend Eagles

Led by Brandon Roy's 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and two blocks, the Washington Huskies put an indifferent first half behind them and out-scored American University 58-41 in the second half to defeat the Eagles 99-82 in front of 9021 at Bank of America Arena Saturday night. It wasn't pretty defensively, but the win extends Washington's home winning streak to 26 games.

Roy's offensive output was not front-loaded. He scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, often coming up big when the Eagles were hoping to nail back a deficit. Washington (4-0) used a balanced offensive attack, with four of their starters scoring in double-digits. Ryan Appleby came off the bench to nail down some key three-pointers en route to a 14-point night, a career-high for the sophomore from Stanwood.

Artem Wallace, who did not see action in Washington's last game, came in and played 16 minutes and had seven rebounds. "He was rebounding the ball and he was working his tail off out there on the defensive end," said Romar of the true frosh from Toledo, Wash.

"We are fortunate to not have to experience a loss, because we weren't very good tonight defensively," said UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar after the game. "We didn't keep people in front of us and we didn't rotate. We just played poorly tonight on the defensive end."

American, who had a solid first half scoring from long range, went 1-7 in the second half from behind the three-point line. Eagle forward Andre Ingram led all scorers with 24 points, and American also got help offensively from Arvydas Eitutavicius (16 points) and Mercer Island's Brayden Billbe (11 points). Issaquah frosh Garrison Carr went scoreless on five attempts from the field.

Ingram started the second half off with a three-pointer to give the Eagles their last lead of the game. Between Roy and Joel Smith, those two were responsible for 16 of the first 20 UW points in the second half. Those points helped to extend a lead for Washington at 61-48 with 14:54 left in the game. It's a lead that would shrink only once into single-digits for the rest of the ball game.

Perhaps it's because they may have been watching the Washington football team playing the Apple Cup next door in Husky Stadium beforehand, but the Husky hoop dawgs suffered from the same lethargy that plagued them in the first half of the Black Coaches Association championship game against Air Force. The Eagles were able to pressure the Huskies, but most of the ten first half errors were do more to sloppy passing and lack of focus.

"All of the guys realized that we didn't do a whole lot of good things in the first half," said Romar. "We had a much better second half, but we can't continue that pattern. Whatever it was it dropped off considerably at the half."

He stopped short of saying that his team is a second-half team. "It's way too early to be telling that," he said. "The first game or two, we didn't shoot free throws well and people were wondering if we were going to be a poor free-throw shooting team. We'll see what happens."

The Huskies were 15-20 from the line Saturday night.

With roughly ten minutes to go in the half, Romar re-inserted his starting five - Roy, Jones, Williams, Brockman and Dentmon, and they were able to generate a little bit of a spark. The Huskies were able to jump out to a five-point lead with a little over seven minutes left in the half, but the Eagles were able to put down some long-range threes and some foul shots to earn their biggest lead of the half, 40-36, with 3:21 left.

Tied with the 'Dogs: The current 26-game home win streak is now the longest in Washington history and is currently tied with Gonzaga's 26-game home win streak.

Scoring in bunches: The Huskies have scored a total of 389 points in their first four games of the season - that is the highest four-game total in Washington history.

Points: Roy 17, Brockman 16, Williams 14, Appleby 14, Jones 11, Dentmon 8, Gasser 6, Burmeister 5, Smith 4, Potter 3, Wallace 1
Rebounds: Williams 7, Wallace 7, Brockman 6, Smith 6, Roy 5, Jones 4, Dentmon 3, TEAM 2, Burmeister 1, Potter 1, Gasser 1
Assists: Roy 5, Smith 5, Williams 2, Dentmon 2, Wallace 2, Brockman 1, Burmeister 1, Appleby 1, Gasser 1
Steals: Brockman 2, Dentmon 2, Smith 2, Williams 1
Blocks: Jones 2, Roy 2, Dentmon 1, Burmeister 1, Wallace 1 Top Stories