Huskies Vandalize Idaho

Idaho Head Coach Leonard Perry had four games' worth of film to break down Washington's weaknesses. Despite all the footage available, the Vandals couldn't handle the real thing, losing to the Huskies 90-67 Tuesday night at Bank of America Arena. The win by Washington now gives the Huskies 27 straight home wins, the longest active streak currently in the country.

Perry knew that it took the Huskies some time to get used to playing against a tough zone. He also knew that he had quick guards that could make it a tough matchup all game long against Washington's bigger guards. But after Washington scored the first 11 points uncontested, he might as well have raised the white flag there and then.

"We didn't play very well," Perry said afterward. "I thought we played a very good team, a top-15 team in our eyes. But we didn't play very well, we really didn't. Our hats are off to Washington, I thought they played great. We had a lot to do with that as well."

Jamaal Williams paced five Washington players in double-figures with 16 points, 14 of those coming in the first half. Brandon Roy added a quiet 14, while Bobby Jones put in his workmanlike 12 and Jon Brockman and Ryan Appleby added 11 points each, all of Brockman's coming in the second half. Jones and Brockman also added nine and eight rebounds, respectively.

Igor Vrzina and Tanoris Shepard eached scored 14 points for Idaho (0-2). The Huskies improved their season record to 5-0, their best start to a season since the 1990-91 squad opened with seven straight wins.

The Vandals began the game in a strong match-up 2-3 zone, but Washington's interior passing allowed them to get looks inside and out of the paint, resulting in good offensive looks.

On the other end of the floor, Idaho set tough screens and played physical, but Washington did their best to play the passing lanes, front the post, deny entry to the Vandal big men and also played good helpside defense along the baseline.

Despite their red-hot start, the Huskies didn't just settle in. They kept playing the full court and feeding Williams. At the 14:33 point, Jones came in to swat away a sure Vandal layin, creating the first real buzz to reverberate through Hec Ed. It was one of ten blocks the Huskies would have along the way. They shot a red-hot 54 percent in the first half, and also hit three of four shots from behind the arc, building a 22-point cushion at 49-27.

"Our guys did a nice job and they played defense with a lot of intensity," said Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar after the victory. "We really got after the ball on the glass when the ball came inside. I thought in the first half especially we played with a lot of good rhythm. For about three-quarters of the game I feel like we did the right things that we need to do to win games and we are pleased with our effort."

In the second half, it wasn't any better for Perry's posse. At the 14-minute mark, Jones takes a loose ball and weaves in and out of the Vandals like a running back, eventually putting down an emphatic jam.

"Bobby Jones put on a clinic in the second half in terms of good play and hustle," said Romar.

By then, the crowd was well into it and the Dawgpack made things especially tough for Perry. He did not help his cause, coming out to midcout to dispute a push on Brent Ledbetter on another Jones shot, one that he made. The referees had no choice but to tune Perry up with a technical, which set him off even more. Appleby's two technical shots and Jones follow-up foul shot made it a rare five-point play, extending UW's lead to 34.

The Vandals had no was more or less garbage time, highlighted by a monster one-hand jam over a Vandal, courtesy of Washington guard Joel Smith. It was his only bucket of the night, but it turned out to be a good one.

Overall, the Huskies forced 23 UI turnovers, scoring 22 points off of them. They also outrebounded the Vandals 36-30.
Not impressed: The Vandals now have played the top two colleges in the state of Washington. Their first game was a 69-60 loss to Gonzaga. How would Perry measure the two schools, especially their relative atmospheres for basketball? "It is a different atmosphere, a completely different atmosphere," he said. "What Gonzaga has got going for them is like Duke; this (Washington) is not Duke."

Scoring at will: The Huskies have amassed 479 points (95.8 ppg) this season, the school's highest total for the opening five games of a season. The previous best was 455 points posted by the 1969-70 team.
Points: Williams 16, Roy 14, Jones 12, Brockman 11, Appleby 11, Dentmon 8, Gasser 8, Wallace 6, Smith 2, Burmeister 2

Rebounds: Jones 9, Brockman 8, Dentmon 5, Roy 3, Gasser 3, Appleby 2, Wallace 2, Smith 1, Burmeister 1, Potter 1, TEAM 1

Assists: Roy 5, Dentmon 4, Jones 2, Brockman 2, Appleby 2, Wallace 2, Gasser 2, Smith 1, Burmeister 1

Steals: Jones 2, Roy 2, Dentmon 2, Williams 1, Brockman 1, Appleby 1, Wallace 1

Blocks: Wallace 3, Jones 2, Brockman 1, Burmeister 1 Top Stories