Huskies soar past Eagles 91-74

It wasn't the ending Lorenzo Romar hoped for, but there won't be any points tacked off for a poor landing. Washington, led by a career-high effort from Jamaal Williams, took off against the Eastern Washington Eagles Friday night and didn't come down until they had defeated EWU 91-74.

An 18-8 run during the first 5:10 of the second half put the Huskies up 29 points, and they coasted all the way home,including being outscored 11-2 in the final three minutes of the ballgame.

"Not to put a damper on the effort, but we have to do a better job of finishing out there," Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said after the game.

But by then the Huskies had given effort galore - especially at the beginning of both halves - and were rewarded with an easy victory.

"I thought they came out and brought the energy and took the fight to us," said EWU Head Coach Mike Burns after the game. "That's Washington's MO at home."

"I think right now guys are settling into their roles," Romar said. "I think we now understand that we need to get the ball down low to Jamaal and give him room."

Williams' 26 points was a personal-best, overtaking the 24 points he had scored against Simon Fraser in Washington's only exhibition game of the season. Brandon Roy was his steady self, adding 25 more for the Huskies (9-0) - off to the best start of any hoops team since the 1975-76 team. Jon Brockman, coming off arguably the worst performance of his young career in purple and gold, came back with a vengence, scoring 16 points and adding 10 rebounds.

The Huskies were also able to keep the game at arms' length despite not having one of their strongest players around. Bobby Jones played six minutes of the first half and did not play the rest of the game.

"He just tweeked it," Romar said. "He has two days off and we don't play again until next week, so he should have plenty of rest. He should be even healthier the next time that we play."

Eastern Washington was paced by the 17 points of freshman Rodney Stuckey, who enjoyed a bit of a homecoming Friday night. Stuckey played his prep ball for Kentwood High School. Henry Bekkering added 15 and Deuce Smith poured in 14 more for the Eagles (4-4).

With the win, Washington continues to add on to it's home-winning streak. Now at 30 games, it is the longest such streak in the nation, followed by Gonzaga at 27 and Illinois at 26.

As is typical with most of Washington's wins this season, they used a hot start - fueled by Williams and Roy scoring 16 of their first 18 points - to gain an edge they would never relinquish. UW built up a lead as big as 20 in the half before the Eagles could start to pull the Huskies back in.
Notes:
Wins, baby: Washington's win was their 799th at Hec Ed. That is the highest total of any team in the nation in its current arena.

Statistics:
Points: Williams 26, Roy 25, Brockman 16, Appleby 8, Smith 7, Dentmon 5, Wallace 2, Gasser 2
Rebounds: Brockman 10, Roy 7, Williams 6, Dentmon 4, Gasser 4, Burmeister 3, Smith 2, Potter 1, Wallace 1, TEAM 1
Assists: Dentmon 6, Appleby 4, Smith 3, Burmeister 3, Roy 2, Williams 1, Brockman 1, Gasser 1
Steals: Brockman 3, Dentmon 3, Williams 2, Roy 1, Smith 1
Blocks: Roy 2, Smith 2, Jones 1, Williams 1, Burmeister 1

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