Seniors take care of Ducks

It was billed as a potential bad-blood game between Ernie Kent and the Dawg Pack, but the 'Three Amigos' stole the show. Led by Jamaal Williams' 20 points and Brandon Roy's steadying influence on both ends of the court, Washington steamrolled Oregon 78-59 in front of a sell-out house in Seattle.

With the win, the Huskies grabbed a share of the Pac-10 lead at 5-2 with UCLA. "Five of our next seven are on the road, so that's another reason why this game was so clutch," Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar said after the game. "We held serve. Turnovers were minimized, we held them to under 40 percent, we outrebounded them by 16, we shot 50 percent...that was about as solid a game as we've played in a while."

The 'Dawg Pack', Washington's student section, had sombreros in hand and chants of 'Ole', in response to Kent's alledged affair he had with the producer of his TV show. But instead, with the urging of UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar to keep Kent's personal issues out of the spotlight, the Washington basketball team decided to make hoops the main issue Saturday night, jumping out to a 12-point lead at halftime and never looking back.

While Williams led Washington (16-2, 5-2) in points, it was the play of Roy, who added 19 points, six assists and four rebounds, who catalyzed the Huskies' efforts. Senior Bobby Jones added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Freshman Jon Brockman's 10 boards paced a 42-26 rebounding differential in the Huskies' favor.

Oregon (10-9, 4-3) was led by Malik Hairston's 17 points and six rebounds. Brandon Lincoln added 12 points for the Ducks.

"We were clicking," Roy said of the three seniors, and their collective effort. "Jamaal hit some big shots and Bobby answered some. He capped off some big runs. I tried to be aggressive when they made some runs. It's important that we step up as seniors and lead this team. Tonight is probably the best job that we've done of that all season."

"Our seniors really stepped up tonight," added Romar. "They led the way. They were focused from the beginning and did a nice job."

"Those three seniors play really good basketball," added Kent.

It was a fifteen-minute stretch spanning both halves where the Huskies really made their move. Roy made a three-pointer with 5:44 left in the first half to make it a 26-22 game. From that point on, Washington outscored Oregon 13-5 to take a 39-27 lead at break.

They extended that lead, mostly due to Williams' determination to shoot and key three-bombs by Jones, Ryan Appleby and Brandon Burmeister that gave the home team a 60-39 advantage.

"He had a good game against them here last year and he got his first couple of shots to drop," Romar said of Williams. The senior from Corona, Calif., was much more like himself, as opposed to the 0-8 he went in the first half against Oregon State on Thursday. Saturday night, he went 10-14 from the field.

The Ducks did make their run, fueled by three-pointers from Chamberlain Oguchi and Bryce Taylor and a trapping press, to trim Washington's lead to 11, but they could never crack single-digits.

"We were right there," Kent said. "We had a chance to cut it to nine, but they did a nice job of closing out the game and extending the lead."

"Tonight, finally our offense clicked with our defense and it was an all-around better game," said Roy.
Points: Williams 20, Roy 19, Jones 15, Jensen 8, Brockman 6, Dentmon 4, Burmeister 3, Appleby 3
Rebounds: Brockman 10, Dentmon 7, Williams 6, Jones 5, Roy 4, Jensen 4, TEAM 4, Potter 1, Gasser 1
Assists: Roy 6, Dentmon 6, Jones 1, Williams 1, Brockman 1, Smith 1, Gasser 1
Steals: Brockman 2, Jones 1, Roy 1, Dentmon 1, Appleby 1
Blocks: Williams 1, Roy 1 Top Stories