UW vs. Idaho Preview

Washington (5-0) opened the season with a seven-game homestand, the perfect schedule for a team that's been nearly flawless on its own court. The Huskies have won 44 of their last 46 games at Bank of America Arena, including a 17-2 mark last season and a perfect 15-0 record in 2004-05.

They've won the first five this season and host Southern Utah on Monday before traveling to No. 22 Gonzaga on Dec. 9 for their first road game of the year.

Washington hasn't lost a nonconference home game since an 86-62 defeat Dec. 3, 2003, to Gonzaga, and it has won 19 consecutive nonconference games overall.

The Huskies, though, haven't made it easy on themselves. They trailed by 13 against Sacramento State before winning 83-74 on Nov. 19, then trailed by 12 in the first half Friday against Eastern Washington before rallying for a 90-83 victory. Justin Dentmon had 19 points in the second half and finished with a career-high 23 to help Washington win its 13th straight regular-season game.

"We told our guys before the game, that no matter if it was a one-point game or a twenty-point victory, as long as we competed, we had done what we wanted to do," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "We didn't do it for forty minutes, but I thought tonight we still made some progress."

The Huskies have scored at least 90 points in three of their five games and are outrebounding their opponents 219-155 this season, solid numbers for what is Romar's youngest team ever.

"At this point, any game could be a close game for us," he said.

Idaho (1-4), which has lost three straight, is concluding a three-game road trip with the visit to Washington. The Vandals lost 67-50 to Southern Utah on Nov. 22 and 76-51 to Gonzaga on Sunday.

"We got some decent looks at the basket," said first-year Idaho coach George Pfeifer. "We did take some bad shots, but for the most part we got some decent looks. Gonzaga is a better defensive basketball team than the teams we have faced to this point, but I was glad with how hard we competed."

The Vandals were one of the worst teams in Division I last season, losing all 15 games away from home and finishing 4-25 overall.

Idaho, which snapped a 18-game road losing streak with a 74-66 win Nov. 16 at South Dakota State, is only 6-41 on the road since the start of the 2003-04 season. The team has lost all six games against ranked teams since 1996.

Washington leads the all-time series 122-49 and has won seven of the last eight meetings, including a 90-67 victory last season, the schools' first matchup since 1996.

Quincy Pondexter 15.6 ppg, .491 fg, .400 3 pt, .710 ft
Justin Dentmon 15.2 PPG, .522 fg, .429 3 pt, .950 ft
Jon Brockman 13.6 ppg, .609 fg, .600 ft
Spencer Hawes 12.0 ppg, .634 fg, .615 ft
Adrian Oliver 7.4 ppg, .433 fg, .375 3 pt, .667 ft
Ryan Appleby 6.8 ppg, .367 fg, .375 3 pt, 1.000 ft
Brandon Burmeister 5.4 ppg, .500 fg, .429 3 pt, .714 ft
Hans Gasser 4.2 ppg, .438 fg, 1.000 ft
Phil Nelson 3.8 ppg, .364 fg, .143 3 pt, .333 ft
Artem Wallace 2.8 ppg, .357 fg, .500 ft
Harvey Perry 3.3 ppg, .750 fg, .500 3 pt, .500 ft

REBOUNDING: Brockman 43 (8.6 per game), Pondexter 33 (6.6 per game), Oliver 24 (4.8 per game), Hawes 22 (4.4 per game), Dentmon 20 (4.0 per game).

BLOCKS: Hawes 14 (2.8 per game), Pondexter 4 (.8 per game), Oliver 3 (.6 per game)

STEALS: Brockman 5, Dentmon 5, Pondexter 4.

ASST/TURNOVER: Dentmon 20 asst/20 turnover, Oliver 15/12, Hawes 11/15, Pondexter 10/8, Appleby 8/12, Burmeister 8/3.

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