UW wins by 21

Freshman forward Quincy Pondexter had a career high 25 points on 9 of 13 shooting to lead the Huskies to a 87 – 66 win over Idaho in Hec Edmundson Pavilion this evening. Pondexter, sporting a new clean-shaven haircut, was unstoppable. He showed range and the ability to break down the defense and slash on the dribble.

Sophomore captain Jon Brockman had a career-high 13 rebounds and freshman post Spencer Hawes had 9 boards to help the Huskies absolutely abuse the Vandals on the glass. Washington outrebounded Idaho by a 50-26 count, getting 20 more attempts from the field.

Idaho guard Keoni Watson had 19 while his backcourt mate Mario Mackey added 15 to lead the Vandals.
FIRST HALF: Adrian Oliver made his debut as the starting off-guard opposite point guard Justin Dentmon. He made an immediate impact, assisting on the first Husky basket when he found Quincy Pondexter for a lay-in. Washington jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first four minutes as they owned the boards. Cold shooting was the only thing keeping the Huskies from a double-digit lead at that point.

Idaho came roaring back on the strength of solid three-point shooting. Back-to-back treys by Keoni Watson followed by a Mario Mackey three and the visitors grabbed a one-point lead. They extended their lead to three on a couple of occasions. Washington had one chance to surge back in front but Jon Brockman was unable to convert a perfect alley-oop pass as he missed a gimmie. After Husky freshman Phil Nelson clanged a long three attempt at the 8:00 mark, Idaho had the chance to go up by six. They turned it over.

Appleby nailed a three on the next possession to tie the game at 27-all, and then Nelson followed that with a three-point bomb to put the Dawgs back on top. Pondexter was fed by Dentmon and hit a jumper, and when Nelson fed Brockman in the paint for a lay-in, Washington led by seven at the 2:00 mark.

The Huskies led 38-29 at the break after their 14-2 run. The Huskies only had 4 turnovers at that point, and 10 offensive boards. Pondexter had 8 points and 5 boards while Brockman had 7 rebounds to lead the Dawgs after 20 minutes. Mackey had nine on 3 of 5 three point shooting to lead the Vandals.

SECOND HALF: Pondexter hit a 10-foot floater followed by a three to open the half and put the Dawgs on top by 14 right away and the Huskies would never be threatened again. Pondexter remained on fire for the next five minutes, pouring in a variety of shots including a three and an acrobatic reverse lay-in off of the glass that drew oohhs and ahhs from the crowd. At that point the Vandals trailed by 17 and Pondexter had 20.

At the 7:30 mark, Dentmon stormed the lane and picked up an offensive rebound and laid it in to push the Husky lead to 20 at 67-47 and the route was on.

The Huskies only had 12 turnovers, a significant improvement over the past five games, and two of those came in garbage time in the last minute.

Washington improved to 6-0, their best start since the Marv Harshman era, while Idaho falls to 1-5.

Washington's next game is Monday December 4th when Southern Utah comes to Seattle. Tip-off will be at 7PM and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Network. That game will be the last of the Husky home games to open the season, as the Dawgs will then head to Spokane to take on Gonzaga in the Kennel.
Washington Scoring: Pondexter 25, Appleby 11, Gasser 9, Burmeister 8, Brockman 7, Hawes 7, Oliver 7, Nelson 5, Wallace 3. Perry 1.

Washington Rebounding leaders: Brockman 13, Hawes 9, Pondexter 8.

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