Tale of two halves as UW beats LSU

BATON ROUGE, LA - Down by 14 after a flat first half, the Washington Huskies pumped themselves up behind Jon Brockman and Quincy Pondexter, defeating LSU 73-65 Saturday afternoon

If the first 20 minutes was any indication of the Huskies' abilities on the road, the four-hour flight home to Seattle was going to seem a lot longer. Considering Washington only won one road game in all of their 2006-2007 campaign, this game was seen as one that could turn that trend around.

But the Huskies couldn't get anything going early on either side of the court, completely outplayed and out-hustled by a young LSU club reeling from the loss of star Tasmin Mitchell, out with a stress fracture of his foot. The Tigers were paced early by Junior center Chris Johnson who lit the Dawgs up from outside, finishing the first half with 15 points.

Meanwhile, Washington couldn't find a gear. Brockman - typically the Huskies' go-to player for quick scoring inside - managed just eight points. LSU Head Coach John Brady employed constant double-teams on Brockman, and that strategy worked.

The Huskies found themselves down 41-27 to close out the period.

The game was a tale of two halves, though. Seemingly intimidated by the third-best shot-blocking squad in the country in the first part of the game, Brockman took over. The Snohomish native muscled his way to the hoop, putting the LSU defenders on their heels as they turned to fouls to try and blunt his attack. Brockman ended with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and was as big a factor at the defensive end as he was on offense, disrupting LSU's passes with two steals and constant energy.

Brockman was helped by sophomore Pondexter, who has struggled with some inconsistency so far this season. He roared back to relevance in this game with 17 hard-earned points. He also added five rebounds, four of which came off the offensive glass.

Racing out to an eight-point lead, the Dawgs looked to be in firm control, until some sloppy play allowed LSU to cut the lead to three. With the game on the line, the invigorated Husky defense took over with several quick steals - including two by senior Tim Morris - and Washington left Louisiana an eight-point winner.
Statistics:
Points: Pondexter 17, Brockman 15, Morris 15, Appleby 12, Dentmon 9, Wallace 3, Wolfinger 2
Rebounds: Brockman 12, Morris 5, Pondexter 5, Smith 3, Dentmon 3, Wallace 2, Bryan-Amaning 2, Wolfinger 2
Minutes: Brockman 34, Morris 31, Appleby 30, Pondexter 26, Dentmon 23, Smith 20, Wallace 13, Overton 10, Wolfinger 9, Bryan-Amaning 4
Assists: Dentmon 4, Morris 3, Brockman 2, Smith 1, Appleby 1, Overton 1, Pondexter 1
Steals: Morris 3, Brockman 2, Smith 2, Wolfinger 1, Wallace 1, Dentmon 1, Overton 1
Blocks: Pondexter 1, Wallace 1


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