Huskies bury Bengals 82-50

SEATTLE - Coming off an emotional, come-from-behind victory at LSU Saturday, the Washington Huskies looked to push their momentum against Big Sky foe Idaho State. Hoping to avoid a letdown after riding an emotional tidal wave in Baton Rouge, the Dawgs started fast and never looked back, busting up the Bengals 82-50 Monday at Bank of America Arena.

The Huskies came out firing on all cylinders, as they cruised to an early 13-4 lead behind hot-shooting senior Tim Morris and teammate Joel Smith, who buried several long jumpers in the early going.

"For 40 minutes, especially in the second half, we tried to execute offensively and defensively," Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said, speaking to the press after the game. "That was the challenge that we laid before our team before this game. Coming off a high and beating LSU, playing with this quick turnaround it would've been very easy for our guys to say, `Hey let's just get this done', but we didn't do that."

The Bengals, who were overmatched athletically, relied on some timely outside shooting to stay within 17-13 in the early going before Washington pulled away for good. Captain Jon Brockman was his usual bruising self, as he scored 10 points in the period, while adding seven rebounds.

"Washington is better than us from the one spot to the five spot," said Idaho State Coach Joe O'Brien after the game. "(Jon) Brockman is an awfully physical basketball player. He is probably the most physical player we have seen this year. They are big and athletic and they played like it. I thought we played hard.

"I told the guys in the locker room that this wasn't their fault. These guys were just more talented and physical and we were out-manned."

The Huskies also received big contributions from Morris, whose 10 points continued an impressive stretch of double-digit scoring games. He also made his presence felt under the hoop as well, nabbing five rebounds in the half.

"I think a picture has been painted a little more about what our team is like and who is supposed to do what," Romar explained. "I think roles are a little more defined. When Ryan Appleby came back, that gave us another scorer. Tim Morris has now had six consecutive games where he's scored in double figures. He has rebounded for us from the guard position and played defense. I think people understand a little bit more about what they're supposed to give our team."

Freshman Venoy Overton had a solid game as well, particularly in the first half - scoring seven of his 10 total points despite an occasional miscue. Overton and junior Justin Dentmon again played well in their respective new roles off the bench, doing a fine job of managing the game and more importantly, displaying good ball control while limiting turnovers.

The half ended with the Huskies up by 14, 39-25. The second half brought more of the same.

Brockman was unstoppable in the opening minutes of the second half, scoring nine points on a flurry of lay-ins and put-backs. Four minutes into the half, the Washington lead ballooned from 14 points to 24, as the Dawgs put the game on cruise control.

"You could say it was a dangerous game," Brockman shared afterwards. "We got in last night and we came and watched film. We didn't get a whole lot of time off and then were back here this morning. Right before the holiday and the Washington State game, just a whole lot of things went into it that made it kind of dangerous. I think we did a great job of coming out and maintaining our focus. We had some lapses in the first half but second half we really came out and had the same solid productivity."

With such a big lead, the starters quickly gave way to the bench, who widened the gap to 34 points behind the hot shooting of Dentmon and reserves Joe Wolfinger and Matthew Bryan Amaning. Though none of the Husky players did anything spectacular, their consistency and efficiency was impressive.

The Huskies did a tremendous job of taking care of the ball, committing just 10 turnovers on the night while forcing 18. They also held the Bengals to just 41 percent shooting for the game, and more impressively, prevented them from scoring a single field goal for the final nine minutes of the game using mostly reserve players.

With fourth-ranked Washington State looming in the conference opener on Saturday, the Huskies served notice that they're ready for anything conference play brings. And it will come.

"I feel a lot better than I felt a month ago," Romar said. "I think we've made progress in a lot of areas. That's all we can ask for. Now we've got to start competing in this very tough Pac-10 Conference."
Points: Brockman 21, Morris 10, Overton 10, Dentmon 10, Appleby 9, Smith 6, Wallace 4, Bryan-Amaning 4, Pondexter 4, Wolfinger 4
Minutes: Brockman 26, Morris 24, Appleby 22, Dentmon 22, Overton 21, Pondexter 19, Wallace 17, Smith 15, Bryan-Amaning 14, Wolfinger 12, Holiday 8
Rebounds: Brockman 11, Morris 5, Bryan-Amaning 5, Wallace 3, Dentmon 3, Wolfinger 3, Smith 2, Overton 1, Holiday 1, Pondexter 1, TEAM 1
Assists: Morris 5, Pondexter 4, Smith 3, Overton 3, Dentmon 2, Wallace 1, Appleby 1
Steals: Wallace 2, Smith 1, Dentmon 1, Bryan-Amaning 1
Blocks: Overton 1, Wolfinger 1 Top Stories