Cowboys Get Bucked

SEATTLE - Led by the 18 points of Isaiah Thomas and the Jon Brockman's 44th career double-double, the Washington Huskies avenged a 25-point loss against Oklahoma State last year to down the Cowboys 83-65 in front of a jubilant UW crowd at Bank of America Arena Thursday night.

The Huskies (4-3) did their part in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, as they had four players in double-digits. Justin Dentmon and Quincy Pondexter added 14 and 12 points respectively. Washington used a size advantage down low to out-rebound Oklahoma State 44-31

"We talked about making progress all week and I think that we made progress," Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said of his Huskies. "We knew that they were only seven-deep because of the loss of one of their players (forward Ibrahima Thomas), and we hoped that we could come in and continue to pressure them defensively and offensively we could wear them down."

"As a whole, I think that this is the best we have played all year," added Thomas. "I think that our defense could have been better but overall I would say that this was our best game all year."

Oklahoma State (5-3) was led by the 18 points of Obi Muonelo, 12 of those coming from 3-point territory. Keiton Page added 12, with nine coming from deep, and Byron Eaton and Terrel Harris added 10 points each.

"I am very disappointed with this loss, " Oklahoma State first-year head coach Travis Ford said afterward. "We have a couple of days to correct our mistakes and they will be corrected. We need to make some adjustments to our team and some adjustments to our style, but we will be better come next game."

The Cowboys did what everyone expected them to do; shoot well from outside. Overall they were over 40 percent from 3-point distance (9-22) on the night, but 18 of the 27 points came in the second half when they were already down.

They played zone and also trapped full court the final 11:15 of the game, but the Huskies handled the press well and made the Cowboys pay with runners and layins. Washington was also in the bonus with 14:36 left, and made eight of their last 10 free throws to pull away to their biggest lead of 22 with 13:57 remaining.

Overall the Huskies - who have struggled on the free throw line - managed to outscore Oklahoma State by six points despite both teams going to the line 28 times. They also took advantage of their first big home crowd and the energy coming from the Dawgpack, the students' section. UW forced 15 Cowboy turnovers, 12 of them coming from their main ballhanders; Eaton, Harris and Muonelo.

"I was very impressed by this Husky crowd," Ford said. "I can see the difference it makes for this team, because our players were having a very tough time hearing the calls. It was a very impressive student section and it was obvious that they really helped their team tonight."

Points: Thomas 18, Brockman 16, Dentmon 14, Pondexter 12, Turner 7, Overton 6, Gant 4, Holiday 4, Bryan-Amaning 2
Rebounds: Brockman 11, Holiday 7, Thomas 5, Pondexter 4, Gant 4, Overton 4, Bryan-Amaning 3, TEAM 3, Dentmon 1, Suggs 1, Turner 1
Assists: Thomas 3, Dentmon 3, Pondexter 2, Brockman 2, Holiday 1, Turner 1
Steals: Pondexter 3, Thomas 1, Overton 1, Suggs 1, Holiday 1, Turner 1
Blocks: Bryan-Amaning 1, Holiday 1 Top Stories