Huskies Prove to be Road Warriors

Jon Brockman led five Washington Huskies in double-digits with 16 points as the Huskies took care of the Oregon State Beavers 85-59 at Gill Coliseum Saturday night to give the Huskies a rare sweep of the Oregon schools.

With the win and their victory at Oregon Thursday night, Washington (13-4, 4-1) bowled a road turkey for the first time in 25 years and only the second time since 1953. It's also the fifth time UW has won at both Oregon schools since 1972.

With Stanford's win over California and Arizona State's win at UCLA, Washington now is tied for first place in the Pac-10.

"It's a start," UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said after the game. "We have put ourselves where we are tied, but it's only a start. In this league, you can be up one week and down the next week. We just have to keep on rolling. We know road wins are hard to come by. It's good. We'll take it and try to build on this."

The Beavers started the game by extending a 1-3-1 matchup zone, and it immediately caused problems up top for the Huskies, who were content to skip pass from guard to guard without any penetration. It also led to some quick, deep 3-pointers by Justin Dentmon and Isaiah Thomas.

"The first half of the first half was similar to a boxing match, where we were feeling each other out," Romar said of the game. "Once we settled down, we started to impose our will on them. We took off from there.

"Isaiah and JD both took some long bombs without very many passes. We talked about that right away and they responded."

The Huskies took their first lead of the game at the 6:50 mark when Dentmon hit a leaner in the lane. From that point on, Washington outscored OSU 30-18 up to the first television timeout of the second half. Overall, UW outscored Oregon State 51-32 in the last 20 minutes of the game.

"When you get a team contribution, it makes you feel really good," Romar said. "We had great, great focus in the second half and we were able to distance ourselves from them."

The Huskies had the athletic advantage from the start and played with great energy, especially on the glass. Matthew Bryan-Amaning had six offensive rebounds in the first half and nine overall to go with his 12 points. UW out-rebounded the Beavers 21-7 in the first half and 46-19 for the game.
Brockman's 16 gives him 1552 career points, moving him past James Edwards into the No. 5 spot all-time for scoring. On Thursday, the senior forward from Snohomish broke the all-time rebounding record with 1054, breaking Doug Smart's record that had been held since 1959.

Statistics:
Points: Brockman 16, Pondexter 15, Dentmon 13, Bryan-Amaning 12, Thomas 10, Overton 6, Suggs 4, Wallace 3, Turner 3, Gant 2, Wolfinger 1
Rebounds: Brockman 9, Bryan-Amaning 9, Pondexter 5, Holiday 4, Wallace 4, Dentmon 3, Overton 3, Turner 3, Gant 2, Thomas 1, Suggs 1
Assists: Thomas 4, Overton 3, Brockman 3, Dentmon 3, Pondexter 1, Turner 1, Gant 1
Steals: Dentmon 1, Brockman 1, Holiday 1
Blocks: Gant 3, Suggs 1


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