Houston, we have a problem

It was a rowdy night at Hec Ed Pavilion on Monday night as 5,570 fans saw the Washington Huskies take the Houston Cougars of Conference USA to the slaughterhouse by a score of 85-61 to bring their record up to .500 for the first time this season. It was Washington's third win in their last four games and brings their confidence to a season high.

It was the type of game Husky fans have been waiting all season for. Led by a balanced offensive attack, Washington started the game out with a 12-2 lead and never looked back.

"That was a team victory there," said head coach Lorenzo Romar. "To do what we did tonight, it had to be accomplished with a team effort." It was by far one of the more impressive efforts put forth by the Huskies in recent memory and had Hec Ed rocking at times.

"It was a great game and a great effort," Romar said. "We made progress tonight."

Will Conroy and Curtis Allen, who scored 14 points each, led the Huskies. However, it was the balanced scoring and their efficient play that told the story tonight. The Huskies had 8 players with 7 points or more, and had a 20-9 assist-to-turnover ratio.

"When you have only 9 turnovers, you're going to win," said Conroy. "If you lose with those kind of stats, (20 assists and 9 turnovers) they got God on their team."

Houston was led by Forward Louis Truscott's 21 points and 11 rebounds and attempted to make it a game by making it close for a while in the first half. With the score at 24-21 with five minutes to go in the first half, it was the closest Houston would get and the Dawgs would run away from that point on.

Nate Robinson drained a three pointer from the right side with 2:31 left to play in the first half to increase their lead to nine. On the very next possession, Robinson tossed a pass to Marlon Shelton but it was knocked right back to himself. As if the entire play had been planned from the get-go, Robinson threw up another three-point attempt with such precision and grace that it was a work of art.


The lead was back in double digits and would stay that way for the rest of the game. As well as the Washington was playing tonight, Houston was playing just as poorly.

"We were plagued by turnovers and this was the worst game this year," said Houston head coach Ray McCallum. The Cougars turned the ball over 24 times that led to 23 Washington points.

The difference of the game was the barrage of three pointers the Huskies fired away through out the night. Washington shot 13 for 27 from beyond the arc for an astounding 48.1%. In fact, half of all the shots that they made tonight came from long range.

"They got in a comfort zone and we couldn't get them out of it and it was a real struggle tonight," said McCallum.

Up Next: The Huskies conclude their non-conference schedule in the fourth game of a six game home stand against Cal State Northridge on Saturday, December 28th. Tip-off is at 2:00pm at Bank of America Arena.

Dawgs and Cats don't mix: No matter how you see it, Dawgs and Cougars don't play very nicely. With just under 15 seconds left in the first half, Will Conroy was tripped up by Houston's Bryan Shelton. Conroy got up right up and let Shelton know what he thought about that. Players gathered quickly to break up a potential melee, but somehow Doug Wrenn and Houston's Cedric Fears wound up with double technical fouls. In a related note, Conroy made both free throws.

Raining Threes: Curtis Allen, Nate Robinson, and David Hudson each made three three-pointers tonight. Will Conroy made two of his own, and C.J. Massingale and Doug Wrenn had one each. Hudson has shot the ball 11 times this season, with 10 of them coming from behind the line. To his credit, he has made six of those shots. Where did those six shots come from? You guessed, from behind the line. This guy is a shooter

Big Ben Sighting: Ben Devoe saw action for the second time this season. The big freshman out of Olympia was on the court for three minutes and hauled in two rebounds. Washington is now 2-0 when Big Ben plays.

Husky Stats:
Scoring: Allen 14, Conroy 14, Washington 10, Wrenn 9, Robinson 9, Hudson 9, Jones 8, Jensen 7, Massingale 4, Shelton 1 Rebounds: Wrenn 7, Day 6, Jensen 5, Jones 5, Conroy 3, Allen 3, Massingale 3, Shelton 3, Devoe 2, Robinson 1, Washington 1

Assists: Conroy 7, Wrenn 4, Jensen 2, Robinson 2, Jones 2, Hudson 1, Allen 1, Massingale 1

Blocks: Wrenn 1, Washington 1

Steals: Wrenn 3, Conroy 3, Allen 3, Jensen 2, Massingale 1, Robinson 1, Jones 1, Shelton 1

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