Huskies break Maples streak

Venoy Overton came off the bench to play his best game as a Husky to lead the Huskies to victory today at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, California. Washington used an 11-2 run to start the second half which proved to be decisive. Quincy Pondexter led the Huskies in scoring with 20 points but it was Overton's defense, assists, and timely scores that Stanford had no answer for.

SECOND HALF
Washington scored the first five points out of the gate. A Dentmon three and then two Quincy Pondexter free throws put the Dawgs up 10. Lawrence Hill kept it close with a two point bomb to finally dent the scoreboard.

Brockman answered with a high banker over Fields to keep the double digit lead. Overton's fourth steal of the game and driving lay-in kept the lead at 10 for the Huskies. Mathew Bryan-Amaning made his presence felt when he rejected a Jeremy Green offer and then rebounded and put in a Brockman miss. He followed that with a spinning banker to push the lead to 11. A strong Amaning rebound and outlet to Overton led to dish to Brockman who layed it in and the Huskies led by 13 as Stanford Coach Johnnie Dawkins called time out at the 12:00 mark.

The game was far from over, however. Stanford kicked into gear as Jeremy Green knocked down a three and a Josh Owens banker over Brockman and Romar called time out now only up by eight. Out of the time out Pondexter rebounded an Elston Turner miss and made both free throws to stop the run.

The two teams traded blows until a Husky giveaway led to a Mitch Johnson free throw and when Justin Holiday turned it over under duress and Fields knocked down a 15-footer, it was a five point game.

Darnell Gant answered finally for Washington by hitting a 15 footer that was uncontested. When Dentmon forced up a 15-footer that was wide right, a two on one Stanford fast break led to a monster jam by Josh Owens to cut the lead to four with 3:30 left and send the crowd into a frenzy.

Washington missed four consecutive shots but offensive rebounding saved the possession as Pondexter was finally fouled. He coolly knocked down both throws.

Will Paul answered those with one of his own and a very tentative Husky team ran the shot clock down to :04 before Romar called time out to bail out Pondexter, who was buried on the baseline where he'd picked up his dribble.

Out of the time out, Washington was unable to get the ball in bounds as the Huskies continued to look tight.

Landry Fields answered the bell by knocking down a 15-foot baseline jumper over Pondexter to make it a three point game with just over 2:00 left.

Isaiah Thomas answered with a floater over Josh Owen off the glass to give the Huskies a little breathing room. Overton missed a free throw but Brockman was able to get the long rebound and kick it back outside to Dentmon.

Dentmon knocked down both free throws to push the lead to seven. When Anthony Goods missed a three and Overton grabbed the board, the Huskies were able to run the clock to under a minute. Overton hit a driving lay in and the game was salted away.

Washington improved to 17-6, 8-3 in the Pac-10 after their split in the Bay Area. That leaves them in soul possession of second place.
Washington scoring: Pondexter 20, Thomas 17, Brockman 13, Overton 11, Dentmon 8, Bryan-Amaning 4, Gant 2.

Stanford Scoring: Fields 22, Goods 12, Green 11, Johnson 8, Hill 4, Owens 4, Paul 4, Brown 3.

Rebounding: Brockman 12, Pondexter 6, Gant 4.

Assists: Overton 5.
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