Huskies outlast Matadors

SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies basketball team may have been back in the friendly confines of Bank of America Arena, but their ball-handling might still be back in Lubbock, Tex. But the Huskies were able to ride their veteran players and overcome 20 turnovers to beat Cal-State Northridge 88-76 Sunday night.

"I'm probably stating the obvious, but tonight we didn't do a good job of taking care of the basketball and finishing," UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said. "I think if we take care of the basketball we'd be feeling a lot better about this win."

Even senior Quincy Pondexter, who has been stellar in all seven of the Huskies' games (6-1), struggled to get going early, only scoring five of his 20 points in the first half. But a made 3-pointer with 14:27 left in the game - in response to a 11-0 run by the Matadors - helped the Huskies push their advantage back up to 17 just five minutes later.

"It was a shot our team needed, and thank God it went in," Pondexter said. "I wasn't making shots. Basketball is a game of runs. You've got to live with it. I think we bounced back after they went on their little spurt and we finished them off."

Washington's Isaiah Thomas led all UW scorers with 21 points, while freshman point guard Abdul Gaddy had his first double-digit game of his young career with 11 points. The Matadors were led by the 24 points of Lenny Daniel, while Vinnie McGhee and Kevin Menner had 14 and 10 each for CSUN (4-4).

Once the Huskies reached their 17-point plateau with 9:12 left after a Thomas 3-point play, CSUN tried to extend and press in their zone. The lead bounced between 14 and 17 points until a dunk by the Matadors' Medder dropped the lead to 12 with 54 seconds remaining in the game.

In a sloppy game, Washington was able to take advantage of CSUN's fouling to get to the line 40 times, making 31 of their shots. Thomas and Pondexter were 20-23 combined from the stripe.

"I think we're at a point where we are this close to being a really good basketball team," Romar said. "What makes us this close is that our mistakes are mistakes that can be corrected."
Points: Thomas 21, Pondexter 20, Gaddy 11, Overton 7, Bryan-Amaning 6, Turner 6, Suggs 5, Trent 4, Holiday 4, Breshers 3, Gant 1
Rebounds: Bryan-Amaning 10, TEAM 9, Pondexter 7, Breshers 5, Gant 5, Thomas 4, Trent 4, Holiday 3, Overton 2, Turner 1
Assists: Pondexter 4, Overton 2, Turner 2, Gaddy 2, Thomas 1, Gant 1
Steals: Thomas 4, Pondexter 3, Bryan-Amaning 1, Turner 1, Holiday 1
Blocks: Breshers 3, Pondexter 2, Bryan-Amaning 1, Gaddy 1 Top Stories