UW Grinds Out a Win Over Dons

SEATTLE - In the first ever meeting between the University of San Francisco and Washington, it was the Huskies that came out victorious, 86-71 Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Arena. The victory was win No. 1,600 in the history of the program and put UW at 9-2 on the season. It dropped the Dons to 4-10.

Senior Quincy Pondexter led the way for the Huskies with a game-high of 22 points on 10 of 12 shooting. He also had five rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Moustapha Diarra, a 6-foot-10 junior center for USF showed dominance in the offensive end of the paint, finishing with 14 points on 6 of 11 shooting and 13 rebounds. He shared scoring honors with guard Rashad Green.

For the last two years the leading scorer in the WCC has been Dior Lowhorn, but in the first-half today he looked as if he was no more than a walk-on. He scored the first basket of the game from 15 feet out, however after that he went cold and missed his next nine shots. He finished the game with 13 points and nine rebounds for the Dons.

Although the Huskies came out asleep to start the game, they eventually broke through with 10 minutes left in the first half after exchanging leads. They went into the locker room at halftime with a 35-19 lead.

Isaiah Thomas was taken out of the first rotation three minutes in and sat for nearly five minutes, but when he came back in, he played extremely unselfish. Although he didn't pick up an assist till near the end of the half, he was getting everyone good looks. He finished with no points and three assists in the half.

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said that even though Thomas isn't hitting his shots, he is still finding ways to make a solid contribution.

"For whatever reason in the last few games Issiah hasn't been knocking his shot down," Romar said. "If he had been shooting 50 percent these last three games he would have looked phenomenal. He is distributing the basketball; he is making great decisions and had seven rebounds last game.

"We know he can score, so if he continues to these things and now his shot starts to go down, we have one heck of a basketball player, as we already know we have."

Also having good success in the first-half was Tyreese Breshers, who finished with nine points on 3 of 5 shooting and two blocks. He ended the game with 12 points, six rebounds and four blocks.

The Huskies finished the half shooting 14-33 from the field and had just two turnovers. Overall they shared the ball well, finishing with 19 assists - led by the six of Thomas, five of Venoy Overton and three of Elston Turner.

The Dons' Kwame Vaughn picked up two quick fouls in just five minutes on the court and was forced to sit till four minutes left in the first-half. USF's second-leading scorer on the season, Vaughn only had two points in the half and racked up two turnovers.

Things began to change in the second-half, as San Francisco rallied to get the game to 47-43 with 11:43 left. The resurgence was led by Lowhorn, who regained his touch to score a quick seven points.

UW steadied the game coming out of a timeout when Scott Suggs hit a deep three in the corner with time short on the shot clock. The basket would be his only points of the day, but they would prove crucial. By the 8:12 mark the Huskies had built the lead back to double digits and they never looked back.

The BoA crowd was given a jolt of energy at the 8:02 mark when Turner threw a no look pass up to Overton, who led a two-on-one breakaway before dumping the ball off to Matthew Bryan-Amaning for a two-handed flush. The sequence forced USF to call a timeout. Bryan-Amaning finished the game with 13 points on 6 of 12 shooting and six rebounds.

Pac-10 play will start on Thursday night when Washington hosts the 6-5 Beavers of Oregon State. The game starts at 7 p.m. and will be aired on FSN.
Points: Pondexter 22, Bryan-Amaning 13, Breshers 12, Overton 10, Gaddy 6, Holiday 5, Turner 5, Thomas 4, Trent 4, Suggs 3, Gant 2
Rebounds: Bryan-Amaning 6, Breshers 6, Pondexter 5, Holiday 4, Gaddy 3, Overton 3, Gant 2, Trent 2, Thomas 1
Assists: Thomas 6, Overton 5, Turner 3, Gaddy 2, Holiday 2, Bryan-Amaning 1
Steals: Bryan-Amaning 3, Overton 3, Thomas 2, Pondexter 2, Turner 1
Blocks: Breshers 4, Pondexter 3, Bryan-Amaning 1, Turner 1

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