Huskies Win on Road, Beat Stanford at Maples

PALO ALTO, Calif.--Washington unleashed its high-energy, in-your-face defense to build a double-digit lead on Saturday night, but had to withstand a furious Stanford second-half rally before pulling away for a 78-61 victory at Maples Pavilion.

After leading by 11 at halftime, the Huskies had to dig deep and rely on the leadership of Quincy Pondexter to regain their composure and come away victorious.

Keyed by nine points from Landry Fields, an inspired Cardinal team whittled down the Husky advantage in timely fashion. A layup by Andrew Zimmerman cut it to 54-52 with 9:39 remaining.

That's when Husky coach Lorenzo Romar called timeout, and had a word with Pondexter, the team's lone senior.

"Coach Romar said, this is your senior moment," Pondexter said after the game. "Show them why you are why you are. Show them why you are the best player in the country."

Pondexter scored the Huskies' next four points and UW answered the challenge, responding with a 12-3 scoring run of its own to push the lead back to double-digits in the final minutes behind great defense and the hot hand of Elston Turner off the bench.

"We got some stops," said Romar. "We've been pretty successful when we get stops. It allowed us to get easy baskets."

It was the Huskies (17-8, 7-6 Pac-10) first road win this season, and the first loss for Stanford (11-14, 5-8) on its home court.

Turner, often limited to reduced minutes this season, emerged to nail a pair of key 3-pointers and help the Huskies win at Maples Pavilion for the second consecutive season. Prior to last year, Washington hadn't won in the building since 1993.

Isaiah Thomas led all scorers with 20 points, adding four 3-pointers, a game-high 6 assists, a steal and the Huskies' lone block. Afterwards, he was as thrilled as anyone to finally be able to find a way to win on the road.

"This game we really played unselfish," said Thomas. "Usually on the road we keep the ball on one side, we don't rotate. But this game we were trying to reverse the ball and reverse the ball, and we were doing everything we could to get the win."

Pondexter added 18 points for the Huskies.

Fields and Jeremy Green paced Stanford with 17 apiece.

It marked the fifth-straight win for the Huskies over the Cardinal. Washington beat Stanford 94-61 for its largest victory ever in the series back on Jan. 14.
Hart Sighting: Long-time Husky football assistant Randy Hart was on hand, sitting behind one of the baskets. Hart was recently hired to join Jim Harbaugh's staff at Stanford after spending one season at Notre Dame on Charlie Weis' staff. Hart was let go by Washington after two decades when Tyrone Willingham was fired following the 2008 season. There was no sign of Ty at Maples Pavilion.

Up Next: UW returns to Seattle to face the Los Angeles schools for its final two home games of the season. The schedule continues with three road games to complete the regular season: at Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State.
Points: Thomas 20, Pondexter 18, Bryan-Amaning 11, Holiday 10, Turner 6, Overton 5, Gant 4, Gaddy 2, Suggs 2
Rebounds: Pondexter 9, Holiday 7, Gant 5, Overton 5, Bryan-Amaning 5, Turner 3, Thomas 1, Gaddy 1
Assists: Thomas 6, Overton 3, Holiday 3, Pondexter 3, Bryan-Amaning 1
Steals: Bryan-Amaning 1, Pondexter 1, Thomas 1, Overton 1, Turner 1
Blocks: Thomas 1 Top Stories