(22) Washington 89

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    10:30 PM ET, November 19, 2004

    Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, Washington

    1 2 T
    SP 23 4871
    #22WASH 38 5189

    Top Performers

    Seattle Pacific: J. Lee 22 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Washington: B. Roy 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Roy, Robinson lead way for Huskies

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington coach Lorenzo Romar thinks his players are focused on the right things, and haven't gotten caught up reading press clippings.

    "I haven't felt like guys have been going off worried about themselves this year," Romar said after his Huskies (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today; No. 22 AP) earned an 89-71 victory over Seattle Pacific in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

    "I think the team is still sharing the ball and is still working hard in practice, which is not indicative of a team that feels they have arrived," he said.

    Junior stars Brandon Roy and Nate Robinson, both from Seattle, led the way for the Huskies, with Roy scoring 23 points and Robinson 22.

    A near-sellout crowd of 9,851 turned out to see the team that delighted Seattle last season with a surprise second-place finish in the Pac-10 race and went to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999.

    The 6-foot-6 Roy averaged 12.9 points last season and he's determined to be more of a contributor this season. Washington was ranked in the Top 25 in the preseason ratings for the first time since November 1998.

    "My role won't change, but I'll definitely be more aggressive," he said. "I think me being more aggressive will help our team because it puts a lot of pressure on the defense."

    Freshman Joel Smith scored 15 points, and 6-foot-8 forward Mike Jensen had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Washington.

    Roy said he's been telling everyone about the talent of the 6-4 Smith.

    "Oh, man, that guy's good," he said. "He's got some Bobby Jones in him. He's got a little bit of me in him. He plays hard. He's an exciting kid. I love seeing him out there playing."

    Smith didn't start, but he got to play 27 minutes because the Huskies were missing four players.

    Smith said he was recruited hard by USC and California, but decided Washington was a better school for him despite all its returning talent. He had two exciting dunks and was called for a technical for hanging on the rim.

    "This was the best fit," he said. "I'm just happy to be here. This is fun."

    Jordan Lee led the Falcons with 22 points, including six 3-pointers. Teammate Jason Chivers had 17 points, 15 in the second half.

    The Huskies led 38-23 at halftime, scoring the last seven points in the final 2:16 on an offensive rebound putback by Jensen, a 3-pointer by Robinson and another offensive rebound putback by Jensen. That was their biggest lead of the opening half.

    They didn't let the Division II Falcons back in the game in the second half. Smith stole the ball and scored on a fastbreak layup to put the Huskies in front 61-37 with 11:50 to play.

    "We looked scared at times and we can't do that," Seattle Pacific coach Jeff Hironaka said. "I don't care who you're playing, you can't play scared. They took advantage of it."

    Washington played without two starters, point guard Will Conroy and forward Jones, as well as sixth-man Tre Simmons and New Mexico transfer Jamal Williams. They were ineligible for the game because they played in an unsanctioned league in May.

    The Huskies improved their record against Seattle Pacific to 10-0 in the schools' first game since 1981.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 71 89
    FG Made-Attempted 24-55 (.436) 29-64 (.453)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-22 (.364) 2-11 (.182)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-19 (.789) 29-36 (.806)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 26

    2004-05 Season

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