Oklahoma 91

(2-1, 0-1 away)

(22) Washington 96

(3-0, 3-0 home)

    12:00 AM ET, November 27, 2004

    Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Alaska

    1 2 T
    OKLA 43 4891
    #22WASH 47 4996

    Huskies to play No. 19 Alabama in the finals

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- When Washington star Brandon Roy left with an injury against Oklahoma, Tre Simmons made sure the Huskies didn't miss a beat.

    Simmons scored 13 points in place of Roy, who hyperextended a knee, and fellow reserve Jamaal Williams added 18 points to lead Washington (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) to a 96-91 victory over Oklahoma in the semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout on Friday night. The Huskies (3-0) will take on No. 19 Alabama in the championship Saturday night.

    "Our bench did an exceptional job in of coming in and producing and having an impact on that ball game," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "If they wouldn't have, we wouldn't have been able to win."

    With just under six minutes in the first half, Roy bumped another player and was injured. Romar said he didn't know what Roy's status will be for the game against Alabama.

    Williams, a transfer from New Mexico, had not scored in the first two games.

    "I made my first basket and that helped me with my confidence," he said.

    "That's kind of what we expected from him," Romar said.

    Romar said he didn't know if Washington would play any team as physical as Oklahoma (2-1) the rest of the season.

    "They were banging us and grabbing us the entire game because they play hard, but I'm very proud of our guys because we played just as hard or harder," Romar said.

    Oklahoma star Kevin Bookout went to the bench after picking up his fourth foul with just under four minutes gone in the second half. Hakeem Rollins converted both free throws to start a 18-6 run and give Washington a 70-59 lead with 11:11 remaining.

    A 3-pointer by Terrell Everett closed the gap to 86-80 with 4:14 remaining. But Jamaal Williams followed with a dunk and the Huskies made six straight free throws in the last three minutes to hold off the Sooners. Washington shot 22-of-24 from the foul line for the game.

    Nate Robinson scored 19 points and had eight assists, Bobby Jones had 13 points and six rebounds, including four off the offensive glass and Will Conroy had 11 points.

    Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said his team's defense needs work.

    "We scored 91 points -- normally you're supposed to win those games," he said. "I don't know if I've ever had a team score 91 and lose. We couldn't guard them for whatever reason."

    He said the Huskies are a hard matchup because their post players can make jumpshots.

    "Sometimes it's easier to guard the post if they're just scoring from the block," Sampson said. "They don't have anybody who can't make an open jump shot."

    Bookout finished with 22 points for the Sooners and shot 9-for-10 from the field. Everett had 19 points and Taj Gray scored 17 and pulled down six rebounds.

    Both teams shot well in the first half and combined to make all 11 free-throw attempts. The Huskies shot 60 percent, including 6-for-7 by Williams, who scored 14 points. Oklahoma shot 59 percent in the half, and 55 percent for the game.

    Washington trailed early but took its biggest lead of the half, 26-16, on a basket by Roy with 9:30 remaining.

    Oklahoma fought back behind 12 first-half points by Bookout and trailed 47-43 at the break.

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