10:00 PM ET, January 13, 2005
Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Two years ago, a developing Washington squad often made silly mistakes and struggled on the road. They're older now, and these days it's the Huskies who school the youngsters.Tre Simmons and Bobby Jones each scored 15 points, and Nate Robinson and Jamaal Williams added 14 apiece, leading No. 14 Washington to a 77-56 victory over Oregon on Thursday night.Simmons also had a career-high 12 rebounds, and Jones, usually Washington's defensive stopper, was 2-of-3 from 3-point range to help the Huskies (14-2, 4-1 Pac-10) win their 16th straight at home."We feel that nobody can beat us at home," Jones said.Freshman Bryce Taylor scored 16 points, and another freshman, Maarty Leunen, had a career-high 10 rebounds for Oregon (10-3, 2-2), which absorbed its worst loss of the season against Washington's relentless pressure."It's about their system, their athleticism and their energy in this environment," Ducks coach Ernie Kent said. "If you don't come and challenge them on every possession, they are going to embarrass you."Oregon trailed 40-29 at halftime but trimmed it to 40-36 on a basket by Malik Hairston, a 3-pointer by Aaron Brooks and a tip-in by Taylor. Jones calmly answered, banking in a 3-pointer to begin a 9-2 burst."It went in. That's basketball. Expect the unexpected," Jones said.The Huskies kept rolling, with Jones hitting another 3-pointer before his play of the night. He made a steal in the backcourt, then spun past Leunen and drew a foul for a three-point play and a 55-38 lead with 15:24 to go.Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said his team has learned to survive the lulls that invariably strike in every game."I don't think there are many teams in America right now that play at a high level for 40 minutes," he said. "Some nights, you do, but there are times within the game that shots don't go down. You get a little stagnant."Good teams weather the storms. I thought we did tonight."The Huskies didn't use swingman Brandon Roy, who has practiced and played in limited stretches since returning Dec. 19 from arthroscopic knee surgery and a five-game absence."He felt a little stiffness, so the decision was made: Let's get him at full strength and hold him out," Romar said.Brooks, a standout at Franklin High School in Seattle, had nine points and four assists in his first game against Washington. He missed both games as a freshman last season with a broken bone in his right hand.He fouled out after giving Jones a forearm to the face with 8:55 remaining. Over his previous five games, Brooks had averaged 24.8 points, with a career-high 34 points in a Dec. 31 win over Southern California."He has a lot to grow and learn yet," Kent said. "He'll be a fabulous player when his time comes."The Ducks came in leading the Pac-10 in shooting percentage at just over 50 percent but managed a season-low 37 percent this time. Oregon also committed a season-high 22 turnovers."You might say we need to play tougher, but there were times where Washington was just the better basketball team," Kent said.The Huskies were eager to atone for last weekend's loss at UCLA, where they blew a 21-point first-half lead and saw their nine-game winning streak snapped."We didn't mention it, but in the back of everyone's heads we knew we had to pick up our intensity and defensive effort," Williams said. "We've got a long year ahead of us. That game showed us what can happen if we don't play 40 minutes."The looked hungry, all right.The Ducks had nine of their 13 first-half turnovers in the first 7 minutes."It was frustrating," Leunen said. "They were all over us on every pass. Once you pick up your dribble, you're stuck."
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-56 (.375)||30-64 (.469)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-19 (.263)||4-17 (.235)|
|FT Made-Attempted||9-20 (.450)||13-19 (.684)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||22 (0/0)|