Idaho 67

(0-2, 0-2 away)

(25) Washington 90

(5-0, 5-0 home)

    10:00 PM ET, November 22, 2005

    Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, Washington

    1 2 T
    IDAHO 27 4067
    #25WASH 49 4190

    Top Performers

    Idaho: I. Vrzina 14 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast

    Washington: B. Jones 12 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Washington 90, Idaho 67

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Perhaps it wasn't fair, asking Tanoris Shepard to compare No. 25 Washington to a cross-state rival, No. 8 Gonzaga.

    Shepard and his Idaho Vandals were still reeling from their 90-67 rout by the Huskies Tuesday night.

    Led by Jamal Williams' 16 points the Huskies posted a national-best 27th consecutive home victory.

    Washington (5-0) scored the first 11 points, led by 22 at halftime and as many as 37 midway through the second half over an Idaho team (0-2) that played a zone defense and had led mighty Gonzaga by three early in the second half last week.

    The Vandals, who have lost 10 in a row dating to last Feb. 5, eventually lost to Gonzaga by nine in Spokane.

    The Huskies play Gonzaga on Dec. 4 in a Seattle showdown that will be the young, retooled Huskies' only huge test before Pac-10 play.

    Fair or not, Shepard took his shot at comparing the two teams.

    "Washington is more athletic, more up-and-down (the floor)," said the Vandals' co-leader in scoring Tuesday with Igor Vrzina -- both had 14 points. "Gonzaga can run, but they like to run their half-court sets, to get (star Adam) Morrison open.

    "They are way different teams. Washington is way more up tempo."

    The tempo was way up for the Huskies on Tuesday night compared with the way they slogged through their previous two wins.

    The Huskies looked like a more motivated team than the one American challenged through the first half on Saturday, before Washington finally pulled away to win by 17. Different, too, from the team that trailed Air Force by 12 last Tuesday before rallying to win the Black Coaches Association Classic.

    Rather than the Huskies' usual running, Tuesday night's focus was establishing the formidable low-post presence of the 6-foot-6, 235-pound Williams. He either beat Idaho defenders down the floor or repeatedly curled around and jumped over the Vandals' slower, low-post, half-court defense in scoring his 14 first-half points. The 2004 transfer from New Mexico scored five of his seven field goals in the opening period from within five feet of the basket.

    "Our coaches knew their post defense wasn't very good," Williams said.

    Brandon Roy added 14 points. In all, five Huskies reached double-figures in scoring and 10 of 11 healthy, available players scored.

    After Washington took a 16-4 lead, Idaho got no closer than nine the rest of the game -- and that was on the next possession, with a Brett Ledbetter 3-pointer.

    The second half saw the Huskies increase their 22-point halftime lead to 74-37 on a basket by freshman Artem Wallace.

    The Huskies credited lighter practices Sunday and Monday for the new spark. And coach Lorenzo Romar said to expect the same over the next two days before Washington hosts Loyola Marymount on Friday.

    "We'd been playing a lot of games," senior Bobby Jones said after his tenacious 12 points and game-high nine rebounds. "Those practices had more teaching than bumping. Whatever ... it definitely worked."

    Coach Romar refused to compare his team to Gonzaga.

    "Loyola, man," the coach said, focused on the next opponent. "Loyola."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 67 90
    FG Made-Attempted 24-58 (.414) 32-66 (.485)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-13 (.231) 5-11 (.455)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-17 (.941) 21-29 (.724)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 35

    2005-06 Season

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