Dec. 21, 2010
SEATTLE - The year 2010 was a great one for Husky athletics. Many teams and individuals won conference championships, advanced far in their respected postseasons and earned all-conference, all-region and All-American athletic and academic honors.
In honor of the great success from the past year, Gohuskies.com looks back on the top 10 stories from the calendar year in chronological order.
The Huskies' men's basketball team had an incredible 2009-2010 season, going 26-10. They captured the Pac-10 tournament title with a thrilling 79-75 win over California, and made a run to the NCAA weet 16 before falling 69-56 to West Virginia. In the Pac-10 title game, Quincy Pondexter scored 18 points, Isaiah Thomas added 16 and Washington furiously rallied from a late deficit before barely protecting its own lead.
In the Pac-10 Championship, Venoy Overton hit two free throws with 2.1 seconds left for the third-seeded Huskies who emphatically salvaged their up-and-down season with seven-straight wins - none more entertaining than this back-and-forth finale.
"What a college basketball game," said head coach Loronzo Romar after the game while cutting down the net. "It was obvious something was on the line for both teams. I couldn't be happier to see these guys experience a championship-type situation."
In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Washington rallied for an 80-78 victory over Marquette in the First Round of the East Regional. Pondexter scored 18 points in his school-record 134th game, and Thomas had 19 as the Huskies won their eighth-straight in dramatic fashion, roaring back from a 15-point deficit with 13 1/2 minutes left. The first-round game was every bit as entertaining as the Huskies' back-and-forth victory over California in the Pac-10 tournament.
UW had a fairly easy time getting past New Mexico in their 82-64 victory in the Round of 32. Pondexter scored 18 points, Thomas added 15, and Matthew Bryan-Amaning had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies. "We did a great job of forcing our tempo on them," said Pondexter after the game. "We wanted to show that we have another level of fast break and defensive intensity. That's what really wore them down."
Washington's memorable season finally came to a close in their 69-56 defeat at the hands of the West Virginia Mountaineers. This was the third time in six years that the Huskies had made it and fallen in the Sweet 16. The Huskies men's basketball team and their fans were very proud of how far they've come, in making Washington a prominent basketball force, being picked to win the Pac-10 in the 2010-2011 season. They have made great strides but look forward to continued improvement in the near future.
Check back for tomorrow's Top 10 story about track and field All-Americans Scott Roth, Kyle Neilson and Joe Zimmerman.