Dec. 22, 2006
SEATTLE - Coming off a huge frontcourt-dominated win over LSU on Wednesday night, Washington's big men once again powered the Dawgs to a home victory on Friday by defeating Weber State 80-51.
The Huskies got themselves off to a slow start, falling behind by as much as 11 points early in the contest. Husky standout freshman Spencer Hawes got the offense rolling at the 9:32 mark, scoring seven straight points to quickly reduce the deficit to four. The Huskies would keep that momentum, going into the half with an eight point lead.
The second half saw much of the same production from Hawes, as he would go on to finish with 23 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Sophomore Jon Brockman continued his recent well-rounded success, contributing 18 points, 12 rebounds and three steals.
More important than statistics are the intangibles brought to the table by Brockman, who was voted to captain the squad by his teammates despite being just a sophomore. Heading the list of those intangibles is his hard-charging style of play and hustle that sets the tone for the young team.
"Jon played his tail off tonight, again. He played so hard and provided so much energy," remarked UW coach Lorenzo Romar.
"He has now begun to replace Bobby Jones in terms of that energy. The energy we lost with Bobby, Jon is providing for us. I think everyone else is following suit."
Brockman registered his second-straight double-double, following a 19-point, 14-rebound performance against LSU. He has five double-doubles on the young campaign, one more than he posted all last season.
Hawes and Brockman combined for 41 of Washington's 80 points, shooting a combined 17-of-28 from the field (61 percent). They also paired up to collect 21 rebounds. In Wednesday's 88-72 triumph over 12th-ranked LSU, the dominant duo accounted for 42 points and 26 rebounds.
The Huskies out-rebounded Weber State, like they did all 10 previous opponents. Friday's margin was 47-24.
"They are piranhas on the glass. They are big and strong, and they are athletic," exclaimed Weber State coach Randy Rahe. "I thought the first 10-12 minutes of the game we did a nice job kind of neutralizing that. They just kept on coming, and they wore us down on the glass."
For the season, the Huskies are outboarding opponents by 13.5 rebounds per game (43.8 to 30.3).
With Friday's win, Washington improved to 10-1 on the season. The Huskies now head on the road to begin Pac-10 play, as they travel to USC on Dec. 28 and top-ranked UCLA on Dec. 31.