Dec. 31, 2005
SEATTLE - In the end, Brandon Roy sat on the foundation of the opponents basket, a look of disbelief on his face, his jersey un-tucked and exhaustion mixed with a little frustration clearly showing.
He deserved to be tired after scoring 35 points in 44 minutes, the second time in as many games he registered that point total. The senior added 11 rebounds and four assists before fouling out with 54 seconds left in the second overtime.
"Brandon Roy was unbelievable," Arizona head coach Lute Olson exclaimed. "I think the Pac-10 office will have to break tradition and name co-players of the week. If either of those guys (Roy, or the Wildcats Hassan Adams who scored 25 points on Thursday and 32 Saturday) get left off then something is wrong."
Roy was nothing short of incredible as he made good on his promise to turn up his game for Pac-10 play.
The 6-foot-6 senior guard twice forced overtime sessions.
With the Huskies down three and only 15 seconds remaining in regulation, Roy dribbled up the court to run a play designed for a Mike Jensen 3-pointer. When it broke down and Roy still had the ball, the Washington team leader pulled from 25-feet out for the game-tying three, sending 10,000 fans at Bank of America Arena into a wild celebration.
The senior had 17 of his game-high 35 points in the second half to help his Huskies weather a huge Arizona comeback.
He wasn't done, however, as with just 5.2 seconds left in the first overtime and Washington trailing by three, Roy sprinted up the court, pumped-faked two Wildcats into the air, and launched a three that hit nothing but the bottom of the net as the buzzer sounded.
His response to what are arguably the two biggest shots of his Husky career?
"It was a blessing that it went in."
If Roy gave Husky fans a glimpse of what is to come in Pac-10 play this season, this team has a bright future. So when he walked slowly off the court shortly before his team suffered its first loss, it was okay that he was tired and frustrated, and his opponents showed true competitive spirit. Adams stopped him for a hug and Marcus Williams shook his hand out of respect for the what he had accomplished.
The loss snapped Washington's national-leading 32-game homecourt winning streak. It was the Huskies' first setback in Seattle since an 86-84 overtime loss to UCLA on Jan. 10, 2004.
"There have been a lot of good teams on that 32-game home winning streak, and another one came in here and took it from us," Roy remarked.
Williams comes home
Arizona freshman Marcus Williams made his first trip to Seattle as Wildcat, scoring 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds in 44 minutes. Williams graduated from Roosevelt high school, just north of UW, as the four-time defending scoring champion in KingCo 4A and the league's reigning MVP.
"I was very very pleased with Marcus Williams," Olson said. "I thought noone came in here with more pressure than Marcus did."
The 6-foot-7, 205 pound forward was heavily recruited by Romar, so the Husky coach was not surprised by what he saw.
"I am not surprised at all," Romar said. "We knew he was going to be good. When you play that many minutes for Arizona, you must be pretty good."