Dec. 20, 2006
Thirteen points into the game sophomore Jon Brockman and freshman Spencer Hawes had already made their statement. Hawes scored the first four points and Brockman the next nine as Washington ran up 9-2 run to bring the capacity crowd to a deafening roar.
The building was never quiet again.
Both players posted double-doubles, Brockman 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Hawes led all scorers with 23 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs. The two combined for 28 points and 14 rebounds in the first half despite not scoring in the final five minutes.
"Hawes and Brockman showed our guys what it is all about to play hard the whole time," LSU head coach John Brady said. "Those guys beat us in every way possible. We got it handed to us tonight by those two guys."
Not only did the two dominate on the offensive end of the floor, a combination of them, mostly Brockman, was responsible for the absolute absence of All-American Glen Davis on the other end. Davis finished with just eight points and nine rebounds.
Brockman fronted the 6-foot-9, 290 pound center the entire game, paying the price for it. In the first half Brockman got cut just under his eye, requiring stitches, and many more scratches and bruises were present after the game. The work paid off, however, as was held to less than 10 points for the first time in 49 games. For one stretch, from 9:20 in the first half, to 7:59 in the second, Davis was held scoreless. He had been averaging a double-double (20.1 ppg and 10.3 rpg).
"For Jon Brockman to battle Glen Davis the way he did for the 30 minutes that he was in there was something really special," head coach Lorenzo Romar said. "If you have ever doubted Jon Brockman and wondered where the hype is, there it is."
At one point in the second half, Washington had outscored LSU 18-8 in the paint. They out-rebounded the Tigers 44-34, grabbing 21 offensive boards. Hawes and Brockman combined for 13 of those, nine from Brockman.
"I think throughout the game they physically whipped us," Brady said. "From the start Glen Davis was getting the ball three-to-five feet out and he couldn't convert or get fouled. They whipped us from that point on."
That point was about the 12:37 mark when Washington went into double-digits and LSU never got it under 10 again.
It was a 20-point game when the Bank of America Arena crowd came to it's feet with about two minutes left to celebrate the 15th-straight home win. The standing ovation, just like the night, belonged to Brockman and Hawes.