Dec. 4, 2006
It was a tale of two halves for a Washington basketball team that was able to execute every part of its offensive game plan against Southern Utah in an 87-72 win Monday night in Seattle.
The first half was all about senior Ryan Appleby and his outside shooting that is always lethal. Appleby drilled 5-of-6 from three in the first 20 minutes as he piled up 21 points. Despite his marksmanship from outside, his two best shots may have been the back-to-back running layups that he kissed high off the glass as he and freshman Phil Nelson combined for 12-straight Husky points.
Washington amassed 21 of its 49 first-half points from beyond the arc to race to a 12-point halftime lead. The second half, however, was completely opposite.
Spencer Hawes, the 7-foot freshman from Seattle took over after the break, scoring 15 of his career-high 21 points in the frame. He was just part of the Huskies' dominance in the paint as the Husky poured in 30 of their 38 second-half points from the area right underneath the basket. The other eight came on two free throws, an Appleby three-pointer from about 30-feet out and a Quincy Pondexter runner from just outside the paint.
"I thought we did a tremendous job of getting [Hawes] the basketball," Romar said. "Then Spencer did a tremendous job of finishing."
When it was all over the totals were staggering. Appleby tied his career-high with six three pointers, one-shy of the school record. He finished with a career-high 24 points and four rebounds in 28 minutes and his 6-of-8 performance from long range brought his percentage up to 44 on the season. But it was the post play that brought the overall shooting percentage up for Washington. Hawes added his 21 points to go with three blocks as the Huskies shot 58 percent from the field, the fourth time they've eclipsed the 50 percent mark this season.