Jan. 6, 2007
SEATTLE - It wasn't on a whim that Washington's Jon Brockman and Ryan Appleby were selected to grace the cover Sports Illustrated. Those two appeared on the magazine's regional college basketball preview edition - and they proved worthy Saturday.
The Huskies notched their first Pac-10 win, a 64-53 victory over Arizona State at Bank of America Arena.
Appleby set the tone for the Huskies in the first half, hitting four of his six field goal attempts and going 3-4 from 3-point range. Appleby also brought the intangibles, finding an open Adrian Oliver for a momentum-shifting trey early in the second half, and collecting an important steal just minutes later when it looked as if the Sun Devils were poised to make a run.
Brockman, who had been quiet during the first half, took over after intermission. He scored seven of nine points during a UW run extended the lead to 50-42 with 6:28 remaining. That surge put Washington firmly in command.
Then it was Appleby's turn once more, as he buried a deep 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of two Arizona State defenders to put the Huskies up by 10 with just 2:27 to go in the contest. Brockman then fittingly sealed the victory by hitting his final four free throws, effectively putting the game out of reach.
Appleby finished the game with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting and tied a career high with six 3-pointers. Brockman recorded his seventh double-double of the season, grabbing 10 rebounds to go along with his 16 points.
"They played a zone the entire game and really paid a lot of attention to Spencer and really collapsed on him whenever he caught it. That really freed up Ryan Appleby for some really good looks from the 3-point line.
"Pick your poison. They did not want to get beaten on the inside."
While there may have been questions as to why the Brockman-Appleby duo was showcased on the Sports Illustratede cover, with their stellar performances in the triumph over Arizona State on Saturday, both men proved that they were deserving of such an honor.