Nov. 5, 2006
SEATTLE - The Huskies displayed little in the way of inexperience that often comes with youth in Friday night's 108-74 men's basketball exhibition victory over Saint Martin's University. Quite the contrary in fact, it was the youth that were putting on the display.
Adrian Oliver and Quincy Pondexter, both true freshmen this season, helped lead the Huskies offensively with 20 and 17 points, respectively. Each took their turn sparking the team on both ends of the floor.
Oliver paced the Huskies in the first half, scoring 11 points and gathering three rebounds in the first 11 minutes of the game. He finished the half with 16 of his game-high 20 points, all of which came in just 18 total minutes of play.
"Adrian is very good." Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar commented on Oliver's performance. "He not only was good offensively, but he attacked the glass and was very focused out there. He is playing to win the basketball game, nothing else matters.
"You want those type of guys on the floor. In some ways he carried us in the first half when we were struggling."
Oliver's inspired and inventive play earned him a rousing ovation from the crowd of 8,971 as he left the floor with five fouls late in the fourth quarter.
Pondexter then took over in the second half, rocking the house with an emphatic fast break dunk in the middle of the third quarter that gave the Huskies all of the momentum they needed to pull away from the Saints and never look back.
"(Pondexter) did a great job and an even better job in the second half," said Romar. "He had 13 rebounds and when guys get that many rebounds that is pretty good."
Pondexter finished the game with a double-double, accumulating 18 points - on 7 of 14 shooting - and 13 boards.
A third freshman made his collegiate debut Friday, forward Phil Nelson. He displayed an outstanding all-around game with 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists and one steal. Nelson came in with a reputation as an outstanding long-range shooter and he did not disappoint, hitting three 3-pointers.