Nov. 13, 2006
SEATTLE (AP) - Senior reserve Brandon Burmeister scored a career-high 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range and No. 17 Washington sailed past tired, undermanned Nicholls State 102-74 in the Basketball Travelers Classic on Monday night.
Justin Dentmon added 16 points and six assists for the Huskies (2-0), who never trailed and were tied just once, at 4. Quincy Pondexter followed his 21-point, seven-rebound collegiate debut in Sunday's season opener with 14 points and four rebounds.
Jon Brockman, who had a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday, didn't score until the second minute of the second half. He finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in a game that didn't need his bulldog presence inside.
Adonis Gray scored 29 points - 25 in the second half - for Nicholls State (0-3), while Aaron Scott added 24.
The Colonels dressed just eight players - leading returning scorer Stefan Blaszczynski was injured and watching on the bench - and was playing their third game in three days spanning three time zones.
Nicholls State, 9-18 last season and 5-11 in the Southland Conference, began this season at Mississippi State on Saturday, then flew to Seattle for Sunday's five-point loss to Northern Iowa. After playing Pepperdine in their tournament finale in Seattle on Tuesday, the Colonels go to No. 7 LSU on Friday. Then comes a game at No. 19 Texas.
The Huskies went over the top of a tired Nicholls State zone defense in the first half. They were 12-for-21 on 3-point shooting while taking a 56-22 halftime lead. Dentmon made four 3-pointers, including ones on three consecutive possessions that put Washington ahead 39-12 with just over five minutes left in the half.
Pondexter's second 3-pointer increased the lead to 30 points. Ryan Appleby, the only Husky not to score in Sunday's 99-91 win over Pepperdine, hit two 3-pointers in the half as did Burmeister.
Brockman's 10th point of the second half gave Washington its largest lead, 78-36 with just over 11 minutes remaining. Nicholls State then had its best stretch of the game, going on a 13-0 run with repeated steals and layups. Gray had nine points during the spurt.
Spencer Hawes, Washington's heralded, 7-foot freshman who had a dazzling debut Sunday and remains a curiosity, continued to show his game has far more than post-up moves and rebounds. Hawes made some deft passes and dribbled across halfcourt on a fastbreak - but had only four points, on the first two shots of the game. The second was a 17-foot jump shot.
Washington and Northern Iowa (2-0), an NCAA tournament team the last three seasons, meet to end the tournament Tuesday night.