March 13, 2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Quincy Pondexter scored 19 points and Washington defeated Stanford 79-64 in a matchup of poor shooting teams in the Pac-10 tournament semifinals Friday night.
The third-seeded Huskies (23-9) plays No. 1 seed California (23-9) in today's title game, with the winner earning the league's automatic NCAA tournament bid.
Washington hasn't been to the championship game since 2005, when it beat Arizona for its lone tourney title. Cal reached its only final in 2006, losing to UCLA.
Landry Fields led Stanford with 20 points. The seventh-seeded Cardinal (14-18) improved their shooting to 31 percent by game's end, but were just 26 percent from 3-point range.
The Huskies built their largest lead, 59-39, on a one-handed driving dunk by Matthew Bryan-Amaning. It capped an 18-8 spurt, including seven by Thomas.
Washington's Darnell Gant put on a dunk contest in the final two minutes. He elicited cheers for consecutive dunks, the first coming off a no-look pass; the second on a fast break. Scott Suggs fed him a bounce pass that he put up with both hands.
The Huskies were 25-of-29 from the line, with Pondexter making all nine of his attempts and Thomas also perfect on seven tries. But they were 4-of-16 from long-range, and didn't boost their field-goal percentage to 41 percent until late in the game.
A 3-pointer by Emmanuel Igbinosa helped the Cardinal avoid tying the tournament record for fewest points in a half, set by Washington State with 16 in 1988. They trailed Stanford 28-19 at the break.
The teams shot a combined 15-for-52 in the half, with Washington needing 10 minutes to become the first team to reach double figures. The Huskies led by 11 on a jumper from Holiday.