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Huskies Climb Over .500 With Win Over Matadors
Release: 12/28/2002
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Dec 28, 2002

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SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's Will Conroy scored 26 points as the Huskies beat Cal State Northridge 89-80 on Saturday.

Conroy hit 8 of 10 from the floor with nine assists and six rebounds as the Huskies recorded their fifth win in six games.

Washington (5-4) went over .500 for the first time under new head coach Lorenzo Romar.

Conroy, who averaged just 2.5 points last season, leads the team this season with a 15-point average.

Cal State Northridge (6-4) scored the first basket of the second half, but then went the next six minutes without making a field goal. During that stretch, Washington went on a 15-5 run and from that point its lead was never threatened.

Washington's Doug Wrenn had 19, and Curtis Allen added 17. Anthony Washington had seven points and four blocked shots.

After a five-game winning streak, Cal State Northridge, has lost two in a row. John Clark scored nine of the Matadors' first 11 points and finished with a career-best 22. Lionel Benjamin and Justice Graham added 15 and 14.

The Huskies were playing without freshman guard Nate Robinson and sophomore forward Jeffrey Day. Robinson is in El Paso preparing with the Washington football game for Tuesday's Sun Bowl. Day was ruled academically ineligible on Friday and will be out of action indefinitely. The two combined average 17.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

The Matadors hit 11 of their first 13 shots, but only held a 25-20 advantage because of their nine turnovers.

The pace of the play picked up as both teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the half, which ended in a 33-33 tie. In the game's first 20 minutes, there were four ties and seven lead changes.

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