Dec. 5, 2005
SEATTLE (AP) - Jamal Williams had 22 points and seven rebounds and No. 18 Washington overcame Gonzaga star Adam Morrison's 43 points in the Huskies' 99-95 victory over the No. 6 Bulldogs on Sunday night.
Freshman Justin Dentmon scored a season-high 17 points, 13 late after senior leader Brandon Roy was forced to the bench and then out of the game by fouls, to help Washington (7-0) extend its nation-leading home winning streak to 29 games. The Huskies also ended a seven-game losing skid to their cross-state rivals.
J.P. Batista added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga (4-2), but sat for more than 8 minutes in the second half with four fouls.
That left Morrison on a nearly solo attempt at a comeback.
He almost pulled it off.
The preseason All-America selection was at times unstoppable. He made 18 of 29 shots to match the career-high 43 points he scored in Gonzaga's triple-overtime victory over Michigan State last month in the Maui Classic.
But he missed the potential winning 3-pointer on Gonzaga's final possession. Teammate Sean Mallon then missed a putback shot off an offensive rebound. Washington's Bobby Jones, who had 15 points, finally sealed the win with two free throws.
It wasn't Maui, but this one was an Evergreen State classic.
There were nine lead changes in the final 11:05, when Roy went to the bench with his fourth foul. And the noise inside Hec Edmundson Pavilion was louder than in recent memory.
Dentmon's penetration basket and three-point play gave Washington a 97-93 lead with 1:09 left. Morrison then missed a chance to retie the game when he missed a free throw on his three-point play opportunity with 58 seconds remaining.
With about 25 seconds left, Dentmon badly missed a 3-point shot with the shot clock at 4. Gonzaga called a timeout with 20.4 seconds to set up the final sequence.
Morrison then elevated for a tough 3-point try over night-long shadow Bobby Jones. The shot was long. Mallon, who made just one basket, grabbed the rebound, but also missed from point-blank range.
After the game, Gonzaga went straight to its buses and did not talk. Instead, the Zags were left to think of Washington's first win over them since Dec. 30, 1997.