Nov. 19, 2005
SEATTLE - For the second-straight game, Washington came out sluggish against a team they felt they should have blown out. At halftime the leaders of the team took it upon themselves to get the job done.
"We knew coming out in the second half that us seniors had to step it up," Bobby Jones said. "Brandon [Roy] was big with that."
Roy, the senior out of Seattle's Garfield High School, scored 11 points in the first seven minutes of the second half and 15 of his team-high 17 in the final period.
The team leader that spurned the NBA for one more year at Washington also added five assists and five rebounds.
Roy said the blame for the lackluster play in the first half lies on the shoulders of the seniors. He took it upon himself to pick the team up.
Just like on Tuesday when the team trailed by six against Air Force, Roy told them that they would lose the game if they didn't pick it up. This time, he said, guys figured it out.
"We just realized we were tight. They were out-scrapping us, they were out-hustling us," Roy said. "We were saying, `just gut it out,' and that's what we did."
After four games this season it has become clear that Roy is the leader of the team. Even when he isn't scoring, he is passing or making a big defensive play. He even tried to throw a lob pass to Jamaal Williams for a dunk in the second half that ended in Williams being fouled.
-- Two players on the American roster have local roots. Junior Brayden Bilbe was a teammate of Husky junior Brandon Burmeister at Mercer Island High School.
-- Freshman Garrison Carr was a teammate of Husky junior Hans Gasser at Issaquah High School. The Issaquah team and Mercer Island team play in the same league, KingCo 3A, so the four saw a lot of each other.