Nov. 20, 2008
SEATTLE (AP)-- Justin Dentmon scored 21 points and freshman Isaiah Thomas added 19 as Washington survived an off night from star Jon Brockman and a halftime deficit to beat Florida International 74-51 on Thursday.
Washington (2-1) will have to be far more consistent in its next game, against defending national champion and No. 24 Kansas on Monday in Kansas City, Mo.
Dentmon's took over the game by scoring seven points in the first four minutes after halftime to turn Washington's one-point deficit into a 38-32 lead. That edge grew to 55-43 with 8½ minutes left, then to 66-47 while FIU went almost five minutes without scoring.
Russell Hicks scored 15 points for Florida International (2-1), which was missing four injured players.
Panthers leading scorer Michael Dominguez was 0-for-8 from the field and had just four points.
FIU is now 4-69 on the road since the 2002-03 season.
Brockman, who had 53 points and 27 rebounds in Washington's first two games, scored just eight on 4-for-8 shooting and had eight rebounds while uncharacteristically turning the ball over. It was the first time Brockman did not score in double-figures in 40 games, dating to Feb. 24, 2007 at Oregon when he also had eight points.
The senior spent some of Washington's sloppy, cold first half screaming at freshman guard Scott Suggs to notice he was getting good position near the basket. After Suggs declined to pass to him three consecutive times late in the half, Brockman stomped to Suggs during a dead-ball period, pounded the new guy in the chest, grabbed his jersey and demanded, "Get the ball to the low post!"
Yet Brockman turned the ball over on consecutive trips five minutes into the second half and didn't score or even take a shot until 8½ minutes in.
No matter, Dentmon and Thomas carried his large load for him.
Florida International led 26-25 at the half, despite Dominguez missing all five of his shots from deep.
The Huskies shot just 22 percent in the opening period, missing 25 of 32 shots, but then made eight of their first nine after halftime.