Nov. 25, 2005
Washington (6-0) took advantage of 22 turnovers by the Lions and scored 65 first-half points on the way to its 28th straight home win at Bank of America Arena. The longest home winning streak in the nation will get a stern test in the Huskies' next game, against No. 8 Gonzaga on Dec. 4.
Wes Wardrop scored 13 points to lead Loyola Marymount, which withered under Washington's relentless, full-court pressure defense. Matthew Knight, who scored 40 points over his first two games, finished with eight.
The Lions (1-2) have lost two straight since an opening win at Brigham Young.
Roy scored 12 of his 19 in the first half. The Huskies shot 61 percent in the opening period, which began with the Lions in a soft, 2-3 zone. Washington capitalized, making 14 of its first 21 shots. Roy capped the run with a baseline jumper that put the Huskies ahead 41-17 with 8:38 remaining.
Even when Loyola changed to man-to-man, Washington rolled. The Huskies' lead grew to 28 after Joel Smith had a pair of steals and layups, and a layin by Smith off a deft pass from Roy.
Then, Appleby, a sophomore transfer from Florida, swished consecutive 3-pointers in the last 70 seconds of the first half, giving Washington a 65-31 lead at the break
Appleby made his fifth 3-pointer in seven attempts 4 minutes into the second half, extending the lead to 81-41. Just under three minutes later, a Roy had a layup off a lob pass from freshman point guard Justin Dentmon, increasing the lead to 88-43.
Washington needs a win over Gonzaga to match its best start since 1975. In 1990-91, the Huskies won their first seven games, but finished 14-14.