Dec. 27, 2009
Washington became the 16th NCAA Division I team with 1,600 victories after the win tonight, and just the third from the Pac 10 (joining UCLA and Oregon State). Washington is now 1,600-1,049 (.604) in their 107-year history.
Quincy Pondexter finished with 22 points (10-12 FG) and is now 16th on the all time UW scoring list with 1332 career points. QP started the game 20th all time in scoring, but leapfrogged George Irvine, Mark Sanford, Clarence Ramsey, and assistant coach Paul Fortier before the night was over. He is now just four points behind Bruno Boin. In addition to scoring, Pondexter filled out the box score like usual, compiling five rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.
Tyrese Breshers again showed his rapid improvement, matching his career high with 12 points (4-6 FG), grabbing six rebounds, and setting a new career high with four blocked shots--all in just 16 minutes. After not blocking a shot in his first five games, he has blocked 10 in his last five.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning's block in the second half gave him 67 for his career, passing Mark Sanford for 7th on UW's all time list. Despite a slow start, the London product finished with 13 points, including 10 in the last 10 minutes, six rebounds, and three steals.
Venoy Overton finished with 10 points, five assists, three rebounds, and three steals. For the first time in his career, Overton has scored double digit points in three straight games. This also marks the fourth time he has scored in double digits while coming off the bench, as opposed to just once as a starter.
Venoy's notorious defense was also on full display against the Dons tonight. He now has 113 career steals, passing Jon Brockman for 10th on the UW's all time list. In addition to his three steals, he pestered the USF backcourt all night, causing multiple turnovers late in the game to help widen the Huskies' lead. After the game, USF assistant coach Jeff Linder said Venoy "might just be the best on-ball defender in the country."
Isaiah Thomas' shooting struggles continued tonight as he shot 1-9 and scored just four points. However, for the third straight game IT found ways to make plays without scoring--he finished with a team-high six assists and also added two steals. Last game against Texas A&M, IT scored a season-low nine points but added seven rebounds and five assists, and two games ago he dished eight assists against Portland.