March 1, 2007
For the third time this season the Washington Huskies absolutely torched the nets from three-point range, hitting double-figure long bombs. As usual the barrage was led by junior Ryan Appleby.
Appleby scored 22 points, his second-straight game of at least 20, as the Huskies ran away with an 85-70 win over No. 23 USC on Thursday night at Bank of America Arena. He abused the 19-foot, nine-inch line, hitting five three-pointers on the night, four of which came in a five-minute span in the first half when the Huskies nailed six-in-a-row to jump ahead by 16 points. Many of those treys were from well beyond the arc.
In all the Huskies hit 10-of-18 three-pointers, the first time they have had at least ten since the first meeting between these two teams, in the Pac-10 opener back on Dec. 28, when they hit 13-of-26. Washington also hit 17 threes against Nicholls State back in November.
For Appleby it was his second-straight game with at least five three-pointers as he hit six in the Oregon game last weekend. This marks the eighth time in his career at Washington that he has hit at least five three-pointers in a game and the fifth time this season. He also loves to play USC, hitting six in the first meeting. The junior has hit 13 threes in his last three game against the Trojans.
"We were doing a pretty good job of getting out in transition and the guys were finding me," Appleby said. "I missed my first couple, but then I got one to fall and I just kept shooting."
Shooting is what Appleby does so well for this Husky team as he now has 76 three-pointers this season, more than 50 more than any teammate. Some of those teammates got into the act tonight, especially sophomore Justin Dentmon, who hit all three of his long-range shots in the first seven minutes. Washington hit nine threes in the first half.
"We came out ready to go," Appleby said. "This team hasn't given up and we know that if we keep fighting and struggling wins like this one will eventually come."
Washington needs them to keep coming, as they host No. 2 UCLA on Saturday morning, before heading to Los Angeles for the Pac-10 tournament as the league's No. 7-seed.