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Huskies Cruise Over Pilots, 89-54
Release: 12/19/2009
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Dec. 19, 2009

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Thomas, Pondexter and Romar

SEATTLE (AP) -Quincy Pondexter scored 17 points, Isaiah Thomas had 16 and No. 24 Washington pressured Portland into 22 turnovers during an 89-54 rout on Saturday night.

The Huskies (7-3) bounced back from a 74-66 loss to No. 11 Georgetown last Saturday at the John R. Wooden Classic, with leading scorers Pondexter and Thomas giving the Huskies a formidable one-two punch. Pondexter scored inside while Thomas drained two 3-pointers to open up a 16-2 lead over the first 6 minutes.

Elston Turner connected for a 3-pointer from the left wing, and Turner hustled back on defense and picked off a lazy Portland pass that led to a fastbreak with Venoy Overton finishing in traffic and picking up a foul.

Following a missed 3-pointer by Portland, Pondexter took a pass from Thomas on the right wing, moved past a flailing Taishi Ito and fed the ball to Matthew Bryan-Amaning for a reverse layup to extend the lead to 38-13.

Scott Suggs had a career-high 13 points for the Huskies, forced Portland (6-4) into 12 first-half turnovers and converted them into 26 points in building a 47-17 halftime cushion.

Nik Raivio and Luke Sikma tried to lead the Pilots back in the second half, leading a 10-2 run to get within 59-38. The Huskies answered moments later with a 14-0 run culminating in a rim-rattling alley-oop dunk from Thomas to Pondexter with just over 7 minutes left.

The Huskies traveled to Portland to open last season and lost 80-74. Portland returned all of its starters from that squad, but looked overmatched - Raivio doing the only damage on offense with 13 points for the Pilots.

Washington finished with 35 points off Portland turnovers.

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