This game was all about getting the WSU monkey off the back for the Huskies and starting the conference season with a big win over your conference rival. UW hasn't started the conference season with a win for awhile and this victory was pretty satisfying.
First of all tonights game was a treat because we all got to listen to Kevin Calabro and Lenny Wilkens call the game. We are talking about a couple of hall of fame type of guys. Those two guys know a few things about basketball and whenever they team up on the microphones at center court it is special.
Washington was impressive tonight on a hostile court breaking the seven game Cougar winning streak. As I said before the game Isaiah Thomas was going to be the key and he was tonight leading the Huskies with 19 points.
Jon Brockman started slowly but warmed up in the second half as the Huskies pulled away and took control of the game with an early run after intermission. Washington was patient tonight and forced the tempo as the game went on which is the key to beating the Cougars.
UW built a 30-28 lead at halftime than sprinted to a 37-30 lead after hitting the first four shots of the second half. Washington controlled the game after that and built a twelve point lead with only 2:12 left in the second half to erase any thoughts of a WSU comeback.
Quincy Pondexter had his strongest game of the season taking advantage of the Cougars who were concentrating on Jon Brockman. He finished with 16 points. Justin Dentmon chipped in 17 as four Huskies finished in double figures tonight.
Make no mistake this was a big win. Whenever you beat your rival by 20 points on their home court you are sending a big time message.
Up next for the Huskies are California and Stanford at home next weekend.