Four Factors: This game was totally one sided, and the four factors represent that. The Huskies were superior to the Vikings in all four, and by a wide margin. The most impressive stat was Washington's 65.5 OR%. When a team dominates the offensive glass like that they're nearly impossible to beat. The Huskies had more offensive rebounds (19) than Portland State had total rebounds (16).
The Huskies really hit their stride in this one. Phil Nelson was hot early, even putting Portland State out in front briefly, but Romar's squad played about as well as a team can play. Four Huskies scored in double figures, and every Husky except Elston Turner and Brendan Sherrer shot 50% or better from the field. Perhaps the most impressive thing was that UW was able to put the game away in the first half without much contribution from Isaiah Thomas. He finished strong and was again on fire from long range (4/7), but Portland State came out in a 2-3 zone that he had trouble penetrating. Justin Holiday stuffed the stat sheet, hitting both of his threes and going for 10 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Venoy Overton was also all over the court, putting up 11 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.
Player of the Game:
Quincy Pondexter had the best statistical game of his career, as he notched a career high 29 points and a career high tying 13 rebounds. Portland State had no answer for him as he shot 11/12 from the field 7/8 from the free throw line, and dominated the offensive glass with 6 offensive rebounds. He did all this without turning the ball over a single time.
Stat of the Game:
The Huskies posted an offensive efficiency rating of 150.
Tyreese Breshers didn't play in this one, sitting out with a finger injury. He hurt his finger in the Belmont game.
The Dawgs hustled right down to the last whistle. Quincy Pondexter and Scott Suggs both dove on the ground for loose balls when the lead was 50+, which is an excellent sign of this team's drive. Suggs' dive lead to an Abdul Gaddy to Clarence Trent alley oop.
Elston Turner was again outplayed by Scott Suggs and Justin Holiday. He shot just 1/5 from the field.
If there was any doubt about Quincy Pondexter's ability to lead this team, he silenced his critics this weekend.