Friday, December 22, 2006

Washington Rolls by Weber 80-51

The Huskies started slow falling behind 21-10 midway through the first half. UW pulled away with a 14-0 run to take a 38-30 advantage at half.

Brockman, and Hawes highlighted the otherwise ugly second half, in which Washington outscored Weber State Mildcats 42-21.

Center Spencer Hawes scored 23 points to tie his season high from two nights earlier and Jon Brockman had 18 points and 12 rebounds as UW overcame a slow start to beat Weber State 80-51 on Friday night.

Brockman threw down a thunderous dunk off a lob pass from Adrian Oliver behind Weber State's zone defense 3 1/2 minutes into the second half. The sophomore then led a fastbreak off a turnover, spun and got fouled while scoring in the lane. His free throw put Washington up 52-40. It was all downhill from there for the undermanned Wildcats.

UW wanted to avoid the slow start, but it was predictable after the emotional and taxing big game only two days earlier This team is beginning to solidify it's signature, and that is getting the ball inside to one of the best 1-2 punches at the power positions in the nation.

Next up is USC next Thursday, followed by #1 UCLA on New Years Eve at Pauley Pavillion. It doesn't get any easier after that as the next series features a visit from #9 Arizona. It would seem that we will know type of team this is going to be after the first couple weeks of the conference schedule. That being said, it is going to be a long bruising schedule through the 18 game gauntlet with an extra matinee for good measure against Pittsburgh.
The Pac Ten should be very battle tested by tournament time.

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