Sunday, January 07, 2007

UW gets in the win column against ASU.

Ryan Appleby made six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead Washington (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) past Arizona State 64-53 on Saturday night.

Washington (11-4, 1-3), a preseason contender for the Pac-10 title, was one of three teams without a win in the league entering the game. The Huskies lost their first three Pac-10 games to Southern California, UCLA and Arizona, getting outscored by 12.7 points per game and allowing their opponents to shoot 56 percent.

Jeff Pendergraph scored 18 points and freshman guard Derek Glasser had 13 for the Sun Devils (6-9, 0-4), who shot just 34.7 percent. Arizona State (6-8, 0-4) has lost five straight.

Appleby made two 3's in the final 5 minutes to help hold off the Sun Devils. Jon Brockman added 16 points for the Huskies.

Spencer Hawes, Washington's 7-foot freshman center, was held to just nine points. He was averaging a team-leading 16.5 points.

Pendergraph had 12 points in the first half but Appleby hit three 3-pointers to help Washington take a 31-28 lead at the break.

The Huskies led 50-44 with just under 5 minutes left when Appleby connected from behind the arc to extend the lead to nine. He hit another big 3 exactly 2 minutes later for a 56-46 lead with 2:36 remaining.

The Huskies, the second-highest scoring team in the conference at 86.3 points per game, were held to a season low in points. They shot just 42.6 percent from the floor.


prrbrr said...

Talk about nostalgia, we went up to Sea for Az and Asu. I haven't been in Hec Ed since Feb of 1968. To me they did a wonderful job preserving the old tradition with modern updates. Az was packed, we actually missed the first 7 minutes as it took us 1 hour 40 min to get from condo in Magnolia to HecEd. The crowd was really into it, but hot hands prevailed in the end, Az just couldn't miss in the second half. By contrast, ASU was a drag, both teams and crowd had no energy. Appleby carried the team this game. They just couldn't get the ball inside and when they did, ASU collapsed on Hawes, ala the USC strategy. Having now watched this team, they are capable of beating anyone anynight and also losing to anyone. Sounds familiar. The Pac 10 continues their fratricide, with WSU over Az, and the Ducks over UCLA, and USC over the Ducks. Ben Howland was right, eventual champion will have 4 losses. Had a great time, but SEA was wet, windy and cold, so not a great weekend to host football PSA's. When we landed back in SoCal, temp was 68f.

Health Insurance Expert said...

I have to agree, they have made Hec Ed a great venue for college basketball. An hour and 40 from Magnolia?

Being a former Magnolia guy the easist back way to get to the campus is by heading over the Ballard Bridge, exiting by Mike's Chili, and taking Leary through Fremont and following the canal till you pop out by the hospital. That should take around 35 minutes even in todays more congested traffic. Key is to stay off the main road and hug Lake Union.

I think Joel Smith might be the missing piece on this team. Hopefully he is able to come back soon.

prrbrr said...

johnb, thanks for the traffic tip. I will try it next time. I have been getting to the U via 15thNW market/45th and also Mercer/I5/520/ montlake (the route which took the 1:40 the other night). Still finding my way around the area so everything helps.

Health Insurance Expert said...

I would definitely hug the canal for the best travel time. the two ways you are going are very congested.

I would take the Ballard exit,and take Leary through Fremont. I would then take Northlake all the way. Stay on the lake and not the main road. If you pass by Ivars Salmon House you know you are on the right track.

You should cut the travel time down to 35-45 minutes.

My dad, and I used to take the boat from the Wharf Restaurant which is now Chinooks to some of the games. I think you can still do that for football.