Huskies overwhelm SU to spoil Dollar's return

Quincy Pondexter (AP)

It was expected to be closer; it was expected to be competitive - but it ended up being neither. The Huskies dominated Seattle University 123-76 Tuesday night at Bank of America Arena, to ruin the return of former Husky assistant and current SU Head Coach Cameron Dollar. Four Huskies scored career highs in the most lopsided win in the 57-year history of the series.

The 123 points scored - second overall in the history of the program - was just seven short of the UW all-time record for points scored in a game. That came in a 130-67 win over Chico State in 1993. It's the most points ever scored by a Lorenzo Romar-coached UW team, outdoing the 118 points the Huskies scored in a win over Morgan State in 2006.

"Well, it's good to be home," Romar said. "I thought our guys did a nice job tonight and maintained their composure. It was a good game before we get back into Pac-10 play for us to regain a little confidence and not necessarily what the score was, but how were supposed to play."

On a night without Isaiah Thomas - who was sick with the flu - the Huskies (13-7, 3-5) had no trouble scoring early as they broke out to a quick 23-2 run that kept the UW faithful standing for the first five minutes.

"It gave some other guys an opportunity with him (Thomas) not being there, because he usually plays a lot of minutes," Romar said. "Some other guys were ready to step up, I thought."

Leading the charge early on was senior captain Quincy Pondexter, who with 13 minutes still left in the half already had 9 points on 4 of 4 shooting. His finished the game with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals, his seventh career double-double.

The Huskies continued their run of strong play early as they extended their lead to 30-3 by the 10 minute mark, pushed by Pondexter and Elston Turner, who had 6 points at this point. Turner finished with 20 points total, a career-high.

Seattle (9-12) was led by their star, former UW signee Charles Garcia, who scored his season average of 20 points per game. But it took him 14 shots and 18 free throw attempts to get there. In fact, as a team, the Redhawks only shot 16 percent from the field in the first half, and barely over 30 percent for the game.

In the second-half, a weird sequence of events took place where the game got a little testy with 17 minutes left and there were several fouls called against SU over a minute stretch. Both coaches were even called to half-court by the lead official to talk about it. UW was in the double bonus by the 15 minute mark.

"Well, I learned a long time ago that if you're going to give it out, you better be able to take it," Dollar said. Neither team could stay out of foul trouble in this one as Seattle finished with 45 personal fouls and Washington 33. In fact, when SU's Alex Jones fouled out with 1:27 left, the Redhawks had no players available off their bench. They were forced to play the last 87 seconds with four players, and three of them had four fouls on them.

Romar said it was the first time that he has seen a team go down to four players. "I've heard about it, but never have been in one," he said.

Because of the number of fouls called, a couple of all-time records were set. The 61 free throw attempts by UW broke the nearly 43-year old record of 55 against Washington State. The 46 made shots also broke the record of 40 in the same Apple Cup game.

Husky walk-on Brendan Sherrer got in at the 1:27 mark also and was able to hit a jumper on the baseline for his first collegiate points while the Dawg Pack went crazy.

Besides Pondexter and Turner, guard Venoy Overton also had his second strong game in a row, with 20 points - a career-high - and eight assists. He also had four steals. Against USC on Saturday night, Overton led the Huskies with 18 points.

Justin Holiday also had a solid game with 16 points - also a career-high - and five rebounds.

"I thought my kids, from beginning to end, tried hard, they played hard, they did what I asked them to do," Dollar said. "It's just a matter of them running into a pretty good buzz saw."

Next up for UW will be arch-rival Washington State on Saturday at Bank of America arena. The game is at 12:30 p.m. PST.
Statistics:
Points: Pondexter 27, Overton 20, Turner 20, Holiday 16, Suggs 12, Gaddy 10, Bryan-Amaning 8, Trent 5, Sherrer 2, Gant 2, Breshers 1
Rebounds: Pondexter 11, Holiday 5, Gaddy 5, Bryan-Amaning 5, Overton 4, Suggs 4, Turner 4, Breshers 3, TEAM 2, Gant 1
Assists: Overton 8, Gaddy 5, Suggs 4, Gant 3, Holiday 2, Pondexter 2, Turner 2,
Steals: Gaddy 5, Overton 4, Pondexter 3, Holiday 2, Turner 2
Blocks: Holiday 1, Bryan-Amaning 1

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