LOS ANGELES, Calif. - As you might believe, there was plenty of reaction coming from both camps in…
Huskies win Pac-10 Tournament
Down nine, Cal made their run at the mark, led by Jamal Boykin, who finished the game with 20 points. He scored seven points during a 14-0 run to give Cal their biggest lead of the game at 66-61 with 6:44 left. And while Pondexter and Thomas had been the scoring foundation all season long for the Huskies, it was two other guards - Elston Turner and Venoy Overton - that took UW home, scoring 10 of the Huskies' final 18 points. Each hit a key 3-pointer, and Pondexter willed a contested jumper in to give UW a 77-71 lead.
But the regular-season champs weren't going down without taking a couple heroic swings. The Pac-10 Player of the Year, Jerome Randle, threw in a deep three with 50.3 seconds left, and he had a chance to draw even closer with 10.7 seconds left. At the foul line, he made the first, to shorten UW's advantage to two, but then left the lane too early to try and grab a rebound, and the ensuing lane violation gave Washington the ball.
Overton was fouled with 2.1 seconds left and cooly put in both free throws to spell the final margin of victory. He was the only other UW player to score in double-digits, with 10. The Golden Bears were led by the 25 points of Theo Robertson. Randle added 12 and Patrick Christopher 11.
Pondexter and Thomas were both named to the All-Tournament team, and Thomas the Tournament's MVP for his consistent play in leading the Huskies to their second-ever tournament title. The first was in 2005, when UW beat Arizona 81-72 to take the crown. That team ended up earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, eventually losing to Louisville in the round of 16.
Points: Pondexter 18, Thomas 16, Overton 10, Bryan-Amaning 9, Holiday 8, Breshers 6, Turner 5, Gaddy 4, Suggs 3,
Rebounds: Holiday 7, Bryan-Amaning 5, Overton 5, Pondexter 3, Thomas 2, Breshers 2, Gant 2, TEAM 2, Gaddy 1, Suggs 1, Turner 1
Assists: Thomas 2, Gaddy 2, Overton 2, Pondexter 1, Turner 1
Steals: Thomas 2, Bryan-Amaning 1, Pondexter 1, Holiday 1
Blocks: Breshers 4, Pondexter 1, Overton 1
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