Nice tough victory.
Coach Romar and some of the veteran players said this was just the kind of tough, slow game with a tournament feel that will serve as a great education for the young players.
My game notes:
NO. 17 WASHINGTON 70, NORTHERN IOWA 61
Star of the game: Northern Iowa forward Grant Stout had a game-high 10 rebounds and tied UW's Justin Dentmon for scoring honors with 17 points. Stout, a 6-foot-8 senior, also contributed two assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
Key stats: Washington hit 18 of 21 free throws (85.7 percent), while UNI hit 10 of 15 (67 percent). … Both teams had 17 turnovers, but UNI had 18 assists to Washington's eight.
Key run: The Huskies trailed by four points about nine minutes from the end when Jon Brockman returned to the game despite having four fouls. When he fouled out in the final minute, UW was up by six.
Observations: Dentmon's 17 points tied his career high. … The Huskies are 3-0 for the fourth straight season. Last season, UW opened with 11 straight wins. … UW has won 19 straight regular season non-conference games since losing to Gonzaga in 2005. … When UNI's Stout hit a free throw in the first minute to open the scoring, it marked the first time this season that the Huskies have trailed. … Former Husky and new Philadelphia 76er Bobby Jones was at the game and received a "Bob-bee, Bob-bee" chant from the Dawg Pack. The Sixers are in town to play the Sonics tonight.
Quote: "He is really good. If it wasn't the hook shot, it was the turnaround. And if it wasn't the left hand, it was the right hand." – UNI coach Ben Jacobson on UW freshman center Spencer Hawes.
BTC notes: In the opening game Tuesday, Pepperdine defeated Nicholls, 98-83. The teams' tournament records were Washington, 3-0; Northern Iowa, 2-1; Pepperdine, 1-2; Nicholls, 0-3. It was Washington's third straight regular season tournament championship, following the 2004 Great Alaska Shootout and the 2005 BCA Classic. … Dentmon was named tournament MVP. Joining him in all-tournament honors were teammate Brockman, Eric Coleman and Stout of Northern Iowa, Marvin Lea of Pepperdine and Adonis Gray of Nicholls State.
Next: 1 p.m. Sunday, Sacramento State, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.