The Huskies sounded convinced that this game indicated progress from the Gonzaga loss, rather than simply playing a weaker opponent in a friendlier gym.
But no doubt we'll find out more Wednesday when LSU arrives.
Some game highlights:
Star of the game: Washington center Spencer Hawes dominated the early going as the Huskies began putting the game away. He scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half. He hit seven of eight shots, blocked five shots and limited Vikings center Scott Morrison to seven points on 2-of-8 shooting.
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Key stats: Washington dominated the boards, 44-26. The Huskies also hit a season-high 59.7 percent of its shots while holding the Vikings to 35.8 percent.
Key run: Three-pointers by Phil Nelson, Brandon Burmeister and Ryan Appleby keyed a 16-3 run over a four-minute stretch early in the first half, which gave the Huskies a lead that was never threatened.
Observations: The 32-point victory was Washington's widest margin of the season. … UW guard Justin Dentmon set a career high with nine rebounds. … UW freshman Adrian Oliver left the game with what was described as a mild concussion. He is expected to return practice and be available against Louisiana State on Wednesday. … PSU guard Emmanuel Jenkins of Tacoma, a freshman from Franklin Pierce High School, played seven minutes but did not score. … The Huskies have won 14 straight home games and 25 straight non-conference home games.
Quotable: "I kept trying to get it. Rebounds just wouldn't come my way. I think I would have got it if (assistant coach Jim Shaw) wouldn't have told me. It seemed like after he told me, the ball wouldn't come my way." – Dentmon, on falling one rebound short of a double-double.
Next: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, No. 9 LSU, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.