The Huskies were happy to get the win, but disappointed with their play in the second half. The general thought was that while this was enough to beat Montana, it won't get it done when Pac-10 play tips off next weekend.
Star of the game: Sophomore guard Venoy Overton helped Washington put the game away early with three open-court steals which he turned into fastbreak baskets. He ended with 10 points – all in the first half – along with four steals, three rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot.
Key stats: Washington shot 50 percent in the first half, 38.2 in the second. The Huskies also hit 11 of 14 free throws in the first half (78.6), six of 14 in the second (42.9). They had five turnovers in the first half, and 10 in the second.
Key run: After about four minutes of even play, the Huskies went on a 23-0 run that settled it.
Observations: Washington won its sixth straight game. … UW sophomore Matthew Bryan-Amaning had a career-high 15 rebounds. … UW senior Jon Brockman had 13 points and 11 rebounds despite playing with a bandage on his left hand protecting three stitches needed to close a cut suffered while opening a Christmas present with a pocket knife.
Quotable: "Offensively, we were kind of all over the place, especially the second half. I think that 1-3-1 (zone Montana) set up, trapping all over the floor, kind of messed us up. We weren't expecting it and we hadn't played against it yet this year." – UW sophomore forward Mathew Bryan-Amaning.
Next: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Morgan State, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Brockman and Thomas led all scorers with 13 each. Matthew Bryan-Amaning a game-high 15 rebounds.
Anthony Johnson of Tacoma/Stadium had 11 for Montana.
Huskies move to 8-3. They return to action Tuesday against Morgan State.
I'll be back later with notes and quotes.
Halftime: After a few minutes of sparring, the Huskies went on a 23-0 run and lead at half, 41-21.
Venoy Overton leads all scorers with 10 points -- six coming on open-court steals that he returned for layups.
Brockman has nine points and a game-high eight rebounds.
UW has hit 14 of 28 shots, Montana seven of 28.
Tipoff: Huskies going with usual starting lineup: Brockman, Pondexter, MBA, Dentmon, Thomas.
11:25: Gates are open. Small crowd -- including a really thin Dawg Pack -- so far.
Both teams have been out on the floor for warmups.
10:40 a.m. The doors to Hec Ed haven't quite opened yet. But an interesting game should play out. The Huskies should be able to handle the Griz, but they've been off the court for so long, almost anything could play out. That was kind of the point of my preview story in today's paper.
But if things go according to form, the signs point Huskies. UW is unbeaten at home, while the Griz are 1-5 on the road. And the Huskies beat the one common opponent -- Portland State -- 84-83 without Jon Brockman, while Montana lost 72-45.
Normal gameday game plan here: any news that breaks before tip, then a running blog through the game, followed by postgame notes and quotes.