It was Washington's most one-sided victory since they clobbered Morgan State, 118-51 in 2006.
And Quincy Pondexter -- who had a game for the ages -- said part of that might have been due to some big talk he had heard attributed to current Viking and former Husky Phil Nelson.
“When you hear chatter about guys saying they’re better than you or they have the game circled and they really want to come out and punch you in the mouth, then you’ve got to get ready,” Pondexter said. “I think we are the top dog, and for them to come in here and beat us, that would have been a big accomplishment for them. … I talked to (Nelson) a few times during the game. I told him – I can’t tell you what I told him.”
The Dawg Pack student section also targeted Nelson with boos and chants.
Coach Lorenzo Romar, meanwhile, was only complimentary to Nelson. And he had lots of compliments for his 3-0 team as well.
“I’m pleased with this performance tonight for a number of reasons,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Everyone who went into the game played with a high level of intensity. When the spread was so big, there was no let-up in our intensity. We were up 50 points and Scott Suggs dives on the floor for a loose ball. Those are the things that I’m pleased with tonight. Those are the things that suggest habits are forming.”
UW outrebounded the Vikings 47-16, shot 61 percent to PSU’s 40 percent, and had 25 assists to the visitors’ 10.
Huskies made up half the all-tournament team: Isaiah Thomas and Quincy Pondexter were named co-MVPs, and Matthew Bryan-Amaning also was honored along with Todd Brown and Troy Tabler of Wright State and Scott Sanders of Belmont.
Pondexter capped the tournament with what he conceded might have been the best statistical game of his career: a career-high 29 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 11-of-12 from the floor and seven-of-eight from the foul line.
“We’re not going to see a lot of teams like the Huskies in (the Big Sky Conference), so we can’t get too down,” PSU first-year coach Tyler Geving said. “… Coach Romar’s got a very good team, and they embarrassed us tonight.”
Through the tournament Washington went 3-0, Wright State 2-1, Belmont 1-2 and Portland State 0-3.
Romar said the opening games provided hopeful signs to regarding some of the questions he had about his team.
“I thought we had the potential to be a good defensive team, but we were encouraged this week,” he said. “The rebounding issue we weren’t sure of. I’m not saying we’re a great rebounding team, but I think we’re making progress that way. And I think right now we’re doing as good a job of taking care and sharing the ball as probably since we’ve been here.”
Washington is now off until Friday when San Jose State visits.
2nd/15:40: Pondexter has clicked over to a double-double: 26 points and 11 rebounds on 11-12 shooting and 4-4 on fts ... one of the great lines I've ever seen.
Huskies up, 70-33.
Second half: UW has opened the second half with (yet another) run and leads 61-29. Pondexter is up to 24 points, one short of his career high.
Halftime: Portland State actually jumped to a 10-4 lead, but it's all UW since then ... all the way to a 55-29 lead at half.
Quincy Pondexter has 20 points and nine rebounds already. He's 8-of-9 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line.
Phil Nelson is leading the Vikings with 13 points.
Lineup: Huskies going with the same lineup for the third night in a row: Overton, Thomas, MBA, Pondexter and Gant.
Pregame: Wright State dominated Belmont, 82-73, in the opening game today.
Next up, the Huskies will conclude the tournament with a game against Portland State at 7 p.m. and shown on FSN.
Normal drill is planned: I'll keep this open as a running gameday blog with news, game updates and postgame stats, notes and quotes. I'd also love to hear what you guys think of the Huskies after this first-weekend look.