It was a big night for the University of Washington freshman class of 2006.
The Huskies worked their way past San Jose State, 80-70, tonight at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, and members of that UW freshman class were the leading scorers for both teams.
Senior Quincy Pondexter led Washington with 30 points and 15 rebounds – both career highs. And Adrian Oliver, who arrived on campus with Pondexter before transferring to San Jose, led all scorers with 32 points.
Fourteenth-ranked Washington (4-0) couldn’t shake San Jose (1-1) for most of the first half, but finally took control when Pondexter did. Pondexter scored Washington’s first 13 points of the second half, and it was during that run that the Huskies finally got some breathing room.
An Elston Turner 3-pointer about 12 minutes from the end finally pushed the lead into double digits. San Jose kept Washington from building on the lead from there, but the Spartans made no serious run.
Now the Huskies get a break in their schedule before returning to action Nov. 29, meeting Montana at Hec Ed.
2nd/11:46 UW has opened a little space, 57-46.
Quincy Pondexter scored the first 13 UW points of the half and is up to a game-high 25. And Elston Turner trey just put the Huskies up by double digits for the first time.
Halftime: UW, 37-31. Spartans pretty athletic team, hanging in there. However, some verrrrry activist refs here. Twenty-five fouls called in 20 minutes so far. Four Spartans have three fouls each.
Adrian Oliver looking like a good one that got away, leading SJSU with 13 points. Pondexter leads UW with 12.
Tipoff: Oliver actually got more applause than tauts at introduction.
And we're off...
Lineups: Romar is sticking with what has worked: Overton, Thomas, MBA, Pondexter and Gant.
Oliver starting for the Spartans.
Pregame: It's 1-0 San Jose State at 4-0 Washington at 8 p.m., Hec Ed, FSN.
Both teams have taken the court, and of course the Dawg Pack is already on former Husky/current Spartan guard Adrian Oliver.
The Huskies are breaking out their light gold unis for the first time this season.
Our usual gameday running blog is planned: pregame news, lineups, in-game reports, postgame notes and quotes and -- ideally -- lots of comments from you guys.