And below some highlights for skimmers:
Overview: UW took care of business, getting back on the winning track after the loss to Georgetown while also getting some revenge for their loss at Portland last season. More important, they looked focus, athletic and active.
Star of the game: Tacoma's own Isaiah Thomas had a brilliant game across the stat sheet: 16 points onf 4 of 7 shooting from the field and 3 of 4 shooting from the line. He had eight assists and no turnovers. And his ally-oop lob that Quincy Pondexter dunked home might have been the game's highlight.
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Key stats: For a night at least, UW solved its two most recent problems of sloppy ballhandling and indifferent defense. The Huskies had 20 assists to 11 turnovers. (Anything under 12 turnovers makes Lorenzo Romar very happy). And they held Portland to .341 shooting ... and, of course, 54 points.
Key run: Washington jumped to a 16-2 lead in less than six minutes, and that was that.
Quotable: “I wanted us to get a little more organized. I wanted us to be a little more efficient, a little less risk-taking in that first five.” -- UW coach Lorenzo Romar explaining swapping Abdul Gaddy for Venoy Overton and Darnell Gant for Elston Turner in the starting lineup.
Also: Despite the start, Gaddy played only 16 minutes as he got into foul trouble early and stayed there. He had no points, one rebound, two assists and three turnovers. ... Scott Suggs had a career-high 13 points, one of four Huskies scoring in double-figures. ... Another was Overton (11 pts.) who made things happen in 19 minutes off the bench.
Next: The Huskies will take Sunday off, return to practice Monday, and meet No. 23 Texas A&M at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hec Ed.
Gant returns: Gant is back on the court, and UW is up 75-41 with about seven minutes left.
Meanwhile, we just got one of the highlights of the night: Isaiah Thomas ally-ooping to Pondexter and a break, and Q-Pon dunking it home.
Gant limps off: UW still up big -- 57-32 with about 13:30 left. However, forward Darnell Gant -- who started tonight -- just limped off to the locker room.
Sounders in the house Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller -- a Portland alum -- is sitting behind the Pilots' bench ... along with teammate Steve Zakuani. Zakuani grew up in England and Keller played there for a while, so both are interested in meeting UW's own Englishman: Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
Second half: Is under way.
Halftime: Huskies up, 47-17. And apparently Lorenzo Romar figured out a way to get his team's attention this week.
His theme for the week was better control of the ball, and better defense. At the half, UW had 11 assists on 17 field goals with only two assists. And the Pilots are shooting. .267.
Leading UW is Isaiah Thomas with 12 points, and Overton has 11 off the bench. Abdul Gaddy, who got his second start, picked up three quick fouls and has no points and one assist.
1st/3:25 UW 39, Portland 13.
1st/11:03: The new-look lineup got off to a dazzling start as the Huskies bolted to a 16-2 lead in less than four minutes. Portland seems to have weathered the storm a bit now, and has answered with five straight. So, UW leads, 16-7.
Lineup: Darnell Gant and Abdul Gaddy are in the Huskies' starting lineup tonight along with regulars Isaiah Thomas, Quincy Pondexter and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
Gant started the first four games before losing his job to Tyreese Breshers and then Elston Turner. Gaddy has started only once previously, against Montana due to disciplinary action against usual starting point Venoy Overton.
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75 minutes before tip: Several Huskies out warming up now. Looks like they're wearing their light gold unis tonight.
90 minutes before tip: There is one player on the court: redshirt freshman C.J. Wilcox, working with assistant Jim Shaw.
Reminder that tonight's game tips at 7 p.m. and will be carried on FSN.
Normal gameday blog plan: Pregame notes as they happen, lineups when announced, in-game reports, and postgame notes and quotes ... hopefully along with your comments.