The game was looong because of Seattle U's decision to get hyper-physical with the Huskies in the second half. The tactic became so obvious that the officiating crew called both coaches together and warned that they were willing to call every foul the rest of the way without being worn down.
Then they lived up to their word.
A total of 78 fouls were called during the game – including 28 on Seattle over the final 20 minutes. Along the way, six Redhawks fouled out, and SU played the final minute and a half with four men on the court.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar and senior Quincy Pondexter said that was a new one on them.
“Without obviously doing it crazy or pushing them in the back, we were more trying to go for the ball and see if we could get a steal and be very aggressive going for it,” SU coach Cameron Dollar said. “If they call it, they call it. It wasn’t intended to be rough or be physical. It was to get to the bonus as quick as possible and slow down the game and get them to the line.”
Washington hit 46 of 61 foul shots – 75.4 percent.
Here's our game story. And here are the highlights:
Star of the game: Quincy Pondexter had a game high 27 points and 10 rebounds. That just tops Venoy Overton who started in place of the ill Isaiah Thomas and came up with a career-high 20 points and eight assits.
Key stats: It was Washington's highest point total since 1992. ... A total of 102 foul shots were taken. ... UW shot 55.7 percent from the field. ... SU committed 29 turnovers while managing nine assists.
Key run: UW scored the first 18 points. The lead reached 20 in the eighth minute, 30 in the 14th minutes, and 40 in the 19th minute.
Quotable: Romar: "Well, it feels good to come home."
Dollar: "This was one of those nights where we took it pretty good. You gotta take your hats off to them for again coming back off the road and just flat getting after it. We pulled out everything we had in the bag, and we couldn't get a shot up."
What fans will be talking about: How did these Redhawks beat Oregon State by 51? How can the Huskies be so different at home from on the road? Why why why all those fouls? No really, why?
Next: Another geographic rival shows up at Hec Ed at 12:30 p.m. Saturday: Washington State. (The same day SU hosts Idaho at KeyArena.)