Here's our game story from the Sunday paper. And here's the quickie version:
Star of the game: Justin Holiday had a game-high 10 rebounds along with three assists, two steals and a block – all while helping keep ASU’s league-leading 3-point shooters in check: Richards Kuksiks, who had scored 27 in Tempe, had eight Saturday; and Ty Abbott, who had 17 in the first game, managed 10.
Key stats: UW got 19 offensive rebounds and forced ASU into 19 turnovers. ... Isaiah Thomas not only tied Quincy Pondexter with a game-high 17 points, but he dished a game-high five assists. ... UW is in a five-way tie for second place in the Pac-10, one game behind California, which looms dead ahead.
Key run: Right out of the gate: Washington jumped ASU right out of the gate, taking a 10-point lead in less than nine minutes. ASU coach Herb Sendek called three early time outs to try to slow the UW surge and calm the sellout crowd. But the Huskies kept pulling away. Their first-half lead peaked at 24 points, and then climbed as high as 27 points in the second.
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Quotable: “We never look forward to playing against Arizona State, that’s for sure. We have respect for their team, how they run their program, which makes me even more excited to watch us play at the efficient level of basketball we played tonight.” -- UW coach Lorenzo Romar.
“We had a hard time with their pressure. And I thought the Washington guards were very dominant both defensively as well as offensively -- getting the ball where it needed to go. They did a good job in transition. They just soundly beat us.” -- ASU coach Herb Sendek
What fans will be talking about: What a difference Justin Holiday makes. ... Nice bounce-back, share-the-ball performance by Isaiah Thomas. ... This was the kind of performance by MBA that makes those other kinds so frustrating. ... Here comes another road trip.
Next: A huge one: the Huskies hit the road to meet Pac-10 leader Cal at 6 p.m. Thursday with a national audience watching on ESPN2.