Isaiah Thomas erupted for a season-high 27 points and a career-high 13 assists.Matthew Bryan-Amaning contributed 22 points and 11 rebounds – six short of his career-high for points, four short for rebounds. Justin Holiday had a career-high 23 points ... including 5-of-8 shooting on 3-pointers.
After the game, coach Lorenzo Romar volunteered that it might have been Thomas' best college game.
“That was probably the best performance I’ve seen (Thomas) have as a Husky. He was just a band conductor. He orchestrated that game for … the 35 minutes he was in there. He was really good. He’s been playing like this since we’ve started conference.”
Thomas didn't disagree. “I was scoring, I was getting others involved, I was doing everything,” he said. “The biggest thing: I was leading. I was telling the guys, ‘Don’t let up.’ We let up that Thursday night game (at Stanford) that got us our loss. The biggest thing was just leading.”
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MBA was less interested in ranking his games, but he seemed pleased that he accomplished what he set out to do tonight.
"I shot well from the field and was knocking down my foul shots," he said. "I’m just trying to rebound and rebound and rebound really to be honest with you – going after the ball whether it be on offense or defense. And then just finishing everything around the rim."
The biggest of Holiday's points may have been the back-to-back 3's he hit at the start of the second half, quickly amping UW's 48-33 halftime lead to 54-33.
"I think it was real big," he said. "That’s always good to come out in the second half and have something going for you, either big stops or quick buckets. Having quick buckets like that we were able to get back and have big stops. Having quick offense really helps."