Here's my game story from the Friday paper.
Washington freshman Venoy Overton scored a career-high 19 points. He also made life difficult for Arizona freshman Jerryd Bayless, holding him to 22 points after he had topped 30 in his three previous games. The mightily harassed Bayless also committed seven turnovers, while Overton had none.
Overton quote: I could feel it. In the second half, when I was attacking, I could feel something big was happening."
Key stats: Washington missed eight of 10 first-half free throws. However, they hit a series of big ones down the stretch, finally hitting 22-of-35 on the evening (62.9 percent). … All but five of Arizona's points came from four players: Bayless, Jawann McClellan, Jordan Hill and Chase Budinger.
Key run: In the middle of the second half, the Huskies went on a 10-1 run that stretched their lead into double-digits for the first time, 50-39. The key back-to-back buckets that ignited the crowd included a high-teardrop lob on a baseline drive by Venoy Overton, followed by a fast-break finish from Quincy Pondexter. The Wildcats actually battled back after that, cutting it to two. However, Arizona has very little depth these days, and once UW answered, the Wildcats were done.
Overton on that baseline drive: "I knew I was going to the free throw line, so I just threw up a prayer."
Observations: Late in the first half, UW senior Ryan Appleby tied Deon Luton's career record of 212 3-pointers. A few minutes later, Appleby broke the record. … Brockman recorded his 19th double-double, most in the Pac-10. … Former UW quarterback Isaiah Stanback was in attendance.
Quote from Arizona coach Kevin O'Neill, whose team lost for the fourth time in five games: "They had a great game plan. They looked at our team and did what I would do to our team. They've got 10 or 11 guys that they really just keep rotating in and out. There are no consequences for them: We've only got one penetrating guard. It really puts us in a position out there where Jerryd is kind of stuck out there with the ball."
The win moves the Huskies to 15-12 overall and 6-8 in the Pacific-10 Conference. Nuext up is Arizona State, who lost at WSU Thursday night, 59-47. That one will be UW's final regular season home game: 3 p.m. Saturday, FSN.