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Hot-shooting Huskies beat Saints, 97-76

The big numbers on the scoreboard were just fine: Washington 97, Saint Martin’s 76.

But those weren’t the numbers that the Washington Huskies were most concerned about in their lone exhibition game leading to their season-opener Saturday.

Looking down the stat sheet, the Huskies didn’t like giving the Division II Saints 20 second-chance points, or allowing them a 10 rebound advantage on the boards.

“The way we have won in the past is being able to defend and rebound, and we didn’t do either of those well tonight,” captain Justin Holiday said. “We can put up points – that’s a good thing – but the way we were able to win and be successful in the past was playing defense and getting rebounds, so we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

There was a lot to like about the UW offense. The Huskies shot 54.5 percent from the field, including 10 of 17 (58.8) on 3-pointers. Washington had 19 fastbreak points and 33 points off turnovers.

Holiday was second long list of double-digit scorers for the Huskies. Senior forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning led with 20 points, followed by Holliday. Next came a young trio with 12 points each: sophomore Abdul Gaddy, redshirt freshman C.J. Wilcox, and true freshman Terrence Ross. Scott Suggs added 11 after coach Lorenzo Romar penciled him in as the fifth starter.

“Scott has been playing well I the preseason,” Romar said. “He had done a nice job, and his experience had show in the practices.”

Next time it counts: 1 p.m. next Saturday against McNeese State.

2nd/3:43: UW up, 93-66. N'Diaye fouls out with four points and four rebounds.

2nd/9:29: Nevermind. Just that quickly the Huskies have jumped out to a 79-54 lead over Saint Martin's.

2nd/11:52: Saint Martin's cut it to 10 points a little while ago, and it's just 66-54 now.

2nd/15:17: UW up, 62-47. About to come in for his first action... Desmond Simmons.

Second half: We're under way. Original starters back on the court.

Halftime: Huskies dominating as expected, 55-36.

Maybe less expected, it's Justin Holiday leading the way with 14 points, including 3-of-3 on 3 pointers. Also in double figures: MBA, 13 points; Scott Suggs, 11.

Center Blake Poole leads Saint Martin's with nine points.

The UW starters are the only ones who have played 10 or more minutes ... with a single exception, and an interesting one. True freshman Terrence Ross has played 11 minutes, shooting 2-0f-6 from the field with a three-pointer.

Speaking of treys: UW has hit seven of eight 3-pointers.

Another interesting stat -- Coach Romar might use a different term -- the Saints are outrebounding the Huskies, 19-15, including 7-4 on offense.

1st/7:39: UW up, 30-20. Suggs and Holiday leading Dawgs with eight each. MBA has seven.

1st/11:28: UW, 21-12. A few unfortunate introductions. N'Diaye's first shot was an airball on a little hook from the baseline. Wilcox' first 3 attempt missed. Terrence Ross's first take started with a nice move down the lane, but rimmed off.

1st/15:33: Two treys by Justin Holiday and one by Scott Suggs have scooted the Huskies ahead, 13-8. First subs off the bench: Aziz N'Diaye and C.J. Wilcox.

Tipoff: The exhibition -- and a new season -- has begun. Always hard not to wonder where it will end.

Huskies in the same home whites as last season.

Arena probably a bit under half full.

Saint Martin's is going with Gleen Squiers, Brady Bomber, Roget O'Neill, Jeremy Green, and Blake Poole.

Pregame: The gates have just opened and the first few Dawg Pack members are filing in at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

The Huskies will make their first public appearance of an encouraging new season at 5 p.m., meeting Saint Martin's of Lacey in an exhibition match.

There's no radio or TV, but we'll keep the blog open all night and all season. You also can follow along tonight and all season at twitter.com/donruiztnt. i

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