Huskies Insider Blog

UW 80, San Francisco 52, Final

Not much from the Dons' end prevented the Huskies from notching their 22nd consecutive non-conference home victory Saturday night.

Enlightening for coach Lorenzo Romar was improvement in areas of emphasis this week in practice, particularly rebounding and interior defense.

The coach got a two-for-one bang when he decided to start 7-footer Aziz N'Diaye alongside Matthew Bryan-Amaning for the first time this season, and it paid off handsomely - especially early when the senior center from England collected offensive rebounds on three of the team's first five possessions.

Of the UW's 22 first-half rebounds, 11 were on the offensive end.

N'Diaye saw his most extensive action - 22 minutes - and produced nine points, five rebounds and four blocks.

The Senegal native did admit after the game that he had been experiencing pain in his left knee - the off knee from the one he suffered a season-ending injury on last season at the College of Southern Idaho - but that he felt good enough to have gone longer Saturday night.

Romar said he will stick with the same starting frontcourt - N'Diaye, Bryan-Amaning and Justin Holiday - for the final non-league tune-up Wednesday against Nevada, then evaluate things before heading into Pacific-10 Conference play.

** STAR OF THE GAME: Scott Suggs came off the bench to hit a pair of quick 3-pointers to get the offense rolling. But it's tough to argue with what Bryan-Amaning did in his return to the starting lineup - 10 points, nine rebounds (seven on the offensive glass) and two steals.

** KEY MOMENT: The UW scored on seven consecutive trips (a 15-6 run) over a four-minute stretch in the first half. Abdul Gaddy, out of Bellarmine Prep, had three buckets during the span. By the time he finished off the run with his right-corner jumper, the UW's lead grew to 30-17 with 5:53 remaining.

** NEXT: UW vs. Nevada, 6 p.m. Thursday, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle.