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Thomas leads 90-60 romp over Nevada

The Washington Huskies wanted defense, rebounding and execution, and they got it.

In their final game before the start of Pacific-10 Conference play next week, the Huskies coasted to a 90-60 win over Nevada at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Isaiah Thomas led UW with season highs in points (24) and rebounds (8). MBA had a game high 11 rebounds and N'Diaye 10.

UW shot 42.2 percent, but held the Wolf Pack to 28.3.

The Huskies won on the boards, 56-42. And they recorded 18 assists with only five turnovers.

This one was a methodical beatdown. UW didn’t put together runs, but slowly outplayed the Pack in enough phases where the lead grew and grew: reaching 20--- 47-27 -- at halftime as C.J. Wilcox drained a trey at the buzzer.

The most significant downside to this one came about five minutes from the end, when Justin Holiday limped to the bench and then left the court with an apparent leg or ankle injury.

However, after the game Romar said he expects both Holiday and Venoy Overton to be ready for the start of Pacific-10 Conference play Wednesday at Southern California.

I'll be back with quotes and more stats.

2nd/2:07 UW up 90-54. Huskies have 18 assists and four turnovers. Thomas has season-high 24 points and eight rebounds.

Brendan Sherrer and Antoine Mosley both in.

2nd/5:04 UW up, 83-51. However, Justin Holiday just left the court after seeming to hurt his ankle or lower leg.

2nd/11:54 UW up, 66-36. Thomas has 20. That matches his season high, but is 10 behind his career high.

2nd/16:43: Abdul Gaddy quickly picks up fouls three and four and heads to the bench. UW up, 54-30.

2nd half: ... has tipped off. Original starters back for both teams.

Halftime: C.J. Wilcox drained a three at the buzzer to give UW a 47.27 halftime lead over Nevada. Final shot was set up by a nice drive and dish by Isaiah Thomas.

Thomas leads all scorers with 12. Dario Hunt leads Nevada with 10.

Thomas and Holiday lead UW with six rebounds each.

UW has 22 rebounds to Nevada's 11. UW shooting 45.9 percent; Nevada 28 percent.

1st/3:44 UW, 38-23. No real runs. UW just walking away, inching up the lead. Thomas nine points, Holiday eight, Ross seven, N'Diaye and MBA six each.

Nevada has 16-15 advantage on boards. Huskies shooting 46.7 percent, Pack 33.3.

1st/8:21 UW, 24-14. Lead in double digits for first time.

1st/11:09 Gaddy picks up second foul.

1st/13:40 Huskies up,12-9. Holiday leads UW with six points, on a pair of treys. Burton has four for the Pack.

Tipoff: The game has begun.

Lineups: For UW: Gaddy, Thomas, N'Diaye, MBA and Holiday. For Nevada: Burton, Czyz, Panzer, Story and Hunt.

Overton in uniform: Scratch that earlier report. Senior guard Venoy Overton is in uniform ... however, he is sitting on the bench rather than warming up with his teammates, so his status for tonight seems to remain doubtful.

Pregame: The Huskies get their final pre-conference tuneup tonight, meeting Nevada at 6 p.m. at Hec Ed.

About 90 minutes before tip, a few players from each team have trickled out for warmups: Huskies in white, Wolf Pack in dark blue.

However, the news is the guy who isn't in uniform: senior guard Venoy Overton, apparently a no-go tonight with a hyper-extended knee.

Here's a quick look at the game ahead:

NEVADA (3-8)AT WASHINGTON (7-3)6 p.m., Hec Edmundson Pavilion.TV: FSN. Radio: 950-AMSeries: UW leads, 5-1, including the most recent meeting, a 61-60 win at Edmundson Pavilion on Jan. 22, 1991. The schools will meet again next season in Reno, Nev.Statistical leaders: For Nevada – Mike Story, 13.5 ppg; Dario Hunt, 9.5 rpg; Deonte Burton, 3.6 apg. For UW – Isaiah Thomas, 15 ppg; Matthew Bryan-Amaning, 6 rpg; Venoy Overton, 4.5 apg.Scouting report: UW coach Lorenzo Romar calls the Wolf Pack young, quick and athletic. … Nevada received a boost from the recent eligibility of Olek Czyz, a 6-foot-7 transfer from Duke who has averaged 7.5 points and six rebounds in his first two games with the Wolf Pack. … Nevada’s wins have come against Montana, San Francisco State and Portland State – all home games. The Wolf Pack has played one Pac-10 team this season, losing at home to Arizona State, 78-75. … Nevada was picked third in the WAC preseason media poll. The school has accepted an invitation to jump to the Mountain West Conference in 2012. ... Nevada guard Patrick Nyeko is a 2009 graduate of Seattle Prep. Next: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29, at USC, Galen Center, Los Angeles.