Photo credit: Seattle Times – Mark Harrison
Washington’s 108-79 was competitive for about 10 minutes before Texas Tech wilted under the defensive pressure and the second half became a parade of dunks by Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Terrence Ross and Darnell Gant (above).
The Huskies are just plain dominant at home where they’re a perfect 4-0 while averaging 106.5 points and beating opponents by an average of 34 points.
Here’s a list of UW’s previous victims:
McNeese State, 118-64
Eastern Washington, 98-72
Long Beach State, 102-75
The Red Raiders have more talent than the others, but you couldn’t tell today. Not when the Huskies forced 20 turnovers that led to 28 points. Not when Washington shoots 56.2 percent from the field and tallies 21 assists and a season-high eight blocks.
And not when Justin Holiday starred on both ends of the court. Not only did he finish with a career-high 20 points and collect nine rebounds, but he also held Tech’s leading scorer Mike Singletary to six points, which is six fewer than his average.
“Phenomenal job,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Justin Holiday is a stats sheet stuffer. He gets 17 points in one half, which is great to see. He shot the ball well. Good players can score, good players can defend, great players can do both. Tonight he did a great job. He guarded, and he has given up 40-50 pounds to Singletary. Yet he did a great job. He rebounded and was one rebound away from a double double. That’s just a very good basketball day for Justin Holiday.”
MORE QUOTES, NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS:
— Bryan-Amaning had a Bryan-Amaning type of day. He ran the floor like a deer. He danced in the paint. He dunked and screamed. He anchored UW’s interior offense and scored 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting. He also managed just two boards, which wasn’t so good. Still, it can be overlooked today when Washington outrebounds Tech 39-33. Bryan-Amaning blocked two shots and connected on 2 of 3 free throws. Not a bad day.
— Isaiah Thomas connected on all six of his free throws to the delight of UW fans who cheered after ever made basket. Thomas scored 16 points and moved into the No. 23 spot with 1,239 on UW’s all-time scoring list. He passed Bobby Jones and he’s 44 shy of tying Nate Robinson. Romar likes to say Thomas does what he needs to do in a game and today we saw the 5-foot-9 guard exploit Tech’s interior defense with dribble drives for layups. He didn’t take a three-pointer, which is the first time this season and probably wise considering he’s missed 12 of his past 13 treys. Thomas also impacted the game because Knight chose to assign 6-foot-6 Brad Reese to the diminutive guard.
— C.J. Wilcox came back from Tuesday’s career-high 20-point performance with 11, including three three-pointers. He also played formidable denial defense.
— Solid game for Gant who stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists in 20 minutes. He didn’t take a three-point shot, which snapped a four-game streak in which he’s made at least one trey.
— Aziz N’Diaye started for the second straight game and fouled out in 12 minutes. Before leaving, he collected seven rebounds. The timing between him and the guards is still a little off, which explains his three turnovers. Sometimes he’s not ready or doesn’t anticipate passes that are coming his direction.
— Venoy Overton estimated he’s about 80 percent in terms of health.
“My quickness and speed isn’t there like it should be,” he said. “But when I step between these lines, I block all of that out and I give it 100 percent.”
Even if he’s not at his best, Overton can be effective. He hasn’t disrupted offenses like he has in the past or collected a slew of steals, but Overton still pushes the ball in transition and he’s crafty enough to connect with teammates for four assists.
— Abdul Gaddy went scoreless in the first half before draining a pair of three-pointers in the second half. He finished with four assists, the most in the past three games.
— Scott Suggs, who missed Tuesday’s game with a strained left MCL, came off the bench and scored eight points on 3-for-4 shooting. Romar said Suggs isn’t completely healthy and probably won’t be for awhile.
— During a lull late in the first half, Terrence Ross cradled the ball at the top of the key before Romar yelled “move.” Ross then dribbled and sank a long-range jumper. Probably shouldn’t read too much into one play, but it seemed like the freshman needs to learn UW plays a fast pace. Romar wants Ross to be aggressive offensively and holding the ball and scanning the court isn’t being aggressive.
— And finally, Brendan Sherrer took a shot and scored. He needs to thank Overton, who called a pick-n-roll. Overton said normally Sherrer flares to the baseline for a mid-range jumper after setting a screen, but this time he led the big guy towards the rim with a pass. Sherrer, who appeared in four other games, scored his first basket. He’s the only active player who hadn’t scored.