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February 17, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Washington muscles past Arizona State — Arizona is next

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Photo credit: AP Photo – Matt York
With a heavyweight bout against No. 12 Arizona on the horizon, the Huskies did what they had to do and dominated Arizona State 79-62 tonight. It wasn’t pretty at times, especially in the first half.
And at times things got really scary, especially when Scott Suggs went down with a left MCL sprain. More on him later.
But the Huskies recovered and and they dominated the Sun Devils with their defense. Using a 2-3 zone, Washington held ASU to 39.4 percent shooting and 23.5 percent (4 of 17) on three-pointers. The Sun Devils didn’t help their cause when they missed 13 of 19 free throws.
Washington took control of the game late in the first half. When the game was tied 27-27, the Huskies went on a 16-6 run to end the half and take a 43-33 lead into halftime.
Arizona State tried to fight back. After a tussle between freshman forward Kyle Cain and Isaiah Thomas, the fans at Wells Fargo Arena got into the game.
Thomas said the Sun Devils were bumping him throughout the game when Cain nudge him early in the second half he took exception.
“He was hitting all game and I told the refs to watch it and then he hit me that last time and I wanted to make sure he knew,” Thomas said. “It was (Cain) that hit me … and went to go running after him. Let him know don’t do that again.”
For some reason, the referees gave a technical foul to ASU’s Ty Abbott and Thomas. Sun Devils assistant Dedrique Taylor was ballistic and the ASU bench also received a technical.
The Sun Devils received a momentary boost from the excitement and closed to 49-42 before Washington put the game away with a 10-0 run.
ASU didn’t provide much of a challenge in the second half and managed just 29 points after intermission.
After the game, the biggest concern was about Suggs. Coach Lorenzo Romar said he’ll be evaluated Friday, but listed him as doubtful for Saturday’s big showdown.
We’ll know more tomorrow after Washington’s practice tomorrow.

— Several Huskies gave outstanding performance, but C.J. Wilcox gets the player of the game. He came off the bench and more than filled in for Suggs. Wilcox scored 16 points, including four three-pointers. He also had eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning is averaging 26 points against ASU this season. In the first game, he scored 30 points. Tonight he had a game-high 22 on 7-for-11 shooting. He also collected 12 rebounds. Scoring inside and getting rebounds are standard for Bryan-Amaning. The best thing he did was dish out a career-high three assists. He also tied his career best with 8 free throws on 11 attempts.
— Thomas did his best work on the defensive end when he helped shutdown Abbott. Got to credit UW’s zone as well. Still Thomas was exceptional defensively at times. On the offensive end, he struggled with his shot. He missed 6 of 8 three-pointers and finished with 11 points. But he was able to get teammates open shots and had a game-high six assists. Thomas also grabbed four rebounds.
— Where would the Huskies be without Venoy Overton? A month ago he was at times the worst player on the floor. Tonight, he was invaluable. Last week’s games may have signaled his comeback, but tonight he was better than he has been this season. Overton played 30 minutes and he was a solid floor general. He had five assists. He scored 10 points. The only drawback was he made just 5 of 9 free throws.
Justin Holiday and Aziz N’Diaye combined for 14 points and five rebounds.
Terrence Ross (0-for-5 shooting) and Darnell Gant (four points and three rebounds) made marginal contributions. Ross was particularly good on the defensive end.
— Freshman walk-on Antoine Hosley played a career-high four minutes.

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