Williams leads No. 13 Washington past New Mexico
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Jamaal Williams scored 22 points and grabbed
six rebounds, as 13th-ranked Washington defeated New Mexico, 81-71, in the
Wooden Classic from Arrowhead Pond.
Brandon Roy added 18 points while Bobby Jones netted 11 points and grabbed
seven boards for the Huskies (8-0), who are off to the school’s best start
since the 1975-76 team began the season with 14 straight wins.
Mark Walters scored 21 points and Tony Danridge posted 15 for the Lobos (4-3),
who have dropped three of their last four contests.
New Mexico trailed by 18 early in the second half, but made a game of it as it
reeled off nine straight points, keyed by four from Walters and three by David
Chiotti, to pull within 47-38 with around 16 1/2 minutes to go.
Moments later, the Lobos trailed by eight but continued to inch closer, as six
quick points, capped by Chiotti’s layup with just under 12 minutes remaining,
made it a 56-54 contest.
Washington, though, would not let the game get any tighter.
Hans Gasser’s jumper moments later extended the lead to 67-59 and the Huskies
continued to gain some separation throughout the half. Williams’ driving layup
late in the game then extended the margin to 12 and it did not get any closer
than nine points the rest of the way.
Washington wasted no time gaining the upperhand as it stormed out to a 13-2
lead six minutes into the game. Jones and Williams each scored four points
during the fast start.
The Huskies, who then went scoreless for just over four minutes, did not lose
any of their lead, however. New Mexico was even worse from the field in the
early going, as the Lobos began the game by hitting only 1-of-10 shots and did
not get their second field goal until the 10-minute mark.
Roy’s two free throws with around eight minutes to go in the opening stanza
extended Washington’s edge to 16 points and the margin grew to 28-11 on Artem
Wallace’s hoop moments later.
Ryan Appleby’s three-pointer with 1:08 left then made it a 20-point cushion
and the Huskies carried a hefty 43-26 lead into the locker room.
Roy had 11 first-half points to pace UW, while Danridge netted 13 for the
Lobos in the opening 20 minutes.
Despite New Mexico’s lackluster start, the Lobos ended 27-of-50 from the
floor. The Huskies made 32-of-64 shots…The 1928-29 Huskies opened the
season with a school-record 18 straight wins…Washington plays its next
six games at home and will not leave Bank of America Arena until January 12
when it visits Southern California…New Mexico has lost six straight games
to Pac-10 teams and the Lobos are 49-110 all-time versus ranked clubs…The
Huskies lead the all-time series 3-2.