Roy leads Huskies to win over Utah State; Illinois next
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – Brandon Roy netted a game-high 28 points and
dished out five assists to pace Washington past the Utah State Aggies, 75-61,
in a Washington, D.C. bracket first-round game at Cox Arena.
Jamaal Williams had 15 points while Bobby Jones and Justin Dentmon contributed
11 points apiece for the fifth-seeded Huskies (25-6), who are attempting to
reach the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year. Washington will now face
fourth-seeded Illinois on Saturday.
“We are a physical team and we’re scrappy. Tonight I think we did a good job of
coming out and showing everybody that we’re a scrappy team and we can hold some
leads in the second half,” Roy said.
Jaycee Carroll poured in 21 points and added seven rebounds for No. 12 seed
Utah State (23-9), which lost to Washington for the first time in its last
four tries. Nate Harris posted 19 points and 14 boards, and Chaz Spicer
donated 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
This and all other games out of San Diego were briefly overshadowed by a bomb
scare earlier in the day.
A threat of suspicious activity caused the evacuation of the building during
the morning and delayed the start of the Marquette-Alabama game for an hour
and 10 minutes. All of the following games, as a result, were pushed back from
their original start times.
During a pre-game security check, two bomb-sniffing dogs were alarmed by a
vendor cart inside the stadium around three hours before the scheduled tip of
the first game. The building was immediately cleared before authorities
determined the arena to be completely safe.
Washington led for nearly the entire first half and took a 29-20 advantage
into the locker room.
“(It was) definitely something they were doing defensively,” Harris said. “We
couldn’t enter the ball to the wing; we couldn’t enter the ball into the post;
we couldn’t enter the ball to our post guys at the elbow.”
The Huskies took control midway through the opening stanza with an 8-0 run
that put them up 17-7. Williams started things with back-to-back buckets, and
Roy followed with a pair of layups to push the lead to 10 with about eight
The Aggies countered with a 6-0 charge to make it 17-13, but Washington
methodically moved the lead back up to nine by intermission.
Washington extended its edge to 16 points, 53-37, after Ryan Appleby drained a
three-pointer with about 11 minutes to go in the game. Utah State’s 9-0 burst
cut the deficit to seven, but — as was the theme of this contest — the
Huskies had an answer.
Washington pushed its lead back up to 10 with 6:23 remaining courtesy of a
Dentmon trey, and kept the Aggies at arm’s length the rest of the way.
Washington is 13-13 overall in NCAA Tournament play, and is making its third
consecutive appearance in the event…Washington’s fifth seed ties for the
second highest that the team has ever had in the NCAA Tournament…The Aggies
were making their seventh consecutive postseason appearance, and 16th all-time
NCAA Tournament appearance.