Washington holds off Sacramento State
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Quincy Pondexter netted a game-high 22 points
as the 17th-ranked Washington Huskies held off Sacramento State, 83-74, at
Bank of America Arena.
Pondexter was two-for-two from beyond the three-point arc and made 8-of-11
shots from the charity stripe. He also pulled down nine rebounds and dished
out four assists for the Huskies (4-0), who remain perfect on the season
following a sweep at the Basketball Travelers Classic.
Spencer Hawes donated 14 points, while Jon Brockman added 13 points and nine
boards in the victory.
Alex Bausley scored 19 points and had eight rebounds to lead Sacramento State
(2-3). The Hornets were fresh off their most lopsided road win in 17 years,
beating Denver 74-53 on Friday, but shot just 29-of-82 (35 percent) from the
field and were just 4-of-21 on three-point shots.
Loren Leath added 17 points and Alonzo Young netted 13 off the bench.
With Washington holding a 48-38 lead to open the second half, both teams
suddenly had trouble hitting their mark, combining for 28 missed attempts in
just over nine minutes.
The Huskies eventually clawed to a 73-58 advantage with a little more than six
minutes to play and Sacramento State never pulled closer than nine after that
Haron Hargrave hit a shot with 1:11 remaining and Young hit back-to-back
layups before the final buzzer, but the outcome was never in doubt.
The Hornets started the game on a 23-12 spurt, capped by Young’s two-point
shot just eight minutes in. Washington, however, kept it close in the opening
minutes thanks to the strong play of Pondexter, who netted a couple of shots
from beyond the three-point arc.
The Huskies finally pulled ahead at the 3:00 mark, as Brockman drained a shot
to ignite an 11-3 run to close out the half.
With the game knotted at 35, Brockman hit the field goal and Pondexter
followed suit after a Hornets foul. Hargrave hit a free throw at the other end
for Sacramento State, but missed on his second chance and the Huskies put the
next six points on the board. Davon Roberts then made it a seven-point contest
with 35 ticks remaining, but Appleby hit a three-pointer with five seconds
left to send Washington to the intermission with a 10-point lead.
Sunday’s game was only the second time these teams faced one another, with
the first meeting coming on December 14, 1979. The Huskies won by a 94-57
score…The contest marked just the ninth time the Hornets faced a ranked
opponent since Sacramento State joined the Div. I ranks in
1991-92…Washington is in the middle of a seven-game homestand and will face
Eastern Washington on Friday…Sacramento State hosts William Jessup on