Portland-Washington Preview

BY foxsports • December 6, 2010

Washington has been so good offensively that it's starting to surprise itself.

The No. 21 Huskies look to go over 100 points for the third straight game Monday night when they host Portland.

Washington (5-2) is the nation's highest scoring team at 95.7 points per game, topping 100 four times. The Huskies routed Texas Tech 108-79 at home Saturday in a Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Classic matchup.

"It's crazy, was that our fourth one?" point guard Isaiah Thomas said. "It's like every time I look up I'm like, 'Dang, we're at 90.' We've got a lot of weapons there we can use and a lot of scorers so it should be like that."

Five Huskies average in double figures. Justin Holiday was the star Saturday with 20 points and nine rebounds as Washington cruised after a 61-point first half.

"He's a stat-sheet stuffer," coach Lorenzo Romar said. "He had 17 in the first half. Good players can score or good players can defend. The great players can do both. He did a great job."

Matthew Bryan-Amaning added 18 points, Thomas had 16 and freshman C.J. Wilcox 11 for the Huskies, who extended their non-conference home win streak to 24 games.

"Now, there are some games I can go back and get some Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey and watch the replay and then I can enjoy it," Romar said. "But you still point out mistakes, like why weren't we rotating or why didn't we do that."

The Huskies have won three straight since losses to then-No. 8 Kentucky and then-No. 2 Michigan State at the Maui Invitational. They are the only ranked team from the Pac-10, and are eager to help prove that the conference is better than it was last season when it received two NCAA tournament berths.

"We know we can play and obviously no one in the Pac-10 is going to be going into the year saying that we're bad or that they're bad so they're just going to do everything they can to get their wins too," Bryan-Amaning said.

Bryan-Amaning came off the bench for the second straight game, with Romar saying that he needs the senior to be more of a leader. Seven-footer Aziz N'Diaye started in his place again.

Washington is 12-2 all-time and 7-0 at home against Portland (7-2), including an 89-54 victory last season. That game avenged a season-opening road loss to the Pilots in 2008-09.

Thomas had 16 points and eight assists in last season's matchup as the Huskies built a 47-17 halftime lead and never looked back.

Portland's two leading scorers, Jared Stohl and Luke Sikma, are Washington natives looking to fare better after they combined for nine points off the bench against the Huskies last time.

Stohl is averaging 15.0 points, but has turned in his two worst efforts with a total of 13 the last two games. He had seven points in Friday's 58-54 win at Montana.

Portland shot below 36 percent in losses in its two high-profile games to this point, falling 79-48 to Kentucky on Nov. 19 and 84-68 to Washington State four days later.


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