BY Bob Sherwin 07:06PM 01/16/2011

Troika keys Huskies’ victory

Thomas, Bryan-Amaning and Holiday each score more than 20 points during dismantling of Cal on Sunday night.

Washington center Matthew Bryan-Amaning had a double-double against Cal. (Drew Sellers/Sportspress Northwest file)

Washington 92, Cal 71

Date: January 16, 2011

Venue: Haas Pavilion

City: Berkeley, Calif.

Attendance: 8,649

Isaiah Thomas had the best all-around game of his career in leading the Washington Huskies to a 92-71 rout of the Cal Bears in a nationally televised game Sunday night. Thomas had a season-high 27 points – three shy of his career-high – and a career-high 13 assists as the Huskies (13-4, 5-1 in the Pac-10) recovered nicely from their 58-56 upset loss to Stanford on Thursday. Justin Holiday was the primary beneficiary of Thomas’ largess. He finished with a career-high 23 points. Matthew Bryan-Amaning also had 22 points. The Bears were led by Harper Kamp with 20 points and Allen Crabbe had 16. The Huskies led 23-22 with 8:10 left then out-scored the Bears 25-11 through the rest of the half. Washington shot 52.3 (34 of 65) from the floor. They also made 13 three-pointers in 29 attempts (44.8 percent).

Star Of The Game
Isaiah Thomas Coach Lorenzo Romar said Thomas had “the best performance he has had as a Husky.” He scored 27 points with a career-high 13 assists.

Play of the game
Justin Holiday hit a pair of three-pointers within the first 50 seconds of the second half, feeding the momentum for the 19-point rout.

Highlights

  • Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points and dished a career-high 13 assists in perhaps his best overall game of his career.
  • Justin Holiday dropped in a career-high 23 points. He made 9 of 14 shot attempts, including 5-of-8 from three-point range.
  • Matthew Bryan-Amaning had his sixth double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He had 10 of 15 attempts.

Notable

  • Thomas had 13 assists, the eighth time in school history a player had at least 13.
  • Aziz N’Diaye Fouled out in just 16 minutes of play. Did not score and finished with three rebounds.
  • Antoine Hosley Made a late appearance against Cal.
  • Terrence Ross Played 17 minutes and scored three points off the bench.
  • C.J. Wilcox Scored five points in his six minutes.
  • Brendan Sherrer Played two minutes in win over Cal.
  • Darnell Gant Fouled out in 20 minutes of play. Secured five rebounds.
  • Venoy Overton Played just 14 minutes and was quiet with three points and two rebounds. Came off the bench after starting three consecutive games.
  • Scott Suggs Made his first career start and finished with three points and four rebounds.

Said

  • “That’s big, because what I get knocked for year in and year out is they say I don’t make my teammates better. But there so much talent on this team that I’m going to look so much better when I get others involved. I’m just making the right plays.” Isaiah Thomas, Washington guard, on the fact that he leads the Pac-10 in assists at 5.4 per game.
  • “That was the best performance he has had as a Husky.” — Lorenzo Romar, Washington head coach, on Isaiah Thomas’ 27-point, 13-assist effort against Cal.

Numbers

  • 48.1. Scott Suggs’ 3-point shooting percentage, the highest in the Pac-10.
  • 1. Cal’s lead in the all-time series, 77-76.


YourThoughts

  • Kevin Howes

    Good to see the Huskies bounce back. Would have been real easy to roll over after blowing the lead against Stanford.

    Hard to believe they didn’t hit 100 points, considering they had 77 with about 10 minutes to play. Also remarkable the point total considering they only had three guys contributing offensively.

    Lets hope the team stays hot for the show down with the Wildcats.