BY Bob Sherwin 05:37PM 02/17/2011

Bryan-Amaning leads Huskies; Arizona’s next

UW forward scores 22 points against Sun Devils – 52 points in two games – in 79-62 victory. The win sets up a crucial game against conference-leader Arizona on Saturday afternoon.

Washington power forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored a career-high 30 points Jan. 22 against Arizona State / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

Washington 79, Arizona State 62

Date: February 17, 2011

Venue: Wells Fargo Arena

City: Tempe, AZ

Attendance: 7,963

Matthew Bryan-Amaning abused Arizona State inside for a second time this season, scoring 22 points with 12 rebounds in helping the Washington Huskies (18-7, 10-4 in the Pac-10) coast to a 79-62 victory. Bryan-Amaning, who scored a career-high 30 points with nine rebounds against the Sun Devils on Jan. 22 in Seattle, hit 7-of-11 from the floor. He also made 8-of-11 from the free-throw line. C.J. Wilcox came off the bench to score 16, his most points since he had 20 on Nov. 30 against Long Beach State. The Huskies trailed 15-7 with 14:12 remaining, but outscored the Devils 38-20 the rest of the half and were never threatened in the second half.

Star Of The Game
Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. The Sun Devils had no answer for him inside.

Play of the game
Venoy Overton hit a 3-pointer with 13:05 left in the first half to bring the Huskies back to a five-point deficit, 15-10. That ended the ASU momentum and started the Huskies on a 38-20 run to finish the half.

Highlights

  • Matthew Bryan-Amaning Had 22 points and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes. He made 7-of-11 from the floor and 8-of-11 at the line.
  • C.J. Wilcox Came off the bench to score 16 points and grab a career-high eight rebounds.
  • Isaiah Thomas Did not have his usual stellar offensive game – just 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting – but had six assists and just one turnover.
  • Aziz N’Diaye Was more of a defensive enforcer against the smaller Sun Devil lineup. He had two blocks to give him 34 this season.
  • Terrence Ross Didn’t make a basket – 0-for-5 – for the second time this season. Still, he played 24 minutes, fourth most this season.
  • Darnell Gant Had a quiet 15 minutes, just four points and three rebounds.
  • Venoy Overton Came off the bench three minutes in and played a season-high 30 minutes. He scored 10 points with a career-high eight rebounds.
  • Scott Suggs Banged his left leg three minutes into the game, left and did not return. It was determined to be a strained MCL ligament.
  • Justin Holiday Was in foul trouble in the first half, sitting out most of it. He finished with nine points in 22 minutes.
  • Antoine Hosley Had just one turnover to show for a season-high four minutes.

Lowlights

Knee injury to Scott Suggs, strained MCL. He’s out indefinitely.

Notable

  • Matthew Bryan-Amaning Had four blocks to move into second place on the school’s career blocked shot list with 142. Todd MacCullouch had 141.
  • Huskies have tied ASU in the all-time series at 36 wins apiece.

Said

  • “It’s a confidence thing. I guess when I got set back I just kind of lost my confidence and lost my rhythm. Playing in more games I just naturally got my rhythm back.” – C.J. Wilcox, Washington guard, on his struggle to recover his scoring touch.
  • “He did more things in this game than the stat sheet will ever tell. Obviously, he scored 16 points but pulled down eight rebounds and played very good defense and fed the post better than anyone on our team. He just made really good basketball plays.” – Lorenzo Romar, Washington coach, on the play of guard C.J. Wilcox.
  • “He was the guy who got us going when we started out slowly. He played so aggressively. He went up and got rebounds. He had his hand on some of their passes. He was playing with a lot of intensity and he kind of picked us up.” – Lorenzo Romar, Washington coach, on the play of guard Venoy Overton

Injuries

  • Scott Suggs At the 16:46 mark of the first half, Suggs banged his left knee with Isaiah Thomas. He left and didn’t return. He has a strained MCL ligament.

Numbers

  • 6 – number of blocks needed by the Huskies to break the school record for blocked shots at 139, set in 2002
  • 8 – Rebounds by Venoy Overton and C.J. Wilcox, both career highs.

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