Washington raced out to a 13-0 lead before two minutes had elapsed and continued to pour it on for a 92-62 discombobulation of the Montana Grizzles Saturday afternoon at Alaska Airlines Arena (box). Lorenzo Romar’s Huskies (7-2), who led by as many as 42 points, have won four in a row, including the past three by 18, 25 and 30 points.
Marquese Chriss (22), Dejounte Murray (16), David Crisp (14) and Andrew Andrews (12) scored in double figures as Washington shot 45.8 percent and won for the third time in three games in an eight-game home stand. Chriss, the youngest UW player at 18, produced a double-double, adding 11 rebounds.
The Huskies buried 10 3-pointers (Donaven Dorsey and Crisp had three apiece), forced 21 Montana turnovers and held the Grizzles to 32.3 percent shotmaking. UW also had a huge edge at the free throw line, 28-13. Washington has knocked down at least 10 3-pointers in three consecutive contests, the first time the Huskies have done that since 2010-11.
After Montana cut Washington’s lead to 13-8, the Huskies pushed it to 19-8 on a 3-pointer by Crisp and were not threatened thereafter. Washington led 52-30 at the half, the fifth time this season that it has scored 50 or more before intermission.
“We knew they were going to try to slow the game down and we felt that if we challenged every pass, we would have a chance to get out and run. We were able to do that and force our will. We are going to face a team sooner or later that’s not going to turn the ball over, but we want to make the opposition as uncomfortable as possible” — Romar
“We pressured the ball and forced them to play like they didn’t want to play. We took them out of their game.” — Chriss
Chriss had four assists to go with 22 points and 11 rebounds . . . Malik Dime had a team-high five rebounds and a season-high five blocked shots . . . Washington scored 29 points (to Montana’s 10) off turnovers . . . Washington entered as the nation’s best team at offensive rebounding, averaging 17.6. The Huskies had 13 Saturday . . . Andrews finished with a season-low 12 points but moved past Nate Robinson into 23rd place on Washington’s all-time scoring list. Andrews has 1,289 career points. Just ahead of him: Andra Griffin (1978-81) with 1,294 . . Washington leads the all-time series with Montana 44-9 and has won the past five meetings . . . Guard Michael Oguine led Montana with 22 points . . . Ken Bone, former head coach at Washington State, is Montana’s assistant head coach.
The Huskies are idle until 1:30 p.m. Saturday when they face Oakland at Alaska Airlines Arena.