Huskies rout Cal State Northridge, 74-51
Aziz N'Diaye was productive in his return from a two-game absence because of injury as Washington bounced back from its loss to South Dakota State.
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The first play signaled to anxious Washington fans that the Huskies had gotten over the hangover from their previous outing.
Tony Wroten Jr. darted into the lane, which drew two Cal State Northridge defenders, and skipped a pass along the baseline to Terrence Ross in the corner. The sophomore sharpshooter drained an open three-pointer and the 74-51 rout was on.
Led by Ross and Wroten, who each scored 12 points, the Huskies never trailed and thoroughly outclassed the Matadors Thursday night at Edmundson Pavilion in Washington's final nonconference tuneup.
Junior center Aziz N'Diaye, who returned from a two-game layoff because of a sprained knee, finished with 11 points and seven rebounds and freshman forward Desmond Simmons tallied 13 points.
The Huskies couldn't afford another setback after Sunday's 92-73 loss to South Dakota State. They were looking to clear the cobwebs after being clobbered at home, and needed a feel-good performance before the Dec. 29 Pac-12 opener at home against Oregon State.
Washington (6-5) scored 10 points before Northridge (3-7) scored.
The Huskies held the Matadors without a field goal for almost six minutes and led 38-19 at halftime.
It had been nearly a month since the Huskies enjoyed a lopsided win and they gave the crowd of 9,348 plenty to cheer about.
Wroten provided many of the highlights, including a soaring, one-hand dunk late in the first half.
The blowout gave coach Lorenzo Romar a chance to empty his bench for the first time since an 88-65 win over Houston Baptist on Nov. 25.
With 7:10 remaining, Wroten stole the ball near midcourt before delivering a behind-the-back pass to Shawn Kemp Jr. The backup forward flushed a dunk that brought the fans to their feet and put UW ahead 69-34.
The Huskies play six of their next eight games at home.
Percy Allen: 206-464-2278 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @percyallen.
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Attendance: 9,348. Officials: Verne Harris, Tony Padilla, Don McAllister.
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