Washington 85, Loyola Marymount 60
SEATTLE (AP) _ While Loyola Marymount summed up Washington and arrived at the number two, Jamie Booker and Donald Watts were busy multiplying by three.
Facing two 7-foot Huskies, the undersized Lions dared Washington to shoot threes over the top of a tightly-packed zone defense.
Booker and Watts took up the challenge, and each hit two 3-pointers in the first half and applied tight defense in the second half of an 85-60 Washington victory on Monday night.
``If I was the coach of the other team I’d zone up in the presence of two 7-footers, too,″ Watts said.
``We wanted to take away their post game, but they shot the heck out of the ball,″ Loyola Marymount Coach John Olive said.
Washington made 7-of-11 3-pointers in taking a 45-29 halftime lead, and when the Lions finally adjusted their defense in the second half their offense disappeared.
Watts scored 19 points and Deon Luton 14, while Mark Sanford added 13 for the Huskies (6-1). Washington’s two 7-footers _ Todd MacCulloch and Patrick Femerling _ combined for 21 points but were more effective as decoys.
Kenny Hotopp scored a career-high 18 points and Tim Kennedy added 16 for the Lions (2-7).
``We shot them out of the zone and they still played it,″ Booker said.
``I think they played zone until we proved we could handle it,″ Washington Coach Bob Bender said.
Washington led throughout as the Lions lost their sixth game in a row.
Sanford had eight points, a steal and an assist during a suffocating second half run by the Huskies that put the game away.
Washington took a 68-41 lead with 10 minutes left as Sanford sparked a 19-2 run with a layup, two dunks and two free throws.
The Lions managed only a single basket over seven minutes and failed to stop the Huskies in transition.
``We have some stallions on this team,″ Sanford said. ``Any time we have a chance to play up-and-down baseketball we take advantage of it.″
Kennedy and Hotopp scored four points apiece during a 10-2 run that brought LMU to within 51-39 less than five minutes into the second half before Sanford paced Washington’s decisive run.
Watts scored five points as Washington took early command during 12-2 run late in the first half.