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January 6, 2007
No. 24 Washington gets first Pac-10 win
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SEATTLE -Ryan Appleby made six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead No. 24 Washington past Arizona State 64-53 Saturday night.
Washington (11-4, 1-3), a preseason contender for the Pac-10 title, was one of three teams without a win in the league entering the game. The Huskies lost their first three Pac-10 games to Southern California, UCLA and Arizona, getting outscored by 12.7 points per game and allowing their opponents to shoot 56 percent.
Appleby made two 3s in the final 5 minutes to help hold off the Sun Devils. Jon Brockman added 16 points for the Huskies.
Spencer Hawes, Washington's 7-foot freshman center, was held to just nine points. He was averaging a team-leading 16.5 points.
Pendergraph had 12 points in the first half but Appleby hit three 3-pointers to help Washington take a 31-28 lead at the break.
The Huskies led 50-44 with just under 5 minutes left when Appleby connected from behind the arc to extend the lead to nine. He hit another big 3 exactly 2 minutes later for a 56-46 lead with 2:36 remaining.
The Huskies, the second-highest scoring team in the conference at 86.3 points per game, were held to a season low in points. They shot just 42.6 percent from the floor.