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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.

Jeff Pendergraph scored 18 points and freshman guard Derek Glasser had 13 for the Sun Devils (6-9, 0-4), who shot just 34.7 percent. Arizona State (6-8, 0-4) has lost five straight.

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.

For more coverage of Arizona State, visit ASUDevils.com; for more on Washington, visit HuskyDigest.com.

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