Scott Suggs (USA TODAY SPORTS)
SEATTLE - Scott Suggs never quit. Coming back off the bench time and time again when it looked like he was too hurt to recover, the senior guard scored a career-high 24 points to lead Washington to a 87-74 win over Seattle Thursday night at Key Arena.
All five of Washington's starters scored in double-figures, led by Suggs' 24. Aziz N'diaye scored 14, Desmond Simmons 13, C.J. Wilcox 12 and Abdul Gaddy 11 for the Huskies (5-4). In fact both Simmons (13/12) and N'Diaye 14/11) came up with double-doubles for the Huskies.
The Redhawks (3-4) were paced by the hot shooting of Chad Rasmussen's 19 points, including five three-pointers. Former UW forward Clarence Trent was the only other Seattle player to score in double-digits, tallying 12.
Washington started out hot by getting past the Redhawks' full-court pressure and double-teams. Once they did that they went on extended runs that helped them stretch out to a 27 point lead with 2:49 left in the first half.
"They brought four guys up, and once we beat that we knew we would get easy layups," Gaddy said. "And Aziz and Shawn and Desmond, those guys were finishing at the rim…and we knew we had to get stops and guard. We played really good defense in the first half and it didn't allow them to set up in their press breaks, which helped us because we could push the ball. They were flying everywhere, trapping - so once we made the right play we could get easy layups."
But it was Suggs, who despite having to go out of the game numerous times with cramping issues came up with the game of his Husky career, going 7-10 from the field, including 2-4 from three and a perfect 8-8 from the foul line.
"He was cramping up and I don't know what would have happened if he couldn't have played again, but he was able to play and he helped us out quite a bit," UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said of his senior guard. "He had maybe his best game as a Husky tonight, and maybe what you couldn't see is that he showed unbelievable leadership out there on the floor the entire night."
The Redhawks, defending Key Arena, made an 11-2 run to start the second half, punctuated by a Rasmussen three to draw Seattle to within 51-38. But the Huskies weren't to be denied. They continued to beat SU's pressure for good looks, eventually shooting nearly 55 percent on the night.
"I thought our guys did a tremendous job of being ready to play and coming out in a business-like manner against a really tough, physical, scrappy team," Romar said. Washington out-rebounded Seattle 42-37. "The crowd not getting into it was a by-product of that. As we saw in the second half when they made their run and came back the crowd got back into it. It gets pretty wild in here, but we kept our composure."
Points: Suggs 24, N'Diaye 14, Simmons 13, Wilcox 12, Gaddy 11, Stewart 6, Kemp 5, Jarreau 2
Rebounds: Simmons 12, N'Diaye 11, Suggs 5, Wilcox 3, TEAM 3, Gaddy 2, Breunig 2, Jarreau 2, Stewart 1, Kemp 1
Assists: Gaddy 5, Simmons 2, Suggs 2, N'Diaye 1, Wilcox 1, Jarreau 1
Steals: Simmons 2, Gaddy 2, Suggs 2, N'Diaye 1, Stewart 1
Blocks: Simmons 2, N'Diaye 1, Wilcox 1, Jarreau 1, Kemp 1