Utah Falls To No. 22 Washington, 78-71
Andrew Bogut scores 23 points to lead the Utes.
Nov. 25, 2004
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Nate Robinson scored 19 of his 29 points in the first half, and No. 22 Washington held off Utah for a 78-71 victory Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Great Alaska Shootout.
After the Utes tied the game at 66-all with 2:50 left, the Huskies scored nine straight points to take control. Robinson, held to two points for nearly 15 minutes of the second half, hit three big baskets down the stretch to thwart Utah's rally.
Utah's Andrew Bogut, a 7-foot center who is also a member of Australia's Olympic team, scored 23 points, including 19 in the second half as the Utes erased an 11-point deficit. He also led the Utes with 12 rebounds.
Brandon Roy added 25 points for Washington (2-0).
The Huskies used a stifling full-court press to force three turnovers and two 5-second violations in the first five minutes of the game and bolted to a 16-3 lead. Utah (1-1) attempted just six shots in the first eight minutes.
Behind six points by Justin Hawkins, the Utes used a 10-0 run to close within two at 21-19 midway through the half.
After a timeout, Washington answered. Brandon Roy hit a reverse layup and Robinson hit two 3-pointers to push the lead back to double digits. Robinson was 5-for-6 from beyond the arc in the first half.
Bogut's layup tied the score at 66, but Robinson hit a layup, led a fast break and blocked a shot to close out the Utes.