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Huskies end long drought

February 09, 2009|Associated Press

PALO ALTO — Isaiah Thomas knew about "The Streak" only because he'd read newspaper reports. Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar didn't bother bringing it up much.

In fact, Romar joked about it.

The No. 22 Huskies had lost 15 straight at Stanford before beating the Cardinal, 75-68, on Sunday, the streak coming to a halt after Quincy Pondexter scored 20 points, including a pair of key free throws down the stretch. Thomas added 17 points.

"We weren't worried about it. Coach wasn't worried about it," Thomas said. "He said the streak was nothing. He made a little joke about it, and that was it. It's good that it came to an end and we got a win."

Jon Brockman had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Washington (17-6), which is 8-3 in the Pacific 10 Conference, a half-game behind first-place UCLA. Venoy Overton added 11 points for the Huskies, who overcame a 10-point deficit to take a 35-34 halftime lead.

"I have to admit this one did look like some of the other games we've had here, but I thought our guards did a good job of controlling the game down the stretch," Romar said. "Venoy was the MVP. He brought us a lot of energy."

Landry Fields scored a career-high 22 points and had 10 rebounds for Stanford (14-7, 4-7), which has lost four of its last five games. Anthony Goods added 12 points and Jeremy Green had 11.

Stanford closed to within 66-63 on Fields' jumper with 2:18 left. But Thomas, who has scored in double figures for 17 consecutive games, answered by making a leaner, and the Cardinal never got any closer.

Thomas has reached double figures in 17 straight games.

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