Justin Dentmon saves 84-69 Washington win over Long Beach St
SEATTLE (AP)—Justin Dentmon scored 22 points—including 13 of Washington’s 15 during a pivotal second-half stretch—as the Huskies beat Long Beach State 84-69 Monday night.
Dentmon made his first six shots of the second half and generally was the only player doing much right until late in the game for Washington (4-2). The Huskies rebounded from losses last week to No. 9 Texas A&M and Syracuse that ended the NIT Season Tipoff tournament in New York.
They made only nine of 26 free throws and were outrebounded for only the second time this season. When star Jon Brockman, who scored 13 points, made his first free throw in five tries with 3:51 left, the perturbed home crowd whistled.
Artis Gant scored a career-high 15 points and Donovan Morris added 14 for Long Beach State (1-4). The 49ers began the game looking like they are missing the top nine scorers from last season’s NCAA tournament squad. And a lot like the same team that had lost this season’s opener 74-34 at home to BYU.
Washington seemed to put the game away in the first half with a 23-7 run, fueled by three 3-point baskets by Joel Smith and another from Dentmon. The spurt put the Huskies up 32-16.
But Long Beach State rallied to within 41-33 at halftime. When fist-pumping Cornel Williams made a 3-pointer 2 1/2 minutes into the second half and Darnell Porter converted a deft touch pass from Brian Freeman into a layup, the inexperienced 49ers were down just 46-45 with 16 minutes left.
Then Dentmon went to work.
Even when coach Lorenzo Romar sat Dentmon for a minute of play following a time out, he returned and made his first shot, another 3-pointer, to put Washington up 61-53. After Long Beach ran off eight straight points—five by Morris—to tie it at 61, Dentmon made another shot from 18 feet while falling down.
Then Washington went on a 14-2 run to finally put the 49ers away.