Nov. 13, 2010

SEATTLE (AP) -Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored a career-high 28 points and pulled down 13 rebounds and No. 18 Washington easily handled McNeese State 118-64 on Saturday in the season-opener for both teams.

Bryan-Amaning, the Huskies' 6-foot-9 senior forward, was 11 of 18 from the field. He was two rebounds short of his career high.

He was one of seven Huskies in double figures as they scored the third-most points in team history.

Isaiah Thomas, who played sparingly in the second half, finished with 17 points for Washington, while Aziz N'Diaye, a 7-foot junior-college transfer, had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Patrick Richard led the Cowboys with 18 points, while Diego Kapelan added 15.

The Huskies dominated from the start, ruling the boards 69-32 and forcing the Cowboys into 27 turnovers.

Despite the lopsided nature, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar would not allow his players to lose focus. The Huskies led by 42 points at halftime and allowed two quick 3-pointers by Kapelan to open the second half.

That prompted Romar to call an immediate timeout just 48 seconds into the half. He addressed his players in animated fashion.

The Huskies got the message and had no more lulls. They outscored the Cowboys 55-39 the rest of the half.

The Huskies' biggest lead was 110-52 with 3:32 left.

McNeese, the Southland Conference school playing Washington for the second time ever, led 3-0 on a long-range basket by Patrick Richard 11 seconds into the game.

The Cowboys then missed their next 12 shots. Over a 13-minute span, they had more turnovers (14) than shots attempts (12).

McNeese finally scored its second field goal at 7:19 with Richard hit a short jumper. By then the Huskies led 44-9.

Washington led 61-19 at halftime, shooting 43 percent from the field but committing just five turnovers. McNeese had 18.

Thomas made all four of his first-half 3-point attempts and had 15 points.