Pondexter leads Washington to 75-68 win

Washington forward Quincy Pondexter (20) scores in front of Stanford guard Anthony Goods (4) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009. Washington defeated Stanford 75-68. Pondexter was Washington's top scorer with 20 points. <br><I>AP Photo

STANFORD, Calif. - Isaiah Thomas knew about "The Streak" only because he 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 night, 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 the Huskies (17-6, 8-3 Pac-10), who overcame a 10-point deficit to take a 35-34 halftime lead. Venoy Overton also had 11 points.

"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 to lead the Cardinal (14-7, 4-7), who've lost four of their last five. Anthony Goods added 12 points and Jeremy Green had 11.

"It's frustrating," Goods said. "We were getting decent shots but we were just missing them. It's no fun losing."

Stanford closed within 66-63 on Fields' jumper with 2:18 left. Thomas followed with a leaner and the Cardinal never got any closer.

NO. 7 WAKE FOREST 93, BOSTON COLLEGE 76 - In Winston-Salem, N.C., Jeff Teague scored 27 points, Al-Farouq Aminu added a season-high 26 and No. 7 Wake Forest bounced back after a surprisingly lopsided loss by routing Boston College on Sunday.

James Johnson had 12 points and 10 rebounds while L.D. Williams added 11 points for the Demon Deacons (18-3, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 65.5 percent during the second half, using a big surge during the final 20 minutes to bounce back from a 27-point loss at Miami and claim their second double-digit win over the Eagles.

Joe Trapani had 19 points to lead Boston College (18-7, 6-4), but just four of those came after halftime. Tyrese Rice added 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting and Corey Raji had 14 for Boston College, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.

NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 60, ST. JOHNS 47 - In New York, Jerry Smith scored a season-high 21 and the Cardinals rebounded from their first conference loss of the season with an outstanding defensive effort.

The Cardinals (18-4, 9-1 Big East) were coming off their first conference loss. Smith had 19 points in the second half to match Louisville's total in the first half.

Sean Evans had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead the Red Storm (12-11, 3-8).

NO. 23 ILLINOIS 66, NO. 12 PURDUE 48 - In Champaign, Ill., Mike Davis scored 14 points and pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds to lead the Illini into a tie for second place in the Big Ten.

Demetri McCamey added 13 points for Illinois (19-5, 7-4), which never trailed in pulling even with Ohio State two games back of conference leader Michigan State.

JaJuan Johnson scored 17 points to lead Purdue (18-5, 6-4), playing without star forward Robbie Hummel, who's been out with a hairline fracture in his back but was cleared to play.


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