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UW Basketball: Bench Steps Up To Lift Huskies To 98-72 Win

Multiple people have already observed that this might be one of University of Washington coach Lorenzo Romar's best shooting teams he's had in some time. 

And while Huskies guard Isaiah Thomas has garnered the most national attention - and for good reason - tonight's game against Eastern Washington University showed us a little bit about the Huskies' depth, particularly in terms of finding ways to score against the zone.

Although they no longer have a player like Quincy Pondexter to rely on in the halfcourt, Romar is able to call upon a number of wings off the bench to find mid-range scoring opportunities - if one isn't working, he tries someone else. He changes the combination or players shift what they're doing a little. Eventually things start clicking.

Tonight the players who stepped up most notably in that shooting capacity were Justin Holiday (12 second half points, 2-for-3 from 3-point range) and Terrence Ross (nine first half points). Of course, the fact that the Huskies shot 8-for-14 from the 3-point line in the second half after struggling from deep in the first helped, but the fact that players were able to create scoring opportunities in the mid-range was crucial.

Holiday did most of his damage in the second half, finishing with a team-high 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Center Matthew Bryan-Amaning was not quite as dynamic as he was on Sunday, but finished with a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore point guard Abdul Gaddy found the touch in the second half as well and finished with 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting.