Even though the Washington Huskies are up 46-31 at halftime - which may look a familiar prelude to another blowout - the Portland Pilots actually played them about as tough as anyone here at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
But with just under six minutes and the Huskies only up six, Isaiah Thomas seemed to decide that enough was enough, scoring nine of his 13 first half points in the closing minutes to extend the lead and perhaps establish a cushion that makes the game look like it's veering a little more out of control than it actually was in the first 15 minutes or so.
Thomas' scoring run to close the half established the big lead, but once again it was Justin Holiday who got the team going with seven of the team's first 11 points of the game and a team-high 14 points at halftime. The combined scoring of Holiday and Thomas is a large reason why the Huskies are outshooting the Pilots 58.6 percent to 41.7 percent in the first half.
Luke Sikma isn't having a stellar game, but his eight first half rebounds are what you might expect from him and Jared Stohl has done what he normally does with 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting.