NCAA hoops: 11th-seeded Washington rolls past New Mexico
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Quincy Pondexter scored 18 points, Isaiah Thomas added 15 and 11th-seeded Washington extended its incredible late-season roll all the way to the NCAA tournament’s regional semifinals with an 82-64 second-round victory over New Mexico on Saturday.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies (26-9), who have won nine straight, including the Pac-10 tournament and wins over two higher-seeded opponents in the East Regional at the Shark Tank.
Washington ran right past the third-seeded Lobos (30-5), who simply couldn’t keep up with the breakneck offensive pace in their second loss in three games.
After a rocky season that seemed headed nowhere in late January, the Huskies are the epitome of a talented team peaking at tournament time. Washington began the season in the national rankings, but slumped badly before this stellar surge.