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Updated: Friday, December 24, 2004 9:59 PM EST
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(17) Washington 110, Houston 63

SEATTLE (Ticker) - Bobby Jones matched a career high with 22 points as No. 17 Washington achieved its best start in nearly 30 years.

Jones led five players in double figures as the Huskies throttled Houston, 110-63, to improve to 10-1.

It is Washington's best start since opening the 1975-76 season with 14 straight victories.

The Huskies will begin Pac-10 play on December 31 against California with their best non-conference record since 1953 - when the only Washington team reached the Final Four.

"If we ended up 9-2 or 8-3 and we played the right way, we wouldn't have been able to complain," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "For us to be 10-1, we're very pleased. And with the one (loss) being on the road against a very good Gonzaga team, I would say we had a successful non-conference schedule."

Jones, who also scored 22 points February 22 against North Carolina State, shot 8-of-9 from the floor, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked two shots. He capped an opening 9-0 run with a layup 5:47 into the first half and the Huskies never trailed.

"What Jamaal (Williams) did and then eventually Bobby and then Brandon Roy was break the surface line where they were able to score, and now they were so extended we were able to get easy baskets," Romar said.

Williams came off the bench to score 19 points, including 14 in the first half. He shot 8-of-12 from the floor as Washington shot 57 percent en route to a school record with 224 total points in a two-game span. The Huskies clobbered Sacred Heart on Wednesday, 114-53.

"We played like veterans today," Romar added. "You look at the teams that Houston has played and what they've accomplished, they're not a top-20 team at this point, but they were no walk in the park. For our guys to come out here and play the way they did, I have to say I was impressed with our guys."

It was just the second time in school history the Huskies posted back-to-back 100-point games. The other came in December 1971 when they tallied 100 against Dartmouth and Michigan.

Tre Simmons and Brandon Roy each scored 16 points for Washington, which avenged a 79-64 loss to Houston last season.

"I can't think of too many more performances that we've had that we've done a better job throughout the entire game on both ends of the floor," Romar said. "I thought our guys were as good as we've ever been. We really shared the ball and made shots."

Chris Lawson scored a season-high 18 points, but turned the ball over seven times for the Cougars (8-4), who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

"We won't have another game like this, I'm pretty sure of that," Houston coach Tom Penders said. "We've just got to hang together and try to take something positive out of it. Our kids have got to go through games like this. These guys came out and beat us up physically, and that should be good for us."


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