Suggs leads Washington past Seattle 87-74

SEATTLE (AP) - Scott Suggs played through leg cramps to score a career-high 24 points, Aziz N'Diaye added 14 points, and Washington led by as many as 27 in the first half en route to a 87-74 win over crosstown rival Seattle on Thursday night.

The renewal of the city's basketball showdown continued to be completely one-sided in favor of the Huskies. Washington exposed Seattle's porous pressure defense in the first half, then countered every surge the Redhawks made in the second half.

Washington (5-4) has now won eight straight in the series that took a nearly 30-year hiatus when the Redhawks (3-4) dropped from Division I, only to start the transition back to the top level of college hoops in 2008.

Chad Rasmussen led the Redhawks with 19 points and one-time Washington recruit Clarence Trent added 12 for Seattle.

Suggs popped for a career-high despite leaving twice in the second half with apparent cramps in his legs. He had missed three games recently with a sprained right foot, but he returned last Saturday when the Huskies couldn't complete their rally from a huge second-half deficit and lost 76-73 at home to Nevada.

This time it was the Redhawks who couldn't complete a rally.

Trailing by 22 at the half, the Redhawks started the second half on an 11-2 spurt with their pressure defense finally causing the Huskies problems. Rasmussen and D'Vonne Pickett Jr., scored all 11 points of Seattle's run and cut the lead to 51-38 and excited a crowd that sat silent for most of the first half.

But Washington rolled off 11 of the next 14 points and led comfortably the rest of the second half with the Redhawks never getting the deficit down to single digits.

Washington's quick start was needed coming off the disappointing loss to Nevada. The Huskies made easy work of Seattle's full court pressure, leading to layup after layup during the first half. Instead of forcing turnovers and chaos, the Redhawks decision to press gave Washington an offensive spark that was missing and matched the 49 points they scored in the first half of its win over Seton Hall last month.

Leading 19-14, a dunk from Shawn Kemp, Jr. - in the same arena where his father became an NBA star with the SuperSonics - started a 21-2 Washington run to take a 40-16 lead. The Redhawks had only one basket during the stretch, while the Huskies saw six different players score during the run.

Seattle went more than seven minutes with just one basket. An 8-0 run late in the half cut into the lead, but Abdul Gaddy's 3 in the final seconds gave the Huskies a 49-27 lead at the break.

Washington shot 64 percent in the first half and was 11 of 12 at the free-throw line, while Seattle made just 2 of 12 free throws.

Seattle now has losses this season to Washington, Stanford and Virginia. The Redhawks have three more non-conference games before opening their first season in the WAC on Dec. 29 vs. Idaho.