Seattle - So many Huskies played so many minutes with so much success Tuesday, it hardly seemed to matter who Washington had on the court.
But even at that, coach Lorenzo Romar’s tweak to his starting lineup seemed the biggest news of an otherwise routine rout of Long Beach State, 102-75, at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
There was a rumble through the crowd as 7-foot junior college transfer Aziz N’Diaye was introduced for his first start.
Or perhaps the rumble was over who he was starting in place of: senior Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who came into the game as UW’s leading scorer and tied with N’Diaye for the rebounding lead.
It seemed a dramatic move to direct Bryan-Amaning’s attention to the defensive end – and a move that mimicked a similar midseason benching of Bryan-Amaning for 11 games last season.
However, any message being sent was delivered quickly. Less than four minutes after the opening tip, Bryan-Amaning was sent into the game.
But from the start, almost every combination had success as the Huskies (4-2) quickly ran away from the 49ers (3-4).
C.J. Wilcox made the most of his time off the bench with a career-high 20 points, including 6-of-8 on 3-pointers. Six other Huskies scored in double figures, including Bryan-Amaning, who had 14 points and five rebounds.
N’Diaye ended with one point and one rebound in a performance shortened by a trip to the locker room for stitches after splitting his lip on a dive to the court late in the first half.