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March 17, 2006
SAN DIEGO - So much for this being an upset special.
Behind 28 points by Brandon Roy, fifth-seeded Washington defeated Utah State 75-61 Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Despite being talked up as the team that would knock out a fifth seed, the Aggies failed to join fellow No. 12s Montana and Texas A&M in the second round.
The Huskies (25-6) advanced to a second-round game Saturday against No. 4 Illinois in the Washington Regional.
The Aggies (23-9) lost in the first round for the 12th time in their last 13 NCAA appearances. Their only win since 1971 was an upset of Ohio State in 2001.
Washington built its largest lead of 16 points midway through the second half after a spurt in which Roy scored seven points and Jones six.
Then the Aggies ran off nine unanswered points capped by Chaz Spicer's steal and fast-break layin to get to 53-46.
That was as close as Utah State got over the final 7 1/2 minutes, when the Huskies reeled off four 3-pointers, including two by Roy.
Both teams shot horrendously to open the game, with each taking nearly five minutes to score their first basket. Utah State missed its first six shots before eaking out a 5-4 lead.
The Huskies finally got it going on a 3-pointer by Dentmon. That keyed a 13-2 run, including six by Williams and four by Roy, that resulted in a 17-7 lead.
The Aggies, whose 14 turnovers led to 17 points by the Huskies, closed to six with a 9-2 spurt before Washington outscored them 10-4 to end the half ahead 29-20.
Utah State guard David Pak had two points and five assists in his final college game.
The 29-year-old starter served eight years in prison for raping a woman at knifepoint as a teenager. After completing his sentence, he played two years at a community college before joining the Aggies for his final two years of eligibility.
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