Sometimes Goliath just gets annoyed with all the giant-killer stuff.

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Sometimes Goliath just gets annoyed with all the giant-killer stuff.

The 12th-ranked Washington Huskies (9-1) didn’t want to deal with it last night. Despite a little opening drama from tiny Sacred Heart (1-7), the Huskies swatted the tiny (2,200) private college from Fairfield, Conn. An oppressive display of dunks, defense and dominance produced a 114-53 UW victory before 9,585 at Edmundson Pavilion.

It might have been the most overwhelming and balanced victory in the school’s history. Eight Huskies scored in double figures, led by reserve Jamaal Williams with 22 points, and included walk-on Brandon Burmeister with 10. Records are sketchy, but it’s believed that the previous school high for double-figure scorers in a game was six.

It’s the most points scored by the Huskies since they beat Chico State on Dec. 1, 1992, with a record 130-point effort (130-67). This is the largest margin of victory (61 points) since that game and 10th largest in school history.

“The pressure that they put on and the way they’re playing speaks for itself,” Sacred Heart coach Dave Bike said. “We didn’t handle it. That’s as good of pressure as we’ve seen in Division I. They just took us apart with their defense.”

The Pioneers committed 34 turnovers, one short of the UW opponent record, for 55 Huskies points. UW’s 21 steals tied the school record.

The Huskies scored 70 of their 114 points in the paint.

“That’s a lot of points in the paint,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Will Conroy was finding guys. The rest of the team was finding guys. A lot of guys played well.”

Conroy finished with 13 of the team’s 30 assists. Bobby Jones had 14 rebounds and 14 points to give him his first double-double this season. Williams made 11 of 12 attempts for his 22 points in just 18 minutes. Burmeister was 4 for 4 in 10 minutes. Joel Smith made six of seven attempts for 15 points, had a couple of dunks, seven steals and five assists in 23 minutes.

“I just tried to take what was given to me,” said Smith, a freshman guard from Lompoc, Calif., who played at a New Hampshire prep school last season.

Williams, a 6-foot-5 junior also in his first season as a Husky after transferring from New Mexico, said coach Romar “was getting on us at halftime for not putting together the defensive effort we needed to. I think we put together a good second half.”

Only a coach could detect the difference between halves. They were both devastatingly dictatorial. The only distinction might have been that the Huskies started the game a little sluggish. Three minutes in, it looked like the Pioneers had the constitution for an upset. They led 7-3 with 17:03 left after the Huskies missed their first seven shots.

The fans murmured as they watched Pioneers forward Joey Henley, a sophomore guard from Kentridge High, take a long pass on his way to a fast-break score. But Henley messed up his footwork on his approach and butchered a dunk attempt.

Everything changed at that point. Sacred Heart turned the ball over on seven of its next nine possessions, squeezing off just two shots — both misses — during that span. The Huskies turned that sloppiness into 12 points.

The Huskies would go on to put together a breathless 24-0 run, moving out to a 27-7 lead with 11:40 left in the half. From the 17-minute mark to 11:24 remaining, the Pioneers did not score.

“Tonight, we were up, we were aggressive, we were playing the passing lanes and we did it with relatively few fouls called (16),” Romar said.

The Huskies played without guard Brandon Roy. Roy, who played 18 minutes Sunday in the Huskies’ big 68-64 win over North Carolina State, is coming back from knee surgery. The coaching staff wanted to give him a few extra days to strengthen the knee so he could be ready for tomorrow’s game against Houston (8-3).

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Big-time blowouts
Last night’s 61-point win over Sacred Heart was the second-largest margin of victory for UW since 1950.
MOV Opp. Score Date
63 Chico St. 130-67 12-01-92
61 Sacred Heart 114-53 12-22-04
59 Hawaii 111-52 01-28-66
51 Brigham Young 95-44 11-26-96
47 Idaho 105-58 12-02-69
47 Chico St. 94-47 12-03-91
45 Washington St. 86-41 03-03-51
42 Miami (Fla.) 96-54 12-01-67
38 Oregon 74-36 01-18-52
Source: University of Washington