Pondexter wins it for Washington


SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Quincy Pondexter made the game-winning shot after a four-point first half he called "horrible."

How did he turn it around against Marquette? Well, fear can be an incredible motivator.

"The fear of it being my last collegiate game ever, that's really what propelled me to play well," Pondexter said.

His Huskies teammates reminded him during the game of that very fact.

"I told Quincy, 'You don't want this to be your last game, so act like it,'" Isaiah Thomas said.

"I told him, 'If we lose, you're done. Pick it up,'" Venoy Overton said.

And it happened, with Pondexter scoring 14 second-half points, many of them coming while bullying his way into the post. And then, with the ball in his hands at the top of the key and the game tied, Lorenzo Romar gave him a chance by not calling timeout.

"Let your senior have a chance to win it," Romar explained.

Pondexter drove the lane with Jimmy Butler guarding him, went up and under, and hit the shot.

He turned to find his father in the stands after the game and said he thought he saw tears in Roscoe Pondexter's eyes.

With his career so close to ending, Pondexter extended it for at least another night.

The Huskies survived and advanced.