They forced too many passes and committed too many turnovers on Monday night, but the 13th-ranked Washington Huskies still managed to match their best start to a season in the Lorenzo Romar era.
It helped that they were playing Tulane, and not previous nonconference opponents like San Diego State or Oklahoma.
But a lackluster offensive effort didn’t prevent Washington from winning its 11th consecutive game, this one an ugly, 66-57 victory over the visiting Green Wave before a season-high crowd of 7,130 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Turnovers prevented the Huskies from pulling away. They tried too hard at times to feed the ball into the low post, and wound up giving it away 18 times — well above Washington’s season average of 11.5 turnovers per game.
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That allowed Tulane to wipe out an early second-half deficit of 35-27. The Green Wave took the lead, 46-43, on a 3-pointer by Louis Dabney with 8:52 to play.
UW (11-0) didn’t trail again. Andrew Andrews made a big 3-pointer and made a layup off an inbounds play to key a 14-3 run that gave the Huskies a 57-49 lead with 4:39 remaining, and Tulane didn’t come any closer than six points the rest of the game.
Both teams slogged through the first half. The Green Wave were buoyed by five 3-pointers in that half – three by guard Jay Hook – but made only 5 of its 20 two-point attempts. UW and Tulane each committed nine turnovers before halftime, and the Huskies needed a 9-0 run in the final 1:32 of the half to lead 28-26 going into the break.
Tulane shot just 31.7 percent from the field, but scored 13 second-chance points off 16 offensive rebounds.
Shawn Kemp Jr. (16 points) and Nigel Williams-Goss (14 points, nine assists) led the Huskies in scoring, and Robert Upshaw added 11 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Dylan Osetkowski led Tulane with 12 points.