Here are some highlights that will appear with my game story in the Monday paper:
Star of the game: Sophomore team captain Jon Brockman led the Huskies with a career-high 25 points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds.
Key stats: Washington's four true freshmen combined for 45 points, 18 rebounds, 14 assists and shot 18-of-31 from the field. … Both teams had more turnovers than assists in the fast-paced game. … Washington shot 53 percent from the field and dominated the boards, 43-30. … UW freshman Spencer Hawes' four blocks is the most by a Husky since 2004.
Key run: Washington scored the first eight points and led 16-4 after five minutes. Pepperdine hung around and made its own runs, but never threatened.
Observations: Pepperdine played without Michael Gerrity, perhaps their top returning player, who is out with a foot injury. … A couple of new NCAA rules were on display, both at the Huskies expense. Justin Dentmon tried to call timeout while sailing out of bound, but that is no longer allowed the season. Also, Adrian Oliver picked up a foul for piling onto a Pepperdine player for a lose ball – that also will be an area of officiating emphasis this season.
Quote: "They just have so much speed. And not only do they have speed, but are very athletic with their speed, and they shoot the ball well and they rebound the heck out of it." – Pepperdine coach Vance Walberg on the Huskies.
Travelers Basketball Classic opening game: Northern Iowa 68, Nicholls 63.
TBC Monday: 4:30 p.m., Northern Iowa (1-0) vs. Pepperdine (0-1); 7:30 p.m., Nicholls State (0-2) vs. Washington (1-0).
Broadcast: The UW game will be on FSN and 950-AM.
Nicholls scouting report: The Colonels are a member of the Southland Conference and have played Division I basketball since 1981. The school is located in Thibodaux, La. … Senior swingman Stefan Blaszczynski, who led the Colonels in scoring, rebounds and steals last seasons, is out with an ankle injury. … Four of the five starters are 6-foot-6 or shorter. There are five Australians on the roster. … Nicholls is in the middle of a streak of four games in four days. The Colonels played at Mississippi State on Saturday before flying to Seattle for the Travelers Basketball Classic. … In their tournament opener Monday, the Colonels were led by 6-foot-6 center Eric Coleman's 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Tuesday schedule: 4:30 p.m. Nicholls State vs. Pepperdine; 7:30 p.m. Northern Iowa vs. Washington.