[caption id="attachment_9769" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Huskies tip off 2011-12 season vs. McNeese."] [/caption] The first game of the season is in the books, a 118-64 UW win over McNeese.
That's the third-most points in Husky basketball history. (The most was 130, vs. Chico State.)
Seven Huskies scored in double digits, led by MBA's 28. Washington outrebounded the Cowboys, 69-32, led by Aziz N'Diaye's 15 in his UW debut.
Next up for UW: Eastern Washington here on Tuesday night.
One quick note: Lorenzo Romar did confirm after the game that true freshman forward Desmond Simmons will redshirt this season.
Some postgame reaction:
UW coach Lorenzo Romar:“There were some things we wanted to concentrate on tonight: playing efficient basketball and doing a better job on the backboards. And we accomplished that, I thought. In a game like that, sometimes it’s difficult, if you get a lead like that, to maintain your focus … but all in all I thought we did a pretty good job of it.”
MATTHEW BRYAN-AMANING on his career-high 28 points:“In my mind it’s just being aggressive 24/7 when I’m on the court. It’s my last year, I want it to be special, and that only way it’s going to do that is to play with a high intensity the whole time I’m on the court. It’s not feeling sorry for any of your opponents; it’s about doing whatever you’ve got to do to win the game.”
McNeese coach DAVE SIMMONS:“They are a very good basketball team, and this is a tough venue to come into and play in. I wasn’t disappointed in the way we came in our effort. They had a lot more guys than we did.”
2nd/2:50: UW, 111-54, and Brandon Sherrer is in. ... As is new walk-on Antoine Hosley.
MBA record: Matthew Bryan-Amaning has left the game with 28 points, topping his previous career-high of 23. He also had 13 rebounds, two short of his career best.
2nd/7:50: Largest lead of the game: UW, 96-45.
2nd/12:00: UW, 79-39. Aziz N'Diaye has just recorded the oddest of triple doubles: 12 points, 13 rebounds, 11 missed free throws.
No Simmons: This deep into this one-sided a game, and no appearance from true freshman Desmond Simmons. If there's no injury -- and we haven't heard of any -- it's hard to think of an explanation other than redshirt. Early in camp, Romar had said he didn't expect any redshirts in this class. Earlier this week that was amended to "haven't decided." Now maybe they have.
2nd/18:08: UW up, 64-18, however ... 11 of 23 from the free throw line. N'Diaye, 2-of-8, MBA 2-of-7.
2nd/19:12: UW returns with the same five who started the game.
McNeese opens with a couple of 3-pointers. It cut UW's lead only to 63-25, but Romar has called a quick time out, apparently to get his team's attention back on defense.
Halftime: Washington up, 61-19. Not surprisingly, they look great ... a while different species from McNeese.
Unofficially, Thomas 15 points, MBA 13, N'Diaye 10 rebounds, but a potentially disconcerting 2-of-8 from the foul line.
And remember those rebounding problems UW seemed to have against Saint Martin's? They are outrebounding McNeese 38-15.
1st/3:42: UW up, 54-13. McNeese is 3-of-17 from the field (17.6%) and has 17 turnovers.
Isaiah Thomas leading UW with 12 points on 4-for-4 from 3-point range. MA has 11 points. N?Diaye has 10 rebounds.
1st/7:08 McNeese just got its first field goal, since the first one of the game in the opening seconds ... a stretch of almost 13 minutes.
1st/7:56: UW, 43-7. Three quick 3-pointers by Isaiah Thomas after getting jolted on a pick by and exchanging words McNeese's P.J. Alawoya.
1st/12:41 Terrence Ross makes college debut. UW up, 23-6.
1sr/14:38:Seven-footer Aziz N'Diaye checks in for UW debut. (And is instantly called for foul.) Huskies up, 17-4.
1st/15:47: Venoy Overton checks in, recovered from his hamstring injury.
UW up, 12-4. Their defense and quickness is giving McNeese fits. MSU's Patrick Richard opened the game with a trey, but UW has dominated 12-1 since.
Tipoff: The new season has begun...
Lineup: Huskies going with Gaddy, Thomas, MBA, Holiday and Gant.
The only change from the Saint Martin's exhibition is Gant, who had been injured, in place of Scott Suggs.
Pregame: I've arrived at Hec Ed for the season's tipoff at 1 p.m. against McNeese State. Tickets remain. No TV. However, KJR will have the call, and of course we'll keep this blog post open for updates and comments before, during and after.
As I type, about 90 minutes before tip, two Huskies are out taking early work: senior Bryan Matthew-Amaning and Justin Holiday.
And judging from them, the Huskies will make their season debut in their gold uniforms, unchanged from last season. McNeese is in blue.