Washington took a pretty workmanlike win over Seattle U. tonight at KeyArena.
The Huskies were the better team with bigger things on their minds, and they simply did what needed to be done to take a 95-74 win over the Redhawks.
Seattle U’s Sterling Carter -- who did his part with 20 points -- promised this wouldn’t be the 47-point blowout of last year, and it wasn’t. But there wasn’t really any more suspense.
Washington pushed the lead into double digits halfway through the first half and to 20 midway through the second. It just played out from there.
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The KeyArena crowd of 11,382 seemed pretty well divided between the local schools. However, only Seattle U. had an organized and clustered student section and band, and more noise seemed to follow Redhawks baskets.
The Huskies flashed a new face in the starting lineup. Redshirt freshman C.J. Wilcox got his first career start at guard. He ended with three points.
Washington moved to 19-8 on the season, and Seattle U. fell to 10-17.
Now the Huskies return to Pacific-10 Conference play, meeting Washington State at 7 p.m. Sunday at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Meanwhile, Seattle U begins at three-game road trip Saturday at Cal State Bakersfield.
3:03 UW up, 85-65. Some fans heading for the exits.
6:14 UW up, 78-54. Gant matches career high with 10 points.
11:39 Huskies up, 58-38.
2nd/16:26 Huskies come out with a little more focus and jump lead to 48-32.
Second half: ... is under way.
Halftime: UW up, 37-29.
MBA leading UW with 12 points and eight rebounds. Thomas and Gant have seven points each. Carter and Burrell each have 10 for SU.
UW leads 28-15 on the boards. UW has seven assists and nine turnovers -- a brutally bad proportion -- but also six blocks and a steal. SU has three assists, five turnovers, three blocks and seven -- yes seven -- steals.
UW shooting 46.7 percent, SU 32.3 percent.
Bottom line so far is that Huskies -- the much better team -- seem to have a bit of a post-Arizona hangover -- doing enough to lead, but not much more.
1st/3:07 UW, 34-24. And dominating boards, 24-12.
1st/3:37 UW, 32-23. Nice fastbreak a moment ago, with Justin Holiday going high to throw one down after Venoy Overton ally-oop.
1st/7:59 Little Redhawks run. UW now up, 23-16. I would say this is pretty much a neutral court feel, although probably somewhat louder for Redhawks.
1st/10:04 UW, 19-8.
1st/11:03 UW, 17-8. Thomas has seven points including one trey.
1st/12:57 UW, 14-6.
1st/15:59 UW, 6-4. Crowd has filled in nicely, but still plenty of empty seats up top and a pretty notable dotting of them in the lower bowl, too.
1st/19:04 UW up, 4-0. Cameron Dollar calls a quick time out.
Tipoff: We're under way.
Lineup: Redshirt freshman C.J. Wilcox moves into the starting lineup tonight, along with Thomas, Holiday, MBA and N'Diaye. It's his first career start. Bryan-Amaning, by the way, is wearing No. 55 because his usual No. 11 purple jersey didn't make it to the arena.
10 minutes till tip: Maybe weather related, but the lower bowl remains less than half filled, and upper deck seating even less than that.
90 minutes till tip: Obviously, this is a home game for Seattle U. However, the handful of Redhawks warming up early are wearing red. Huskies appear to be wearing purple, so if you're watching on a black and white TV, well, good luck.
Two hours till tip: Just arrived in KeyArena for one of the very few times since Sonics left. Good memories. And a good vibe about the game about to play out and perhaps the intracity rivalry that will develop here over the years and decades.
You can't see from this picture, but the sideline sections of the upper deck are open, the end zone upper deck sections are curtained off.
The basics: UW at Seattle U, 7:10, KeyArena and FSN.
We'll keep this post open for pregame, in-game and postgame reports and your comments.