Here's a quick recap of Washington's 68-65 victory over UTEP in the championship game of the Wooden Legacy tournament in Anaheim, Calif. The win gives UW (6-0) its first nonconference tournament title away from Hec Edmundson Pavilion since the Huskies won the 2004 Great Alaska Shootout.
PLAYER OF THE GAME -- Nigel Williams-Goss had 16 points, six assists, three rebounds and two steals, and made two big free throws with 6.6 seconds left to give the Huskies a three-point lead. Andrew Andrews led the Huskies in scoring with 20 points, making 4-of-7 from 3-point range, and also made a pair of free throws in the final minute to extend UW's lead. But Williams-Goss seemed to make just a couple more plays than everyone else.
IT WAS OVER WHEN -- UTEP guard Omega Harris missed a 3-pointer as time expired. Williams-Goss tried to foul him and put him on the free-throw line just before his shot attempt, but no foul was called and Harris got the shot off. But it missed, and the Huskies won.
STAT OF THE GAME -- The Huskies were 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final minute, and that obviously wound up being a big difference in the game. That strong late showing helped the Huskies finish 14-of-20 from the free-throw line after making just eight of their first 14 attempts.
WHAT IT MEANS -- One of the biggest differences between this year's team and last year's team is the presence of a true shot-blocker (Robert Upshaw) and the improvement of the frontcourt in general. Well, both Upshaw and starting forward Shawn Kemp Jr. struggled with foul trouble all night, and both sat for a good portion of the second half. So it's probably encouraging for the Huskies that they were able to fend off what appears to be a pretty good UTEP team despite missing their two best big men during crucial minutes down the stretch. Williams-Goss and Andrews led the way instead, with Andrews hitting from 3-point range and Williams-Goss finding ways to get to the rim. Jernard Jarreau made some big plays, too, and finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. UW's Dec. 7 home game against San Diego State will tell a lot about the Huskies, but so far, there seems to be no question this is a better team than it was a year ago.
UP NEXT -- No. 15 San Diego State at Washington, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 (Pac-12 Networks)
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