The Washington Huskies opened the new men’s basketball season with a 91-74 win over Georgia State today in the World Vision Basketball Classic at Hec Ed.
"So far this has been a very good beginning of the year in terms of the competition that we’ve faced," coach Lorenzo Romar said. "With Seattle Pacific – although it was an exhibition game – we faced a team that was very deliberate, a team that packed it in defensively, that slowed the game down considerably, and I thought our guys did a good job. Tonight we faced a totally different style. Not only was Georgia State very uptempo in how they approached things,but they changed defenses. … I felt at this stage of the game teams are not usually ready for those types of changing defenses, but I thought we did a good job as eveidenced by more than 50 percent shooting, only 12 turnovers and more assists than turnovers."
Washington opened with an all-veteran lineup of senior Darnell Gant, juniors Abdul Gaddy and Aziz N’Diaye and sophomores Terrence Ross and C.J. Wilcox.
The first Husky off the bench was heralded freshman Tony Wroten. In his college debut, the point guard from Seattle’s Garfield High School ended with 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
C.J. Wilcox led UW is 22 points. Darnell Gant had 18, Terrence Ross 11, Abdul Gaddy eight.
The under-sized Panthers stuck around as long as their outside shooting would let them. That was about 15 minutes, when they trailed only 30-25.
However, the Huskies ran away from them after that. The second half allowed coach Lorenzo Romar to get a look deep down his roster as Hikeem Stewart, Shawn Kemp Jr. and even walk-on forward Alex Wegner came on late in their college debuts.
A newcomer who seems to be in the rotation is 6-8 forward Martin Breunig.
The World Vision Classic opened this morning with Portland defeating Florida Atlantic, 70-65.
The round-robin continues Sunday with Georgia State meeting Portland at 2:30 p.m., and the Huskies facing Florida Atlantic at 5 p.m.2nd/10:58
Huskies up, 72-50. Wilcox has 20, Gant 18, Wroten 12, Ross 11.
2nd/17:12 Huskies putting it away, 54-38. N'Diaye just picked up a technical for really, really, really unnecessarily throwing ball at Panther who had fouled him.
Second half: ... has just tipped up. Huskies back with original starting five.
Halftime: Huskies up, 43-33. Last basket came on a nice stutter-move drive by Tony Wroten. He has eight points four rebounds and no assists in his first half of college ball. C.J. Wilcox leads UW with 12 points. Rashaad Richardson leads all scorers with 15 points, including 5-of-6 on 3-pointers.
UW shot .433, the Panthers .414. UW 22 rebounds, Panthers 17. UW five turnovers, Panthers nine.
1st/7:58 23-23. Panthers have caught up with a wave of 3-pointers. Neither team shooting well: UW .389, GS, .400.
1st/14:44 Huskies up, 13-10 ... with 10 of those points coming from Darnell Gant. (The other three on a Wilcox trey.) Georgia Southern is small and quick, and after a moment when it looked like UW was about to blow them out, they've closed a bit behind a couple of Rashaad Richardson 3-pointers.
Tipoff: The long journey to March has begun.
Lots of empty seats for the tipoff ... not too surprising given the opponent and the football conflict. (For now at least, the football game (16-3, USC in the second quarter) is being shown on a TV in the concourse, and the store is being shown nonstop on one of reader boards in the main arena.
Lineup: Huskies starting with Gaddy, N'Diaye, Wilcox, Ross and Gant.
Pregame: Reminder that the Washington men's basketball season tips off today at 2 p.m.: UW meeting Georgia State at 2 p.m. There is no TV. And because of the football conflict, the radio broadcast will be on 1150 AM. We'll also keep this blog active with updates before, during and after.
In the opener: The World Vision Classic opened this morning with Portland defeating Florida Atlantic, 70-65.
The round-robin continues tomorrow with Georgia State meeting Portland at 2:30 p.m. and the Huskies playing Florida Atlantic at 5 p.m.