Anteaters Crawl All Over UW

SEATTLE - Forget about Mamadou N'Diaye just being a novelty. UC-Irvine used his 18 points, nine blocks and eight rebounds - as well as every inch of his 7-foot-6 frame on defense - to lead the Anteaters to a thorough 86-72 victory over the Washington Huskies Thursday night at Alaska Airlines Arena as part of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

"That wasn't a whole lot of fun out there," said UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar. "The second half we came out so flat. Second game of the season, that shouldn't happen."

Will Davis led Irvine with 22 points, while Luke Nelson chipped in 11.

The Huskies (1-1) were paced by the 24 points of C.J. Wilcox. Nigel Williams-Goss was the only other UW player to score in double-figures, with 13 points.

Up two at half, the Anteaters came out firing on all cylinders. After a Williams-Goss jumper tied the game at 38, UCI went on a 19-1 extended run, capped off by back-to-back layins by Davis.

"In the second half we came back a little flat and they made their run and they just kept scoring and we kept fouling," said Wilcox. "We just didn't do a good job of keeping the guards out of the paint. It made it harder for (Blackwell) to help and then get back to that tree (N'Diaye)."

The 7-6 freshman center was literally rooted to the post on both ends of the floor, disrupting Washington's flow in trying to figure out the puzzle that was UCI's zone, and then going to town on offense as he and Davis spearheaded the Anteaters' 26 first-half points in the paint.

"What we were hoping is that we would play (N'Diaye) one-on-one to see if he could beat us, but what we weren't planning on was (Will) Davis scoring 22," Romar said. "We were caught in-between…playing behind at times, fronting him at times…that's not what we talked about in the scout. We were inconsistent in our execution there and they took advantage of it.

"Mamadou was a factor around the rim. I think he got in our heads a little bit. He was sitting back in that zone and he was a factor. Forty points between their two front-line players is a killer. They shoot 66 percent in the second half…we just didn't do a very good job tonight defensively."

Between dribble penetration by Irvine's guards and 37 percent shooting by Washington in the second half - the game quickly got out of hand.

"There was no reason for us to come out in this game and feel like we had to back off and be tentative…there was no reason for that. But we were," Romar said.
Points: Wilcox 24, Williams-Goss 13, Blackwell 9, Andrews 9, Anderson 8, Johnson 6, Kemp 3
Rebounds: Anderson 8, Kemp 6, Andrews 6, Blackwell 5, Williams-Goss 4, Wilcox 4, TEAM 3, Johnson 1, Dierickx 1
Assists: Williams-Goss 5, Wilcox 2, Blackwell 1, Taylor 1
Blocks: Wilcox 2, Blackwell 1, Williams-Goss 1
Steals: Williams-Goss 3, Blackwell 1, Andrews 1, Johnson 1 Top Stories