Frosh Has Career Day in UW Win

SEATTLE - Lorenzo Romar told the media from the day Nigel Williams-Goss signed with Washington that he was a big-time performer in big games. With the game on the line Saturday versus Oregon State the frosh point guard came up with the greatest first-year scoring outburst in the history of UW Basketball as his 32 points helped defeat OSU 87-81 in front of a crowd of 7112 at Alaska Airlines Arena.

"I watched the film of the Oregon game with coach (UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar) and I just felt like I wasn't my normal self out there," Williams-Goss said post-game. "I feel like I wasn't as aggressive out there as I usually am. So I just wanted to be in a more aggressive mindset tonight and it worked out."

"Nigel, I think that's one of the best freshman performances we have maybe seen in this building," Romar added, noting Wilcox's 24-point second-half game versus UCLA and Brandon Roy's 35-point effort against Arizona. From a best-guess standpoint, it's the most points scored ever by a UW true freshman since the 1972-73 season when they were allowed to play. On top of that, Williams-Goss also had three assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 34 minutes of play.

"What a performance he put on. He was just very, very efficient offensively and defensively."

C.J. Wilcox added 14 points despite heavy guarding pressure from OSU's 6-foot-10 Eric Moreland, and Andrew Andrews and Perris Blackwell scored 11 points and 10, respectively.

Williams-Goss out-dueled the current Pac-12 leading scorer, OSU's Roberto Nelson. The 6-foot-4 junior guard lit up UW's defense to the tune of 31 points. Oregon State (11-8, 3-4) also got 23 points from Devon Collier - including 11-15 from the free throw line - and 11 from Angus Brandt.

It was the fourth-straight Pac-12 win at home for the Huskies and Head Coach Lorenzo Romar's 250th win at Washington.

Williams-Goss's offensive output was ten more than his previous high, set against Eastern Washington. His runner off-glass and-1 with 44 seconds left gave the Huskies a six-point lead that they would never relinquish. With Moreland doing his best to take Washington's best shooter in Wilcox off the score sheet, Williams-Goss did his best Wilcox imitation by scoring in bunches.

"We call it the ‘C.J. effect'," Williams-Goss said. "When he comes off screens, two guys jump at him and it open up everyone on the floor, not just me. When you play with such a prolific scorer like C.J., it's much easier."

Down five at the half, Washington got off to a poor start to the second half as Oregon State went on a quick 7-0. But at the 15:46 mark Shawn Kemp came in for Andrews and the same starting five - Williams-Goss, Wilcox, Blackwell, Kemp and Mike Anderson - played all the way to 4:20 left in the game. During the extended stretch UW out-scored Oregon State 31-18, with Williams-Goss going for 24 in the second half.

The Huskies also out-rebounded the longer Beavers 34-37 and scored more points in the paint than OSU, 52-34. They were persistent in getting to the basket, shooting 24 foul shots and making 21 of them - Williams-Goss making nine of those.

"One of the greatest joys as a coach to see…when those five guys out there are in a zone," Romar said. "You see defensively everyone is in sync, unison and moving together. You see guys battling on the boards together. As big as that team was, we out rebounded them in this game. Offensively, for 11 and a half minutes, no one cared who got the credit. Just five guys playing together. And I just feel like they were in a zone playing together that way. Maybe they got winded down the stretch it. But I thought that was the difference in the game the way they played. Mike Anderson got some rebounds and made some gritty plays and that got us charged up."

By the time Kemp had been subbed back out for Andrews with 4:20 remaining in the game, Washington was up eight points, and then Williams-Goss buried the last of his three made three-pointers to give the Huskies their biggest lead of the day at 76-65.

Oregon State Head Coach Craig Robinson put it simply when asked about Williams-Goss: "He's a good player."
Statistics:
Points: Williams-Goss 32, Wilcox 14, Andrews 11, Blackwell 10, Anderson 8, Kemp 7, Johnson 3, Simmons 2
Rebounds: Blackwell 7, Williams-Goss 5, Anderson 5, Wilcox 5, Simmons 5, Kemp 4, Andrews 3
Assists: Anderson 5, Blackwell 3, Williams-Goss 3
Steals: Williams-Goss 1, Wilcox 1
Blocks: Johnson 2, Blackwell 1, Kemp 1

Lorenzo Romar post-game video/quotes - HERE
Nigel Williams-Goss and C.J. Wilcox post-game video/quotes - HERE
Mike Anderson post-game video/quotes - HERE
Craig Robinson post-game quotes - HERE


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