Huskies Dismantle WSU

SEATTLE - For the Washington Huskies, it was a team effort to defeat one man - Washington State's DaVonte Lacy. Lacy led all scorers with 25 points, but it wasn't anywhere close to enough as UW defeated WSU 72-49 Friday night at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Nigel Williams-Goss had his second-straight double-double - this time with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Andrew Andrews chipped in 16 points and Perris Blackwell 10 coming off the bench for the Huskies (16-13, 8-8).

No one else scored in double-figures for Washington State (9-19, 2-14), their seventh-straight loss for the Cougars since their win over Washington in Pullman 72-67.

"Wish we could have had a little more of that when we were in Pullman, but credit our guys for coming out focused and ready to play, concentrating," UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said after the game. "I didn't feel we were distracted at all. I thought we went out and played with a purpose and consequently we were able to play well and come away with the win."

Outside of Lacy, the junior from Tacoma, Washington State was 8-31 shooting, including 0-15 from three-point range. It wasn't Washington's intention to quiet every WSU player outside of Lacy, but that's what happened.

"We knew pretty much DaVonte is their best player," said UW guard Andrew Andrews, who just missed out on his first career double-double by one rebound. "When he gets going the others feed off him. We knew DaVonte was going to take his shots, so we were really, really focused on trying to limit the other players from getting going."

Both Williams-Goss and Andrews had nearly identical scorelines, something that started with the defensive end. They finished with 21 of Washington's 39 rebounds.

"We just try and get as many rebounds as we can," said the freshman from Oregon. "When we get the rebound, it's an instant fast break."

While the Huskies only scored eight fast break points all game, they parlayed their stellar guard play into a 15-10 assist/turnover ratio and a 32-18 points in the paint differential. There wasn't one aspect of Friday's game where they didn't excel.

"(Washington State) shot 31 percent, so there were a lot of misses for us and our guards were very aggressive," Romar said of the guards' rebounding and how that impacted the rest of the game. "The thing those guys did was not leak out. We've had a tendency in the past to leak out when the ball goes up, trying to wait on transition - as opposed to rallying to the ball as five. Because those guys did it and because our other guys were doing a good job of boxing out, the ball was free and clear for those guys to go get it. But if they are leaking out, they don't get those rebounds."

Up 12 at half, Lacy tried to get the Cougars back into the game with a three on Washington State's first possession, and then another three with 13 minutes left to trim UW's lead to nine.

Two minutes later, it was Williams-Goss who came up with a key steal and breakaway dunk that sparked a 9-0 run for the Huskies that was punctuated by a Darin Johnson two-handed slam with 8:48 left in the game.

"I think that's how he plays, not everybody has the ability to do that," Romar said when asked if Williams-Goss has that same 'provider' gene that was clearly evident in UW legend Brandon Roy when he played at Hec Ed. In fact, Roy was front and center Friday to see Williams-Goss put on a show.

"Colorado, at Oregon State, are two games specifically that I remember saying he scores 8-10 points the first five minutes and it looks like wow, he might get 30 points. But then the complexity of the game changes a little bit and next thing you know he's got 4-5 assists. Tonight he got the ball off the board. He scored when he needed to score and then he had a big steal when they were trying to come back. He jumped the lane and gets a steal. He's just a very, very smart basketball player that understands what winning is all about and what you need to do to win."
Points: Williams-Goss 17, Andrews 16, Blackwell 10, Wilcox 8, Johnson 6, Simmons 4, Kemp 4, Anderson 4, Taylor 3
Rebounds: Williams-Goss 12, Andrews 9, Simmons 5, Anderson 5, Blackwell 3, Kemp 1, Johnson 1, Taylor 1, Sterling 1, TEAM 1
Assists: Williams-Goss 4, Andrews 4, Johnson 3, Wilcox 2, Blackwell 1, Anderson 1
Steals: Williams-Goss 2, Andrews 2, Simmons 1, Johnson 1, Taylor 1
Blocks: Dierickx 1
Andrew Andrews/NWG Post-Game Video/Quotes - HERE
Lorenzo Romar Post-Game Video/Quotes - HERE Top Stories