Beach's Bits: Exhibition All-In-One

SEATTLE - Washington's exhibition win over Saint Martin's Thursday night at Alaska Airlines Arena pretty much went as expected. Like most games this time of year, the Huskies boasted a considerable height advantage and put it to good use, muscling their way to an easy 88-65 win.

Bigs flash potential - Considering the Huskies' size advantage in the paint, the UW front court was expected to dominate – and they did, scoring Washington's first four baskets. The more encouraging part was how they did it. Senior Shawn Kemp was superb in his 20 minutes, chipping in 17 points while looking like he was in mid-season form. The work he did on his body during the offseason was obvious the moment he pulled off his warm ups before the introduction. He’s packed on muscle, and the added strength clearly paid off. His touch was superb, connecting on 5-of-6 shots - all at point blank range – and he made his moves quickly yet without being in a hurry.

Robert Upshaw’s much-anticipated debut didn’t disappoint either - He hit a nifty reverse lay-in for his first bucket, scoring seven points and grabbing nine boards in 16 minutes. His energy level and tenaciousness were as advertised, and his mere presence was enough to dissuade Saint Martin’s ball handlers from coming to close to the hoop. He can really fly down the floor too.

Shaking off the rust, Jernard Jarreau was saddled with foul trouble and had a quiet night, scoring four points and grabbing five boards in 20 minutes, though he did made a nifty assist to Kemp as he knifed through the lane.

It was a cold shooting night for the co-captains - The Huskies top returning scorers - Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews - struggled to find their rhythm. In the first half, Andrews’ shot selection felt rushed, while Williams-Goss shot a chilly 4-of-13 from the field. Their combined 14 assists were a highlight, and Willliams-Goss did a solid job of running the offense when the Huskies weren’t racing down the floor on the break.

On the wing, sophomore Darin Johnson was in attack mode, growing more aggressive as the game went on and spending quite a bit of time at the free throw line - He scored 11 points in 19 minutes, seven of them coming from the charity stripe.

Quevyn Winters was one of the bright spots from outside, knocking down three 3-pointers on 3-6 shooting from beyond the arc. He also grabbed 6 boards in 22 minutes.

As much as we’ve heard expectations of Mike Anderson blossoming as a scorer after moving back to the perimeter, his box score read very much like last season - The senior guard was held scoreless during his 21 minutes on the floor, yet accounted for 10 hard-fought rebounds.

Dorsey shined in his debut - With the Huskies' roster “sneaky old", as Lorenzo Romar called it Wednesday, the Huskies lone freshman more than held his own with the veterans. His jumper was dialed in, connecting on 4-7 field goal attempts - good for 11 points in just 13 minutes. He connected on a pretty baseline turnaround jumper to earn his first bucket, then canned a three pointer from the corner moments later.

Romar admitted after the game that the physically superior Huskies didn’t shoot the ball well besides Winters and Dorsey, yet UW still managed to score 88 points against an opponent that stalled the entire game. That’s a positive sign for a team that bogged down offensively last season while losing its top scorer to graduation.

The Huskies did what they were supposed to in their only public tune up. The season officially starts at home November 14th when the Huskies play host to South Carolina State.
Official Box Score
Kim Grinolds' SMU-UW Photo Gallery
Post-Game Video: Nigel Williams-Goss and Shawn Kemp

Post-Game Video: Lorenzo Romar Top Stories