Huskies Outlast Redhawks 63-48

Shawn Kemp doesn’t really remember seeing his Dad play at Key Arena, but if any younger Washington fans wanted a glimpse into what it must have been like seeing the Reign Man play 20 years ago, they saw it Friday. Kemp scored 12 points, helping lead the Huskies to a 63-48 win over Seattle University.

“I was a little baby, so I don’t remember coming here,” Kemp said post-game. “It’s cool to play in the same place my Dad did. It’s cool for the fans, but I’m just trying to play.”

Kemp and juco transfer Quevyn Winters each posted a dozen, followed by the 11 of co-captains Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews. Isiah Umipig and Jadon Cohee scored 10 apiece to lead the Redhawks. Umipig was shooting threes at a 72 percent clip heading into Friday night’s game, but finished 4-19 from the field, including 2-11 from deep.

“I thought if we did anything, we were able to wear him down tonight and made him work for his points, so by the end of the game you don’t have the legs to make those shots - because he’s a heck of a shooter and a heck of a player,” UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said of Umipig.

It was Winters’ three threes in the first half that helped carry a rough offensive start for the Huskies, who trailed the Redhawks 21-20 into intermission.

“They had a tough zone going,” said Winters. “My teammates did a good job of getting me open shots, penetrating and sucking the defense in and kicking it out so I was able to get some open shots in the zone.”

The Huskies, who finished the first half on a 9-2 run the last six minutes, saw a wrinkle they could exploit in Seattle’s full-court trap, but decided to hold off using it until the second half. By moving Williams-Goss in the middle of the trap, he could aggressively drive to the basket, where he would either dish the ball off to Kemp or Robert Upshaw for easy dunks, or he could take the ball himself for a layin.

“Right away he went in there and we got a dunk and another play,” Romar said of Williams-Goss. “That really helped to loosen things up too.”

Upshaw, who had seven blocks in Washington’s season opening win over South Carolina State, was credited with three against Seattle, but it seemed like he had double that.

“It makes us want to pressure more because we know we’ve got backside help,” Andrews said of Upshaw and his ability to protect the rim. “It makes us a better defensive team.”

The Huskies took their first lead of the game on Andrews’ first three of the game, coming with one minute gone in the second half. He made another one at the 17:39 mark and UW was able to push their advantage by as many as 16 with just under 10 minutes to play on Quevyn Winters’ fourth three of the night.

The Redhawks’ Cohee hit a jumper with 2:53 remaining to cut Washington’s lead to six, but Williams-Goss came right back with a runner. Missed shots by Umipig led to free throws by Upshaw and Williams-Goss to push the Huskies’ margin back to double-digits and they never looked back.

“I think we had some jitters in the first half, I really do,” Romar said. “You could kind of see it; when they see the ball coming and they are a little anxious and bobble it for some reason…that was uncharacteristic of us. That’s a subtle thing in the second half; we relaxed a lot more and were able to extend."

Romar also applauded the team's defensive effort. He said they played that kind of defense only at the beginning of conference play last year. That effort lasted four games.

“Mike Anderson made one basket, but he was one of the players of the game, as far as I’m concerned, for the job he did defensively on their guards. I thought our guys were guarding as five; there were different guys that stepped up at different times of the game. Andrew made threes in the second half to get us going. Shawn Kemp, I thought, was an absolute warrior out there tonight. It was a really good road win for us, a team win.”
Statistics:
Points: Kemp 12, Winters 12, Williams-Goss 11, Andrews 11, Upshaw 9, Jarreau 4, Anderson 4
Rebounds: Kemp 7, Anderson 7, Upshaw 7, Andrews 4, TEAM 4, Jarreau 3, Williams-Goss 2, Johnson 2, Winters 2, Dorsey 2
Assists: Williams-Goss 6, Anderson 4, Andrews 3, Jarreau 1, Upshaw 1
Blocks: Upshaw 3, Kemp 2, Jarreau 1, Anderson 1
Steals: Williams-Goss 2, Anderson 2, Jarreau 1, Andrews 1, Winters 1



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