Shooting 59 free throws helps Huskies
The once-a-year games in the neighborhood rivalry between Washington and Seattle University hadn’t been much of a backyard brawl since the schools renewed the series three years ago.
The Huskies treated the Redhawks like their worst enemies, clobbering them by an average of 31.7 points in the lopsided victories.
But this was different.
Washington’s 91-83 victory Tuesday was intense, physical and hard fought.
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“You have to stay composed,” said UW sophomore guard C.J. Wilcox, who scored a career-high 25 points. “Usually, when games are like that we kind of fall apart, but we were able to stick together as a team tonight and grind out this win.”
Washington’s Tony Wroten Jr. had 24 points, six assists and four rebounds, which offset six turnovers. Aziz N’Diaye finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds and Terrence Ross added 12 points. The Huskies improved to 10-6.
Aaron Broussard led Seattle U (3-11) with 20 points and Sterling Carter finished with 15.
Five Seattle U players fouled out. Two technical fouls and one flagrant foul were assessed in a scrum of a basketball game that lasted more than 2 ½ hours in front of 8,618 at Edmundson Pavilion.
Washington players had been accustomed to lounging on the bench in the final minutes while the reserves wrapped up victories against the Redhawks.
On Tuesday, however, the Huskies were deadlocked with less than five minutes remaining and staring at an improbable upset.
“We came together and said we’re not going to lose this game,” junior guard Abdul Gaddy said. “Not to sound bad, but we don’t want to lose to Seattle U. We want bragging rights in Seattle. We took that personal and we wanted to win the game.”
Two years ago, the teams combined for 102 free throws in Washington’s 123-76 victory. Eight players fouled out and Seattle U finished the 2010 contest with just four players.
The game Tuesday was a similar foul-fest.
However, Redhawks coach Cameron Dollar noted: “I didn’t have to go to my four-man set today so depth definitely helped us.”
Dollar used a 12-man rotation as the Huskies attempted a season-high 59 free throws and converted just 37.
Washington’s poor marksmanship at the line coupled with an inability to handle SU’s full-court press that forced 16 turnovers helped keep the Redhawks in the game.
“I thought we made poor decisions with the ball,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. “I thought we rushed at times. We had several two-on-one opportunities where we could have converted. We didn’t make good decisions and turned the ball over.”
Washington’s miscues allowed Seattle U to erase a 50-37 halftime deficit nine minutes after the break.
Broussard tied it at 62 with a layup with 11:08 left.
Washington answered with a 5-0 run to surge ahead 67-62, but Seattle U didn’t go away.
Redhawks reserve guard Jarrell Flora sank a free throw to tie the score at 76 with less than five minutes remaining.
The Huskies finished the game with a 15-7 run.
The second half included several rough plays.
Wroten took a nasty spill late and landed on his tail bone. He’s also suffering from nagging injuries with a hip pointer and elbow.
“I’m banged up,” he said. “Hopefully it’s nothing too severe. We’ll see how it is tomorrow.”
When asked if he’d miss the game Sunday against Washington State, he said: “Negative seven. No chance.”
Percy Allen: 206-464-2278 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @percyallen.
Percentages: FG .420, FT .615. Three-point goals: 9-22, .409 (Carter 4-9, Rasmussen 2-6, Trent 1-1, Flora 1-3, Broussard 1-3). Team rebounds: 0. Blocked shots: 4 (Wallace 3, Rasmussen). Turnovers: 17 (Wallace 4, Burrell 4, Tate 2, Broussard 2, Carter 2, Flora, Obasi, Trent). Steals: 9 (Diop 2, Wallace 2, Burrell, Obasi, Gilmore, Broussard, Trent). Technical fouls: Diop.
Percentages: FG .400, FT .627. Three-point goals: 6-14, .429 (Wilcox 4-7, Ross 2-2, Wroten 0-1, Gaddy 0-2, Gant 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Wilcox 2, Ross 2, N’Diaye, Kemp Jr.). Turnovers: 16 (Wroten 6, Gaddy 3, Wilcox 3, Simmons 2, Ross, Gant). Steals: 8 (Simmons 2, Ross 2, Wroten, Gaddy, Gant, Wilcox). Technical fouls: Wroten.
Attendance: 8,618. Officials: Deron White, Bobby McRoy, Bill Vinovich.
|Battle of Seattle|
|After three consecutive blowouts to UW, Seattle University made it close.|
|1-10-2012 @ UW||8 points||91-83|
|2-22-2011 @ SU||21 points||95-74|
|1-26-2010 @ UW||47 points||123-76|
|3-3-2009 @ UW||27 points||87-60|