Sophomore guard Jaylen Nowell matched his career high with 32 points to lead Washington past Santa Clara in the first game at the inaugural Vancouver Showcase.
Washington surged ahead in the first half, took a 10-point lead at the break and despite a sluggish second-half performance, held off Santa Clara for an 82-68 victory on Sunday in the first game at the Vancouver Showcase.
The Huskies improved to 3-1 before Tuesday’s game against Texas A&M.
Here are three impressions of UW’s win over the Broncos.
What a night for Nowell
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Jaylen Nowell has never played better for UW than he did Sunday night against Santa Clara. The sophomore guard converted 11 of 14 field goals, 4 of 6 three-pointers and 6 of 8 free throws for 32 points, which matched his career high. Nowell also had five rebounds and two steals to offset three turnovers in 35 minutes.
Nowell, who is averaging 20.8 points, has scored at least 16 points in every game this season.
He tallied 21 points in the first half and probably would have set a new personal best if he hadn’t injured his left hand midway in the second half after falling to the floor.
It was a spectacular night for Nowell that ended with the UW star receiving a technical foul in the final minute after arguing with an official.
Finally, Green breaks out of his slump
Dominic Green entered the game shooting 18.2 percent (2 of 11) from the field, which included a frosty 2-for-9 shooting on three-pointers.
The senior guard was scoreless in UW’s previous outing while going 0 for 1 in 18.
The Huskies needed their sharp-shooter on a night when there were few reliable scoring options other than Nowell. Green hit timely perimeter shots and finished with 13 points – the most in the past 15 games.
He made 4 of 5 shots, including 3 of 4 behind the arc.
New lineup, similar results
Sophomore forward Hameir Wright made his first career start in place of junior Sam Timmins, whose gotten off to a slow start while averaging 1.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 11 minutes in the first three games.
At 6 foot 9, Wright is two inches shorter than Timmins, but his 7-2 wingspan and athleticism makes him an ideal component for UW’s 2-3 zone.
Still, it’s not easy playing alongside Noah Dickerson. The all-Pac-12 forward is the focal point of the offense and a wing defender in the zone.
With Dickerson on the edge, Wright must defend the rim against taller and heavier opponents. On Monday, he fouled out for the first time this season and just the third time in his career.
When Wright exited with 5:34 left, the Huskies led 66-56. He was on 0-for-4 shooting from the field, but finished with four points two rebounds and one assist in just 17 minutes..
Timmins also continued to struggle and had two points and two rebounds.
And Dickerson had a quiet offensive performance (11 points), but was actively defensively and added four steals, four rebounds and two blocks.