Andrew Andrews scores 18 points and Marquese Chriss scores 16 to lead the Huskies, who bounced back from a 97-83 loss to Oakland.
The Huskies’ winning streak – 11 and counting – lives for another year even though they had to work harder than in recent years to maintain their dominance over crosstown upstart Seattle University.
The Washington men’s basketball team rode a strong first-half performance from Andrew Andrews, a dominant inside attack from Marquese Chriss and a few clutch baskets from David Crisp in the final minutes to claim a 79-68 nonconference victory Tuesday night in front of 6,921 at Alaska Airlines Arena.
“Our guys did a really good job of not being lulled to sleep,” coach Lorenzo Romar said when asked about Seattle U’s zone defense. “You play against a zone for 40 minutes you tend to walk the ball up the floor.
“I thought we still tried to push the ball up the floor and play at a good pace. We got the ball inside. We played inside-out. Our guys did a pretty good job.”
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Andrews, the Pac-12’s leading scorer, finished with 18 points, Chriss had 16 and Crisp tallied 13 off the bench. The Huskies (8-3) also received 10 points apiece from Malik Dime and Noah Dickerson.
The 31st meeting between the teams, who first clashed in 1953, wasn’t decided until the end.
It was a two-possession game with 3:43 remaining, and Seattle U trailed 71-65 when the Huskies took control.
“We talked about not thinking we had to make a home-run play,” Romar said.
On the next possession, Dime, a backup center who had five blocks, flushed a dunk before SU’s Aaron Menzies threw an elbow that dropped Dickerson to the court.
The Redhawks’ backup center was given a flagrant-2 foul and ejected. It was yet another ugly incident in a series that’s been filled with physical play between the teams.
“I don’t see it as something that is out of the ordinary,” Romar said. “In this series sometimes that happens, but it’s basketball.
“Two teams competing and those things happen.”
Menzies’ foul didn’t lose the game for the Redhawks, but any chance of a comeback disappeared once Andrews connected on two ensuing free throws that gave UW a 75-65 lead with 2:35 left.
SU scored just three points the rest of the way.
“That probably put it to bed,” Redhawks coach Cameron Dollar said. “But we had some opportunities before that.”
Dollar lamented 17 turnovers that resulted in 16 points for the Huskies.
He was also disappointed in the Redhawks’ effort and execution.
“I thought we could have played harder,” Dollar said. “I thought we could have executed better. We usually do a good job of controlling what we can control, but I don’t think we did a good job there.”
Jadon Cohee had 13 points while Brendan Westendorf, William Powell and Manroop Clair each had 12 for Seattle U (5-7).
Dollar hinted that if Seattle U had played as well as it did during losses at California or Alabama-Birmingham, then the Redhawks would have collected their first win against Washington since 1978.
“It all equates to effort and execution,” he said. “In order to get something done in somebody else’s venue in hostile confines, you can’t be talking about effort and execution after the game.”
Andrews tormented SU’s backcourt early on while Chriss found holes in the middle of the Redhawks’ 3-2 zone for short jumpers and Crisp torched them from the perimeter.
“With their 3-2 defense we knew the weak spots in the zone, so we tried to put David there as much as possible,” Andrews said. “We tried to keep feeding him because he had the hot hand.”
The Huskies had plenty of highlights, including an alley-oop dunk from Chriss and several jams by Dime, but they had difficulty putting away the Redhawks until the final minutes.
“Each year it’s been a tough game,” Andrews said. “I (only) remember a couple of times the score was lopsided.”