What was a sloppy first half for both teams turned into a victory for the Washington men's basketball team as the UW outscored crosstown rival Seattle U 43-27 in the second half on way to a 63-48 victory on Friday night at KeyArena.
Junior guard Quevyn Winters kept the Huskies in it during the first 20 minutes, knocking down three 3-pointers as the Huskies trailed 21-20 at the half. He finished the game with four 3-pointers made on way to a 12 point, two rebounds and one steal performance. After knocking down just three 3-pointers in the opener, the Huskies shot 8-for-26 from downtown against the Redhawks, who used a lot of zone to try to slow them down.
Senior Shawn Kemp Jr. teamed up with sophomore Robert Upshaw to give the Huskies another quality performance in the post. Kemp Jr. tied with Winters for the game-high in points with 12 and also collected seven rebounds and blocked two shots. Upshaw scored nine points to go along with his seven rebounds and three blocks, and capped off the game with an emphatic two hand dunk as the buzzer expired.
In the second half the Huskies were led by junior guard Andrew Andrews, who scored all 11 of his points in the final 20 minutes. He finished the game 3-for-8 from the field and also tallied four rebounds and three assists. Sophomore point guard Nigel Williams-Goss scored 11 points but on 4-for-13 shooting, including 0-for-3 on 3-pointers. In my opinion, Williams-Goss hasn't looked great in any game for the Huskies this season.
The Huskies did a good job of holding Seattle U's leading scorer, senior guard Isiah Umipig, in check. The Federal Way H.S. grad was held to 10 points on 4-for-19 shooting. Umipig entered the game shooting 72% on 3-pointer but made just 2-of-11 attempts from downtown against the Huskies. The Huskies used multiple players to guard Umipig, even junior forward Jernard Jarreau. Freshman guard Jadon Cohee was the only other Redhawk in double figures with 10 points.
Overall it wasn't the cleanest game for the Huskies on Friday. The UW gave up 21 offensive rebounds and were outrebounded 45-to-40, and the Redhawks forced the Huskies into 11 turnovers.
The Huskies will take on Pacific on Sunday at 5 p.m. at KeyArena before they take off for Anaheim for the Wooden Legacy Tournament where they will open with San Jose State on November 27.
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