Senior post Shawn Kemp Jr. led the Huskies with 18 points and four rebounds as they improved to 3-0 on the year with a 76-69 victory over Pacific on Sunday night at KeyArena in the first game of the Marv Harshman Classic.
But the win was far from pretty for the Huskies, who played the Tigers even in the second half after jumping out to leads of 12-1 and 14-3 early in the game. Kemp Jr. led a Husky charge that outscored the Tigers 24-8 in the paint and outrebounded them by nine in the first half.
After falling down by double digits in the game's opening minutes, the Tigers scored 11 straight points to tie the game just two minutes later, and even took a lead early in the first half, but it would be their only one of the night. Again in the second half the Huskies jumped out to a double digit lead but failed to hold on.
The Tigers were led by T.J. Wallace who scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, both game-highs, but shot just 6-for-19 from the field. He did most of his work from the foul line, knocking down 10-of-15 attempts. Dulani Robinson scored 14 points and was the only other Tiger to join Wallace in double figures.
Junior guard Andrew Andrews and sophomore guard Nigel Williams-Goss each scored 17 points as the only Huskies to join Kemp Jr. in double figures. Williams-Goss dished out a game-high six assists and grabbed three rebounds, and Andrews grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and hit 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Mike Anderson knocked down 3-of-5 3-point attempts and finished with nine points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Sophomore post Robert Upshaw was hampered by foul trouble, playing just eight minutes and collecting two points and two rebounds. He was the only player on the Huskies to foul out.
While you are eating your turkey dinner on Thanksgiving you can watch the Huskies in action as they take on San Jose State in their first game at the Wooden Legacy Tournament. The game will be played at 8 p.m. and will be shown on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
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