Andrew Andrews scored a team-high 20 points and the Huskies knocked down their final six free throw attempts to earn a 68-65 victory over UTEP on Sunday night in the championship game of the Wooden Legacy Tournament. The win improves the Huskies to 6-0 on the young season.
Nigel Wiliams-Goss knocked down the final two free throws to give the Huskies a three point lead, and after his attempt at an intentional foul wasn't called, Omega Harris's three point attempt to tie the game bounced off the back iron, and the Huskies earned their first nonconference tournament title away from Hec Ed since the Great Alaska Shootout in 2004.
The Huskies led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but the Miners quickly made the game close after halftime, closing the lead to two within two minutes. The two teams traded buckets and the Miners tied the game for the first time with 13:20 remaining, and took their first lead on the next possession.
The Miners led by as many as four points with just under four minutes remaining. Andrews knocked down his fourth 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one, and Williams-Goss regained the lead for the Huskies with a floater with 2:27 remaining. Mike Anderson was fouled with :48 and made both free throws to put the team up one, and the Huskies never trailed from that point on. The Huskies ended the game on an 11-5 run.
After a poor shooting night in Friday's win over Long Beach State, Andrews bounced back to shoot 6-for-12 from the field and 4-for-7 on three pointers as the UW's go-to option on what was a pretty stagnant night offensively. Williams-Goss scored 16 points and dished out 6 assists, and Jernard Jarreau scored 10 points and grabbed eight boards.
Robert Upshaw and Shawn Kemp Jr. were both limited by fouls, even with the Huskies playing a lot of 2-3 zone on the night. Kemp Jr. had his second straight two point game. Upshaw was a little more effective, scoring six points and grabbing two rebounds. He also blocked two shots and had two steals.
Vince Hunter will led the Miners with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Julian Washburn and Cedrick Lang added 17 and 14 points respectively.
The Huskies will really be put to the test when they head home to face San Diego State on Sunday at 6 p.m. After just over 2000 showed up for the first home game, I hope Husky fans will be back on the bandwagon with the momentum the team has and pack the house against a nationally ranked opponent.
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