As we pass along after football games, here’s our recap capsule from Washington’s 95-65 victory over Central Washington at Hec Edmundson Pavilion tonight.
PLAYER OF THE GAME — Perris Blackwell was touted as the best low-post scorer Washington has had in a while, and he looked the part tonight. The 6-foot-9, 275-pound transfer from San Francisco scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in only 21 minutes. He was efficient, too, making 7-of-9 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line. Blackwell and Jernard Jarreau seem to have a pretty strong understanding of how each other want to play in the post, and Blackwell made some nifty interior passes to teammates down low, too. He certainly looks like the player the Huskies have badly needed in recent years. His performance against stronger competition will be interesting to watch. Mark McLaughlin also deserves mention, as he scored 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting in a losing cause.
PLAY OF THE GAME — Hard to pick a turning point or crucial play in a game decided by a 30-point margin. C.J. Wilcox had a couple of really strong coast-to-coast drives, so one of those might do the trick. Or Jarreau’s dunk that he followed by flexing his arms — his rather skinny arms — toward UW’s bench. He joked about that afterward.
STAT OF THE GAME — Washington dominated pretty much every category, killing CWU on the glass (52-33), in assists (20-9), and in field-goal percentage (53.0 to 30.7). But what stands out the most are UW’s 60 points in the paint, a product of a much more offensively skilled frontcourt.
QUOTABLE — “I can pass it to Perris anytime. I know it’s going to be a bucket.” — Jarreau, on playing alongside Blackwell.
WHAT IT MEANS — Trick question! Exhibition games are void of meaning. But being as this was the first time any of us saw the Huskies put on uniforms, run plays and shoot basketballs at hoops, there are a few observations that could be meaningful down the road. If Blackwell and Jarreau play like this consistently throughout the season, the Huskies could be pretty tough to defend. Nigel Williams-Goss scored the quietest 16 points you’ll ever see (and not realize). C.J. Wilcox didn’t make a 3-pointer, but he scored 16 points and said afterward that his foot felt just fine. In short, the Huskies provided reasons for optimism. But they’ll need to translate them to games against stronger opponents to consider anything proven.
NEXT UP — Washington begins the regular season on Sunday with a 7 p.m. game against Seattle University at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
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