Washington dodges a bullet with a 95-80 home win over Mississippi Valley State.
It took a long late run, and even after that the Delta Devils wouldn’t go quietly.
Washington moves to 7-5 on the season. Valley drops to 3-8
UW concludes nonconference play with a 6 p.m. Sunday home game against Hartford. Pac-12 play begins Thursday at Arizona State.
A quick overview on tonight’s game:
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Washington’s Perris Blackwell and C.J. Wilcox each provided double-doubles. Blackwell scored 17 points and Wilcox 15. Both had 10 rebounds – marking a career high for Wilcox.
IT WAS OVER WHEN: The score was tied 56-56 less than 13 minutes from the end. Then Washington went on an 18-0 run that finally finished the Delta Devils.
STATS OF THE GAME: The Huskies out-rebounded the smaller Devils, 51-29. Meanwhile, Mississippi Valley hit only 12 of 24 free throws.
QUOTABLE: “We talked about all that. We talked about how we’re trying to develop habits. It’s not about circumstances. It’s just about us.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar on playing a lightly regarded opponent in front of a small crowd.
WHAT IT MEANS: Playing evenly for 30 minutes against a visitor from the Southwestern Athletic Conference indicates there’s work to be done before Pac-12 play begins next week.
NEXT UP: Hartford at UW, 6 p.m. Sunday, Pac-12 Net.
9:05 Huskies, 72-56. Washington finally seems to be putting the visitors away on a 14-point run.
11:23 UW, 59-56. Valley actually just had a shot for the lead, but it missed, and Huskies’ Williams-Goss scored on the break.
2nd/16:32 Huskies open a little daylight, 51-42.
Halftime: UW, 39-35.
Huskies led by Andrews’ 12 points. Blackwell has 10. C.J. Wilcox has six points, but a game-high seven rebounds.
Delta Devils 5-of-10 on treys.
MVSU used 14 players in the half, UW used eight.
1st/6:11 UW, 25-23. Delta Devils not going away yet.
1st/15:45 Delta Devils open game with a trey. They Huskies go on 8-0 run. Dawgs up now, 10-5.
Lineups: UW goes with Williams-Goss, Andrews, Wilcox, Blackwell, and Mike Anderson.
Hec Ed is well under half full, but a better crowd than I would have predicted.
Pregame: Most Husky eyeballs will be on the Fight Hunger Bowl tonight. But the men’s basketball team is playing too: 7:30 p.m. tip vs. the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils at Hec Ed.
The game will be shown on the Pac-12 Network and head on 1150 AM.
Here’s our preview story from today’s paper. And I’ll have updates here as the game moves along.