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The Washington Huskies got a major boost for their frontcourt by landing former Florida basketball signee Noah Dickerson. The Huskies announced the addition of Dickerson on Friday. Dickerson becomes the seventh freshman to sign with the Huskies for the 2015-16 season. The Huskies are also adding junior college transfer Malik Dime and Auburn transfer Matthew Atewe, who must sit out one season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Christian Welp, a Washington Huskies basketball legend and the school’s all-time leading scorer, the former German exchange student who attended high school at Olympic High School in Silverdale, Washington, and called the Pacific Northwest home thereafter, died Sunday of apparent heart failure. He was 51 years old. “This is an extremely sad loss,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said in a school press release. “Christian is one of the most outstanding student-athletes to have ever played at Washington. He was not only a great guy but he was a great role model and father and we will miss him dearly.”
Slowed by foul trouble most of the first half, the last thing Arizona State’s Gerry Blakes needed was to pick up a silly, pointless technical foul – his third foul of the game – before halftime. “Just being silly, uncharacteristic. I got a little emotional, said some things, said a thing,” Blakes said. “It was just out of the emotion of the game I said something.”
SEATTLE – Kelsey Plum scored 20 points and Washington beat Oregon 70-55 on Sunday. Jazmine Davis had 15 points and Talia Walton added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies.
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Gary Payton II threw down an emphatic dunk in the second half to highlight Oregon State’s win over Washington. His slam came as the Beavers overwhelmed the Huskies with a 43-point second-half performance en route to a 64-50 win on Sunday.
Sam Singer hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with five seconds left to lift California to a 90-88 win over Washington in Seattle on Sunday. Singer’s shot came after Nigel Williams-Goss gave Washington (14-7, 3-6 Pac-12) an 88-87 lead, its first since early in the first half, with a short jumper at 19.5 seconds.
SALT LAKE CITY – Dakarai Tucker scored a career-high 19 points, Brandon Taylor added 14 and No. 12 Utah beat Washington 77-56 on Sunday night. Tucker and Taylor combined to make eight 3-pointers to give the Utes (16-3, 6-1 Pac-12) their 15th straight home victory dating to last season. All six of Utah’s Pac-12 wins have come by double-digit margins.
SEATTLE – Kelsey Plum scored 30 points to help Washington hold on and beat California 79-77 on Sunday. Jazmine Davis’s 3-pointer broke a 64-all tie and sparked a 9-2 run to give Washington a 73-66 lead with 1:10 left. Plum made four three throws and Talia Walton made two to make it 79-74 with 3 seconds left. Cal’s Brittany Boyd drained a 3 just before the buzzer to cap the scoring.
Jordan Mathews scored 31 points and knocked down three of his career-high five 3-pointers in the second half, leading California to an 81-75 victory over No. 21 Washington on Friday night in Berkeley, California. It was the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
SEATTLE – Lorenzo Romar doesn’t think the Washington basketball team he watched Sunday night was the same as the squad that went undefeated and beat two ranked opponents. Stony Brook took advantage and shocked No. 13 Washington 62-57 after overcoming a 16-point second-half deficit, recording the program’s first victory over an Associated Press Top 25 team. Jameel Warney banked in a short runner with 30 seconds left to give Stony Brook its first lead and complete the collapse of the Huskies (11-1).
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Andrew Andrews scored 20 points and Washington made six free throws in the final 45 seconds for the deciding points to edge UTEP 68-65 in the championship game of the Wooden Legacy on Sunday night. Nigel Williams-Goss had 16 points and six assists and Jernard Jareau added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies (6-0).
FULLERTON, Calif. – Nigel Williams-Goss scored 21 points and dished out a tournament-record 12 assists to lead Washington to 80-70 victory over Long Beach State in the semifinal game of the Wooden Legacy tournament on Friday night. The Huskies advance to the championship game on Sunday against UTEP, which defeated Xavier on Friday.
SEATTLE – The guy wearing No. 40, with “Kemp” across the back of his uniform caught the lob pass and rattled the rim inside KeyArena. He later grabbed a loose ball and powered through defenders for another slam dunk. Washington’s Shawn Kemp Jr., put together his own highlight reel of dunks on Friday night inside the building his father once did the same for the Seattle SuperSonics.
Conference: Pac-12 Colors: Purple and gold
Some of the baggage and burden of Shawn Kemp Jr.’s basketball life has been assigned, and some has been courted. He didn’t pick his name, for instance – that came from his father, the former NBA superstar. But he did choose his dad’s game, and when it came time to pick a college, he elected to attend the University of Washington in the same town where the senior Kemp polished his star with the Seattle SuperSonics.
1 Finding C.J.’s surrogate. Guards Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews are obviously more-than- capable scorers, but C.J. Wilcox was the kind of weapon who forced teams to game plan for him. What’s more, he took 42 percent of the Huskies’ 3-pointers last season and was far and away their most accurate long-distance shooter. His presence allowed Williams-Goss to blossom, and now he’ll be the one getting all the defensive attention. 2 There is no “I” in “D.” But there needs to be an “E” – as in everyone. Statistically, the Huskies were the Pac-12’s worst team in field goal defense (47.5 percent? Ugh!) and easily the worst by the eye test. This was largely an interior failing – the graduated Perris Blackwell was hardly the human eraser. The arrival of 7-footer Robert Upshaw figures to be a significant upgrade in this department, but Shawn Kemp Jr. needs to assert himself as a rebounder, too. And mostly, the Huskies have to look like they care about stops.
For the first time since 2007, the Washington Huskies men’s basketball team will not play in the postseason. After finishing 17-15 overall and 9-9 in the Pac-12, then losing in the first round of the conference tournament, the Huskies had long been eliminated from NCAA tournament contention.
SEATTLE – Upon reflection, coach Lorenzo Romar still doesn’t find much positive about the basketball game his Washington Huskies played at California on Jan. 15. That 82-56 loss in Berkeley wasn’t pretty then, and it doesn’t look much better in retrospect.
SEATTLE – Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has seen this before from C.J. Wilcox. One 3-pointer starts to drop, then another and suddenly Wilcox is hitting everything. Washington’s sharpshooting guard put on another display Sunday that ended the Huskies’ lengthy losing streak against ranked opponents.
SEATTLE – C.J. Wilcox’s second-half patience as well as his pacifism helped the Washington Huskies break away from stubborn Hartford for a 73-67 victory Sunday night. Wilcox, the Huskies senior guard, scored 23 points, 18 in the second half, and the Huskies (8-5) made 13 of 15 free throws over the final 7:30 to pull out the narrow victory.