The Washington Huskies were able to handle the Arizona Wildcats in their final home game of the year. It was senior day for Darnell Gant, walk-on Brenden Sherrer, and retired Tyrese Breshers.
Lorenzo Romar decided to honor his walk-on senior, and fan favorite, Sherrer, by letting him start the game. Sherrer was even able to pick up a block in his couple minutes in the game. All three seniors received standing ovations from the UW Dawg Pack and showed emotion in their final game. Both Sherrer and Gant kissed the big “W” on the court when they were subbed out in the final minutes of the game.
While the seniors were honored, the players of the game were sophomore Terrence Ross and freshman Tony Wroten. Ross had a big first half with 15 points out of the Huskies 39 points. Wroten on the other hand struggled in the first half, finding ways to get to the rim but struggling to finish. The second half was a different story, when Wroten came out of the locker room with a few quick buckets. He even had a highlight-reel play when he posterized Angelo Chol with a big left-handed dunk.
Ross finished with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, and 1 assits. Wroten had 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Aziz N’Diaye also had a highlight dunk when he was able to block a shot, secure the ball, and take it coast to coast for a massive dunk. You can find that video here. He had 8 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 1 steal.
As a team the Huskies executed their offense better than they have all year for the entirety of the game. They found ways to get the ball to Ross, they isolated Wroten so he could get into the lane, late in the game they found Wilcox on the wing, and Abdul Gaddy was able to pick up 6 assists. And with that being said, the most impressive stat of the game was the five turnovers as a team by UW, that is the lowest of the season and amongst the lowest in the Romar tenure.
Ross ended the game with two made free-throws listening to chants from the Husky crowd, “ONE-MORE-YEAR!”
More Notes and Thoughts:
- Shawn Kemp Jr. didn’t see much action, he had a brief stint in the game but most of the minutes went in favor of Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Desmond Simmons.
- Seferian-Jenkins had a couple big defensive series but his play of the game was a tight-end like catch of an offensive rebound. He was fouled and went to the line to make one of two.
- Simmons was not a factor in this game but he didn’t need to be. He played solid defense and found ways to help his teammates get into position. He had 2 rebounds and 1 steal.
- Gaddy had 6 assists and 9 points. He had a very effective game.
- CJ Wilcox had a big second half with 9 points on a couple consecutive threes, a clean up around the rim and a made foul shot. He finished the game with 11 points and 3 rebounds.
- Gant was the leader on the floor, he helped his team get composed on a few occasions. He had 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 steal.