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December 21, 2011 at 9:39 AM

On this day in Washington basketball history

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Twenty-five years ago, Chris Welp poured in 40 points to lead Washington to a 90-80 win over No. 17 UCLA at Edmundson Pavilion on Dec. 21, 1986.
No UW player since has racked up that many points and the last player to 40 was George Irvine who totaled 41 points against USC in 1969.
“It didn’t seem like 40 points,” Welp said after the game.
Welp played the entire game. He made 14 of 20 field goal attempts and all 12 free throw attempts in the career-high performance. He scored 28 in the second half.
“He’s the best center in college basketball right now,” UCLA coach Walt Hazzard said after the game. “He’s tough to deal with inside. You hope you can wear him down some, but today we didn’t get that done.”
Welp is the all-time UW leading scorer with 2,073 points. He led the Huskies to Pac-10 titles in 1984 and ’85. In 1984, he was Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. In 1986, he was conference MVP. He was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 2001.
His 40-point outburst was a career best and tied for the fifth highest single game outing at Washington. Here’s the list.
Bob Houbregs …… Idaho …………………. Jan. 10, 1953 …….. 49
Bob Houbregs ….. Seattle University ….. March 13, 1953 ….. 45
Bob Houbregs ….. Louisiana State …….. March 18, 1953 ….. 42
George Irvine ….. USC …………………… Dec. 26, 1969 …….. 41
Bill Hanson ……… California ……………… March 3, 1962 ……. 40
Chris Welp ……… UCLA ………………….. Dec. 21, 1986 …….. 40
Research credit: Seattle Times – Gary Dougherty

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