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Here’s video (above) of sophomore forward Shawn Kemp Jr. after Washington’s 96-92 win over Arizona State.
The sophomore forward started his second straight game. Before tonight he was averaging 4.3 points, but he finished with a career-high 18 points on 9-for-14 shooting. He also had six rebounds, including three on the offensive glass.
(Did you get a little nervous there at the end?) “Yeah I did. We hit a big shot to finish. We could have finished better, but we got the win.”
(You guys made a living in the paint; was that by design?) “Yeah definitely. They started smaller so we took advantage of that.”
(That has to be a tough cover for you to jump out on those three point shots?) “Yeah, that was one of the first times I’ve had to cover someone that shot like that.”
(Did you feel the penetrating stare from coach Romar every time he hit a three?) “I was looking over there because he told me to cover it, and I was getting out there the best I could. He was just making shots.”
(This was a game that has been waiting to happen for you. How comfortable were you today?) “I was definitely comfortable. I had the jump shot today that I’ve been working on. I just did the things I’ve been working on in practice.”
(How important was it to go and get a win.) “We had to get the win. We have a good game coming up, but we had to get this one first.”
(How much momentum does this give you as you head down to UCLA?) “It gives us a lot of momentum. They are a good team so it shows we can do it.”
(What does it give you having Aziz on the court with you?) “With two big guys they couldn’t control the paint as much.”