With three regular-season games remaining, Nigel Williams-Goss is one of the most impactful freshmen in Washington history. He averages 13.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.9 turnovers, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in 33.4 minutes.
He set the UW freshman single-game scoring records with 32 points during an 87-81 win against Oregon State on Jan. 25.
Last Saturday, he compiled 10 assists in Washington’s 86-62 victory at Oregon State. It was initially reported, the 10 assists were the most since Michael McClain did it on March 3, 1994. However, that report was inaccurate. McClain, a junior-college transfer, was a junior during the 1993-94 season.
Williams-Goss’ 10 assists are the most for a UW freshman in a game, which gives him another record in an impressive season for the high school McDonald’s and Parade all-American from Findlay Prep in Nevada.
Williams-Goss is scaling several UW freshman lists. He’s third in assists (116), fourth in blocks (29), fifth in minutes (934), sixth in points (372) and eighth in steals (29). No player ranks as high as Williams-Goss in all five categories. However, Tony Wroten Jr. is the leader in points, assists and steals. And he’s second in minutes.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— UCLA played Oregon on Thursday without its top two scorers Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams, who were suspended for violating a team rule. The short-handed Bruins came up short in double overtime, falling 87-83. Freshmen guards Bryce Alford (career-high 31 points and six assists) and Zach LaVine (18 points and eight rebounds) led the way. Down three with 1.3 seconds left in regulation, Travis Wear threw a long inbound pass to his brother David Wear, who drained a 30-foot three-pointer to force overtime. The Bruins fell to 21-7, 10-5 and are three games behind Pac-12 leader Arizona with three games remaining. The loss gave the Wildcats at least a share of the conference crown.
— Considering the circumstances, the headline for the game is UCLA lost unless you live in Eugene, Ore. where the Ducks badly needed a win over a quality opponent to improve its sagging RPI. And winning on the road is another boost. Joseph Young scored 26 points including the go-ahead 3-pointer in the second overtime. Jason Calliste added 18 points, Mike Moser had 12 points and a season-high 20 rebounds and Richard Amardi added 12 points for the Ducks (19-8, 7-8 Pac-12), who outrebounded the Bruins 50-38 while winning their fourth straight despite blowing a 15-point lead.
— Roberto Nelson had 14 points and Oregon State managed to hold off a final charge and beat USC 76-66, sweeping the season series on Thursday night at Galen Center. Oregon State (15-12, 7-8 Pac-12) moved into a four-way tie with Washington, Oregon and Utah for seventh place in the Pac-12 standings. The Beavers entered the game having lost four of their last five, but parlayed seven first-half blocks and three steals into a commanding 43-20 halftime edge. They allowed USC to get as close as 69-64 with 1:44 to play. But the Trojans had to foul to extend the game and Oregon State converted the free throws it needed to hang on. Angus Brandt added 13 points for the Beavers, while Devon Collier had 12 and Langston Morris-Walker 11.
— This season can’t end quick enough for USC, which continues its free fall. The Trojans (10-18, 1-14) lost their ninth straight game. They fell behind 22-6 in the first 11 minutes, hitting on just two of their first 14 field goal attempts. USC was led by senior J.T. Terrell with 21 points, 18 in the second half.