Washington guard Mike Anderson had a dazzling performance Monday night at the Northwest Collegiate Summer League.
Anderson finished with 20 points and Darin Johnson added 13 while leading their team to a 75-69 win over a squad led by Seattle University standout Isiah Umipig.
Anderson did a little bit of everything. During the opening seconds he knifed to the rim and drew a foul, which was the first of many drives to the basket. In the first half, he worked against Umipig, who did a nice job keeping him out of the lane. Anderson, a 6-5 swingman, had more success in the second half against SU guard Emmanuel Chibuogwu, a 6-6 sophomore.
Anderson ran the offense like a point guard and finished with at least four assists, including an alley-oop pass to Johnson who finished the play with a two-hand dunk. Anderson also used spin moves, deft dribbling and herky-jerky maneuvers to blow past defenders for layups.
Defensively, Anderson paired against Umipig, who drained five three-pointers and finished with 19 points. In the second half, Anderson also paired against a bigger post defender, but managed to corral a few rebounds.
Anderson struggled with his jump shot, but he drained a three-pointer in the final minute that put his team ahead for good with a 70-69 lead.
Johnson scored 4 of the next 5 points the rest of the way at the free throw line. Earlier, he worked almost exclusively on the left side of the floor where he hurt the defense with dribble drives and offensive rebounding. Johnson didn’t convert a three-pointer, but he was somewhat efficient on the offensive end.
In the previous game, Washington sophomore Jahmel Taylor scored 22 points to lead his team to a 20-point win.