Washington jumped on San Jose State at the start and sailed to a 78-56 win in the DirecTV Wooden Legacy opener.
The Huskies received a game-high 17 points and five three-pointers from freshman guard Quevyn Winters. Meanwhile, Nigel Williams-Goss finished with 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Robert Uphshaw tallied 12 points and tied the UW school record with seven blocks while Shawn Kemp Jr. scored in double figures for the fourth straight game. He had 11 points.
Here’s the game story in the Associated Press.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Washington (4-0) plays Long Beach State in Friday’s semifinal. The 49ers trailed Western Michigan by five with 8 minutes left when they went on a 16-0 run for a 73-55 victory. Mike Caffey scored 18 points for LBSU, which improved to 3-3.
— Xavier led San Diego by two points with 12:35 to go in its Wooden opener, but outscored the Toreros 18-7 in the next four minutes en route to an 82-71 win. Trevon Bluiett scored 17 points for the Musketeers (5-0) and Matt Stainbrook finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
— UTEP opened the Wooden Legacy with a 62-56 victory over Princeton. Vince Hunter, who has double doubles in every game this season, had 18 points with 12 rebounds for the Miners (3-0).
— Oklahoma, which plays Washington on Dec. 20, knocked off Butler 59-46. The Sooners upset UCLA 75-65 Wednesday and will play No. 2 Wisconsin on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis title game. The Sooners have four games before facing the Huskies in Las Vegas.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— No. 22 UCLA will fall out of the top 25 rankings after dropping its straight game – a 78-56 setback to No. 5 North Carolina in the consolation round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Bruins (4-2) hope to salvage a win Friday after starting 0-2 in the Bahama tournament.
— Not sure who put together Washington State’s schedule, but it’s ridiculously tough. The Cougars played three of their first four games on the road, including Thursday’s 71-43 defeat to UC Santa Barbara in the Great Alaska Shootout. WSU starters accounted for just 15 points while reserve Brett Boese finished with a team-high 13. The Cougars fell to 1-3.
— Utah is partaking in the Thanksgiving spirit and feasting on a bunch of creampuffs this week. The Utes (3-1) devoured Texas Pan-American 85-48 on Wednesday and Friday they’ll likely chow down on North Dakota.