Washington crushed San Jose State 78-56 in the opening game of the DirecTV Wooden Legacy. The Huskies (4-0) will face Long Beach State (3-3) 8:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Gym.
Here’s three quick impressions from Thursday’s game.
The reserves respond – Coach Lorenzo Romar called out the backups this week and they responded with a collective 44-point performance Thursday. Freshman guard Donaven Dorsey led all scorers with 17 points off the bench, including five three-pointers. He converted 5 of 6 attempts, which all came beyond the arc. The Huskies also received 12 points from Robert Upshaw, who bounced back from his last outing when he fouled out in eight minutes. Quevyn Winters added eight points, Darin Johnson 5 and Jahmel Taylor 2. The bench needed to bail out the No. 1 unit, which had three starters (Andrew Andrews, Mike Anderson and Jernard Jarreau) combine for 10 points.
Defense dominates – Washington played stellar defense in two of its first three games. With Upshaw leading the defensive charge, the Huskies stonewalled San Jose State, which shot 30.6 percent (19 of 62) from the field. Upshaw finished with seven of UW’s 10 blocks. It’s the third time he’s tallied seven blocks and once again he tied the school record. The Spartans converted just 4 of 16 (25 percent) three-pointers.
Three-point roulette – Dorsey became the fourth Husky to make at least three three-pointers in a game. The others include: Winters, Andrews and Anderson. Washington may not have anyone who will be consistently dependable on three-pointers each game, but it appears as if the Huskies will rely on the hot hand. On Thursday, it belonged to Dorsey. Who knows who it will be in the next game, but perhaps the good news is Washington has more options than it had in recent years. And Williams-Goss made his first three-pointer after starting the season 0 for 9. He shot 35.6 percent behind the arc last season, but he’s 1 for 13 this season. Johnson is another option. He’s 2 of 7 on three-pointers this season.