Huskies pull away in 2nd half in rout of Central Washington
Who could blame the Huskies for having a little fun in the late stages of Wednesday’s 95-65 exhibition win against the Division II Wildcats?
Seattle Times staff reporter
Jernard Jarreau couldn’t help himself.
After flushing a two-handed dunk over Central Washington’s Jeff Budinich, the 6-foot-10, 220-pound forward for the Washington men’s basketball team flexed both of his skinny biceps and struck a pose that was more comical than menacing.
The UW players on the sideline howled with laughter and C.J. Wilcox playfully teased Jarreau, who flashed a sheepish smile.
“I wasn’t expecting that,” Wilcox said, laughing. “The dunk maybe. But not what whatever he did afterwards.”
Who could blame the Huskies for having a little fun in the late stages of Wednesday’s 95-65 exhibition blowout over the Division II Wildcats.
The outcome was never in doubt, and most of the 4,985 fans at Alaska Airlines Arena began heading toward the exits when Washington used a 21-5 run midway in the second half to extended its 61-50 lead into an 82-55 advantage.
Jarreau capped the spurt when he blocked Julian Vaughn’s shot at the rim, creating a fast-break layup.
It was an all-around virtuoso performance by Jarreau, who recently won a spot in the rotation. He finished with 17 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks in 24 minutes.
Afterward, Jarreau said his muscle-man pose was directed toward UW strength trainer Daniel Shapiro.
“We’ve been doing a good job in the weight room in the summer and just being in attack mode,” Jarreau said. “It was just a quick little reaction.”
Perris Blackwell, the San Francisco transfer, was equally impressive in his debut. He finished with a team-high 21 points and nine rebounds.
Wilcox and freshman Nigel Williams-Goss each had 16 points.
“I love it,” Wilcox said. “You can throw it inside and throw it to the high post and know something good is going to happen.”
Mark McLaughlin, a Husky during one offseason, led Central Washington with 30 points.
“There’s no doubt it’s a different team,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. “For starters, there’s more guys that can make plays.”
• Junior forward Desmond Simmons did not play Wednesday. He will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to return in late December.
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