SEATTLE (AP) — C.J. Wilcox led five Washington players in double figures with 22 points, and the Huskies staved off a challenge from crosstown rival Seattle in an 88-78 win on Sunday night to open the regular season.
Thinned by injuries up front, the Huskies guards and some unlikely reserves came up with big contributions to hold off the improving Redhawks.
Andrew Andrews added 21 points for the Huskies, who won their eighth straight in the series. Washington (1-0) was playing without forwards Desmond Simmons and Perris Blackwell, and lost Jernard Jarreau in the first 2 minutes to a right knee injury.
Isiah Umipig scored 20 points for Seattle, but was 6 of 23 shooting. Clarence Trent, who started his college career at Washington, added 19 points for the Redhawks (0-1).
Because of the injuries up front, the Huskies were forced to turn to the unlikely duo of Mike Anderson and Darin Johnson off the bench, and both had important contributions. Johnson finished with 16 points and seven rebounds while Anderson had 12 points, eight rebounds and was a pest on defense.
Washington lost Jarreau with 18:25 left in the first half. He stole the ball at the top of the key and raced toward the other basket. Umipig tried to chase from behind and appeared to clip Jarreau as he went into the air. Jarreau landed awkwardly with his right leg buckling. He was on the court in pain for several minutes before being helped off putting little-to-no weight on his right leg, and Umipig was given a flagrant foul.
Jarreau is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.
The loss of Jarreau was magnified because the Huskies were already significantly short-handed in the frontcourt. Washington played without Blackwell after he suffered a concussion in the Huskies exhibition win over Central Washington last Wednesday. The school said Blackwell was close to getting clearance but was not given the OK to play in the regular season opener. Blackwell had 21 points in the exhibition victory.
The Huskies are also without Simmons until mid-December after he had knee surgery.
Shawn Kemp Jr. added 10 points for the Huskies.
Washington started pulling away midway through the second half when Seattle failed to capitalize on mismatches offensively. The Redhawks went more than seven minutes with just one made basket. Meanwhile, Kemp was wide open for a dunk, Nigel Williams-Goss hit a floater in the lane and Wilcox capped Washington's 9-2 run with a scoop-shot three-point play for a 59-47 lead with 11:23 left.
Washington then stemmed any charge the Redhawks tried to make. Seattle got within 65-58 with 8 minutes left on Deshaun Sunderhaus' three-point play, but Umipig missed an open 3 and an offensive foul kept the Redhawks from drawing closer. Washington scored 10 of the next 14 points to finally pull away.
Seattle had its chances early, scoring 10 straight and 15 of 17 points to take a 28-18 lead when Umipig hit his second 3-pointer of the first half. It was an impressive statement by Seattle, only trumped by the Huskies rebuttal.
Washington closed the first half on a 24-5 run, getting contributions from everyone. Andrews hit a 3, Kemp scored in traffic, Johnson knocked down an open 3 and converted a three-point play, and Wilcox came alive. After missing his first five shots, Wilcox hit his last three shots, including a pair of deep 3s and Washington went to the half with a 42-33 lead.