Sunday evening the UW Huskies were back in action to defend their Pac-10 championship in college basketball. It was only an exhibition game and against the 3-3 Simon Fraser University (British Columbia, Canada) Clan. The Huskies controlled the whole game over the Clan and ended up winning 114-48.
There a lot of new faces on the Dawgs this year and at one point for a good stretch of minutes in the first half there were four freshman and one junior out on the floor. Mike Jensen is out until the end of the year with a shoulder injury but he was not needed. Ryan Appleby a red shirt transfer for Florida had 20 points including going 6-10 from the three point line. Speaking of the three point line it was moved about a foot back from normal college basketball. I do not know if this was because the Dawgs were playing against a Canadian team or because it was that next week there a basketball tournament and that they generally experiment with different rules in tournaments. Also of note was that the key was about a foot bigger on each side.
McDonalds all American Jon Brockman scored 18 points in his first game as a Husky. The Clan had no defense for Jamall Williams down low as he went for 24. Brandon Roy had 13 and Brandon Burmeister came off of the bench and had 14 points including going 4-7 from the three point line. Actually every Husky on the roster scored (yes including Zane Potter with 2 points) except for Hans Gasser and the freshman seven footer Joe Wolfinger.
Rajprit Mander was the only member of the Clan to score in double digits with 18 points. All of the Clan players are from British Columbia execpt for one that was from Ontario.
While there were some great breakaway dunks the best dunk of the night was a lob to Joel Smith. The ball was seemingly to high but put he was able to pull it down with one hand for an amazing slam.
Next up for the Dawgs is the Black College Coaches Classic tournament which the UW is hosting. The teams involved are the University of Washington, Miami of Florida, Air Force, Wisconsin – Green Bay, UNC Greensboro, Morgan State, UT-Arlington, and North Arizona.