Whatever goals head coach Chris Petersen has for his second year at the helm of the Washington program, job one is finding a competent quarterback.
Instead, Chris Petersen’s Huskies were dominated in an ugly first half which saw Washington out-gained 293 to 113 in total yards and 15 to 5 in first downs.
Stony Brook took advantage and shocked No. 13 Washington 61-57 after overcoming a 16-point second-half deficit. Jameel Warney banked in a short runner with 30 seconds left to give Stony Brook its first lead and complete the Huskies’ (11-1) collapse.
Shawn Kemp Jr. scored 16 points, Nigel Williams-Goss added 14 and Washington pulled away in the second half for a 66-57 win over Tulane on Monday night. The Huskies improved to 11-0, matching the best start in Lorenzo Romar’s tenure as coach. Washington also started 11-0 during the 2005-06 season.
No. 17 Washington trailed Eastern Washington much of the game, but Nigel Williams-Goss and Darin Johnson hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in the final 1:16 to cap a big comeback in an 81-77 victory.
Oklahoma State will face Washington in the Cactus Bowl
San Diego State (6-2) shot just 20.4 percent. It was the lowest shooting percentage for the Aztecs dating to 1996 and the second time this season under 25 percent in a game. They shot 24.6 percent in beating Cal State Bakersfield last month.
Washington Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar joins The Steve Sandmeyer Show and speaks candidly about recent seasons, big man Robert Upshaw and prepping for San Diego State.
In closing the regular season the way it has, Washington showed its fans progress is being made. And while the Huskies are set to lose a ton of talent off their stellar defense, the coaching staff seems to have gotten a feel for their personnel and key reserves have been understudies from the best.
Washington’s 37-13 win over Oregon State last Saturday gave the Huskies (7-5, 3-5 Pac-12) their seventh victory and likely ensured the Huskies will have one more game no matter the outcome of Saturday night’s matchup with the Cougars.