Desmond Simmons had his most effective game to date as a Husky, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, including a perfect six of six from the foul line. Simmons was scrappy on defense and very tough on the glass, coming off the bench.
Washington got 15 from Scott Suggs, 14 from Aziz N’Diaye, and 11 from C.J. Wilcox. N’Diaye also added 9 boards.
Seton Hall was led by Fuquan Edwin’s 27 points.
The Pirates scored the first five points before the Huskies got going offensively. Abdul Gaddy sparked the offense with the help of some Scott Suggs shooting. Washington would score the next 17 points as Seton Hall went ice cold.
The Huskies pushed their first half lead up to as many as 15, using a suffocating defense and solid rebounding as the Pirates struggled to get anything going offensively.
Gaddy scored from everywhere, pouring in 14 in the first 30 minutes, and Aziz N’Diaye was a force in the paint at both ends of the floor. Two early fouls on Edwin limited Seton Hall’s firepower.
When CJ Wilcox nailed a free-throw jumper in transition, Washington had its largest lead at 45-28. The half ended with the Huskies up 49-33 as N’Diaye converted four of five free throws.
The Huskies came out sluggish on offense in the second half as Seton Hall began whittling away at the lead. The Huskies were only able to convert one field goal in their first 10 shots of the half. After Edwin hit a driving lay in on his left hand, the lead was down to nine. A 7-0 run was finally interrupted when Wilcox hit a pair of free throws.
The game began to change after N’Diaye picked up his third foul and headed to the bench. The Pirates began to clean up on the boards and the Huskies began to turn the ball over. Seton Hall’s defense as notably more aggressive as the Pirates grew more confident. After Suggs’ second turnover in a row, Seton Hall converted in transition and then an Oliver trey brought the Pirates to within seven at 56-49.
Washington’s shooting woes continued, as Wilcox and Suggs became no-shows and Gaddy begin to force the ball to ill effect. When Smith connected on a three from the wing, the lead was gone.
With 9:13 left, the score stood at 56 all. Incredibly, the Huskies had squandered a 16 point lead in 10 minutes. The defense had collapsed, the offense became disheveled, and the new coaching staff looked lost at what to do.
Patrick Auda scored a jump hook in the paint and the Pirates had their first lead since the game was 5-4. Wilcox answered with two free throws to set up the final six minutes.
Edwin answered with a trey, and Wilcox’s reply clanked off the rim. Smith followed Wilcox’s miss with a trey to give the Pirates a six point lead.
Washington showed amazing resilience and scored the next six points to tie it with 3:00 to go. Edwin replied with a tough three from the top of the key. Simmons took a feed from N’Diaye and layed it in to make it a one point game with 2:00 left. Edwin answered on a drive, and Suggs followed it with a one handed floater from the baseline. The two went toe to toe and in a game the Huskies would’ve likely lost last year, they showed their meddle.
N’Diaye went to the line with 56 seconds left and made one of two to tie the game at 71 all. The Huskies played tough defense on Seton Hall’s last possession as N’Diaye got in Edwin’s path and altered his shot, giving the Huskies the last possession. However a travel on Simmons negated it.
Seton Hall set up Auda for the last shot, which was an air ball, resulting in overtime.
Suggs hit a trey to begin the OT. Andrews followed that with a deep three and the Huskies were staked to a 77-71 lead. Back-to-back offensive rebounds by the Huskies kept the Dawgs on top. Gaddy drained two free throws to push the Dawgs out to an 8 point lead. A three from Suggs gave the Huskies a 9 point lead and put the game away.
The Huskies improved to 2-1 and will face Ohio State tomorrow in the championship game of the tip-off classic.
Washington Huskies 84
Scoring: Gaddy 16, Suggs 15, Simmons 14, N’Diaye 14, Wilcox 11, Andrews 8, Jarreau 6
Rebounds: Simmons 12, N’Diaye 9, Wilcox 5, Jarreau 4, Gaddy 3
Turnovers: Suggs 5, Gaddy 3, Andrews 3, Jarreau 3