State men's hoops roundup: Chriss leads Washington to 100-67 rout of Mount St. Mary's
From Sun staff and news services|
Nov 20, 2015 | 3:00 AM
The physical challenge was going to be obvious for Washington, returning home less than a week after playing its season opener 7,000 miles away in China.
What impressed Washington coach Lorenzo Romar was the ability to push aside any lingering fatigue — physical and mental — and never give visiting Mount St. Mary's a chance.
"I keep saying, `Is this group really like this?' They really like playing together. They really want to do the right thing. They are really up to the challenge," Romar said. "They continue to keep confirming what we have been seeing for quite a while now. This was further evidence that this team is going to try and play right."
Marquese Chriss scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Andrew Andrews added 20 points, and Washington followed up on its season-opening victory with a 100-67 win over Mount St. Mary's on Thursday night in the Huskies home opener.
After knocking off Texas in Shanghai six days earlier, the Huskies (2-0) scored jumped out to a 17-0 lead, led by 23 at halftime and were never tested by the Mountaineers in the final 20 minutes.
The undersized Mountaineers couldn't find an answer for Chriss, who scored however he wanted, whether the play was designed for him or he was scrambling for loose balls and scoring off rebounds. Chriss made 11 of 18 shots and grabbed six rebounds, scoring on fast-break dunks, midrange jumpers and even made a 3-pointer.
"I didn't really set any expectations for myself," Chriss said. "I started making a couple of shots and I was feeling it a little bit and I just kept shooting."
After knocking off the Longhorns in the first regular season college basketball game played in China, the Huskies returned to Seattle last Sunday and began the process of getting their clocks adjusted. They appeared back in sync during an impressive first half.
Washington reached the 100-point mark for the first time since scoring 109 in a victory over California in February 2011. It was the 22nd time under Romar the Huskies reached the century mark.
Washington took away any doubt thanks to a 17-0 run to start the game as Mount St. Mary's missed its first seven shots. Matisse Thybulle had all eight of his first-half points within the first 4 1/2 minutes and the Huskies showed there was no jet lag from its trip to China.
Andrews scored seven straight for Washington midway through the second half and posted his second straight 20-point game to begin the season. David Crisp added 13 points and Dejounte Murray added 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
"It was hard for us during the week because we didn't feel like we were getting enough sleep, but everybody got back on their sleeping schedules and we were fine," Chriss said.
Junior Robinson led the Mountaineers (0-3) with 16 points. The preseason favorites of the Northeast Conference couldn't overcome the shooting problems of the first half and shot just 24 percent on 3-pointers.
B.K. Ashe finished with 13 points and Khalid Nwandu added 12 points for Mount St. Mary's.
The Mountaineers played their third of four major opponents to begin the season. Mount St. Mary's opened with games at No. 3 Maryland and Ohio State before its trip to the Pacific Northwest to face the Huskies and No. 10 Gonzaga.
The Mount attempted a season-high 37 3-pointers. They attempted 33 in the season opener against Maryland.
Oklahoma State 69, Towson 52: Chris Olivier had a career-high 18 points, Jeffrey Carroll scored all 17 of his points in the second half and the Cowboys pulled away from the Tigers at the Charleston Classic.
Olivier, a transfer from Eastern Illinois, surpassed the career best of 14 he set in Oklahoma State's opening win over Tennessee-Martin last Friday night. This time, Olivier's play shut down Towson (1-2) and helped the Cowboys start 3-0 for a seventh straight season.
Olivier had 10 straight points in a 21-9 opening-half run as Oklahoma State turned a close game into a runaway. The Cowboys continued pushing after halftime, stretching the lead to 18 points.
Arnaud William Adala Moto had 14 points to lead Towson.
Navy 67, USC Upstate 55: Shawn Anderson had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists to lead the visiting Midshipmen (1-2) past the Spartans (0-3).
Navy senior guard Tilman Dunbar scored 11 points and sophomore forward Jace Hogan added 10 points and five rebounds. Senior Will Kelly had nine points, five rebounds and five blocks, senior Kendall Knorr had five points and a game-high seven rebounds, while sophomore Bryce Dulin added eight points off the bench.
Navy built a 15-point halftime lead by shooting 46.6 percent from the field compared with USC Upstate's 35.2 percent.
UMBC 68, Coppin State 61, 2OT: The visiting Retrievers (1-2) outscored the Eagles (0-3) 10-3 in the second overtime to win.
Pandora Wilson had a game-high 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead UMBC. Janelle Lane (Woodlawn) led Coppin State with 17 points.
Both teams scored five points in the first overtime. Eight of those 10 points came from the free-throw line. UMBC's Laura Castaldo and Coppin's Keena Samuels traded baskets to start the second overtime, but the Retrievers held Coppin State to one point over the final 3:47 of the second overtime, and Taylor McCarley and Wilson combined for the game's final eight points.