The Washington Huskies are undefeated in games Brendan Sherrer has appeared in. Saturday was no different as the Huskies (19-8, 12-3 Pac-12) completed a rare regular season sweep over the Arizona Wildcats (19-9, 10-5) in their 79-70 victory on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore guard Terrence Ross poured in 25 points on 11-for-19 shooting. He also pulled down five rebounds. Freshman guard Tony Wroten added 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds of his own in the effort.
Huskies seniors Darnell Gant and Brendan Sherrer both received honorary starts in their final game at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle. Sherrer, who has never started in a game before for the Huskies, played in the game's opening minutes and was replaced by Aziz N'Diaye. Sherrer pulled down a rebound and later re-entered the game with under a minute to go in the second half.
In a nationally-televised game on Fox Sports, Washington's trademark high-flying and athletic style of play did not disappoint. N'Diaye flushed home a one-handed fastbreak dunk after stealing the basketball from Arizona's Nick Johnson at half-court.
Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller was given a technical foul after arguing vehmently for a travel call on N'Diaye. Washington's C.J. Wilcox sunk two free-throws after that to cap off a 9-0 run at the 12:34 mark, giving the Huskies a 21-14 lead.
However, Washington was not able to keep the momentum going and did not convert on a field-goal attempt in the first half's final five minutes and Arizona stormed back to cut the Huskies' lead down to 39-37.
In the second half, Washington did not relinquish its lead. Wroten elevated for a one-handed highlight dunk at the nine-minute mark over Arizona's Angelo Chol. After that, the Huskies never looked back. Two minutes later, a pair of three-pointers from Wilcox in a span of one minute gave the Huskies a nine-point lead and enough separation to secure a victory.
The Wildcats had four players in double figures. Freshman guard NIck Johnson led the way with 20 points.
Aziz N'Diaye is part of a rare breed. There are not many seven-footers in the world who have a mile-time of 5:21. There are also not a lot of seven-footers who can make plays like this in college basketball:
N'Diaye's dunk came at the 12:41 mark of the first half in Saturday's game against Arizona. The Alaska Airlines Arena crowd was ecstatic after N'Diaye stole the ball from Arizona's Nick Johnson and flushed home a one-handed fast-break slam.
The play caused Wildcats head coach Sean Miller to argue with the game's officials and eventually received a technical foul. CJ Wilcox's two free-throw makes on the technical foul capped off a 9-0 run for the Huskies and gave them a 21-14 lead.
Washington's Brendan Sherrer started in place of N'Diaye in Saturday's game due to Senior Night. N'Diaye was inserted back into the lineup for the Huskies after two minutes of play.
Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar started senior forward Brendan Sherrer for Senior Night in honor of his career at Washington. The Huskies' student section, the Dawg Pack and the rest of Alaska Airlines Arena erupted in applause after Sherrer returned to the bench after two minutes of play.
The first half's biggest moment though belongs to Aziz N'Diaye. The seven-footer stole the ball from Arizona's Kyle Fogg at half-court and proceeded to evade a defender with a high dribble en route to a one-handed slam dunk.
N'Diaye's play caused Wildcats head coach Sean Miller erupted at the officiating and pleaded for a travel-call on the play. Miller received a technical and CJ Wilcox sunk two free-throws to complete a 9-0 run and give the Huskies a 21-14 lead with 12:34 to go.
Arizona answered and made a 11-4 run to close the half. The Huskies did not make a shot in the first half's final five minutes.
Terrence Ross, a traditional slow-starter, came out on fire, scoring 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Fogg leads Arizona with nine points.
In these teams' past three meetings, the margin of victory has not been more than two points on any occasion. This game is shaping to be another classic matchup between these two Pac-12 rivals.