Let the Dawgs loose!
With all the anticipation and speculation for what the 2011-12 season will bring for the young Huskies squad, Saturday night brought all of that to ease, at least for the moment.
In their only warmup game of the season, the Huskies handled the crosstown Seattle Pacific Falcons in a convincing 77-60 victory.
In front of just under 950o fans at the Alaskan Airlines Arena, Abdul Gaddy opened the Huskies 8-0 scoring run with a layup, jumper and free throw in a game which the Huskies never trailed.
In his first game back since being sidelined in January with a knee injury, Gaddy assumed the starting point guard role and piloted the team with a 15 point, 4 rebound and 4 assist stat line in just under thirty minutes of floor time.
As far as the Huskies most anticipated freshman in recent memory? Tony Wroten did not disappoint, dropping ten points, 6 boards and 4 dimes, coming off the bench for twenty three minutes of floor time.
While Wroten impressed both teammates and fans with his high energy performance, his four turnovers, something to be expected by a freshman in his first game, will have to be corrected down the road for the Dawgs to be successful.
Wroten wasn’t the only Husky to have trouble with the rock, as the team committed 11 turnovers to only 14 assists, something that will not sit well when the team starts their regular Div 1 season play next weekend in a three game set against Georgia St., Florida Atlantic and Portland in the World Vision Classic.
Playing alongside Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox led the team in scoring with a game high 19 points, including 15 points from beyond the arc.
All everything Terrence Ross finished with the most efficient line of the night with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and only one turnover in 27 minutes of action.
The one area which the Huskies were lacking a definitive edge was on the glass as other than the ones grabbed by Ross and Wroten, the only other Dawg that provided a constant presence was freshman forward Desmond Simmons, who pulled down 6 rebounds in 15 minutes.
But fans have little to fear as seven foot junior center Aziz N’Diaye will be ready to return to the lineup next weekend after taking the game off as a precautionary measure suffered from a minor concussion.
With first game jitters out of the way for the freshmen, and line up tinkering by the coaching staff, Saturday’s affair was an overall success and a first step in the Huskies road to March Madness.