SEATTLE (AP) — The guy wearing No. 40, with “Kemp” across the back of his uniform caught the lob pass and rattled the rim inside KeyArena. He later grabbed a loose ball and powered through defenders for another slam dunk.
Washington’s Shawn Kemp Jr., put together his own highlight reel of dunks on Friday night inside the building his father once did the same for the Seattle SuperSonics.
“I don’t really remember coming here but it’s cool to play in the place my dad played,” Kemp said.
Kemp led Washington with 12 points, Andrew Andrews hit three 3-pointers in the first 4 minutes of the second half and finished with 11 points and Washington pulled away in the second half for a 63-48 win over crosstown rival Seattle.
After a sluggish and ugly first half, Andrews and Kemp sparked Washington (2-0) in the final 20 minutes. Andrews hit his first three shots of the half, all from behind the 3-point arc, while Kemp went on a dunking spree. Kemp had three dunks as part of Washington’s 19-6 run to open the second half.
“We felt like once we got it going offensively we would be all right,” Andrews said. “Our defense was pretty good the whole game. So we felt if we sustained that we were good.”
Quevyn Winters added 12 off the bench for Washington, all on 3-pointers, while Isiah Umipig and Jadon Cohee led Seattle (1-2) with 10 points each. Umipig was averaging 23.5 points through Seattle’s first two games.
“They did a pretty good job of keeping me away from the ball most of the time,” Umipig said.
Washington was headed toward another close affair with the Redhawks after a sluggish first half where it shot 28 percent and trailed by as many as eight. Winters’ three 3-pointers were the main reason the Huskies trailed just 21-20 at halftime.
But Washington’s ball movement was far better in the second half leading to easy baskets. After making eight field goals the entire first half, Washington matched that total in less than 7 minutes of the second half. The Huskies lead reached 48-32 on Winters’ 3 with 10 minutes left, but Seattle slowly chipped away. Umipig’s transition 3 with 5:40 left pulled the Redhawks within 53-44 and after a timeout, two free throws from William Powell cut the lead to seven.
Umipig missed an open 3 with a chance to get Seattle within four, but a free throw from Kemp and Nigel Williams-Goss’ runner in the lane with 2:32 left pushed the lead back to eight. Williams-Goss finished with 11 points.
Washington: Kemp scored in double figures four times all of last season after being diagnosed with Graves’ disease. He’s half way to that total after having 17 in the season opener.
Seattle: Umipig was shooting 72 percent on 3-point attempts through the first two games, but open looks were more difficult to come by against Washington. The Huskies put 6-foot-4 Mike Anderson on Umipig. The result: Umipig was 4 of 19 shooting.
“Mike Anderson made one basket, but was one of the stars of the game,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said.
It was the seventh meeting between the schools since Seattle made the move back to Division I. Washington won the previous six and the only challenge by the Redhawks came in 2012 when the Huskies pulled away for an eight-point victory.
Washington center Robert Upshaw was credited with only three blocks but influenced numerous others. Washington’s interior length with Upshaw, Kemp and Jenard Jarreau was part of the reason Seattle shot 28.6 percent for the game.
Washington: The Huskies will be back at KeyArena on Sunday facing Pacific in the first game of the Marv Harshman Classic.
Seattle: The Redhawks are the backend of Sunday’s doubleheader event facing Montana.