Washington Advances to Wooden Legacy Championship Game
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Keion Brooks Jr. scored 16 points and Washington held off Fresno State to take a 62-57 win in the first game of the Wooden Legacy tournament on Wednesday night.
Washington got its last field goal on Franck Kepnang's dunk with 2:35 left in the game to make it 59-52. Fresno State did not score from the four-minute mark until Leo Colimerio turned a three-point play with 37 seconds left to get the Bulldogs within four, 59-55. P.J. Fuller II hit two free throws for the Huskies and Jamal Bey added the first of two from the line to push the lead to 62-55 with 15 seconds left.
Washington advances to Thursday's championship game to play Saint Mary's following the Gaels' win over Vanderbilt in the night game.
"We knew coming into this game that it was going to be a rock fight," Head Coach Mike Hopkins said after the game. "I've never been a part of a zone team that took that many [charges] and that was just them being locked in and disciplined."
The Huskies (4-1) relied on their defense led by Fuller II and Kepnang drawing a multitude of charges. The team finished with a season-high 10 steals and six blocks, three of which came from Brooks Jr. in the first half.
Block or charge?
Well it would've been a massive block but PJ gets credit for the charge ??
— Washington Men's Basketball (@UW_MBB) November 24, 2022
Isaih Moore led Fresno State (1-3) with a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
The championship game against Saint Mary's will be played at 9:30 p.m. on either ESPN2.