SEATTLE — Through the first few weeks of the regular season, it’s become clear if Washington is going to be successful it must find depth with its scoring. It can’t be Jaylen Nowell and Noah Dickerson all the time.
Dominic Green showed Tuesday night the potential to be that complementary scorer.
Green hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 25 points, David Crisp added 14 points and Washington cruised past Eastern Washington 83-59 on Tuesday night.
Green became the recipient of Washington’s renewed effort not to be stagnant on offense, but to move and share the ball and create opportunities. On this night those open looks came from the perimeter and Green rarely missed.
“If you see your man turn their head you’ve got to relocate and I was just getting wide open shots,” Green said. “And they were all from the same spot for some reason. It was kind of weird. They did a great job finding me.”
Green was 7 of 10 on 3s, finishing two off the school record of nine 3s set by Ryan Appleby in February 2008 against Oregon State. Green’s previous high was six 3-pointers last season against Bethune-Cookman.
The Huskies made 12 of 28 3-pointers.
“Everybody knows what type of shooter he is. Today we just had more awareness,” Washington coach Mike Hopkins said. “The ball was popping, we had really good looks. Matisse (Thybulle) looked great. David looked great. The ball found the open man and unfortunately for them it was Dominic.”
After taking two of three games during the Vancouver Showcase last week, the Huskies (5-2) opened a relatively quiet week with a romp against an in-state opponent. Washington made it look easy thanks largely to its 3-point shooting with Green leading the way.
Jesse Hunt led Eastern Washington (1-4) with 15 points, but the Eagles simply did not have answers for Washington’s hot shooting. Hunt has scored in double figures in three straight games.
“We didn’t stop fighting no matter what the score was which is a positive,” Eastern coach Shantay Legans said. “Jesse Hunt is playing out of his mind and playing great basketball right now.”
Washington came out of its three games in Vancouver, British Columbia last week in search for more consistent shooting and ultimately a third scorer along with Dickerson and Nowell.
Green could be an option if he becomes less streaky with his 3-point shot. Green has shown flashes through his career of being a premier shooter, but it’s been spotty. At times he can’t miss. Other times he can’t hit anything.
Tuesday was one of those nights where Green couldn’t really miss. He hit four 3-pointers in the first half and even his misses looked like they could have dropped.
“When the ball is moving it could be anybody’s night,” Crisp said. “You’ve got to stay unselfish. We have to make sure we’re playing good basketball, making the right plays; drive in, the guy helps in, kick out to the open man and it’s easy. You saw that tonight.”
Green hit his seventh 3 in transition with 11 minutes left. He had a good look from the corner moments later, but the potential eighth 3-pointer rimmed out. He never took another shot from deep, a couple of times making a pass rather than taking a contested shot.
Green checked out for good with just over six minutes remaining.
“I don’t ever think he’s going to miss,” Crisp said of Green. “Him getting an open look is like a layup.”