SEATTLE — Shawn Kemp Jr. scored 16 points, Nigel Williams-Goss added 14 and No. 13 Washington remained undefeated, pulling away in the second half for a 66-57 win over Tulane on Monday night.
The Huskies improved to 11-0, matching the best start in Lorenzo Romar’s tenure as Washington’s coach. The Huskies also started 11-0 during the 2005-06 season.
Washington committed a season-high 18 turnovers coming off a short turnaround after its win over Oklahoma in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The Huskies were sloppy and careless for stretches, but used a 14-3 run midway through the second half to take control.
Dylan Osetkowski led Tulane (9-2) with 12 points. The Green Wave had their nine-game winning streak snapped.
Tulane had beaten up on lesser competition in running off its longest win streak since early in the 2011-12 season. The Green Wave made it difficult on Washington, but the Huskies ultimately prevailed in their next-to-last game before starting Pac-12 play.
Jay Hook added 11 points and Jonathan Stark scored 10 for Tulane.
The quick turnaround after the draining one-point win over Oklahoma was a test to see how the Huskies will respond to short turnarounds once Pac-12 Conference play starts next month.
And it turned out to be far more difficult than most expected.
Robert Upshaw continued to be a force in the middle for Washington. The 6-foot-11 center finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks.
Tulane went nearly 8 minutes at the end of the first half and to begin the second half without a field goal, the skid finally getting snapped on Osetkowski’s reverse layup with 15:25 left. That basket started a 17-8 run by the Green Wave, capped by Louis Dabney’s 3-pointer for a 46-43 lead.
Darin Johnson’s three-point play pulled the Huskies even and started an eight-point spurt finished off by Andrew Andrews’ 3-pointer with 6:53 left for a 51-46 lead. Andrews had missed his first seven shots.
Williams-Goss eventually capped the 14-3 run with his fast-break layup for a 57-49 lead with 4:35 remaining, matching the Huskies’ largest lead of the game to that point. Washington’s cushion eventually reached 12 in the closing seconds.
The Green Wave conclude nonconference play against St. John’s on Sunday at Barclays Center.