UW steamrolled Portland last night, winning 93-63 to start the year 3-0. It was an impressive victory that included several highlight-reel dunks, assists, and blocked shots. But the real highlight came during the post-game press conference when sophomore point guard Abdul Gaddy inadvertently used a little sexual innuendo to describe his teammate Terrence Ross' ability to score.
The Huskies were great as a team -- shooting 55 percent from the field, while holding their opponents to just 34 percent -- but Ross was the star of the night. He dropped a game-high 24 points, sank six of eight from behind the three-point line, and had a spectacular windmill dunk off a lob pass from Tony Wroten. He shut down Portland's best player on defense, and seemed capable of scoring at-will on offense with his crossover dribble and smooth step-back jumper.
But the night before against Florida Atlantic, Ross wasn't himself. He shot 4-14, and was just 1-5 from three-point land -- not what you'd expect from a likely NBA lottery pick.
So after last night's game, a reporter asked Gaddy if he and Wroten did anything different to help Ross return to form. Except the question wasn't quite phrased that way. And that led to an amusing slip of the tongue. Here's the actual exchange:
Reporter: Abdul, did either of you make a conscious effort to try to get Terrence off a bit tonight?
Both Wroten and guard CJ Wilcox lost it immediately, as did most of the press corps. Gaddy seemed to realize what he said the moment the words left his mouth, breaking into a goofy grin, but he held it together enough to finish his sentence, adding, "he can score so good, if he's hot you got to go to him."
Yup, when Ross is hot he can really put it in the hole.