Robert Upshaw, the former Memorial High star whose college career got off to a rocky start at Fresno State, set the single-season blocks record for the University of Washington in the Huskies' 56-43 win over Oregon State on Thursday night in Seattle.
Upshaw — who also scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds — entered the game needing one block to form a three-way tie atop the single-season list, but wound up with six to speed past Dave Dixon and Chris Welp, who each had 67.
His feat was all the more impressive considering it came in just the 16th game of the season for Washington (12-4, 1-3 Pac-12). He's also the national leader in the category, despite Thursday marking his first start with the Huskies.
Upshaw had averaged 13 points and 9.1 rebounds while shooting 60% from the field in his previous eight games.
As a Fresno State freshman in 2012-13, Upshaw averaged 5.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and a team-best 1.8 blocks in 22 games. But he was dismissed for undisclosed violations of athletic department policy, transferred to Washington and sat out a year per NCAA rules.
Thursday's matchup featured Washington's Shawn Kemp Jr. and Oregon State's Gary Payton II meeting on the court for the first time in college, with their famous fathers watching from the stands.
The Beavers, coming off Sunday's upset of Pac-12 power Arizona, fell to 11-5 overall and 2-2 in the conference.