Washington Basketball Comes From Behind To Defeat Sacramento State

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 29: Matisse Thybulle
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 29: Matisse Thybulle /

Washington basketball overcomes first-half troubles to beat Sac State, 57-41

A terrific second half helped lift the Huskies over the Hornets. Washington doubled up Sacramento State following halftime, 38-19. Starting off the half with a 13-0 run, the Dawgs never looked back. Noah Dickerson and Matisse Thybulle lead the scoring for Washington with 12 points each. Nahziah Carter added 11 from the bench. Marcus Graves and Josh Patton lead scoring for Sacramento State with 12 a piece.

The Huskies were incredibly lucky to get out of the first half down 22-19. Combining for 0-11 from three-point land and losing on the glass 19-12, this could have gotten out of hand early. The Dawgs stayed close, however, thanks to creating a combined ten blocks and steals.

The Hornets weren’t able to get back on the board for the first five minutes following the half. Matisse Thybulle led the defensive charge, tying his career-high in steals with seven. With help from Wright’s five blocks, the Huskies had their highest combined blocks and steals performance of the season with 22.

Naz Carter is continuing to find his rhythm within Coach Hopkins’ system. He scored 11 points on four of five shooting from the floor, added six boards, an assist and a steal for good measure. His athleticism matched with his size make him an absolute force off of the bench.

Early in the game, head coach Mike Hopkins kept his team on their toes on the defensive end. He mentioned during preseason interviews that defensive rebounds will be a big focus this season. After giving up an offensive board in the opening minutes of the game, he quickly went to the bench, subbing out starters Jaylen Nowell, Noah Dickerson, and Hameir Wright.


The Huskies will wrap up non-conference play against Cal State Fullerton on New Year’s Day at home. The game is set for a 7pm tip-off.