Washington basketball led the whole way, and had one of their best offensive games of the season, beating USC 78-75.
Washington basketball started out of the gates strong on a 14-4 run, and hitting a total of nine three pointers in the first half. The Huskies led by just five at the half, after a circus shot by USC’s Kevin Porter Jr. banked in at the horn. SC kept the game close in the second half, as they were on target from three point range. The Husky defense held strong when they needed to though, and they were able to pull it off.
Washington basketball had three players in double digits, led by Pac-12 Player of the Year Jaylen Nowell, who had 24 points. David Crisp had an outstanding game, with 18 points and adding six assists. Nahziah Carter was excellent off the bench, contributing another 13 points. Noah Dickerson was essentialy shut down on offense, going 1/7 from the field. He was the team’s leading rebounder though, grabbing 11 boards.
USC had four players in double figures. In fact, they scored all but eight of the Trojan points. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic, who also led the team with 17 rebounds, junior guard Jonah Mathews, and freshman guard Kevin Porter, Jr. had 17 points each. This was Porter’s best game of the season and highest scoring output. The fourth player in double digits for the Trojans was All Pac-12 forward Bennie Boatwright.
Washington basketball team now will take on the Colorado Buffaloes. The game will take place on Friday night at 6 P.M. PST and can be seen on the Pac-12 network.
The Huskies beat the Buffaloes twice during the Pac-12 regular season. They won the first game on January 12 in Boulder, Colorado 77-70 then in Seattle on February 23, 64-55. This will be a tough game because it’s never easy to beat the same team three times in a season, however, if the Huskies play as they did against USC, they can compete with anyone in the country.