Washington basketball was able to rebound from a terrible start to the game, and behind a strong second half, beat Colorado 66-61
Washington basketball got off on a huge run to start the second half, outscoring Colorado 16-2 over six minutes. The Huskies stepped up on offense and defense, allowing just seven points over the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Around the nine-minute mark in the second half, the Huskies had their biggest lead of the game at 52-38. The game looked like it was over, until Matisse Thybulle fouled out at the 3:10 mark. The Dawgs struggled in those last few minutes on defense without Thybulle. Colorado was able to get within four points, and to make matters worse, the Huskies struggled at the foul line, before Dominic Green made two to seal the game.
Washington basketball had four players in double digits. They were led by Pac-12 Player of the Year Jaylen Nowell and Nahziah Carter, who each dropped 14 points. Nowell added to his stat line with five rebounds and four assists.
Thybulle also added on 14 points, along with three blocks and, shockingly enough, only one steal. David Crisp was the fourth Husky in double digits with 10. Noah Dickerson was stifled on offense again with only seven points, but he grabbed 11 rebounds and played excellent defense.
Tyler Bey, who was named to the All Pac-12 First Team was the only player to score in double digits with 22 points, and 12 of them came at the foul line. He also 16 rebounds. Without Bey, Colorado wouldn’t have been in the game at all.
McKinley Wright IV, Colorado’s other All Pac-12 first teamer, had a tough night. He only managed seven points against the Husky defense, and four of them came at the free throw line.
Washington now takes on the Oregon Ducks who beat Arizona State 79-75 in overtime. The Huskies split the season series with Oregon, and they’ll want to avenge their only home loss of the season, which came at the hands of the Ducks.