Washington basketball was able to keep the game close in the first half, but eventually fell to the North Carolina Tar Heels 81-59
Washington basketball had seven steals in the first half and kept the game interesting for a while, but the North Carolina Tar Heels, the number one seed in the Midwest Region, pulled away in the second half behind Coby White and Nassir Little.
The Huskies shot 38.3% from the field, and 31.3% behind the three-point line. North Carolina shot 50.8% and was able to beat the Husky zone with their great pace, and Luke Maye finding soft spots in it.
Pac-12 Player of the Year Jaylen Nowell with 12 points. He shot 6/11 from the field, and the Huskies should probably have let him take some more shots.
Noah Dickerson had a harder time than he had against Utah State on Friday. He scored 20 points against Utah State, but could only manage 10 against UNC, and he also led the Huskies with six rebounds. Matisse Thybulle had only two points on one of eight shooting, but he did, as always, contribute on defense with four steals and two blocks.
The other two seniors playing their last game David Crisp had eight points making two shots behind the arc while making two free throws. Dominic Green had six points off the bench, hitting two threes as well.
Sophomore Nahziah Carter added 10 points off the bench. He’s expected to take a big leap forward next season for the Dawgs.
We want to thank the Washington basketball team for such a great year. Thank you to the four seniors David Crisp, Noah Dickerson, Dominic Green, and Matisse Thybulle for sticking around when Lorenzo Romar was dismissed. The same goes for Jaylen Nowell who decided to stay with his commitment to the university as well.
The program will continue to flourish under Mike Hopkins for years to come. Last week Hopkins signed a six-year contract extension. A huge thank you to Hameir Wright and Naz Carter for coming west with Hopkins. We can’t forget Jamal Bey or Sam Timmins for their contributions either. Go Dawgs!