Washington basketball got off to a rough start in the first half but used a strong second to beat #16 Baylor 67-64
Washington basketball struggled mightily early on and showed the growing pains of having four new starters in the lineup, which led to 15 first-half turnovers, but they stayed within striking distance, trailing 31-24 at the break.
Baylor’s biggest lead of the game was 13, and after they went up 59-46, the young Huskies outscored Baylor the rest of the way 21-5. Much of the run had to do with the Husky interior defense, which looks like it’s going to be one of the best in the country.
The Huskies’ top recruit, five-star freshman Isaiah Stewart showed he’ll be a force for the team inside on both ends of the court. Stewart had 15 points on the night to go with seven rebounds and three blocked shots; however, the Huskies were led by Nahziah Carter‘s 23 points. Also, fellow five-star freshman Jaden McDaniels showed up in a big way with 18 points.
Carter and McDaniels added seven rebounds each, and although you shouldn’t expect Stewart to be the third option all season, the fact that he was and the Huskies came away with the victory is a scary thought for opposing teams.
Transfer Quade Green got off to a slow start shooting the ball, but he made up for that with nine assists. The only returning starter from last year, junior Hameir Wright, had six points along with four rebounds and five blocked shots.
With the upset win over a ranked team, the currently 26th ranked Huskies will definitely vault into the AP Poll next week, and with a tough non-conference schedule lined up, it should be fun to see this team get some of the hype it deserves.
The Huskies take the floor twice next week, at home against Mt. St. Mary’s, and then in Toronto against Tennessee.