The final score doesn’t tell the full story in Washington basketball’s 75-55 win over South Dakota
After South Dakota sprung out to an ealry 7-2 lead, Washington basketball took control of the first half, and took a 32-23 lead into halftime.
Freshman Jaden McDaniels led the Huskies in scoring with 20 points, and 15 of those came in the first half. When he started to cool off early in the second half, the Coyotes were able to climb back into the game. Another reason, Washington had a hard time on the night getting offensive rebounds. They only had six of them, and they all came late in the game. Isaiah Stewart had half of those, and he finished second on the team in scoring with 16, and led the Huskies with 15 rebounds for his second career double-double.
Sophomore guard Jamal Bey made his first start of the season, and set a career-high in scoring 14 points. He replaced Hameir Wright in the starting lineup to deal with the Coyote’s four-guard set. Nahziah Carter contributed in a big way, adding 12 points, nine rebounds, and three steals on the night.
The Huskies were able to limit the Coyotes behind the three-point line, who came in as the nation’s leading three-point shooters percentage wise, but they went 4/23 on the night. Junior guard Stanley Umude led the Coyotes with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Senior forward Tyler Hagedorn, South Dakota’s leading scorer on the season, at 17.9 per game, scored only ten points. He had a rough night from the floor, going 4/19 from the field, including 0/5 from behind the three-point line. He also led the Coyotes with four turnovers.
The Huskies’ take the floor again on Wednesday against in-state foe Eastern Washington. After that, one of their biggest non-conference rivals, the Gonzaga Bulldogs come to town.