Washington basketball bounces back, blowing out USC

Washington basketball responded after a bad loss against UCLA with a big win over the USC Trojans, moving the Huskies to 1-1 in conference play

Washington basketball played arguably their best defensive game of the season, holding the Trojans to just 40 points, and a meager 20% from the floor on the night.

Isaiah Stewart continued to show off how dominant he is against USC’s talented freshman Onyeka Okongwu. Stewart led the Huskies yet again with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Okongwu led the Trojans with his 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Huskies still need to improve on the offensive glass, as they were dominated by the Trojans, who pulled down 24 offensive boards compared to Washington’s 11.

Nahziah Carter had a great night, and he showed off his leadership skills, leading the Huskies on a 21-9 run in the first half while Stewart sat after picking up two early fouls. Carter only had nine points on the night, but he pitched in defensively, adding six rebounds and four blocked shots to his totals.

Quade Green had a great night all-around, putting together 14 points, and team-highs in assists (5) and steals (4). Jaden McDaniels, who fouled out early against UCLA, came back with 11 points against the Trojans, even though he shot 3/12 from the floor. McDaniels pitched in defensively, setting a career-high with six blocked shots.

Redshirt freshman Nate Roberts had his best game as a Husky, and looks to be in line for more time. He played 22 minutes and totaled seven points and six rebounds. When the Huskies play a deeper rotation, they’ll be able to keep their starters fresh in tight games, and groom players for the 2020 season, as they could be losing a lot from the current roster.

The Huskies now travel to the Bay Area to take on the Stanford Cardinal on Thursday, and Cal Bears on Saturday.