Washington basketball ended their two-game losing streak in convincing fashion at home against Oregon State without one of their best players
Washington basketball didn’t miss a beat without star freshman Jaden McDaniels, who suited up but didn’t play due to an ankle injury he suffered in the loss to Cal last Saturday.
Fellow freshman out of local Marysville Pilchuck RaeQuan Battle made his first career start in place of McDaniels, and was excellent. He finished with 11 points, hitting three three-pointers in the first half, and he didn’t play much in the second half due to what appeared to be cramps.
Once again, Isaiah Stewart led the Huskies in scoring with 13 points, and all but two of those points came in the second half. Guards Jamal Bey and Marcus Tsohonis both had 11 points, and contributed from long range, which the Huskies will desperately need to climb back into the race for the Pac-12 title. Nahziah Carter had 10 points on the night, with seven coming in the second half.
The tandem of Bey and Tsohonis looked good together on the floor at the guard positions. The Huskies, who are averaging close to 15 turnovers per game, finished with just eight turnovers on the night. Elijah Hardy didn’t see the floor in the game, but Bey, Battle, and Tsohonis were excellent all night at guard. If they can continue to play the way they did against the Beavers, the Huskies are going to be a tough team to beat. The young guards brought an element of speed and energy to the team, who have desperately needed a boost since Quade Green was ruled ineligible.
The Huskies’ next opponent will be at home against the #8 Oregon Ducks on Saturday afternoon. Oregon is coming off a shocker after losing to Washington State in Pullman on Thursday.