Washington basketball is in a tailspin, and Thursday night against the Arizona Wildcats was no exception to that
Another late loss for Washington basketball in a close game. This time, the Huskies fell 75-72 at the hands of the Arizona Wildcats, after a Jemarl Baker Jr. three-pointer with 42 seconds remaining sealed the Huskies’ fate.
Everything started to go wrong with 12:40 remaining in the second half, and the Huskies leading 57-50 when Jaden McDaniels was charged with a technical foul for taunting an opponent, after a dunk. Mike Hopkins removed McDaniels, and all the momentum went with him, and a minute later Washington was only leading 57-55.
Freshman RaeQuan Battle led the Huskies in scoring with 14 points, which included four three-pointers on the team’s best night as a whole from deep. Battle’s threes always seemed to come at a clutch time, but he pulled up from the logo with a lot of time remaining on the clock and couldn’t give the Huskies the lead back.
Isaiah Stewart, the Huskies leading scorer on the season, had only nine points as the Wildcats did a great job containing him, however, he did lead the Huskies with 11 rebounds.
Baker led Arizona with 17 points. The Wildcats’ outstanding freshman forward Zeke Nnaji was held to nine points and eight rebounds, which were both well below his season averages.
The Huskies are now 2-7 in the Pac-12 and are solely in possession of last place in the conference. The Huskies take the floor again on Saturday against Arizona State at Hec Ed. Hopefully, we’ll see some adjustments in the month of February, as this team is too talented to look like this.