Washington basketball blew another double-digit second-half lead, and ended up losing at UCLA, 67-57
Washington basketball looked like they would turn things around after going on a 11-2 run at the end of the first half, taking a 34-27 into the break. They reeled off five points at the beginning of the second to extend the lead to 12. The lead slowly slipped away, and combining that with the Bruins outscoring the Huskies 14-6 over the last six minutes of the game, the Huskies are now 2-11 in conference play.
Isaiah Stewart, who led the Huskies with 15 points, left the game with four fouls with just under nine minutes to play. He returned a minute later, but the fourth foul really took the wind out of the Huskies’ sails. Jaden McDaniels tied for the team lead, adding 15 more points. They were the only two Huskies in double digits, with freshman RaeQuan Battle finishing in third with nine and Jamal Bey adding seven; however, all 16 of those combined points came in the first half.
The Huskies’ problems boil down to having a suitable replacement when Stewart comes out, a lack of consistent offensive production from the guards, and getting outrebounded on the offensive glass.
UCLA had three players in double figures on the night. Guard Chris Smith led the Bruins with 20 points, while Cody Riley had 15 and David Singleton added 14. Smith and Singleton did the damage down the stretch, as the Bruins’ three leading scorers had only 18 combined points in the first half.
The Huskies now return home to face Stanford and Cal before finishing their home schedule against Washington State on February 28th. They will have two games on the road at Arizona State and Arizona after that before the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas.
Things are looking pretty bleak for the Huskies, but if they’re able to put together a few wins down the stretch, along with a strong run in the Pac-12 Tournament, maybe they’ll get an invite to a postseason tournament.