Washington basketball couldn’t get their momentum back on track, losing to Washington State 78-74 after snapping a nine-game losing streak against Cal
After going into the locker room down by 13, Washington basketball came out on fire in the second half, playing excellent defense, led by Jamal Bey‘s four steals, and taking care of that 13 point lead in just under eight minutes.
After a Bey technical foul, the Cougars exploded and brought the lead back up to double-digits in under two minutes. From that point on, the closest the Huskies got was within three points.
The Huskies have had major issues passing the ball all season long, and those issues reared their ugly head once again on Friday. They ended up with just nine assists and turned the ball over 15 times Also, they went just 3/16 from behind the three-point line. The Huskies also went 23/38 at the free-throw line, which is another huge reason they couldn’t pull away at the end of the game.
Jaden McDaniels led the Huskies in scoring, finishing with 19 points. He was followed by Nahziah Carter who had 12 of his 14 points in the second half. Isaiah Stewart had 10 points on just seven shot attempts, but he also finished with 11 rebounds. The Cougars were led by CJ Elleby with 21 points. He had 34 points in his previous outing against the Huskies. Isaac Bonton took over the game for the Cougars in the second half and finished with 20 points. Freshman Noah Williams, a Seattle native, just like Elleby, had 15 points.
Washington now goes on the road to finish off the regular season at Arizona and Arizona State this coming weekend. The Huskies will have to win four games in four days at the Pac-12 Tournament to qualify for March Madness. This season has gone down the drain since Quade Green was ruled ineligible, but crazier things have happened, and there’s still a slim chance the Huskies can make it into the tournament.