Washington basketball came away with another tough road win, after coming into the weekend 0-7 on the road in Pac-12 play
For the second straight game, Washington basketball was able to ward off a late attack from their opponents and seal the deal, something that had eluded them through most of the season. This is a promising sign going into the Pac-12 Tournament.
Isaiah Stewart was second in scoring for the Huskies with 16 points, and he also led the team with seven rebounds. Jamal Bey was the third member of the Huskies to score in double figures, finishing with 12 points. He went 7-7 from the free-throw line on the night, while the Huskies went 15-17 as a team from the line.
If there’s any change they need to make before the Pac-12 Tournament, it’s finding different ways to get Stewart the ball down low. A lot of their turnovers come from errant entry passes, and those are momentum killers, as the Huskies had multiple long stretches in this game without a basket. Luckily for Washington, Arizona couldn’t take advantage of those droughts.
The Wildcats were led by guard Dylan Smith, who finished with 19 points. He single-handedly kept them in the game, hitting six three-pointers, but it wasn’t enough, with star freshmen Nico Mannion and Josh Green shooting a combined 5-16 from the field.
Forward Zeke Nnaji was second in scoring for Arizona, collecting a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Huskies will see the Wildcats again on Wednesday in the Pac-12 Tournament, potentially with senior Chase Jeter back in the lineup, who was held out this weekend for Arizona due to a violation of team rules. The Huskies have a lot of momentum on their side, and now the question is can they win four games in four days?