At the beginning of the first half, Washington head coach Mike Hopkins made a tweak to his starting lineup. He inserted junior forward Hameir Wright into the lineup with sophomore guard Quade Green coming off the bench.
In the first few minutes, the Eagles came out on fire as they hit back-to-back 3’s, which helped them take the lead 8-1, and prompting a quick timeout by Hopkins.
The Huskies couldn’t score early on, with silly turnovers and the inability to finish plays. Hopkins desperately needed an offensive spark!
Over the span of the next 0:23 seconds, the Huskies would go on a 6-0 run, cutting into the Eastern Washington lead 10-7, with 15:43 left in the first half.
Green checked into the game after the timeout, which provided some much needed ball handling and control of the Husky offense.
Hopkins started to get the ball to true freshman Jaden McDaniels early, as he was very aggressive and looking for his shot off the dribble.
What would transpire over the next several minutes was an aggressive Huskies team pushing the ball up the floor and getting easy buckets.
During a 4:02 stretch, the Huskies outscored the Eagles 18-3, which pushed the Husky lead to 19-13, with 12:28 left in the first half.
It was a crucial surge for the Huskies, as slow starts have plagued them all season long. The Huskies sped the Eagles up with their athleticism.
Defensively, the Huskies got after it with holding Eastern Washington to 3 points in over 4 minutes of play, helping them settle into the game.
The Huskies lead wouldn’t last for long as they went on a scoring drought over the next 2:17, missing four shots during that span.
Eastern Washington was able to claw back into the game by hitting some three’s and found themselves in a tie game with the Huskies at 23-23, with 7:59 left in the half.
Offensive lulls this season have been an issue for the Huskies, as they go on droughts that come out of nowhere, disrupting the flow of the game.
A big factor in the Eagles’ comeback down the stretch of the first half was their ability to make three’s, which has been an issue all season for the Husky defense.
The Eagles were able to knock down some three’s, opening up some easy baskets in the paint to keep the game close.
After the timeout, the Huskies went on a 4-0 run, which was capped by a thunderous gliding dunk by junior Nahziah Carter that brought the house down!
The dunk ignited the Huskies and got them the much needed energy to finish out the half on a strong note.
Eastern Washington couldn’t put the ball in the basket themselves, as they went on a 2:17 scoring drought of their own, missing 5 of their last 6 shots.
It allowed the Huskies to push the lead to 40-33, with 2:39 left in the half and some momentum to gain rhythm offensively.
The Huskies would go on a 9-0 run over the next 3:01 span, to get some separation on the scoreboard, with a 9-point lead.
Offensively, the Huskies went on a 14-2 run to end the half and build a commanding 47-35 lead at halftime, as the shooting came alive.
Defensively, Washington put the clamps on Eastern Washington, as they held them to just 1 FG in their last 7 attempts.
Going into halftime, the Huskies had momentum and were feeling good about themselves but needed to find a way to defend the “three” better.
Green and McDaniels led the way for the Huskies with 9 points a piece. Green was very aggressive in the first half, despite coming off the bench.
The Huskies got a major contribution off the bench with 13 points, which was nice to see, with production having been an issue so far this season.
At the start of the second half, both teams came out aggressive, but for the first few minutes, neither team could really score the basketball.
The Huskies started out the half going 1 for 4, as they got decent looks but just couldn’t finish the shots. The Huskies had a 49-39 lead at the 17:55 mark in the 2nd half.
Over a 2:13 span, both teams went on a scoreless drought, as frustration set in for both teams and the game started to get a bit sloppy.
As far as scoring, the Huskies made 0 FG’s over a 3:17 span and those offensive struggles crept back in to disrupt the Huskies confidence.
Eastern Washington was on their own 3:07 scoring drought and the game became a battle of who could bust out of their slump first.
It would be the Huskies! They went on a nice little surge spearheaded by Green, who hit a three of his own and had a nice assist.
The Huskies would break the game open with a 58-44 lead at the 13:37 mark, which forced a timeout. Now the Huskies had to show that they could sustain it the rest of the half.
Both teams would trade baskets over the next couple of minutes and the Huskies still had the lead at 64-50, with 11:24 left in the game.
McDaniels picked up his fourth personal foul at the 11:24 mark, which sent him to the bench. He was leading the Huskies at the time with 17 points.
Eastern Washington’s scoring problems continued as they went scoreless for the next 2:11, which helped the Huskies jump out to a 71-54 lead, at the 7:52 mark.
Senior forward Sam Timmins hit a three-ball and the crowd erupted. What was even funnier was Timmins tried another three right after and it was airball. The Husky crowd still gave him an ovation!
Huskies would go on a scoring drought for the next 2:58, which included 4 turnovers during that stretch; Hopkins was clearly not happy.
Finishing strong down the stretch was going to be important for the Huskies, as they needed to play more focused and execute better!
A scoring drought of 0 FG’s over a 4:05 stretch, would make closing out the game tough on the Huskies and it let the Eagles hang around.
In the final few minutes, the Huskies were able to close out Eastern Washington and put the game out of reach for good.
The Huskies will have to play much better going forward if they want to have any chance at beating a certain “elite” program that is coming into Alaska Airlines Arena on Sunday!
The huge story of the night was the bench production for the Huskies, as they broke out with 34 points, which made scoring much easier tonight.
Timmins gave a huge contribution off the bench, as he ended with 11 points and 6 rebounds and yes…one three-pointer along the way!
When the final horn sounded, the Huskies won the game 90-80, which was the second win of the week for the Dawgs.
The Huskies were led by Quade Green, who had 20 points and 8 assists off the bench. McDaniels chimed in with 17 points and 2 rebounds.
Eastern Washington was led by forward Kim Aiken Jr., who finished with 26 points and 6 rebounds, which helped keep the Eagles stay in striking distance throughout the game.
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