Three-Point Shooting Woes Stunt Huskies In 72-64 Defeat To The Cardinal

The Washington Huskies Men’s Basketball team was looking to rebound after recent losses, with another opportunity at Alaska Airlines Arena against the Stanford Cardinal.

Before the game, when the starting lineups were announced, Washington head coach elected to start senior forward Sam Timmins in place of Hameir Wright.

Apparently Wright was not feeling well health wise.  Last game he was immediately benched in the first minute against the UCLA Bruins.

At the beginning of the first half, the Huskies got off to a fast start and showed some energy with the pace and tempo they were playing at.

They were hustling on both ends of the floor, which led to them getting out into transition early and get some easier baskets.

During a timeout at the 15:35 mark, the Huskies were leading 9-5 and all signs pointed to them playing with a sense of urgency.

Stanford would respond after the timeout with a quick 8-0 run of their own and take a 12-9 lead, while seizing momentum from the Huskies.

Both teams would go on shooting droughts that made the game appear sloppy, with momentum up for grabs most of the half.

At the 11:31 mark, the game was tied 14-14 and it appeared that the Huskies could have been leading big, if they had hit their shots.

Washington true freshman Isaiah Stewart broke the UW single season record for most blocks in a season with 56.  Quite remarkable!

The Husky crowd erupted when Timmins threw a behind the back baseline pass to sophomore guard Jamal Bey for the “and-one.”

Timmins was rewarded himself, when Stewart hit him cutting to the basket for a slam dunk that ignited the crowd once again!

The Huskies put on a “passing clinic” of their own with slam dunks and layups, and guys cutting to the basket, at will, for baskets.

Shooting wise, the Huskies went on a nice surge and gained momentum of the game, hitting 4 FG’s in a row to take the lead.

At the 6:27 mark, Washington took a 25-21 lead and confidence seemed to slowly emerge on the Huskies side, which was nice to see.

The Cardinal wouldn’t go quietly in the night as they answered with a quick 6-0 run of their own to take a 27-25 lead, which prompted the Hopkins timeout.

For the rest of the half, both teams would trade baskets, as the Huskies couldn’t gain separation from the Cardinal on the scoreboard.

Junior guard Nahziah Carter got the crowd going with his two-handed thunderous flush, to ignite the Huskies in the final moments.

At halftime, Washington was ahead 37-35, after coming out to a fast start and finding a way to share the basketball as a team.

It was clearly evident that the Huskies were playing inspired basketball, with how they were pushing the ball up the floor and playing defense.

Isaiah Stewart led the way with 10 points and 2 rebounds for the Huskies, as he was starting to really establish himself at the end of the half.

Surely Washington head coach Mike Hopkins was pleased with the effort his team gave in the first half, but could this be night they finally finish?

At the start of the second half, the Cardinal came out hot and went on a 4-0 run to take first momentum of the second half.

Both teams would trade baskets back and forth over the first 5-minutes of the second half, while trying to seize control of the game.

During a timeout at the 15:08 mark, the Huskies found themselves with a one-point lead at 47-46, with lots of basketball still left to be played.

The next few minutes were sloppy on both sides of the floor, as neither team could make a basket and control the basketball.

Washington went on another 4-minute plus shooting drought, where they couldn’t buy a basket from anywhere on the court.

At the 11:53 mark, Stanford was leading the Huskies 49-47, as the game was shaping up as another “end of the game” finish opportunity for the Dawgs.

The second half itself was quite sloppy, as neither team could find a rhythm offensively, with meaningless possessions.

Stanford went on a 6-0 run where they took a 55-49 lead at the 9:08 mark, which meant the Huskies needed to get going offensively.

They endured a 6:01 minute drought, which has hampered them all season long, with their inability to finish out close games.

During a timeout at the 6:39 mark, the Huskies were trailing 55-51 and the “can’t finish” narrative was certainly lurking around the corner.

The Cardinal would execute over the next few minutes and take care of the basketball en route to a 10-point lead, at 62-52 with 4:10 left.

Down the stretch, the Huskies would fizzle once again during the last 5-minutes, with the game was on the line in crunch time.

When the final horn sounded, the Huskies suffered another 72-64 defeat, as their Pac-12 Conference record fell to 2-12, which extended their losing streak to 9 consecutive games.

The Huskies were led by Isaiah Stewart, who had 14 points and 5 rebounds on the night.  Marcus Tsohonis chipped in 11 points and 2 rebounds, while Nahziah Carter and RaeQuan Battle contributed 10 points a piece.

Stanford was led by junior forward Oscar da Silva, who finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds on the night.

It was a frustrating defeat for the Huskies, as they couldn’t shoot the ball consistently from behind the arc, finishing 4 for 24 at 16.7%.

Next up for the Huskies (12-15, 2-12) is another home game on Saturday, February 22nd at 3:00 p.m. PT, against the California Bears at Alaska Airlines Arena.

 

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