Per The University of Washington Press Release…
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Trailing 50-36 with 14:16 remaining at the Huntsman Center and staring an 0-2 start to conference play in the eyes, the Washington men’s basketball team dug deep and lived by its mantra of “Tougher Together”. Using lights out shooting from Cole Bajema and Emmitt Matthews Jr., elite playmaking from Terrell Brown Jr. and tenacious defense, the Huskies would close the game on a 38-18 run to walk away with the 74-68 victory.
It was a night to remember for multiple Huskies, as Terrell Brown Jr. scored his 1,500th point in his 100th career game, while Cole Bajema had a career night, setting new highs in points (15) and three-pointers (5).
UW would get out to a quick start in the game, with good ball movement leading to a wide-open layup for Nate Roberts followed by a three-pointer by Daejon Davis to give the Huskies a quick 5-0 advantage.
Later in the half, Terrell Brown Jr. earned himself a career milestone with a tough layup, good for his 1,500th career point in the 100th career game.
While the Utes would extend their lead and take a 14-point lead with under 15 minutes remaining, Washington stayed in the fight and did not give up.
With 7:26 left in the game, Daejon Davis buried a three-pointer in transition to tie the game at 57. On the next possession, he fought his way into the lane for a layup to kickstart a crucial 11-0 run for UW. Three straight possessions of crisp ball movement led to three straight three-pointers by Cole Bajema and Emmitt Matthews Jr. to catapult the Huskies to a 68-59 lead. Going back to the 14:16 mark in the second half, it was an extended 32-9 run for Washington.
From then on, the Huskies locked all windows and doors on defense and kept Utah from getting within striking distance. Down the stretch, Emmitt Matthews Jr. (2-2) and Jamal Bey (4-4) calmly made all of their free throws to put the game away for good.
Brown Jr. dished out 8 assists and did not turn the ball over a single time.
As a team, UW had 17 assists to just six turnovers. It was the second straight game with just six turnovers, a season-low for the team. The +11 A/TO ratio was also a season-best for the Huskies.
Washington is back in action on Sunday afternoon, when it travels to Boulder for a 2:00 p.m. contest at Colorado on ESPN2.
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