In its Pac-12 opener, Washington put forth a determined effort on the road, but would ultimately fall to No. 9 Arizona by a score of 95-79.
Winthrop (3-3), who is picked to win the Big South Conference and has won the last two Conference titles, looked like the more well-rested team on Saturday. The Eagles were coming off five days rest while the Huskies were playing their fourth game in six days.
The Huskies (3-2) never trailed during the final 27 minutes of the game, but they needed every bit of their effort from the free throw line down the stretch to keep the Patriots at bay. UW made 19 of its last 21 attempts and were 7 for 7 in over the last 90 seconds to hold on for the three-point win.
Terrell Brown Jr. had 19 points and nine assists, Daejon Davis scored 15 points and PJ Fuller came off the bench to chip in 11 points, showing that Washington can be dangerous leaning on a trio of players standing 6-foot-4 or shorter.
Matthews scored 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting and nearly missed a double-double, pulling down nine rebounds. It was the third 20-point effort in 94 collegiate appearances – 92 of which came at West Virginia – and his first since Mar. 25, 2019 vs. Coastal Carolina.