Per The University of Washington Press Release…
SEATTLE (AP) – Keion Brooks Jr. scored 20 points and Braxton Meah didn’t miss a shot while scoring 18 points as Washington (6-1) used a second-half blitz to beat cross-town rival Seattle 77-66 on Monday night in front of 7,537 fans.
“We’re a team that’s moving in the right direction,” Head Coach Mike Hopkins said following the win. “Pac-12 games are going to be a great test for us and I’m excited to start conference play.”
Washington built a 10-0 lead and was up 25-14 on Jamal Bey‘s layup with 9:23 before halftime. But Seattle countered and outscored Washington 26-13 for a 40-38 halftime lead.
Seattle’s Viktor Rajkovic made a 3-pointer and a jump shot 1:50 into the second half for a 47-40 advantage. The Huskies took control from there and outscored Seattle 25-3 in a little more than the next nine minutes.
Meah made all seven shot attempts from the floor and all four from the foul line. He is the first Husky to shoot 7-for-7 or better since Marquese Chriss in 2016. Cameron Tyson scored 18 points for Seattle.
The Huskies have pushed their consecutive-game win streak against the Redhawks to 18 in a series that started in an NCAA Tournament West Regional game in 1953. The Huskies (6-1) hold a 34-4 all-time series advantage against the Redhawks (5-1).
UW spoiled an opponent’s unbeaten season for the second game in a row after topping previously unbeaten Saint Mary’s in the Wooden Legacy championship game on Thanksgiving.
Washington opens Pac-12 play when it heads to Corvallis, Oregon on Thursday before hosting Colorado on Sunday. Thursday’s game is set for 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
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