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Huskies back into Pac 12 Championship despite loss to Cal 76-73
With losses by other teams in the conference, the Washington Huskies captured the Pac 12 title on Thursday night even though. David Crisp scored 32 points in the game but missed a game tying 3 pointer with time running out. Jaylen Nowell added 22 points, but the rest of the Husky team was MIA notably on defense.
“We didn’t rebound when we needed to get rebounds.” UW head coach Mike Hopkins said. “Our defense in the first half was as bad as its been all year. You can’t just think you’re going to come out and win because you got put in the top-25. You’ve got to go out and earn it. It goes back to when you’re in uncharted territory, how do kids handle it? It’s tough to win on the road. You’ve got to give Cal a lot of respect because they came out and they fought us. They rebounded, they made shots at the end of the shot clocks, that little short corner (shot). They did a heck of a job.
UW allowed 64% shooting from the field in the 1st half. Additionally, the Dawgs allowed 34 points by the Bears inside the paint.
“Cal played extremely well,” Coach Hopkins said after the game. “They were active. Every time that you play you’re susceptible to getting beat if you’re playing a team that wants it more than you. We got to where we’re at because our defense was playing great and we’ve been sharing the ball and we’ve been playing like we’ve got a chip on our shoulder. Tonight we just didn’t have that same chip. I told the guys, when we played at Kansas last year we had a two percent chance to win. We went out there and beat them by 13 or whatever we beat them by.”
“Everybody you play you’re going to get their best shot. We’ve been consistent, we shot the ball well, but we didn’t defend. Bottom line, we didn’t defend. We had some key turnovers and those are killer, especially in a possession game the way it was.”