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A week that saw the Huskies lose inexplicably to UCLA also saw them take their frustration out on a hapless USC. The Huskies finished their 1st week in conference play at 1-1. While having been ranked earlier in the season, the Huskies will need win the winnable games as they lost to a UCLA team that saw undisciplined play undo the Dawgs. Luckily, the Huskies learned from their mistakes and dismantled the Men of Troy on Sunday to set the ship right.
vs UCLA L 66-64
Freshman, Jaden McDaniels had his worst game of the year fouling out with just 16 minutes left in the second half. The Huskies 2nd leading scorer was frustrated by UCLA all night and even earned his 4th foul (and an additional technical foul) while on the bench when he launched an out of bounds ball back at a UCLA player hitting him in the head. McDaniels would contribute just 3 points in 13 minutes on the court.
“I just kind of went with it. I told him I still want you to be aggressive, but you have to be disciplined and smart,” Washington coach Mike Hopkins said of McDaniels. “Unfortunately it was a transition play and a couple of those fouls early were difficult for him. We need him more than 13 minutes.”
Freshman Isaiah Stewart had a dominant performance with a game-high 24 points and guard Nahziah Carter added 16. However, defensive breakdowns and the loss of McDaniels opened UW up to the shots from downtown by the Bruin’s Jake Kyman who drained 7 3-pointers for a career high 21 points including a game winner that would snap the Bruins’ losing streak.
vs USC W 72-40
After the lackluster crash against the Wizards of Westwood, the Huskies took on the Men of Troy and made them pay for the transgressions of their Los Angeles brethren. Isiah Stewart led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds. USC had no response to Stewart who was 6-12 from the floor and had 2 of UW’s 12 blocked shots on the day. Jayden McDaniel’s rebounded from a horrible Thursday with an 11 point, 7 rebound, and 6 blocked shot effort.
“We should have never lost that game,” Green said of the 66-64 loss to UCLA. “We had to come out and lay one on them today.”
The rout of USC is the biggest blowout for UW since a 109-77 demolishing of Cal Berkley in 2011. Huskies got a big boost off of freshman Nate who had 7 points and 6 rebounds in the 1st half. Until this game, Roberts had averaged just under 5 points per game.