The Washington Huskies dropped an inexplicable game to the Cal Bears on Friday and looked a bit sluggish again in a close win over Stanford. Luckily, the Huskies defense returned to them in time for a 62-61 win over the Cardinal.
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The Dawgs stopped the Cardinals late in the 1st half preventing them from scoring for the final 5:15 in the half. Matisse Thybulle collected 3 more steals and forward Hameir Wright had 3 blocks on the day.
“We got four stops on the final five possessions,” coach Mike Hopkins said. “We were tough.”
The Dawgs were in foul trouble early as Noah Dickerson and Jalen Nowell found themselves limited with 4 fouls a piece. Fortunately for the Huskies, Stanford gathered together just 15-25 from the free throw line keeping.
“When we got in foul trouble our bench gave us some really good minutes,” Hopkins said. “We didn’t play great, but it was a team effort. After that (Cal) loss, the sky was falling.”
Jaylen Nowell scored 13 points to lead the team but aside from Dickerson’s 12 points as scoring was hard to find. UW would shoot just 6-17 from 3-point land.
With the PAC12 regular season championship in their hands, UW has seemed to become a bit listless this weekend, but they will have time to close out at home with tune up games versus Oregon and Oregon State.