Huskies season stopped in NIT by St Marys
The University of Washington Huskies’ promising season was stopped by St. Marys squad 85-81 on Monday. The Gaels most likely should have been in the NCAA Tournament; however, they gave it their all in the National Invitation Tournament as a #1 seed.
Husky forward Noah Dickerson scored 22 and pulled down 9 boards in the 2nd round match. Jalen Nowell and Nahziah added 14 points, but the even deadlier shooting from St Marys was unstoppable. The Gaels Jordan Ford dropped 26 points while Evan Fitzner added 20 more. The Gaels as a team would hit 15-29 (51.7%) in the 1st half and finish at 31-55 (55%) for the game.
While losing the game was tough, Washington has a lot to be proud of as they finish the season with a 21-13 record. With a new head coach (Mike Hopkins), many expected the Huskies to flounder at 9 win mark that they achieved last year.
A couple of big wins this year, included Arizona and Kansas brings a lot of confidence to the moribund program. While last year’s recruiting class yeilded Jalen Nowell and Nahziah Carter, the Huskies will see the loss of only 2 players to graduation— seniors Dan Kingma and Greg Bowman–neither of whom were starters.
Nowell drains a three.
UW trails 51-43.#TougherTogether
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— Washington Men's Basketball (@UW_MBB) March 20, 2018
While this season is over there is plenty to get excited about next year. The Huskies will see 4 new recruits come in as freshmen and because of depth, UW may even redshirt some of them.
David Crisp, Matisse Thyebulle, Dominic Green, and Noah Dickerson will all become seniors and all of a sudden resemble some of the power house mid-majors that use experience to overcome athleticism. Unlike mid-majors, UW’s coach and relative success should be able to import athletic talents as well as foster depth, something UW fans haven’t seen during the Lorenzo Romar era.