Huskies still undefeated in PAC12, take down Bruins 69-55

The Washington Huskies went to 9-0 for the 1st time since 1953 as they dispatched the UCLA Bruins 69-55. A sloppy game saw the Huskies down 12-4 early on in the game before kicking it in gear. The Huskies would shoot just 42% from the field which could possibly be due to injuries to senior forward Noah Dickerson. Without an inside presence on offense, the Dawgs were forced to stake shots from downtown.

In fact the Huskies shot better from the 3 point line than they did from the field hitting on 46% of their tries. The sharp shooting by David Crisp (4-7) and Sam Timmons (3-3) on 3 pointers helped push the Huskies ahead of the Bruins to take firm lead at the half 31-23, a lead they would not surrender the rest of the game.

“I don’t think we played great tonight. I’d say good and below, the last two games,” Hopkins said. “We’ve won, but where we want to be and what we want to accomplish it’s not good enough. We still need to improve in so many areas.”

Matisse Thybulle showed his stellar defense in the zone scheme and tied his career high of 7 in a game. He would add 14 points on the game with 4 rebounds and a block.

Guard Jalen Nowell scored 15, tying David Crisp for the team lead. But it was the play of Sam Timmins off the bench to make up for the loss of Noah Dickerson that made the difference. The junior from New Zealand, was perfect from 3 point land and scored 9 points while pulling in 6 rebounds.

The Huskies now potentially look to enter the top 25 rankings and face a showdown with the Arizona schools next week. This will be their greatest test as both Arizona and Arizona State have some top level talent.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.