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The Washington Huskies found new and fantastic ways of losing, allowing them to fall to the depths of PAC 12 conference standings, further down then they have been in recent memory. Now at 2-6 in conference play, the Huskies are in last place and alarms are blaring as the Huskies may not make the NCAA Tournament.
Isiah Stewart was his usual fantastic self; however, there hasn’t been much help on a consistent basis. Coach Mike Hopkins will need to work some magic going forward as the talent is there but the chemistry is lacking. Coming into conference play the Huskies were 10-3 and now a 2-6 in-conference record, many are wondering if will we see Hopkins turn the ship around.
“It’s tough,” Stewart said. “We’re trying to win. We’re in a deep hole right now and we’re trying to dig ourselves back out, but obviously we keep digging ourselves deeper.”
@ Utah L 67-66
As with Oregon last week, UW found a way to lose after having a double digit lead. Utah used their rebounding advantage (38-29) to earn extra opportunities to come back from a 12 point deficit. The tide turned when Hameir Wright and Jaden McDaniels committed 3 fouls in 28 seconds. Followed by a dumb technical foul by McDaniels, that gave Utah the momentum they needed to make a run.
“This one is hard to swallow because we had the game,” Washington coach Mike Hopkins said. “You can’t have self-inflicted wounds. You can’t hit a guy on the side of the head. You can’t do those things and expect to win.”
The Huskies played a sloppy game committing 26 fouls. Utah had 32 free throw attempts making 26. The fouls mainly occurred in the 2nd half ruining a generally good defensive effort that suffocated the Utes in the 1st half.
@ Colorado L 76-62
The Huskies dug themselves a hole in the 1st half falling behind 51-33 at the half. However, even with the height advantage, UW was out rebounded 40-31 as the Dawgs had no answer for the inside game of the Buffaloes. Tyler Bey torched the Huskies for 16 points and his cohort Mckinley Wright IV added 15.
Freshman forward Isaiah Stewart was again “the man” as he dropped 23 points, collected 8 rebounds, and supplied 4 blocks. However, he had twice the amount of points of the next leading shooters (Nahziah Carter and RaeQuan Battle) and just 4 points were supplied from the bench.
Freshman star forward Jayden McDaniels had just 9 minutes and managed just 1-6 shooting. Is wasn’t just McDaniels poor shooting to blame as the entire Husky team shot just 41.8% to Colorado’s 45.3%.
“Coach (Mike Hopkins) said we beat this team five games in a row, so they were going to come out hard,” Stewart said. “It’s like their Super Bowl. They want to beat us. That’s what they did and obviously we weren’t ready for it.”
2019-20 Pac-12 Standings