PAC12 Tournament play open with a UW 78-75 win over Men of Troy

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Washington Huskies’ Matisse Thybulle passed Jason Kidd for #2 in the PAC12 record books for career steals. Thybulle had 5 more steals putting the clamps down on the Trojans. But the pesky USC Trojans would keep the game close giving the Dawgs a scare with a narrow 78-75 victory.

“We realized that our defense was the thing that was keeping us in the game,” Jalyen Nowell said. “They hit a couple of big shots, but we just made sure that we kept everything going as far as the defensive end and let the offense flow.”

The Huskies, who stumbled as of late had beaten USC earlier this year by 13 points but this evening, the Men of Troy came back from a double digit deficit to make the game close. Back to back jumpers by David Crisp, with 9 minutes in the 1st half, saw the Dawgs run up a 29-18 advantage. But the Trojans would linger and in fact storm back to get within 1 point with 40 seconds left in the game.

Fortunately, Thybulle would grab a steal with 32 seconds left and thunder down a slam dunk to power the Purple and Gold to victory.

USC’s Bennie Boatwright has been a notorious Husky killer in the past and this evening he scored 16 point with 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Thankfully, we will never have to see the senior play another minute against our team. In 8 career games against UW, Bennie has averaged an outstanding 17 points per game.

Offensively, PAC12’s Player of the Year, Jalen Nowell found his stroke again going 8-13 from the field, including a perfect 4-4 from 3 point land, on the way to 24 points. David Crisp would shake his recent offensive slump too, scoring 18 points while Nahziah Carter would score an additional 13 from the bench.

UW moves on to take on the Colorado Buffaloes who advanced after beating Cal and Oregon State.

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