Utes get the jump on UW, but Huskies steamroll to a 62-45 win

In the 1st half, the Utah Utes got off to a 11-4 run before the Washington Huskies woke up. The Dawgs went on two 7 point runs to finish out the 1st half with the lead at 33-27. From there it was utter lock-down by the Huskies as they allowed just 18 points in the 2nd half to breeze to a 62-45 win.

That Husky defense would hold Utah to just 28 from the field and cap their leading scorer Sedreick Barefield below his season average. The senior guard would score just 12 points compared to his normal 16 PPG.

UW got a monster game from senior Matisse Thybulle yet again as he collected 7 rebounds, 10 points, 6 steals and 4 blocks. Thybulle is entering legendary status within the Pac12 as he inches closer to Gary Payton’s record. Last year, Thybulle was the PAC12 Defensive Player of the Year and looks to perhaps become the NCAA Defensive Player of the Year.

“The thing that I like is people are excited about defense. Defense has always been something that is never really talked about unless you were like a Gary Payton (at Oregon State in the 1980s) or unless you were someone doing crazy things, defense is something people don’t really focus on,” Thybulle said. “I’m happy I get to be the guy who gets to bring defense back a little bit and gets people excited about it. People forget it’s half the game.”

Noah Dickerson would score 11 points including the 1500th of his career.

Sophomore Nahziah Carter led the Dawgs with 12 points off the bench. While starters Jalen Nowell and David Crisp added 10 a piece. The Huskies were stymied a bit on Wednesday as the shots weren’t falling—only shot 40% as a team; however, the Dawgs hit 12-14 from the free throw line and made the easy points count.

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