69-55 was the final in Seattle today. The University of Washington Huskies took down the UCLA Bruins and moved to 9-0 in PAC-12 for the first time since their Final Four season in 1953.
This game wasn’t pretty to start out. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers was the story of the first half. The Huskies had 11 turnovers in the first half while the Bruins had 18. Sloppy play all around, Washington looked outmatched within the first five minutes of play. UCLA jumped out to a 12-4 lead, but like the last game, the Huskies quickly put an end to that run by the Bruins.
After some big shots hit the Washington and UCLA were tied 20-20 with six minutes to play before the half. The Dawgs then went on an 11-3 run to end the first half leading 31-23. Mattise Thybulle highlighted the first half with six steals. David Crisp went a perfect 4-for-4 from shooting from three-point range. The second half was a totally different story on turnovers. Washington quickly turned things around.
With five minutes gone in the second half, the Huskies jumped out to a 41-30 lead and never looked back. Noah Dickerson went down with a sprained left ankle early on in the second half. Sam Timmins then stepped on the court and proceeded to have the game of his career. The junior from New Zealand put on a show rebounding, drawing fouls, hitting huge free throws, and making a couple dunks.
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After the final horn, Washington shot an impressive 45.8 percent from three-point range. Crisp finished the game tied with Jaylen Nowell with 15 points each. Timmins finished with nine points but every point was big in this win. After the game, coach Mike Hopkins said that Dickerson’s sprained ankle wasn’t too serious, which is good news for Washington. They go on the road this week to face both Arizona and Arizona State and they are hopeful Dickerson will suit up for both games.
With this win, the Dawgs record moves to 18-4 and they move their winning streak to 11 games. UW also improved their home record to a perfect 12-0. Washington this past week was ranked 29th in the country in the coaches poll, willing to bet that’ll change in a few days. Expect to see the Huskies in the top 25 possibly in the top 20 by Week 14. On Thursday Washington will face the Wildcats at 9 p.m. EST on ESPN2 and on Saturday they’ll be on ESPN at 10 p.m. EST against the Sun Devils.
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