Isaiah Stewart dominated inside while scoring a season-high 27 points, Quade Green added 20 and No. 22 Washington pulled away late for an 81-59 win over crosstown rival Seattle on Tuesday night.
Stewart was mostly unstoppable in the post when Washington (8-2) could get the ball to its bruising forward. The freshman made 11 of 14 shots and grabbed 13 rebounds on a night when the Huskies were outplayed for stretches by the Redhawks.
But while Seattle made many of the hustle plays needed to pull an upset, it simply didn’t generate enough offense. Terrell Brown scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half, but went long stretches without a clean look at the basket during the final 20 minutes.
Seattle (6-6) shot just 21.7% on 3-pointers, many forced attempts coming late in the shot clock. Morgan Means added 13 points.
The Redhawks are still seeking their first win over Washington since moving back to the Division I level and restarting the crosstown matchup a decade ago. Seattle’s last win over the Huskies came in 1978.
Stewart was a major reason why the Redhawks will have to wait at least another year to break the streak.
Stewart scored in the post with nine minutes left for Washington’s first field goal in 5 1/2 minutes. It was the start of a 15-4 run by the Huskies that was stemmed only by a couple of baskets from Brown after he’d gone nearly 10 minutes without one.
Stewart added a three-point play, finished off a perfect feed from Jaden McDaniels and tipped in a miss to give the Huskies a 65-54 advantage with four minutes left.
Washington outscored Seattle 31-11 over the final nine minutes.
Seattle held a 33-32 halftime lead and Washington was fortunate to be down by only one. Washington went the final 6:35 of the first half without a field goal. The Redhawks were the better team in the opening 20 minutes and only their shaky shooting kept the margin from being bigger. Seattle outrebounded and outhustled the Huskies while committing fewer turnovers, but couldn’t continue it in the second half.
Washington: The Huskies open play in the Diamond Head Classic on Sunday against Ball State.