Thursday night’s 75-72 loss to the Arizona Wildcats (14-6 (4-3) was another excruciatingly close but enough for the Washington Huskies (12-10, 2-7). It was another all too familiar ending for the Huskies who’s losing streak is up to four games in a row. It is no doubt getting to be an all too familiar ending for the Washington Huskies. Play hard fall behind get back in the game then make one or two mistakes that end up costing you the game. The Huskies only double-digit loss this season was last weeks76-62 loss at Colorado.
THREE POINT SHOOTING
The Huskies played a lethargic first half in which they were 11-29 from field goal range for a 37.9 % shooting percentage. What kept the Huskies in the game was there three-point shooting. The Huskies were 5-11 for a 45.5% average. As a result, the Huskies went into the halftime break down a mere three points at 36-33.
DETERMINED START TO SECOND HALF
A determined and focused start to the second half found the Huskies with a 50-41 lead with 14:49 left in the game after a 14-3 run to start the half. It was the first of three times that the Huskies would hold a nine-point lead. The last being 57-48 with 12:55 left in the game on a Jaden McDaniels dunk that brought the crowd to its feet in celebration. The celebration was short-lived as McDaniels’ charged with a technical foul for taunting after the play. The play ignited the Wildcats who cut the Huskies lead to just two points at 57-55 with 11:53 left in the game.
CLOSE DOWN THE STRETCH
The two teams battled back and forth with the Huskies unable to pull and that inability to close out games on the offensive and defensive end of the basket caught up with them once again. The Huskies led by one point at 72-71 with 1:22 left in the game but gave up a backbreaking three-pointer to Jermarl Baker Jr who gave the Wildcats the lead for good at 74-72 with 42 seconds left in the game.
RaeQuan Battle’s three-pointer with 25 seconds left in the game was short and Smith made one of two free throws. The Huskies had one last chance to tie the game but Marcus Tsohonis three-point attempt from the Arc was shot sending the Huskies to their fourth consecutive loss.