The Washington Huskies earned a rare but encouraging come back win over the Arizona State Sun Devils Thursday in Tempe. The missing in the Huskies this season has been the inability to close out games when holding a lead or muster that extra push to get over the finish line when trailing. Saturday night the Huskies showed they have learned how to muster that extra when need to ge over the finish line.
The Sun Devils led by four at halftime and stretched the advantage to 61-49 early in the second half. Washington responded with nine straight points and tied the game at 65 with about 10 minutes left. Isaiah Stewart’s dunk with 8:15 left put the Huskies up for the first time in the second half.
Washington (14-16, 4-13 Pac-12) went ahead for good, 73-72, with 5:17 left on McDaniels’ layup. Carter’s 3-pointer with 1:51 left pushed the Huskies ahead 83-74 to essentially end Arizona State’s hope for a rally.
Washington has won two of three games, bouncing back after dropping nine straight. Stewart finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.Arizona State (19-11, 10-7) lost its third straight game. Rob Edwards led the Sun Devils with 23 points but leading scorer Remy Martin had one of his worst games of the season, finishing with six points on 2 of 14 shooting from the field, including 1 of 10 from 3-point range.
Arizona State led 45-41 at halftime after making 6 of 11 shots from 3-point range. Alonzo Verge Jr. and Edwards both had 11 points for the Sun Devils before the break. Verge finished with 19 points.
Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley said his team didn’t do a good job of getting back on defense when Washington rallied in the second half.
“At home, you’ve got to win these type of games this time of year,” Hurley said. “You can’t afford to lose these games. But credit to Washington — they have the players and a great coach.”
Washington was led in the first half by Stewart’s 10 points.
Washington travels to face Arizona on Saturday.