The Washington Huskies ( 3-16, 2-12 Pac-12) ) kept pace with the UCLA Bruins (14-5, 10-3 ) but were unable to shut down Bruin guard Johnny Juzang in the late stages of Saturday night’s 64-61 loss. Juzang scored a career-high 32 points finding creases in the Huskies defense for wide-open shots. A Juzang jumper with 54 seconds left in the game gave the Bruins a 61-57 lead they never relinquished.
HOT SHOOTING TSOHONIS
Husky guard Marcus Tsohonis led the Huskies with 22 points 18 of which were three-pointers. Despite shooting a dismal 21-58 (36% ) from the field the Huskies were an impressive 10-21( 48%) from the Arc. The Huskies’ improved ball movement on offense made it difficult for the Bruins to concentrate on just one player. Ball movement and the limiting of turnovers the Huskies had just 10 has been a point of emphasis for head coach Mike Hopkins.
OVERCOMING SLOW START
Another moral victory for Washington was its abililty to overcome a slow start. The Bruins bolted out to an 11-0 lead to start the game only to see the Huskies answer with thier own 11-0 run. Slow starts has been achilles heel for the Huskies this season. The Bruins regained the lead before halftime after a ten minute stretch without a basket. A Juzang basket snapped the Bruins drought and the visitors led 26-20 at the break.
UCLA built a 44-34 lead midway through the second half, but Washington continued to chip away. The Huskies pulled even at 57 with 2:47 left on Tsohonis’ final 3-pointer, but Washington could never take the lead.