They're good then they're bad. They're great then they're awful. They're smart then they're dumb. Ladies and gentleman, the 2014-15 Washington men's basketball team!
The Huskies were a little bit of everything on Sunday night, but mostly forgettable, as they were on the wrong end of a 70-45 blowout against Utah at the Huntsman Center.
A 17-1 run by the Utes in the second half quickly turned a close game into a rout, and Utah continued to bomb away on the Huskies, extending their lead to as many as 25.
The Utes finished the game shooting 54 percent from the field while turning the ball over just 9 times. Utah was able to find its mark from downtown, connecting on 11-of-18 attempts from distance. Junior guards Brandon Taylor and Dakari Tucker each hit four 3-pointers
I realize the Huskies are thin as far as depth, but wouldn't a team bombing away from downtown make you want to switch out of zone? Seems like a reasonable adjustment.
Fourth-year junior guard Andrew Andrews was the only reason the Huskies were ever close in this one. After the Huskies quickly fell down by double digits, Andrews caught fire in the first half, knocking down all four of his 3-point attempts and finishing the half with 14 points. Sophomore center Robert Upshaw added seven points in the first stanza as the Huskies trailed 37-30 into the break.
Andrews wasn't nearly as effective in the second half but added a few buckets in garbage time and finished with a game-high 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-6 from downtown.
Upshaw was the only other Husky to finish in double figures, finishing with 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks. Upshaw negated Utah freshman center Jakob Poeltl, holding him to just six points. Poeltl was regarded by some to be a first round draft pick if he leaves this season, so obviously the NBA's love for Upshaw will keep growing.
Sophomore guard Nigel Williams-Goss had a night to forget for the Huskies, shooting 4-of-14 from the field for eight points and three assists. Williams-Goss was taken out of his element by Utah senior Delon Wright, who also had an off shooting night-finishing 1-of-6 for five points-but found other ways to effect the game, dishing out nine assists.
Tucker finished with 19 points and Taylor added 14 for the Utes.
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