The Washington Huskies came out with an abundance of energy and pressed a TCU team that served as little opposition on a rainy Tuesday night at the Alaska Airlines Arena. The lead swelled to 40 points and the Dawgs kept the momentum throughout moving to 6-2 on the season.
UW turned the ball over twice in the first 65 seconds of the game, but those were the only glaring errors in the first half. TCU did not do better in the early going as the Horned Frogs gave up the ball 5 times by the 14 minute mark of the first half. It was foreshadowing for the rest of the game as the team predicted to finish near the bottom of the Big 12 offered little competition Tuesday night.
The Huskies pressured the ball, causing the Horned Frogs to turn the ball over early and often. The Huskies went on an 18-8 run going into the under 12 minute timeout, and then on a 26-4 run to end the first half.
The Horned Frogs found themselves down 57-23 at halftime.
It was another great night for senior Andrew Andrews. Andrews is taking advantage of the handcheck rule as he drove in the lane early getting fouls on TCU. Andrews’ strategy has helped as he leads the team in free throws. When he wasn’t driving, he was shooting 3s as he did not miss from behind the arc. Andrews finished with 32 points going 6-6 from 3 and 10-13 from the line.
It was all-around good night for the Huskies, including its fans:
UW student just won free a free burger a week from the Ram for a year hitting a half-court shot.— Tim Booth (@ByTimBooth) December 9, 2015
The second-half was more of the same as Romar kept his foot on the pedal. The Dawgs kept up the pressure and were in attack mode on offense.
TCU was led by Malique Trent who had a team-high 13 points for the Horned Frogs.
On to the dots:
- The Huskies found a team that turns it over more than they have in the past couple games. TCU ended up with 26 turnovers for the game. TCU had 17 first half turnovers. In comparison, Washington had 17 turnovers total in their last game against Fullerton. Of course, the Huskies ended with 19, although a couple of those happened in garbage time.
- TCU is coached by Seattle native Trent Johnson. Johnson, a Franklin High School grad, had a bad homecoming.
- The Huskies are tied for first in the nation (along with Quinnipiac) in offense rebounds per game and maintained its ranking with another 15 boards.
- Andrew Andrew is putting together a stellar senior season. With his 32 points, Andrews moved ahead of Utah’s Jakob Poeltl for the Pac 12 scoring lead.
- For the second straight game, no Husky fouled out.
- Random thought. How would Kevin Calabro sound calling the Warriors this season?
- Romar seemed to tighten up the rotation, keeping it to 8 through the under-12 time out in the second half - even up 41 points.
- The Huskies next play Saturday afternoon at 3pm against Montana at Alaska Airlines Arena.