If Marquese Chriss checked out for the Huskies for a final time, this game shared the story of his season playing on Montlake. There was a thunderous dunk, a putback, a long jumper, a chasedown block and a disqualification from five fouls.
Washington was outmatched against San Diego State. The Aztecs boast one of the best interior defenses in the country and they flexed their muscles in their Tuesday night victory over the Washington Huskies 93-78.
The domination inside was evident from the first Aztec possession. The Huskies played solid defense to force a missed shot but it didn't matter, because SDSU out-muscled the Dawgs into a second-chance and-one, the first of many fouls for the UW bigs. Chriss finished the first half with three, though the third was phantom at best.
The Washington problems weren't just on the defensive end. The Huskies struggled to finish around the length of San Diego State inside. The Aztecs allowed opponents to shoot 37 percent from the field for the season, and 40 percent on two-point attempts. Both are the top marks in the country. The Dawgs finished the first half at 28 percent shooting from the field, and actually performed better from deep despite the Aztec block party extending all the way downtown.
Already down Noah Dickerson due to a suspension stemming from a violation of team rules, the Huskies were relegated to using Devenir Duruisseau and Donaven Dorsey in the interior. Duruisseau did his best on the boards and was slightly more than a big body inside for rim protection but ended up on SportsCenter - and not for a positive play that he made. Out of respect I will leave it at that.
It was a struggle for the Dawgs to get back within single digits. Trading baskets in the second half wasn't going to be enough. It took 10 minutes into the second half for the Dawgs to get rolling, but a 10-0 run finally got the Husky deficit to eight with a hair under eight minutes left. At one point Washington was down only seven but could never pull any closer than that.
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- Andrew Andrews finished with 17 points, doing most of his damage from the charity stripe in the second half as he attempted to force the Huskies to victory. For all the ups and downs the fanbase has felt toward Andrews over his years with the Dawgs, he has turned out to be a fine Husky. He passed Jon Brockman for third on the all-time scoring list tonight. While he missed going to the Big Dance, he had a good career and we can all be glad he was a Dawg. Thanks Drew.
- Dejounte Murray may have also played his final game with the Dawgs, if the NBA decides to whisk him away. He finished tying for a game-high 20 points but it took him 23 shots to get there. He struggled more than any other with the interior defense of the Aztecs. If he can work on his jumper and add some bulk, he could be a real terror in the Pac-12 next season, or in the NBA.
- When a team has Devenir Duruisseau and Donaven Dorsey manning the middle, things have gone wrong, and that was the Washington interior for multiple-minute stretches due to the foul trouble of Malik Dime and Chriss. I don't think Dorsey getting any minutes was anything more than a contingency plan that was bound to happen. He took a three and fouled once.
Goodnight Husky fans