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Huskies fall to Stanford, 76-69, Swept in Bay

NCAA Basketball: Washington at Stanford John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Huskies dropped another conference game as they fell to the Stanford Cardinal, 76-69, on Saturday night. The Huskies came back from a 21-point deficit only to fall short.

Markelle Fultz led the comeback after the Cardinal looked to earn its second straight blowout at home as they beat the Cougs by 30 Thursday. The Cardinal looked to be pulling away as the first half came to a close as they ended on a 22-7 run. Stanford shot 60% from the field while the Dawgs mustered just 33.3%. Stanford led UW 43-24. Poor shooting, bad defense and turnovers were sprinkled throughout a terrible 1st half which was lowlighted by a Matisse Thybulle breakaway dunk miss.

Fortunately, the Huskies showed some life in the second half. The Huskies ran off 8 straight points to pull within 13 points. Bad news is that the Dawgs had 6 team fouls on them before the 16-minute mark. The Huskies earned their 7th team foul at the 15:14 mark of the second half. The fouls actually didn’t affect the comeback. Fultz led the charge and brought the Huskies within single digits at 51-43. Eventually, David Crisp brought the Dawgs back to a tie at 63 with a 3 pointer.

But, a trait of the losing culture that is becoming Washington basketball is the inability to close out games. The Huskies showed heart in making a comeback but failed to score after tying the score at 63. On two separate occasions, tied at 63, the Huskies had a chance to pull ahead. But a Matisse Thybulle in the lane missed and a Noah Dickerson air ball from point blank range pretty much did the Dawgs in. Brian Humphrey scored on a rebound putback plus foul to put Stanford up at the final TV timeout 66-63. It was the beginning of 10 straight from that point on and the Huskies didn’t score again until 16.2 seconds as Fultz hit a corner 3.

Markelle Fultz led the Huskies with 34 points and 7 rebounds but as is the case this season, his talents are not enough for wins. David Crisp scored 10 and that was it for Huskies in double digit scoring.

Humphrey led the Cardinal with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

The Huskies fall to 1-3 in the conference and 8-9 overall. UW comes home to play Colorado and Utah.