The Washington Huskies broke a 2-game home losing streak and won its first conference game this season as they obliterated Oregon State Saturday afternoon at Alaska Airlines Arena.
The shots were dropping this afternoon as the Dawgs were in control the whole game. They took a 15-point lead into half and stretched it to as much as 31. They settled for a 26-point victory.
Markelle Fultz led the Dawgs with 20 points and Matisse Thybulle had his best game this season with 17. Carlos Johnson had a very good game going 3-3 from 3-point land and ended up with 15 points. David Crisp had 12 points and 10 assists.
Of course, the Beavers were without their leading scorer Tres Tinkle.
If only the Dawgs could play the Beavers, without Tinkle, the rest of the season. This was a great confidence game for UW. They hit shots, played defense (11 steals, forced 15 OSU TOs and outrebounded the Beavs 35-29) and held a team to just 61 points. For the Dawgs to win more games, they’ll need to see more play like this from Thybulle and Crisp.
Drew Eubanks and former Husky commit JaQuori McLaughlin added 19 points each for OSU.
The only bad news today was a slight injury for Fultz at the end of the game as he tweaked his ankle and an injury to Malik Dime’s hand. It does appear that both should be fine for next week’s games.
The Huskies move to 8-7 overall and 1-2 in the conference as they head to the Bay Area next week. The Beavers (4-13, 0-4) draw Oregon.