After trailing for the entire first half, Washington climbed back in it late only to lose another close game in the final seconds. Arizona State hung on to their lead to beat Washington 87-83 in Seattle. The 87 points are the most Washington has allowed this season.
Coach Mike Hopkins changed his starting line up and played point guard Marcus Tsohonis (his first start) over Jamal Bey and RaeQuan Battle in place of Jaden McDaniels. It didn’t seem to work initially, as Washington fell behind 17-8 before Hopkins called a timeout just over 9 minutes into the game. Washington responded with a 12-4 run over the next five minutes to get within one point of ASU, 21-20. The Huskies were able to stay fairly close the rest of the first half and went into the break down 39-33.
Washington held ASU to just 2 points in the first four minutes of the second half, but eventually it looked like the Sun Devils were going to pull away. With just over 7 minutes left in the game, Washington found itself down 74-61. However, over the next two minutes the Huskies were able to close within 6 points on a two handed jam from Nahziah Carter.
As the clock started winding down with just 18 seconds left, Hameir Wright hit a three point jumper to bring the Huskies within 4 points of ASU, 87-83. Tsohonis kept hope for the Dawgs alive as he collected a steal on the ensuing possession, but enough time had passed by the time he missed his ensuing jumper that the ending was no longer in doubt.
Tsohonis was the leading scorer for the Huskies on the night with 19 points, while also tacking on 5 boards, two assists and two steals. Four other Huskies scored double digits points in the game. Isaiah Stewart and Wright each had 14 points, while Carter had 13 and Battle contributed another 10. Both teams took a combined 68 free throw attempts, and ASU hit 82% of their attempts compared to Washington’s 74%. Additionally, Washington was 9-31 from behind the arc, including going 3-15 in the first half.
Washington has lost nine of their past 11 games and currently find themselves in last place in the Pac-12 standings. The losing streak coincides with the loss of PG Quade Green due to academic ineligibility. Washington has gone 1-7 since losing Green.
You can check out Coach Hopkins Post Game press conference below: