SEATTLE - (Dec. 22) Seattle University men’s basketball win streak was halted at four Thursday night in KeyArena as the University of Washington got hot in the second half and ran away with a 94-72 win over the Redhawks.
Seattle U dropped to 7-6 overall with two non-conference games remaining on the slate. The Huskies improved to 7-5 with their third straight victory. It also marked the 12th straight win for UW over SU.
The Redhawks looked strong early as William Powell opened play with a jumper and back-to-back triples by Malik Montoya and Zack Moore later gave the Redhawks their largest lead of the half, 16-9, with 12:22 on the clock.
UW responded with a pair of triples from David Crisp, trimming the SU lead back to one. The teams went back and forth for a few possessions until Crisp hit one of two free throws and later hit his third three of the game to put the Huskies on top 23-20.
After Markelle Fultz hit a three to make it 32-25 UW, the Redhawks answered in the form of a Moore three and Westendorf layup. But the Huskies would close out the half on a 9-0 run to take a 41-30 lead into the break.
“We weren’t ourselves tonight,” said Head Coach Cameron Dollar. “You can credit (Washington) for what they did, I didn’t feel like we gave them a fight. We have to give ourselves a chance and we didn’t give ourselves a chance tonight.
“I’m resolved to figuring out what we need to do to when we get into games like this to still be who we are.”
The Huskies continued to turn it on in the second half, hitting 68 percent from the field in the frame. After they had opened the game 3-of-14 from the floor, UW hit 10-of-11 shots, including six threes, during a stretch that opened up a 59-40 lead.
The Redhawks would never recover.
After shooting better than 40 percent from the field in their last six outings, including two games over 50 percent, Seattle U managed just a 38.6 percent clip. They hit 10 threes, but settled for 27 attempts from deep. Ranked among the best free-throw shooting teams in the country, they managed just 15 trips to the line, going 8-for-15 (53.3 percent).
The Huskies were led by Noah Dickerson’s 21-point, 17-rebound double-double. After suffering a bit of foul trouble early, freshman Markelle Fultz finished the night with 18 points and six assists. Crisp added 16 points for UW, which finished the game shooting better than 54 percent from the field and 50 percent from three.
Seattle U returns to action on Dec. 28, concluding an eight-game homestand by hosting UC Davis. Tip off from KeyArena is scheduled for 7 p.m.