FROM TEMPE — As usual, we pass along our postgame recap box that will publish alongside our story in tomorrow’s newspaper …
PLAYER OF THE GAME — It’s hard to choose one after five Huskies scored in double-figures, and the entire team did a pretty solid job defending ArizonaState guard Jahii Carson. C.J. Wilcox was UW’s leading scorer with 17 points, so he gets the nod. Nigel Williams-Goss (12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists) is a close second.
IT WAS OVER WHEN — After ASU scored nine consecutive points to trim UW’s lead to 44-34 early in the second half, Andrew Andrews and Wilcox each made 3-pointers as part of an 8-0 run that more or less silenced ASU for the rest of the game.
STAT OF THE GAME — ASU shot just 29 percent from the field in the first half, the biggest reason why the Huskies were able to close that period on a 30-7 run.
QUOTABLE — “Regardless of what the statistics say, I think as a team we’ve felt that we’ve been getting better. We’re getting more comfortable with our new defensive scheme which we changed kind of midway through the preseason. I think it kind of all came together tonight.” – Williams-Goss on UW’s defensive progress
WHAT IT MEANS — Maybe the Huskies’ situation isn’t as dire as some believed after they struggled to beat teams like Hartford and Montana during non-conference play. UW looked like a completely different team on Thursday night. This is a team that is going to have to win by playing defense, and as Lorenzo Romar said afterward, the Huskies’ focus on that end of the court is getting better. On Thursday, the results were tangible. By far UW’s best win of the season.
NEXT UP — Washington at No. 1 Arizona, 11 a.m. Saturday, Pac-12 Networks.
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