Dogs and cats fought back and forth until the Mighty Men of Washington came out on top as the University of Washington Huskies (11-4, 3-0) beat Washington State University Cougars (9-6, 1-2) by a score of 99-95.
Led by the back court scoring of Andrew Andrews (29) and Dejounte Murray (25) points the Huskies were able to overcome a herculean effort by Wazzu’s Power Forward Josh Hawkinson who scored 21 and pulled down 20 rebounds. Hawkinson’s 10th consecutive double-double broke the school record.
The Huskies started off in a deep zone during the half court offense. Heavy attention was paid to the Shorecrest High’s Josh Hawkinson. A hefty amount of fouls saw Hawkinson hit the free throw line early–he would finish with 11-16 from the line.
The entire game would be back and forth, but it would not be until the 16 minute mark when Dejounte Murray would drive to hit a layup and with the “and one” give the Huskies the lead of 8-7.
Wazzu would begin to trap Andrew Andrews heavily in the half, limiting his effectiveness; thus giving Dejounte Murray an opportunity to light it up.
A heavy dose of fouls would take their toll on the Dawgs as Matisse Thybulle and Marquese Chriss would both earn themselves time on the bench due to foul trouble. Both would eventually foul out.
The foul problems would manifest as lead changes, noticeably at the 6 minute mark when Harkinson hit 2 free throws to 5 point lead (30-35). The half would end with the Cougars up 49-43.
The second half would see a show down between Wazzu guard Ike Iroegbu and Huskies guards, Dejounte Murray and Andrew Andrews. Ike led the Cougars with a career high 28 points. As WSU covered Andrews, they were unable to stop Dejounte Murray who scored 13 of the Huskies’ 17 points in the first seven minutes.
The Senior Captain would take over later in the game driving the lane time after time and becoming an inside force, leading the Huskies in rebounds (10), assists (7), and points (29).
Ten minutes in Malik Dime would make his presence known with a block on Hawkinson–one of 3 that he would have for the game. Dime contributed offensively with 16 points.
Not to be outdone, Noah Dickerson added 16 points before he collided with Dime (8:35min). Dime’s elbow would catch Noah’s jaw and force him to sit. Dickerson would return but foul out soon after.
Andrews would spur a 12-8 run in OT, including two free throws with 3.4 seconds left in overtime to win the game.
SSU Player of the Game
In a losing effort, we will award former Shorecrest high’s Josh Hawkinson. At times, he looked like a one man wrecking crew. Dejounte Murray and Andrew Andrews get a nod for a hard fought effort, but Hawkinson deserves a tip of the cap today.
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