UW Men Drop Final Basketball Exhibition
Nov. 18, 2002
SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies opened the game with a 18-8 lead but couldn't overcome a 36-8 run to end the half as they fell to the Athletes in Action 76-59 at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmunson Pavilion to close out the Huskies exhibition season.
Athletes in Action shot 63 percent from the field in the first half, perfectly executing back cut after back cut on their way to a 42-28 halftime advantage.
The Huskies had numerous opportunities in the half but could not hit the open shot ending the half shooting only 32.3 percent.
At halftime the team paid tribute to Tippy Dye and the 1953 Final Four team the only Husky squad to make it that far.
In the second half it was more of the same as the Athletes in Action opened the half on a 9-0 run. The Huskies got back into the game later in the half when they went on a 12-8 run started when Doug Wrenn drove the lane finishing with an up and under move that translated into a three-point-play after he was fouled on the way up.
Wrenn would score 8 more points during the run, but they could get no closer than 11. Wrenn would finish the game with a team-high 21 points on 7-for-21 shooting. He also led the team in three-point shooting converting two of three.
Reed Rawlings led the way for the Athletes in Action scoring 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting. He also had 6 assists, 9 steals and was 3 for 5 from the three-point line.
The Huskies who were plagued by turnovers in their first game against Central Washington failed to correct the problem committing 18 that translated into 25 point.
Reserve guard Curtis Allen played well of the bench helping the Huskies get back into the game scoring 15 points including 13 point s in the second half trying to get the Huskies close. Aside from Allen, the bench provided little only scoring 6 points.
Mike Jensen controlled the boards for the Huskies pulling down six. He also dropped in 7 points.
That wraps up the Huskies exhibition season. They will open the regular season on Sunday a 2 p.m. against Montana State at Bank of America Arena.
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