Winthrop Outlasts Huskies, 82-74
SEATTLE -- Daejon Davis scored a season-high 21 points to lead four Huskies in double digits, but visiting Winthrop escaped Alaska Airlines Arena on Saturday with an 82-74 victory.
Winthrop (3-3), who is picked to win the Big South Conference and has won the last two Conference titles, looked like the more well-rested team on Saturday. The Eagles were coming off five days rest while the Huskies were playing their fourth game in six days.
Winthrop was able to dominate in the paint, led by D.J. Burns, who had 24 points and nine rebounds. They were also outstanding on the offensive glass, earning a 16-4 advantage in second-chance points.
The Huskies trailed 35-30 at halftime and the Eagles never opened the door for the Huskies to get any closer. Patrick Good opened the second-half scoring for Winthrop with a three-pointer and eight-point lead. The closest the Huskies would get is six points in the final 19 minutes.
"We can look at the rebounds and second-chance points. We can make all the excuses in the world," Davis said following the Huskies last tune up before embarking on Pac-12 action. "They were more prepared for us in this game. They came out and hit us first, and like coach said, it's hard for us to play from behind all game."
Only five Huskies made it into the scoring column. After Davis, Terrell Brown Jr. poured in 18 points and PJ Fuller came off the bench for 15 points. Emmitt Matthews Jr. chipped in 12 and Jamal Bey scored eight.
The Huskies are about to embark on a three-game stretch where they will play three ranked teams. Washington next plays on Thursday, Dec. 2 at Arizona before returning home to host UCLA on Dec. 5. They cap their stretch at Gonzaga on Dec. 12.