Huskies Complete Home Sweep, Beat Beavers 78-67
SEATTLE -- The Washington men's basketball team celebrated Senior Day by finishing off an emphatic home sweep of the Oregon schools with a 78-67 win over Oregon State on Saturday afternoon at Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Huskies shook off an uneven start and dominated the final 30 minutes of the game, ending the regular season on a three-game winning streak as the team prepares for postseason play.
The day began with a packed pregame ceremony, as the program honored nine student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility or graduated from the university, including all five members of the starting lineup. Four-year Dawgs Riley Sorn, Reagan Lundeen, Noah Neubauer, and Jonah Geron were also recognized for their contributions to the program.
Trailing by four early, the Dawgs threw the kitchen sink of defensive tactics at the Beavers, as Head Coach Mike Hopkins pushed all the right buttons. Washington switched between their trademark zone and a stifling man defense while incorporating a few perfectly timed full-court presses to force Oregon State into ten first half turnovers.
The Huskies' offense rose to the level of their defense midway through the first half. Trailing 16-13, Washington got back-to-back baskets from Terrell Brown Jr., who continued his season-long offensive onslaught with 24 points on 12-14 from the field.
Four-year Husky Jamal Bey, who finished with 15 points, hit from long distance twice to widen the first half margin. Nate Roberts, who joined Bey in Hopkins' 2018 freshman class, was active on the glass and in the post as the Huskies pulled away. Roberts posted 13 points and 16 rebounds for his second straight double-double. On a day of impressive individual performances, Roberts' game had the Huskies talking.
"Monster," Bey said.
"I'm gonna figure out what he's been eating the last week," Brown offered.
Once grabbing the lead, the Dawgs never looked back, ending the first half on a 25-8 run. In the last eight minutes of the frame, Washington took eleven field goals and missed only one.
It was the same story to open the second half, as the Huskies shot their way to a lead that grew as wide as 25. Emmitt Matthews Jr. added 11 points and four assists, his 18th time scoring in double-digits this season. While he was held scoreless, Daejon Davis stuffed the rest of the stat sheet with five assists, three rebounds, and two steals.
"When he's out there, we're different," Hopkins said of Davis. "He just impacts the game. He's a connector."
Lundeen split two free throws as the clock wound down, recording his first point of the season in his final home game as a Husky.
Washington heads to Las Vegas as the sixth seed in next week's PAC-12 Tournament. They will play at 8:30 PM on Wednesday from T-Mobile Arena.