The game was much closer than the final score would indicate. It would not be hard to argue that Seattle was in control for 3/4th of the game. They played the underdog card to perfection and had leads throughout the first half. They played so well, in fact, that they went into the halftime break with a 1 point lead at 33-32.
It was a half that had the nation’s 22nd leading scorer, Terrell Brown, put up an impressive 15 points and 4 rebounds on 6-14 shooting. Seattle as a team didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (38.2), but they were able to put up 14 more shots than the Huskies thanks to out rebounding them (19-14) and forcing Washington into more turnovers (9-5). Washington did shoot better with the chances they had though, they shot 45.5% which helped them make up the gap in the aforementioned stats. All of this added up to Seattle’s one point halftime lead.
Halftime brought on a certain feel inside of Alaska Airlines Arena. The Redhawks faithful that were in attendance seemed to have a hush to them, almost as if to not jinx the events that were occurring in front of their eyes. Compare it to a team not mentioning the no-hitter to their starting pitcher. On the other hand, the fans dressed in purple and gold were much more vocal with displeasure, upset that their high recruiting class was being out worked by their cross town foe who they hadn’t lost to in the previous 14 meetings.
Halftime came and went. Washington fans turned those frowns upside down.
Huskies Coach Mike Hopkins is very well known for his zone defense schemes that he brought with him from his time at Syracuse. He finally got a recruiting class that had the size and length to implement it to his every wish, and they did just that to the Redhawks in the final 20 minutes of action.
The 2-1-2 zone stymied the Redhawks’ offensive abilities. They had already shot poorly in the first half, but the second half saw their percentage dip to 33.3%. Terrell Brown couldn’t find the driving lanes that he had in the first half as he only scored 6 points in the final frame. In fact, no Seattle player had more than 6 points in the 2nd half. Redhawks center Myles Carter was affected the most by the zone. He was only able to get off three shots all game and one of those was blocked. The big man, who averages 10 points and 7 rebounds, finished the night with just two of each.
The Huskies had a much different experience in the half. Where as Carter struggled for Seattle, Washington’s big Isaiah Stewart flourished. The top recruit in the 2019 class had 16 of his 27 points scored in the 2nd half. He also only missed 3 of his 14 total shots for the game. Quade Green added 13 to the half total as Washington pulled away in the final 4 minutes of the game.
The Huskies outscored Seattle 49-26 in the second to secure their 15th consecutive win over the Redhawks. Seattle is yet to win a game against Washington since the program made the move back to D-1 play.
With the loss, Seattle drops to .500 at 6-6 and have their 4-game winning streak snapped. The Huskies improve to 8-2 as they bounce back from their loss to Gonzaga back on the 8th.
Seattle will have a quick opportunity to get this loss out of their minds when they play host to Florida A&M on Saturday. The Rattlers currently sit at 0-8 on the season and will have a matchup with Washington State on Thursday before coming to Seattle. That game will be an 7:00pm tip-off and can be streamed on the WAC Digital Network as well as heard on KTTH 770 AM.