After an outstanding defense display at the start, an offensive drought midway in the game and late-game offensive heroics from Andrew Andrews, Washington’s 59-57 win in its Pac-12 home-opener came down to one final defensive stand.
The Huskies had been so good on defensively lately, but Wednesday night they were facing Delon Wright, Utah’s 6-5 junior guard who entered the game leading the Pac-12 with a 68.1 percent field goal percentage. For the first 39 minutes, he showed why several NBA scouts flocked to Alaska Airlines to watch him perform as he torched Washington for a career-high 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting.
But when the Huskies absolutely had to have a stop in the final 9.2 seconds, they executed their defense flawlessly. They switched without hesitation. They cut off the driving lanes to the basket and forced Wright into the corner where he launched a contested three-pointer while falling back into the Utah bench. His shot sailed over the rim and time expired before Jordan Loveridge gathered the rebound and put the ball in the basket.More