UW Men beat cold start for Texas Southern 72-65

With three games into the season and the Washington men’s basketball team, a disturbing trend is beginning to emerge.

Invariably, Huskies struggled aggressively, especially on the periphery, while failing to slow down a seemingly unmatched opponent. They fall behind early and eventually gain momentum with a late bounce by ball-hawking full-court presses and a man-to-man defense.

It’s a dangerous way to do business for UW, which overcame a sluggish first-half Monday night before claiming a 72-65 non-conference win against Texas Southern at the Alaska Airlines Arena.

Terrell Brown Jr. finished with 20 points and nine assists, while Dijon Davis added 15 points, PJ Fuller 11 and Jamal Bay 10 added for the Huskies, who improved to 2–1.

The last time the Huskies played the Tigers, they won 88–52 on December 6, 2008, with UW assistant Quincy Pondexter finishing with 13 points and eight assists.

This time, UW looked as though it were in danger of abandoning its first game against an SWAC opponent after eight consecutive wins.

Washington trailed 15:22 in the first half and went into a 37-33 break after shooting 36.4% from the field, including 3 for 14 at three-pointers.

In the second half, coach Mike Hopkins left UW’s 2-3 zone and converted a pressure defense that overwhelmed Texas Southern and forced 20 turnovers to 25 points.

Still, the Huskies chased 56-55 with 7:25 before Fuller drilled a gorgeous step-back three-pointer on a defender. On the ensuing possession, Fuller collected a steal before Brown converted an acrobatic layup while crashing to the floor.

Basket was off to an 8–0 run that ended when Dijon Davis hung in the air for a lap that gave Washington a 63–56 lead with 4:26.

However, the Tigers did not go away quietly and cut UW’s advantage to 63-60 on the 2:07 mark.

The Huskies converted nine of 10 free throws down to secure a second straight win.

Washington closed its home ground on Thursday against Wyoming (2-0).

Texas Southern (0-3) began the season with a four-game West Coast road trip that began last week with an 83-66 loss at Oregon and a 67-58 loss at St. TSU plays in the Air Force on Wednesday.

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Junior center Riley Sorn, who missed the first two games with a back injury, dressed for Monday’s game but saw no action.

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