The last week of the regular season did not open as expected by the Washington Huskies.
In a rare competition earlier in the week that was postponed to complete what was originally postponed to December for their Pac-12, the Huskies were in the lead in visiting UCLA during the break.
On Monday to Monday in Hack Edmundson’s pavilion they looked equal.
But the disappointment at the end of the season didn’t play out, and the Huskies have now lost five of their last six.
UCLA slipped away in the second half after a career performance by Jaime Jacques Jr., and eventually won 77-66, changing the regular season series between the two programs.
Jacques finished the game, scoring 30 points with an effective 11 of 17 shots, and scored nine of those points during the UCLA Defeat Series early in the second half.
UCLA (22-6, 13-5 Pac-12) scored on six possessions before the Huskies responded, taking the final lead in the game on the Jaylen Clark transition layer from 17:35 until the end of the game.
“They came out with fire,” said Husky guard Terrell Brown Jr. “We came out a little flat.”
In the end, the Bruins more than doubled production in the first half, scoring 52 points against 37 at Husky.
They continued to push their advantage in the 20-4 series, and achieved a double-digit advantage on the short hockey hockey player, who five minutes later rolled back and became 43-33.
“It was a tough battle from there,” Brown said.
UW (14-14, 9-9) never reduced the lead below 10 points after that, scoring only twice in their first 11 trips to the floor in the half when UCLA retired and finished shooting 26 of 60 (43.3 percent) ).
“We need to be able to kill,” Husky coach Mike Hopkins said. “I felt the second half was easy, we couldn’t stop them and then we had a few throws that we need to be able to knock down to keep it closer to draw in the crowd.”
The Bruins rallied from their previous shooting failures and finished 26th out of 56 (46.4 percent), while creating a comfortable advantage despite the absence of top scorer Johnny Yuzang (17 points per game). who dropped out due to an ankle injury.
Jules Bernard (12 points) and Clark (nine) were other top UCLA players in offensive attacks, while Jacques also made 9 rebounds on the team.
After a slow start, Brown – who continues to lead the Pac-12 – regrouped with 14 points in the second half to lead the Huskies with 20.
Jamal Bay added 14 points, while Langston Wilson finished 4 of 4 off the bench with two three-pointers over 11.
Most of the way the Huskies were without their two usual starting points.
Dajon Davis came on the floor after a throw that remained in the first half with a score of 5:48, and then left the court with an injury. He later returned to the Husky bench, but was no longer in the game.
It was Davis ’second return game after missing five games due to a shoulder injury. Hopkins said Davis ’after-game is considered daily.
UW also spent most of the second half without starting forward Emmett Matthews Jr., who headed to the bench after scoring a fourth foul at 12:35 and then a fifth six minutes before the end.
Both teams experienced long goal droughts in the first half – and more than once. Halfway, neither side had more than five baskets, and the Huskies held on to a one-point advantage.
Neither team led by more than five points in the first half after the Bruins opened their first score 5-0 in the first two possessions. Before the break the lead changed nine times and the two teams were a draw.
The Bruins scored just 10 of 29 (34.5 percent) in the half trying to solve the UW zone, but Hawkes boosted them in the attack with his 13 points, making five of six attempts.
UW went better, taking 12 out of 25 (48 percent), which was enough to open a small lead before the break. Having missed his first five attempts, Brown has scored three times in a row in the last 3:06 to bring the Huskies ahead.
Bay was the only Husky player with a double-digit score at the break of 10, and his jumper with a score of 1:13 on the left gave UW an advantage with a score of 29-25, which he moved to the break.
The Huskies remain two games ahead of next week’s Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas, and they currently rank sixth in the conference with Washington State.
Oregon was responsible for UW’s one-sided loss this season last month in Eugene and is visiting Seattle on Thursday night. The Huskies host Oregon, which they beat by a double in Corvallis last month, on Saturday afternoon in the regular season final.
“We have two great opportunities left,” Hopkins said. “You want to play your best basketball. We must learn from this. There is not much time to practice, more in order to understand their mind and understand our plan, and then they have to go out and carry out this plan. “
This story was originally published February 28, 2022 22:14.