NEW YORK – The Washington Huskies entered Thursday night’s 2K Sports Classic basketball semifinal intent on stopping Indiana touted freshman Noah Vonleh.
However, another Hoosiers freshman, starting forward Troy Williams, proved to be their undoing.
The 6-7 big man scored a career-high 22 points in leading Indiana over Washington 102-84 at Madison Square Garden.
The loss was Washington’s sixth straight at the Garden where the Huskies are 1-6 overall.
The Huskies (2-2) return today to face Boston College in a consolation game. The Golden Eagles fell to 1-4 after losing 72-70 to Connecticut in the semifinals.
Despite its four-guard lineup, Washington had hoped to contain Indiana’s big front line with a 2-3 zone, but Williams, the 6-10 Vonleh and 6-7 forward Will Sheehey had other plans.
The trio battered the smaller Huskies with an array of dunks.
Williams soared for a couple of acrobatic tomahawk jams. Vonleh, who had 20 points, flushed several putbacks. And Sheehey (16 points) got loose on the baseline for two two-handed dunks.
When the Indiana trio wasn’t rattling the rim, Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell was punishing the Huskies with 22 points and seven assists.
The Hoosiers enjoyed a 51-29 rebound advantage.
C.J. Wilcox finished with a game-high 24 points, which kept Washington afloat in the first half.
However, Indiana led by 13 at halftime and never let the Huskies pull any closer than seven points in the second half.
Washington received 14 points each from Perris Blackwell and Andrew Andrews. Nigel Williams-Goss had 13 and Mike Anderson 11.
Washington, which fell behind 9-0 at the start, battled back and pulled to within two, 19-17. But the Hoosiers pulled away again with a 10-2 spurt to build a 10-point advantage at 29-19 with 9:34 left.
The Huskies never got any closer than eight points in the first half, and Indiana closed the period with a 4-0 run to take a 50-37 lead into halftime.