LAS VEGAS – Dominic Green scored a career-high 20 points with six rebounds, Malik Dime added 13 points and Washington beat Western Kentucky 86-47 in the Global Sports Classic on Friday night.
The Huskies (4-1) outscored the Hilltoppers 47-16 in the second half.
Green was 7 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range.
Washington’s Markelle Fultz, who was averaging 25.5 points per game coming into Friday, was held to nine points on 3-of-14 shooting from the field. However, Fultz ended with 10 assists and eight rebounds, going over his season averages of 6.5 and 5.3, respectively.
Sam Timmins had 12 rebounds for Washington.
Que Johnson led Western Kentucky (3-2) with 12 points and five rebounds. Anton Waters had 11 points and 10 rebounds while Pancake Thomas scored 10 points for the Hilltoppers.
After leading 39-31, the Huskies potent offense, averaging 95.0 points per game, started getting in rhythm, opening up a 68-44 lead with 7:24 left for their largest lead to that point. From there, they rolled with an 18-3 run to close the game.
Washington only trailed for 32 seconds of the game and had its largest lead of the first half at 34-21 with 3:51 left. The Hilltoppers cut it to 39-31 by halftime.
Washington: The Huskies should feel good about how their freshman sensation, Fultz, responded to a cold shooting night by contributing in other ways and ending the night a point and two boards short of a triple-double.
Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers fell short in their first serious test of the season. They’ll have to put it quickly behind them to bounce back on the second night of the tournament.
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