SEATTLE – Jaylen Nowell scored 18 points and Noah Dickerson added 16 as Washington erased an eight-point halftime deficit to earn an 84-76 victory over Cal State Fullerton Tuesday night.
Dominic Green knocked down a 3-pointer to break a tie at 66 with 3:36 remaining and spark a 10-2 Washington run.
The Titans opened the half on an 8-3 run to extend their lead to 50-37, their largest of the night, but the Huskies followed with a run of their own and tied the game at 55 on a David Crisp 3-pointer with 11:03 remaining. Kyle Allman Jr. tied it for the Titans at 66 with a pair of free throws before Green knocked down his second 3-pointer, and the Titans never got closer than five the rest of the way. Dickerson and Green flushed home back-to-back dunks in the final 40 seconds to help the Huskies close out the victory.
After settling for 3-pointers in the first half, and knocking down just 2-of-14, Washington was the aggressor in the second period, knocking down 14-of-16 free throws and creating 17 points off turnovers. Five players scored in double figures for the Huskies (9-4) as Matisse Thybulle scored 13, Crisp 11, and Green and Nahziah Carter each had 10.
Khalil Ahmad led the Titans (4-10) with 28 points, including five 3-pointers, and Jackson Rowe finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Rowe scored 13 points and Ahmad knocked down three 3-pointers to help Cal State Fullerton take a 42-34 halftime advantage.
Cal State Fullerton: The Titans will leave Seattle feeling like they let one slip away, but head into Big West Conference play having played one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country.
Washington: The Huskies haven’t looked pretty to end nonconference play but will have plenty to look forward to when they open up the conference slate against Washington State.
Cal State Fullerton: The Titans open up Big West play with a trip across the ocean to Oahu to face Hawaii on January 9.
Washington: The Huskies begin conference play by hosting in-state rival Washington State on Saturday.
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