The 6-foot-8 freshman forward is averaging 5.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 15 minutes in the past three games since injuring his left ankle. Dickerson was scoreless in seven minutes in his last outing before fouling out.
Washington’s Noah Dickerson has been dealing with a nagging left ankle sprain for over a week and the injury likely contributed to his foul-induced abbreviated appearance in Saturday’s 77-72 loss to then-No. 23 Arizona.
The 6-foot-8 freshman forward picked up his first foul 27 seconds into the game and was saddled in foul trouble the entire game. He failed to take a shot for the first time in his short collegiate career and was held scoreless in seven minutes before fouling out with 7:36 remaining.
“Just a bad day at the office in terms of being able to stay on the floor,” coach Lorenzo Romar said.
Dickerson’s absence made it difficult for the Huskies to stop Wildcats forward Ryan Anderson who finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds.
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In their first meeting, Dickerson led UW with 16 points during a 99-67 loss at Arizona.
“I thought it played a huge part,” Romar said when asked about Dickerson. “I heard some comments (Arizona coach) Sean Miller made about Allonzo Trier that even though he didn’t score a lot his presence made a difference in the game. With Noah, you talk about the physicality. He may be our most physical post player. He probably is out of the guys who are playing. Not only that, I think he scored in double digits against Arizona the first time. To not have him in there took away a little bit from the team that we can be. But you got to find a way.”
Dickerson initially complained about the ankle injury Jan. 28 after an 86-84 win at UCLA. Two days later, he played just 16 minutes at USC and logged 22 minutes last week against Arizona State.
In the past three games, he’s averaging 5.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 15 minutes.
Romar was unsure of Dickerson’s status for Wednesday’s 6 p.m. (PT) game at Utah. The Huskies will need him to contend with 7-foot center Jakob Poeltl, who led the Utes to an 80-75 overtime win over UW on Jan. 24 with 29 points and 10 rebounds.