Four Huskies reach double figures, including Dominic Green who had 15 points. Noah Dickerson finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds and Matthew Atewe added 10 points.
The Huskies wrapped up their exhibition tour of Australia and New Zealand with a 96-86 loss on Wednesday to the Sydney Kings at Qudos Bank Arena.
Markelle Fultz rebounded from a relatively sub-par outing in the previous game and led the Washington men’s basketball team with 20 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and four assists in 35 minutes.
The 6-foot-4 freshman point guard, who is tabbed as an early pick in next year’s NBA draft, immediately established himself as the focal point in UW’s offense. He averaged 21.4 points during the five-game tour.
“On this trip, we saw tremendous progress in terms of our growing chemistry and we started to see more of an identity of how hard we need to play,” coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement released by the team. “It was a great bonding time and was just a really good trip for us.”
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It was also a good trip for Noah Dickerson, who needed just 17 minutes to finish with 14 points and 14 rebounds off the bench on Wednesday. The 6-8 sophomore forward averaged 10.6 points and 11 rebounds during the tour.
Sophomore guard Dominic Green, who had 15 points, did some of his best work on the glass where he collected nine rebounds. He also had four steals and converted 6 of 8 free throws. Green averaged 11.2 points overseas.
And junior forward Matthew Atewe chipped in 10 points and six rebounds – five on the offensive glass.
Sophomore guard David Crisp, who averaged 13.2 points overseas, had nine points.
The Huskies started their fifth different lineup. The starters included Fultz and Green in the backcourt with Matisse Thybulle alongside forwards Malik Dime and Atewe.
Washington trailed 20-19 after the first quarter and was down 47-42 at halftime. The Huskies trailed by 12 points (67-55) with 5:36 minutes remaining in the third quarter before climbing back and tying the score at 72-72 heading into the fourth.
Fultz, who connected on 7 of 28 shots, put UW ahead 74-72 early in the period. However, the Huskies’ lead was short lived and they were outscored 24-14 in the final period of a game that included 12 lead changes and nine ties.
Washington shot 36 percent from the field and 26 percent (6 of 23) on three-pointers. Sydney was 41 percent from the floor. The Huskies outrebounded the Kings 57-35.
“The team we played tonight was a very good team, a veteran team and our guys didn’t back down and fought the entire time,” Romar said. “It was good to see our guys fight and battle the whole game.”
Washington, which went 3-2 during the tour, returns to Seattle on Thursday.