Following Thursday 79-77 win over Oregon State, Washington improves to 20-10 and 10-7 in Pac-12. It's UW's most wins since 2011-12.
Washington’s game against Oregon State on Thursday ended with the Beavers hitting another buzzer-beating three-pointer.
However, this time the Huskies had a comfortable lead before the last-second shot and claimed a 79-77 victory at Alaska Airlines Arena to avenge a heartbreaking defeat three weeks earlier at Gill Coliseum.
“I felt we made some adjustments on the defensive end,” coach Mike Hopkins said. “The statistics didn’t show for it but late in the game we did a really good job of taking them out. There was a lot of plays that we covered exceptionally well. They made some big-time shots at the end of the shot clock…loose ball, they get it underneath.
“We play great defense, steal, they get an and-1 that kept the game to three rather than four. They tried to really attack us inside in the beginning of the game. They had 16 second-chance points. They played their two big guys…but where we won the game was at the foul line”
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Washington sank 23 of 30 free throws while Oregon State was 12 of 16.
But ultimately the only stat that mattered was UW’s record (20-10, 10-7 Pac-12).
It’s the most wins since the 2011-12 season.
Here are a few quotes and video of Hopkins’ postgame interview.
(On getting to 20 wins) “There’s never a number. You try and go out there and get better every day. You’re committed to that and the guys got better. It’s the kids. The kids bought in. The kids are out there playing. So I’m proud of the kids, I’m happy for the kids. To be able to find ways to win even when it’s not pretty and being in a lot of tight games and gutting it out – when we had to get some stops tonight we got ’em. It wasn’t pretty. Oregon State, you’ve got to give them a lot of credit. They really executed. But 20 is a number, and it’s a heckuva number. So yes, I would be lying to say we’re not proud, but I’m happy for the guys. They’ve put a lot of work into learning a new system, learning new coaches, going to movies. (laughs) Whatever it may be. They bought in and they’ve executed it. I’m happy about that. But there’s a lot of season left, and that’s what exciting. It’s exciting that we’ve been able to get a certain number but that certain number, we’ve got a big one on Saturday and I know that’s what we’ve got to get those guys focused on. This is exciting times, playing against a really talented team. We’ve got Las Vegas coming up after that, so just really excited, happy for them and it’s a heck of an accomplishment for them.”
(On difference between tonight and loss at OSU three weeks ago) “I felt we made some adjustments on the defensive end. The statistics didn’t show for it but late in the game we did a really good job of taking them out. There was a lot of plays that we covered exceptionally well. They made some big-time shots at the end of the shot clock…loose ball, they get it underneath. We play great defense, steal, they get an and-1 that kept the game to three rather than four. They tried to really attack us inside in the beginning of the game. They had 16 second-chance points. They played their two big guys…but where we won the game was at the foul line. I thought it was our aggressiveness. Obviously Noah had a great game and wanted to get him in the game. When Sam was in there they doubled him, so we put the stretch four (Hameir Wright) in there. They couldn’t. They stayed in there. If they did collapse we found the shooters, and in the first half we were on fire and the second half we attacked. We were more aggressive going to the foul line. We got them in the bonus early. I thought that was the difference in the game.”
(On David Crisp) “Wasn’t he unbelievable? David, in the first half, had his best half of the year. He hit shots, he managed the game and played like the veteran point guard that he is. There’s been so many factors, but it’s been David Crisp’s sacrifice for this team and leadership of this team and running this team that has separated us and has helped get that 20 wins. We couldn’t have played without him.”
(On second half when things got chippy) “We just kept saying, one of the big words we’ve been using is poise. In all these games, they are such long games, even a young coach earlier in the year, you’re down 10-6 and aargh! There’s thirty minutes left! (laughs) There’s so much flow to the game and so much playing…we just kept telling the guys – listen. We’re good. Just relax. Get this stop, this is how we’re going to…this is why you’ll see more in-game time outs. Just to recalibrate and get re-focused in terms of what we’re doing. They’ve adjusted, they’ve adapted and I’m proud of them.”