Terrell Brown Jr. wasn’t giving up on basketball. Not after the career night he had against the State of South Dakota.
When the final horn sounded after the Washington men’s basketball team won 87-76 in Game 2 of the Crossover Classic, Husky’s senior point left the Sanford Pentagon field holding the ball.
And who could blame him?
Brown, who is quickly becoming the new UW star, was once again sensational, scoring a personal best 32 points on 13 of 18 shots from the field. He also had five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 36 minutes.
Washington (4-2) concludes the three-day four-team round robin with a game against Nevada on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Here are three impressions of UW’s victory over SDSU.
THIS DEFENSE TRAVEL
South Dakota State entered ranked 10 gamee nationally in scoring, averaging 90.7 points per game. The Jackrabbits scored 102 points Monday night and have collected at least 80 points in their previous six games.
However, the Huskies ended the SDSU, particularly in the first half while taking a 42-32 lead in the locker room.
The Jackrabbits were averaging 11.8 three-pointers per game, but UW kept them 6 of 17 downtown.
UW FINDS HIS OFFENSE
It wasn’t that long ago that the Huskies were considered one of the worst shooting teams in the country.
However, in the last two games Washington has scored consistently while reaching their season highs scoring in every game.
The Huskies connected on 10 of 22 three-pointers, including three from Jamal Bey (12 points) and Emmitt Matthews Jr. (13 points). Bey was 3 of 6 at long distance while Matthews was 3 of 5 despite missing his previous 10 three-pointers in the last three games.
For the second outing in a row, PJ Fuller came off the bench and gave UW a huge offensive blow with 14 points.
I can’t say enough about brown
During his post-game interview, coach Mike Hopkins praised Brown, whom he called “Mariano Rivera”.
“He’s like the biggest of the closest,” said the UW coach, comparing Brown to the former New York Yankees pitcher.
Washington led for over 39 minutes, but every time the state of South Dakota got closer, Brown had a response.
The Husky senior playmaker rushed to the rim for a layup, floated a soft shot above a defender or stopped in the lane for a midrange jumper.
Brown has scored at least 20 points in five of UW’s six games.