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Dickerson’s Double Double and Fultz’s 18 Lead UW Past Frankston, 84-59

MELBOURNE, Australia – Sophomore Noah Dickerson recorded a double double and freshman Markelle Fultz led the team in scoring for the second-straight night as the Huskies defeated the Frankston Blues, 84-59 Thursday in front of a capacity crowd at Frankston Stadium. Washington is now 1-1 on its foreign tour and will start the New Zealand leg of the 11-day trip tomorrow.

Dickerson finished with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and had a team-high 11 rebounds. Fultz, fresh off his 33-point effort the night before, went for a game-high 18 points while adding eight rebounds. Matisse Thybulle led the squad with six assists and added eight points and three steals while Malik Dime reached double-figures with 10 points to go along with seven boards and two blocks. 

“I thought last night’s game, we came out and played well, then with about three minutes left in the second half, our energy level kind of dropped and we dropped the game,” said head coach Lorenzo Romar. “Tonight, I thought our energy level was there for the entire 40 minutes. It was really good to see more of a team effort in terms of the scoring column. We went inside and were able to score and we shot the ball a little better from the perimeter. I liked how we moved the ball around a little more just didn’t depend on two guys." 

The Blues and Huskies kept it close through the majority of the first quarter with UW taking a 17-14 lead with 2:13 remaining. Frankston wouldn’t get closer for the rest of the game as the Dawgs went on a 15-5 run, with six points coming from Dickerson in that span, and would go on to outscore the Blues 29-11 the rest of the way to the half.

Washington took a 21-point lead into the half, up 46-25, behind Dickerson’s 12 points and eight rebounds. Fultz was also nearing a double-double at that point with 11 and seven.

Frankston started the third quarter with a run of their own, cutting the Husky lead to 13 with 4:34 remaining, but once again it wouldn’t get closer than that. Washington answered with a David Crisp three and never looked back. During a 12-2 run, senior Malik Dime showcased his length and aggressive play scoring six-straight points to put the Huskies up 70-47.

UW would keep up its fast-paced play and intense defensive pressure all the way until the clock ran out which also led to its biggest lead of the game with 2:29 remaining in the fourth, up 82-50. With the eventual 84-59 victory finalized, the Huskies and the Blues took the court together for a team photograph and signed autographs for the sold-out crowd.

The Huskies outrebounded Frankston 55-40 while picking up eight steals and forcing 17 turnovers. 

Washington will now head to Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, Aug. 5 and stay through Monday, Aug. 8.  While in the home country for freshman Sam Timmins, the Dawgs will play the Mainland Eagles, Saturday, Aug. 6 at 11 p.m. PT  (Sunday, Aug. 7, 2 p.m. local New Zealand time).

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