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Four Score in Double-Figures but UW falls to Sydney Kings, 96-86, in Foreign Tour Finale

SYDNEY, Australia – Four Huskies scored in double-figures but it wasn’t enough as the Sydney Kings pulled out a 96-86 win in the Dawgs’ foreign tour finale. Washington will return to the statestomorrow with a 3-2 record during its time in Australia and New Zealand. 

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“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,” said head coach Lorenzo Romar. “It was a great bonding time and was just a really good trip for us. 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, it was good to see our guys fight and battle the whole game.”

Freshman Markelle Fultz led the Dawgs with 20 points and finished the tour averaging 21.4 ppg. Sophomore Noah Dickerson recorded his second double-double of the trip as he scored 14 points and led the team in rebounds for the second-straight game with 14. Sophomore Dominic Green reached double-figures for the third-straight game, knocking in 15, while junior transfer Matthew Atewe scored 10 points for his first double-digit effort of the trip.

The game itself was easily the most physical contest of the trip and it showed as 56 fouls were called between the two squads. Sydney took a 20-19 lead following the first quarter with 11 of their 20 points coming from the FT line. Washington used seven points from Green in that 10 minutes to keep it close.

The squads traded baskets and mini-runs in the second quarter with Sydney going up 37-31 before Washington responded with seven-straight to take a 38-37 lead with 1:44 left. The Kings then outscored UW 8-4 over the remaining minute and a half to take a 47-42 advantage into the half.

Sydney started the third quarter with a bang jumping out to a 12-point lead with 5:56 left on the clock but the Huskies wouldn’t back down and would go on a 17-5 run to close the quarter all square at 72. Green hit the game-tying shot with two seconds left – a deep three that he sank and got fouled on while making the ensuing free throw for the four-point play.

With one player already fouled out and three others in foul trouble to start the fourth quarter, the Kings were able to take advantage and also hit some lucky contested shots from 3-point range to go on and win the game 96-86.

The Huskies outrebounded the Kings 65-45 and pulled down 32 offensive rebounds in the game which had 12 lead changes and nine ties.

Washington returns to Seattle on Thursday.


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