Huskies tip Aggies 75-74

Husky forward Doug Wrenn hit a lean-in bank shot with 3.8 seconds remaining to lift the Washington Huskies to a 75-74 victory this evening over New Mexico State in Las Cruces. Wrenn's game winner came on an inbounds play diagramed during the final Husky time out.

Center David Dixon spotted Wrenn in great position and hit him with a pass. The sophomore from Seattle spun into the lane, leaned in and banked it home. New Mexico State's final series resulted in a turnover when Wrenn's defense on Eric Channing forced him into a bad pass.

The win is Washington's third on the road this year as they improved to 6-2.

Wrenn had 19 points to lead all scorers. Dixon had a career game as he poured in 12 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds for the Huskies.

The Aggies were paced by Will Morris and James Moore, who both had 17 points. Moore added 10 boards before fouling out of the contest with just over two minutes remaining. Eric Channing added 11 points.

Washington trailed by four early in the first half but a late 10-2 run to finish the first 20 minutes helped the Huskies to a 37-32 lead at the break. Wrenn and point guard Curtis Allen had nine apiece to pace the visitors from Seattle in the first half. Seven of Allen's points and one of his assists came during the surge that put the Huskies on top.

Center David Dixon kept extremely busy in the paint, pulling down 11 boards in the first half, including five on the offensive glass.

New Mexico State came out hot in the second half, taking advantage of Husky turnovers and going on a 8-0 run to quickly erase the Husky lead. Bob Bender called time out to stop the Aggie momentum. It worked as Wrenn hit a finger roll and Dixon had a dunk to retake the lead for Washington.

The two teams then began to trade baskets until Morris stole an Erroll Knight pass and went the distance for the slam. Allen followed that with a turnover, which James Moore converted into a baseline jumper to push the Aggie lead to five.

Will Conroy provided a spark when Curtis Allen went to the bench. He stole the ball twice, once leading to a Doug Wrenn layin and the other should've resulted in points but Jeff Day was unable to field the ball cleanly and had his shot blocked. The powerfully built point guard then made a drive down the lane and hit a running one-hander and drew the foul. He made the free throw and Washington was back to within one at 55-54.

New Mexico State turned three straight Husky turnovers into another five-point lead. Josh Barnard was able to keep the Huskies close with a steal and lay in. Grant Leep hit a big three pointer at the seven minute mark put the Huskies back on top for the first time since the first half, 61-60.

A three by Curtis Allen put the Huskies on top 65-62. New Mexico State answered, once again taking advantage of Husky turnovers. The Huskies would turn it over 21 times in the game, but none were as potentially dangerous as the ones that came inside the last five minutes. Five straight points, three from the free-throw line, put the home team on top 67-65.

From there the two teams kept punching and countering until Channing drained a long jumper with just under 10 seconds left to put the Aggies on top by one to set up Wrenn's final basket.

Washington connected on five on nine from three-point range this evening. Senior Grant Leep had three of them. New Mexico State was just one of 12 from beyond the arc.

Washington returns home to welcome Gonzaga on December 11th. The game is already a sell out.

Husky Marks: Wrenn 19, Allen 14 (5 assists), Dixon 12 (15 boards), Leep 12, Barnard 8, Knight 5, Conroy 5.

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