Washington hangs on to beat Boise State in first round of NIT

washington hangs on-beats boise state-first round NIT

It took 39 minutes, but Washington managed to hold off a relentless Boise State squad for a win Wednesday in the National Invitational Tournament in Seattle, Wash.

The Huskies took a 15-point lead into halftime and looked to be in position to ride out the second half to an easy opening-round victory, but the Broncos weren’t about to lay down. Fourth-seeded Boise State outscored fifth-seeded Washington 24-12 in the third quarter (the NIT is using experimental rules, including moving from halves to quarters) to cut the deficit to three, but couldn’t come any closer as the Huskies held serve in the fourth, matching the Broncos’ 29 points with 29 of their own.

Washington led by just eight with 3:32 to play when Matisse Thybulle canned a 3-pointer and drew a foul, completing a four-point play to go ahead by 12.

Even then, Boise State kept fighting, cutting the Washington lead to 4 with just over 90 seconds to play, but the Huskies again found their stroke from deep, this time on a Dominic Green 3-pointer.

A dunk by Noah Dickerson with 55 seconds left sealed the win for the Huskies, who scored an upset win (according to seeding) despite hosting the game.

Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison led all scorers with 39 points (on 11-of-17 shooting), 14 rebounds and four steals, but committed eight turnovers. Jaylen Nowell led the Huskies with 25 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Thybulle added 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals (five turnovers).

Washington moves on to face Saint Mary’s in the second round of the NIT on Monday. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

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