What Mike Hopkins said after Washington edged Boise State in first round of NIT

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Washington faced quite a comeback attempt made by Boise State, but when the final buzzer sounded, the Huskies emerged from Wednesday night’s NIT opener victorious, topping the Broncos 77-74.

Mike Hopkins’ squad jumped out to a big first-half lead and held it for a good portion of the third quarter, too. Things were going smoothly for Washington, evidenced by this alley-oop from Jaylen Nowell to Matisse Thybulle:

But before the end of the quarter, Boise State wiped out the majority of the Washington lead, outscoring the Huskies by 12 in the third and setting the stage for a thrilling fourth. In the end, though, the Huskies were just a little too much for Boise State to handle, as Washington pulled away in the final minute of the game.

Three Huskies — Nowell, Thybulle and Noah Dickerson — combined to score 56 of Washington’s 77 points.

“I almost had a cardiac there,” Washington head coach Mike Hopkins said. “Our guys have been very aggressive. I was so happy with the way they came out with energy and aggressiveness. We built a 10-point lead with 40 seconds to go and we said no fouls, just do not foul. … But for the most part, we found a way to win.”

Watch Hopkins’ full press conference following the win below.

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