Washington Huskies star guard Markelle Fultz dropped 35 points on Cal State Fullerton at Hec Ed last night to even UW’s record.
The Washington Huskies hopefully won’t have to live and die the entire season by how well their star guard Markelle Fultz plays, but Fultz’s second consecutive 30-point game last night allowed Washington to even their record at 1-1. With the 104-88 win, the Huskies appear to be headed in the right direction after a disappointing loss to Yale to start the season.
Fultz left no doubt in the outcome during the second half in front of just over 6000 fans at Hec Edmunson Arena in Seattle. 21 of his 35 points came in the second half. At the 4:20 mark, with the Washington Huskies leading 87-78, he threw down a monstrous dunk to put the Huskies up by double digits. He put the game away with yet another dunk less than a minute later.
The Huskies rebounded from their poor rebounding effort against Yale to dominate the Cal State Fullerton Titans on the boards, out-rebounding them 36-19. Another encouraging sign for the Washington Huskies was the contribution from Fultz’s supporting players. Malik Dime chipped in 14 points and five blocks, David Crisp put up 17, and and Matisse Thybulle scored 15 points.
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It was an encouraging team win overall. Despite CSFU’s Tre Coggins’ 23 points, the Washington Huskies were able to pull away from the Titans by shooting 61 percent from the field. Fultz did his damage by attacking the rim. When he hit a few three-pointers, however, the Cal State’s defense didn’t know what to do. Fultz is going to be a terror for opposing defenses in the Pac-12 for the rest of the season.
Up next for the Huskies is Northern Arizona University. NAU comes to Seattle on Sunday for a five p.m. tipoff. Catch the game on the Pac-12 Network.