After dropping an overtime decision in the first game of their Australian exhibition tour, the Washington Huskies beat the Frankston Blues, 84-59, early Thursday morning (or Thursday night in Australia).
Freshman guard Markelle Fultz led the team in scoring for the second consecutive game, scoring 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting to go along with eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Noah Dickerson recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Senior forward Malik Dime added 10 points and seven rebounds.
"I thought (Wednesday) night's game, we came out and played well, then with about three minutes left in the second half, our energy level kind of dropped and we dropped the game," head coach Lorenzo Romar said via UW’s official release. "(Thursday), I thought our energy level was there for the entire 40 minutes. It was really good to see more of a team effort in terms of the scoring column. We went inside and were able to score and we shot the ball a little better from the perimeter. I liked how we moved the ball around a little more (and) just didn't depend on two guys."
The Huskies went with a slightly different starting lineup than they did on Wednesday. It included Fultz, David Crisp, Dominic Green, Dime and Matthew Atewe. Nobody on UW’s roster played more than 29 minutes. Freshman forward Sam Timmins added eight rebounds, Atewe and Devenir Duruisseau had five rebounds each, and sophomore guard Matisse Thybulle had eight points, six assists and three steals.
Washington shot 40.3 percent from the field and 4-for-17 from 3-point range (23.5 percent). But the Huskies did hold Frankston to 32.4 percent shooting from the field, forced 16 turnovers and enjoyed a 55-40 rebounding advantage.