The Washington Huskies lost the first game of their Australian exhibition tour early Wednesday morning, falling 100-96 in overtime to the Dandenong Rangers in Melbourne.
Freshman point guard Markelle Fultz led UW with 33 points on 14-for-27 shooting, seven assists and four blocked shots, and sophomore guard David Crisp added 27 points on 10-for-21 shooting. They were the only two Huskies in double figures.
UW’s starting lineup included Fultz, Matisse Thybulle, Dominic Green, Noah Dickerson and Malik Dime.
“We now have 45 minutes of film of us playing against a veteran team that is well-skilled and polished and we can take that film to show our guys and get better from today’s game,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said in the team’s official release. “That’s one of the reasons you take these trips, so you can see your team in a real-game experience and learn and get better from it.”
The most discouraging statistic from the box score linked above -- the Huskies made just 5-of-36 from 3-point range. Crisp made 4-of-13 and Fultz made 1-of-7. Thybulle and Green combined to go 0-for-12. But UW did out-rebound Dandenong 51-38, which is a little more encouraging after the Huskies’ awful performance on the backboards in 2015-16.
The Huskies shot 39.4 percent from the field, and allowed Dandenong to shoot 46.8 percent.
The Huskies face the Frankston Blues at 2 a.m. Pacific Time on Thursday.