Jakob Poeltl, a 7-foot sophomore from Vienna, Austria, hit two free throws with 53 seconds remaining in overtime, lifting Utah to an 80-75 victory over Washington Sunday night at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies, who forced overtime by scoring the last five points of regulation, fell to 13-6 overall and 5-2 in Pac-12 play, still good for a share of the conference lead with Oregon (box).
After Washington’s Malik Dime scored on a rebound dunk with 1:09 left in OT, Dime fouled Poeltl with 53.1 seconds remaining. Poeltl converted both free throws for a 75-72 lead that the Huskies were unable to overcome. Poeltl, who also blocked a Washington shot with 37 seconds left, finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
“There were just too many errors on our part. We were not as active as we needed to be on several possessions. They played the game the way they wanted to play it. Give them credit. But I believe in this team. There’s not a game the rest of the way that we can’t win.” — Lorenzo Romar, UW head coach
Andrew Andrews (17), Marquese Chriss (15) and Noah Dickerson (14) were the only Washington players in double figures. Chriss, the talented freshman, also fouled out for the 10th time in 19 games . . .Andrews was coming off back-to-back 30-point games (first since Brandon Roy in 2005-06), but made only 4 of 10 from 2-point range and 1 of 5 from beyond the 3-point line . . . Dejounte Murray, who has scored 20 or more points in a game eight times, finished with eight points on 4-for-16 shooting, but led the Huskies with 13 rebounds . . . Washington shot only 38.4 percent from 2-point range and missed 20 of 26 shots from 3-point range . . . The Huskies are now 6-3 all-time against Utah in games played in Seattle . . . Washington forced 12 turnovers, the 19th consecutive game UW has forced double digits in turnovers . . . UW is 1-2 in overtime.
The Huskies play at UCLA at 7 p.m. Thursday (FoxSports 1) and at USC at noon Saturday (Pac-12 Networks). Washington will return to Alaska Airlines Arena Feb. 3 to face Arizona State.