All eyes were on Washington’s football team on Friday night as it played Stanford in a key Pac-12 North game. But back in Seattle, the Huskies’ men’s basketball team was playing its first game of the season.
And while few were actually on hand—official attendance was 5,883—those who were at Alaska Airlines Arena saw freshman Jaylen Nowell have a heck of a first college game.
The 6’4” guard scored 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting in Washington’s 86-82 win over Belmont. It was the first game under new coach Mike Hopkins, who replaced Lorenzo Romar after 15 seasons in charge.
The game caught the eye of Markelle Fultz, Washington’s standout guard from last season who went No. 1 overall to the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Lil bro was killing tonight @JaylenNowell keep It up
— Markelle Fultz (@MarkelleF) November 11, 2017
Washington, which was 9-22 last season, trailed 43-35 but shot 64.3 percent in the second half.
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