UW men rally past No. 16 Baylor in opener

Freshmen step up in the second half as the Huskies defeat the Bears 67-64.

Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Isaiah Stewart opened his collegiate career by stealing a victory from a ranked foe.

The freshman made a go-ahead basket with 30 seconds remaining, Nahziah Carter scored 23 points and Washington beat No. 16 Baylor 67-64 on Friday night.

Carter hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:38 to go. After Baylor missed a pair of 3-point tries, Stewart caught a pass in the lane and hit a short turnaround shot over a defender for Washington’s first lead since the opening minutes.

Stewart, a 6-foot-9 forward playing his first game, had 15 points and seven rebounds.

“We knew if we could just get shots and calm down, move the ball, we would be in good shape,” Huskies coach Mike Hopkins said.

Baylor failed to make a field goal over the final five minutes, allowing Washington to erase a 63-53 deficit.

“The last five minutes, we’ll learn a lot from, and hopefully get better at closing games in the future,” Bears coach Scott Drew said.

Carter shot 4 for 6 on 3-pointers in the Huskies’ season opener at the Armed Forces Classic. He added seven rebounds to help Washington overcome a 31-24 halftime deficit.

“We were saying we played the worst we possibly could, and we weren’t down that many points,” Carter said.

Jaden McDaniels had 18 points and seven rebounds for Washington.

Jared Butler had 18 points for the Bears (1-1). Freddie Gillespie had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

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