SEATTLE — In the span of five days, Noah Dickerson has done quite a bit.
The Washington junior forward opened Monday by being named the NCAA Player of the Week. A few hours later, he was named the Pac-12’s Player of the Week. Dickerson’s accolades came after he led the Huskies to upset wins over No. 25 Arizona State on Thursday and No. 7 Arizona in a 78-75 thriller Saturday.
Both wins were at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Dickerson opened the two-game stretch by scoring 21 points while shooting 7-for-15 and grabbed 16 rebounds in a 68-64 win over the Sun Devils.
A few days later, he may have had his strongest performance of the season.
The 6-foot-8 Dickerson shot 10-for-16 from the floor and went 5-for-6 from the free throw line to score 25 points and added seven rebounds against the Wildcats.
Dickerson’s effort helped UW build what was once a 14-point lead before Arizona erased the deficit in the buildup toward one of the wilder finishes of the college basketball season.
Junior guard Dominic Green recovered a blocked shot and as time expired, the Renton native drained the game-winning 3-pointer.
“They went on a run and over time, we’re all juniors now, we understand ‘We’re fine. We’re OK,’” Dickerson explained after the win over Arizona. “It’s still a game, let’s not crumble. … They came back but we just stuck it out.”
As for Dickerson, he put up his 25 points and seven boards going against one of the best frontcourts in America. Wildcats freshman forward Deandre Ayton, who is projected to be the first overall selection in the NBA Draft, was tasked with defending Dickerson throughout the game.
Picked to finish 10th in the Pac-12 pre-season rankings, the Huskies are 17-6 and have a 7-3 mark in the conference.
UW is third in the Pac-12 behind Arizona and USC. The Wildcats are 9-2 while the Trojans are 8-3.
Washington opened Pac-12 play with a win over USC in the two teams’ only regular season meeting.
The next game for Dickerson and the Huskies is Thursday against Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.
The Ducks (15-8, 5-5) had won three in a row before taking a 96-61 loss at Stanford.