Washington rally falls short in 73-64 defeat to Stanford

Daejon Davis — the former Garfield High School star and UW Husky signee — returned to Seattle and helped hand his hometown team a heartbreaking 73-64 defeat.

The last time Mike Hopkins saw a crowd like this at Alaska Airlines Arena, the Washington men’s basketball team didn’t put up much of a fight during a blowout loss to in-state rival Gonzaga last month.

The first-year UW coach apologized after the game and implored fans to return to Montlake.

In front of a near-capacity crowd Saturday afternoon, the Huskies nearly completed a thrilling comeback against Stanford.

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UW freshman Jaylen Nowell has scored at least 10 points in 11 straight games and in 17 of his 18 career games. Nowell has hit 20 points or higher in seven games.

However, Daejon Davis — the former Garfield High School star and UW Husky signee — returned to Seattle and helped hand his hometown team a heartbreaking 73-64 defeat.

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In many ways the Huskies had no business believing they might pull out a win in a game in which they trailed for more than 36 minutes while shooting fewer than 39 percent from the field.

However, Washington was down 62-60 with 3:35 left when the crowd came to life and Hopkins jumped up and down on the sideline.

Seconds later, Davis snatched the momentum away with a three-pointer that quieted the crowd and seemed to suck the air out of building.

Washington never seriously threatened again as Stanford ended the game with an 11-4 run.

Freshmen guard Jaylen Nowell led Washington (13-5, 3-2 Pac-12) with 20 points while Dave Crisp added 11.

Davis, who played the past two seasons with Nowell at Garfield, finished with 16 points. Reid Travis also had 16 for Stanford (10-8, 4-1), which received 13 points from…

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