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 accolade come 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 the 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 7 rebounds against the Wildcats.
Dickerson’s effort helped UW build what was once a 14-point lead before Arizona trimmed the lead in building up to 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, lets not crumble. .. They came back but we just stuck it out.”
As for Dickerson, he put up his 25-7 going against one of the best front courts in America. Wildcats freshman forward Deandre Ayton, who is projected to go No. 1 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.
Dickerson and UW’s next game is Thursday against Oregon at the Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks (15-8, 5-5) had won three in a row before taking a 96-61 loss at Stanford.
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