Slow Start Hampers WashU in Loss at Rochester

Slow Start Hampers WashU in Loss at Rochester

Rochester, N.Y., Feb. 10, 2019 The Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team found themselves down early on and could not respond in a 78-48 loss at the University of Rochester Sunday in Rochester, N.Y.

Rochester won its fourth-straight game to improve to 18-4 and 8-3 in the University Athletic Association (UAA), while WashU suffered its second-straight defeat and dropped to 14-8 and 7-4 in the conference. Rochester is in a tie with Emory for first place in the UAA standings, while WashU and Chicago is a game back.

WashU shot a season-low 33.3 percent (17-51) from the field, and the 48 points were also a season low. Freshman forward Justin Hardy led WashU with 10 points, while sophomore guard Payden Webb had a career-high nine points off the bench.

WashU started the game 0-for-6 from the field with four turnovers and trailed 11-0 in the opening five minutes of play. Nolan's three-pointer with 14:54 to play ended the drought. Hardy's three-point play and a bucket by junior forward Hank Hunter trimmed the Rochester advantage to 20-16.

Rochester went on a 14-4 run to end the half to take a commanding 37-21 lead. Hardy led the Bears with seven points as WashU shot 29.2 percent (7-24) from the field and hit just 4-of-10 from the free-throw line. Rochester also had a 13-3 advantage in points off turnovers.

The Yellowjackets had an 10-2 run early in the second half to open up a 22-point lead (47-25) with 15:16 to play.

Ryan Clamage led Rochester with 23 points. The Yellowjackets shot 60.4 percent (32-53) from the field and hit 10-of-20 three-pointers. 

WashU return home to entertain New York University (7-15 1-10 UAA) on Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. The Bears will be hosting Eliot Night and is designated as a #RedOut. 

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Rochester 40-26, and the teams split the season series … Nolan had his streak of 29-straight free-throws made come to an end in the first half.