SEATTLE (AP) - Jaylen Nowell scored 25 points and converted crucial free throws down the stretch as Washington held off Seattle in an 89-84 victory on Friday.
Matej Kavas scored 25 points to lead Seattle, who fell just shy of beating the Huskies for the first time since returning to Division I in 2009.
Matisse Thybulle added 18 points and David Crisp had 16 for the Huskies, who improved to 3-2 on the season. Both teams shot an identical 28-of-58 from the field (48 percent), while Seattle was more potent from 3-point territory with 12 makes.
The Huskies ability to get to the line proved the difference as 12 of Nowell's 25 points came from the charity stripe.
Washington built a 10-point lead, 21-11, over the first nine minutes of play only to see the lead evaporate before the break.
A 3-pointer from Richaud Gittens gave Seattle a 60-59 lead with 12:05 remaining, but Thybulle answered with a 3 to wrestle the lead back.
Seattle (2-4) closed to within 81-80 with 1:28 remaining on a pair of free throws by Josh Hearlihy. Nowell converted two free throws with 32.9 seconds remaining to give Washington an 85-82 cushion. After a turnover by Aaron Nettles, Nowell sunk four more foul shots in the closing seconds.