For the third consecutive season, Paul Mulcahy played a part in an upset win over a top-10 team.
The former Rutgers basketball star scored 8 points on 3-of-4 shooting, grabbed four rebounds and committed five turnovers in 20 minutes during Washington’s 78-73 home upset of No. 7 Gonzaga on Saturday night.
Mulcahy scored his team’s first five points and eight of their first 16, helping the Huskies (6-3) keep up with the Bulldogs (7-2) in the early going before running past them late. The victory marked Washington’s first over Gonzaga since 2005 and its first win over a top-10 team since the 2017-18 season (No. 9 Arizona).
Mulcahy is now averaging 8.5 points on 46.7% shooting (48.3% on twos, 43.8% on threes, 79.2% on free throws), 5.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds, one steal, 0.4 blocks and 2.8 turnovers in 31 minutes per game for the Huskies.
Mulcahy transferred to Seattle in July, completing a stunning saga that saw him enter the transfer portal in early June as a graduate transfer. It left the Scarlet Knights scrambling to complete their roster and was a gut punch for a fanbase who did not view the Bayonne native as a flight risk ahead of his final season.
On Saturday night, hours after his former team picked up a crucial win on the road against in-state rival Seton Hall, Mulcahy was in the middle of a court storm at his new home. He shook hands with teammates and fans, jumped around in the celebration and helped dump water on head coach Mike Hopkins as the Huskies earned a major win that could pay dividends come March.
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