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February 17, 2007 at 2:47 PM

Huskies lose close one

This should get posted on-line soon. But until then, here is a story I filed a short time ago from the game:
The standings will show it as simply another loss, something the Washington Huskies can ill afford right now.
But in the quiet of Washington’s locker room following a 65-61 loss to the No. 7-rated Pitt Panthers here Saturday, there was also a sense that the young Huskies are starting to grow up.
For the first time on the road this season against a ranked team, the Huskies hung tough until the end, with the outcome in doubt until the final minutes.
“I wish we had another month to play,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar. “Hopefully we’ve turned the corner. I don’t think three weeks ago we would have been able to do what we did tonight.”
The loss dropped UW’s overall record to 16-10 and made it likely that the Huskies will now have to win their remaining four regular-season games to have any chance at making the NCAA Tournament.
It also dropped UW’s road record to 1-8.
But unlike a 30-point loss at Arizona just 14 days ago, or a 28-point loss at Washington State, or a 22-point loss at UCLA, the Huskies could point to a play here, a call there, that might have made all the difference.
“We came out and fought,” said UW guard Adrian Oliver.
The Huskies, in fact, led by seven in the first half, and never trailed by more than six against a team that is 79-8 at home since the Petersen Events Center opened in 2002.
But the Panthers used a 16-6 edge in turnovers and a big advantage at the free throw line (19-25 compared to UW’s 6-8) to ultimately pull away.
“It’s a 40-minute game and unfortunately we didn’t get it done just like (a loss by the identical score of 65-61 to Washington State on Wednesday),” said UW center Spencer Hawes. “It’s been tough having so many opportunities and it just didn’t go our way.”
Hawes scored just 12 points but held Pitt’s 7-foot senior center Aaron Gray

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