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January 31, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Stanford post-game

Not a lot of positives, if any, from this one as the Huskies suffered their worst home loss since Dec., 2003 when Gonzaga killed them here 86-62, the memorable “22 straight missed shots” game.
From this vantage point, Stanford, 65-51 winners, simply was too big and too good, with 7-foot center Brook Lopez dominating everything on his way to 31 points and 13 rebounds.
“We tried to defend him a number of ways,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar. “We played behind, we fronted, we doubled him. But he scored a lot of different ways on us.”
Indeed he did, the 31 points a career-high on 11-17 shots — shots that might not have totaled 17 feet in distance.
Several Huskies later said they made their own plight worse by not really getting up for this one.
“If you don’t play like you want to win the game, then you are not going to win anything in the Pac-10,” said UW forward Jon Brockman. “And we didn’t come out like we wanted to win today. We got what we deserved, I think.”
Quincy Pondexter went even a little further, saying he felt sorry for fans who had to witness that game.
Certainly, the Huskies looked a little lifeless at times.
But a demonstrably better team can cause that, as well, and I think that’s what we saw tonight.
The Huskies had little way to penetrate Stanford’s defense, and also had trouble getting many looks outside. It added up to a 15-52 shooting night, 28.8 percent, UW’s worst since the blowout loss at Washington State last season (15-53).
Romar credited the Lopez twins for much of that saying “they allow their guards to really get physical with you. We just couldn’t get much going at the rim. They were the better team tonight, that’s for sure.”
No argument here, and suddenly it’s worth wondering if UW’s true place in the Pac-10 isn’t becoming evident.
UW has now lost to what are five of the top six teams in the conference — the lone win over rapidly fading Arizona State, which is tied with USC for fifth. The wins, meanwhile, have come against two of the bottom three teams in the conference — Cal, the only team UW has yet to play, is the other in that nether region.
Cal, however, had been mostly the Bad Luck Bears to date before getting a breakout win at WSU tonight, making that game suddenly look a lot more difficult.
“Cal has been one of those teams that has been close and tonight got over the hump,” Romar said.
UW, meanwhile, could be falling off of it.
This was the first of four straight at home and the Huskies realistically needed to win three to really harbor NCAA hopes.
That’ll be difficult now.

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