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February 26, 2008 at 11:24 PM

Worst losses of Romar era?

As noted earlier, going back to Stanford inspires only bad memories for the Huskies, none of whom have ever won a game there.
In fact, UW hasn’t emerged victorious from The Farm since 1993 when Lynn Nance was still the coach (Not that it was quite Stanford as we know it — the Cardinal actually went 2-16 in Pac-10 play that season in a rare stumble for Mike Montgomery’s program).
Lorenzo Romar today said that he considers the losses at Stanford the past two years two of the most devastating of his six years at UW, along with the loss to UConn in the Sweet 16 in 2006.
Romar said those three games “may have been the most deflating losses we’ve had since we’ve been here.”
Last year, the Huskies led by five with five minutes to go before blowing it, going 1-6 with five turnovers in that span. In an ominous note of things to come, UW also went just 1-4 at the free throw line in the final 1:35. The result was a 78-77 loss. UW then lost at Cal in overtime two days later, part of a 1-6 start to conference play that derailed what turned out to be Spencer Hawes’ only year. Most around the program have pegged those two defeats as the keys to the season. The Huskies were 1-3 in Pac-10 play when they went down there, and winning one or both might have meant a momentum swing that could have turned the season in a different direction.
Two years ago, UW led by three with time running out when Justin Dentmon fouled Chris Hernandez, who then sank all three free throws to force overtime, which the Cardinal then dominated.
Romar threw in a regular season-ending loss at Stanford in 2005, as well. That day, the Huskies were defeated pretty soundly, 77-67, missing 17 straight shots at one point.
What made that loss brutal was that the Huskies could have won the Pac-10 title with a victory. Instead, after losing to the Cardinal, the Huskies then hustled to a nearby restaurant to watch the end of the Arizona-Arizona State game. When Arizona’s Salim Stoudamire hit a shot at the buzzer, the Wildcats got the win and took the Pac-10 title outright. UW got a measure of revenge a week later, beating Arizona to win the Pac-10 Tournament, though most coaches and players have said the regular season title would have meant a little more.
“Those Stanford losses,” Romar said, “have always been pretty significant.”
MORE ON JONES — Also, here’s more on the news today that Bobby Jones has signed with the Houston Rockets. The story details that Jones had been playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League before getting called up today.
AND A SCOTT SUGGS UPDATE — UW signee Scott Suggs scored 28 points Monday night to lead Washington High School to the Missouri Class 5 District 6 title. Here’s the story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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