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March 23, 2011 at 7:39 AM

2010-11 recap: Plenty of ups and downs

We’ll roll out several posts over the next few days recapping the 2010-11 season. In the first installment, we summarize a roller coaster season filled with plenty of ups and downs.
WASHINGTON TIMELINE
Sept. 15, 2010 – Reserve sophomore forward Tyreese Breshers retires unexpectedly due to a medical condition.
Oct. 26, 2010 – In a media preseason poll, Washington is the overwhelming favorite to win the Pac-10 men’s basketball title. The Huskies tally 33 of 35 first-place votes.
Nov. 10, 2010 – Washington signs four recruits highlighted by Garfield High star Tony Wroten Jr. (below). The other members include: Hikeem Stewart from Rainier Beach, Louisiana’s Jernard Jarreau and Oregon’s Andrew Andrews.
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Nov. 13, 2010 – Washington destroys McNeese State 118-64 in the regular-season opener. The Huskies score the the third most points in school history. Seven players score in double figures. After the game, coach Lorenzo Romar said freshman forward Desmond Simmons will redshirt due to a knee injury.
Nov. 22, 2010 – The Huskies pummel Virginia 106-63 in the opening game of the Maui Invitational. Washington loses the next two games to Kentucky and Michigan State.
Dec. 11, 2010 – Redshirt freshman C.J. Wilcox misses a potential game-winning three-pointer with 17 seconds left in a 63-61 defeat at Texas A&M. Aggies forward David Loubeau blocks Isaiah Thomas’ desperation jumper at the buzzer.
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Dec. 31, 2010 – The Huskies knockoff UCLA 74-63 giving them their third ever sweep against the Los Angeles teams. Two days earlier, Terrence Ross came off the bench and starred in UW’s 73-67 overtime win at USC. The freshman scored 18 points. Matthew Bryan-Amaning (far left) averaged 19.5 points during the road trip and won the Pac-10 Player of the Week award.
Jan. 4, 2011 – Starting sophomore guard Abdul Gaddy tears his left anterior cruciate ligament in practice while going up for a layup. He undergoes season-ending surgery 10 days later.
Jan. 10, 2011 – Seattle Police launch a sexual assault investigation involving an unnamed UW basketball player and a 16-year-old girl. Three months later, senior guard Venoy Overton is charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor and serves a three-game suspension.
Jan. 16, 2011 – Thomas stars in a 92-71 win at California. The junior guard tallies 27 points and a career-high 13 assists. He accounts for 57 points. Romar calls it the finest game from a Husky guard in his nine years at Washington. Holiday scores a career-high 23 points and Bryan-Amaning finishes with 22 points and 11 rebounds. It’s the best collective performance of the season from UW’s Big Three.
Feb. 5, 2011 – The Huskies lose 81-76 at Oregon, which is their third straight defeat. In the previous games, they lost at Washington State and Oregon State.
Feb. 10, 2011 – UW snaps the skid with a convincing 109-77 thumping over California. It was the most points the Huskies ever scored against a Pac-10 team. They sank a school-high tying 17 three-pointers and Thomas had six, the most in his career. He finished with 23 points and nine assists in 26 minutes. Washington easily wins the next two games.
Feb. 19, 2011 – The rematch against Arizona had everything. Clutch shots. Big performances from the stars. And a thrilling finish. Bryan-Amaning and Arizona’s Derrick Williams battled below the glass. Bryan-Amaning finished with 24 points and eight rebounds while Williams had 26 points and 11 boards. Thomas tallied a double double (12 points and 10 assists) and Wilcox added 19 from the bench. Arizona went up on a putback with 24 seconds left, but Washington had three chances to regain the lead. Bryan-Amaning lost possession on a travel call before UW forced a turnover. With 2.2 seconds left, Darnell Gant lofted a potential game-winning short jumper. However, Williams swatted it out of bounds. He also punched away a last-second inbounds pass from Justin Holiday to preserve the Wilcats victory.
March 5, 2011 – Washington loses 62-60 at home to USC in the regular-season finale. The Huskies finish third in the Pac-10 behind Arizona and UCLA. The defeat caps a skid in which UW posts a 2-3 record in the final five regular-season games.
March 7, 2011 – Pac-10 postseason awards are announced and Bryan-Amaning surprisingly wins the Most Improved Player award. Along with Thomas, he’s also chosen first-team all-conference. Wilcox is tabbed for the all-conference freshman team and Ross is an honorable mention pick. Bryan-Amaning and Holiday were also honorable mention selections for the all-defensive team.
March 10, 2011 – The Huskies absorb 43 points from Klay Thompson and held off Washington State for an 89-87 win in their Pac-10 Tournament opener. The victory avenges two losses against WSU in the regular season. The Huskies trailed 40-32 at halftime and stormed back with a 10-0 run to start the second half. They surged ahead 82-75 with 3:49 left held on for the win. Five UW players scored in double figures, including Thomas (21 points and 11 assists) and Holiday (12 points and 10 rebounds) who had double doubles.
March 12, 2011 – Thomas drains a last-second coldblooded buzzer beater in overtime to beat Arizona 77-75 and win the Pac-10 Tournament title. He finishes with a season-high 28 points, seven assists and five rebounds in 45 minutes. Thomas is named the tournament’s Most Outstanding and Ross is selected to the all-tournament team. UW wins it second straight tournament championship.
March 13, 2011 – Washington is seeded No. 7 in the East Region of the NCAA tournament. The Huskies face No. 10 Georiga on Friday in Charlotte.
March 18, 2011 – The Huskies held off a late rally and defeated Georgia 68-65 to win their fifth straight NCAA tournament opener and advance to the Round of 32. Thomas led UW with 19 points and seven assists. The Huskies also received 10 points from Scott Suggs. Washington led 63-53 with 2:03 left when the Bulldogs made a frantic charge. The Huskies were up 67-65 with four seconds left and Wilcox could have sealed the victory with two free throws. He sank the first and missed the second, which gave Georgia a chance to force overtime. Thomas deflected a long pass in the final seconds, but Travis Leslie collected the ball and hoisted a potential game-tying three-pointer that bounced off the rim.
March 20, 2011 – The season ends with an 86-83 defeat to North Carolina in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Washington controlled most of the first half, led by as many 11 points and were up 45-44 at halftime. The second half saw five ties, five lead changes and no team led by more than six points. The Huskies unraveled in the final six minutes. They led 76-73 with 5:40 left before missing 7 of 10 shots and committing five turnovers that resulted in six points down the stretch. Ross rebounded from a scoreless outing in the tournament opener and finished with a team-high 19 points. Thomas had 12 points and eight assists, Wilcox 11 points and Aziz N’Diaye 11 rebounds.
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