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November 24, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Huskies say it’s not time to panic

Senior co-captain Abdul Gaddy took Washington’s 73-55 defeat harder than anyone. At the end of the game, he was benched because of a defensive miscue and what can best be described as ineffective leadership.
Those are his words. Or that’s what coach Lorenzo Romar told him.
“He was just telling me you can’t let your offensive woes affect you defensively,” Gaddy said. “Me playing offensively and not playing well. There went into a play where I laid on a screen, one of the guards hit a three. He took me out. He said a captain is not supposed to play like that. I heard his message and I am learning from it. Won’t happen again.”
Gaddy left the game with 6:33 remaining with Washington trailing 57-47.
You can argue the Huskies still had time to make a late run, but Romar kept Gaddy – who was UW’s leading scorer entering the game – on the bench. Washington fell behind by 20 points and ultimately lost by 18.
Gaddy shouldered the loss for everyone. He struggled offensively while connecting on 4 of 12 shots for nine points. He was 1 of 4 on three-pointers and missed all three free throws.
“I put this one on myself,” Gaddy said. “A captain’s not supposed to play like that. On both sides of the floor. We just gotta rally up. We gotta come together.”
Even if Gaddy played his normal game, he was averaging 16 points, the Huskies still needed a few more contributions to go along with C.J. Wilcox, who finished with 28 points.
Gaddy seems to believe Washington needs to make a “minor fix” before Wednesday’s game against Saint Louis, but in truth the Huskies have some major problems.
“I think the whole team’s mentality needs to change,” Wilcox said. “We have to be tougher.”
But that’s not going to be easy and Wilcox isn’t sure how that’s going to happen on the fly.
“That’s a good question,” he said. “I’ve never been part of a team here that’s not been tough. We’ve just got to find it within ourselves to be tougher.”
Colorado State was smaller at every position and yet the Rams had more offensive rebounds (24) than UW had total rebounds (21). CSU finished with 45 rebounds, which explains why it dominated the second-chance points 22-8.
“We talked to our team about how Colorado State was leading the country in rebounding, plus 17 I think, going into this game and that might be the number one key–matching their physicality and we failed miserably in that area,” Romar said. “Twenty-four offensive rebounds in any game, you put yourself in a tough position to win a game like that. They just out physicaled us.”
Washington has few answers on the bench. Romar used three reserves who combined to provide a season-low five points and one rebound in 42 minutes.
And the Huskies aren’t sure when Scott Suggs (plantar fasciitis) will return. They’re hoping Shawn Kemp Jr. (knee) will be available for the start of the Pac-12 season in January.
It used to be Washington was nearly unbeatable at home in November and December.
Now the Huskies (2-3) have lost consecutive games to non-conference teams at home for the first time since December 2000. Unless things change dramatically, their two-game losing streak will grow a lot longer during their four-game homestand.
MORE NOTES, QUOTES AND OBSERVATIONS:


— Wilcox needed 25 shots to score 28 points. He had 11 field goals and was 2 of 5 on three-pointers. But Wilcox had to shoot because no one else looked remotely comfortable on the offensive end. However, this was different game for the sharp shooter. He drove to the hole much more than usual. His aggressiveness led to him taking more punishment than any time this season. Late in the game, he fell hard and walked gingerly after the game. Wilcox said he hurt his tailbone and won’t know until Sunday how severe the injury is.
— Gaddy didn’t score a point after halftime and was 0 for 3 in the second half. Washington can live with him not scoring, but the Huskies need him to create offense for others and he had just one assist. He also had four turnovers. Making matters worse he had just one rebound in a game that was decided on the glass. He may have missed a defensive rotation that led to a three-pointer, but that miscue may have been an excuse to pull him from the game. Simply put, Gaddy has to productive for UW to beat quality teams. He’s been reluctant to say this is his team, but it’s become clear the Huskies will only go as far as Gaddy takes them. He may not be Washington’s best or oldest player, but he’s the leader.
Aziz N’Diaye was 3 of 3 from the field. He had a decent – certainly not great – performance against CSU’s Colton Iverson who finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds. N’Diaye can do more offensively if the Huskies look for him and make it a point to get him the ball. But you wonder if the guards avoid throwing him difficult passes because his hands are questionable.
Desmond Simmons played 35 minutes and finished with four rebounds, three poitns, two assists, two blocks and one steal. In most situations that would be a perfectly fine contribution from the sophomore forward. However, tonight he should have taken more than two shots and looked to be more of a threat offensively. Simmons can also learn a thing or two from Colorado State’s Pierce Hornung, a 6-5, 210-pound forward who had 12 rebounds, eight on the offensive glass. Simmons had a season-high 14 rebounds against Seton Hall. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t get at least eight every night.
“We just weren’t the physical team tonight,” Simmons said. “That’s what it was all about. They were more physical. They were more determined to get offensive rebounds than we were and it showed. That’s something we definitely have to focus on.”
— Not sure if Jernard Jarreau is ready to handle a 32-minute work load, but the Huskies don’t have any choice. And it was a quiet 32 minutes. Just two points and two rebounds.
Andrew Andrews was 0 for 4 in the first half and he’s having difficulties finding his offense. He finished with five points and three assists in 22 minutes off the bench.
Martin Breunig and Hikeem Stewart combined to play 20 minutes and collectively they had one steal, one foul and a turnover.

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