Not sure if the Huskies have ever played better defense in the Lorenzo Romar era than they did Sunday night when they destroyed No. 13 San Diego State 49-36 in a marvelous defensive effort that held the Aztecs to 20.4 percent shooting (11 of 54) from the field.
It was the fewest points for a UW opponent since the Huskies allowed 36 to Washington State on Jan. 24, 1970. And it was the fewest points for San Diego since it joined the Division I ranks 45 years ago.
Washington improved to 7-0.
Times columnist Jerry Brewer liked what he saw Sunday night, but said the Huskies must build on the win. He writes: “But it will mean nothing if the Huskies get overconfident, lose their way and start dropping games they should win. They’re not good enough to look ahead to March, but they have to start thinking about building an NCAA tournament résumé. This is a quality win that could have neon lights attached to it later in the season. The Huskies must support it by proving that they did more than catch San Diego State on a cold-shooting night.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Washington is expected to return to the top 25 rankings Monday morning for the first time since Jan. 2011.
— UCLA shrugged off a sluggish first half and before capturing a 75-68 victory over San Diego in its closest win of the season. Bryce Alford led the Bruins (7-2) with 22 points and freshman Kevon Looney had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
— Tyrone Wallace scored 29 points to carry California to a hard-fought 63-56 win over Nevada.
— Take the Buffaloes out of the mountains and they struggle. It happened again as Colorado lost 64-57 to Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum, nearly 2,000 miles away from Boulder, Colo. The Buffs (5-2) are 5-0 at home and 0-2 on the road so far, and in both road games they fell in huge holes and couldn’t dig out. CU has lost four in a row away from Boulder, dating back to last season. Josh Scott had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Askia Booker had a game-high 20 points and five rebounds for CU.
— Oregon lost 79-73 to Mississippi at Matthew Knight Arena. Joseph Young shot 6 for 14 from the field and 2 for 10 from three-point range to finish with 17 points.
— Nikola Jovanovic tied his career high with 23 points to lead four players in double figures and USC edged Utah State 89-84 at Galen Center for its fourth consecutive victory. The Trojans improved to 6-3.
— ICYMI, Utah forward Jordan Loveridge will miss the next month after undergoing surgery for a knee injury.