December 8, 2013 at 4:44 PM
Washington held No. 24 San Diego State to just 21 points at halftime and carried a nine-point lead into halftime.
After the intermission, everything changed.
The Huskies stout defense turned porous, allowing the Aztecs scored nearly at will in the second half during a 70-63 defeat.
SDSU used a 17-2 run early in the half to take the lead and control of the game. C.J. Wilcox (17 points and four assists) sank a layup to put UW back on top 41-40 with 11:24 left.
However, the Huskies lost the lead a minute later and never led again. They trailed by as many as nine points (64-55) with 3:24 remaining, but closed to within two points (65-63) at the 43-second mark.
From there Washington went 0 for 4 from the field while San Diego State made 5 of 6 free throws.
Nigel Williams-Goss had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists, Andrew Andrews added 13 points and six rebounds and Perris Blackwell had 11 of Washington’s 41 rebounds. SDSU had 31 boards.
Mike Anderson added eight points and five rebounds and UW received just five points from its bench.
Washington held SDSU to 27.6 percent shooting in the first half, but the Aztecs converted 60 percent (15 of 25) of their field goals in the second half. SDSU also destroyed UW at the free throw line after the break. The Aztecs were 4 of 6 at the line in the first half and 16 of 21 in the second half. They were 20 of 27 (74.1 percent) for the game while the Huskies were 11 of 13 (84.6 percent).
Washington also had trouble with Xavier Thames (19 points and six assists), Winston Shephard (17 points), JJ O’Brien 910 points) and Josh Davis (eight points and 10 rebounds.)
The Huskies fell to 4-4.
November 26, 2013 at 11:01 PM
C.J. Wilcox said the Huskies can learn a few things about themselves after close wins like Tuesday’s 83-79 nail-biter over Montana.
Washington certainly made things interesting in the first half and in the final minutes when they appeared out of sync defensively against at home against the Big Sky powerhouse who was nearly unstoppable early on.
The Huskies trailed by eight (29-21) in the first half. They got their first lead nearly 27 minutes into the game. They led by nine points and were up by eight (80-72) with 1:29 left before the offense stalled and the defense nearly buckled.
But in the end, Washington made the plays that mattered to improve to 3-2.
The Huskies were helped by a pair of missed UM free throws in the final 12 seconds, which might have made things very interesting. But Washington was also able to rely on its strong free-throw shooting and rebounding to pull out the win.
The Huskies made 24 of 31 at the line. They also dominated the glass 34-14, allowing Montana just one offensive rebound. Washington had 11 offensive rebounds and outscored UM 13-2 on second-chance points.
However, the game was noteworthy because coach Lorenzo Romar said afterwards the Huskies have tweaked their trademark, ball-hawking defense due to the NCAA new rules, which prohibit hand checking and allows offensive players greater freedom on the perimeter.
Washington will no longer extend its defense and try to deny passes and go for steals. Without a bonafide shot-blocker inside, the Huskies are intent on packing in their defense to restrict driving lanes to the basket.
Romar installed the offense Sunday after the team’s 0-2 showing last week in New York. The Huskies had two days to work out the kinks, which were still very evident in the first half Tuesday.
“For me I’ve been doing one way for five years,” said Wilcox, a fifth-year senior. “It’s more packed in and I find myself going out further than I was supposed to. We’re just trying to contain the drive. We’re giving up way too many open layups and we’re trying to pack it in more.”
Said Romar: “We are trying to protect the paint more. Because of the rules, I just found that maybe we play a little tentative outside. Maybe now we are more in the driving lanes instead of the passing lanes.”
More Huskies inside equaled more rebounds. However, Washington had difficulty finding UM shooters on the perimeter. The Grizzlies made 9 of 15 three-pointers in the first half and 11 of 23 in the game.
That was an impressive, impressive display of shooting early on,” Romar said. “We had some scout errors, some miscues and broken-down coverages and that kind of got them in a rhythm.
“In the second half we did a much better job of defending their shooters. … We did a better job of defending the three.”
Still, Washington has plenty of work to do and you have to wonder if the Huskies can continue with a seven-man rotation in which every starter plays at least 32 minutes.
“We’ve been through a lot of adversity,” Wilcox said. “I think we’ve handled it well. Obviously it would be a different story if we had some of our guys, but we’ve been sticking together knowing we have to play harder and do more than we normally would.
“This year, we’ve been learning on the fly since the season started. We just have to keep learning and hopefully get it down by Pac-12.”
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November 22, 2013 at 8:07 PM
Maybe the Huskies shouldn’t play many more games at Madison Square Garden where they have a seven-game losing streak following Friday’s 89-78 defeat to Boston College in the 2K Sports Classic consolation game.
But then the world’s most famous arena really has nothing to do with Washington’s current problems.
Quite simply the Huskies (2-3) are injured and small. And those two things aren’t going to change any time soon.
Maybe the best sign for Washington on Friday – other than C.J. Wilcox finding his three-point stroke and dropping in a career-high 30 points – was Desmond Simmons walking with just a slight limp on the sideline. The Huskies are hoping he returns from arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-to-late December, which means he could miss the next 4-8 games.
Simmons isn’t going to solve all of Washington’s problems, but one of his best attributes is rebounding and this team sorely needs someone who can rebound.
For the second straight game and the fourth time in five games, the Huskies were outrebounded. Boston College entered the game averaging 27.6 rebounds and ranked 346th in the nation. However, the Eagles won the battle of the boards 34-27. It was a season-low rebound performance from the Huskies.
Still, Washington didn’t lose this game on the glass.
The Huskies lost on the defensive end where they allowed BC to shoot 55.9 percent from the field and 44 percent (11 of 25) on three-pointers. Opponents have scored at least 78 points against UW in every game. Three times UW opponents have shot better than 50 percent from the field. It’s no coincidence the Huskies lost all three of those games.
“We just have to get better defensively,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Much better.”
Romar tweaked the starting lineup and has fully embraced small ball. Newcomer Mike Anderson, a 6-6 wing, replaced 6-9 forward Shawn Kemp Jr., who has struggled in his past three games.
Still, Romar admits the four-guard lineup has problems.
“I think our lack of size has hurt us on the boards,” Romar said. “We don’t really have a rim protector.”
Without a shot blocker inside, it’s open season on the UW basket. Indiana pounded the Huskies with seven dunks while Boston College scored 40 points in the paint.
Wilcox also lamented another slow start. The Huskies fell behind by as much as 16 points and trailed 46-34 at halftime. They managed to outscore the Eagles 44-43 in the second half, but it was too little, too late.
“It’s tough to bounce back after the opposing team throws the first punch like that,” Wilcox said. “We made some runs, came back and cut the lead to single digits, but they kept pulling away.”
Romar has to figure out his lineup, which is dwindling by the game. Judging from the minutes distributed Friday, he has faith in just six players.
“We’re still trying to learn this whole thing,” Wilcox said. “We’re playing a lot of new guys early since our two players went down. A lot of guys are being thrown into the fire.”
The Huskies fly home Saturday night for two games at Alaska Airlines Arena next week. The play Montana (1-2) on Tuesday and Long Beach State (1-5) next Saturday.
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November 22, 2013 at 12:07 AM
This one was over quick.
Indiana’s Will Sheehey dropped in a layup. Kevin ‘Yogi’ Ferrell drained a three-pointer. Troy Williams and Jeremy Hollowell added two more layups and before the 10,064 at Madison Square Garden settled into their seats, Washington was down 0-9 and the rout was on.
The Huskies trailed 19-16 with 12:53 left and that was as close as they would get before falling behind by as many as 22 points in a 102-84 defeat in the 2K Sports Classic.
There’s so many troubling aspects of this game for the Huskies, but coach Lorenzo Romar has got to worry about his team’s inability to bounce back and make this a game. After Indiana’s fast start, the Hoosiers essentially cruised to a comfortable 18-point win.
Indiana freshman forwards Troy Williams (22 points and eight rebounds) and Noah Vonleh (18 points and nine rebounds) were bigger, stronger and more athletic than anyone the Huskies put in front of them. Williams, Vonleh and Sheehey (16 points) sailed over and around the Huskies for an impressive aerial array of putback dunks, two-hand jams and tomahawk slams.
Washington never led, never mounted any real threat, never gained momentum for a long stretch and never got closer than three-points after IU’s opening run.
Of course, the Huskies (2-2) have other problems. For starters, they can’t rebound.
They’ve been outrebounded in three of their four games. Tonight, they were dominated 50-29 on the glass. Indiana had 20 offensive rebounds, which explains why IU led 27-16 in second-chance points.
Washington has trouble rebounding because the Huskies are short-handed on the front line and just plain short.
Perhaps out of necessity, Romar has used a four-guard lineup for extended minutes. The small-ball tactic worked last Sunday against Eastern Washington. However, against a talented squad like Indiana the Huskies were helpless to prevent what became a dunk show for the Hoosiers.
Washington’s other problem: It can’t shoot straight.
Four games into the season, the Huskies have to admit they’re a dreadful three-point shooting team. They’re shooting 25.8 behind the arc. Tonight they were 5 of 17 (29.4 percent) from downtown, which was the best they’ve shot in any game this season. Of course it doesn’t help if C.J. Wilcox, arguably one of the best three-point shooters in the Pac-12, goes 2 of 10 on treys.
The offense is a mess right now. Is Washington running the high post offense or a motion offense? It’s hard to tell. You can’t pin all of this on Romar. He’s missing two significant players in Jernard Jarreau and Desmond Simmons.
Another contributing factor is Washington – like every other college team – is adjusting to the new defensive rules, which has placed a premium on dribble drive penetration. You’re not seeing a lot of ball movement in college basketball. Washington has played two games with fewer than 10 assists. Not surprising they lost both contests.
It’s impossible for the Huskies to fix all of their problems before Friday’s 2 p.m. consolation game against Boston College. They won’t have a lot of time to prep for the Golden Eagles (1-4), which lost 72-70 to Connecticut in Thursday’s other semifinal.
The best thing the Huskies can do is flush Thursday’s game out of their system as quickly as possible and come back the next day and play as hard as they can for as long as they can. Winning consolation games has virtually nothing to do with talent and preparation. The team that shows effort and desire will leave New York with a 1-1 split
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November 15, 2013 at 2:22 AM
There was a time not so long ago when Washington didn’t lose at home to a non-conference opponent. The Huskies would devour mid-major teams at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Between 2008-11, they tallied 32 straight non-conference wins at home.
In the past three seasons, the aura and invincibility has dissipated as UW routinely falls to non-BSC teams. First it was South Dakota State followed by Albany, Colorado State and Nevada.
Now add UC Irvine to the list.
The Anteaters entered Thursday’s game 0-2 and a 10-point underdog, but they dominated the Huskies in the second half and in the paint for a relatively easy 86-72 upset – is it an upset if it happens five times in 2 1/2 seasons? – in front of a stunned crowd of 5,875.
August 6, 2013 at 1:39 AM
The season is winding down at the Northwest Collegiate Summer League, which features several local college players including the Washington Huskies.
Two games Monday featured several UW players.
The first contest pitted a team comprised of Jernard Jarreau, Nigel Williams-Goss, Darin Johnson and Jahmel Taylor against a squad of several Seattle Pacific players. The UW crew led 36-27 in the first half, but fell 71-70 in the final seconds.
Taylor had a quiet game and finished with just three points. Jarreau missed the first half, but made an impact early in the second half. He drained a mid-range jumper before powering to the rim and dropping in a layup. Two possessions later, he led a fastbreak and delivered an alley-oop lob to Johnson for a layup. Jarreau finished with four points. It wasn’t his best game. In fact, JJ had his hands full with Cory Hutsen who scored a game-high tying 22 points. Leading 70-69 in the final seconds, Jarreau had a turnover on an inbound pass that led to a game-clinching layup.
This was my first time watching Williams-Goss with UW players and he’s as good as advertised. His basketball IQ is off the charts. He has an incredible feel for the game and seemingly makes the right play all the time. At least he did in the second half Monday, with the exception of two turnovers in the final minute. He drained two NBA-range three-pointers early in the second half and spent the rest of the game getting to the rim and dishing assists. He was also able to get in the paint with guile and hesitation moves. Williams-Goss had 19 points, which was offset by 20 points from SPU’s David Downs.
And finally, Johnson tallied 22 points and made it look easy. The freshman guard is like a great white shark. He’s always on the attack. He’s got a steady jumper and he’s strong enough to get inside.
In the nightcap, Andrew Andrews led his team to a 93-92 win against a squad that included former UW standout Aziz N’Diaye (17 points) and Seattle University’s Clarence Trent (28 points). Andrews connected on three three-pointers and finished with 21 points. Hikeem Stewart added 20 , sophomore Gilles Dierickx eight and Desjuan Newton, who is transferring from Central Arizona CC to Robert Morris, had 30.
Trent was impressive while knocking down deep three-pointers and using his incredible athleticism for tip jams and windmill dunks. N’Diaye powered in several dunks and kept Dierickx fairly quiet.
Not sure if Andrews and Stewart can play together for long stretches in the Pac-12, but Monday they were too much for N’Diaye’s team. Both guards shot the ball well on the perimeter and were pests on the defensive end.
Trailing 92-91 with 14.2 seconds remaining, Andrews baited a defender into a foul. He used a pump-fake on a three-pointer to get the defender in the air and jumped into him for the call. Andrews made two of three free throws, but needed to sweat out three potentially game-winning shots in the final seconds.
The league comes to an end next week. Check back for times and pairings.
March 19, 2013 at 9:21 PM
Tyler Haws (far right) snuffed out any chance for Washington to salvage a disappointing season that ended Tuesday night after a 90-79 defeat to BYU in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Leave it to a Cougar to put the Huskies out of their mediocre misery.
Haws scored 37 points, the most against UW since Klay Thompson tallied 43 in 2011.
In a rematch against C.J. Wilcox, his childhood friend and high school rival, Haws was flat out sensational. He converted 15 of 24 from the floor and made all six free throw attempts.
BYU (22-11) also received 22 points from senior forward Brandon Davies while sophomore guard Matt Carlino chipped in 20.
Wilcox finished with 20 points on 7-for-18 shooting in what might be his last game for the Huskies. The junior guard is considering entering the NBA draft and estimated the chances of returning to school are 50-50.
It was certainly the last game at Washington for seniors Abdul Gaddy, Scott Suggs and Aziz N’Diaye.
Gaddy had nine points and nine assists to move into second place on UW’s all-time assist list. N’Diaye had 10 points and three rebounds in just 19 minutes. And Suggs, who had been on a hot streak in the past six games, turned cold. He finished with five points on 1-for-9 shooting. Suggs also had five assists.
It was a quiet game for reserve forwards Desmond Simmons and Jernard Jarreau who combined for eight points, four assists and three rebounds.
Washington ends the season at 18-16. The Huskies lost three of their last four games. Still, they were never as outgunned as they were Tuesday. The 90 points were the most against Washington in a losing effort.
The game was eerily similar to a 92-73 defeat to South Dakota State last season. In that game, Nate Wolters torched the Huskies for 34 points.
Tonight Haws was a little better.
No matter who the Huskies put on him, he shot over them for long jumpers or dribbled around them for layups. BYU shot 47 percent from the field and 91.3 percent (21 of 23) at the free throw line.
Washington’s biggest problems were its transition defense and inability to rebound. The Huskies were repeatedly slow to recover defensively, which may have been a side effect of playing in the high altitude. But there’s no reason why UW was dominated on the glass. The Huskies had a size advantage at every position, but was outrebounded 37-28.
Still, there were a few positives. UW committed just 10 turnovers and scored 79 points, which was the fifth highest this season.
More reasons for optimism: sophomore forward Shawn Kemp Jr. and redshirt freshman guard Andrew Andrews.
Kemp collected a personal best 11 rebounds and had 15 points for his first double double in his career. Andrews had 12 points. However, he committed four turnovers that overshadowed his four assists and three rebounds.
The Huskies led 35-33 at the half, but the Cougars used a 9-0 run midway through the second half to unlock a 45-45 tie and break the game open. Gaddy got UW to within three points (66-63) with consecutive layups, but two three-pointers from Carlino and two layups from Davies put BYU on top 76-67 with about 5:12 left.
Washington never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
The Huskies enter the offseason needing an infusion of talent. At the very least forwards Perris Blackwell and Gilles Dierickx, who sat out this season due to transfer rules, will be eligible. Blackwell will likely challenge for a starting job.
Washington signed McDonald’s All-American point guard Nigel Williams-Goss and three-star prospect Darin Johnson, who is considered a lights-out scorer at shooting guard. Another three-star guard Jahmel Taylor committed to UW and is expected to sign next month.
Meanwhile, the Huskies are still in the running for five-star power forward Aaron Gordon and junior college small forward Mike Anderson.
March 15, 2013 at 6:31 AM
Washington’s 80-77 overtime defeat to Oregon in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament was a microcosm of their its troubled season.
The Huskies played in fits and starts. They followed spectacular plays with bone-headed mistakes. They were never in control of the game, but they had several chances to pull out the win.
And when it mattered most, their best player C.J. Wilcox committed a turnover – what else is new? – in the final seconds of regulation and never got a chance to put up a potential game-winning shot. His miscue didn’t cost the Huskies the victory, but it one of UW’s 15 turnovers.
In overtime, the Huskies were no match for Oregon and Arsalan Kazemi who nearly outscored Washington by himself. He had 11 of his 14 points in the extra period. The Huskies had 13 points in OT.
Both teams finished with 4 of 8 field goals overtime, but Oregon struck first and raced out to an eight-point lead before Washington chipped away at its lead. The Huskies got within three points on a last-second shot from Andrew Andrews, but they never seriously threatened after falling behind in the extra period.
Here’s a few thoughts on the game.
— Wilcox bounced back in a major way after three mediocre performances. He scored a game-high tying 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including three three-pointers. He had six rebounds, three steals and two assists to offset two turnovers. Wilcox struggled early defending freshman Damyean Dotson, who had 13 of his 17 points in the first half.
— Abdul Gaddy talked about leaving it all out there on the court and he certainly had a productive game in many ways. Obviously his six turnovers is a big number, but he also had 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in 35 minutes. Gaddy also did a nice job defensively on Johnathan Loyd who finished with five points on 1-for-6 shooting and four assists.
— Scott Suggs’ hot hand continued. The fifth-year senior finished with 18 points, including three three-pointers. He had a difficult matchup against E.J. Singler because he surrendered about 20 pounds to the Oregon guard.
— Andrews pumped in 11 points and was 2 of 3 on three-pointers. Equally impressive were his two blocks and two steals.
— Aziz N’Diaye had his hands full with Tony Woods, who scored 19 points in the paint. Woods wasn’t pretty, but he muscled his way to the rim for eight rebounds and many layups.
— N’Diaye wasn’t the only UW big man who struggled. Washington didn’t receive much production from its front line. Shawn Kemp Jr. and N’Diaye didn’t attempt a field goal in the first half. The Huskies made a big effort to get them shots in the second half. But N’Diaye was 3 for 8 from the field and Kemp 1 of 2.
— Desmond Simmons had a nice start and hit two open jumpers. But he tailed off offensively and had just four rebounds.
— This wasn’t the game for Jernard Jarreau, who looked a step slow and unsure. He was 0 for 2 on two wild attempts. He played just seven minutes.
March 14, 2013 at 1:27 AM
It wasn’t pretty, but aesthetics doesn’t matter in the postseason when all that really counts is winning and advancing.
To that end, Washington’s 64-62 victory over Washington State in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament was a thing of beauty.
The Huskies started hot in the first half, led by 19 early in the second, got cold for an eight-minute stretch, but made enough plays at the end to push their winning streak to six games against their cross-state rival.
No. 6 seed Washington (18-14) faces No. 3 Oregon 23-8 at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals. The Ducks swept the regular-season series.
We’ll keep the analysis short, but here’s some highlights.
— Scott Suggs is still on fire. Not sure what’s gotten into him lately, but he’s working on a five-game streak unlike any other stretch in his career. Tonight he had 19 points on 6-for-8 shooting. He also made 4 of 6 three-pointers and was 3 for 3 at the line. You’d think when a guy is that hot, he should shoot every time he touches it. Midway in the second half, Suggs threw up a heat check, but airballed a three-pointer. Still, he’s the only UW player shooting with an extreme amount of confidence.
— Abdul Gaddy delivered 11 assists, which was one off of his career best. Many of his feeds went to Shawn Kemp Jr. or Aziz N’Diaye for alley-oop dunks. Gaddy tried to take over in the end and put up two questionable jumpers that missed badly. However, when it mattered most Gaddy delivered. He found Desmond Simmons under the rim for the game-winning basket with 1:16 left.
— And speaking of Simmons, there wasn’t much he could do to stop Brock Motum, who had 28 points. He did everything possible. Simmons was smart to keep Motum off the line where he has 1 for 1. Motum made difficult shots with a hand in his face and the Huskies were going to have to live with that. Simmons was the unlikely hero at the end. He was the third and maybe fourth option on the play, but wasn’t surprised when Gaddy passed him the ball. He set a pick at the top of the key and dove to the middle. Gaddy delivered a bounce pass and Simmons spun into the defense and somehow managed to flip up a shot over Motum barely cleared the rim and fell throught the net. Simmons finished with six points on 3-for-4 shooting off the bench.
— Give credit to Andrew Andrews for his defensive work on WSU’s last possession. Before the play, he told everyone who Motum likes to draw fouls with a swooping shooting motion. He also hoped he wasn’t in position to defend the 6-10. However, the Cougars used a pick and the 6-3 Andrews got switched to the 6-10 forward. Andrews said he knew the Huskies had a foul to give and was going to hack Motum if he drove to the rim. Andrews extended his hand hoping to bait Motum into shooting early and sure enough, Motum put up a quick shot while trying to draw contact and a foul. His shot missed badly and the refs didn’t make the call with three seconds left.
“If there’s contact on a shooter, I think there should be three shots,” Motum said. “But that’s out of my hands. The referees called a good game. They’re going to miss some things and unfortunately, I felt there was a foul, but they felt it wasn’t. That’s how the game goes.”
Seems like a questionable move on Motum’s part to try and make the officials make a tough call that late in the game.
— Still tough sledding for C.J. Wilcox, who was 3 for 11 from the field and 2 of 6 on three-pointers. He had 11 points. His best play came at the very end when he tracked down a long inbound pass from Simmons that looked like it was going to sail out of bounds.
— During WSU’s 15-0 run that helped the Cougars erase a 19-point deficit, the Huskies were trying to keep calm. Gaddy said: “Coach did a great job of when he brought us in, even though he could have gone crazy because they were scoring and hitting threes, he was like: ‘All right. We got this. Everybody calm down. We’ve got this.’ And he drew up a play. And he was super confident in us. And I think that’s why we came out.
Coach Lorenzo Romar added: “Just call me Denzel because that was a great acting job. I was going crazy on the inside.”
March 7, 2013 at 1:58 AM
Big win for Washington.
After their 65-57 win over USC, the Huskies moved two spots into a sixth-place tie with Arizona State and USC in the Pac-12 standings. Washington currently wins the tie-breaker and if nothing changes, it would be the No. 6 seed against No. 11 Utah in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament next Wednesday. The winner plays No. 3 California in the quarterfinals and possible No. 2 UCLA in the semifinals.
By all accounts, that’s a favorable draw.
However, it’s still possible for the Huskies to get the No. 5 seed, which at the moment would mean a first-round date against No. 12 Washington State and a possible second-round meeting with No. 4 Arizona. No. 1 seed Oregon is also on this side of the bracket.
It’s never a good idea to play your rival in the tourney, while Arizona and Oregon have both swept the Huskies this season.
If if you injected coach Lorenzo Romar with truth serum, he’d probably say he hopes nothing changes in the standings over the final two days of conference play. No. 6 Colorado won four games in four days to claim the inaugural Pac-12 title last year so maybe the sixth seed is lucky.
Trouble is, the standings are likely to change. WSU could move up to 10. UW could fall back to eight. And you can drive yourself crazy trying to figure out all of the possible seeding scenarios.
One thing is certain, Washington has the longest current winning streak in the Pac-12. Strange but true. The Huskies have won three in a row and four of the past five games.
A win Saturday would cap a regular season when Washington began Pac-12 play with four straight wins and finished with four straight wins. That’s nuts.
Tonight’s game was a little zany if only for the unlikely heroes and strange set of circumstances that led to the win.
Jernard Jarreau (above far right), who didn’t play the last time these teams met, came off the bench and scored a career-high 12 points.
Andrew Andrews collected a career-high eight rebounds, including five on the offensive glass.
And Scott Suggs stayed in the zone and tallied 18 points, which gives him 57 in the past three games.
The Huskies made just 1 of their first six free throws before converting the last 16 in a row.
And they dominated the glass, outrebounding USC 48-29.
“I just think we played with energy,” Romar said. “A lot of good things happen as a byproduct of the foundation of playing with energy. You go out and play with energy and all of a sudden you get the loose balls, you get the rebounds. You’re just more dialed in and that may have been the case for us.”
It looks as if Washington has regained its winning ways after an eight game stretch where it was 1-7.
“We’re just trying to play consistent,” Andrews said. “We don’t look at streaks, we just take the games as they come and try our best to go out there and play hard. We don’t pay too much attention to how many games me lose in a row or how many games me win in a row; we treat each game as an individual game. We’re just trying to play as hard as we can.”