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December 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Lorenzo Romar: “We have to grow up”

Washington's Andrew Andrews drives around Connecticut's Ryan Boatright in the first half of UConn's 82-70 in Seattle on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Washington’s Andrew Andrews drives around Connecticut’s Ryan Boatright in the first half of UConn’s 82-70 in Seattle on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Lorenzo Romar is probably never going to deliver a rant as outrageous as Southern Illinois’ Barry Hinson, who mercilessly ripped and ridiculed his team following a disappointing defeat.

However, Sunday’s post-game press conference following Washington’s 82-70 defeat to No. 10 Connecticut was particularly enlightening.

Romar questioned whether he’s assembled a team of players that’s mentally strong enough to endure the rigors of a basketball season filled with injuries and defections and basketball games filled with runs and momentum swings.

He blamed many of Washington’s 16 turnovers on its negligence.

He questioned the team’s effort, but later said he meant to use the word focus.

And several times he cited a lack of maturity for the team’s defensive problems.

“We have to grow up and understand the importance of very possession and value every possession,” Romar said. “Right now we don’t seem to understand that. You can’t take a play off here or there because it may lead to a run from the other team.”

Washington is 6-5 heading into the holiday break. The Huskies get a few days  off before returning for practice Christmas night in preparation for Friday’s game against Mississippi Valley. They finish the non-conference season next Sunday against Hartford. The Pac-12 opener is Jan. 2 at Arizona State.

Romar admits, the Huskies aren’t ready for the Pac-12.

“Right now we are not mature enough to handle runs from the other team it appears,” he said. “We’re not mature enough to handle the adversity that comes along throughout your season. Conference season starts here pretty quickly – we’re on the road four out of the first six games – so we better grow up pretty quickly.”

Not sure if wins against 3-7 Mississippi Valley and 5-8 Hartford is really going to improve the Huskies’ confidence or harden a defense that allows opponents to shoot 49.8 percent from the field and surrenders 80.3 points per game.

Add a new problem to Washington’s list of concerns: turnovers.

In the past four games, the Huskies have committed 16 (San Diego State), 13 (Idaho State), 18 (Tulane) and 16 (UConn) turnovers.

“This has been a re-occurring issue in the last four games,” Romar said. “We were averaging 9 turnovers a game before these last four and whether it was against Tulane, Idaho State, San Diego State or UConn, it’s kind of been the same issue. That bit us in the butt in this game.”

Another troubling trend: Washington plays in spurts against the good teams.

After poor first halves, UW trailed Indiana 52-47 and led Boston College 44-43 in the second half. Against San Diego State, Washington led 30-21 at halftime and fell apart 49-33 after the break.

On Sunday, it was another fantastic start (31-14) followed by a disastrous finish to the first half and a 29-8 UConn run. Connecticut led 43-39 at halftime.In the second half, UW fell behind by double digits after with 12:34 remaining trailed by as much as 14 (62-48). Washington never got any closer than eight points the rest of the way.

“I thought we played excellent basketball for about 12 minutes in the first half,” Romar said. “But the game is 40 minutes, not

Washington entered the game allowing opponents to shoot 49.3 percent from the field, but UW forced UConn to miss 6 of its first 17 (35.3 percent) shots. At halftime, Connecticut was shooting 51.6 percent from the field and finished shooting 54.9 percent.

Considering UConn struggled in the second half (5 for 31 and 0 for 12 on three-pointers) in Wednesday’s 53-51 loss against Stanford’s 2-3 zone, it’s surprising Romar didn’t use a zone more often.

“One time we did it they got a dunk,” Romar said. “I think we did it another time. … They were shooting in the 20s at some point in the game. Why go zone? Then they started to score. We went zone a little bit and it didn’t work out.”

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December 22, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Video: Lorenzo Romar questions players’ mental maturity after loss to No. 10 UConn

After Sunday’s 82-70 defeat to No. 10 Connecticut dropped Washington to 6-5, coach Lorenzo Romar said the Huskies need to grow up quickly because Pac-12 play begins in a couple of weeks. “Right now we are not mature enough to handle runs from the other team it appears,” he said. “We’re not mature enough to handle…

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December 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Guess the UW Score contest: No. 10 UConn

Washington plays No. 10 Connecticut at 12:30 p.m. so get your picks in early for today’s Guess the UW Score Contest.

Before we get to the predictions, let’s recap last Tuesday’s GTUWS game. The Huskies traveled to Tulane and left New Orleans with a 73-62 victory.

Several posters picked UW to win, including emcdub who predicted a 70-72 victory and uwbound17 who guessed the Huskies would win 73-65.

Congrats guys. Good job. Contact me via email (pallen@seattletimes.com) or Twitter to claim your hot dog and soft drink.

Again, it’s an early start so let’s get to the predictions.

TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:

USC (7-4) at Dayton (9-2), 11 a.m. ………………………………… No TV

No. 10 Connecticut (9-1) at Washington (6-4), 12:30 p.m. …….. ESPNU

Weber State (2-4) at UCLA (9-2), 4 p.m. …………………………. Pac-12 Networks

California (8-3) at Creighton (8-2), 4 p.m. ………………………. Fox Sports 1

Oregon State (6-2) vs. Akron (5-2) at Honolulu, 4:30 p.m. ……. ESPNU

Picks: Dayton, UCLA, Creighton and OSU

Season tally: 85-20

AND THE UW-UCONN WINNER IS …

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December 30, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Cold shooting on cold night dooms UW

Associated Press – Fred Beckham

Here’s our game story from Washington’s 61-53 loss at Connecticut. And here’s how the Hartford Courant and Associated Press told the story of the battle between the Huskies.

History said odds were against UW coming out on the winning side of this matchup. Entering the game, Lorenzo Romar-led teams were 2-12 in games played in the Eastern Time zone. Despite three home defeats this season, Washington (8-5) has been dominant at home the past few years. But there’s been serious questions about the team’s ability to win on the road.

Those concerns were heightened this season when Romar installed the high-post offense and built a team around a pair of standout jump shooters in C.J. Wilcox and Scott Suggs. When they’re hitting shots, UW can play with anybody.

But when they’re not, well games like the one inside the XL Center take place.

Washington scored a season low and shot a season-low 29.4 percent (19 of 64) from the field. It was UW’s lowest shooting percentage since shooting 29.2 percent on Nov. 24, 2008 vs. Kansas. The Huskies converted just 4 of 17 3-pointers (23.5 percent).

Wilcox was 2-12 from the field and 1 of 6 on three-pointers. He finished with a season-low five points, 14 below his average.

Suggs scored a game-high 15 points, but he needed 15 shots and missed 10. No one else scored in double figures.

Despite the woeful shooting, the Huskies were down five (50-45) with 7:26 left. But the cold shooting ultimately doomed them. Over the next 5:25 minutes, Washington didn’t score a point while UConn went on a 7-0 run.

During the stretch, UW missed six shots and committed two turnovers. When the Huskies finally ended the scoreless drought, they were down 57-47 with 1:59 left.

Connecticut distributed 12,720 tickets, but a snow storm kept fans away and only 6,000 or so were in the building. Before the game, UConn held a press conference to announce the five-year, $7 million extension given to coach Kevin Ollie.

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