What’s not to like about a 19-point win in which Washington shot 55.2 percent from the field, made 10 of 21 three-pointers, delivered 19 assists, outrebounded their opponent by 10, never trailed after the opening five minutes and played spectacular defense in the final 10 minutes?
Hard to find any fault with Saturday’s performance.
The Huskies did exactly what they had to do in their 85-66 win over Idaho State. They showed improvements on both ends of the court. Against IDSU’s peculiar 1-1-3 zone, Washington scored 46 points in the first half and 39 in the second. They shot better than 53 percent from the field in both halves.
They dominated inside (Perris Blackwell had five offensive rebounds and a career-high 20 points) and outside (C.J. Wilcox drained five three-pointers for 19 points). They did a pretty good job of taking care of the ball (13 turnovers) against a team that was second in the nation in steals per game.
Washington didn’t play as well as it did six days earlier in a 70-63 defeat at San Diego State. However, for the first time this season the Huskies took control of a game early and never let their opponent get back into the game. It was a very mature and satisfying win for a team that has been pushed to the max in every game this season. For the first time, the Huskies cruised to a victory and benched many of their starters in the final minutes to allow the reserves a chance to play.
The Huskies depart for New Orleans on Sunday morning for Tuesday’s game at Tulane. They arrive around midnight ET.
They’ll have Monday to get acclimated to the Big Easy and will have dinner at Jernard Jarreau’s home.
“I can’t wait, I’ll be first in line for that,” Romar said. “We have a little something else planned. We’ll talk about it when we get back. It should be fun.”
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