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November 15, 2013 at 2:22 AM

Mamadou Ndiaye towers over Washington

UC Irvine's 7-foot 6-inch Mamadou Ndiaye celebrates his jam and the ensuing foul that would give the Anteaters a 38-36 halftime lead over Washington. (Dean Rutz - Seattle Times)

UC Irvine’s 7-foot 6-inch Mamadou Ndiaye celebrates his jam and the ensuing foul that would give the Anteaters a 38-36 halftime lead over Washington. (Dean Rutz – Seattle Times)

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.

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