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February 14, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Oregon Ducks take season series from UW

AP Photo – Oregon’s E.J. Singler (right), scores over Washington’s Scott Suggs (left).

The Washington Huskies needed some extra time to themselves after tonight’s 65-52 defeat to No. 23 Oregon to talk about how they managed to come up short in what they considered a must-win game.

Long after the loss, they remained in the locker room hashing and re-hashing how yet another seemingly close game slipped away. In reality, it wasn’t really that close. Washington led for just 18 seconds midway in the first half. They closed to within six points (46-40) with 8:34 left, but never got their deficit under 10 points in the final four minutes.

Still, the setback required a long discussion among the players.

“We were just talking to each other and making sure everybody is alright,” senior co-captain Abdul Gaddy said. “We just got a couple of guys that are upset. Me included. (Desmond Simmons) is upset. The whole team is upset. … We had to make sure we got each others’ back no matter what.”

After Tuesday’s players-only meeting resulted in season-low scoring output, you have to wonder if the message is getting through to the Huskies.

They converted 35 percent from the field, which is the third worst shooting performance this season. They missed 11 of 13 three-pointers. Oregon was abysmal from the free throw line while converting 13 of 23 (56.5 percent), but the Ducks made more FT than Washington attempted. The Huskies were 8 for 12.

If you’re as inept offensively as Washington was – at home no less – you’re not winning many games. And you’re probably not going to the NCAA tournament, which is something the Huskies have stopped talking about.

For now, they’ve got bigger problems like regaining their confidence.

“Right now this is a mental situation,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Our minds have to be right.

“Somehow without experiencing a whole lot of success, we have to regain our confidence. We have to regain our swagger as a team.”

Not sure how that happens with six games left in the regular season. It’s not as of Romar has many options. He’s been reluctant to say it, but Wilcox is mired in a seven-game shooting slump. Maybe it has something to do with his foot injury and maybe it doesn’t. Whatever the case, Romar doesn’t have many alternatives when Wilcox is struggling as he was tonight. He’s reluctant to bench the 6-5 guard believing “every time he shoots it, I think it’s going in.”

However, Wilcox missed 10 of 13 shots. And tonight was the first time in awhile he didn’t affect the game in other areas such as rebounding or steals.

When asked what’s wrong with the high-post offense, Romar chaffed. He believes the offense is working properly. It’s creating open looks for players such as Wilcox and Scott Suggs, who didn’t make shots. Suggs was 1 for 6.

When asked who played well, Romar singled out Gaddy, Aziz N’Diaye and Simmons. Surprisingly, Simmons only played 21 minutes even though it was clear his energy and hustle was sorely needed.

Unlike Sunday’s defeat, UW turnovers didn’t decide the game. However, the Huskies forced just one turnover in second half.

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February 10, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Video: Scott Suggs after USC defeat

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2156071402001″/] Here’s video (above) of the post-game interview with Scott Suggs following Washington’s 71-60 defeat at USC. The senior guard was 0 for 3 in the first half, but tallied all 16 of his points in the second half. He led the Huskies in scoring.  

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February 1, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Washington drops fourth straight

Seattle Times – Dean Rutz

Rather than the breakout, signature win that was in their grasp, the Washington Huskies are dealing with a fourth straight defeat following a 57-53 loss against No. 8 Arizona.

It’s the longest losing streak 2008 and the Huskies must be thinking when is it going to end?

Washington did so many things right tonight. It held Arizona to 35.1 field goal percentage. It shutdown the Pac-12’s second-best three-point team and limited the Wildcats to 3 of 18 (.167) shots behind the arc. It forced 17 turnovers and had 10 assists on 21 field goals.

But the Huskies also committed several costly errors.

They committed 17 turnovers that led to 20 points. They shot 36.8 percent from the field and a season low 8.3 percent (1 of 12) on three-pointers. They had just two fast-break points and four points from reserves. They were 10 of 17 (58.8 percent) at the free throw line.

And Washington failed to execute offensively in the final 30 seconds when it desperately needed a play to tie the score.

This could very well be the defining game of the season because the Huskies would have received a huge lift with a victory. However, everything about Washington comes into question now.

You have to wonder why Washington was held to a season-low tying 53 points?

Why can’t the offense run?

Why can’t the shooters C.J. Wilcox and Scott Suggs (above, right) make shots?

Why is Abdul Gaddy committing six turnovers?

Where was the bench?

Why did coach Lorenzo Romar leave Wilcox in the game when he picked up his third foul with Washington leading 33-28 at the 16:02 mark? Less than two minutes later, UW’s leading scorer collected a fourth foul at 13:53 and was forced to sit down for nearly six minutes. When he re-entered, Arizona led 44-39.

And how in the world did the basketball wind up in Aziz N’Diaye’s hands on the final play when it was designed for Wilcox? The 7-foot center took a three-pointer from the corner – his first three-point attempt in his UW career – that grazed the rim.

Gaddy’s explanation of the final play is equaling baffling.

“I didn’t even know he (N’Diaye) was in the game,” Gaddy said. “I thought somebody else had subbed in. The play was for CJ. I knew that two guys were going to run to him. When I passed it into the corner, I was like, why is Aziz in there? It just happended.”

Of course the final play didn’t matter all that much. The game turned when Wilcox picked up his fourth foul and needed to sit down.

When asked why he didn’t take out Wilcox after the third foul, Romar said: “Because he’s really good, tried to give him a chance to play through it. With his fourth foul he came back in with 8 minutes to go and didn’t foul again.”

Even though Washington reclaimed a 51-50 lead with 2:31 left, you can second guess Romar’s decision because Arizona made it a point to attack Wilcox with Nick Johnson knowing the UW guard didn’t want to pick up another foul.

Johnson dove into the lane and arced a short jumper over N’Diaye to put Arizona ahead 52-51. After both teams traded baskets, Johnson stayed on the attack and drew a foul. He made one of two free throws to set the stage for the game’s most pivotal play.

Trailing by two points, N’Diaye freed Wilcox with a screen and he cut to the rim. Gaddy spotted him and threw a pass that sailed high and wide.

“It was behind the backboard too much,” Wilcox said. “I just tried to save it and ended up turning the ball over.”

Said Gaddy: “It was just a bad pass. I should have got it there.”

Said Romar: “C.J. was wide open. You go back and look at the film and you’ll see he was wide open. We didn’t complete the pass. It was there.”

The same might be said for the game.

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January 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Video: Scott Suggs

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2075599343001″/] Fifth-year senior guard Scott Suggs led a late charge that allowed Washington to overcome a four-point deficit in the final six minutes and pull out a 68-63 win at Washington State in the Pac-12 opener. He was basically a non-factor for about 37 minutes. But when it mattered most, Suggs scored three straight baskets…

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January 3, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Video: UW players talk about WSU

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2071341848001″/] Washington players Abdul Gaddy, Scott Suggs and Desmond Simmons talked about last week’s loss at Connecticut, Saturday’s Pac-12 opener at Washington State and UW’s rocky performance in non-conference games. — When asked how the team is doing going into conference play, Gaddy was unsure. But he he said the team is “getting better” and…

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December 15, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Postgame quotes after UW’s win over Jackson State

Here’s comments from Washington players following their 75-67 victory over Jackson State. C.J. WILCOX On winning ugly: “A win is a win; we’re going to take it. Especially right now. But we know we played pretty poorly. We got up a couple times and broke down.” On low energy: “We came in, we knew everyone was tired from…

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December 14, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Scott Suggs scores career high in UW rout

Seattle Times – Dean Rutz

The fifth game in the renewed rivalry between Washington and Seattle University ended in a rout like three other ones. The Huskies received a scare last season, but they managed to win by eight after pulled away in the final five minutes.

This one, however, was over early.

Washington led by as much as 27 late in the first half and was never seriously challenged during an 87-74 rout. The Huskies struggled for a few minutes early in the second half when the Redhawks cut their deficit to 13 with 17:43 left. That’s when UW regained control and four minutes later it was ahead by 20 (61-41).

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar called it the most complete game of the season. The 84-73 overtime win against Seton Hall would be a close second. However, this time the Huskies didn’t collapse in the second half. They kept the Redhawks at bay and found ways to break SU’s pesky full-court press.

With backup point guard Andrew Andrews (ankle) on the bench, Seattle U wanted to try and force turnovers and possibly wear down Abdul Gaddy. Turns out the ploy backfired horribly on the Redhawks.

Washington routinely raced through SU’s press with deft passing and aggressive playmaking. Time and again, a UW guard raced down the court with SU players in pursuit and forcing a 1-on-2 situation that either led to Aziz N’Diaye scoring inside or an open shot on the perimeter for one of the trailing players.

In this type of wide open game, the Huskies flourished. They shot 64.3 percent from the field in the first half and took only three three-point attempts. Washington was also very efficient at the line converting 21 of 27 (77.8 percent).

All five starters scored in double figures for the first time this season, including Scott Suggs (above, right) who had a career-high 24 points. Two players (Desmond Simmons and N’Diaye) finished with a double double, which is something that hasn’t happened in at least two seasons.

It’s difficult to know if Washington played good defense when it held SU to 27 first-half points because the Redhawks were so inept offensively. Before halftime they were 11 of 32 from the field (34.4 percent) and 2 of 12 on free throws.

The Huskies surrendered 47 points in the second half, but they were simply trading baskets in the final minutes and trying to run out the clock.

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December 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Video: Lorenzo Romar

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2012008323001″/] Washington coach Lorenzo Romar talks about the possible return of Scott Suggs and Shawn Kemp Jr. at today’s press conference. Both will need to practice pain-free Thursday and Friday before being cleared to play Saturday against Nevada. Here’s a few other items from Romar. He said Washington (4-3) has played the “toughest part of our non-conference…

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November 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Guess the UW Score contest – Ohio State

After Washington’s upset defeat Tuesday, sure enough the predictions were split Saturday in the Guess the UW Score contest.
We’ll see if the Huskies 84-73 win over Seton Hall emboldens anyone to pick UW in what would be a major upset against No. 4 Ohio State.
But before we take a look at the Buckeyes, let’s crown the winner in Saturday’s GTUWS contest and congratulate Pauley who is the big winner with a winning prediction of 87-73. Washington won 84-73.
That’s a fine effort. Better than most who picked a lower scoring game. Contact me privately for your grand prize.
Alright, let’s move on.
TODAY’S SCHEDULE:
Florida A&M (0-2) at Arizona State (1-0), noon ……….. P12N
Washington (2-1) vs. No. 4 Ohio State (2-0), 1:30 …… ESPN2
Colorado (3-0) vs. Murray State (3-0), 5:30 p.m. …….. ESPN2
Belmont (2-0) at Stanford (3-0), 6 p.m. ………………….. P12N
AND THE UW-OSU WINNER IS …

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