The turning point was an apparently pretty stinging halftime lecture by coach Lorenzo Romar. But it seemed to work as the Huskies opened the second half on a 12-0 run that chopped LSU’s lead to a more manageable, 41-39. Another 9-0 run a few minutes later sent the Huskies ahead to stay.
I thought the most interesting comment after the game came from senior Tim Morris, who said what the Huskies did today, they couldn’t have done at the start of the month in their 96-71 pounding at Oklahoma State.
"Against Oklahoma State we weren’t playing as a team at all,” he said. “Offensively we weren’t. Defensively we weren’t. … We couldn’t have come back and had this win at that time. We weren’t together enough. You call it growing up, you call it becoming more of a team. Whatever you call it, we’ve grown.”
It also was good to see Ryan Appleby enjoying himself so much. He’s a big Pete Maravich fan and had been looking forward to this game for a long time. He toured a pretty intersting Maravich display area in the arena and he sought out stories from LSU officials who knew Maravich.
"This has been a great honor to be able to come in here in Pete Maravich Assembly Center, especially to get a win," said Appleby, who scored 12 points. "I grew up watching all of his videos and doing all of his drills and stuff. To be able to come in here and get a win is something special."
A few other notes:
Star of the game: Sophomore forward Quincy Pondexter led UW with 17 points. He also provided five rebounds and showed newfound aggressiveness that he says he will continue.
Key stats: LSU shot 51.7 percent in the first half, 37.9 percent in the second. … The Tigers had 18 turnovers and nine assists. … The UW bench outscored the LSU bench, 28-4. … Washington hit only three of its first 18 shots, but ended the game with a 45.9 shooting percentage.
Observations: The 16-point deficit was the largest the Huskies have overcome since their famous 2004 comeback at Oregon State. … UW guard Tim Morris, who suffered a broken nose in practice Thursday, played with a protective mask. Appleby also said he was at less than 100 percent due to back spasms. … Appleby made his first trips to the foul line this season, hitting two of two.
Next: 3 p.m. Monday, vs. Idaho State, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.