On a night when I had a myriad of computer issues, they’ve turned off the power at press row, which isn’t good since my laptop battery lasts 37 minutes tops. And I didn’t make it.
Here’s the four factors …
Look, this is a game the Washington Huskies should have won. Lorenzo Romar said it. C.J. Wilcox said it. Terrence Ross would have said it, but he was clearly too irritated with the outcome to say much more than a few things.
Washington had 10-point lead with 12 minutes left in the second half and Nevada was clearly out of sync offensively, and the Huskies couldn’t keep it.
Washington had a five-point lead with three minutes and missed two 3-pointers and turned it over during that stretch.
“We just didn’t execute,” CJ Wilcox said.
No better example of that was late in regulation and in overtime. When Washington really needed baskets, its best players Wilcox and Terrence Ross never got looks. They barely got touches. Darnell Gant was forced to take a big 3-pointer in regulation, which he missed, but was saved by Ross’ putback dunk.
And more egregiously in overtime with the Huskies down 76-73 and 19 seconds left, they couldn’t get Ross or Wilcox a shot. Instead Gant forced up a 3-pointer that was blocked. Abdul Gaddy got the loose ball and also had to force up a shot. You can’t win games like that. Too often in this game, Washington wasn’t running quality sets. Part of that is because they were turning it over so much – 21 times to be exact.
The Huskies had no solution for Deonte Burton, who scored 31 points, including eight in overtime. He also hit the game-tying 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds remaining. Burton drove the length of the floor, Tony Wroten under orders tried to foul him, but didn’t really do a good job of it, and then kind of watched as Burton pulled up at the top of the key and bury the game tying 3-pointer.
“We were supposed to foul and we didn’t really foul like we should have fouled and so he was wide open for a shot,” Romar said.
The Huskies could not Burton on dribble penetration. They tried Gaddy, Wilcox, Ross and Wroten, and he still got to the basket. Smaller, quicker guards have given UW troubles this season. That could be something to watch in future games.