As usual, our postgame recap box …
PLAYER OF THE GAME — C.J. Wilcox only scored six points in the first half, but poured in 22 in the second – 7-13 from the field, 5-8 on 3-pointers and 9-10 from the free-throw line in all – to lead UW’s second-half comeback.
IT WAS OVER WHEN — Perris Blackwell rebounded a missed Montana free-throw and was fouled with 1.8 seconds left, then made one of two free throws to provide the final margin.
STAT OF THE GAME — As astounding as Montana’s 9-for-15 first-half 3-point percentage is, the more important statistic, in terms of how it affected the outcome, was UW’s 34-14 rebounding advantage. They had nearly as many offensive rebounds (11) as Montana did total.
QUOTABLE — “I’m close to betting someone a pack of Red Vines that nobody shoots 71 percent in a half (again). That was an impressive, impressive display of shooting.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar, marveling at Montana’s first-half 3-point percentage
WHAT IT MEANS — The Huskies said afterward that they were playing for the first time with a new defensive approach, and it showed. Montana’s 3-point accuracy in the first half was a major concern, but give UW credit for withstanding that barrage, finding Wilcox and eventually pulling this one out. It’s not a season-changing win by any means, but it’s at least a step in the right direction after a bad, bad weekend in New York.
NEXT UP — Washington vs. Long BeachState, Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
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