Here’s our usual tale of the tape from Washington’s 82-70 loss to Connecticut today.
PLAYER OF THE GAME — Washington knew Shabazz Napier was going to be a problem, and for most of the first half, the home Huskies contained him well enough. But Napier proved troublesome once UConn got going – or maybe it was the other way around – and finished with a game-high 20 points on 5-of-11 shooting, in addition to a 9-for-10 effort from the free-throw line.
IT WAS OVER WHEN — UConn ripped off a 9-0 run midway through the second half to lead 62-48 with 11 minutes left.
STAT OF THE GAME — UConn scored 23 points off 16 UW turnovers.
QUOTABLE — “I think the turnover story was maybe the difference in the game. They have a lot of quickness out front and anticipate well. We didn’t do a very good job of taking care of the basketball. I don’t think that was just in the second half. The whole game, we did that. This has been a recurring issue the last four games.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar on the Huskies’ 16 turnovers
WHAT IT MEANS — As Romar said afterward, the Huskies don’t seem to be mature enough to keep up with talented teams that are going to inevitably make their runs. This probably won’t be the best game UConn plays this season, and UW had the visitors on their heels a little bit early on. But once UConn found a weakness, it exploited it again and again, and a couple of big runs resulted. Makes you wonder what’s going to happen at Arizona in a couple weeks.
NEXT UP — MississippiValley at Washington, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Pac-12 Networks has the broadcast.
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