Here’s our game recap box that will publish in tomorrow’s newspaper …
PLAYER OF THE GAME — C.J. Wilcox made big shots down the stretch when the Huskies badly needed them, and the fifth-year senior again led his team in scoring with 23 points. Wilcox made 6-of-12 from the field – including 4-of-8 from 3-point range – and made seven of his eight free throws. He struggled to get open looks early against Hartford’s zone, but his teammates did a better job as the game progressed of getting him the ball with enough space to shoot it.
IT WAS OVER WHEN — After Wilcox pushed UW’s lead to four points by making a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left, Hartford missed a wild shot, UW forward Desmond Simmons rebounded and a Huskies’ victory was assured.
STAT OF THE GAME — Washington attempted 30 free-throws and made 26 of them. Hartford attempted only 13 and made 10.
QUOTABLE — “Two things that had been bothering me, tonight, I thought we got an A: we maintained our focus for 40 minutes, and we turned the ball over seven times, which is a season low.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar
WHAT IT MEANS — Romar praised the Huskies’ focus, and for a team that’s been pretty inconsistent in that department this season, that’s at least noteworthy. But the fact is that a six-point victory at home over a team from the America East isn’t going to move the needle a heck of a lot for those who are worried about how this team might fare in Pac-12 play.
NEXT UP — Washington at ArizonaState, 5 p.m. Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. The game will be broadcast by ESPNU.
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