As always, our postgame recap box from Washington’s 91-82 loss to UCLA …
PLAYER OF THE GAME — Jordan Adams more or less did as he pleased, leading all scorers with 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting. He was also 8-for-9 at the free-throw line, had three assists and three rebounds, and didn’t commit a turnover in 31 minutes.
IT WAS OVER WHEN — After UW had cut UCLA’s lead to four points, freshman guard Zach LaVine made a driving layup while absorbing a foul from C.J. Wilcox. He missed the free throw, but the basket put the Bruins ahead by six points with 3:18 to play, and the Huskies didn’t get closer than four points again.
STAT OF THE GAME — UW committed nine turnovers in the second half, and UCLA converted those turnovers into 18 points.
QUOTABLE — “We tried to force some things and some things weren’t there at times, and we tried to shove it down their throat instead of being patient sometimes. Turnovers were definitely a catalyst to them getting going in the second half offensively.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar
WHAT IT MEANS — For now, it means that Washington is in ninth place by itself in the Pac-12 standings. That’s not quite as bad as it sounds, since the Huskies are one game out of fifth place, which is currently occupied by four teams. But a victory would have improved UW’s chances at a better seed heading into next week’s Pac-12 tournament. Really, this was more about the way they lost than anything else – defensive lapses, miscommunication and unforced turnovers that led to immediate points for UCLA.
NEXT UP — USC at Washington, Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
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