As I anticipated, coach Romar wasn't real happy with getting outscored by Nicholls State -- Nicholls State ! -- in the second half. But he considers that 40-minutes of concentration a skill that his young team will simply have to learn.
And he thinks they'll need something like 40 good minutes to win Tuesday against Northern Iowa.
An early look at game notes for the Tuesday paper:
Star of the game: Nicholls State guard Adonis Gray led all scorers with 29 points on 11-for-17 shooting, including a couple of dunks that even sent a buzz through the Husky student section.
Key stats: Washington set a school record with 17 3-point field goals, one more than the previous high last season vs. California. … UW had 23 turnovers for the second consecutive game.
Key run: Washington had a 10-point lead after five minutes and 20 points after 10.
Observations: UW senior Brandon Burmeister scored a career-high 17 points. His previous high was 12 set last season. He also set a career record with five 3-pointers. … Artem Wallace also set career marks with nine points and eight rebounds. … Finally, Justin Dentmon set a career high with four3-pointers. … Monday was UW coach Lorenzo Romar's 48th birthday. The Dawg Pack serenaded him before the game.
Quote: "We did not intend to do this. We were in a contractual arrangement with Basketball Travelers from a previous tournament. We owed them some money and they were looking for a fourth team for this event. We didn't have any desire to come out here, but they kept on sweetening the pot until we couldn't say no." – Nicholls State coach J.P. Piper explaining why his team traveled from Louisiana for this tournament.
Basketball Travelers Classic opening game: Northern Iowa 83, Pepperdine 58.