The Zags are a really good team, and the Huskies just weren't really a match in their first game away from Hec Ed.
Lorenzo Romar pointed out after the game that the Huskies got soundly beaten here two seasons ago and went on to the Sweet 16. For the most part he took the attitude that some weaknesses were exposed -- especially on defense -- and he and his team will go to work on them.
Star of the game: Gonzaga guard Derek Raivio led all scorers with 25 points. He hit four of five three-pointers in the first half when the Bulldogs took control.
Key stats: Gonzaga hit eight of 17 threes, while Washington hit only five of 20. … UW guard Justin Dentmon had seven points on two-of-14 shooting.
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Key basket: On the first possession of the game, Gonzaga forward Josh Heytvelt took a lob from Jeremy Pargo and slammed it home. Not only did the Zags instantly take a lead they would never relinquish, but they ignited a crowd that arrived ready to scream. It was the last thing the Huskies needed in their first road game of the season.
Observations: UW freshman guard Ardian Oliver retained his starting spot after coach Lorenzo Romar had given some consideration to starting junior Ryan Appleby. … The win extended Gonzaga's home winning streak to 45 games, including a 33-0 record since the opening of McCarthey Athletic Center. Washington said goodbye to a 15-game regular season winning streak and a 24-game streak against regular season non-conference opponents.
UW quote: "We've just got to do a better job defensively. We did a decent job taking care of the ball. We scored close to 80 points. We've got to do a good job defensively. Some of that was Gonzaga. They just cut us up tonight." – Romar.
GU quote: "We knew we had to come out and rectify some things." – coach Mark Few taking about his team bouncing back from a Tuesday loss at Washington State.
Next for UW: 7 p.m., Saturday, vs. Portland State, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.