The Huskies keep saying they believe things are about to turn -- even Romar says it in the quote below -- but this was an ugly game ... ugly beyond the mere absence of Hawes.
Hawes, by the way, seems certain that he will be ready to play Thursday against Oregon.
But first, a look back at the WSU game:
Star of the game: WSU guard Derrick Low led all scorers with 20 points, and 11 of those came in a second-half flurry that put the Huskies away.
Key stats: Washington State hit 53.6 percent of its shots and limited UW to 28.3 percent. … The Cougars blocked seven UW shots. Washington blocked none of WSU's. … The Huskies had no fast-break points.
Key run: Early in the second half, Low scored 11 consecutive points on four trips down court, doubling the Cougars' advantage to 22 points, 49-27.
Observations: This was WSU's largest margin of victory ever against UW. … Washington never led. … This was the fewest points the Huskies have scored since another 47-point effort against Gonzaga in 2001. … This was UW's most one-sided loss since losing by 32 at Arizona State in 2003. … The crowd of 11,618 was the 14th largest at Beasley Coliseum, the largest since 1983 and the largest to see a UW-WSU basketball game since 1983.
Quotable: "I think when we do 'get it' and experience some success, I don't think we'll look back. It has been five out of seven on the road. Now, we'll see what will happen with five out of seven at home." – UW coach Lorenzo Romar.
Next for UW: 8 p.m. Thursday, No. 9 Oregon, at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.