Good game down to the end. The Huskies look like they're built for the Big East. In fact, I asked Romar about that, and I thought he had an interesting answer:
"If 'Big East teams" means with size and are physical, I think we probably are like that. We're probably more of a van, as opposed to a Corvette."
Folks who aren't paying attention still thing of these as the fast-paced, pressing, running Huskies of recent seasons. They aren't.
Meanwhile, the Huskies themselves seemed pretty down, as they should be after a loss. Although when pressed, they agreed that it had been their best road effort and there are signs they are getting better.
Romar repeated what he had said after the WSU loss: He wishes the season were a month longer.
Star of the game: UW freshman Spencer Hawes had 12 points and 12 rebounds, more than holding his own against Pitt 7-foot senior Aaron Gray, who had five points on 2-for-7 shooting and 10 rebounds
Key stats: Washington committed 16 turnovers, which Pitt turned into 21 points. The Panthers also had a significant advantage at the foul line, getting 19 points on 25 free throws, while Washington got six points on eight foul shots. UW outshot Pitt, 42.9 percent to 36.2, and outrebounded them, 42-32.
Key play: Washington trailed by three points in the final minute when Pitt's Levance Fields missed a jumper. Sam Young beat the Huskies to the rebound, and Pitt's new possession ended with two free throws that slipped the game out of reach.
Notes: Gray twisted his ankle in the final seconds. Jon Brockman made contact as Gray fell, and the Pitt crowd seemed to blame him. However, Brockman and Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said Gray has simply come down on someone's ankle. Brockman stopped by to explain to Gray, and Dixon went out of his way to praise Brockman's class. There was no immediate prognosis on the injury. … Adrian Oliver played 32 minutes, and UW coach Lorenzo Romar attributed his rise in the rotation to increased effort, defense and maturity. … Oliver also had two three-pointers after sinking a total of two over the previous nine games. … For the first time this season, UW freshman Phil Nelson didn't play. … Justin Dentmon had two assists, giving him 99 for his career. … Twenty NBA scouts, including one from the Seattle SuperSonics, attended the game.
Next: 6 p.m. Thursday, at Oregon State, Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Ore.