This was an extremely entertaining game. The Huskies have looked better in each of their three games and at times tonight they looked like those swirling Nate-Will-Bobby-Brandon teams.
They advance next week to the NIT semifinals, meeting Texas A&M at 4 p.m. Wednesday and then going on to either the consolation or championship game against either Ohio State or Syracuse on Apple Cup Eve.
Star of the game: Washington forward Jon Brockman set career highs with 31 points and 18 rebounds. His previous highs were 25 points and 14 rebounds.
Key stats: Washington had a 40-26 rebounding advantage and 14-2 on the offensive boards. ... Three Utes fouled out, including their second-leading scorer, Johnnie Bryant, and their leading rebounder, 7-foot-1 Luke Nevill.
Key runs: Utah went on a 10-0 run in the middle of the second half to pull even, but UW ended the game on an 11-2 run to win.
Observations: In the consolation game, High Point defeated New Jersey Tech, 76-53. ... Freshman Justin Holiday sat out the first half, but he played 11 minutes of crunch time in the second and drew praise from his coach for defensive intensity and unselfishness. ... Former Husky and Sonic Detlef Schrimpf was in attendance.
Quotable: "You have to give Washington credit, they hung in there and they made the plays at the end and we didn't. At this level, you've got to make plays at the end." – Utah coach Jim Boylen
Next: 3 p.m. Sunday, Eastern Washington, at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, FSN.