With Jon Brockman spending long stretches on the bench with foul trouble, Quincy Pondexter came on to lead UW with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
However, Pondexter eventually fouled out, too -- one of four Huskies to do so in a game with a huge foul disparity: Syracuse shot 52 foul shots, UW shot 19.
UW couldn't overcome that, but given the problems, coach Lorenzo Romar seemed to like certain things with his team's performance.
Star of the game: Syracuse forward Donte Green led all scorers with 25 points and added seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
Husky of the game: Sophomore forward Quincy Pondexter led Washington with 20 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
Key stats: Syracuse hit 34 of 52 foul shots; Washington hit 19 of 26. … The Huskies outrebounded the Orange, 54-31. … Four Huskies fouled out.
Key run: Washington led, 25-16, midway through the first half. However, Jon Brockman went to the bench with foul trouble about the same time Syracuse shifted to a man defense. The combination ignited the Orange, which went on a 28-10 run in taking a lead it never surrendered.
Observations: No Huskies were named to the all-tournament team. Joseph Jones of Texas A&M was named the tournament's most outstanding player. … UW guard Ryan Appleby will get the cast off of his right thumb on Wednesday, and he said he expects to play Dec. 1 when the Huskies visit Oklahoma State. … Coach Lorenzo Romar picked up his first technical foul of the season simply for shouting "Noooo" when Brockman was called for his fourth foul. … In a battle of freshman point guards, Syracuse' Jonny Flynn had 16 points and two assists, UW's Venoy Overton had 11 points and four assists before fouling out. As he left, Flynn taunted him. "It's just basketball," Overton said. "We talked back and forth. He was challenging me to come at him; I was challenging him to come at me."
Quotable: "Washington never gave up. They kept coming. They were going to keep coming and pressuring and banging. They're physical. They're in on every play. They're banging and pushing on every play, and you have to be ready for that." – Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.
Next: Long Beach State, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
NIT Season Tip-Off championship game: No. 16 Texas A&M defeated Ohio State, 70-47.