This one went down to a clock review as Justin Dentmon finished a full-court drive ... which the review showed was released a split-second late.
Watching live, I thought it might have looked just late, and the replay I just saw seemed to confirm that.
Heartbreaking for the Huskies, but apparently the right call.
Star of the game: Pitt guard Levance Fields led all scorers with 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field. He added five rebounds and three assists and drew the postgame praise of several Huskies including coach Lorenzo Romar.
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Husky of the game: Senior guard Ryan Appleby returned from a thumb injury and hit 6-of-12 3-pointers to lead his team in his season debut.
Key stats: The Panthers shot 61 percent in the second half. … Both teams took care of the ball, as Pitt had nine turnovers and UW had a season-low eight.
Key run: Washington led by eight late in the first half. Pitt closed the gap to three points at halftime and then opened the second half with a 17-9 run, taking a lead they would never surrender.
Observations: Washington is at .500 for the first time since being 8-8 on Jan. 29, 2004. … Romar tweaked his starting lineup, starting Joe Wolfinger in place of Quincy Pondexter and Tim Morris ahead of Justin Dentmon. Pondexter ended up playing 25 minutes, which is typical for him. However, Dentmon's 24 minutes is about seven below his season average. Despite the start, Wolfinger played just five minutes. … UW center Artem Wallace played a season-high 16 minutes, with Romar crediting his physical presence: "It was an alley fight, and Artem can get physical." ... The game ends Washington's two-season, home-and-home contract with the Panters. But if they want to just re-sign for another couple of seasons, that would work fine, because the game last season at Pitt and the folo today where two of the best games of the two seasons. However, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon indicated that's unlikely.
Dentmon: "Everything went silent when I shot it. I don't know if I got it off or not. … I didn't know what happened, and I saw my teammates coming on the floor."
Dentmon: "It's like somebody stepping on your chest. You figure that you've done something good, and you're happy. The moment they take it away it's like everything went bad – everything."
Romar: "As a team, we made progress. You can say, 'Coach, you don't have the win.' I know winning is what it's all about. But also you're making progress to put yourself in position to win on a consistent basis."
Appleby: "It felt good to be out there against a great team like Pittsburgh on our home floor with the great crowd like we have every home game. It was fun. I've waited five weeks to get out there again and get a chance to play. There's no better feeling than that. It would have been great if we'd gotten the win, though."
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon: "I predicted when (Appleby) got hurt six weeks ago that he would be ready for us. He made shots against us last year, too. He's a difference-maker for their team." – Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon.
Dixon: "I've never been in (a situation like that) and hope to never be in it again, to be honest. It (felt like) about an hour and a half standing and waiting on the sideline there. The players kept coming over and saying it wasn't good."
Next: 3 p.m. Saturday, vs. Portland, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, FSN.