Syracuse upset Kansas in overtime to win a very entertaining College Basketball Experience Classic on Tuesday at the Spring Center in Kansas City.
UW forward Jon Brockman was named to the all-tournament team.
As for UW's 2-point loss to No. 17 Florida in the consolation game, the Huskies were disappointed they didn't get the win over a ranked team. But they were encouraged by the improvement from yesterday. And Romar seemed to believe that a nasty beating like yesterday's might have been necessary to get his team's attention enough to make the kind of improvement they made tonight.
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Star of the game: UW forward Jon Brockman had 22 points and 11 rebounds, both game highs. Brockman hit 10 of 14 shots from the field.
Key stats: Washington shot 58.9 percent from the field and 53.8 percent on 3-pointers, but only 57.9 percent from the free throw line. Those eight missed points came back to haunt them.
Key sequence: Florida led by three as UW began its final possession. The Gators chose to foul. Isaiah Thomas hit the first shot, cutting the lead to two. Then he missed the second on purpose. Brockman rebounded, as the Huskies had hoped, but his desperation shot at the buzzer fell short.
Observations: This was Washington's final game away from Hec Edmonson Pavilion until the start of Pacific-10 Conference play, Jan. 3 at Washington State. … The Kansas fans that had taunted Thomas on Monday became fans on Tuesday. Thomas repeatedly drove to the basket, going right at the Florida big men, and the fans cheered his every basket. … Justin Dentmon was 5-for-5 on 3-pointers.
Quotable: "I don't think there's any doubt in my mind that we needed Kansas. It's unfortunate. It's not what we would have asked for. But the way that we got beat by Kansas made it crystal clear in our guys minds that we needed just to slow down and shared the basketball and get the ball reversed and play together more." – UW coach Lorenzo Romar, asked it the 19-point Kansas loss on Monday taught lessons that led to the improvement on Tuesday.
Next: 1 p.m. Saturday, vs. Pacific, at Hec Edmundson Pavilion; FSN.
Halftime: UW led most of the half, but some Huskies turnovers and Florida 3-pointers pushed the Gators ahead late.
UW being led by Justin Dentmon with 14, including four 3-pointers. His career high is 24.
Both teams shooting like crazy: UW 58 percent, Florida 56 percent. Huskies also 5-of-8 (63.5 percent) on threes.
Florida out-rebounding UW for now, 14-12.
UW 11 assists -- already more than last night against Kansas -- and eight turnovers.
1st/14:16: Huskies off to an early 15-8 lead. The difference so far is they're hitting outside shots: two 3-pointers by Dentmon, one by Turner.
Tipoff: Huskies lineup is unchanged: Brockman, Pondexter, Gant, Dentmon and Thomas.
Very small crowd here now, but it should build steadily through this game as tip for the CBE championship between Syracuse and Kansas nears.
* The Huskies are on the court of Sprint Center for the consolation game of the CBE Classic.
They'll meet No. 17 Florida at 4:45 PT. The game will be on ESPNU, so good luck with that.
Huskies are 2-2 on the season.
They're wearing their home whites.
I'll click in with any pregame news, especially if there's a change in the starting lineup after getting blown out by Kansas yesterday.
Then I'll keep a running blog through the game and return with postgame notes and quotes.