Georgetown outscored UW 21-2 to start the second half, and while the Huskies chipped away from there, they never really got close again, losing to the Hoyas, 74-66.
Also more than the Huskies could overcome: 25 turnovers. (They committed 19 in their other loss at Texas Tech.)
Quincy Pondexter led all scorers with 23 points, Isaiah Thomas added 21.
No. 17 UW falls to 6-2. No. 15 Georgetown jumps to 8-0.
Bottom line: the Huskies blamed themselves. They don't seem to understand why they took a snooze at the start of the first half -- with a national TV audience and John Wooden himself watching -- but they admit that they did.
Romar: "If I knew I’d write a book and make millions of dollars. It’s one of those things you talk to your team about: ‘We’ve got to come out and play hard in the second half, play right.’ Sometimes you see it coming and sometimes you don’t. Today I didn’t. I thought we did a good job with the exception of 12 turnover in the first half. I thought we had fought. But we came out defensively and gave up a few easy baskets and it just escalated from there and it began to get away from us."
Pondexter: "We let up for a little bit. That’s all it takes to loose these games. Any slippage or breakdown in concentration, especially on the defensive end, it’ll cost you. I think that’s something that we have to learn and carry with us the rest of the season."
Thomas: "We just didn’t keep doing what we did in the first half on defense. They ran the same stuff, we got lazy and started gambling and stuff."
I also asked Matthew Bryan-Amaning about his amazing block on 6-foot-11 Greg Monroe's breakaway in the first half. And while the play didn't seem to be the obvious turning point -- UW hung around long after -- MBA did say it got the Hoyas' attention.
"I was just hustling back," he said. "He kind of leaked out and I was hustling back and then I saw them throw it over the top. ... After it happened he was trying to rally up his team, saying ‘Let’s go, let’s bring it now, if they’re going to be physical, let’s play.’ We could see how it changed the game around."
The Huskies now face a weeklong break before returning to action at 7 p.m. Saturday, when Portland visits Hec Edmundson Pavilion.Second half:
Halftime: Really interesting game so far. Hoyas up, 30-29.
Pondexter leading UW with nine points. Monroe leads Georgetown with seven, but he hasn't really gone off.
Monroe, in fact, was involved in the game's most memorable play so far, as he seemed about to finish a Georgetown break all alone, when MBA caught up and stuffed his shot, sending him sprawling. The Hoyas expected a foul, but the ref called all-ball... rightly from my view.
It might have been game-on from there, except that this one has been game-on from the start.
UW shot 41.4 percent from the field to Georgetown's 31.3. Both teams have 20 rebounds. Georgetown has 16 points in the paint to UW's eight. UW has 13 turnovers to Georgetown's nine (the Huskies have gotten into trouble when getting stuck in the paint and they're getting stripped a lot by the tall, long Hoyas). UW's bench is outscoring Georgetown's, 9-0.
Tipoff: We've begun. The game is being broadcast on FSN and KJR-AM.
Fair crowd here for the early game ... more than for the UW-New Mexico game here in 2005. And, not surprisingly, more Husky fans than Hoya fans, although both teams received nice applause during introductions.
Lineups: Elston Turner is starting for the third straight game along with the regulars Isaiah Thomas, Quincy Pondexter, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Venoy Overton.
Pregame: It's an hour before tipoff and both teams are on the court, Huskies in white, Hoyas in either black or the world's deepest navy blue.
We plan the normal gameday running blog: pregame news as it happens, the starting lineup (which could be interesting as Romar pairs off with a bigger opponent), then in-game updates (it's on FSN), and then postgame notes and quotes. Comments encouraged as always.