After starting this season with seven straight losses away from Hec Edmundson Pavilion, the Huskies have now assured themselves of a winning record away from home this season as they notched their ninth straight road win Saturday at HP Pavilion.
“I think we grew up,” Romar said. “I think we grew up sometime at the beginning of February. … I believe that when you grow up and you’re more of a veteran team, you can win on the road.”
A few other notes from today's win:With his team-high 18 points, senior Quincy Pondexter (1,779 points) passed Bob Houbregs (1,774 points) and moved into third place on the UW career scoring list. … Washington is about to make its fourth trip to the Sweet 16 since 1998 and third in Romar’s seven seasons as coach. … This was UW’s four victory by 18 or more points in an NCAA tournament game. Their largest tournament win is 22 points – a 62-40 win over Texas in the first round of the 1951 tournament. In the second half Saturday, UW’s lead reached 23 points. … This is the second time UW has entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 11 seed (also 1998), and both times they have advanced to the round of 16. … New Mexico still has never won back-to-back NCAA tournament games or advanced to the Sweet 16. … UW took a 4-2 lead in its all-time series with the Lobos and moved to 35-22 against members of the Mountain West Conference. … On Thursday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., UW will play the winner of Sunday’s game between No. 2 seed West Virginia or No. 10 Missouri. UW is 1-0 all-time against the Mountaineers, 4-3 against the Tigers.