The Washington Huskies didn't have any problem with the way the Washington State crowd treated them on Sunday. In fact, they seemed kind of impressed.
That is, until the final buzzer, when the crowd rushed the court. That, they though, seemed a little much for a midseason game.
Here's Isaiah Thomas' take on the crowd.
"It was pretty good," he said. "I was surprised how good they were. But Feb. 27 our crowd will be very good."
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Then came the buzzer and the on-court celebration...
"It’s January," Thomas said. "We haven’t done it. I guess it was a big win for them. Like I said, hat’s off to them, but I told my guys in the locker room: ‘Just remember that.’ It’s something to remember because you don’t win championships in January. They thought it was a big win, and it was for them. And it’s a rival game. So you can’t blame them. But I think we would have done it a little differently."
Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Darnell Gant had much the same reaction.
"The thing that bothered me the most was the things that they did after and the crowd storming the court. I feel like it’s early. That game doesn’t mean that you’re going to the NCAA tournament. I felt like it was just a rivalry game. Maybe if you flap your jersey or whatever, that’s OK, that’s doable. But to do all that, I had a personal problem with that."
Asked about the WSU students' posters and chants, coach Lorenzo Romar said, "I've seen far worse."