PLAYER OF THE GAME – Had Washington won, this would go to Darin Johnson, who led all scorers with 16 points. But since Utah won, Jordan Loveridge gets the nod. He scored 13 points and had nine rebounds, but also made two critical put-back baskets on consecutive possessions with a little more than five minutes left, then made two free throws to give the Utes a 60-59 lead with 1:17 to go.
IT WAS OVER WHEN – Nigel Williams-Goss missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key that would have tied the score with about 19 seconds left. Utah rebounded, Brandon Taylor made two free throws, and that was that.
STAT OF THE GAME – Andrew Andrews (who was sick with food poisoning) and Perris Blackwell combined to score just four points.
QUOTABLE – We knew they were tough coming in, and we have a lot of respect for them and what they’ve been able to do. Down the stretch, we weren’t able to make the plays.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar
WHAT IT MEANS – First of all, it means the Huskies will miss the NCAA tournament for a third consecutive season. That’s never happened under coach Lorenzo Romar. UW is still hopeful it will receive an NIT bid, but that won’t be sorted out until Sunday night. Until then, the Huskies will wait, and maybe reflect a bit on a ho-hum season that might have been better if not for a few key injuries and some blown opportunities, especially on the road.
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