Diedrichs never cooled down, with a game-high 36 points, and Seattle Pacific hung tough the whole way.
Clearly UW has some issues to work out before the schedule turns tough. They turned it over too many times, and weren't good enough on defense. Slight mitigation: This was SPU's second game of the season, and in the first one, they hung around with Nevada before losing 80-73. (Diedrichs had 10 points in that one. The Falcons are probably pretty good. ... But not Pac-10 good.
The most encouraging thing was Venoy Overton, who was poised and impressive, especially for his first college game. The other freshmen looked like freshmen, although Matthew Bryan-Amaning clearly has a lot of potential.
Quincy Pondexter showed flashes, but he's going to be needed for more offense ... especially while Ryan Appleby is out. The same goes for Adrian Oliver, who may be the Huskies' best remaining outside shooter.
Among the big men, Joe Wolfinger seemed sort of lost in a game that didn't really seem to lend itself to his skills. However, Artem Wallace made the most of his seven minutes, scoring six quick points and looking pretty confident around the basket.
Star of the game: The Huskies had no answer for SPU forward Rob Diederichs, a sophomore forward from Shoreline who led all scorers with 36 points.
Husky of the game: Junior forward Jon Brockman led UW with 18 points and eight rebounds, despite playing only 24 minutes due to foul trouble.
Key stats: Washington didn't meet its goals of improved defense and fewer turnovers. The Huskies allowed the Division II Falcons to score 77 points, and they turned the ball over 22 times.
Key run: SPU led as late at the seven-minute mark and trailed only 71-68 with about five and a half minutes remaining, when leading scorer Diederichs went out briefly with a leg cramp. UW immediately bought some breathing room with a 10-4 run.
Observations: This was the Falcons' second exhibition of the season, and they had proved just as pesky in the first. On Saturday, SPU had visited Nevada, trailed 36-30 at halftime and stuck around the whole way before losing 80-73. ... UW doled out playing time for its freshmen this way: Venoy Overton, 33 minutes, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, 13 minutes; Darnell Gant, six minutes; Justin Holiday, two minutes. ... Center Joe Wolfinger started and played 12 minutes in his UW debut. He had no points and three rebounds, but coac Lorenzo Romar said the matchups in this game didn't suit the 7-footer's style of play. ... Also on the Falcons' roster is Brandon Larrieu, a sophomore from Puyallup and Franklin Pierce High School. He was his team's second-leading scorer Monday with 13 points.
Quotable: "They're young. It's going to depend on their perimeter guys and how well they can handle the pressure themselves. I know they are trying to put the pressure on, but at the same time, they are going to have to handle teams that are way more athletic than us." – SPU coach Jeff Hironaka on the Huskies.
Next: 8 p.m. Nov. 13, vs. New Jersey Tech, second game of NIT Season Tip-Off West Regional, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.