Clearly, he's grading on a curve these days ... he's valuing defense above everything else, and so he was far happier with those 63 points allowed than he was alarmed about those 67 points scored.
Huskies to to 5-4 on the season, Pilots to 3-7.
Portland's Nik Raivio led all scorers with 23.
Star of the game: Senior guard Ryan Appleby led the Huskies with 18 points, including a short twisting jumper in the final seconds that settled it.
Key stats: Washington shot 33 percent in the first half, and 74 percent in the second. … The Huskies had only one assist in the first half and ended with a season-low-tying nine. … Portland outrebounded UW, 33-28.
Key run: Appleby helped pull UW out of its offense doldrums by hitting three 3-pointers in the first two minutes of the second half.
Observations: Appleby and Artem Wallace got their first starts of the season. … Jon Brockman was held to 11 points and managed only six shots. Portland was one of the few teams not to double-team Brockman, and the change seemed to make him tentative as he looked for the defensive help to arrive.
Quotable: "This is a tough place to play. Despite their recent losses, they are a tough team. They had a very impressive winning streak here before (last weekend's loss to Pittsburgh), a great student section and a very athletic team that is well coach. So, given that context, I am pleased with how our team played." – Portland coach Eric Reveno.
Next: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, vs. Portland State, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, FSN.