The Huskies were happy, of course. But there always was a thread of regret that a team able to play that well has also played poorly enough often enough to be a disappointing 13-11 overall and 4-7 in the Pac-10.
Here's the way Jon Brockman put it: "It's great to enjoy this win, but at the same time we should all feel horrible and just sick and stupid for playing the last four games the way we played. It's great to enjoy it, but after seeing what we can do when we really play together with intensity and have a good game, you can look back and just kick yourself."
Some game highlights:
Star of the game: UW guard Justin Dentmon came off the bench to lead all scorers with 20 points on 7-for 12 shooting from the field. That's his most points in conference play this season, and four points shy of his career high.
Key stats: The Huskies' bench outscored UCLA's 37-2. … UW out-rebounded UCLA, 44-36. … The Bruins were a season-low 1-of-16 (6.3 percent) on 3-point attempts. … UW blocked a season-high five shots. … The Bruins' 61 points matched their lowest output of the season.
Key run: Over a 10 minute 45 second stretch late in the second half, UCLA sank only one field goal. And though the Bruins hit 12 foul shots during that time, UW increased its lead from three points to nine.
Observations: This was UW's fourth straight home win against UCLA. … Late in the game, UW's Tim Morris retained possession by slamming the ball out of bounds off the face of UCLA's Alfred Aboya. Aboya didn't accept Morris' offered hand, and after the game coach Ben Howland complained about the play. .. The win was the 116th of Lorenzo Romar's UW career, tying him with Bob Bender for fourth on the school list. … UW's Jon Brockman recorded his Pac-10 leading 16th double-double. … During the game, Brockman grabbed his 800th career rebound, and Ryan Appleby sank his 200th career 3-pointer, 12 short of Deon Luton's school record. … Spotted in the sellout crowd were former Husky football player turned martial arts fighter Bob "The Beast" Sapp; Seattle SuperSonics rookie Kevin Durant, Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, and new UW defensive coordinator Ed Donatell.
Quotable: "I think a lot of people have shut the door on this team. We're not going to let the door close. We're going to keep playing. We've got a ton of work to do, but I think that was a glimpse of what this team could really be." – Brockman.
Next: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, at Oregon, McArthur Court, Eugene. ... And bad news there: no Puget Sound area TV.