Our postgame box that will run alongside our story in the newspaper ...
PLAYER OF THE GAME — You get the feeling this is what coach Lorenzo Romar hoped Nigel Williams-Goss would provide when he signed the highly-touted point guard: 22 points, six rebounds and five assists while committing just two turnovers in 35 minutes. If it’s a sign of things to come, the Huskies might be set at point guard.
IT WAS OVER WHEN — C.J. Wilcox and Darin Johnson teamed for a 6-0 run after EWU had cut the lead to 81-79, and that 8-point deficit proved all the Huskies needed. But a 16-3 run earlier in the half didn’t hurt, either.
STAT OF THE GAME — The Huskies made 31 of their 34 free-throw attempts, compared to EWU’s 11-for-23 performance. That helped UW compensate for its 1-for-13 effort from 3-point range.
QUOTABLE — “I think it was just the mindset we came out with in the second half, and just knowing we couldn’t let what happened the last game – how we started in a slump in the second half – happen again.” – UW forward Perris Blackwell
WHAT IT MEANS — EWU isn’t expected to be one of the Big Sky’s better teams, so this was a game the Huskies absolutely couldn’t lose. That they found a way to avoid such a collapse is positive. But the 48-39 halftime lead they spotted the Eagles is mildly alarming with much, much tougher opponents on the horizon.
NEXT UP — Indiana on Thursday at 6 p.m. in New York (MadisonSquareGarden), then BostonCollege or Connecticut the following day.