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Coaches react to Huskies win at UCLA

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The Huskies are off to a 2-0 start in the Pac-10, capping the LA sweep today with a 74-63 win over UCLA.

Matthew-Bryan Amaning led the way for Washington with 21 points. Isaiah Thoams added 17.

Reaction from UW coach Lorenzo Romar: "When we entered this game we told our team that when UCLA is focused they’re a really really good basketball team. I really believe that. But I was proud of our guys the other night, and I was just as much proud tonight because our guys stuck together. We had a couple of lapses in both halves – about two or three minutes. Outside of that, we shared the ball. We outrebounded them by one – that’s hard to do. We took careof the ball We played good. On the road, this was very exciting for me and my staff to see out team be able to come out and do this."

And from UCLA coach Ben Howland: "That was a very frustrating and disappointing loss. Washington's transition game was very good and really hurt us. Their pressure bothered us a little. They are a very good team. Their best players -- Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Thomas -- really played well today. They really hurt us with Isaiah on the ball screens, and they did a good job of sprinting off of them."

Up next week for the Huskies ... visits from the Oregon schools.

2nd/1:37 UW up, 72-61. Now I can see why UCLA fans are leaving. And while UW fans here are chanting "Dawg Pack."

2nd/3:20 Gant hits 3-pointer from corner. UW, 68-59. Nail in coffin? Some fans are heading out.

2nd/5:05 UW, 63-57. N'Diaye fouls out setting pick for Thomas.

2nd/9:36 UW, 55-51. It's a 14-3 Bruins run. They're back in it, and so is the crowd.

2nd/11:57: UCLA seems to have found itself a bit and has inched back to 12 down: 54-42.

2nd/14:06: Bruins have gone cold, and Huskies are taking advantage, up 52-35.

2nd/16:17 MBA finishes break with a slam and Huskies have lead in double digits for the first time, 46-35. That's an 8-4 run to start the second half.

2nd half: ... has begun. Gant in for N'Diaye, who has three fouls.

Halftime: UW up, 38-31. Thomas leads with nine points. With those nine points, he passed Mark Sanford, Clarence Ramsey and Paul Fortier, climbing to 17th on UW's all-time scoring list. He's three short of No. 16 Bruno Boin.

UCLA guard Malcolm Lee leads all scorers with 10 points. Justin Holiday and UCLA's Joshua Smith have six rebounds each.

UW shooting 51.5 percent from the field, while UCLA is shooting 36 percent. Both teams have 18 rebounds.

Washington outscoring UCLA 22-10 in the paint, 6-1 off turnovers, 7-2 in second-chance points and 15-2 off the bench. UW also has 11 assists and three turnovers to UCLA's five assists and six turnovers. How is the game still close?

1st/3:48: UW, 29-25. Huskies go briefly to 2-3 zone. And C.J. Wilcox (hip) makes an appearance.

1st/7:38: UW, 23-22. Justin Holiday drew a T, apparently for talking to the UCLA bench after drilling a three. Game moving from free-flowing to frantic and a little sloppy.

1st/11:52: Ross comes out shooting again and hitting again: two quick baskets followed by an I'm-feelin'-it 3-point try the went off the back iron. UW up, 18-13.

1st/13:53 First guys off the bench for UW: Gant and -- no surprise -- Terrence Ross.

1st/15:34 Both teams look fast and focused. This looks like a race rather than the USC struggle. For now, UW: 9-7.

Tipoff: Huskies going with usual starting lineup: Thomas, Gaddy, N'Diaye, MBA and Holiday.

UCLA going with Nelson, Honeycutt, Smith, Lee and Lazeric Jones.

Pregame: We're about an hour to tipoff of what is suddenly a very big early game in the Pac-10 race 1-0 UW at 1-0 UCLA. (Here's our preview story.) Tipoff is 1 p.m., and this game is televised: FSN.

The teams are warming up now, and -- get this! -- the Huskies are wearing purple.

C.J. Wilcox, who sat out the Wednesday win at USC with a sore hip, seems to be moving well.

We'll keep this post open all day for pregame, in-game, and postgame updates and notes and your comments on the last game of 2010.