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Reaction to Huskies' first Pac-10 defeat

The posts below cover some specific parts of Stanford's 58-56 win over Washington tonight.

Here are some leftover issues:

Player of the game: Josh Owens led Stanford with 14 points, including the offensive rebound and put-back that provided the final margin.

Husky of the game: I'm going to say Isaiah Thomas, who had 14 points and seven assists. However, Holiday hit some big shots in the second half -- although his misses will be longer remembered. And also big credit to big Aziz N'Diaye, who had a game-high 11 rebounds.

Key stats: Washington shot 35.7 percent in the first half. Stanford won on second-chance points, 15-13 ... the two-point margin of victory.

Here are some other various reactions to the game:

ROMAR on his thoughts with Justin Holiday needed to hit two free throws late to tie: "He’ll make it. Unfortunately, he didn’t. That wasn’t the deciding factor. The deciding factor was when we were up eight with seven and a half minutes to go, we missed some easy shots, we missed some free throws, we had a couple of turnovers in transition. I think that was the game when you look back because maybe we could have extended the lead to 15 or 17 at that point, and we failed to take advantage at it."

Romar on getting ready for Cal on Sunday: "The kids are pretty resilient. We’ll get on the bus, go over to Berkeley, have a couple of days and be ready to play. It’s one loss right now."

THOMAS on what changed during Stanford's run: "Easy possessions. We didn’t make layups. We missed foul shots. They went on a run. That’s all she wrote. ... We went on a run or two in the second half. But we just didn’t play Husky basketball. You can end your season without boxing out. We lost a key game without boxing out.

Thomas on his lost goal of going 18-0 in conference: Yeah, no doubt. That was one thing we were thinking the whole time. I mean I feel that we’re that go. Now we’ll try to go 17-1. Not to look past any other team, but that’s the goal.

STANFORD coach JOHNNY DAWKINS overview: “We were down 11 points in the second half, but we showed a lot of character. I thought we came down, we executed and we were able to work our way back into the ball game. I commend Washington, they're well coached. I think we just did a good job on every possession, on defense. We tried to make it as difficult as we could to let them get any baskets.”

DAWKINS on Washington: “You could tell that they're still working some of the kinks that they have to work out for their team. But they're a terrific team. They have a lot of depth. They have a lot of quality players that come in and make contributions. We saw that tonight.”

Stanford's JEREMY GREEN on the win “I haven't really thought of this as the biggest win. It just feels good to finally beat them. Ever since I was a freshman, we haven't got the win. It just feels good to get the win. I'm proud of our team, glad that we were able to come out here and compete.”

GREEN on the Stanford defense: “That's how we win games. They average about 89 points a game, and we held them to 56. It was the defensive rebounds.”