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Huskies' quick thoughts on season-ending loss

Here's a quick sample of what some of the Huskies had to say after their 86-83 season-ending loss to North Carolina today in Charlotte.

LORENZO ROMAR (Opening statement) “Very hard fought game. Carolina is a great basketball team. Our guys fought and did so many things right to win this ball game.”

LORENZO ROMAR (On asking for a replay on final shot attempt) “I did ask for a replay and they said that they had checked.”

LORENZO ROMAR (On Henson) “We can see why he s is a defensive player of the year. He has length and it makes difficult to play over the top.”

JUSTIN HOLIDAY (On Coach Romar’s message after the game) “Coach Romar told us that we had a great year and that he had four great years with the seniors. It was a tough way to end it but I will always have fond memories of my time at Washington.”

JUSTIN HOLIDAY (On the final minutes of the game) “This was a fun game to be a part of. We battled North Carolina but we did not play smart at some points. I made some errors there at the end that cannot be made by a senior. You have to rely on your seniors but my teammates stayed behind me and I love them for that.”

ISAIAH THOMAS (On being tired at end of game and final shot) “You have to give it up to North Carolina. I wasn’t tired. Last shot fading away. I just tried to do what I could to get it to the rim and it fell short”

TERRANCE ROSS (On offense): “I wasn’t really looking for Harrison at the time and he got it. I want really strong with the ball.”

MATTHEW BRYAN-AMANING: (On Going against Carolina bigs): “Their bigs were great with a lot a talent. Tyler Zeller doing his work on the inside. Aziz was able to go out and grab 11 rebounds. He gave us a different look.“

Here also is a set of notes from the game:

The Huskies are 18-17 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.- Washington is 8-6 in the NCAA Tournament under Lorenzo Romar- Washington is now 0-2 all-time in its all-time series with the Tar Heels.- Matthew Bryan-Amaning tied Quincy Poindexter for most games played during a University of Washington career (136). [up to date]- Isaiah Thomas 1,721 points finishes his career in fourth place in the all-time scoring at in University of Washington history.- The Huskies are 20-4 when leading at the half.- The Huskies have won three of their last four games decided by three points or less.- The University of Washington is 2-2 all-time against No. 2 seeds in program history.- Isaiah Thomas is now tied with Will Conroy for most single-season assists in Huskies history with 217.- The Huskies are 1-10 all-time in the state of North Carolina.- The 86-83 margin ties for the second closest NCAA game under Romar, tying in 2006 win vs. Illinois (67-64) and last Friday’s win vs. Georgia (68-65).

- North Carolina is now 104-39 in its 42 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels have won its last eight NCAA Tournament games, 12 of its last 13 since 2008 and 14 of its last 16 since 2007.- North Carolina improves to 21-7 as a No. 2 seed. The Tar Heels have now won 25 consecutive in the state of North Carolina and are 29-1 overall, including an 11-0 mark in Charlotte.- North Carolina will make its NCAA-record 24th appearance in the Sweet 16.- The Tar Heels moved to 2-0 all-time against Washington. The first game between the two teams took place in the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1972. North Carolina won 89-72.- Kendall Marshall’s 14 assists set a Time Warner Cable single game collegiate record. It also set the record for most assists by a Tar Heel in an NCAA Tournament game. Kenny Smith had 12 against Notre Dame in the 1987 East Semifinal.- John Henson posted his eighth consecutive and 18th overall double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He also collected four blocks, which moved him to eighth all-time among ACC sophomore blocked shot leaders with 173.- Tyler Zeller led the team in scoring for the 13th time with 23 points. He has now reached double figures in 30 of his 34 games, including 15 of the last 16. With his five boards in Sunday’s game, Zeller eclipsed 400 rebounds for his career.- Harrison Barnes set a career high with three steals. He pulled down two rebounds to give him201 for his career.- Dexter Strickland scored 13 points to reach double figures for the 15th time in his career. North Carolina is 9-1 when he reaches double digits.