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Wrapping up the Huskies' 82-72 win over Texas-Arlington

A late start today, but better late than never.

Of Note ... Terrence Ross suffered a hip flexor injury last night in the game. According to UW, he did some shooting drills today, but no much else. He is probably for Friday.

The Huskies' season stayed alive as they picked defeated a pretty scrappy Texas-Arlington squad, 82-72,  to advance to the second round of the NIT. Washington will play Northwestern, which defeated Akron, 76-74.  The game will be Friday at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.

The Huskies shook off a less than stellar first half to advance to the Friday's game.

From my game story ...

“We knew that Texas-Arlington was going to be a scrappy, physical team, and we saw that up close,” Romar said. “In the second half, we tightened the screws down a little more, get some stops and overall get the victory.”

Maybe it was the sparsely filled home arena – announced crowd of 2,801. Maybe it was the lingering disappointment of not being in the NCAA tournament. Maybe it was underestimating how good the Mavericks – the regular-season Southland Conference champions – were. For whatever reason, the Huskies seemed a step slow playing defense and rebounding.

The most glaring statistical example was the 25-12 rebounding edge that UT-A held at halftime, including a 13-3 edge on the offensive boards. That led to 12 second-chance points for the Mavericks. So despite shooting 12-for-33 from the field and 1-for-9 from 3-point range, Texas-Arlington was right with the Huskies.

“I think we were ready to play,” Romar said. “As much as we talked about it, I don’t know if we really understood how scrappy they were. Once we got that push, that feel, that hit, we adjusted.”

No better sequence summed up UW’s first-half futility than the final play of the half, when a missed shot was rebounded by the Mavericks. The ball was tossed to the rim, and just as that put-back rolled off the rim, Stuart Lagerson tipped the ball in for the Mavericks just before the buzzer.

While referees went to the monitors to see if the basket was good, Romar stormed off the floor, not caring to find out that the basket was indeed good, making the score 37-37 at halftime.

“I thought it was unacceptable in the first half, our overall lack of physicality all the way down to that buzzer,” Romar said.

But the Huskies played better in the second half, and pulled away late. Here's the story Todd Dybas wrote for the AP.

The offensive rebound percentage is largely from the first half when the Mavericks had 13 offensive boards to UW's three. To their credit, the Huskies only gave up three offensive rebounds in the second half. Another reason UW didn't have a ton of offensive rebound is the high eFG%.

Here's Jason Hamilto n talking about the game last night with Mitch in the Morning