BY SPNW Staff 06:30AM 02/09/2014

Gassed Huskies try again at Colorado

Washington defeated Colorado 71-54 in Seattle a month ago, but the Huskies are coming off back-to-back losses to Washington State and Utah.

Desmond Simmons, making a rare start, came through with a career-high 14 points in Washington’s loss to Utah Thursday. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

GAME: Washington (13-10 overall, 5-5 Pac-12) at Colorado (17-6 overall, 6-4 Pac-12). WHEN: Sunday, 5 p.m., Coors Events Center, Boulder, CO. TYPE: Conference. MEETING: 17th (UW leads 9-7). RANKINGS: Neither school ranked. COACHES: Lorenzo Romar, Washington; Tad Boyle. TV: ESPNU. RADIO: KJR 950 AM

University of Washington basketball coach Lorenzo Romar admitted after Thursday night’s 78-69 loss at Utah that his Huskies “may have run out of gas” in the second half. UW held a lead with 10:49 to play, but couldn’t keep up with the Utes at high altitude (4,800 feet), dropping its second of three road games in a row.

The Huskies move to a higher altitude (5,200 feet) in Boulder, where they face once-ranked Colorado, coming off a 68-63 win over Washington State Wednesday.

The teams met in Seattle a month ago and Washington came away with a 71-54 victory over a team ranked 15th nationally. The Buffaloes dictated the pace for much of the first half, but struggled to find a rhythm after losing junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie, their best player, to a season-ending knee injury. Colorado is 3-3 since.

The Buffaloes are led by Askia Booker’s 14.0 scoring average. Josh Scott and Xavier Johnson follow at 13.8 and 10.9. Scott leads with 8.8 rebounds per game.

The Huskies allowed an average of 79.2 points per game during non-conference play. Over their first four Pac-12 games, that number dropped to 61.7 as Washington won three times. In the six games since, four of them losses, UW has allowed 78.0.

“We’ve slid back,” Romar said after Thursday’s loss. “We’ve got to fix that.

The Huskies play five of their final seven regular-season games at Alaska Airlines Arena, where they are 11-2 and have won six straight.

SERIES: Dates to Dec. 30, 1953, when Colorado defeated Washington 81-60 in the Big Seven Tournament in Kansas City. Washington won the most recent meeting, 71-54, Jan. 12 in Seattle as C.J. Wilcox scored 31 points. Colorado lost its best player, Spencer Dinwiddie, to a season-ending knee injury.

UW STATS / NOTES

  • REGULAR-SEASON SUMMARY: Record: 13-10. Home: 11-2. Road: 2-6. Neutral: 0-2. Vs. Pac-12: 5-5. Vs. Pac-12 North: 2-3. Vs. Pac-12 South: 3-2. Vs. Non-Conference: 8-5. Points: 1742 (75.7). Field Goal Pct.: 44.9. 3-Pt. FG Pct.: 35.0. Free Throw Pct.: 75.6. Rebounds: 789 (34.3). Assists: 305 (13.3). Turnovers: 260 (11.3). Steals: 124 (5.4). Blocks: 73 (3.2). Points Against: 1745 (75.9). Opp. FG Pct.: 47.9. Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct.: 3q.8. Opp FT Pct.: 69.0. Opp. Rebounds: 766 (33.3). Opp. Assists: 282 (12.3). Opp. Turnovers: 261 (11.3). Opp. Steals: 122 (5.3). Opp. Blocks: 103 (4.5).
  • PAC-12 RANKINGS: Scoring Offense — 6th (75.7). Scoring Defense — 12th (75.9). Scoring Margin — 10th (+0.2). FG Pct. — 9th (44.9). FT Pct. — 2nd (75.6). 3-Pt FG Pct. — 7th (35.0). Rebound Margin — 9th (+1.2). Blocked Shots –9th (3.2). Assists — 10th (13.3). Steals — 10th (5.4). Turnover Margin — 7th (-0.14).
  • RATINGS PERCENTAGE INDEX: Nov. 11 — 99; Nov. 18 — 96; Nov. 25 — 150; Dec. 2 — 218; Dec. 9 — 198; Dec. 15 — 198; Dec. 23 — 170; Dec. 30 — 180; Jan. 6 — 127; Jan 13 — 82; Jan. 20 — 83; Jan. 27 — 71; Feb. 3 — 81.
  • Washington’s victory over Oregon State marked Lorenzo Romar’s 250th victory at Washington.
  • By scoring 20 points at Utah, C.J. Wilcox moved into fifth place on Washington’s career scoring list with 1,749 points. Wilcox passed Todd MacCulloch and is 25 points away from Bob Houbregs.
  • Wilcox has scored 20 or more points in a game 33 times during his Husky career.
  • Nigel Williams-Goss leads all Pac-12 freshmen with a 13.2 scoring average. He’s also first in assists (4.0) and steals (1.1). In his last four games, Williams-Goss is averaging 20.7 points and shooting 52.4 percent.
  • Senior Perris Blackwell has posted five double-doubles this season.
  • Guards account for 69.0 percent of Washington’s scoring.
  • The Huskies are wearing patches on the uniforms in recognition of Marv Harshman, head coach from 1972-85, who passed away April 12. Harshman had a 246-146 record at Washington and won back-to-back Pac-10 championships in 1984 and 1985.
  • Preseason Pac-12 media poll — 1. Arizona (21, 273). 2. UCLA (2, 212). 3. Colorado (1, 211), 4. Oregon (196). 5. Cal (194). 6. Stanford (166). 7. Arizona State (159). 8. Washington (121). 9. Utah (68). 10. Oregon State (67). 11. USC (63). 12. Washington State (39).

UW HEAD COACH: Lorenzo Romar (343-225 overall, 250-137 UW) is coming off a year in which the Huskies finished 18-16 and ended with a loss to Brigham Young in the National Invitation Tournament. Romar took the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament six times and won three Pac-10 Tournament titles (2005, 2010, 2011).

2012-13 Washington Regular-Season Statistics

Player G FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
C.J. Wilcox 23 .475 .436 .871 4.1 2.4 19.8
N.W.-Goss 23 .467 .345 .694 4.3 3.9 13.2
A. Andrews 23 .363 .256 .778 3.3 2.8 12.1
P. Blackwell 22 .517 .000 .641 6.7 1.0 10.4
M. Anderson 23 .441 .308 .740 6.4 2.0 6.4
D. Johnson 22 .362 .237 .852 1.9 0.1 6.3
D. Simmons 13 .486 .167 .786 0.4 0.1 4.4
Shawn Kemp 23 .557 .000 .556 1.9 0.1 4.3
J. Taylor 14 .375 .375 .750 0.2 0.5 1.3
G. Dierckx 11 .143 .000 .500 0.8 0.1 0.3
Total 23 .449 .350 .756 34.3 13.3 75.7
Opponents 23 .479 .318 .689 33.3 12.2 75.9

University of Washington 2013-14 Schedule

Date Opponent UW Rnk Opp Rnk W/L Score Rec.
11/6/13 @vs. Cent. Wash W 95-65 0-0
11/10/13 vs. Seattle U. W 88-78 1-0
11/14/13 vs. UC Irvine L 86-72 1-1
11/17/13 vs. E. Wash W 92-80 2-1
11/21/13 *vs. Indiana L 102-84 2-2
11/22/13 *vs. Boston Co 18 L 89-78 2-3
11/26/13 vs. Montana W 83-79 3-3
12/30/13 vs. L. Beach St. W 92-89 4-3
12/8/13 vs. SD State 24 L 70-63 4-4
12/14/13 vs. Idaho St. W 85-66 5-4
12/17/13 at Tulane W 73-62 6-4
12/22/13 vs. UConn 10 L 82-70 6-5
12/27/13 vs. Miss. Valley W 95-80 7-5
12/29/13 vs. Hartford W 73-67 8-5
1/2/14 at ASU W 76-65 9-5
1/4/14 at Arizona 1 L 71-62 9-6
1/8/14 vs. Utah W 59-57 10-6
1/12/14 vs. Colorado 15 W 71-54 11-6
1/15/14 at Cal L 82-56 11-7
1/18/13 at Stanford L 79-67 11-8
1/23/14 vs. Oregon W 80-76 12-8
1/25/14 vs. OSU W 87-81 13-8
2/1/14 at WSU L 72-67 13-9
2/6/14 at Utah L 78-69 13-10
2/9/14 at Colorado —–
2/12/14 vs. Stanford —–
2/15/14 vs. Cal —–
2/19/14 at Oregon —–
2/22/14 at OSU —–
2/28/14 vs. WSU —–
3/6/14 vs. UCLA —–
3/8/14 vs. USC —–
3/12/14 ^Pac-12 —–
3/13/14 ^Pac-12 —–
3/14/14 ^Pac-12 —–
3/15/14 ^Pac-12 —–
3/18-19/14 NCAA 1st 4 —–
3/20-23/14 NCAA 2nd, 3rd —–
3/27-30/14 NCAA Reg. —–
4/5/14 NCAA Semis —–
4/7/14 NCAA Final —–

@=Exhibition; *=2K Sports Classic; ^=Pac-12 Tournament
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