Washington had a chance to enter conference play undefeated for the first time in Lorenzo Romar's career, something even the most optimistic of Washington fans couldn't have predicted at the beginning of the season. The Huskies led the game by 15 at one point in the second half but fell by five with the final score coming to 62-57 in favor of Stony Brook.
Coming in to the night, the notoriously fickle and unrepeatable three point defense of the Huskies was 28 percent, and Stony Brook blew that number out of the water at 9-18,and 7-9 after halftime. UW responded with 3-10 shooting, with Darin Johnson hitting two and Quevyn Winters hitting one.
I've got to get going, so real quick takeaways.
- Andrew Andrews is regressing to his play from early last season. He started to turn a corner at the end of last year, and it carried over into the beginning of this season, but he has struggled over the past several games due to a combination of poor shot selection and missing shots. His free throw shooting has been strong through it all, but his turnover on the second-to-last meaningful UW possession was terrible, driving into two defenders with open teammates around him.
- Darin Johnson might have a stranglehold on minutes as the primary reserve wing. He has been battling Winters and Donaven Dorsey, but his ability to attack the rim provides a skill that the other two don't have. Dorsey and Winters are better shooters (though we haven't really seen it out of Winters, he is a very good shooter) but Johnson's slashing and athleticism are the keys to his victory in this battle.
- Jernard Jarreau had 10 rebounds, a career high, but his 1-6 shooting hurt Washington. He is really the x-factor to the team. When he is distributing from the high post, things work well for the Washington offense. When he is struggling, the offense doesn't run well. With him on the floor, the Huskies were outscored by 12 points, topped only by a -15 plus/minus for Mike Anderson. I don't believe that either of them played that poorly, but the two glue guys on this team both struggled, especially down the stretch. UW finished the game on the losing end of a 17-2 run.
What are you guys taking away from this game?