T.J. McConnell and Stanley Johnson each individually proved to be too much for Washington to not only handle, but keep even relative pace with. The Huskies fell to Arizona 86-62 for its sixth consecutive loss.
Washington had nine made field goals in the first half as a team. McConnell had eight assists of his own. Adding in his four made field goal attempts, McConnell could claim responsibility for more made field goals than the entire Husky squad in the first half. The recap could really end there, because things were only better for about a minute of game time in which Andrew Andrews scored two consecutive threes.
The arena got rocking after those two threes, for what was the biggest cheer of the night. The second-biggest roar from the crowd came from a made three by walk-on Dan Kingma. Usually we see walk-ons at the end of blowout wins, instead it was a blowout loss.
Nigel Williams-Goss struggled throughout the going against McConnell on both ends of the floor. Williams-Goss finished with seven points on 1-10 shooting , going 4-4 from the three-point line. He filled the statsheet for good and bad, adding five rebounds, six assists and four turnovers.
There were two bright spots, or at least relative brights spots. Every silver lining and bright spot from this game is relative, as the Huskies had some not-writing appropriate actions performed on them, things that wouldn't even be mentioned if 50 Shades of Gray. No, I haven't read the book nor seen the movie.
Donaven Dorsey performed admirably defensively against Brandon Ashley. The primary defender on the future NBA draft pick, Dorsey was a big part in limiting Ashley to 11 points on 4-9 shooting, with most of his makes coming in transition. The other bright spot was the hustle the Huskies showed to the end of the game. This team cares, this team brings their try-hard undies to each and every game, each and every possession. There may be lapses in concentration that appear to be lazy plays, but this team won't lack for effort.
The passion extended to the head coach, with Lorenzo Romar picking up a technical following two consecutive poor foul calls on Andrews and Shawn Kemp Jr., respectively. Nobody is giving up on this season.