Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Washington Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said it was the little things that his team didn't do that cost them a stunning loss to the Albany Great Danes.
The Washington Huskies' 63-62 loss to the Albany Great Danes shocked a team that had been hit by injuries. Scott Suggs' concussion during the game was a hit to the Huskies, but coach Lorenzo Romar told Percy Allen of the Seattle Times that it wasn't an excuse. Depth, however, became a problem for UW, as the team only could go seven players deep.
The loss was concerning considering Romar's team has veterans that didn't look like, well, veterans. Perimeter defense also was a problem for the Huskies, as Great Dane guards Jacob Iati and Mike Black went for 20 and 22 points, respectively. Said Romar to the Seattle Times:
"For whatever reasons, simple mundane things that we practiced over and over that we did in the last game (an 85-63 win over Loyola on Sunday), we weren't mentally doing early," he said. "We weren't ourselves for whatever reason."
It also didn't help that junior guard C.J. Wilcox, who is expected to be the Huskies' leading scorer, struggled to find the bottom of the net. Said Wilcox to Allen:
"I can't make all the shots, but I definitely need to play better--especially on the defensive end," Wilcox said. "I feel like I'm going to make every shot, so when they aren't falling, there's nothing you can do."
Wilcox, a junior, only made 5-of-14 shots from the floor, hitting just 1-of-5 behind the three-point line. He scored 11 points as Washington as a team hit 41.5 percent of its shots and just 15-of-26 from the foul stripe.