Seattle - The big numbers on the scoreboard suited coach Lorenzo Romar and his Huskies just fine: Washington 97, Saint Martin's 76.
But those weren’t the numbers they were most concerned about in their exhibition game Saturday at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Looking down the stat sheet, they didn’t like giving the NCAA Division II Saints 20 second-chance points, or allowing them a 10-rebound advantage on the boards.
“The way we have won in the past is being able to defend and rebound, and we didn’t do either of those well tonight,” senior Justin Holiday said. “We can put up points – that’s a good thing – but the way we were able to win and be successful in the past was playing defense and getting rebounds. So, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
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There was a lot to like about the UW offense. The Huskies shot 54.5 percent from the field, including 10 of 17 (58.8) on 3-pointers – including 4-of-4 from Holiday. Washington had 19 fastbreak points and 33 points off turnovers.
Senior forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning led UW with 20 points, followed by Holiday’s 18. Next came three underclassmen with 12 points each: sophomore Abdul Gaddy, redshirt freshman C.J. Wilcox, and true freshman Terrence Ross.
Scott Suggs added 11 after coach Lorenzo Romar belatedly named him as the fifth starter.
Saint Martin’s center Blake Poole posted game highs with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Jeremy Green of Kent had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Brok Pendleton of Auburn has two points and one rebound.
“When we play together we are just fine,” coach Keith Cooper said. “I thought when we played together we were able to make some nice shots and put together some runs. It was when their pressure forced us to do things that forced us to improvise and we struggled.”