Despite hanging around with 10th-ranked Connecticut, the Huskies couldn’t break through in the second half, losing 82-70 to UConn on Sunday afternoon before 7,059 people at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Using stingy defense and good ball movement on offense, the Dawgs (6-5) opened up a 14-point lead with just over seven minutes remaining in the opening half. But Connecticut went on a 26-8 run to close out the half and never relinquished their lead, picking up a solid road victory and improving to 10-1 on the season.
“I thought we played excellent basketball for about 12 minutes in the first half,” Romar said.
But Romar admitted the Huskies are still looking to play a complete basketball game.
“I just think we gotta mature. The same thing happened at San Diego State. We played good basketball in the first half; we were focused, we were dialed in, we were defending. Kind of a similar situation to today,” Romar said. “Right now we are not mature enough to handle runs from the other team it appears. We are not mature enough right now to handle the adversity that comes along throughout your season.”
UConn shot 54.9 percent from the field and 88 percent from the foul line (22 of 25). Washington shot 44.4 percent from the field.
The Huskies return to the court on Friday when they host the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils.