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Despite allowing Hartford to shoot 55.8 percent from the field, Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said there were plenty of positives to take away from the Huskies 73-67 win over Hartford on Sunday evening at Alaska Airlines Arena.

While the Huskies (8-5) struggled making shots for most of the evening, Hartford (5-9) seemed to have little trouble finding the bottom of the net, outscoring the Dawgs 30-14 in the pain and converted on 9 of 18 three-pointers.

But it was the Huskies ability to take care of the basketball that allowed them to pick up an important non-conference victory.

After committing double-digit turnovers in the past six games, the Huskies turned the ball over just seven times against the Hawks, a season low.

“We had been turning the ball over too much after taking very good care of the basketball in the beginning of the year and we went bake to taking care of it tonight,” Romar said.

And with the Huskies renewed focus, Romar is optimistically looking forward to Pac-12 play after a couple of sloppy non-conference games.

“I thought our guys stayed pretty much focused the entire game,” Romar said. “And that’s what we have been looking for, that has kind of been something that has escaped us. But I thought that we did a pretty good job there.”

C.J. Wilcox scored a game-high 23 points and Andrew Andrews added 19 points for the Huskies. Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss played another complete game, scoring 11 points while registering five assists to just one turnover.

The Huskies completed non-conference play with an 8-5 record. Washington opens Pac-12 play on Thursday at Arizona State.

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