UW players admit they were perhaps 'too excited' about Friday's Pac-12 opener against UCLA and didn't pay enough attention to the Gauchos.
Following an 83-78 stunning defeat to UC Santa Barbara, Washington freshman guard David Crisp said the Huskies insinuated the Huskies may have overlooked the Gauchos because they were anticipating Friday’s Pac-12 opener against UCLA.
“We were so excited for (UCLA), we might have gotten a little over excited thinking about UCLA,” he said. “We got to remember to take one game at a time.”
Crisp also bemoaned UW’s shot selection against the Gauchos’ 2-3 zone that forced UW into 6 for 27 shooting on three-pointers. He was 4 of 10 behind the arc and finished with a personal best 17 points off the bench.
“When we swing the ball around, somebody should try to get into the paint, but a lot of times we settled,” he said. “We can’t settle like that.”
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Despite the loss, which dripped UW to 8-4, Crisp remains optimistic about the Huskies.
“I know we can really be a problem for teams when we play our type of game,” Crisp said. “When we play Husky basketball. That’s when guys are flying around, getting on the ground for loose balls and when our bench is into the game. The games that we lost, we lacked that.”
On Friday’s Pac-12 opener, Crisp added: “We’re not going to let it get us. Obviously we would have wanted to come out with a win, but we got to turn the page and get ready for UCLA. And bring out A-game.”
Meanwhile, backup center Malik Dime also had a personal best performance while tallying 17 poitnns on 8-for-10 shooting. He also had eight rebounds and three blocks in 25 minutes. He has 35 blocks this season and is four away from moving into UW’s single season top 10 list.
Here’s the postgame video with Crisp and Dime.