Romar said: 'I don’t know if we made very good decisions defensively down the stretch. If you make bad decisions on USC you’re going to pay for it.'

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Lorenzo Romar is still waiting for the Huskies to put two solid halves together.

Recently, Washington has played well before the break and dipped in the second half. Sometimes they hung on for a win and a couple of times they came up short.

On Saturday, UW started slowly and never seemed to get into this one until midway in the second half. The Huskies made runs in the final minutes, but came away on the wrong side of a 98-88 defeat at Galen Center.

In their previous encounter with the Trojans, the Huskies overcame a 22-point deficit en route to an 87-85 victory on Jan. 3 at Alaska Airlines Arena. This time, UW was down by 13, but didn’t get any closer than three points early in the second half.

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“A lot different game than the last time we played USC,” Romar said. “We knew they were definitely a high-powered basketball team and a good basketball team. They beat us to the loose balls in the first half. I think they won the hustle-play situations.

“In the second half, I thought we scrapped a lot more. We were able to cut the lead down. I don’t know if we made very good decisions defensively down the stretch. If you make bad decisions on USC you’re going to pay for it. And that happened.”

Here’s a few quotes from Romar.

On USC’s Nikola Jovanovic who had 28 points: “Most teams we play are big and they all have size. We made some bad decisions and give them a lot of credit, they did a good job of going inside.”

On UW’s defensive miscues: “Fouling when we didn’t need to when the shot clock was running down. We lung. We get out of position. On certain coverages when we were supposed to execute that we didn’t. We got to keep working. I got to keep working. The staff has to keep working. … We’ve had games on the road and we’ve found a way to pull them out. We’ve had close games and found a way. It didn’t work tonight.”

On Noah Dickerson who played just 16 minutes because of a foot injury: “He was definitely limited. We missed him in there, but still you got to come in and scrap. We anticipate by Wednesday he should be OK.”

On the Los Angeles road trip, which included an 86-84 win at USC:  “Positive road trip definitely. Whenever you go on the road you want to win two. But if you’re able to get a split, especially down here in LA. … You do well at home and get splits on the road you got a chance to win the league. This is the second time we’ve gotten a split on a road trip. We have not gotten swept yet, so it definitely was a positive trip. Just wish it would have been a little more positive.”