TUCSON, Ariz. – Lorenzo Romar had seen enough.
After another Washington turnover led to another fastbreak layup for No. 12 Arizona, the Husky coach threw his hands up in frustration while calling timeout.
No matter how low the Washington men’s basketball team had fallen during the Pac-12 season, it was never dominated and blown out until Wednesday night’s 70-52 defeat in at the McKale Center.
Early in the second half, everything spiraled out of control. The Huskies trailed 33-25 at the break and still had hopes of capturing their first signature win of the season.
However, nothing worked.
Their passes were intercepted. Their layups were blocked. They missed open jumpers.
And Washington couldn’t stop Arizona from turning its miscues into transition baskets.
All night the Wildcats attacked the basket as if they were angry at the rim. They darted in the lane and the Huskies were helpless to stop them because Aziz N’Diaye was saddled with foul trouble.
He picked up his second foul late in the first half. Before Romar had a chance to get him out of the game, the 7-foot center got tangled with Kevin Parrom on a bizarre play before halftime.
N’Diaye appeared to shove the Arizona senior forward, who flew into the front-row seats. Officials accessed N’Diaye with a technical for his third foul and things were never the same for him or Washington.
The Huskies trailed 33-25 at halftime and fell behind by 20 points (49-29) with 13:42 remaining.
UW (14-13, 6-8) never got closer than 14 points the rest of the way.