Huskies coach offers high praise to Cats

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar wasn't shy about crediting Kentucky for how it played in beating his team Tuesday in the Maui Invitational.

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar wasn't shy about crediting Kentucky for how it played in beating his team Tuesday in the Maui Invitational.

"You have to give Kentucky a lot of credit," said Washington coach Lorenzo Romar. "Brandon Knight obviously had a very good offensive game for them. Terrence Jones was very good. Josh Harrellson did a really nice job for them with 14 rebounds, seven of them on the offensive glass. They outrebounded us and were more disciplined than we were and that made the difference in the outcome."

Romar said Kentucky only having 15 turnovers impacted his team's ability to score after it came into the game averaging 107 points per game

"We were not able to impose our will offensively and when we did get them to miss they got offensive rebounds and put it in there. They shot 17 percent from 3 and under 40 percent from floor, so we did okay defensively. But without getting them to turn the ball over, we didn't get as many run-outs," Romar said.

"We didn't get nearly as many 3's up as we had previously. They did a good job of trying to take the 3 away also. There were not a whole lot of looks."

Romar was extremely complimentary of Terrence Jones.

"Terrence really exploits mismatches he has had in a lot of games. The way they are playing with him dribbling the ball outside, he will have bigger guy on him and is difficult to contain. I thought Justin (Holiday) good job keeping him from driving. Terrence is a good basketball player and got 17 rebounds. He found a way to contribute to his team," Romar said.

So did Harrellson, who had a career high Harrellson took advantage of the opportunities of not being boxed out. Some don't get boxed out and don't know how to go get the ball. He hit a big 3 for them. They got in the paint with dribble penetration, we came over to help and that left him open. It ws not a situaiton throwing the ball to the block on him and we not stop him. He put himself in right place at right time and took advantage of our defensive miscues."


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